Yamaha has just taken the wraps off its newest full-sized cruiser, the Star Venture. The Venture fits under Yamaha’s Star brand that caters to cruiser demand in the USA. The bike maker labels this motorcycle an ‘Intercontinental tourer’ and it is essentially a full-sized cruiser along the same lines as motorcycles like the Honda Gold Wing, Indian Road master, BMW K 1600 GTL and numerous Harley-Davidsons including the Road Glide Ultra (not available in India).
Design and features
The Venture packs flowing lines similar to the recently discontinued line of Victory Motorcycles. Dominating the design up front is an enormous fairing that houses quad, full-LED headlamps. Facing the rider is a 7.0-inch LCD display that can be controlled either by touch, handlebar controls or the rider’s voice. This screen allows riders to control navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and other functions. Flanking the LCD monitor is a traditional analogue speedometer on the left and an analogue rev counter on the right, with the tachometer sitting above an analogue fuel gauge. At the extremities of the enormous fairing are two large speakers that will blare out music to keep the rider entertained on long rides.
The fairing houses a stowage space with USB charging for any electronic devices. The windscreen is electrically adjustable and offers 3.5-inches of up/down movement. Additional airflow can be adjusted via vents in the middle and lower sections of the fairing. For those chilly rides, it comes with heated handlebar grips as well as backrests and heated seats.
With its large side bags and top case, the Yamaha Star Venture offers a cavernous 141 litres of total luggage capacity, with the top case being wide enough to accommodate two full face helmets. The luggage cases, as well as the in-fairing stowage space, are provided with factory-fitted electric locks. The Star Venture comes with a keyless lock and ignition system similar to the ones we’ve seen on premium Ducatis and Indian motorcycles.