Yamaha Royal Star Venture Reviews

2006 Yamaha Royal Star Venture from United States of America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance34593 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha Road Star 1700

Summary:

I will continue to enjoy this bike for at least another 35,000 miles

Faults:

The cruise cancel button quit at 15,000 miles and was repaired under warranty.

Radio had issue with cutting out, and was repaired under warranty.

The design on the air filter covers needs some changing.

General Comments:

This is a great bike only if you like to ride long distances. Not great for "hopping" around town as it is massive.

The comfort and reliability have been great, with ample storage for a week at a time (or more).

Handling is very good, even though it is a big bike. With all the luxuries such as the CB and radio with IPod connection, the miles are very enjoyable.

The fairing and windshield do a great job of protecting you in the rain, and if you ride, you will ride in the rain.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2010

1999 Yamaha Royal Star Venture from United States of America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired300 miles
Most recent distance14271 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki 1500 Intruder LC

Summary:

Amazing power, comfort and reliability in this 860 LB machine

Faults:

So far the only things to go wrong with the motorcycle have been premature tire wear. Replaced the stock Dunlops with Metzeler ME880 tires - awesome upgrade.

Replace the final drive - covered under the dealer warranty.

Replace the clutch basket - covered under the warranty.

General Comments:

After riding a Suzuki Intruder LS for 6 months, I was so frustrated at the lousy performance that I stopped into a Yamaha dealer to look around. I sat on a 99 Venture that was a dealer left over. I traded the Suzuki and bought the Venture with the CD option for $13,000, about $3,000 off the original price.

This bike handles like a dream and is exceptionally comfortable, I am 6'4" and 360 lbs and this bike fits me well, more comfortable than any other big bike I have tried.

The power is amazing, it is a v4 with 99HP, I can go 120 in 4th gear on this heavy machine.

The stereo system rocks on this bike, the only drawback is that the CD player skips on bumpy roads, so I use tapes or my MP3 player which plugs into a built in auxiliary jack.

You can't beat Yamaha's 5 year warranty/roadside assistance program- simply the best around.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2006

1999 Yamaha Royal Star Venture from United States of America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired11500 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki ZL1000 Eliminator

Summary:

Well-featured comfort for the long rider

Faults:

The bolts for the rear trunk mounting brackets vibrate loose on nearly every ride. I put some Loc-Tite on the threads when I was last tinkering with the bike overall, so this may have solved the problem.

The rear trunk bottom had stress cracks around the mounting bolts (this was a service recall only if you found them on your own bike). Bought a kit from Yamaha for $25.00 to help minimize vibration-related cracks from spreading further.

General Comments:

Very comfortable ride for such a heavy machine (well over 800 pounds). Long rides produce no fatigue as there is ample room to shift your feet on the floorboards. Good wind protection, too.

Lots of space in the saddlebags and trunk for bringing everything you'd need along with you.

The windshield is on the tall side, forcing you to look through it all the time unless you are taller than 6'6" (I'm 5'10"). Aftermarket/shorter shields are available, though.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2004

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews