1987 Yamaha XVZ1300D Venture Royale from United States of America

Summary:

The Yamaha Venture Royale is a "800 pound Crotch Rocket"!

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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.

wbath@neo.rr.com

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.

Thank you.

1991 Yamaha XVZ1300D Venture Royale from United States of America

Summary:

Fabulous

Faults:

Stater went out at approx 60k, and the clutch slips when hot.

General Comments:

I have been cycling for nearly 40 yrs. I have never had a more comfortable, reliable, quick motorcycle. I admittedly have never owned or ridden something in the Hayabusa class, but the Venture NEVER lacked for power, handling and braking under any conditions.

Unfortunately I hit something slick one day and I broke a lot of plastic and a bunch of my bones, not to mention my pride. I healed, but I have yet to repair the damage to my trusty mount. I have other bikes, but I would dearly like to restore him to at least ridable condition.

I have not enjoyed another bike quite as much as the Venture, before or since. I presently ride a Goldwing and it is nice, but doesn't hold a candle to the Venture.

If you know of any source of fairing parts for a 91 Venture Royale, please email me.

Thank you. Gary at; garyimpett@yahoo.com

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2010

9th Oct 2014, 16:48

Had a similar mishap. Did you check eBay? I managed to get all the parts I needed for under 200 USD.

Hope this helps, Gene.

1984 Yamaha XVZ1300D Venture Royale from United States of America

Summary:

Not a bad touring bike for the money

Faults:

Seat was worn and split.

Trunk and saddle bags cracked.

Gear shifter was loose and worn.

General Comments:

The bike handled good and had plenty of power.

Compared to my current bike (1994 Honda Goldwing GL1500), the frame of the Venture Royale was not very sturdy, especially when carrying a passenger.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2008

1986 Yamaha XVZ1300D Venture Royale from United States of America

Summary:

Superb!

Faults:

During the time I owned my 1986 Venture, all I did was regular maintenance.

General Comments:

Very dependable, very quick, very comfortable! I would love to find another one with fairly low miles.

markllano@hotmail.com

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2008

25th Oct 2014, 23:48

Hello, I just read your comment and was just wondering if you are still riding your Venture Royale? I picked one up with 1040 miles on it this last January 2014. The mileage is correct, one thousand and forty miles. It was unheard of as I have never seen a bike like this in perfect condition having everything working.

I just turned her over to the two thousand mile mark. She handles like a brand new bike.

Let me know if you are riding and maybe we can keep in touch.

Semper Fidelis, Rob.