1992 Yamaha Venture Royale from United States of America


The best deal on two wheels


This bike sat for 18 years, mice had ate through the wiring in the fairing, had the carbs rebuilt, completely gone through, the front tire is badly cupped and it needs fork seals, which I'm doing now... just problems from sitting.

General Comments:

This is my 3rd Venture. I am an ex-racer from Yamaha. I've had several full dressers, and hands down the Venture is by far the best handling, most comfortable bike made; too bad Yamaha couldn't keep it going.

It was very well built; if you don't know, it sits on a V max frame, so it handles far better than I would say all big bikes. I had a few XS1100 - they took a beating probably better than the Venture, but they weren't made to stand wheelies at 80 mph and up.

The only thing I can fault is the weak front forks; other than that I would highly recommend a Venture to anyone wanting a reliable dresser, cos there's nothing worse than being broke down on a bike you can't hardly push, put in a truck or pull with a car. You can ride the Venture on a front flat if needed for a long ways; that's great.


Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2017

1987 Yamaha Venture Royale from United States of America




Really nothing yet. Runs out fine. Occasional weird idling, but not too often.

General Comments:

Great bike and I've owned them all from Harleys to to Gold Wings, Calvacades, Voyagers, and BMWs.

I'm a big guy, the bike is roomy, comfortable, quick, and with the alterations I've made like Bluetooth radio, final drive swap, amplifier, GPS, LEDs, and various chrome parts, it exceeds Gold Wing status by leaps and bounds.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2017

1986 Yamaha Venture Royale from United States of America


Excellent reliability at an affordable price


Problems with dash gauges, broken center stand, normal maintenance items, weak plastic trim, minor electrical issues.

General Comments:

This is my second 1986 Venture Royale. I had one in the mid 90s, which was almost a twin to this one. I will include comments that are equally applicable to both bikes, which I think will establish a trend for this particular model.

The bike is among the most comfortable available for cross country touring, either single or two up. At first sitting on the bike, the size may appear daunting and slightly intimidating. However, get the bike rolling, and its size quickly diminishes, and handling is quite good considering the overall heft of the machine.

The suspension is handled by a relatively sophisticated and fairly reliable air suspension system. In order to check and adjust the system, the bike MUST be on the center stand and the key MUST be in the "accessory" position. Then you push the button on the air suspension control (right fairing) and give the system time to "think", 2-5 seconds, and the display will show either the front or rear suspension level in PSI, and also either "low", "high", or "medium". You have the choice of "manual" or "auto" air adjustment, and after pushing the appropriate buttons, will hear the compressor operating to fill or lessen the air in the front or rear to your desired level. It does take a bit of fiddling with the buttons, but generally works pretty well. While on tour with the bike, it is best to set the suspension, or at least check it every morning and it should stay pretty much all day. Neither bike I owned had any issues with this system.

The bike also has electronic cruise control. These have both been inconsistent on the bikes I've had. They will only set at speeds under 85 mph. The "set" generally works pretty well, but is not real diligent about holding that speed. It will usually work well for a while, then shut off, requiring either a reset, or, more often only a tap on the "resume" function. This has been the case with both of the machines I've owned and has become nothing more than a minor annoyance. Not a big deal, in my book, especially on a bike nearly 30 years old.

The fairing pieces are a bit brittle, both of these machines have shown cracks and imperfections at premature intervals. Honda plastics seems to be more durable, but I think any in this age group are going to be less than ideal.

Mechanically, the bike is fairly reliable, with the big V-4 motor at the heart of it all. The 1986 is the first year for the 1300 cc (actually 1294cc) motor. From 1983 (the inception year) until 1985 it was a 1200cc motor. Both engines have lots of power, especially a lot of low end torque, which is what you "feel" when you take off, and two up riders particularly will like the commanding acceleration the bike provides.

The Venture was Yamaha's answer to Honda's Goldwing, and actually did quite well in comparison until the mighty 6 cylinder Honda came out in 1988. Even though the Yamaha would still perform, usually "neck and neck" with the Wing, it was still a 4, compared to the Honda's 6. "Bigger is Better" won out and after 1993, the big Yamaha was discontinued, although the engine design was also shared by the successful "V-Max" and later a "cruiser" version of the Royal Star, aptly called the Royal Star Venture.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2015

19th Dec 2016, 16:57

Did they ever make a 1300 cc in 1984? Please reply to kengormley51@gmail.com