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In­side in­for­ma­tion on Yamaha’s all-new transcon­ti­nen­tal tourer

Motorcyclist - - Contents - —Aaron Frank

right now, rid­ers have two ba­sic tour­ing choices: so­phis­ti­cated-but-soul­less lux­ury ma­chines from met­ric man­u­fac­tur­ers or tra­di­tional Amer­i­can V-twins that typ­i­cally offer more “au­then­tic­ity” than mod­ern ameni­ties. Yamaha’s Derek Brooks calls this the “full­dress para­dox” and says this is the prob­lem Yamaha set out to solve with its new Star Ven­ture. “Why should buy­ers have to choose between tra­di­tional emo­tional ap­peal and mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and lux­ury?” Brooks asks. “Why can’t they have both?”

The Ven­ture com­bines a com­pre­hen­sively up­dated air-/oil-cooled V-twin with mod­ern styling, a full suite of lux­ury fea­tures, and the most ad­vanced in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem on any mo­tor­cy­cle to­day. “We be­lieve we’ve ar­rived at the per­fect bal­ance of emo­tion and func­tion in this bike,” Brooks says. We sat down with Brooks and Ven­ture Project Leader Masami “Mag­num” Shin­sho and asked them to de­scribe the process used to cre­ate what Yamaha calls the “Ul­ti­mate Con­fi­dence Transcon­ti­nen­tal Tourer.”

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