Yamaha Just Put the Honda Gold Wing on Notice

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Attention Honda…Yamaha is coming for you. The 2018 Yamaha Star Venture just debuted, and it is looking to take piece of the touring pie from the likes of Harley-Davidson and the Honda Gold Wing. And if looks are any indication, then this couch on wheels looks the business…and feature-packed.

At the core of the new Yamaha Star Venture is an air-cooled, 1,854cc, eight-valve, v-twin engine, which puts out a stout 126 lbs•ft of torque through a six-speed gearbox.

The Yamaha Star Venture tips the scales at 957 lbs (base model), which is close to the weight of a small car – so Yamaha has included the “Sure Park” system – a small electric motor that powers forward and reverse drive for tight maneuvers in the parking lot.

Other clever systems include dual-audio zones, ride-by-wire driving modes, surface-to-air missile launcher, traction control, cruise control, an adjustable backrest, heated grips, seats, and backrests, and an 7″ LCD infotainment system.

Made for highway cruising, Yamaha says that the Star Venture putts along at 2,750 RPM when going 75 mph in sixth gear. There are even adjustable windscreens on the midline of the machine, to help flow air towards or away from the rider and passenger, to facilitate temperature control.

Other items include a 6.6-gallon fuel tank, all-LED lighting, side cases, a top case, and upper and lower fairing storage, which combine for 37.3 gallons of storage capacity.

Available in “Granite Gray” and “Raspberry Metallic”, the 2018 Yamaha Star Venture will be on dealership floors in August 2017. You better bring your wallet with you though, because the Yamaha Star Venture will retail for $24,999 MSRP – $26,999 for models equipped with the Transcontinental Option Package.

Authorized Yamaha dealers will begin taking orders through a Priority Delivery Program immediately following the model introduction on June 5th, 2017.

Source: Yamaha

Jensen Beeler

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