1983 Yamaha XVZ1200D Venture Royale from United States of America
Great bike once the alternator glitch was straightened out
Alternator fried in first couple of months. Replaced under warranty.
Second alternator replaced under warranty. Was told factory had fixed original design flaw.
Third alternator fried 400 miles from home on a Sunday. Took almost a week for the dealer to get a replacement alternator.
After that, the bike ran fine until I sold it years later.
Tires and brakes were frequently replaced, but that is to be expected on a big, heavy, and powerful touring bike that was ridden long, hard, and frequently overloaded.
If not for the alternator problems, and maybe if they hadn't happened so far from home, I would have felt less bothered about it. Nah. A brand new touring bike that can't tour would tick me off no matter where it broke down. A motorcycle magazine popular at the time had its husband-and-wife team take a new Venture Royale on a mega mile road tour/ road test, and they reported no problems with the bike. I should have figured they probably had a Yamaha tech team in a chase truck rebuild the dammed thing every night. (Joke. Sorta.)
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 24th August, 2011
4th Mar 2009, 10:01
I have owned two '83's, and presently an '89 Venture, and find them to be excellent bikes. The only drawback is that they are a bit top heavy, so slower riding is a tad difficult until you get the feel for it.
One mechanical issue you may come across is second gear. Up to the '86 model, second gear had a habit of slipping out of gear. The bike is powerful enough to go from first to third if you don't want to fix it. I had my second '83 fixed, but traded in my first one before getting it fixed. And I still love the look. They still command the same money as they did 10-15 years ago for resale. Great bike!!