1987 Yamaha XVZ1300D Venture Royale from United States of America
The Yamaha Venture Royale is a "800 pound Crotch Rocket"!
One of the first things I repaired was the fuse box. It contained 5 glass BUSS type fuses, and I converted it to ATC type fuses with a new fuse box. Excellent upgrade!
The next issue I addressed was the "Linked" braking system. I de-linked the front and rear brakes, and because the front calipers had two different piston sizes, I switched to Yamaha R1 calipers in the front. To say that the braking was different would be an understatement!
I was looking for a bit more "Getty-up", and to achieve this I swapped out the stock VR final drive with a 2005 FJR1300 final drive. Totally different bike now.
My 1987 Yamaha Venture Royale is featured in the Wikipedia online Encyclopedia in "The History of the Yamaha Venture Royale". Right side of page, third bike down.
I have owned 5 of these Ventures, and this 1987 is the nicest one I have owned.
I have personally put over 40,000 miles on this Venture, and you would be hard pressed to find a faster, more comfortable motorcycle for the money. It is a shame that Yamaha doesn't make them any more.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd August, 2010
10th Jun 2012, 18:45
I would like to know how you managed the fuse box conversion? What did you use to put it together, and could I get some pics? Thanks, Bill.
23rd Sep 2014, 17:07
"I was looking for a bit more "Getty-up", and to achieve this I swapped out the stock VR final drive with a 2005 FJR1300 final drive. Totally different bike now."
What do you mean by that? It sounds very interesting. I would like to know more about that.
22nd Apr 2015, 02:42
Does the 1987 Yamaha Venture Royale have ABS brakes?
8th Jun 2015, 05:08