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2009 Star Royal Star Tour Deluxe

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Can’t decide between cruising and touring? Why don’t have both with the Star Royal Star Tour Deluxe, a full-sized touring motorcycle that can easily be stripped into a veritable cruiser. Powered by a lively V-four engine, it loses nothing of the old Yamaha cruisers/tourers charm and we’re talking about a 2009 model year.

 

Introduction

Star Royal Star Tour Deluxe

Star Motorcycles carries on producing Yamaha’s consecrated cruiser lineup as a brand of its own and among their tops is the 2009 Royal Star Tour Deluxe model. This is one of those transformers that can suite a large category of riders on short and long trips and feels like destined for each one in particular. The simple trick behind it is that, although built for the long haul, the windshield and backrest detach easily and without tools for those short incursions down the boulevard.

That 79-cubic-inch, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 70-degree V-four engine, also powering the Royal Star Venture , is versatile and very dependable. Developing 97 hp at 6,000 rpm and 89 ft.-lb. at 4750 rpm, it beats big displacement V-twins so our bike is pretty much in a class of its own. While the Venture transmission features only a 5th gear overdrive, the one of the Deluxe features 4th and 5th gear overdrive for plenty of passing power.

Weighing 844 lbs, the Deluxe is one serious bike, but the chassis is very well put together, managing to mask that pretty well. The frame is a high-integrity, single-backbone unit and the suspensions are air-adjustable (5.5 inches of travel front and 4.1 inches of travel rear).

Star claims a 43 mpg fuel economy and the gas tank hold 5.3 gallons of gas (0.7 gallons less than on the Venture so the lost weight really shows). Most likely the best way to achieve that is by hitting the electronic cruise control button when the retro dash’s needle is around 60 mph.

There is no fancy sound system as that can’t be that easily stripped down the bike when going cruising.

For 2009, Star also offers the slightly more expensive and better looking Royal Star Tour Deluxe S.

 

2008 Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe History

 

Exterior

Star Royal Star Tour Deluxe

The key to this model’s success is, obviously, the perfect blending of two different styles, but, at its base, this motorcycle was designed as a cruising one with a very strong touring side. Or was it the other way around? Very possible, but what you see it what you get and we love what we’re seeing.

Featuring smooth flowing lines and deep valanced fenders, it shows how Japanese style as well as fit and finish can almost match the American one in matter of cruisers. There is a locomotive-like headlight as well as a massive front wheel and fork, but what’s best about the imposing front end is the simple, clean design of that detachable windscreen. The gas tank is a little smaller than on the Venture and fits perfectly the design of the Deluxe. So does the spacious seat positioned only 29.1 inches from the ground.

Most people tend to confuse the engine with a V-twin, and that’s part of the bike’s magic. Only the four-into-two exhaust will raise a question mark in a newbie’s head and with good reason. This is exactly the same as on the Venture, despite the overall modified appearance of this motorcycle.

The sidebags do look good, especially because they match the bike’s color, Candy Red for the Royal Star Tour Deluxe and Charcoal Silver/Raven for the Royal Star Tour Deluxe S 2009 model.

 

2008 Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe Test Ride

 

Price

Although Star likes to pretentiously call one base model and the other “S” model, the bike is basically the same. Yet, color schemes make the difference at pricing as well so the Candy Red one painted comes with an MSRP of $15,190 and the Charcoal Silver/Raven one of $15,690.

Conclusion

With a double character and affordable asking price considering the category of riders to which this bike addresses, the Royal Star Tour Deluxe is more than a cruiser when stripped down and a very potent tourer when fully equipped. As mentioned in the Venture review , I like to thing at these bikes as being the Magnas of Star due to that V-four engine. Who’s with me?

Star Royal Star Tour Deluxe

SPECIFICATIONS

 

Engine and Transmission

 

Star Royal Star Tour Deluxe

Displacement: 79-cubic-inch (1294cc)
Type: liquid-cooled 70° V-four; DOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 79 x 66mm
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Carburetion: (4) 32mm Mikuni CV
Ignition: TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission: 5-speed, wide-ratio w/5th-gear overdrive; hydraulic clutch
Final Drive: Shaft

 

Chassis and Dimensions

 

Star Royal Star Tour Deluxe

Suspension/Front: Telescopic fork; air-assist, 5.5-in travel
Suspension/Rear: Single shock; air-assist, 4.1-in travel
Brakes/Front: Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brakes/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 320mm
Tires/Front: 150/80-16
Tires/Rear: 150/90-15
Wheels: 7-spoke cast
Length: 98.6 in
Width: 39.8 in
Height: 60.0 in
Seat Height: 29.1 in
Wheelbase: 67.5 in
Ground Clearance: 5.9 in
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gal
Fuel Economy: 42 mpg
Wet Weight: 844 lb

 

Features

 

Key Features:

 

  • The best of two worlds: Stripped-down street cruisability and plush long-distance touring capability in one motorcycle.

  • Quick-detachable windshield and backrest let the rider optimize the bike for cross-town cruising cool or cross-country touring comfort quickly without tools.

  • Electronic cruise control with right handlebar controls for ease of use.

  • Color-matched locking hard-shell sidebags with handy, one-touch openers and spacious 9.3-gallon storage with interior storage pouch.

  • 67.5-inch wheelbase provides a smooth highway ride and plenty of room for rider and passenger.

  • The Royal Star Tour Deluxe S gets chrome accents to the front end.

  • The Royal Star Tour Deluxe achieves fuel economy up to an estimated 42 mpg** with a fuel tank that holds 5.3 gallons of gas.
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    Engine:

     

  • 79-cubic-inch (1294cc) liquid-cooled, DOHC 70-degree V-four tuned to put out class-leading power—97hp @ 6000 rpm and maximum torque at 89 ft.-lb. @ 4750 rpm—for incomparable cruising performance.

  • Four heated Mikuni 32mm carburetors with TPS deliver seamless throttle response and greater power across the entire rev range in nearly any climate.

  • Compact-design dual intake system enhances performance without sacrificing fuel tank capacity.

  • Large-capacity radiator ensures superior engine cooling for maximum efficiency.

  • Single-axis internal counterbalancer reduces engine vibration for super-smooth running.

  • Wide-ratio five-speed transmission with 4th and 5th gear overdrive provides plenty of highway passing power as well as low-rpm, fuel-efficient cruising.

  • Low-maintenance hydraulic clutch actuation and strong, low-maintenance shaft drive for touring convenience.
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    Chassis/Suspension:

     

  • High-integrity, single-backbone frame with solid engine mounting and 29-degree caster angle delivers responsive steering and excellent handling.

  • Air-adjustable telescopic front fork with 5.5 inches of travel smoothes out the bumps and adapts to varying load capacities.

  • Air-adjustable link-type rear suspension features a vertically mounted single shock with revised damping for a classic hardtail look and outstanding long-distance ride quality.

  • Large-diameter front and rear disc brakes with sintered pads provide strong, linear stopping power.

  • Rider and passenger seats provide room and comfort along with a low seat height - 29.1 inches.

  • Full-sized, floating-type rider and passenger floorboards reduce vibration and are positioned for optimal long-distance comfort.
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    Additional Features:

     

    Star Royal Star Tour Deluxe
  • Quick-detachable windshield and backrest are standard equipment on the Tour Deluxe, letting the rider optimize the bike for cross-town cruising or cross-country touring - without tools.

  • Cool retro “dash” combines classic looks with new-age function, including: digital speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel tripmeter, clock, fuel gauge and indicator lights for cruise control, overdrive, neutral, high beam, turn signals, water temperature and low oil-level.

  • Wide hand control levers offer great feel and look cool too.

  • 5.3-gallon fuel tank provides outstanding touring range along with classic lines.

  • Incomparable fit and finish includes flawless paint with extensive chrome and brushed stainless steel accents as well as deep, valanced steel fenders.

  • Large, powerful 12V 60/55-watt halogen headlight in stylish chrome shell with custom bezel maximizes nighttime visibility while cutting a stylish profile.

  • Ignition switch with integrated steering lock mounted near the front of the fuel tank for extra convenience.

  • 12V 18AH maintenance-free battery for reliable starting even in cold weather.


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