Old Touring Cruisers; Yamaha Royal Star?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Anokan, Jun 27, 2017.

  1. Anokan

    Anokan Custom Title

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    I'm looking for an old touring type cruiser.

    VTX1800
    Vulcan
    Roadstar

    Happy things? Big and comfortable, fuel range, parts availability, reliability, passenger comfort. And looking to spend no more than $5k.

    Bad things? Rare/exotic stuff (this needs to be on the practical side), short fuel range, too 'blingy', and absolutely no leather tassels on the handlebars. :puke1

    And the one that has my attention (for now) is the Yamaha Royal Star. I like that it has a V-4 (V-Max) engine, and that it has shaft drive. And that it seems like I can get a decent one for under $3k.

    Is there something I'm missing? Are there better options out there? Am I engaged in pipe dreaming?
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  2. TurkeyRun

    TurkeyRun Long timer Supporter

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    Buddy of mine, ex auto mechanic bought a brand new Royal Star a few years back. He did a boatload of research prior, wanted 4 cylinders, reliability, self-service maintenance, etc.

    He loves that bike.

    Just my $.02


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  3. LowOnFuel

    LowOnFuel In the crapper

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    Don't know about the other two, but the older VTX1800's with the smaller fuel tank had terrible range (after 100 miles on a full tank you better be close to a gas station), that was my biggest gripe when I owned a 2003 VTX1800C.
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  4. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    Buy a Roadstar, one of the best engines Yammy ever made. They even put a 5yr unlimited miles warranty on it in the Venture. Looking for a sub $3K one myself.
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  5. bdonley

    bdonley Long timer

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    Too bad you're clear across the US. I've got a really nice Honda ACE Tourer fs.....
    You could have a really fun fly and ride, if you have the time! [​IMG]
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  6. jon_l

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    What? You can't be selling that 1100 bdonley? That green Vespa gone to your head?
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  7. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Not having owning either but was a cruiser guy 15ish yrs ago. I'd go with a Royal Star as well. Even see some Royal Star Ventures at great deals.

    Many of those 3 have been babied and heavily accessorized. That v4 is legendary.
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  8. bdonley

    bdonley Long timer

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    Yep!
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  9. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    I wish it was feasible for me to buy it, but CA to Canada is just too much paperwork, not to mention distance.
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  10. sloryder

    sloryder Been here awhile

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    bdonley, are you going to replace the Honda, and if so, what bike? That Sportster you had a few years back was one righteous looking ride.
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  11. sheffib32

    sheffib32 Adventurer

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    Agreed. I currently own the same bike and the range anxiety is real. Besides that, the motor is exceptional, the fuel injection is nice, pretty good aftermarket, and cheap and easy parts.

    That being said, I've been looking for Royal Star Ventures like crazy lately. I'd love to get a fairing out front, a V4, and hard bags.
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  12. bdonley

    bdonley Long timer

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    CMC joint(base of thumb) arthritis is making clutches tough. Thought about an auto Honda.
    Been spending most of my riding time on my GT200 Vespa. Are you in SLO? Watch for this one.
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  13. Scooterdoodler

    Scooterdoodler Long timer

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    My only gripe about the mid-late 90's Royal Stars was that, until the later models, Yamaha had 'de-tuned' that otherwise potent V-4 down to something like 61-62 horsepower, which simply wasn't enough for such a heavy machine. They might last forever, but they were slugs.
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  14. Scooterdoodler

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    By the way, I need a Vespa GTS300.
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  15. aerone

    aerone Clemson Cafe' Racer

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    Some one gave me a Yamaha Venture , non running n 33k on it. Is it worth cleaning the tank etc and getting it running, or part it ?
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  16. bdonley

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    Yes, you do. Not sure how I never had one until I picked up mine. Wouldn't not have one now! There's a reason they've been around for 70 years...
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  17. tkitna

    tkitna "Jim Jordan 2024"

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    What year is it?
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    I'm going to look at a 09 Vulcan Nomad with 22k miles on it today.
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  19. aerone

    aerone Clemson Cafe' Racer

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    @tkitna, the manual was printed in 88. So, 89 maybe..
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  20. 2000RSV

    2000RSV Go Fast, Go Long Supporter

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    Venture is as reliable as an anvil. 156k miles on mine and would take off tomorrow for a trip of any length. 93HP so it isn't a rocket. Good egos for me (6'4" 260#) with added RDL seat and bar risers. SO has plenty of room behind me. Carbs, not FI, but easy to work on if needed.

    In those 156k miles, I have replaced the rear shock, upgraded the clutch to a Barnett, and recently replaced the stator. Other than that, lots of tires, brakes, and oil changes.

    Great bike.
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