My last ride WAS one of the ones the other site can’t let go of. It was a 91 Venture Royale that I had Custom painted to a 96 Dodge Viper RT Blue! See pic.
I really liked the bike, but this new SVTC in my opinion is far more comfortable and much more set up for long distance touring. The NAV, stereo, traffic & weather, phone interface, tire pressure monitoring, passenger comfort, storage area etc all combine to make this bike what Touring is all about. Also, the whole tenor of the bike at cruising speeds is much more relaxed. A low non hurried thrum rather than a busier sounding rev froma V4. Personally I think it adds to the “relaxed” aura of the bike.
That was a beautiful job you did on the custom paint, Chief!!! I'm sure you were very proud in the ownership of the V.R.
About your comment on the non-hurried thrum of the muffler tips....yes...who would think that that could turn out to be really a prime, unique 'feature'?!? Coming directly off of a GoldWing GL1800 Premium Sound/Nav model and not experiencing what I am now,...but I totally (and my wife 100 % agreement) with her,(!!!!, and our touring friends that WON'T pass us
, since we got the SVTC...truly...nobody wants to pass us....(large smile)), that the 'engineered' exhaust (I explained how Yamaha Sound, the same Company that for some, power's their home entertainment system!) not only in-house, designed the wonderful sound system on the SVTC, but actually, in the lab...and sound studio, created the exact sound they wanted to hear from the SVTC at idle, ramp up, cruise, down stroke, idle, all throughout its rev range, and they are/were amazed as we are, that even the sound of a motorcycle was planned for...engineered for. My friends, GoldWinger's, BMW'ers, Triumph'ers, Kawasaki'ers,...ALL want to stay behind us...for as you and I both say, and have experienced, the deep bass 'thrum' of the pipes, relaxes...heck, the wife of my friend on the Yamaha in our Burgers 'n Beer pick at Hell, Michigan, who took the snap of us ahead of them...was the one that said that our exhaust note actually RELAXED the both of them...and had no reason/intention of getting ahead of us, or taking the lead. Our friend (who was guiding us on the back roads, on his RS1100 BMW, was always on that run, in the lead) kept saying at lunch, HE wants a turn behind us...LOL! Never got it.....lol!
I have to share with you, a little laugh...we were the first ones after our late lunch/dinner on the way back from Hell....yeah, you can escape it, if you are good, LOL...anyway....since we were the ones to say the first good-byes...and as the restaurant was on the side of the on ramp to the highway....I put Charlotte into Sport Mode, and told my wife to hold on...(she said in the Intercom..."er...why?"). Three seconds later, my wrist gave her answer...LOLOLOLOL!----------------------------wrist bend------------------------wham....zoom.....(to the moon, Alice...to the moon!) and you should have heard that beeeeea-utiful deep bass THRUMmmm head out towards our friends ears, still in the restaurant's parking lot. I later got a call from our Yamaha friend...who said, "THANKS a lot!" He and his wife are now in serious discussion of buying either a 2018, or waiting until the Fall to get the best negotiated price ON a 2018, or just buy the 2019 model. His wife (he likes it too...but she is most vocal) really likes everything about Charlotte, (wants to sit on a 'throne' like my wife...her words, lol) loves the authoritative sound from the pipes, but in no way (her words) loud enough to p*ss off anybody around them, or their (her worry for night arrivals) neighbors.
Coffee induced finger tapping here, so I'd better leave off...lol...but in all my bikes, in all the years...I have NEVER had ANYBODY comment on the sound, either coming from a start-up, idle, or under load....that this Star Venture Transcontinental has. Never before. I guess, Yamaha Corp really used all their assets on this one....
Before I leave off on this post, Chief...I have an account with Sirius Sat, on a portable, and use that between the car, house, SVTC (through the line-in) but...do you have to subscribe to the weather and road data? Does that come with a subscription to the on-board radio? I'd like that as well....so, what's the skinny on that?