2020 Yamaha Star Venture

Luxury touring with V-twin muscle.

Star Venture right side
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When Yamaha’s big tourer made its debut in 2018, the marquee item on the all-new, freshly designed Star Venture was the air-cooled V-twin engine, a change from the V-4 arrangement of previous models. But that massive 113ci (1,854cc) mill is designed specifically for long-distance touring and the counterbalanced engine is rubber-mounted in an entirely new chassis, while modern electronics get packed into every nook and cranny of this dresser. All the cushy touring amenities are back as well, like cruise control, traction control, linked ABS, Sure-Park parking assist, infotainment, ride modes, an adjustable backrest, and more.

Star Venture front right
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2020 Yamaha Star Venture Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

In his First Ride Review of the Venture (with his wife aboard), Joe Gustafson remarked, “The new motor has torque everywhere, stump-pulling, smooth-as-silk torquey goodness. Even two-up and fully laden, the most the bike required was two downshifts on the steepest of inclines.” Hardcore tourers and happy couples alike will be drawn to this luxury tourer for all those reasons, and those folks will be comparing it to competitors like the Honda Gold Wing Tour, BMW’s K 1600 Grand America, and perhaps the more retrofied Indian Roadmaster.

Star Venture rear left
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Yamaha Star Venture Updates For 2020

There are exactly zero changes for 2020, including the price. Impact Blue joins Granite Gray as a new color option, however. The Transcontinental Option Package upgrade adds supplemental LED fog lamps, additional storage for the passenger, and an alarmed security system.

2020 Yamaha Star Venture Claimed Specifications

Price $24,999–$26,999
Engine   Air-cooled V-twin; 4 valves/cyl.
Displacement 1,854cc
Bore x Stroke 100.0 x 118.0mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque 53.8 lb.-ft. @ 3,750 rpm
Transmission 6-speed; multiplate assist and slipper clutch
Final Drive Belt
Seat Height 27.4 in.
Rake 31.0°
Trail 5.7 in.
Front Suspension 46mm telescopic fork; 5.1-in. travel
Rear Suspension Single preload adjustable shock; 4.3-in. travel
Front Tire 130/70R-18
Rear Tire 200/55R-16
Wheelbase 67.3 in.
Fuel Capacity 6.6 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 957 lb.