1991 Yamaha XVZ1300D Venture Royale


If they don't dissolve at speed, it's the best ever made by the hand of man


The bike went into high speed wobble at only 60-65mph, and threw me off the bike. Witnesses in a car nearby said I was within the speed limit, in control, and suddenly the bike went into a severe wobble and tossed me off.

Anyone had any other problems with suspension, front forks, slight bump causing severe wobble, or knowledge of same? Please contact me.

General Comments:

Only had 24,400 miles on this 1991 Venture Royale. Loved it, and loved my 83 Venture even more before this one.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2011

25th Sep 2011, 23:03

Check out venturerider.org. You will find answers to all your questions, as well as advice from some of the most knowledgeable and helpful people about the venture. I have had my 89 up as high as 130 mph without any issue, so you must have something wrong. Tires could be part of the issue. Mine wobbled at 60 mph when I had Avon tires on it. Although they are a great tire, they just don't seem to agree with the 83 - 93 model year Ventures.

13th Sep 2013, 19:59

Yes, the big Yammie gets a little loose in the front from time to time. I had an 86 back in 1995, and just bought its twin last year. Seems especially sensitive to suspension settings (and condition) and tires (type and inflation levels). Still waiting to wear out the Dunlop Spitfires and replace with either 491t's or Michelin Macadams, depending on what I can find. Never had the bike wobble so bad that it tossed me off, but if my hands weren't firmly on the bars, control could have been a problem. Max out the pressure in the tires, set the front suspension at about 20 PSI, and make sure the front fluid is as fresh as possible. Progressive springs help some but not 100%. Set the rear suspension at medium to high (40-60 PSI). You will have cured most of its wobble with these modifications, but not all of the head shake is gone. Having said all that, there is not another bike of this vintage that can touch it for overall ride, power and brakes (you will need to use front AND rear controls for them).

The plastic on these bikes was pretty brittle, and I've never seen one without a few cracks here and there, IF it gets ridden.

Anyone else had the problem with leaving one of these out in the rain and then tried to start it? Something gets wet pretty easily (coils)? After it eventually starts, the tachometer doesn't work and it runs on 2 or 3 cylinders until (I guess) something dries out.

1987 Yamaha XVZ1300D Venture Royale


Power, comfort, smooth as butter on the highway


Air ride is currently not working. will check the circuit board. Other than that... Nothing.

General Comments:

Crazy powerful for a heavy bike.

Crazy comfortable.

Crazy good gas mileage for a heavy bike.

I love, love, love this bike. Will never get rid of it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th October, 2010

16th Jan 2012, 10:56

I found a 1989 Venture Royale with extremely low miles. 3900 at the time of purchase. The gas mileage stinks, only about 35 mpg. It appears some previous owner messed with the carbs and jetted them. Would that cause my low mileage? Can I change it back to stock?

Other than that, the bike is awesome. Handles great, runs awesome, and all day long comfort.

1987 Yamaha XVZ1300D Venture Royale


The Yamaha Venture Royale is a "800 pound Crotch Rocket"!


One of the first things I repaired was the fuse box. It contained 5 glass BUSS type fuses, and I converted it to ATC type fuses with a new fuse box. Excellent upgrade!

The next issue I addressed was the "Linked" braking system. I de-linked the front and rear brakes, and because the front calipers had two different piston sizes, I switched to Yamaha R1 calipers in the front. To say that the braking was different would be an understatement!

I was looking for a bit more "Getty-up", and to achieve this I swapped out the stock VR final drive with a 2005 FJR1300 final drive. Totally different bike now.

General Comments:

My 1987 Yamaha Venture Royale is featured in the Wikipedia online Encyclopedia in "The History of the Yamaha Venture Royale". Right side of page, third bike down.

I have owned 5 of these Ventures, and this 1987 is the nicest one I have owned.

I have personally put over 40,000 miles on this Venture, and you would be hard pressed to find a faster, more comfortable motorcycle for the money. It is a shame that Yamaha doesn't make them any more.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2010

10th Jun 2012, 18:45

I would like to know how you managed the fuse box conversion? What did you use to put it together, and could I get some pics? Thanks, Bill.