Yamaha XVZ1200D Venture Royale Reviews

1983 Yamaha XVZ1200D Venture Royale from United States of America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1983
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.1 / 10
Distance when acquired50 miles
Most recent distance27500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CX500

Summary:

Great bike once the alternator glitch was straightened out

Faults:

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

1983 Yamaha XVZ1200D Venture Royale from United States of America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired33500 miles
Most recent distance34200 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda GL500 Silverwing

Faults:

I've had two of these Ventures. Both identical except color.

Both had problems with the computerized monitors, however, I check all vitals manually, so it isn't a big deal. The warning light keeps flashing, but I no longer see it as I have a black piece of paper cut out and placed over the monitors window, thus blocking it.

The 2nd gear on my previous Venture started to miss at approximately 28K miles. It didn't do it all the time. No problems on this one.

The other thing that happens is the paint on both motorcycles fade. Uh oh, better get MAACO. I will probably have MAACO paint the top of the back trunk, the outsides of the two side trunks, and the top of the gas tank cover.

General Comments:

I enjoyed the Venture 20 years ago. So much so that I bought another last fall. I put $1000.00 into it to make it run perfect. It does! I would not hesitate to take it anywhere.

I like the feel of this bike over the Goldwing because of the quicker response and comfort. I am a tall guy and this bike fits me better.

The 2nd gear thing is not a problem (knock on wood), but I would not let this stop me from purchasing one of these. Great bike. Great value!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th March, 2009

1983 Yamaha XVZ1200D Venture Royale from United States of America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
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
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.9 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles

Summary:

Best bike from the 80's, and still looks great

Faults:

Had to replace a battery, which was probably 4 years old.

Done some plastic repairs to the fairing.

General Comments:

My uncle bought this bike new in 1983 and gave it to me in 2003. The bike only had 10,000 miles on it when I got it, thanks to the weather in Michigan. My uncle kept the bike in his garage, but the roof leaked, and by the time I picked it up there was junk piled up all over it. In fact all you could see was the taillight.

So I dug the bike out, and it was a pain in the butt to get on my trailer with flat tires.

Once I got the bike home, I spent a week cleaning it up and was surprised that the bike held up pretty well. I took the bike to the local Yamaha dealer expecting the worse. But only spent $460.00 for a complete maintenance service. The service tech said the bike was in great shape.

I'm 6'1'' and the Venture is the most comfortable bike I have ever rode. The bike is fast and is very easy to handle. The bike still looks great and people are surprised when I tell them it's an 83'.

If you are looking for a used bike, I recommend the 1st generation Yamaha Venture, it's worth every penny.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2009

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!!

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 4 reviews