2008 Yamaha Royal Star Venture S

2008 Yamaha Royal Star Venture S pictures, prices, information, and specifications.
MSRP
$17,599
Type
Touring
Insurance
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Model Type
Touring
MSRP
$17,599
Dealers
Warranty
60
Insurance
Finance
Generic Type (Primary)
Touring
Manufacturer Country
Japan
Manufacturer Recommend Minimum Age
16
Parent Company
Yamaha
Display Name
Royal Star Venture S
Year
2008
Make
Yamaha
Engine Type
V4
Cylinders
4
Engine Stroke
4-Stroke
Horsepower (bhp/kW)
97 / 72.4
Horsepower RPM
6000
Torque (Ft Lbs/Nm)
89 / 120.6
Torque RPM
4750
Cooling
Liquid
Valves
16
Valves Per Cylinder
4
Valve Configuration
DOHC
Bore (mm/in)
79 / 3.11
Stroke (mm/in)
66 / 2.6
Displacement (cc/ci)
1294 / 79
Compression Ratio
10:1
Starter
Electric
Fuel Requirements
Regular
Fuel Type
Gas
Carburetion Brand
Mikuni
Fuel Injector
No
Carburetor
Yes
Number Of Carburetors
4
Carburetor Size (mm)
32
Carburetion Type
Carburetor
Transmission Type
Manual
Number Of Speeds
5
Overdrive
Yes
Primary Drive (Rear Wheel)
Shaft
Reverse
No
Heel Toe Shifter
Standard
Wheels Composition
Aluminum
Tube / Tubeless
Tubeless
Front Wheel Width (in)
3.5
Rear Wheel Width (in)
4
Front Tire Width
150
Front Tire Aspect Ratio
80
Front Tire Speed Rating
H
Front Wheel Diameter
16
Rear Tire Width
150
Rear Tire Aspect Ratio
90
Rear Tire Speed Rating
H
Rear Wheel Diameter
15
Front Tire (Full Spec)
150/80 HR16
Rear Tire (Full Spec)
150/90 HR15
Front Brake Type
Dual Hydraulic Disc
Front Brake Diameter (in/mm)
11.7 / 298
Rear Brake Type
Hydraulic Disc
Rear Brake Diameter (in/mm)
12.6 / 320
Front Suspension Type
Telescopic Fork
Front Travel (in/mm)
5.5 / 139.7
Front Adjustable Fork Pre-Load
Yes
Front Adjustable Rebound Damping
Yes
Front Central Suspension Strut
No
Steering Damper
No
Rear Suspension Type
Twin Sided Swing Arm
Rear Travel (in/mm)
4.1 / 104.1
Rear Adjustable Shock / Spring Pre-Load
Yes
Rear Adjustable Rebound Damping
Yes
Number Rear Shock Absorbers
1
Air Adjustable
Yes
Steering Control
Handlebar
Length (ft)
8.71
Width (in/mm)
35.4 / 899.2
Height (in/mm)
61.6 / 1564.6
Wheelbase (in/mm)
67.1 / 1704.3
Turning Radius (ft)
11.5
Ground Clearance (in/mm)
6.1 / 155
Length (ft/ft)
8
Length (ft/in)
8.5
Dry Weight (lbs/kg)
807 / 366
Wet Weight (lbs/kg)
869 / 394
Payload Capacity (lbs/kgs)
419 / 190
Fuel Capacity (gal/l)
6 / 22.7
Fuel Capacity Reserve (gal/l)
1 / 3.5
Storage Capacity (cuft/gal/l)
24.3 / 33.6 / 148
Engine Displacement to Weight (cc)
1.6
Seat Type
Two-Piece
Adjustable
No
Seat Location
Driver and Passenger
Folding
No
Seat Height (in/mm)
29.5 / 749.3
Number Of Seats
2
Backrest Logo Plate
No
Backrest Type
Fixed
Backrest Location
Passenger
Lumbar Adjustment
No
Grab Rail or Strap
Standard
Frame
Steel
Floor Board Location
Driver and Passenger
Hand Grips
Standard
Chain Guard
No
Engine Case Guard
Yes
Fork Guards
No
Belt Guard
No
Hand Guards
No
Brush Guard
No
Exhaust Guard
No
Light Guard
No
Radiator Cover
Yes
Front Fender
Standard
Front Fender Trim
Standard
Rear Fender
Standard
Rear Fender Trim
Standard
Top Crown
Standard
Stand Type
Kick
Lower Fairing
Standard
Handlebars
Standard
Upper Fairing
Standard
Wind Deflector
Standard
License Plate
Standard
Digital Instrumentation
Standard
Clock
Standard
Trip Odometer
Standard
Speedometer
Standard
Temperature Warning Type
Light
Fuel Level Warning Type
Gauge
Warranty (Months/Condition)
60 / Limited
Battery Warranty (Months)
0
Satellite
No
Number Of Speakers
4
CB Radio
Standard
Intercom
Standard
Headset
Standard
Cassette Player
Standard
Side Case Mount
Standard
Windshield Mounts
Standard
Metallic
No
Folding
Yes
Windshield Lowers
Yes
Height Adjustable
No
Tinted
No
Height
Mid
Number Of Side Cases
2
Hard Side Case Capacity (gal/l)
9.3 / 41
Location
Left and Right Side
Side Storage Mount
Standard
Underseat Storage
Standard
Lockable Storage
Standard
Rear Rack
Standard
Rear Rack Storage Material
Hard Vinyl
Rear Rack Storage Trim
Plain
Bag Liner Material
Cloth
Helmet Locks
Standard
Helmet Storage
Standard
Headlight Mounts
Standard
Halogen Headlight (s)
Standard
Adjustable Headlights
Standard
Headlight (s)
Standard
Light Type
Halogen
Power Outlet
Standard
Cruise Control
Standard
Handlebar Lock
Standard
User Reviews
7 reviews
  • Still a wonderful piece of machinery.
    By  (I am an Owner) on Jul 21, 2013

    Getting to 5 years old now. New battery last spring, another oil change, and still cruising like a dream.

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  • A pile of CRAP
    By  (I am a Writer) on Aug 15, 2011

    I made a review about this so called quality motorcycle back in May 1 2009 as (Our Pride & Joy) & again as (Best Ride Yet)in 6/4/09.Later did I find out the quality wasn't there but also nether was that so called 5 year warranty. Cracking cowling & windshield getting very lose was not covered any ...

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  • Wonderful Machine
    By  (I am an Owner) on Sep 12, 2009

    Got my new Venture 1 year ago. Had 2 small warranty fixes on it right away, but got it repaired right away. Since that have had nothing but joy riding all over the state. Has plenty of power for even 2 lane passing with both of us riding. Real fine piece of machinery.

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  • Great handling bike with some quality control issues
    By  (I am an Owner) on Jun 13, 2009

    I graduated from a Road Star to the 2008 RSV S at the end of October 2008. I absolutely love riding this bike and it handles beautifully. I have almost 4000 miles on the bike and have just completed a 1500 mile cross country trip. Bike handles and sounds great. Seat and comfort level are excellent. ...

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  • RSV Major Issues
    By  (I am an Enthusiast) on Dec 29, 2008

    I purchased a 2005 RSV and set about touring the western US. While a little top heavy and challanging at slow speed I grew to enjoy the ride, comfortable, powerful and reliable. Gradually a noise from the trans grew to an ear piercing whine that could only be controlled by packing my ears with ...

    C. Thomas

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  • Yamaha's best kept secret!
    By  (I am an Owner) on Dec 20, 2008

    We purchased our new Venture S in June of 2008 after comparing it to an 08 red Gold Wing. While the Wing is a great bike, it did not fit our needs as well as the Venture. We at first thought that the Wing would be a move up from our 2007 Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe,which we loved, but the ...

    On the third day after we purchased the Venture, we headed for North Carolina. The bike, as expected, performed perfectly. While some reviewers have worried about the size of the bike, it has never been a problem. From North Carolina, we headed northwest to Wisconsin to see our grandchildren. The electronic cruise control performed flawlessly and we averaged 42 miles per gallon. The five-year warranty and roadside protection helped us enjoy the ride even more but, again, we had no need for them.

    After thoroughly spoiling our grandkids for a few days, we headed back toward Oklahoma. As luck would have it, the only rain we encountered during the entire 3000+ mile trip was in traffic in St. Louis, late in the evening on the next to last day of our trip. Some reviewers have worried about rain with the large windshield that is too high to see over. While it was not pleasant to deal with in traffic and rain, it was not a big deal. Wipers on my helmet shield and the windshield would have been great though. It rained throughout the night so the bike and road was wet as we headed out on the final leg of our trip home. Again, the bike performed perfectly. With our rain suits on, we felt neither the cold nor the wet and the bike never wondered on the rain groves or caused undue concern on the wet roads.

    After a good wash job upon arriving home, both we and the Venture were ready to go again. This is my third Royal Star based bike and my eighth bike overall, it is by far the best bike we have owned. We have, in less than six months ridden just under 8000 miles on this often over-looked bike. If you want a true luxury-touring rig, this bike deserves consideration. Why Yamaha does such a poor job of promoting it is beyond us. The V-4 engine is rock solid, the seating is the best now available, and its luggage area allows room for a multiple-day trip without major sacrifice.

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  • The first 3000 miles have been heavenly
    By  (I am an Owner) on Oct 19, 2008

    I was reluctant at first buying this bike, going from a sport touring type bike. But have not been sorry from day one. The comfort level is simply outstanding and as far as my wife (passenger cockpit queen) is concerned, she absolutely loves it.

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