Yamaha has launched the Star Venture in the United States of American and is priced at around Rs 16.08 lakh ($24,999 or $26,999). The new cruise motorcycle has been positioned in the 'Transcontinental' luxury tourer segment and it is based on the XV1900 Midnight Star's frame.
The Yamaha Star Venture is a sports tourer motorcycle and is equipped with a 7-inch LCD touchscreen infotainment system, which the rider can operate through the handlebar mounted controls. It also features voice assist, two speakers and one can also connect their phone via Bluetooth for phone operations, voice text, and navigation. The two-wheeler manufacturer has also offered this system with USB connectivity so that the smartphone never runs out of charge over a long haul. An optional dual-zone audio package is also available, which allows the riders to listen to individual music.
In addition to the creature comforts on the Yamaha Star Venture, the headlamp cluster is available with four LEDs, an electronically adjustable windscreen along with other safety equipment such as fog lamps, GPS (Global Positioning System) and tyre pressure monitoring system. The motorcycle also gets heated seats and grips, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), traction control system, different riding modes and ride-by-wire technology with two response modes.
The 2018 Yamaha Star Venture draws its power from a 1,854 cc, air-cooled (air and oil with an integrated oil cooler), four valves, V-twin engine. The company has not revealed the power, but torque of 170 Nm is ample for long hauls. The engine of the Star Venture features lightweight forged alloy pistons, while the fuel tank has been made of an aluminium subframe in order to reduce weight. This engine is paired to a new 6-speed gearbox, which the company has specifically designed for the motorcycle keeping in mind the long-distance touring.
Deliveries of the cruise motorcycle will begin by August 2017, however, the company has not stated any launch plans for India. That said, for one of the fastest evolving automotive markets globally, bringing in a cruiser motorcycle would ensure a strong hold for the Japanese manufacturer in India, particularly in the premium motorcycle segment.