Yamaha Royal Star Venture - Models 2001 vs. 2007
(I have my 2007 RSV listed here in the classified - but maybe some people might find this little blurb of mine interesting?)
One year ago I never thought that I could afford to ever own Yamaha Royal Star Venture. Today I own and ride 2 of them! PTL! A short note here to let the reader know the differences that I have experienced riding each.
07 - Better in maneuvering from pushing it around in the garage or a parking lot to the open road. Both have 40 lbs air in both tires. 01 has Dunlop, 07 has Bridgestone tubeless tires. But there is more to it than handing, When I stop with the 07 at a light it stops straight as an arrow. The 01 is more difficult to balance for some unknown reason. In the turns/curves at highway speed, the 01 has to be pushed because it always wants to correct itself and stand upright. The 07 just loves them and allows a faster rate of speed with more confidence of the rider (me!).
07 - is much less noisy - in fact a very pleasant sound emanates from the powerful V4. I decided to put loud fishtail pipes on the 01 to distract from its annoying whining. the 07 shifts crisper and easier. The 07 engine seems to rev a little higher before the governor kicks in.
About the same except that the 07 has better ergonomics in the shift & brake levers which are wider and more comfortable than the narrower 01's.
07 - feels better over the bumps, not much, but my wife & I noticed the difference when we rode the 07 again after riding the 01 for several monhs.
07 - no squeak/squeal of the front brake and seems like less effort and a smoother stop than the 01.
Keep in mind that there are only 500 more miles on the 01 than the 07!