The 2018 Yamaha Star Venture Deluxe Cruiser Unexpected Bike

Yamaha has made a surprise move into the luxury tourer segment with a new high-tech V-twin.

The 2018 Yamaha Star Venture might be based around a development of the old 1854cc pushrod V-twin from the XV1900, but it’s heavily revamped and slotted into a motorcycle that’s otherwise completely new and packed with technology.

Engine changes include a new six-speed shaft-drive transmission and a complete electronics overhaul, including ride-by-wire, traction control, ABS, multiple riding modes and cruise control.

A new Sure-Park system provides an electronically powered, walking-sped forward and reverse gear so you never have to push the Yamaha Star Venture’s heft unaided.

Built-in electronics include heated grips, seats and back rests for both rider and pillion. There’s also a seven-inch touchscreen to provide information and entertainment.

A Transcontinental Option Package can also be specified to add GPS, a CB radio, Sirius satellite radio and dual-zone audio so the rider and passenger can listen to different sources, or make separate calls.

The under-square engine, with a 100mm bore and 118mm stroke, is tuned for torque rather than power. Yamaha claims a peak of 171Nm and says that, thanks to the long sixth gear, the Yamaha Star Venture will lope along easy at 120km/h with just 2750rpm on the rev counter.

There’s a huge amount of storage space, of course, totaling some 151 liters of luggage capacity.

And speaking of huge, the motorcycle has a 46mm fork to help cope with its immense weight, with a linkage-type remote reservoir rear shock.

Twin 298mm front discs and a single 320mm rear are interconnected via Yamaha’s Unified Braking System, with one of the most advanced ABS as standard.

Alloy wheels are shod with 130/70-18 front and 200/55-16 rear tires and Yamaha claims an easy 320km between fuel stops thanks to a 25 liter fuel tank. Price or availability in Thailand is at the moment not known.

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