Buyers Guide 2018 Yamaha Star Venture Buyer's Guide | Specs & Price

2018 Yamaha Star Venture Buyer’s Guide | Specs & Price

2018 Yamaha Star Venture

The 2018 Yamaha Star Venture is the marque’s flagship tourer, and it comes in a standard version that is ready for serious touring, plus a Transcontinental Option Package that provides all the bells and whistles you expect from a luxury touring motorcycle.

The 1845cc V-twin pump out a claimed 126 ft/lbs of torque, so the new long-stroke air-cooled motor should have no problem hauling around the 950+ pound machine, two-up, and filled with cargo.

2018 Yamaha Star Venture specsThe ride-by-wire motor allows Yamaha access to all sorts of features, including traction control, fully electronic cruise control, and two power modes.

The chassis is made up of cast and forged steel, plus an aluminum rear subframe. There’s a beefy 46mm fork, linkage shock, linked ABS braking, over 37 gallons of storage, and a huge 6.6-gallon fuel tank.

These features are all wrapped up in a full-coverage fairing with a windshield that offers 3.5 inches of vertical adjustment.

Befitting a flagship tourer, the Star Venture has a high-end seven-inch color LCD touchscreen that gives the rider direct access to a wide variety of crucial riding information. Additionally, there is Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port.

A Transcontinental Option Package adds GPS navigation, CB radio, SiriusXM, and Sirius XM Travel Link to the motorcycle, LED fog lights, as well as Dual Zone audio control. The latter allows the passenger and rider to select different audio sources and have private telephone conversations.

2018 Yamaha Star Venture Specs


  • Type: V-twin
  • Displacement: 113ci (1854cc)
  • Bore x stroke: 100 x 118mm
  • Maximum torque: 126 ft/lbs
  • Compression ratio 9.5:1
  • Valve train: Pushrod actuated overhead valves; 4 vpc
  • Fueling: Yamaha Fuel Injection
  • Cooling: Air
  • Transmission 6-speed
  • Final drive: Belt


  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 46mm fork; 5.1 inches
  • Rear suspension’ travel: Linkage assisted shock w/ remote spring-preload adjustment;
  • 4.3 inches
  • Front tire: 130/70 x 18; Bridgestone Exedra
  • Rear tire: 200/55 x16; Bridgestone Exedra
  • Front brakes: 298mm discs
  • Rear brake: 320mm disc
  • ABS: Standard, w/ linked braking


  • Wheelbase: 67.6 inches
  • Rake: 31.0°
  • Trail: 5.7 inches
  • Seat height 27.4 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 6.6 gal
  • Estimated fuel economy: 34 mpg
  • Wet weight: 957 pounds (Transcontinental: 963 pounds)

2018 Yamaha Star Venture Colors:

  • Granite Gray
  • Raspberry Metallic

2018 Yamaha Star Venture Prices (MSRP):

  • $24,999 (standard)
  • $25,999 (Transcontinental Option Package)

2018 Yamaha Start Venture Buyer’s Guide | Photo Gallery

Don Williams
Don Williams
With 45 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

Marc Marquez: 4 – Yes 4 – More Years with Honda MotoGP

Yes - you read that correctly. Marc Marquez has extended his contract with Honda Racing Corporation by four years - something we don't often see...

2020 Indian Scout 100th Anniversary Review (9 Fast Facts)

2020 is a big year for the Indian Scout as Indian Motorcycle celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Scout. It started in 1920 with...

2020 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 30th Anniversary Review (8 Fast Facts)

The Harley-Davidson Fat Boy grows up in 2020. The petite 107 is dropped, and you have only one motor choice for The Plump One—the...

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Test at Portimão & Algarve Streets

The 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R makes no bones about what it was designed to do, with nearly every aspect of it being conducive to collecting tickets as if they were merit badges.

Honda VF700C Magna : One of the Hondas that Harley Built (Tariff Bike)

Say what? Harley built Hondas? Well, no, not in so many nuts and bolts. But back in the early 1980s, Harley-Davidson did take some actions that led directly to a series of bikes from Japanese motorcycle manufacturers as a result. They are sometimes referred to as the “tariff bikes.”

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro Review (27 Fast Facts)

The 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro are the English marque’s brand-new off-road-focused adventure motorcycles. The pair are part of the all-new...