On Monday, Yamaha introduced the Star Venture, a luxury touring model powered by an air-cooled, 113 cubic-inch, fuel injected V-twin capable of kicking out a claimed 126 ft.lbs of torque.
This comes on the heals of Harley Davidson's introduction of its new Milwaukee Eight 107 and 114 cubic inch engines, and compares to Indian's standard 111 cubic inch power plant found on all of its big bikes.
One of the more interesting elements that Yamaha added to the Star Venture is paired alternators capable of producing up to 750 watts of power. Given the proclivity of long distance riders to bring along GPS, phones and heated gear, all of that power will be put to use without stressing the bike's charging system.
The Star Venture also comes with luxury features like parking assist (including reverse), a full-featured infotainment system, heated seats, and a 6.6 gallon tank.
The Star Venture will be available starting in August in Raspberry Metallic and Granite Gray with a list price of $24,999 for base models and $26,999 for models equipped with a Transcontinental Option Package that include GPS nav system, CB radio, SiriusXM, extra speakers, and supplemental LED fog lights.
Authorized Yamaha Dealers are taking orders now through a Priority Delivery Program. More information can be found here.
This latest addition to the long distance touring segment has already been met with about equal parts praise and derision across different motorcycle owner forums. We'd still be willing to take it for a ride.
Check out a video of the Star Venture in action here. And more pictures below.