Out on the open road the Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe performs spotless and proves able to outstand hour after hour of long riding. After all, it is what is was created for and it is hard to find another one like it. Maybe the Royal Star Venture, but you will notice that the Deluxe offers quite some advantages.
The bike proves very easy to handle once on the move and that is due to its high-rigidity, single-backbone frame with solid engine mounting and 29-degree caster angle. This also leads to responsive steering so the package seems complete when it comes to leaning over and enjoy the plush ride.
But things won’t be the same without the air-adjustable telescopic front fork and air-adjustable link-type rear suspension. This equipment simply carries you towards the ride of your life and I am sure you will feel like riding again and again, with no wish to stop.
In case you want to stop for gas or a nice, worm meal, the large-diameter front and rear disc brakes will provide you with all the stopping power needed. It won’t do any wheelies but it doesn’t want to fool nobody neither. Honest brakes that do their job properly.
A tank full of gas won’t make you stop for about 180 miles so the wide open road and the freedom will be the two things that will dominate your senses.
Let’s check out the important stuff! How about the engine? Its 1294cc liquid-cooled, DOHC 70-degree V-four develops a claimed 97 hp at 6000 rpm and 89 ft. –lb. at 4750 rpm. These numbers resulted in unimaginable engine performance that gives cruising a whole new meaning. It brings excitement, hard acceleration, loads of torque and excellent sound coming from the nicely shaped exhaust system.
The beast is mated to a five-speed wide ratio transmission with 4th and 5th gear overdrive providing plenty of highway passing power. This leads to fuel efficiency given by the low rpm involved.
Although the V4 engine slightly sacrifices low-end, its mid-range pull is simply awesome and 3rd gear gave me the meanest rush ever encountered on a cruiser.
Once I was cruising in fifth gear, I hit the cruise control button and lay back, this being my second time riding without my right hand on the handlebar. And I mean riding and riding over and over again. The cruise control is this bike’s most appreciated feature by us at TopSpeed and it couldn’t have completed the bike’s character better.
Its low center of gravity makes it go like a train and also improves handling and overall stability. I very much appreciate this aspect of the bike and I couldn’t imagine things without it.
The floorboards are more than relaxing, both for the rider and passenger and in collaboration with the saddle and, in my case the handlebars, the riding position is truly relaxed without any stretch involved or anything like this at all.
Excellent touring abilities encountered on the 2008 Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe. These are given by the windshield which is more than effective and really sets this bike apart from your average cruising machine. If you also decide to drop the backrest, oh…there was your cruiser. That is the beauty of it. Two wonderful characters gathered under a single name which you know very well.
Life on board of this Yamaha is very relaxed and reassuring. This feeling is also implemented by the retro dash which features classic looks and modern goodies such as: 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. All these were easy to read during day and night so you won’t have a problem with getting your information from there.
All in all, the bike was great and very tempting. I strongly recommend you to give it a try and create a new image on cruising. Good luck!
If you keep a place in your garage especially for this cruiser, the only question now remaining is what color scheme should choose. The Galaxy Blue/Raven is the cheapest. Suggested retail price is $14,499. But if you are more into Charcoal Silver/Liquid Silver, the MSRP rises to $14,999. Not a big choice apparently, cut it can make all the difference.
Featuring excellent handling and great amounts of power, the Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe promises to make your dream a reality and you will no longer find yourself dreaming for the best, but riding the best. And that is probably the best feeling a rider can get on its brand new machine.