The 2009 Yamaha Royal Star is the tuning fork company's premier open road luxury bike. Featuring incredible comfort, inspired performance and handling, and classic styling, the Yamaha Royal Star is a flawlessly engineered top-shelf touring bike that rivals any other premium bike on the road today. Available in four models – the Royal Star Tour Deluxe, the Tour Deluxe S, the Venture, and the Venture S – the 2009 Yamaha Royal Star lineup can be easily transformed from a touring bike into a cruiser and back again, so riders can enjoy whatever type of driving experience they want.
All four models of the Yamaha Royal Star lineup feature the same 79 cubic-inch, 1294cc, liquid-cooled, 70-degree V-four DOHC engine with a compression ratio of 10.0:1, and a smooth-shifting manual five-speed transmission with fifth-gear overdrive. Fuel delivery is conducted via four 32mm Mikuni CV carburetors, and the bike employs a shaft-driven final drive with a reliable transistor controlled ignition system.
The 2009 Yamaha Royal Star has a high-integrity, double-cradle frame with solid engine mounting and a 29-degree caster angle for a super-rigid design that helps improve steering response and handling. Its class-leading wheelbase of 67.1 inches and low seat height (29.1 or 29.5 inches depending on model), gives the bike a nice, low profile that lowers its center of gravity for improved rider control and confidence.
The Yamaha Royal Star offers legendary comfort, which is partly a result of its telescopic fork, air-assisted front end suspension with 5.5 inches of travel, and its air-assisted single shock with 4.1 inches of travel on the back wheel. Braking is delivered by dual 298mm hydraulic discs up front, and a single 320mm hydraulic disc on the rear. The bike's big 150/80-16 front tire and 150/90-15 rear tire stick to the road beautifully, and ensure a smooth and easy ride in all conditions.
The 2009 Yamaha Royal Star is one of the manufacturer's heaviest bikes (869 lbs. for the Venture), but despite the weight, it is surprisingly fuel efficient. Capable of getting 42 miles to the gallon, together with its high capacity 6 gallon tank (5.3 gallon for the Deluxe), riders will appreciate the long-range capabilities of the bike.
The Venture model is the Royal Star's touring king, as this package includes the standard 9.3 gallon hard case sidebags found on the Deluxe model, along with a model-exclusive rear 15 gallon hardshell trunk, thicker passenger and rider seats, a larger passenger backrest, a distinguished front fairing, and a four-speaker CD sound system with CB radio and intercom compatibility.
The 2009 Yamaha Royal Star lineup features retro-style instrumentation, and a powerfully bright 12V 60/55 halogen headlight (that's remote adjustable on the Venture), as well as a high-mounted windshield for superior wind and rain-blocking comfort. The Royal Star line of bikes is finished off with Yamaha's trademark fit and finish, with the Deluxe available in Candy Red, the Deluxe S available in Charcoal Silver/Raven, the Venture available in Candy Red/Raven, and the Venture S available in Seashell/Raven.