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Yamaha's new flagship luxury tourer: The v-twin Star Venture

Yamaha's new flagship luxury t...
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: a Japanese luxury tourer custom-built for the American market
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: a Japanese luxury tourer custom-built for the American market
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: apparently has aerodynamics
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: apparently has aerodynamics
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: GPS interface
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: GPS interface
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: 7-inch infotainment screen
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: 7-inch infotainment screen
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: you bet it has a radio
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: you bet it has a radio
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: nearly a thousand pounds of America-first touring
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: nearly a thousand pounds of America-first touring
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: analogue clocks and a very digital colour infotainment screen
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: analogue clocks and a very digital colour infotainment screen
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: side air scoops will be a visual signature
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: side air scoops will be a visual signature
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: touring saddlebags and top trunk featuring central locking
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: touring saddlebags and top trunk featuring central locking
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: taking aim squarely at the best of Milwaukee
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: taking aim squarely at the best of Milwaukee
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: 1854cc v-twin cruiser engine is designed to speak directly into the hearts of American touring riders
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: 1854cc v-twin cruiser engine is designed to speak directly into the hearts of American touring riders
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: cruise control, heated grips, heated seats, adjustable backrests, luggage for days... This is a top-flight luxury tourer
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: cruise control, heated grips, heated seats, adjustable backrests, luggage for days... This is a top-flight luxury tourer
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: US$24,999 as standard
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: US$24,999 as standard
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: US$26,999 with the Transcontinental Touring option pack
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: US$26,999 with the Transcontinental Touring option pack
2017 Yamaha Star Venture
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture
2017 Yamaha Star Venture
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: LED quad headlights plus fog lights (TC touring package only)
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: LED quad headlights plus fog lights (TC touring package only)
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: 113ci (1854cc) v-twin grunt
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: 113ci (1854cc) v-twin grunt
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: huge luggage space
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: huge luggage space
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: two lids fit in the top trunk
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: two lids fit in the top trunk
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: keyless ignition
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: keyless ignition
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: lots of room in the hard saddlebags
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: lots of room in the hard saddlebags
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: device charging in the dash cubbyholes
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: device charging in the dash cubbyholes
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: a powerful visual image
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: a powerful visual image
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: Yamaha takes aim at the Harley Road Glide Ultra
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: Yamaha takes aim at the Harley Road Glide Ultra
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: a luxury mile muncher custom tailored to the American long distance market
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: a luxury mile muncher custom tailored to the American long distance market
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: capable of being ridden in groups
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: capable of being ridden in groups
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: signature front scoops will be the easiest way to spot one
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: signature front scoops will be the easiest way to spot one
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: a Japanese luxury tourer custom-built for the American market
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: a Japanese luxury tourer custom-built for the American market
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: will provide outstanding 2-up comfort
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: will provide outstanding 2-up comfort
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: big tourers like this have been known to handle better than you might expect
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: big tourers like this have been known to handle better than you might expect
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: where Honda goes for more cylinders, Yamaha goes for less
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: where Honda goes for more cylinders, Yamaha goes for less
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: all-day, all-week, all-month comfort
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2017 Yamaha Star Venture: all-day, all-week, all-month comfort
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Yamaha has taken aim at the American megatouring market with a transcontinental luxury tourer based on the 1854cc v-twin engine from its Raider cruiser. The Star Venture, with its full color infotainment system and electric park assist, becomes Yamaha's new touring flagship.

America sells somewhere around 500,000 new motorcycles every year, and around half of those are v-twin cruisers. A lot of American riders won't buy anything else. So it makes sense for Yamaha to base its new touring flagship on a platform it knows the USA likes: a whopping big twin.

2017 Yamaha Star Venture: nearly a thousand pounds of America-first touring
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: nearly a thousand pounds of America-first touring

The Star Venture is specified to compete with some of the best bikes Harley makes: its Road Glide Ultra touring machine. Yamaha's 1854cc v-twin engine sits just under the displacement of Harley's largest 114 ci (1868cc) Milwaukee Eight motor.

To make up for its lack of 'Murican freedom points, the Star Venture integrates a slightly larger 7-inch screen on its infotainment system than the Ultra's 6.5-inch job. It also gets a park assist feature so you don't have to push its monstrous 434 kg (957 lb) bulk around in the shed. This electric Sure-Park drive system slowly moves the bike in forward or reverse directions at about 1 km/h (0.6 mph).

2017 Yamaha Star Venture: big tourers like this have been known to handle better than you might expect
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: big tourers like this have been known to handle better than you might expect

Otherwise, it's got everything you'd expect, from LED quad headlights, adjustable windscreen and central-locking saddlebags and top trunk, to four-way heated seats and grips, adjustable backrests, tire pressure sensors and a full set of electronic driver assist gear (ABS, TC, cruise control and riding modes). Not to mention the obligatory huge stereo system.

2017 Yamaha Star Venture: analogue clocks and a very digital colour infotainment screen
2017 Yamaha Star Venture: analogue clocks and a very digital colour infotainment screen

Bump it up with the TransContinental (TC) touring pack, and you can add on built-in GPS navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, dual zone audio control, fog lights, additional storage and a security system with an alarm.

The big gal's got a bit of visual presence, with its giant side air scoops making a signature impact. I suspect they'll be easy to recognize on the street.

It's a Yamaha, so it will be a quality product. All that remains to be seen is how the Star Venture is embraced by American distance riders. Retail is US$24,990, or US$26,990 with the TC Touring package.

Lots of photos in the gallery, enjoy!

Source: Yamaha

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12 comments
Buellrider
The radiators were copied off the Buell 1125r bike. Buell should get a royalty off the Yamaha Royal Star.
bdep110
I'm not sure that it would be enforced, but the 4 headlight configuration is illegal in Oregon. Section 816.350 of the Oregon vehicle code states "(1)(a) A motorcycle may not be equipped with more than three headlights."
Bob B
@bdep110 - The Honda Goldwing has had a four headlight system since 2001 and I have never heard of anyone getting in trouble for that. I don't, however, live on the west coast so my knowledge may be limited in that area.
DanHammack
@Buellrider, the bike is air cooled, there are no radiators.
Mayakovski
Dang that thing is ugly.
guzmanchinky
And the Harley riders will poke fun at you all day. Until they break down.
Nik
I was once told that in Japan, you could not use a motorcycle unless you could pick it up if it fell on its side! How many people can pick up nearly half a ton? I'd be chicken to take such a monster anywhere away from a crowd, who could help me pick it up if I dropped it. I love motorcycling, but the stress of riding this thing would detract from that, I'd have to have sissy outrigger wheels fitted.
AidanWojtak
What?! No air conditioning!
Gabriel Jones
2 are headlights and the other 2 are DRL's... my opinion.
possum1
Shaft or belt drive ? What angles of lean is it capable of ? It will definitely have more HP and Torque than HD. I met a Royal Star owner some time ago who delighted in hunting down and blasting past HD riders, guess he just got a new weapon !