Yamaha XVZ 1300 Royal Star Tour
Yamaha Royal Star Tour
Liquid cooled, four stroke, 70°V-four
Bore x Stroke
79 х 66 mm
4x 32mm Mikuni Constant-Velocity
Digital TCI /
75 hp 54.7 kW @ 4750 rpm
111.8 Nm @ 3500 rpm
5 Speed / shaft
Air assisted telescopic fork, 142mm
Single shock, link-type
w/air assist; 104 wheel travel
2x 298mm discs 4 piston calipers
Single 320mm disc 1 piston caliper
740 mm /. 29.1 in
357 kg / 842.6
/ 4.4 gal
Ride test /
The Royal Star
Tour Deluxe is the ultimate 2-for-1 deal.
All you have to do is pop on the
quick-release touring windshield and passenger backrest, and in a matter of a
few seconds, you've magically transformed your cool cruiser into a long-haul
touring bike. With no compromises in style or comfort. Hit the road.
1,294cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC,4-valve, V-4 engine is tuned to produce
class-leading power - 98hp @ 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 89 ft-lb @ 4,750
rpm - for incomparable touring performance.
4-valve per cylinder head design
ensures maximum breathing efficiency for greatengine performance.
Four Mikuni BDSR 32mm carburetors
with TPS deliver seamless throttle response.
Each carburetor features a single
15-watt heater to ensure consistent fuel/air delivery under varying outside air
Dual intake system enhances
performance by maximizing the intake volume without sacrificing fuel tank
Large-capacity radiator ensures
superior engine cooling for maximum efficiency.
counterbalancer reduces engine vibration for maximum rider comfort.
Wide-ratio 5-speed transmission
with 4th and 5th overdrive gears reduces engine rpm at highway speeds for
smooth, relaxed touring.
Maintenance-free light action
Smooth, clean, quiet,
low-maintenance shaft drive
4-into-2 exhaust system puts out
a throaty exhaust note and creates a long, low profile that's easily
transistor-controlled digital ignition provides a precise timing curve at all
rpms for instant engine response and fast sure starts.
Automatic cam chain tensioners
reduce maintenance and mechanical engine noise.
Air induction system reduces CO
and HC emissions.
Spin-on type cartridge oil filter
means fast, easy oil changes.
Easy-to-use heel-toe shifter
highlights the Venture's classic design.
High strength, single-backbone
frame with solid engine mounting and 28.8° caster angle (131mm of trail)
delivers responsive steering and excellent handling qualities.
Rigid steel swingarm features a
hollow left side "arm" that allows the shaft drive to pass through it. Special
reinforcements have been added between the swingarm pivot shaft and the arms for
additional rigidity. The benefit is predictable, relaxed handling with excellent
stability, thanks in part to the extra long 1,715mm (67.5'‘) wheelbase.
Exceptionally roomy ergonomics
for maximum rider and passenger touring comfort.
Air-adjustable 43mm front fork
with 140mm (5.6'‘) of wheel travel smoothes out the bumps and can be adjusted
for varying load capacities.
Air-adjustable link rear
suspension features a vertically mounted single shock for that classic hardtail
look and outstanding long-distance ride quality. Rear wheel travel is 105mm
Air adjustability allows the
rider to adjust both front and rear suspension preload to match load and road
Dual 298mm front disc brakes
features twin piston calipers while a 4-piston caliper squeezes the single 320mm
rear disc. Both front and rear brakes provide strong, linear stopping power.
Quick, detachable windshield with
integrated lower wind deflectors provides excellent wind and weather protection.
This windshield can be detached via a dual lever style mechanism within seconds.
This design offers the best of two worlds, excellent touring comfort while at
the same time allowing the owner to quickly change the unit into a stylish
cruiser once at his/her destination.
1-inch rubber-mounted handlebars provide a comfortable riding position. Polished
bar end handlebar weights with special rubber dampers have been added to the
ends of the handlebar to further reduce vibration and maximize rider comfort.
Roomy separate rider and
passenger seats provide all day riding comfort and support. The overall seat
height is 740mm, making it easier to plant both feet firmly on the ground.
Quick detachable passenger
backrest provides excellent long distance comfort and confidence for the
passenger. Its quick detach design allows a fast transformation from touring
machine to stylish cruiser ready to turn heads on your local downtown strip.
Full-sized floating-type rider
and passenger floorboards reduce vibration and are positioned for optimal
20-liter fuel tank provides an
important styling highlight while still providing a good touring-type extended
Powerful 12V 60/55-watt halogen
headlight maximizes nighttime visibility while cutting a stylish profile. The
new chrome headlight bezel provides a strikingly stylish design.
instrumentation features a traditional analog display. The instrument console
features include: speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters and a fuel gauge plus a
range of warning lights. The cruise control activation lights are mounted in the
centre of the console
Convenient electronic cruise
control system. The cruise control operation switch is conveniently located on
right handlebar switchgear for ease of use. The operating range is from approx.
50 to 130 kms per hour.
Colour-matched hard saddlebags
feature handy, one-touch openers and offer 35- liters
of space per bag. The bags
are protected by a rugged chromed bar mounted in front of the saddlebags.
Low-maintenance, sealed 18-amp
hour battery ensures easy, reliable starting.
Self-cancelling turn signals with
new clear white signal lens provide an eye catching appearance
Incomparable fit and finish
includes flawless paint, brushed stainless steel accents, and deep valanced
Numerous chromed engine parts
highlight pride of ownership and attention to detail.
Ignition switch, with integrated
steering lock, and accessory position is mounted at the front of fuel tank for
extra convenience. It features a theft-resistant design.
Polished aluminum handlebar
All new extra wide clutch and
With the cruiser market on fire and buyers gobbling
up bikes almost as fast as they can be made, Yamaha has been scrambling for new
models to add to its lineup. For 2005 the tuning-fork folks are rolling out the
Royal Star Tour Deluxe, which can be converted from touring to cruiser duty.
It’s based upon the familiar Royal Star Venture, but the large front fairing and
trunk are gone, replaced with a quickly detachable windscreen and removable
passenger backrest. Pop them off to go cruising in town or slap them back on for
a road trip. Among the other changes are a new retro-style instrument panel;
chrome headlamp nacelle; clear turn-signal lenses; slightly smaller 5.3-gallon
fuel tank (down from 6 gallons); and four-into-two exhaust system with
changeable muffler tips. The audio system found on the Venture has been swapped
for an electronic cruise control on the Tour Deluxe.
The Tour Deluxe’s drivetrain is virtually unchanged from the Royal Star Midnight
Venture—a liquid-cooled, 70-degree V-4 displacing 1,294cc with dual-overhead
camshafts, four carburetors and four valves per cylinder. It’s backed up with a
hydraulically actuated wet clutch and five-speed gearbox. The V-4 engine layout
combines the side-view appearance and much of the sound and character of a
V-twin, with the smoother running and higher horsepower per cubic inch of a
four-cylinder design. When we tested a Venture in Rider’s August 2004 issue,
this same engine type produced 78 rear-wheel horsepower and 77 lb/ft of torque.
Both ends of the bike get air-adjustable suspension, which allows the rider to
compensate for changes in loading. Out back a revised swingarm stretches the
wheelbase a tad, to a lanky 67.5 inches. Alternator output has also been
increased from 315 to 406 peak watts, which is handy for things like
electrically heated riding gear and add-on driving lamps.
Advertisement Yamaha chose the beautiful area around Charlottesville, in scenic
northwestern Virginia, to introduce this bike to the moto-press. This is Thomas
Jefferson’s hometown, where Monticello is located, and the mansions of other
famous Americans such as James Madison are nearby. Dotted with reminders of
America’s past, our route took us northward to beautiful Shenandoah National
Park and the serpentine Skyline Drive with sweeping panoramas of the lush green
countryside. This historic area is ideally suited to motorcycle touring and you
owe it to yourself to visit and ride here.
Out on the open road is where this bike shines. Both fourth and fifth gears are
overdrive for relaxed highway riding, and thanks to the broad torque curve you
hardly have to worry about what gear it’s in—just roll on the throttle and motor
away. Its torquey engine lopes along with a pleasing rumble flowing from the
twin exhausts. While it may not be extremely fast, the Tour Deluxe has ample
power for passing and can cruise all day at any reasonable highway speed. A
single counterbalancer helps keep vibration to a minimum and the cruise control
works smoothly and easily, saving hand cramps and holding speed right where you
Clutch action is flawless and shifting is smooth and quick for a cruiser. The
low-maintenance shaft drive is quiet, but there is a considerable amount of
slack in the driveline when rolling on and off the throttle. We also noticed
that some of the bikes popped and backfired in the exhaust on strong
deceleration as fuel is drawn from the carburetors’ idle jets during initial
By eliminating the large trunk, front fairing and radio, Yamaha was able to
shave about 50 pounds from the Venture to create the Tour Deluxe. While still
heavy, the weight loss lowers the center of gravity noticeably, which makes the
bike easier to handle, especially when coming up off the sidestand and
maneuvering at low speeds.
Braking from the dual front rotors and single rear unit is strong and
consistent, but front lever effort is higher than would be expected from such a
setup. Steering feels light for such a large, stout machine, and at sane,
moderate velocities it turns in and corners nicely. Ride quality is comfortably
plush and at speed the bike is very stable. When you start to push the bike
harder through the corners, though, the running boards scrape quite readily and
the Bridgestone Exedra tires feel vague and not particularly
The windscreen can be easily removed with a simple latch mechanism and lifted
off the bike; replacement is also simple. It affords great wind protection and
little buffeting. The windscreen is tall, however, so most riders have to look
through it near the top edge, which is distracting.
Both rider and passenger seating is quite comfortable, although the raised lip
on the back of the seat forces taller riders to sit farther forward than would
otherwise be natural. The removable pillion backrest is sure to be popular—it
detaches in seconds without tools and reinstalls the same way. Mirrors are
well-positioned for good visibility and free of shaking. Footboard positioning
is also just about right.
Luggage capacity in the spacious hard bags is 9.3 gallons of volume per side.
Although the locking mechanisms take up quite a bit of space, inside they still
hold a lot of gear and use the same key as the ignition, which is very
convenient. Speaking of locks, you have a choice of using either a key or
padlock for securing the steering.
The Tour Deluxe will come in Charcoal Silver/Raven or Raspberry Metallic/Raven
and retail for $13,999. That’s $2,900 less than the 2004 Royal Star Midnight
Venture tested in the August issue. More than 100 accessories have been
developed for the Tour Deluxe, which will let owners further customize their
bikes to suit their individual tastes.
The Tour Deluxe is a solid, proven design that is pleasant to ride and feels
like it could run forever. It successfully combines many of the features of a
cruiser and a touring bike into a single machine. And any time you can get two
bikes for the price of one, that’s a good thing!