2012 Yamaha Royal Star Venture S

Long distance, open-road touring could be a hassle for just about anybody that doesn’t have the patience for it. That’s why it’s imperative to have a bike that can make you feel comfortable, no matter the distance.

That’s what the Yamaha Royal Star Venture S is for. The bike comes fully loaded with everything serious riders need for their long and arduous travels. There’s plenty of lockable storage in the form of a 15-gallon trunk and a pair of color-matched 9.3-gallon sidebags, adding up to 33.6 gallons of total space that you can use to keep everything safe and dry wherever you go. Moreover, the bike has ergonomically designed bucket-type seats with plush, wraparound passenger backrest for unbeatable long-range comfort. As far as entertainment is concerned, the 2012 Royal Star Venture S has you covered in the form of a four-speaker sound system with a Star-branded iPod touch, a CB radio, intercom system, and AM/FM radio.

Then there’s the powerful 1,294cc liquid-cooled 70˚ V-four DOHC, 4-valve per cylinder engine that produces 97 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 89 lb/ft of torque mated to a five-speed, wide-ratio transmission. Add that to the bike’s outstanding chassis and suspension set-up - a high-integrity, single-backbone frame with solid engine mounting and 29-degree caster angle and an air-adjustable telescopic front fork and link-type rear suspension - and you have a bike that’s fit for just about any road it travels on.

Find out more about the full specs of the Yamaha Royal Venture S after the jump.


Yamaha Royal Star Venture S
  • 79-cubic-inch liquid-cooled, V-four tuned to put out smooth—97hp @ 6000 rpm and maximum torque at 89 ft.-lb @ 4750 rpm—for incomparable touring performance.
  • Four heated 32mm Mikuni® carburetors with TPS deliver awesome throttle response and greater power across the entire rev range.
  • 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.
  • Wide-ratio five-speed transmission with 5th-gear overdrive geared for both highway passing power and lower-rev cruising speeds.
  • Low-maintenance hydraulic clutch actuation and strong, low-maintenance shaft drive for touring convenience.
  • Four-into-two exhaust system puts out a throaty exhaust note and creates a long, low profile that’s easily customizable.

Chassis and Suspension

Yamaha Royal Star Venture S
  • High-integrity, single-backbone frame with solid engine mounting and 29-degree caster angle delivers quick, responsive steering, and excellent handling.
  • Class-leading long wheelbase (67.1 inches) provides exceptional roomy ergonomics for great rider control and comfort.
  • Air-adjustable telescopic front fork designed with 29-degree caster angle and 5.5 inches of travel smoothes out the bumps and adjusts for varying load capacities.
  • Air-adjustable link-type rear suspension features a vertically mounted single shock with 4.1 inches of travel for outstanding long-distance ride quality.
  • Large-diameter front and rear disc brakes with sintered pads provide strong, linear stopping power.
  • Wide, fork-mounted fairing, windshield, wind deflectors and frame-mounted lower cowlings offer outstanding weather protection.
  • Full-sized floating-type rider and passenger floorboards reduce vibration and are positioned for optimal long-distance comfort.

Additional Features

Yamaha Royal Star Venture S
  • Incomparable fit and finish includes flawless paint with extensive chrome accents as well as deep, valanced steel fenders.
  • 6-gallon fuel tank with low-fuel warning light ensures outstanding long-distance touring range.
  • Large, powerful 12V 60/55-watt remote-adjustable halogen headlight maximizes nighttime visibility and cuts a stylish profile.
  • Cigarette type DC accessory connector in fairing plus 2-pin DC accessory connector under the seat.
  • Ignition switch with integrated steering lock mounted to front of fuel tank for extra convenience.
  • Vintage-style console and instrument panel features: digital speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel tripmeter, clock, fuel gauge, cruise control, TPS self-diagnosis, speed sensor, and neutral, high beam, turn signals and low oil-level indicator lights.
  • Electronic cruise control switch located on right handlebar controls for ease of use.
  • Handlebar-mounted 40-channel CB radio with dual antenna for CB and AM/FM radio.
  • Single-point audio control system for AM/FM radio, cassette, 6 disc CD changer and intercom is MP3-compatible and headset-ready. The system also includes a Star-branded iPod touch (8GB) with an iSimple SolutionsTM audio interface by AAMP of America.
  • Four-speaker (14 watts per channel) system with automatic, speed-regulated volume control to help hear over wind noise.
  • Two-way rider/passenger intercom system.
  • Huge, 15-gallon rear trunk with easy, one-touch opener can hold two full-faced helmets and includes a lined interior storage pouch.
  • Color-matched hard-shell saddlebags each feature handy, one-touch openers and spacious 9.3-gallon storage with interior pouch.
  • 12V 18AH maintenance-free battery provides easy, reliable starting.


Yamaha Royal Star Venture S
Engine Type79-cubic-inch (1294cc) liquid-cooled 70˚
V-four; DOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke79.0 x 66.0mm
Compression Ratio10.0:1
Fuel Delivery(4) 32mm Mikuni CV
IgnitionTCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission5-speed, wide-ratio w/5th-gear overdrive;
hydraulic clutch
Final DriveShaft
FrameTubular steel; double cradle
Suspension/FrontTelescopic fork; air-assist,
5.5-in travel
Suspension/RearSingle shock; air-assist,
4.1-in travel
Brakes/FrontDual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brake/RearHydraulic disc, 320mm
Wheels7-spoke cast
L x W x H104.5 x 35.4 x 61.6 in
Seat Height29.5 in
Wheelbase67.1 in
Fuel Capacity6.0 gal
Est. Fuel Economy39 mpg
Wet Weight869 lb
ColorIntense Black


I am the original owner of a 1984 Venture, back when motorcycles did not look like Harley cruisers, it is the most reliable, smoothest running and long distance eater ever.
Yamaha shot themselves in the foot by stopping production of this model in 1993.
They continue to make the same engine and carb system that is on my 1984 Venture. Why they can’t add fuel injection is beyond me.
We always ride 2 up, getting 35 mpg all day long even on a bike that is 30 years old.
Yamaha needs to get off the ’cruiser’ style of bikes and build more like the Venture of the 80’ and 90’s.

I should add that I own a 12 year old year 2000 Venture as well as one of the slightly stripped down 2008 Royal Star Tour Deluxes. These are among the most reliable and comfortable touring machines on the road. Visit for more info.

The engine pictured is a V-Twin from a Yamaha V-Star 650, not a V4 Royal Star Venture.

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