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Turned over 11,000 miles on the 2018 Yamaha Star Venture and thought I would provide an update.

The bike runs great, plenty of power, if you want a little more sporty mode then just push the mode button on the right side of the handle bar to Sport Mode and the ECM map changes to a more lively map over the Touring Mode.

Sport mode is active through the low and mid range and really livens up the response. Want to go back to a more laid back ECM map just push the mode button again and it changes back to the Touring Mode.

Oil results from Blackstone Lab are showing the engine is wearing very well with no problems.

Ride quality is outstanding with good tire wear, I am getting 3,000 miles per 1/32 of tread depth, so if you run the tread down to the wear bars that is using 7/32's of rubber and at my readings comes out to 21,000 miles tire wear for the rear tire. Tire wear is always dependent on the right wrist but so far I am getting very good tire wear out of the Bridgestone tires.

The sound system is outstanding on this bike, I am including a couple of youtube videos one of them on fuel mileage and one on the sound system quality.

Fuel mileage is outstanding, here are five fill ups all two up riding with stop lights and traffic involved with open road riding as well.

9/9/18: 174 miles 3.399 gallons 47.94 MPG

9/27/18: 189.2 miles 3.940 gallons 48.02 MPG

10/5/18: 143.7 miles 2.931 gallons 49.02 MPG

10/13/18: 145.9 miles 2.938 gallons 49.65 MPG

10/17/18: 181.2 miles 3.780 gallons 47.93 MPG

This is real world two up riding.

Sound system video:


Fuel mileage video:

 

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Thats some great MPG. Would you say you ride on the easy side of things? Or maybe a better question would be, is this much better than you ever got on your Vic?
 

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I ride this bike the same way I rode the 2013 Victory Cross Country Tour and the 2016 Harley Davidson Ultra Limited and I get better fuel mileage from this Yamaha Star Venture.

I don't drag race from stop light to stop light or stop sign to stop sign and ride with traffic. Just normal everyday riding and in the fuel mileage receipts I posted those were trips for lunch from Cape Coral, Florida to Sarasota, Florida and back just riding around enjoying our day.
 

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Regarding the Tour mode vs Sport mode: is it really selecting between 2 maps, or is the Sport Mode just a more aggressive throttle mode like an electronic 1/4 throttle ring?
 

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Redvic,
If you can. Please post a short video of how to take the trunk off.
Interested in seeing how the big Yamadog converts into a bagger.

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Webby
 

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Regarding the Tour mode vs Sport mode: is it really selecting between 2 maps, or is the Sport Mode just a more aggressive throttle mode like an electronic 1/4 throttle ring?
Another owner talked with Yamaha directly and they told him that it does change the ECM map, adding more timing and fuel as well as quickening the throttle response, so it is not just an electronic 1/4 turn like a cable throttle system. I had the 1/4 turn throttle ring on my 2013 Victory Cross Country Tour and this Yamaha is a much more noticeable change when you go into sport mode. Again sport mode operates in the low and mid range, once you go past the mid range it is operating just like the tour mode at that point.
 

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Thanks!
 

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Redvic,
If you can. Please post a short video of how to take the trunk off.
Interested in seeing how the big Yamadog converts into a bagger.

Thanks,
Webby
While you can remove the trunk it is an involved job and really is not designed to be removed and replaced like the Victory Trunk on the Cross Country Tour bikes.
 

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Short video explaining how the seat heaters work on this Yamaha Star Venture, some of the early magazine/web journalists were confused on how this system worked.

 

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Here is the first video I did on the seat heaters, grip heaters and where my battery tender cable was. Being in SW Florida I had not used the heated seats or grips so I was not completely familiar with how they worked so the above video was a follow up.

 

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One more video showing the keyless system and how the key FOB works, you can turn off the key FOB on this motorcycle. The Trunk, saddlebags and the right front fairing cover all lock and unlock with the key FOB and the ignition is keyless.

 

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Some people have questioned tip over protection on the 2018 Yamaha Star Venture, here is a video that explains the tip over protection on this motorcycle, it stops at about a 45 degree angle on a tip over.

 

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Great videos. Glad your enjoying you new Yamaha Star Venture Transcontinental.
Would love to see a video while on a ride. Maybe explaining the different modes and showing the performance difference. A stop light burn out ? Then a hard run with some red line shifts!
Just kidding. Thanks for sharing. Really a nice bike !
 

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Awesome thread, and awesome bike - thanks for all the Videos. I really think Yamaha gave us the Cross Country and Vision successors that Victory decided not to.
 

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For some reason, it took me 3 views before I realized you had NOT done 110,000 plus miles on your bike already. Given your obvious enthusiasm, I did not question it! Lol. Great thread!
 

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I did a second video on the Key FOB explaining the battery saving feature Yamaha built into it and how to remove the key to manually open the trunk and saddle bags.

 

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I have ridden this bike and one negative was the service interval--
Now at 11k, aren't you looking at a valve adjustment in 4000 miles?

You sound like you ride like a gentleman-- I love Bridgestones....but never have seen anywhere near the mileage you're talking about and I can't imagine it on a bike that heavy with that much torque. Heavier bike = more wear. I try to be conservative, but love hammering the throttle, haha.

The ride modes are quite pronounced. I didn't like the Sport mode much. It was too jumpy to give my passenger a smooth ride.

Glad you can post this stuff on here-- the VOG is a great forum.

I hope they continue to evolve the bike and ditch some of the bells and whistles and chrome doo dads and do an "8-ball" version.
 
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