1984 Yamaha Venture Royale from United States of America
Great ride with lots of power, which would be even better without the electrical issues...
Dash lights out.
Radio did not work when purchased.
Turn signals worked intermittently.
Fuse box corroded and rotted out.
Broken plastic body pieces.
Trunk and side cases leaked even during light rain.
Rear air shocks either wouldn't hold air or the compressor didn't pump.
Ignition switch would not hold the key in, which caused my keys to fall out and get lost.
Other than terrible electrical issues, the bike always started and ran great. Didn't seem to have the gear issue that a lot of them do (not yet at 36,000 miles anyway). Had a lot of power and acceleration from a 1200cc engine. Did seem excessively heavy and hard to control at times, although I was a bit inexperienced with such a big bike at the time (went from a Honda Reflex 250cc Maxi-Scooter to this massive touring bike, which was probably not the best idea). Also seemed to have a "lean-in" a bit when driving.
I wouldn't mind having another one if the said issues were fixed on it. I think that now that I have 8 years of riding bikes, which range between the Yamaha, an HD Sportster, and my current bike, a 1983 Honda Goldwing Standard, I could appreciate the Venture a little more now.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th September, 2014