Buying an 88 VR with 77K all white from a dealer in Sandusky Michigan. Says it's a dream machine from Arizona. Will pick it up at the end of the month, my first dresser ever. Hope all is as sweet as you all say they are. Will get back to you all when I pick it up and ride it a while. Thanks for all the encouragement.
Considering a 1986 VR. It has a sidecar. The bike has 80990 miles. I have not purchased the bike as of yet. Please assist with comments as to the mileage. The bike appears to be in good looking condition. The seller is asking 5900.00. Good price or too much? Please reply to "email@example.com"
An older bike with so few miles/kilometers on it... what to watch for:
I bought a 1990 Venture Royale with 50,000kms on it... watch out for rust in the bottom of the fuel tank... I ended up having to drain the tank, scrape out the rust off the bottom... then treat the tank and line the bottom of the tank. I should have lined the entire tank, but that would require removing the tank from the bike, which means removing the entire rear sub-frame of the motorcycle to get the tank out. I "discovered" the rust by having the bike quit on me with a full tank of gas... the rust got sucked into the petcock after the filter in the tank "disconnected", and ended up floating around in the tank.
Check the tank bottom by removing the fuel gauge sensor on the top of the tank (under the seat) and looking inside... and check your fuel filter for signs of rust particles.
I am presently riding my third VR, and love the bike, but it has almost 300000 km, and I really have enjoyed this beautiful motorcycle. I have done regular maintenance, and have changed the stator twice in more than 20 years of riding, no major problem (I had to redo the solders in the class system twice, but that was easy to do... it is still working perfectly).
My first Venture was the 1983 base model, which I rode until my good friend hit me in the back in Lake George (Aspencade RDV) with his new 87 VR.
My second Venture is a 1985 model, which I still have, and ride a couple of times a year. My wife wonders why I keep it, since I have the 89 VR (it is very hard for her to understand that I can't let go of IMHO the best touring motorcycle ever made, and I have driven most of the touring bikes). On the 85, I had to have the 2nd gear fixed and a stator. Beside that, I had to replace the drive shaft and the gear... exceptional reliability in all my Ventures, but at 300,000 kms I am keeping my eyes open for a VR with a little less experience (I will get a 1300, since I am keeping my 1200 1985 Venture).
Please drive safely and enjoy life; they say we're dead for a long time.
I have been riding and enjoying motorcycles for almost 60 years.
I purchased a 1983 Yamaha Venture Royal over the winter of 2011. I went through the whole bike for major cleaning and maintenance. Not that it needed it, but I am very picky. I did not drive the bike when I purchased it, but I did run and go through the gears and everything in-between; all seemed great. I paid $2500, with 40,000 miles.
Well being an ex-Wing owner, I will not look back, because I love this Yamaha 1200, and the looks and comments I get every time I take it out!
But, I do have some concerns that maybe someone can answer for me before taking the bike for passable repairs.
The bike runs hot, most of the time between the green and red?
The clutch chatters. I have heard louder than mine, but this still concerns me?
On the highway, the bike rides smooth as silk, except between 55 and 65, then it's smooth as silk again? (I'm thinking I'm not used to a V block and riding the Wing, normal?).
Happy trails, and thank you!
I'm not sure if anyone can help me, but I also have a 89 Venture Royale that I like very much, but the problem I'm having is in the steering, because when I hit a little bump or crack in the road, the handle bars go crazy and shake a lot. And if I take a hand off, it gets even worse. I also have a difficult time keeping the bike straight when slowing down or coming to a stop; I find the bike wanting to go all over the place. Now on the highway it rides great, but I wouldn't want to hit a good bump in the road because I could lose all control I'm sure. Have changed the steering and wheel bearings, and no better; most shops don't work on older bikes and no one else has any ideas. It's in great condition with only 20k on it.
Any help would be deeply appreciated... Dale.