Where’s My New Star Venture?
Yamaha Announces A Delay On Its Much Anticipated New Tourerby Allyn Hinton, on
Yamaha announced today that the much hyped and much anticipated new touring model, the 2018 Star Venture, is experiencing production delays and customers shouldn’t expect to see their new bikes until close to Christmas, hopefully by New Years. A modification to the production process at the factory in Japan is pushing the delivery date from August — which we already know they didn’t hit — to the end of December. Yamaha had been stringing us along for weeks when they finally announced the Star Venture in June 2017, claiming it would redefine the luxury touring motorcycle market.
Continue reading for more on the Yamaha release.
What’s The Buzz?
Participants in the Priority Delivery Program, who are the first to feel the disappointment of the delay, have been appeased with $1,000 purchase credit to be used in the Genuine Yamaha Parts and Accessories catalog.
Announcements like this start a song playing in my head and I can hear Carly Simon singing in my ear. "(We can never know about the days to come, but we think about them anyway.....)" The Star Venture, Yamaha’s shining star in their touring line, was touted as coming equipped with never-before-seen features on a touring model — features which are available on other manufacturers’ tourers, to be sure — but all-in-all looks to be a pretty nice touring model out of the Tuning Fork Company.
“The excitement and reception of the 2018 Yamaha Star Venture exceeded all of our initial expectations,” said Mike Doughty, General Manager of Yamaha’s Motorcycle Group. “This production delay is a very unfortunate situation, but we stand by our commitment to the quality of our motorcycles, and the highest level of customer service for both our customers and our dealers.”
Customers who participated in the Priority Delivery Program, and who are the first to feel the disappointment of the delay, have been appeased with $1,000 purchase credit to be used in the Genuine Yamaha Parts and Accessories catalog. "(Anticipation; Anticipation is makin’ me late; Keeping me waitin’......)"
What Does It Mean?
When the Star Venture actually starts showing up at dealers and into customer driveways, more than a few people are going to be very happy.
The Star Venture is coming, eventually, packed with plenty of yummy touring goodness. A 113 cubic-inch engine, which is right on par with the new Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight 114, cruises in top gear on the interstate at 2,750 rpm making for a low-fatigue ride over long distances. That’s exactly what you want a touring bike to do. Add all the other features together for what should be a nice tourer at a mid-range price, and when the Star Venture actually starts showing up at dealers and into customer driveways, more than a few people are going to be very happy.
"(...And tomorrow we might not be together. I’m no prophet and I don’t know nature’s ways...Stay right here ’cause these are the good old days.)"
See our look at the 2018 Star Venture.