Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, introduced the 2020 Star Venture, a luxurious, technologically advanced transcontinental touring motorcycle that offers riders the opportunity to journey further than ever before. The Star Venture incorporates convenient features like Sure-Park forward and reverse parking assist, dual-zone audio capability, drive mode settings that adjust throttle response, traction control, an adjustable rider backrest, heated handlebar grips, heated rider and passenger seats and backrests, a multi-function infotainment system and more. Combined with Yamaha’s renowned quality, performance and reliability, the Star Venture represents the very top of the luxury motorcycle touring segment.
Developed specifically for the needs of long-distance touring, the Star Venture boasts a massive and torque-rich 113 cubic inch (1854cc) air-cooled V-twin engine to deliver a smooth and comfortable ride on long days in the saddle. A six-speed transmission makes the most of the huge low-end torque, from brisk acceleration in lower gears to relaxed highway cruising.
Yamaha’s Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T), a ride-by-wire throttle control system, converts the rider’s grip input into calculated throttle control providing precise and refined responsiveness. Yamaha D-Mode allows the rider to choose from two different throttle response settings (an ultra-smooth touring mode, and a sport mode for sharper response), while the traction control system helps prevent wheel spin while accelerating. A finely-tuned cruise control system also comes standard on the Star Venture, assisting with reduced rider fatigue and improved fuel economy.
As the most technologically advanced luxury touring motorcycle in history, the Star Venture features Yamaha’s Sure-Park System that provides forward and reverse drive modes which simplify potentially tricky parking situations, even on rough or poor-traction surfaces. The unique infotainment system provides direct access to vehicle controls, data, and a range of audio sources and wireless Bluetooth communications through a 7-inch, full-color LCD touchscreen that incorporates handlebar controls and voice command accessibility.
The Star Venture’s light and responsive feel results from an advanced hybrid chassis that creates straight-line stability balanced with agile handling, and suspension that provides ideal bump absorption while retaining performance at higher speeds on curvy roads.
Unbeatable braking confidence is achieved through Yamaha’s Unified Braking System, which dynamically adjusts front and rear brake force balance in real time to ensure linear braking feel and power, combined with a refined antilock braking system (ABS) that prevents wheel lock-ups when dealing with reduced-traction road conditions.
Airflow and temperature control has been carefully considered to optimize rider comfort. A stylish full-coverage fairing and electronically adjustable windscreen provide ample wind protection, while external visors at the middle of the fairing and lower vents located near the floorboards can be adjusted to direct air towards or away from riders depending on conditions. Heated contact points in the handlebar grips, seats, and backrests all come as standard equipment to keep riders and passengers warm when the temperature drops.
Packing for long journeys on the Star Venture is no problem thanks to side cases, a top case, and faring storage compartments that provide a combined total of 37.3 gallons of storage volume. Yamaha’s Smart Key system with remote key fob allows for easy access to the luggage system and fuel tank cap, provides for simplified starting, and offers an “answer-back” function for locating the motorcycle in a crowded parking area. All-LED lighting looks sharp and keeps the road bright at night, and a class-leading 6.6-gallon fuel tank means plenty of time between fuel stops.
Transcontinental (TC) Option Package
In addition to LED fog lights, a range of infotainment upgrades comes with the Star Venture Transcontinental Option Package. GPS navigation with points-of-interest and route logging helps to simplify the planning, sharing, and uploading of ride routes from a home computer. A CB radio system can link riders to others on the road, while SiriusXM and SiriusXM Travel Link provides satellite music, weather, and traffic information. An extra pair of high-output passenger speakers and Yamaha’s exclusive Dual Zone audio control allows rider and passenger to select different audio sources, hold private phones calls and more with an accessory headset and mic. Add it all up, and the TC Option Package offers one of the most advanced infotainment systems ever featured on a motorcycle.
The 2020 Yamaha Star Venture will be available in Granite Gray and a new Impact Blue color scheme for an MSRP of $24,999 for base models and $26,999 for models equipped with the Transcontinental Option Package. All models and colors will begin arriving at authorized Yamaha dealerships beginning in November.
Yamaha Star transcontinental tourers combine powerful and emotional fuel-injected V-Twin performance, state-of-the-art infotainment technology, the ultimate in rider/passenger comfort, and heart-pounding style – all designed to help riders journey further than ever before.
To learn more about the 2020 Yamaha Star Venture, visit https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/transcontinental-touring/models/star-venture.