1990 Yamaha Venture Royale XVZ 1300
One of the best cruisers ever made!
Not a single mechanical problem with this machine to date.
No issues what-so-ever with the upholstery, but it's always been garaged, covered, and leather conditioned regularly.
The only thing I've had to do is replace a couple of brake and turn signal bulbs.
One thing everyone agrees on... for a heavy machine (814 lbs.) the bike is very quick. The V4 rated @ 97 HP really comes on from 3500 to 6000 RPM, it will run with every 'bagger' out there. No one will have to wait for a Royale XVZ 1300!
In general, the riding position, using stock foot peg position and handle bar positioning, provides much more of a sport bike feel. Handling is 'very good' for such a big bike. Ground clearance allows for much better cornering than my Harley and Goldwing friends can compete with.
As a couple of postings have stated, there can be a wiggle from 60+ mph. Several things must be done to eliminate this issue, or keep from developing the issue. Tire pressure in combination with air pressure in the suspension, and tire brand are 70% of the wiggle problem. Keeping the steering head bearings tight is a must with the Royale as well.
This bike is so very comfortable on long rides, and not as bad as some indicate riding in town. Like they say, when coming to stop... get both feet on the ground. If the Royale leans a little far over... even big guys can forget keeping it from going down, unless you can dead-lift 500 lbs or so... LOL. But once moving, even at parking lot speeds, the Royale is a pleasure to ride.
The plastics on these old bikes generally have some cracks and broken fairing tabs. However, I think most of them are caused from being dropped when stopped... seriously. Nice condition used plastics are SUPER expensive and difficult to find. However, an old Royale in excellent condition will always turn those heads unfamiliar with the bike.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th January, 2014