The 2012 Yamaha Royal Star is a classic example of the big touring bikes that you see on the road these days. This bike is made to give the rider and the passenger as much comfort and reliability that a motorcycle can offer. There are many motorcycle brands that have touring models however many consider the Royal Star to be one of the most comfortable touring bikes available. This bike has all the seating and suspension cushion, storage and engine power needed to enjoy a long ride.
The Royal Star has a 1294cc V-four engine producing a surprising amount of horsepower and torque to ride this bike where ever it is you may to go while giving you great fuel economy, helping you save a nice chunk of change in the end. Yamaha’s four-cylinder, V-four engine turns out approximately 97 horsepower at 6000 revolutions per minute (rpm) and 89 lb-ft of torque at 4750 rpm. This is a great amount of horsepower and torque, letting you scale all levels of grade and pass those going too slow for your taste. The engine uses a quality five-speed transmission with a shaft final drive that is low maintenance and reliable, giving you the assurance that a long distance trip won’t turn into a nightmare. Also, its wide-ratio and fifth gear overdrive keeps the engine rpm levels running much lower than traditional transmissions, increasing endurance and keeping it running smooth for a very relaxing ride.
The Royal Star uses a double-cradle steel frame with solid engine mounting. The caster angle of the frame is 29 degrees which improves steering and handing to be more responsive and agile. The front fork is air adjustable and gives 5.6 inches of travel while the rear suspension is air-adjustable and sports a single mounted shock to smooth out the many bumps and turns you will inevitably encounter on a long tour ride. The long wheel base of 67.1 inches not only gives the rider much more control and stability of the bike but it also gives the rider and the passenger more room which is very noticeable when on a long ride. The bike is also equipped with 11.7 inch dual hydraulic front brakes and a12.6 inch hydraulic rear brake, a much needed system to help stop or slow this big 869 pound bike.
The bike also has other amenities to maximize all the comfort a touring bike should offer. The full-sized rider and passenger floor boards dramatically reduce engine vibration, comfortable bucket seats and a large windshield to help protect the rider and passenger from any debris during a ride. The hard locking side and rear saddle storage bags give you a whopping 33.6 gallons of storage, more than enough room for a few days’ provisions.
The 2012 Yamaha Royal Star is a great example of what a touring bike should offer when it comes to performance and comfort. This bike is sure to impress riders and passengers on any long distance ride.