History of the Yamaha Venture and Royal Star

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1981 XS1100H Venturer

Based upon the XS1100G Standard, Yamaha  This touring package was manufacttured by Pacifico for Yamaha. This 2nd generation Touring Package was sold by  dealers as an option in '80 for the XS1100G Std. The '81 was named the XS1100H Venture. Bike was only sold with thispackage, not an option. While this bike doesn't have the V4 engine introduced in the new Venture in 1983, it is nonetheless considered by many to be the first real touring package introduced by Yamaha.  

Yamaha XS1100H
Type: 4 Stroke, Dual Overhead Cam 4 Cylinder
Displacement 1101 cc
Bore and Stroke
Compression Ration 9.0: 1
Maximum Torque 65.1 ft. lbs.
Carburetion 4 Mikuni BS34
Ignition Transistor Controlled
Starting Electric
Lubrication Wet Sump
Oil Capacity 4.2 Quarts
Transmission 5 Speed
Overall Length 88.6"
Overall Width 34.3"
Overall Height 47"
Wheelbase 60.8"
Ground Clearance 6.1"
Seat Height 30.1"
Dry Weight 566 lbs.
Fuel Tank Capacity 5.0 Gallons
Front Telescopic fork with equalized air and adjusting damper
Rear Equalized air with adjusting damper
Front Dual slotted discs
Rear Single slotted disc
Front 3.50H-19
Rear 130/90-16 67H
Colors New Yamaha Black
New Ruby Red

1983 - 1985

Yamaha's entry into the full-dress luxury touring market was the first motorcycle to be conceived from the beginning for the touring crowd. Rather than just adding a fairing to an existing machine, Yamaha engineers designed a total package. They succeeded very well. The Venture was extremely smooth and quiet, and was very comfortable. Yamaha claimed the seat was orthopedically designed for maximum comfort. The machine was also adjustable... the bars could be moved, the passenger pegs had three positions etc. This was a supreme attempt by Yamaha to oust the Goldwings from their perch as the most popular touring machine.  This was the beginning of this great bike that so many of us have come to love and respect.  Many Venture riders still maintain that the original 1200 Venture was the best handling of the line.

There were only minor changes from 1983-1985 

1983 Yamaha Venture Specifications Cycle Magazine 6/1983 Test Specifications
Make and Model Yamaha XVZ12TK Venture
Price suggested retail (as of 3/22/83) $5599
Standing 1/4 mile 12.69 sec. @ 103.92 mph
Engine rpm @ 60 mph, top gear 3313
Average fuel consumption rate 42.6 mpg (18.1 km/L)
Cruising range 226 miles (363 km)
Load capacity (GVWR less curb weight) 417 lbs (189 kg)
Maximum speed in gears @ redline (1) 48 (2) 70 (3) 92 (4) 116 (5) 136
Type Four-stroke, V-four; liquid-cooled with dual chain-driven overhead camshafts; four valves per cylinder
Bore and stroke 76.0 x 66.0mm (2.99 x 2.60 in)
Piston displacement 1198cc (73.1 cu.in.)
HP 90
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Carburetion (4) Mikuni 34mm constant-vacuum
Exhaust system Four-into-two
Ignition Battery-powered, inductive, magnetically triggered
Air filtration Paper element, disposable
Oil filtration Paper element, disposable
Oil Capacity Periodic oil change   3.7 US qt/3.5L/3.1 Imp qt   w/filter replacement  4.0 US qt/3.8L/3.3 Imp qt
Type Five-speed, constant-mesh, wet-clutch
Primary drive Spur gear 87/49, 1.78
Final drive Shaft, with helical bevel gears 21/27 x 33/10, 2.57
Gear ratios (transmission) (1) 39/15, 2.60 (2) 39/22, 1.77 (3) 31/23, 1.35 (4) 31/29, 107 (5) 29/32, 0.91
Gear ratios (overall)  (1) 11.88 (2) 8.09 (3) 6.17 (4) 4.89 (5) 4.16 Home Chassis
Frame Type Double-downtube, full-cradle frame; round-section steel swing arm
Front Suspension Center-axle, air-adjustable fork with 40mm tubes, anti-dive valving and 5.1 in. (130mm) of travel
Rear Suspension  (1) air-adjustable shock absorber, adjustable for rebound dampening, producing 4.2 in. (107mm) of rear-wheel travel
Wheelbase 63.4 in. (1610mm)
Rake/Trail 28.5 deg /4.9 in. (125mm)
Front Brake Hydraulic, dual-disc with dual-piston calipers
Rear Brake single-disc with dual-piston calipers
Front Wheel Cast, 2.15 x 18
Rear Wheel Cast, 3.00 x 16
Front Tire 120/90 18 65H Dunlop Qualifier F-16
Rear Tire 140/90 16 71H Dunlop Qualifier K827
Seat height 31.2 in. (792mm)
Ground Clearance 5.6 inc. (142mm)
Fuel Capacity 5.3 gal. (20 L)
Curb weight full tank 751.5 lbs. (340.8 kg)
Test weight 911.5 lbs. (413.5 kg)
Power source AC Magneto
Charger control Solid-state voltage regulator/rectifier
Headlight beams high/low 65/60 watts
Tail/stoplights 8/27 watts (2)
Battery 12V 18AH
Includes: Speedometer, odometer, tripmeter, tachometer, with 7500-rpm redline. Fuel, Coolant temperature and volt gauges, indicators for neutral, high-beam, turn signals, sidestand down, low brake fluid, engine oil and batter levels, head lamp and tail lamp out, low fuel level and LCD clock.
Speedometer error 30 mph indicated, actual...............28.22 60 mph indicated, actual...............57.80

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1986 - 1993

The earlier model 1200cc Venture was very well received, but still struggling in the marketplace against the Goldwing. For 1986, Yamaha made some changes. Capacity was increased to 1300cc for more power, luggage capacity was increased by 50%, it was fitted with electronically controlled anti-dive forks, and passenger accommodations were enhanced. Despite all the engine improvements and extra power, the new Royale could still pull 45mpg. Changes were kept to a minimum from 1986 until the end of the production run in 1993.

Here are the specifications that I have gathered on the '86-'93 at this time.  Thanks to Russell Hicks for his help in compiling this information.

Make and model Yamaha


 XVZ 13DU/DUC         

 XVZ 13U/UC   



 Overall length   

100.0 inches/2,540 mm

 Overall width   

37.0 inches/940mm

 Overall height   

60.4 inches/1,535mm

 Seat height   

30.9 inches/785mm


63.4 inches/1,610mm

 Min ground clearance   

5.7 inches/145mm

Wet weight   

XVZ13DS       783lbs/355 kg


XVZ13DSC    785 lbs/356 kg

Min turning radius   

114 inches/2,900mm


HP:   97


Liquid cooled, 4 stroke gasoline DOHC

Cylinder arrangement   




Bore xs Stroke   

3.110x 2.598in/79x66mm

Compresion ratio   

10.5 : 1

Compression pressure   

171 psi/1,177kPa(12kg/cm2)

Starting system   

Electric starter

Lubrication system   

Wet sump

Oil type/grade   

If temperature does not go below 40 F (5 C)

Yamalube 4-cycle oil/SAE 20W40 type SE

If temperature does not go above 60 F(15 C)

SAE 10W30 type SE

Final gear oil   

SAE 80 API  "GL-4" Hypoid gear oil

Oil capacity                          

Engine oil   

Periodic oil change   3.7 US qt/3.5L/3.1 Imp qt

 w/filter replacement  4.0 US qt/3.8L/3.3 Imp qt

Total capacity   

5 US qts/4.7L/4.1 Imp qt

Final gear case   

0.21 US qt/0.2 L/2.46 Imp qt

Radiator capacity (all routes)   2.96 US qt/2.8L/2.46 Imp qt



regular unleaded

Tank capacity                       


5.3 US gal/20L/4.4 Imp gal


1.06 US gal/4.0 L/0.88 Imp



BDS 34x4/Mikuni

Spark plugs


DPR8EA-9 NGK  or  X24EPR-U9 Nippondenso


0.031~0.035 in/.08~0.9mm


Wet, multiple disc


Constant mesh 5 speed

   Primary reduction system   

Spur gear

   Primary reduction ratio   

87=49 (1.775)

   Secondary reduction system   

Shaft drive

   Secondary reduction ratio   

21=27 x 33=10 (2.566)


Left foot shift

   Gear ratio:

   1st gear   

39=15 (2.600)

   2nd gear   

39=22 (1.772)

   3rd gear   

31=23 (1.347)

   4th gear   

31=29 (1.068)

   5th gear   

29=32 (0.906)


Frame type   

Double cradle

Caster angle   

28.5 degrees


4.9 in (125mm)




Size Front   

120/90-18 65H

Bridgestone L303  Dunlop F16

Size Rear   

140/90-16 71H

Bridgestone G508  Dunlop K807

Wear limit   

0.04 in  (1.0mm)

Tire pressure (cold tire)

Basic wet weight

Maximum load**



   Up to 198 lbs/90k   

32 psi/2.3kg/cm2   

32 psi/2.3kg/cm2

   198 lbs/09 k ~   **   

32 psi/2.3kg/cm2   

40 psi/2.8kg/cm2

   High speed riding   

32 psi/2.3kg/cm2   

32 psi/2.3kg/cm2


   Front (right)   

Disc brake  Right hand operation

   Front left and rear   

Disc brake Unified  Right foot operation



Telescopic fork


Swing arm (New Monocross)

Shock Absorber


Air/coil spring/oil damper


Air/coil spring, Gas/oil damper


   Ignition system   


   Generator system   

A.C. magneto generator

   Battery type/model   


   Battery capacity   

12V 20AH

Headlight  Type   

Bulb Type (Quartz bulb)


12V, 60W/55W x 1

   Tail/Brake light   

12V, 8W/27W  x 2

   Flasher light   

12V, 27W x 4


12V, 8W x 4

   Trunk light   

12V, 5W x 1

   Indicator lights


12V, 3.4W x 1

  High beam   

12V, 3.4W x 1

  Head lamp   

12V, 3.4W x 1


12V, 3.4W x 2

  Cruise control


12V, 3W x 1


12V, 3W x 1


12V, 3W x 1

  Meter light   

12V, 3.4W x 4


There was no Yamaha Venture produced between the years 1994 and 1998 though I have seen some Ventures sold as 1994 models in Europe.  These were basically left over 1993 models.  The great V4 engine though continued to be used in a souped up version in the Yamaha VMax and a much detuned version in the Yamaha Royal Star.  Why was the Venture discontinued?  It's anybodies guess but it is generally accepted that Yamaha simply lost most of the market to the ever evolving Honda Goldwing.  Many riders feel that Yamaha's lack of advertising their great tourer had as much as anything else to do with that. 

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Yamaha Royal Star

Combining the big V-four pulled from their venerable Venture Royale tourer with a hint of "nostalgic" styling, the Royal Star line has held its own in the struggle for cruiser supremacy. For 1997 Yamaha added the new Royal Star Tour Deluxe to their line and threatens to send contenders scattering with the Royal Star's strong 1-2-3 combination.




  1997 Royal Star Tour Deluxe


  $ 14,999


  dohc, 4-valve, V-Four

Bore x stroke

  79mm x 66mm


  1294cc (79 cubic inches)

Compression Ratio



  (4) 28mm BDS Mikuni

Ignition System

  Digital T.C.I.


  Wet, Multi-disc



Final Drive


Gear Ratios












  Double Cradle

Head Angle

  30 degrees

Overall Length

  97.8 in. 

Overall Width

  35.8 in.

Overall Height

  58.1 in. 

Seat Height

  28.5 in.


  66.7 in.

Ground Clearance

  5.71 in.

Front Suspension

  Telescopic Fork, 5.51 in. travel

Rear Suspension

  Swingarm Link, 3.78 in. travel

Front Brakes

  Dual Disc, 298mm

Rear Brakes

  Single Disc, 320mm

Front Wheel

  Cast Aluminum, 16 x 3.50

Front Tire

  Tubeless 150/80/16

Rear Wheel

  Cast Aluminum, 15 x 4.00

Rear Tire

  Tubeless 150/90/15

Fuel capacity

  4.8 gal.

Claimed dry weight

  714 lbs.

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Yamaha delivers an all-new, full-dress touring motorcycle with classic style and luxury features.
Yamaha unveils its all new, full-dress, 79 cubic inch, touring bike with redesigned chassis, plush touring features, classic style and smooth power.
The Venture receives the classic look of the Royal Star, and its Venture Royale derived engine produces 98 horsepower.

MSRP $16,499* (Royal Star Venture) $16,999* (Royal Star Midnight Venture) Both available from August 2004


Type 1294cc, 79-cubic-inch, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 70° V-4



Bore x Stroke 

79 x 66mm

Compression Ratio 



(4) 32mm Mikuni Constant-Velocity


Digital TCI


Wide-ratio 5-speed w/5th gear overdrive and hydraulic clutch


Drive Shaft



Telescopic fork w/air assist; 5.6" travel


Single shock, link-type w/air assist; 4.1" travel


Dual 298mm Discs


320mm Disc












Seat Height 




Dry Weight 

807 Lbs.

Fuel Capacity 

6.0 Gallons



Liquid Silver (Royal Star Venture); Raven (Royal Star Midnight Venture)


5 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

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Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe

2005 - Present

With the new Royal Star Tour Deluxe, Yamaha has got the best of both worlds with this new model, the cruising world and the touring world. All combined in one machine; they call it a “Cruiser Touring,” possibly one of the fastest growing segments in the market today. And believe me, with its quick release touring windshield and passenger backrest that doesn’t require any of tools (with the help of hidden latches), you can literally, in a matter of seconds, remove it or install it, and go from cruising to tour mode -- just like that! Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the new bagger you can undress.

Type 79-cubic-inch (1294cc) liquid-cooled, DOHC, 70-degree V-4
Bore x Stroke 79 x 66mm
Compression Ratio 10:1
Carburetion (4) 32mm Mikuni CV
Ignition Digital TCI
Transmission Wide-ratio 5-speed w/4th and 5th gear overdrive and hydraulic clutch
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension/Front Telescopic fork w/air assist; 5.5" travel
Suspension/Rear Single shock, link-type w/air assist; 4.1" travel
Brakes/Front Dual 298mm Discs
Brakes/Rear 320mm Disc
Tires/Front 150/80-16
Tires/Rear 150/90-15
Length 98.6"
Width 39.8"
Height 60.0"
Seat Height 29.1"
Wheelbase 67.5"
Ground Clearance 5.9"
Dry Weight 787 lb.
Fuel Capacity 5.3 gal.
Warranty 5 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

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Colors by Year

Thanks to our friend Kaare Strand of Norway for his help with the following information.  He does point out that these are for the USA models and that models sold in other countries could have been different.


1983 black TK             Sparkle crimson ( single color )
1983 red TK                New Ruby Red/ Romanesque Crimson
1983 gold TDK           Alluvial Gold/ Silky Gold
1984 gold DL/DK       Alluvial Gold/ Silky Gold
1984    red L/KC2        Bright Cherry Red ( single color )
1984 blue L/KC2         Orion Silver / Aurora  Silver
1984 red DL/DK         New Ruby Red /Romanesque Crimson
1985 brown DN           Glorius Maxi Brown / Marshall Gold


1986 gold DS/DT           - -  like 1200 gold - -
1986 brown DS/DT       Copper Brown/ Birch Brown
1986 brown DS/DT        Elegant Brown/ Imperial Brown
1986 black DS/DT          Urushi Black/ Marshall Gold
1987 blue T                     ? ( blue ) / Orion Silver
1987 grey T                     Aurora Silver/ ( ? )
1987 gold DS/DT           Alluvial Gold/ Silky Gold
1987 brown DS/DT        Copper Brown/ Birch Brown
1987 brown DS/DT        Elegant Brown/ Imperial Brown
1987 black DS/DT          Urushi Black/ Marshall Gold
1988 silver U                   Salt Lake Silver/ Anthony Gray
1988 white DU                Creamy White/ Ceramic Ivory
1988 red DU                    Graceful Maroon Metallic/ Miaby Maroon
1989 red DW                  Graceful Maroon Metallic/ Miaby Maroon
1989 blue DW                Dull Blue Cocktail 1 / Dark Grayish Blue Metallic
1990    red     DA            Velvet Maroon/ Graceful Maroon Metallic
1990 blue DA                 Dull Blue Cocktail 1 / Dark Grayish Blue Metallic
1991 red DB                    Velvet Maroon / Graceful Maroon Metallic
1991 black DB                 New Black Blue/ Bluish Black
1992 blue DD                  Star Blue Metallic/ Entice Blue Metallic
1993 blue DE - -  like1992 - -

Royal Star Venture

1999                                   Titanium Grey/Marble Silver
1999                                   Bordeaux Red/Shimmering Silver
2000                                   Pearl White/Ivory  (Millennium Edition)
2000                                   Red/Salsa Red
2001                                   Cherry Red/Bordeaux
2001                                   Stardust Silver/Forest Green
2002                                   Titanium/Platinum
2002                                   Onxy  (Midnight Venture)
2003                                   Beach Sand Tan/Raspberry Metallic
2003                                   Raven   (Midnight Venture)
2004                                   Pearl White/Radical White
2004                                   Raven  (Midnight Venture)
2005                                   Liquid Silver
2005                                   Raven  (Midnight Venture) 
2006                                   Black Cherry
2006                                   Raven (Midnight Venture)
2007                                   Galaxy Blue/Raven
2007                                   Raven (Midnight Venture)

Royal Star Tour Deluxe

2005                                   Two-tone Charcoal Silver / Raven
2005                                   Two-tone Raspberry Metallic / Raven

2006                                   Pearl White
2006                                   Raven (Midnight RSTD)
2007                                   Candy Red/Raven
2007                                   Raven (Midnight RSTD)