Yamaha Royal Star Venture

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2006 Yamaha Royal Star Venture photographed at Turkey Run State Park, Indiana

The Yamaha Royal Star Venture is a luxury touring motorcycle built by the Yamaha Motor Company. It was introduced in 1999 and was manufactured, largely unchanged, through the 2009 model year. Though Yamaha revived the Venture name which they used on the 1983-1993 Venture Royale models, the Royal Star Venture shares little with its predecessor except for the time proven liquid cooled V4 shaft drive power package. It departs from the earlier sport touring styling in favor of a classically styled touring look.

Vehicle Info


There are two basic models: standard and S. The standard model has brushed front forks while the S model has chrome front forks. The two models also have different color paint. Each year the standard model color has changed. During some model years the S model has retained the same color, though always different from the standard model. This is most noted in the "Midnight" version of the S model which featured Raven (black with silver metallic) paint.

The 1999-2000 had different style seats than the 2001 to current year models. The older seats were more firm than the newer "Pillow" top style seats. The older style flat panel seats were used on the Midnight models with the addition of chrome studs along the sides. The seats on the Midnight model were changed to the unstudded pillow top design for the last half of the 2006 model year. 2006 was the last year for the Midnight version of the S model.

Millennium Edition

In 2000 Yamaha produced the Millennium Edition Royal Star Venture. This year model was Pearl White/Ivory two tone with tan seats. Only 1,500 of these were produced.[1]


The Royal Star Venture is a large motorcycle. Rider seat height is 28.5 inches. It weighs 807 lbs dry, which yields a weight of 869 lbs with oil, coolant, and a full fuel tank. The Royal Star Venture has a 67.1 inch wheel base.[2] Among the stock amenities are a full AM/FM/Cassette stereo system with integrated CB, and electronic cruise control. The shock absorbers are air adjustable for preload to help compensate for different load sizes. It has a large trunk and side bags. The seats are either traditional flat panel, or pillow top depending on the model and year.[3]

The drive package on the Royal Star Venture includes a liquid cooled 1298cc (referred to as 1300cc) V-4 engine. It has four valves per cylinder, overhead camshafts, and shim over bucket valves. The five speed overdrive transmission is part of the engine case and both the engine and transmission share oil. The drive shaft and final drive assembly are built into the left side of the double sided swing arm. Swing arm motion is damped by a monoshock mounted in the center of the frame. The clutch is of the wet plate design and is hydraulically activated by the left hand lever.[4]

The brakes are all two piston design. Both front brakes are activated by the right hand lever. The rear brake is activated by the foot pedal on the right.[5] The brakes are quite robust, and are sized for a large touring machine that is often called upon to carry fairly large loads.

A few minor changes have been made for the 2001 and newer years. The trunk bottom of the 1999 model had a tendency to crack and the antennas would come loose and fall off. Both issues were fixed as warranty claims. Shock absorber design was changed slightly in 2005 to incorporate an elevated vent tube to prevent oil loss in the event of a tip over. The vehicle has a five year front to rear warranty so the few issues that have developed have been resolved without cost to owners.


The Yamaha Royal Star Venture lends itself to easy do it yourself customizations. There are many vendors making custom RSV specific add-ons and replacement parts. Yamaha encourages Star Owners to customize their bikes. The Yamaha website has Virtual Bike Show/Calendar Contest. http://www.starmotorcycles.com/star/feedback/08_StarCalendarImages.aspx?id=7&pg=all

The RSV can also be triked. There are several custom made to fit trike kits available that produce factory quality trikes.


Venture clubs abound with big meetings every year in the US and Europe with most countries having national clubs. The web brought about many online clubs. VentureRider.org http://www.venturerider.org is the largest and most active of these clubs with members worldwide and regular meetings (VentureIns) and more informal get-togethers throughout North America and Europe. It also has a great technical resource for all model years as well as a classifieds area for those looking to buy and/or sell. VentureRider.org is a free site.

Other online clubs have strong followings. Venturers, http://www.venturers.org has regular meetings (Rallies) and informal get-togethers. Venturers does charge a membership fee.

There is also a Venture group on the Delphi Forums http://forums.delphiforums.com/vrider/start. Delphi is advertising based with no membership fees required.

Other National Venture clubs:

United Kingdom http://www.yamahaventureclub.co.uk France http://www.ventureclubdefrance.com Norway http://www.ventureclubnorway.com Holland http://www.yamahaventureclubnederland.com Denmark http://www.ventureclub.dk Sweden http://www.algonet.se/~venturen/ Germany http://www.venture-royale-club.de


The 2007 VentureRider International Rally was held July 9th - 13th in Fort Collins Colorado.

The 2008 VentureRider International Rally was held July 7th - 10th in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. http://www.venturerider.org/irally/

The 2009 VentureRider International Rally will be held August 3rd - 6th at The Hub in Marble Falls, Arkansas.

The 2008 International Venture Meet was held in Spain, July 4th-6th http://venture-spain.com/foro/index.php?topic=251.0 and there were Venture riders from all the European clubs as well as members of the Venturers attending from North America.

The Pork in the Pines pig roast. A VentureRider.org rally held annually over Labor Day weekend near La Porte, MN http://www.porkinthepines.com