A Review of the Yamaha Royal Star Venture Motorcycle

Apr 12, 2008 Full story: Associated Content 49

Font Discriminating long-haul tour riders know that they really only have two choices when it comes to a full-dress touring bike, the Honda Goldwing, and the Yamaha Royal Star Venture. via Associated Content

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Chuck Baker

Lexington, SC

#1 Jun 27, 2008
I have an '03' Midnite Venture. Took it to Chicago, picked up Rt66 all the way to Santa Monica CA then up north and back via Northern Rt . Total 23 states. Not a single problem even pulling an escape trailor. Loved it then and still do. Had a great time. Did it again with a Goldwing trike. Still a good ride either way.
Steve

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Aug 7, 2008
'06 Venture - Black Cherry. Love it! My wife and I have been to the top of Mt. Evans, Pike's Peak, and Trail Ridge Road (Colorado's Triple Crown) on both a First Generation Venture, and the new one. Been down what's left of Rte 66. Beartooth Pass and the Chief Joseph Highway. The Tail of the Dragon. Canada.

These things are made to go a looooooooooong way.

Goldwings are nice, but they're a dime a dozen. Ventures are rare. I like it that way. I don't need a neon ping pong ball on my antenna to find my bike in a crowd.

Can't imagine riding anything else.
Mikey

Southfield, MI

#3 Aug 17, 2008
Don't need a neon ping pong ball to fine my 1800 Goldwing in a crowd. It's made with a key fob, like one gets with a car. All ya have to do is push the horn icon on it, this makes the horn sound and the lights blink.
Seriously, The Yamaha Venture is a fine bike. As good, if not better than many.
Mikey

Southfield, MI

#4 Aug 17, 2008
Don't need a neon ping pong ball to find my 1800 Goldwing in a crowd. It's made with a key fob, like one gets with a car. All ya have to do is push the horn icon on it, this makes the horn sound and the lights blink.
Seriously, The Yamaha Venture is a fine bike. As good, if not better than many.
Burgie

Boise, ID

#5 Sep 8, 2008
I have had 2 1200cc Goldwings 84 Interstate and an
86 Aspencade. I was without a bike from 89to2004. It was terrible! November 04 I purchased a 2005 Yamaha Venture and rode it until June 2008 I put on 25,740 miles and never had a second of problems. I loved the bike.June 08 I rode a 2008 Goldwing and my Venture found a new home. The Wing is a Great bike,The BEST I have ever owned,this is number 9. The Venture is a Great bike but, it is not a Wing. I would recommend either but if you are planing on keeping a bike for 10 plus years go for the Goldwing.
Ride Safe,watch for the Cagers!
Hal

Huntington, NY

#6 Sep 28, 2008
I bought my 99 Venture in May of 2002 with just 3,800 miles on it. Now it has 68,000 miles. This is a great bike and it pulls a camper too. Sure, it doesn't have some features that the Goldwing has, but this bike has a terrific feel to it. The engine is powerful and has a great thobing sound. It handles well and still gets looks from others. It's needed no work other than brakes and tires.
Steve

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Oct 4, 2008
Burgie wrote:
I have had 2 1200cc Goldwings 84 Interstate and an
86 Aspencade. I was without a bike from 89to2004. It was terrible! November 04 I purchased a 2005 Yamaha Venture and rode it until June 2008 I put on 25,740 miles and never had a second of problems. I loved the bike.June 08 I rode a 2008 Goldwing and my Venture found a new home. The Wing is a Great bike,The BEST I have ever owned,this is number 9. The Venture is a Great bike but, it is not a Wing. I would recommend either but if you are planing on keeping a bike for 10 plus years go for the Goldwing.
Ride Safe,watch for the Cagers!
My '85 Venture Royale went 167k before I parked it and got an '05 Royal Star Venture. My '05 went 10k in a summer before it was picked out from under me by an uninvited visitor from the south. I ordered my '06 from a hospital bed. It has gone 27k so far and I was only able to put a few thousand on it the first season due to a bone graft. I expect at least another 150k out of it. Ten plus years? No problem.

I'm not dissing the Wing. They're great bikes. Still, I'm a Venture fan. I prefer the look and feel. For me, the Venture is the best.

I tell people that if they're shopping, look at both, ride both, then decide. You can't go wrong with either machine. I'm glad the Venture isn't a Wing. I'm a big fan of choice. Can't have choice without difference.

Ride safe. Keep smiling.
mr d

AOL

#8 Oct 19, 2008
when i went to by a bike the only one came to mind was a 2002 venture . power style and loaded with everything . lov it and might add cost less,
what a bike . when u ride one u will understand what i am saying...
John Rockford MI

Traverse City, MI

#9 Nov 7, 2008
I found a 83 venture in a barn this spring.
Put a little money into it now it looks & runs great. Rode it all summer,most fun I've had in years
Ride safe
Steve

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Nov 8, 2008
John Rockford MI wrote:
I found a 83 venture in a barn this spring.
Put a little money into it now it looks & runs great. Rode it all summer,most fun I've had in years
Ride safe
That's a first year Mk I First Generation Venture. Great bike.

Log on to VentureRider.org and give it a try. It's a free site with loads of info about Ventures, both old and new, and great people who are more than willing to help when you need it.

While this isn't the best time of year to be mentioning this, what with winter coming our way and all, we organize group rides both large and small. We have people all over the US and Canada, plus a few from truly far away places. I've been to a couple of Meet & Eats in the Marine City area, and one that started in Niles and went up to Benton Harbor and back. Next year's International Rally will be at The Hub in Arkansas. Check it out.
Dutch

Phelps, NY

#11 Aug 27, 2010
I bought a 2000 Venture with only 7394 miles on it, I rode it a few months, and it started to slightly back fire when release of the throttle and at idle, it now has 9430 miles, the machanic told me it normal and had other venture's come in with the same problem. my thinking is it's not, does anyone have any input. I love the bike and it's handleing is awsome. Thanks.
coyboy

United States

#12 Aug 28, 2010
Dutch wrote:
I bought a 2000 Venture with only 7394 miles on it, I rode it a few months, and it started to slightly back fire when release of the throttle and at idle, it now has 9430 miles, the machanic told me it normal and had other venture's come in with the same problem. my thinking is it's not, does anyone have any input. I love the bike and it's handleing is awsome. Thanks.
Check the air/fuel mix in the carbs. They'll act like that when the ratio is lean. Lazy ass mechanic!
Harry

Allen, TX

#13 Aug 28, 2010
About three months ago I got 83 Venture. It needed some work, mostly body. Some fiberglass work and paint job and she looks like brand new, Dodge Viper Blue.
It doesn't beat 1800 Goldwing but it is way ahead of 80's Goldwings. Three months ago I took a ride from Wisconsin to Texas pulling a trailer. Not a single problem. I love Ventures. Some day I will upgrade to 1800 Goldwing. I don't like new Venture body style.
Dutch

Phelps, NY

#15 Aug 28, 2010
coyboy wrote:
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Check the air/fuel mix in the carbs. They'll act like that when the ratio is lean. Lazy ass mechanic!
thanks cowboy they did sync the carbs I don't know if that helps the air/ fuel mix. I will probably end up taking it to a different machanic.
rob

UK

#16 Sep 5, 2010
hi guys i just toom my 01 royal star venture
out for the first time today and i nearly lost it twice the steering felt as though it veered bike
towards pavement it was horrifying i had an lt prior to this so no stranger to big bikes
the suspension has enough play but feels heavy to turn
and the front tyre looks huge it wasnt so bad once i got on the highway is it me??
its not just the weight at low speed thats to be expected but now i am concerned
any suggestions would sure be appreciated
Harry

Allen, TX

#17 Sep 5, 2010
rob wrote:
hi guys i just toom my 01 royal star venture
out for the first time today and i nearly lost it twice the steering felt as though it veered bike
towards pavement it was horrifying i had an lt prior to this so no stranger to big bikes
the suspension has enough play but feels heavy to turn
and the front tyre looks huge it wasnt so bad once i got on the highway is it me??
its not just the weight at low speed thats to be expected but now i am concerned
any suggestions would sure be appreciated
I am not sure about the steering on 01 since I have not ridden one and probably will not. Not a fan of Road King style.
To give it a more thought though. I think there are more stuff mounted on front shocks that could make it feel heavy. Another thing to check...Get bike on the lift so that front end is off the ground and check if there is any play in the bearings on steering.
hungryeye

Scottsdale, AZ

#18 Oct 12, 2010
rob wrote:
hi guys i just toom my 01 royal star venture
out for the first time today and i nearly lost it twice the steering felt as though it veered bike
towards pavement it was horrifying i had an lt prior to this so no stranger to big bikes
the suspension has enough play but feels heavy to turn
and the front tyre looks huge it wasnt so bad once i got on the highway is it me??
its not just the weight at low speed thats to be expected but now i am concerned
any suggestions would sure be appreciated
Put air in the tires and cheak weekly!!!
rob

UK

#19 Nov 7, 2010
hungryeye wrote:
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Put air in the tires and cheak weekly!!!
thats exactly what the prob was hungryeye
they looked solid as u know they are a wide tyre to
there was barely 20lb of pressure in so
whacked it up to 39lb feels real good now
Dude

Chicago, IL

#20 Nov 7, 2010
I love Honda only
tim radford wv

Fairmont, WV

#21 Apr 24, 2011
i have 09 venture love it except it is hard on tires tried metzler & donlop any suggestions ?

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