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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

If you want a cruiser because it attracts attention then the Yamaha XVZ1300A Royal Star certainly does the job. With a V-Max motor ( detuned of course ) Tonka Toy bodywork and a gnat's bollock of ground clearance, the Yamaha XVZ1300A Royal Star is something truly different from the typical 90s V-twin Harley tribute act.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Yamaha XVZ1300A Royal Star has a really soft, lazy old motor, which makes a claimed 75bhp or 98bhp in the full dresser XVZ Venture Star touring model. Peak torque is at just 3500rpm, so you'll rarely need to stir the Yamaha XVZ1300A Royal Star's five-speed gearbox once on the move. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Even for a cruiser, the Yamaha XVZ1300A Royal Star handles like a jelly burglar's swag bag. There's hardly any ground clearance, the bike steers slower than the QE2 and the riding position is akin to a dentist's chair. The Yamaha XVZ1300A Royal Star is great fun whilst posing on Brighton prom, but disappointingly vague on normal roads.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The fully tour kitted Yamaha XVZ1300A Venture Star has all the bells and whistles you'd expect including audio, although it's only a quaint radio/cassette player. Huge fairing will keep a monsoon at bay. The basic Yamaha XVZ1300A Royal Star has less sophisticated suspension, a less luxurious pillion perch, but still boasts twin front discs. 

Yamaha XVZ1300A Royal Star (1996-2001)

Detail Value
Engine size 1294 cc
Power 75 bhp
Top speed 115 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 2 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 5
Value rating is 2 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Yamaha XVZ1300A Royal Star is beautifully finished. The chrome glitters, the paint is thick. The Yamaha XVZ1300A Royal Star's engine is so understressed that it's difficult to imagine any mechanical problems affecting it for at least 50,000 miles. Owners tend to use the Yamaha XVZ1300A Royal Star/Venture Star in sunny weather, so used examples often look near mint. 


MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

If you want a mega cruiser then Harley have street cred and resale values that cannot be matched by any other brand. The Valkyrie is faster, handles better too and a Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 does the same job and costs less secondhand. Hard to see why you'd want a Yamaha XVZ1300A Royal Star, unless someone was virtually giving it away. Find a Yamaha Royal Star for sale


Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

1996: Yamaha XVZ1300A Royal Star launched.
1997: Yamaha XVZ1300A Royal Star Tour Classic joins it.
1999: Yamaha Venture Star replaces Tour Classic and Royal Star.
2001: Yamaha Venture Star withdrawn from UK market.

Other Versions

Yamaha XVZ1300 AT Tour Classic.
Yamaha XVZ1300 TF Venture Star.


Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 15.1 secs
Max power 75 bhp
Max torque 111 ft-lb
Weight 301 kg
Seat height 710 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1294 cc
Engine specification 4 stroke, V4, 5 gears
Frame Steel cradle type
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment None
Front brakes Twin 298mm disc
Rear brake 320mm disc
Front tyre size 150/80 x 16
Rear tyre size 150/90 x 15

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(3 reviews)

  • Bagger on steroids!


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    When looking to replace my Kawasaki VN1500 Nomad I looked long and hard at all types of big cruisers (didn't consider Harley as they are too overpriced for me). I narrowed it down to the Honda VTX 1800, Suzuki C109 and Kawasaki VN 2000. All big powerful cruisers but not quite right. I stumbled in my research across the XVZ 1300. The smaller capacity turned me off until I discovered it was a V4. That really got me interested. Fast forward I did my research and opted for a low km one owner CT version in pearl white. The motor is superb. Mine has slip on BUB exhausts and sounds amazing. The V4 really rumbles like a V8. Sounds much better than a V twin. Comfort is excellent, performance is exceptional for a BIG bike and economy/range is good when not pushed. Remember this is a big and heavy bike but for my 6'4 115 kilo frame is perfect. I find it is easy to handle at low speeds and fast in straights. Remember this is a long distance tourer and not a sports bike. It's not a fan of the twisties. Yamaha build quality is outstanding - period! Before you consider a Harley Road King, Kawasaki Voyager and/or Nomad, Goldwing, Suzuki C109 strongly consider the XVZ new or used.

    06 December 2011

  • Yamaha Venture Star


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have owned this bike since 1999 and have the silver and gold model. I first saw it in a motorcycle magazine and thought it was beautiful. Yamaha obviously borrowed some styling cues from the Harley Davidson Classic and made just enough changes to make it unique. I love the look and especially the dash which looks like a 1955 corvette dash. What You don't know is that the Engine was designed by Porsche for Harley Davidson!!! Harley passed on it because they were afraid the Harley faithful would not go for the 4 cylinder. Porsche later designed the twin cylinder V-Rod for Harley and it has mixed reviews from the Harley Faithful. The 4 cylinder V Engine Porsche designed was later sold to Yamaha who put it in their 1983 Venture Royale Touring bike. Later the folks at Yamaha thought it was too nice an engine to waste on a touring bike so they added V-Boost and put it in the V-Max in 1985. Yamaha stopped production of the Venture Royale in 1989 but brought it back as the Yamaha Venture in 1999. The Engine in the V-Max makes 145 HP at the crank, in the Venture it maked 98 HP and 89 FPT. This is a lot of power for a touring bike and the bike tops out at 135 MPH!!! What I like about the bike is it can tour like a Gold Wing, but cruise like a Harley. With the aftermarket Bub's Pipes, it sounds like a chevy V-8 small block and I should know because I have owned two - a Vette and a Z-28 so I know that sound!!! I like that the bike looks a lot like the Harley Classic - so much so that the Harley Faithful wave to me all the time!!! I love the smoothness and sound of the engine which gets 45 mpg in touring mode! I love the comfort of the riding position and I added the backrest for even more comfort! I love the paint and the colors that looks like a custom job to me and my friends. I love that Yamaha thinks enough about the bike to provide a 5 YEAR Warrantee!!! The Radio/Soundsystem is excellent and it consists of 18 FM channels, 6 AM channels, cassette tape player, plug in for my Sony I-pod, CB Radio, and I have the Clarion 6 disk CD player!!! I have put on almost 30,000 trouble free miles in the last 10 years and in three years I plan to buy a brand new one to take me through my retirement years!!! What I don't like about the bike is it is heavy (809 lbs) so the handling is rather heavy and slow. It is an excellent bike for cruising and touring on open roads with the same limitations the Harley classic has which is the handlebar mounted fairing (less stable in the wind), the heavy handling (heavyweight), and the limited ground clearance. The pipes and floorboards scrape but it is better when one up and with the aftermarket (Bub's)pipes which are smaller in diameter. As long as you remember that this bike is not a sport bike, or even a sport tourer, You will be fine. What it is is an excellent heavyweight cruising touring bike! When I bought this bike back in 1999, I had a Harley Davidson Classic on order! It was due in in 3 months, but a friend talked me into a test drive on the Venture and I was sold!!! I saved $5,000 over the cost of the Harley and got an excellent bike for my money. What I hope Yamaha does to improve the bike is add fuel injection, anti-lock brakes, heated grips and seats and GPS as options. They might also think of putting a water cooled, fuel injected, high performance twin cylinder engine for better mileage (55 vs 45 MPG), and higher torque. Bottom line is I will probably buy another Yamaha Venture in three years when I retire!!! I think that says it all!!!

    30 September 2008

  • goldwing alternative ?

    andy pandy 1961

    Average rating rating is 4

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Yamaha Venture Features

Yamaha Venture Features:

Low-maintenance, sealed, 18 amp battery ensures easy, reliable starting.

Self-canceling turn signals with clear lens

Incomparable fit and finish includes flawless paint with extensive chrome and brushed stainless steel accents, and deep valanced steel fenders.

Ignition switch, with integrated steering lock, and accessory position is mounted at the front of fuel tank for extra convenience.

Separate cigarette lighter-type DC outlets for both rider and passenger

Chrome engine guards, fender trim and 3-D Venture front fender mascot highlight unparalleled styling and attention to detail.

Theft-resistant ignition switch

Polished aluminum handlebar switches

Padded passenger grab rails

Extra wide clutch and brake levers

3-D Yamaha emblem on rear trunk and 3-D Venture fuel tank emblem

Exclusive Royal Star 5-year unlimited mileage warranty





2009 Yamaha Royal Star Venture - USA Specifications
MSRP* $18,690 (Royal Star Venture S: Seashell/Raven) Available from September 2008
$18,190 (Candy Red/Raven) Available from September 2008

Type 79-cubic-inch (1294cc) liquid-cooled 70° V-four; DOHC, 4 valves/cylinder

Bore x Stroke 79mm x 66mm

Compression Ratio 10.0:1

Carburetion (4) 32mm Mikuni CV

Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition

Transmission 5-speed, wide-ratio w/5th-gear overdrive; hydraulic clutch

Final Drive Shaft

Suspension/Front Telescopic fork; air-assist, 5.5-in travel

Suspension/Rear Single shock; air-assist, 4.1-in travel

Brakes/Front Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm

Brakes/Rear Hydraulic disc, 320mm

Tires/Front 150/80-16

Tires/Rear 150/90-15

Wheels 7-spoke cast

Length 104.5 in

Width 35.4 in

Height 61.6 in

Seat Height 29.5 in

Wheelbase 67.1 in

Fuel Capacity 6.0 gal

Fuel Economy 45 mpg

Wet Weight 869 lb

Warranty 5 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)


2009 Yamaha Royal Star Venture - Candian Specifications
MSRP: C$21,899

Engine 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve, 70°, V-4
Displacement 1,294cc
Bore and Stroke 79 x 66mm
Compression Ratio 10:01
Maximum Torque 12.3kg-m (89.0 ft-lb) @ 4,750 rpm
Fuel Delivery Mikuni BDSR32 x 4
Estimated Fuel Consumption* 18kpl / 51mpg (Imp.)
Ignition Digital TCI
Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive Shaft

Suspension (Front) 43mm, air-assisted fork, 140mm (5.5") travel
Suspension (Rear) Air-assisted, link-type Monocross,105mm (4.1") travel
Brakes (Front) Dual 298mm discs
Brakes (Rear) 320mm disc
Tires (Front) 150/80-16
Tires (Rear) 150/90-15

Length 2,655mm (104.5")
Width 900mm (35.4")
Height 1,565mm (61.6")
Wheelbase 1,705mm (67.1")
Seat Height 750mm (29.5")
Fuel Capacity 22.5 litres (5 imp. gallons)
Wet Weight 394kg (866.8 lb)
Colour(s) Deep Metallic Red




2009 Yamaha Royal Star Venture - UK Specifications

Not available in the UK

22 October 2008 08:07


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High-integrity, double-cradle frame with solid engine mounting and 29° caster angle delivers responsive steering and excellent handling.

Class-leading, long wheelbase 1,705mm (67.1") for great rider control and excellent stability.

Long wheelbase also creates exceptionally roomy ergonomics for maximum rider and passenger touring comfort.

Air-adjustable, 43mm front fork with 140mm (5.6") of wheel travel smoothes out the bumps and can be adjusted for varying load capacities.

Air-adjustable, link rear suspension features a vertically mounted single shock for classic hardtail looks and outstanding long-distance ride quality. Rear wheel travel is 105mm (4.1").

Air adjustability lets rider adjust rear suspension preload to match load and road conditions.

Dual 298mm front and single 320mm rear disc brakes use 4-piston calipers to provide strong, linear stopping power.

Wide, fork-mounted fairing with wind deflectors and frame-mounted lower cowlings offer outstanding wind and weather protection.

Full-sized, floating-type rider and passenger floorboards reduce vibration and are positioned for optimal long-distance comfort.

Easy-to-reach, large-diameter, 1-inch, rubber-mounted handlebars reduce vibration.

22.5-litre fuel tank with low-fuel warning light ensure outstanding long-distance touring range.

Large, powerful 12V 60/55-watt halogen headlight maximizes nighttime visibility while cutting a stylish profile.

Remote adjustable headlight aiming with conveniently located control helps compensate

for changes in load.

Vintage-style instrument console features: digital speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel reserve tripmeter, clock and fuel gauge.

Convenient electronic cruise control system. Switch is located on right handlebar for ease of use.

Clarion AM/FM cassette stereo features automatic volume control (AVC), 18-FM presets, 6-AM presets, covered cassette deck and remote controllers for rider and passenger. There is a front auxillary plug-in for an MP3 player.

Four weather-resistant speakers (2-front/2-rear) with 14-watts per channel

Handlebar-mounted, 40-channel CB radio

Two-way rider/passenger intercom system

Audio system is 6 Disc C.D. changer compatible and handset ready (available as accessories).

Huge, 57-litre rear trunk with easy, one-touch opener can hold two full-faced helmets.

Colour-matched, hard saddlebags feature handy, one-touch openers and 35-litres of storage per bag.



22 October 2008 07:59


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Yamaha Venture Features

2009 Yamaha Royal Star Venture Features:

Engine:   1294cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve, V4 engine is tuned to produce class-leading power       98hp and maximum torque of 89 ft-lb @ 4,750 rpm - for incomparable touring performance.

4 valves per cylinder head design ensures maximum breathing efficiency for great engine performance.

Four Mikuni BDSR 32mm carburetors with TPS deliver seamless throttle response.

Each carburetor features a single 15-watt heater to ensure consistent fuel/air delivery under varying temperatures.

Huge air box capacity provides exceptional airflow to help boost both torque and power.

Compact-design, dual intake system enhances performance without sacrificing fuel tank capacity.

Large-capacity radiator ensures superior engine cooling for maximum efficiency.

Single-axis, internal counterbalancer reduces engine vibration for maximum rider comfort.

Wide-ratio, 5-speed transmission with 5th gear overdrive reduces engine rpm at highway speeds for smooth, relaxed touring.

Maintenance-free, light-action hydraulic clutch

Smooth, clean, quiet, low-maintenance shaft drive

4-into-2 exhaust system puts out a throaty exhaust note and creates a long, low profile that's easily customizable.

Maintenance-free, transistorized coil ignition provides a precise timing curve at all rpms for instant engine response and fast, sure starts.

Automatic cam chain tensioners reduce maintenance and mechanical engine noise.

Air Induction System (A.I.S.) reduces harmful CO and HC emissions.

Spin-on type oil filter means fast, easy oil changes.

Easy-to-use heel-toe shifter highlights the Venture's classic design.

Numerous chromed engine parts highlight pride of ownership and attention to detail.



22 October 2008 07:54


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Yamaha Venture Features

2009 Yamaha Royal Star Venture

The serious open-road, luxury touring performer.

Call it the ultimate long range power trip. The 2009 Yamaha Royal Star Venture combines classic styling, flawless engineering and amazing comfort. Take it whereever you want to go, and enjoy the ride with the peace of mind that a 5-year warranty provides.

Bi-Coastal and all points in between.

A super-smooth 1298cc V-four liquid cooled powerplant wrapped in a high tensile steel frame built to carry two people and plenty of gear in ultimate two wheel comfort. When it comes to seeing North America in detail, there's no better way to do it than by a 2009 Yamaha Venture

Take it coast to coast and enjoy the comfort, power and style that only a top-shelf luxury touring bike can offer. The 2009 Royal Star Venture combines classic styling, unmatched comfort, class-leading power and flawless engineering in one bike. Swing a leg over and get away from it all. Across town or across North America. So sweet to ride, every trip is like a holiday.




- Fuel Consumption * 18kpl/51mpg(Imp)
- 5-year warranty
- All day touring comfort


Key Features:

- This fully loaded luxury touring machine comes with everything serious riders need, including a fourspeaker sound system/CB radio/intercom compatible sound system and a powerful and smooth V-four engine.

- There’s plenty of lockable storage in the form of a 15-gallon trunk and a pair of color-matched 9.3-gallon sidebags; that’s 33.6 gallons total.

- Ergonomically designed bucket-type seats with plush, wraparound passenger backrest for unbeatable long-range comfort.

- Industry’s premier rider support package includes a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty and                 24-hour roadside assistance program.

- The Royal Star Venture S gets chrome accents to the front end.

- The Royal Star Venture achieves fuel economy up to an estimated 45 mpg with a fuel tank that holds 6 gallons of gas.

22 October 2008 07:48

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