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.

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.

8th Nov 2014, 07:10

I recently bought a 1987 Yamaha Venture Royale XVZ13DW that had been converted to the one barrel carburetor. Gas mileage stinks. Maybe 8 miles per gallon. Also am running into plastic breaking around screws. The previous owner had let the bike go down hill and I think he knew he had found the right person to take it off his hands.

I've had the bike for over a month and have only ridden it for 4, maybe 5 hours. It rides and handles like a dream. But the hours of labor and parts I've had to buy for it, kind of takes the fun out of it. Seems like all the plastic is falling off, and requires lots of fiber glassing and reinforcing just to hopefully get it back together again someday. Thought I was getting something to ride, but in about two days was in for a big surprise. It may be ready to ride by the middle of next summer and probably $4000.00 more than I paid for it. You just never know what you're getting when you buy anything used.

Had a Harley Ultra Glide Classic before this one. The Yamaha beats the ride of the Harley, if you can keep it together. The Yamaha is much more top heavy than the Harley. It is not a city bike. It will fall quickly if you're not careful. This one just fell over one day with no one around it.

Great ride though, if I ever get to ride it again, and can afford the gas.

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.


23rd Sep 2014, 17:07

"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."

What do you mean by that? It sounds very interesting. I would like to know more about that.

Thank you.

22nd Apr 2015, 02:42


Does the 1987 Yamaha Venture Royale have ABS brakes?

Craig, volleyballcraig@gmail.com

8th Jun 2015, 05:08