1988 Yamaha XVZ1300 Venture Royale from United States of America
Best bike for the money
External shift linkage.
I had the 1200, earlier version of this for a couple of years. Went for the bigger one because most of the shortcomings of the first model were resolved. Now, I've had a fair number of bikes, including a BMW bought off the showroom floor. But, for the money; this is the best I've experienced. No real problems and it keeps on running. Most maintenance you can do yourself without difficulty.
Bought this for $1500, put another $300 into it. Runs like new, and after getting the seat re-foamed ($125), it runs SO sweet and max comfort.
Ask yourself; where are you gonna get as much bike for so little money? Would I rather have a new bike? Sure! But what I would buy new is $25,000, and riding the Yammy lets you have the same experience... of riding. It is the same air, after all!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th June, 2015