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 Venture Royale could still pull 45mpg.
Changes were kept to a minimum from 1986 until the end of the production run in 1993.