As we predicted, Yamaha revealed a new touring model based on its new Star Venture called the “Star Eluder.” Essentially a Star Venture without the trunk and a smaller windscreen, the Star Eluder also lacks some of the Venture’s more luxury features, bringing it in at a lower price point at $22,499, with a GT Option package bumping the price to $23,999 (the Star Venture starts at $24,999 with a Transcontinental Option package adding another $2,000 to the sticker).

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The 2018 Yamaha Eluder shares much in common with the Star Venture, including the same air-cooled 1854cc V-Twin engine and six-speed transmission. A ride-by-wire throttle control system offers two modes, touring and sport, delivering power via belt to the rear wheel. Traction control comes standard, as does cruise control which is to be expected on a touring model.

The chassis is also the same, with a main steel frame paired with an aluminum diecast subframe. Up front, a 46mm telescopic fork offers 5.1 inches of travel while a remote preload-adjustable rear shock with 4.3 inches of travel is used at the rear. Dual front calipers grasp 298mm discs while a single 320mm disc is equipped on the rear wheel. ABS is standard, as is Yamaha’s Unified Brake System which dynamically balances front and rear brake pressure for a linear feel.

The Star Eluder comes with a 7-inch LCD infotainment system that is controlled by a touch screen, handlebar controls or voice commands over a connected Bluetooth device. The Eluder also boasts a radio package that can also stream music via Pandora from a smart phone. What it lacks, however, is the Star Venture’s rear speakers. Other standard features include a smart key system, USB ports and a 12V outlet. The GT Option package adds GPS navigation, satellite radio, CB radio and a security alarm.

Beyond losing the trunk and passenger backrest, the Eluder also lacks some of the Star Venture’s other luxuries including: the reverse-drive Sure-Park system, grip heaters, electronically-adjustable windscreen, tire pressure monitor and fog lights. The Star Eluder does have a weight advantage, with Yamaha claiming a wet weight of relatively svelte 875 pounds (877 pounds with the GT Option) compared to 957 pounds for the Star Venture.

“We are very excited to introduce the Star Eluder as we further expand our transcontinental touring motorcycle line-up,” says Mike Doughty, general manager of Yamaha’s motorcycle group. “With its aggressive styling and infotainment technology unlike any other motorcycle in its class, it will truly empower riders to elude conformity while experiencing the thrill of the road.”

The 2018 Yamaha Star Eluder will be offered in three color options: Impact Blue, Raven and Liquid Silver.

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