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  1. Plastic and Rubber protectant?

    Venture/Eluder
    I’ve used a leather/vinyl/plastic sealant for years that you can’t buy off the shelf, but I can’t get it anymore and may have to look into the 303. I used to use ArmorAll (over 20 years ago) but stopped due to the residue attracting more dirt and dust. Haven’t looked at their stuff in years, so...
  2. Manufacture Date

    Venture/Eluder
    Thanks American, and I agree. He may be under the impression that Yamaha has extra from the initial production run in a warehouse that haven’t sold yet, so they don’t need to make any new ones right now. Apparently he had several people interested in the new bike before the delay, but no one has...
  3. Manufacture Date

    Venture/Eluder
    Of your new bike? I was at a local dealer recently and both their SVTC and Eluder showed September 2017 (9/17) on the vin stickers. I’m guessing many bikes will be that way due to their initial production run and subsequent release delay. Not an issue as the warranty starts when the bike is...
  4. Comments On Your New Venture/Eluder

    Venture/Eluder
    One of the draws for me to this bike is the looks, and I in fact told a local Yamaha dealer yesterday that the headlights remind me (and others) of a sixties muscle car. I’m just curious what kind of comments you new owners get while out riding, whether they be good, bad, or indifferent? I...
  5. What Helmet Do You Use With Your Yamaha Star Venture?

    Venture/Eluder
    Sounds like a great route, and Ouray (yoor-aye) and the Million Dollar Hwy are amazing!
  6. What Helmet Do You Use With Your Yamaha Star Venture?

    Venture/Eluder
    True ChiefGunner. My wife and I are born and bred Oregonians, but we’ve lived in Colorado for 7 years now. It’s great when the Aspen change, and this state has great riding almost all year round.
  7. Whatcha Got?

    Venture/Eluder
    Great photo, and the Dragon is on my bucket list. I’ve only seen the gray in the dealer showroom under poor lighting (non-Transcontinental pkg, they’ve had it for a while), but I could tell it would look good in the sun. I think you and ChiefGunner need to race to settle this fastest color...
  8. Whatcha Got?

    Venture/Eluder
    Wow, well done sir! Your first photo confirms my color choice, and that seat is amazing. Am I’m understanding correctly that you had the stock seat redone and it’s not a new pan? Cool lighting too, way to make it your own!
  9. Whatcha Got?

    Venture/Eluder
    I did a quick search and couldn’t find anything related, so I apologize if this has been asked before. Also, I’m not sure how to post a survey, so we’ll have to do it the old fashioned way:nerd: I was curious who on this forum has a new SV (with or without the Transcontinental pkg) or an...
  10. Yamaha Star Venture Trunk Lid Design Pure Genius

    Venture/Eluder
    Agreed! I thought the struts were a nice touch, no cables to get stuck when you close the lid. The hinges allow you to put your helmet on the passenger seat and not worry about hitting it or knocking it off when you open the trunk lid, too. This is a current issue with my aftermarket trunk on my...
  11. What Helmet Do You Use With Your Yamaha Star Venture?

    Venture/Eluder
    I currently ride with a silver Arai Signet X, and it won’t change if I buy the SVTC. Nor will my new Aerostich Darien gear. We sold our old house in Oregon, so I was able to get some much needed upgrades at Christmas:grin:
  12. Transcontinental First Ride Impressions

    Venture/Eluder
    You’re a lucky man, ChiefGunner. My experience overall has been more like American’s. Good mechanics can be hard to find, and I always request them when I can find ‘em. A simple oil change seems like rocket science for some mechanics. I’m certainly no pro, so if I can do it without leaving the...
  13. Transcontinental First Ride Impressions

    Venture/Eluder
    True Joe, it did good in the twisties. I only ground the floorboards a couple of times, but it never disrupted the bike’s stability. For me this bike was as fun to ride really slow as it was to ride at speed. Can’t say that about most heavy touring bikes. Travis
  14. Transcontinental First Ride Impressions

    Venture/Eluder
    Thanks American, some good points here. I agree that the valve adjustments aren’t going to be an issue, and many might forgo them for a while. Routine maintenance is important to me, so I will be doing them at the recommended intervals if I buy the SVTC. I still had them checked on my ST1300 at...
  15. What happens between Touring & Sport Mode

    Venture/Eluder
    That thought occurred to me too after riding the bike. A worst case scenario for those in sport mode or heavy handed on the throttle, but a much higher mpg for those with a little restraint.
  16. Transcontinental First Ride Impressions

    Venture/Eluder
    Thanks for the clarification on their reasoning, Joe.
  17. Transcontinental First Ride Impressions

    Venture/Eluder
    Hey Venture/Eluder riders, I joined over the weekend and tried to post my test ride impressions of the new Venture Transcontinental, but somehow missed the fact that I had to post in the New Member area first before it would let me post here...duh on my part. Now that I’ve been certified that...
  18. Hi! Roadliner Rider

    New Member Introductions
    I’m new here too, liner. Nice bike!
  19. New Member

    New Member Introductions
    Greetings Yamaha/Star riders! I currently ride a 2003 Honda ST1300, but I joined this past weekend after riding the new Venture Transcontinental for the first time. I’ve had Yamaha dirt bikes and a Waverunner in the past, but this new Transcontinental could be my first Yamaha street bike. I look...
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