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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-03-2006, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Gold Wing vs. Royal Star Venture

Anyone with a Gold Wing ever had a Yamaha Royal Star Venture. If so what was your opinion of it? I know it doesnt come close to a Gold Wing, but its still a nice bike and Im tossing back and forth the idea of buying a Royal Star. Although Im leaning more towards the Gold Wing.

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-03-2006, 08:20 PM
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Go with the Goldwing.

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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-03-2006, 08:24 PM
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I rode them both before choosing the wing. The Venture is much cheaper and comes fully loaded and I have heard that engine is bulletproof but in my opinion it is fairly top heavy and not nearly as easy to control at low speeds. I don't believe you could go wrong with either and I saw a brand new black cherry a couple of weeks ago for around 14,800 which is a good price...Good luck with your decision.

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Re: Gold Wing vs. Royal Star Venture

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Anyone with a Gold Wing ever had a Yamaha Royal Star Venture. If so what was your opinion of it? I know it doesnt come close to a Gold Wing, but its still a nice bike and Im tossing back and forth the idea of buying a Royal Star. Although Im leaning more towards the Gold Wing.
I have owned a Yamaha venture and currently a 03 GL 1800. My Venture was a 2001 model and I put approx 30K miles before I bought the Wing. The Venture is a fine motorcycle very high quality and enough power to do anything you want to do (except out run a GL 1800). I also like the way the Venture looks, but here is the downside--No fuel injection, top heavy (I never really felt like I had good control at slow speeds) and the bike is generally out of date and in bad need of some updates (which I'm sure is on Yamaha's drawing board) . The price is pretty good considering it comes with a CB, intercom, and a good radio system. It even has a casette player if you can find any of those anymore. It's not the bike that a Goldwing is; However, it's also a lot less expensive. You would own a good motorcycle should you buy one.

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I guess it all boils down to what you want. The Venture is a SHARP looking bike and competes well with the Wing in most areas. It is top heavy and that would make it a problem for shorter riders, but it has good brakes, LOOKS like a V-Twin and holds at least as uch as the 1800. I looked at one before I bought the wing but it just did not "FIT" me. I am kind of a "techie" and the wing fit me better, but if you are looking for a old-school cruiser/touring bike that you can still add all the bells and whistles to, I think that it would have to be on the short list along with the Ultra.

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I didn't have a Venture, but did have an '05 Royal Star Tour Deluxe. It was a very comfortable bike and did give more of a chance to stretch out than the Wing. It was very stable going down the road...better than the Wing in cross winds. OTOH, it didn't have anywhere near the power down low...you have to wind it up...and the straight cut gears in the tranny are loud. While worse on some than on others, mine was loud enough to scream in my ears at 70mph wearing a full face helmet.

It was a pretty bike to look at...better than the Wing IMHO...but mine was black/charcoal and the chromed up engine looked awesome.

Bottom line...it's cheaper and is very durable. If you want power, handling and a smooth quiet ride...buy the wing.
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post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-03-2006, 09:39 PM
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Both are nice bikes....depends on the look and feel you want. Star is more "Harley" looking while the Wing has a look of it's own...Star's ride is nice and the Wing is super....Star's handling top heavy, Wing sport like. Both are high quality, both backed by great companies. Ride both and then decide.
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i like the venture, that's one sharp looking bike !!!


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I owned a RS tour deluxe with a bat wing type fairing. It was a beautiful bike, but was poor in the handling dept. compared to the wing. The wing is more powerful, and handles more like a sport bike than cruiser. The venture is a beautiful bike that delivers great bang for the buck, but it is a crusier with bags and that is the big difference.

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