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2018 Star Venture TC


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NEW FOR 2018!

For those long-haulers who spend more time in the seat than at the coffee shop, Yamaha introduces our most advanced transcontinental luxury tourer bringing greater convenience, comfort, and long-distance enjoyment to those who choose to journey further.


A powerful 1,854 cc V-twin and 6-speed transmission with overdrive, delivers plenty of torque and a smooth enjoyable ride. The elegant styling of the Star Venture TC with the dynamic front fairing, LED headlights, and high quality finishes makes it stand out amongst luxury tourers.


To make the most of enjoyable long-distance rides, Yamaha has a feature-packed infotainment system, plenty of storage, and heated seats with lots of space and adjustability. The infotainment system features a 7-inch display complete with audio, navigation, communication, vehicle status and equipment controls.


Enhanced features like traction control, ABS/UBS braking, user-friendly Smart Key technology, and Yamaha’s all-new Sure-Park system makes moving the Star Venture TC convenient and hassle-free. Sure-Park employs an electric motor to slowly move the bike either forwards or backwards enabling precise maneuvering when parking.


Get peace of mind standard with the all-new Star Venture TC which comes with 1-year factory warranty and 4-years of Yamaha Protection Plus.

*Certain exclusions apply, see terms for details.

Air-cooled, OHV, 8-valves (4-valves/cyl), 48º, V-twin with EFI
1,854 cc (113 cubic inch)
Bore and Stroke
100 x 118 mm
Compression Ratio
Maximum Torque
17.4 kg-m (126 ft-lbs.) @ 2,500 rpm
Engine Management
YCC-T, D-Mode, Traction Control, Cruise Control
Fuel Delivery
Mikuni throttle body FI
Dry Sump
Ignition / Starting
TCI / Electric
Final Drive
Suspension (Front)
46 mm fork / 130 mm (5.1") wheel travel
Suspension (Rear)
Adjustable link Monocross / 110 mm (4.3") wheel travel
Brakes (Front)
Dual 298 mm discs / 4 piston calipers / ABS & UBS equipped
Brakes (Rear)
320 mm disc / single piston caliper / ABS & UBS equipped
Tires (Front)
Tires (Rear)
Critical Data
2,700 mm (106.3")
1,015 mm (40")
1,410 mm (55.5") ~ 1,500 mm (59.1")
1,710 mm (67.3")
Ground Clearance
125 mm (4.9")
Seat Height
695 mm (27.4")
Fuel Capacity
25 litres (5.5 Imp. gallons)
5 years total (1 year factory + 4 years Yamaha Protection Plus)
Wet Weight
437 kg (963 lb)
Metallic Red
Dark Metallic Gray

Key Highlights

  • 1854cc (113 cubic inch) air-cooled, long-stroke, OHV, 4 -valves per cylinder, 48°, V-twin with EFI
  • 6-speed transmission with over drive 5th & 6th gears & heavy duty hydraulic assist & slipper clutch
  • Cable-less Yamaha Chip Control Throttle (YCC-T)
  • Yamaha's D-Mode variable throttle control system & traction control
  • Yamaha's electronic cruise control system
  • Yamaha's "Sure-Park" parking support system for easier, precise maneuverability when parking.
  • ABS & UBS equipped brakes
  • Yamaha's Smart Key system
  • Feature packed 7" infotainment system (audio, navigation (GPS), communication (phone, VOX, intercom, CB radio & SMS text messaging, Bluetooth), vehicle status info & various equipment controls)
  • Stylish frame-mounted full coverage fairing with electrically adjustable windshield, wind deflectors & LED headlights
  • Over 144 litres of storage capacity (fairing, saddlebags & tour trunk)
  • Super comfortable, heated rider & passenger seats with 10 levels of heat settings
  • Heated handlebar grips
  • 25 litre fuel tank
  • 5 Year Warranty Coverage (One year limited factory warranty + Four years Yamaha Protection Plus (YPP). Certain exclusions apply, see terms of each for details.)


  • High-performance, 1,854cc (113 cubic inch) air-cooled, long-stroke, OHV, 4 -valves per cylinder, 48°, V-twin.
    • engine produces massive torque & strong acceleration from very low rpms
    • max torque @ 2,500 rpm & max power @ 4,500 rpm
  • Electric starting.
    • auto decompressor system for fast, sure starts
  • OHV, 4-valve "pent roof" cylinder heads with 9.5:1 compression ratio.
    • 4-valve design optimizes breathing efficiency & overall engine performance at all rpms
    • two spark plugs per cylinder means faster, more complete combustion for maximum power
    • special oil passage near exhaust valve seats improves cooling & durability
  • Twin, crankcase-mounted, cams with hydraulic valve lifters & traditional push rod valve actuation.
    • cam profiles & timing provide strong torque & acceleration across the entire rpm range
    • hydraulic valve lifters reduce mechanical engine noise & maintenance
    • design ensures more uniform heat dissipation due to absence of cam chain case
    • reduces engine height for a lower centre of gravity for light, easy handling
  • "Dual chamber" crankcase design.
    • front section for the crank assembly; rear section for the transmission
    • dual 3-rotor high capacity oil pumps optimizes oil flow in the two main sections of the engine
  • Single pin style crankshaft.
    • design accentuates V-twin engine character & sound
    • optimized flywheel mass allows the rider to feel the directness of the engine's power
  • Crankshaft damper assembly.
    • absorbs fluctuations in drive torque, optimizing the V-twin pulse feeling
    • helps provide a smooth, pleasant feeling when riding at slower speeds in a higher gear
  • Engine balancer.
    • reduces engine vibration for a smooth, comfortable ride
  • Lightweight, forged aluminum pistons with alumite coating.
    • less reciprocating mass (light weight design) means faster engine response & reduced mechanical vibration
    • alumite coating reduces friction
    • special ring & ring land design for excellent durability
    • special oil jet nozzles spray oil at underside of pistons to reduce piston & rod temperatures
  • 100 mm "ceramic composite-plated" cylinder bores.
    • excellent heat dissipation for consistent power delivery
    • ceramic coating enhances the thin film of oil between the cylinder & piston, reducing friction & increasing power
  • Cylinder cooling fin thickness & depth is optimized.
    • excellent heat dissipation (eliminates the need & complexity of liquid cooling)
    • classic air-cooled V-twin engine appearance
    • each cooling fin is specially machined to create a styling highlight
  • Dry sump oil lubrication system.
    • oil tank is integrated into left side of rear sub frame to reduce weight
    • dry sump system reduces engine height (no deep oil pan), which lowers the centre of gravity for great handling & a light, agile feel
    • easy access, spin-on type oil filter for faster oil changes
  • Air-cooled, oil cooler.
    • maintains stable oil temperatures for optimum lubrication & extended engine life
  • "Closed loop," single body, Mikuni throttle body fuel injection.
    • system uses a single throttle body with a throttle position sensor (TPS) to help optimize intake air flow
    • 12-hole injector maximizes fuel atomization & features a dual spray pattern for more complete combustion chamber filling
    • "closed loop system" uses dual oxygen sensors to "sniff" spent exhaust gases & automatically adjust the fuel / air ratio for reduced emissions
    • oxygen sensors are located before the mufflers, so the use of aftermarket "slip-on" mufflers will not affect the system
    • fuel injection benefits include choke-free starting, steady idling during warm up, excellent throttle response & fuel economy & reduced emissions
  • Large capacity air box.
    • air box intake duct is located inside the right side middle fairing for a good flow of fresh, cool air
    • high capacity, viscous type paper air filter
  • Cable-less Yamaha Chip Control Throttle (YCC-T) system (a.k.a. APSG or Accelerator Position Sensor with Grip).
    • YCC-T electronically controls throttle valves for outstanding throttle response, controllability & a smoother torque curve
    • YCC-T features D.C. motor driven throttle valve for precise control of intake air volume
    • this generation YCC-T system is a cable-less design (no throttle cables, pulleys etc.)
    • ECU that controls YCC-T is capable of responding to changes at a speed of 1000th of a second
  • Yamaha D-Mode variable throttle control (2 modes available).
    • enables the rider to adjust the performance characteristics of the engine based on riding preferences or riding conditions
    • S-Mode allows the rider to enjoy full engine performance & power
    • T-Mode slows throttle response for situations that require softer power characteristics, such as slippery or wet conditions.
    • "T-Mode" is also well suited for more relaxed touring & reduces fuel consumption
  • Yamaha Traction control system.
    • utilizes front & rear wheel sensors (same sensors as ABS system)
    • system senses when the rear wheel begins to spin & modifies the YCC-T function, ignition timing & fuel injection to reduce power & eliminate wheel spin
    • traction control helps maintain traction when accelerating on slippery surfaces
    • system is automatically engaged when the ignition is on... can be turned off if desired
  • Electronic cruise control system.
    • "settable range" is from 50 to 160 km/hr. & transmission must be in 3rd gear or higher
    • cruise control can be cancelled by activating front or rear brakes, pulling in the clutch, completely closing the throttle grip or using the system setting buttons (left hand handlebar switch gear)
  • Smooth-shifting, 6-speed transmission.
    • optimized ratios take advantage of the engine's massive torque for strong acceleration & less shifting
    • low 1st gear makes pulling away from a stop easy, while 5th & 6th gears are overdrive gears for reduced engine rpms at highway speeds
    • engine spins at approximately 2,750 rpm in 6th gear at 120 km/hr.
  • Heavy duty, hydraulic "assist & slipper" clutch.
    • assist function reduces clutch lever pull by 20%
    • back torque limiter a.k.a "slipper clutch" reduces the effects of engine braking when downshifting or decelerating
    • low maintenance, self-adjusting hydraulic master cylinder provides smooth clutch lever operation
  • Low maintenance, belt drive final drive.
    • cleaner & quieter than chain drive with no messy chain splatter
    • more efficient than shaft drive due to minimal power losses
    • significantly reduces maintenance vs chain or shaft... no regular adjustments or lubrication required
    • belt is embedded with carbon fiber cords for incredible strength & durability
  • State-of-the-art electronic control unit (ECU).
    • ensures precisely metered fuel delivery
    • optimal ignition spark control using 3D mapping for each cylinder
  • Maintenance-free transistor controlled ignition (TCI).
    • produces a strong spark for fast starts
    • provides precise ignition timing / mapping for optimum engine performance at all rpms
  • High-performance, 2-into-2 exhaust system provides a crisp, powerful exhaust note.
    • large diameter header pipes & dual mufflers provide optimum flow & help to boost torque & power
    • oxygen sensors are located in the header pipes ahead of the mufflers
    • dual 3-way honeycomb catalyzers reduce exhaust emissions
    • distinct & different exhaust notes at low & high rpms (exhaust note changes as rpms increase)
    • heat shields on header pipes protect rider & passenger from hot components
  • Air injection system.
    • injects fresh air into exhaust ports to fully burn any unburnt or partially burnt fuel
    • reduces exhaust emissions
  • Special "air cut valve" reduces backfiring when decelerating or coasting off throttle.
  • "Sure-Park" parking support system for easier, precise maneuverability when parking.
    • system utilizes a dedicated electric motor that allows the bike to move forward or backward at approx. 1 km/hr.
    • unit must be idling (running) in neutral for Sure-Park system to function
    • Sure-Park engagement lever (just below left side of seat) & forward — reverse buttons (left handlebar switch gear) control the Sure-Park system
  • Dual alternating current magnetos (ACM).
    • produce up to 750 watts of power


  • High-rigidity, double cradle, frame with detachable sub frame.
    • design balances strength, rigidity & tuned flex for excellent handling & stability
    • 4-point rubber engine mounting system reduces vibration
    • detachable, steel rear sub frame features an integrated dry sump oil tank
  • Heavy duty steel swing arm.
    • optimized rigidity balance for excellent stability, handling & rear wheel traction
  • Low centre of gravity & low seat height for easy maneuverability.
    • engineers have focused on lowering the centre of gravity to give the unit a light handling feel
    • low seat height 695 mm (27.4") combines with the low centre of gravity to make the Venture surprisingly easy to pick the unit up off the sidestand & to move the unit when not using Sure-Park
  • Key chassis geometry: 31 degree caster angle, 145 mm (5.7") of trail, 1710 mm (67.3") wheelbase.
  • Conventional 46 mm KYB front fork provides 130mm (5.1") of wheel travel.
    • exceptionally stable handling & great ride comfort
    • chip protectors help prevent stone chips in the tubes for extended fork seal life
  • Adjustable link-type, single shock rear suspension with 110 mm (4.3") of rear wheel travel.
    • single shock suspension not only reduces weight, but delivers outstanding ride comfort
    • KYB shock is horizontally positioned under the engine lowering the centre of gravity & centralizing mass for agile handling with a light feel
    • remote hydraulic spring preload adjuster (located under the quick remove right side cover)
  • Dual 298 mm front discs squeezed by 4-piston monoblock calipers, ABS & UBS equipped.
    • excellent barking performance with good feedback to the rider
  • 320 mm rear disc brake with twin piston slide-type caliper, ABS & UBS equipped.
    • caliper is mounted on the underside of the swingarm to reduce torque action for superior suspension performance
  • Front & rear brakes feature Yamaha's latest anti-lock brake (ABS) & variable unified brake (UBS) technology.
    • ABS braking offers excellent control under hard braking or braking on wet or slippery surfaces
    • controlling ECU & hydraulic unit are combined into a single compact unit allowing for mass centralization & reduced weight
    • when ABS system senses impending wheel lock-up (via active type wheel sensors) it regulates the hydraulic brake pressure to the point just before the wheel(s) lock-up
    • UBS system "unifies or links" the front & rear brakes when brakes are applied. System automatically adjusts the amount of unified braking force.
    • front brake application will engage the UBS & apply varying degrees of rear brake force depending on how hard the brake has been applied
    • rear brake application will engage the UBS & apply varying degrees of front brake force depending on how hard the brake has been applied
    • unified brakes may reduce stopping distance by accurately balancing front & rear brake pressures
  • Stylish frame-mounted full coverage fairing with adjustable windshield, wind deflectors & LED headlights.
    • offers dynamic styling as well as excellent wind & weather protection
    • electrically adjustable windshield, vertical adjustment range is 90 mm (3.5"); horizontal range (angle of windscreen) is 12.5 mm (0.5")
    • manually adjustable mid & lower fairing wind deflectors allow the rider to direct more or less air into the cockpit area
    • Quad LED main headlights. On low beam, the inner 2 — LEDs act as headlights while the outer 2 — LEDs function as position lights; on high beam all 4 - LEDS function as headlights
    • dual storage compartments in upper fairing plus mid fairing storage compartment
    • adjustable mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
    • fairing mounted 12 volt DC outlet produces 5 amps / 60 watts of power
    • mid fairing air ducts provide fresh intake air for the engine & cools various electrical components
  • Over 144 litres of storage capacity.
    • left saddlebag capacity is 32.1 litres, right saddlebag capacity is 35.2 litres & tour truck capacity is 70.1 litres. All are equipped with electronic Smart Key locks.
    • upper fairing features left & right "small item" storage compartments (0.75 litres each). Left side storage compartment is operated by the Smart Key system & houses a USB port & AUX terminal.
    • mid fairing storage compartment (2.45 L)
    • tour trunk features left (1.6 litres) & right (1.5 litres) small item storage compartments plus a high mount LED taillight / brake light
    • LED turn signals integrated into the saddlebags
  • Feature packed 7" LCD infotainment system (800 x 480 pixels) to further enhance the fun & enjoyment of the journey.
    • intuitive design makes for easy operation
    • functions include; audio, navigation (GPS), communication (phone, VOX, intercom, CB radio & SMS text messaging, Bluetooth), vehicle status info & various equipment controls (heated grips & heated seats, etc.)
    • Infotainment system can be operated by handlebar switch gear buttons, touchscreen or voice commands (voice commands for menu screens only)
    • three main "home" screens; audio, navigation & "information" including vehicle info & adjustments
    • dual zone audio features: twin 14 cm front speakers (fairing mounted) & twin 13 cm rear speakers (tour trunk mounted), connected to a 26 watt amp.
    • audio functions include 8 possible audio sources including AM/FM radio & Sirius (subscription required). SVC (Speed Volume Control) automatically adjusts volume to match road speed. Rider & passenger can select separate audio sources when using the accessory headsets.
    • navigation system (GPS) can be controlled by either the 5-way "D-pad" on the left handlebar switch gear or the touch screen
    • SMS text will be relayed via text to speech when riding or on screen when the unit is stopped
  • 5-spoke, machine cut, cast aluminum mag wheels.
    • front rim is MT3.50x18 fitted with a 130/70R18 tubeless, radial tire
    • rear rim is MT6.00x16 fitted with a 200/55R16 tubeless, radial tire
    • front & rear wheel tire pressure sensors monitor tire pressures
    • tubeless tire design allows for emergency road side repairs (installation of a "plug")
  • Super comfortable, heated rider & passenger seats with 10 levels of heat settings.
    • narrow seat — fuel tank junction makes it easier for the rider to touch the ground
    • rider & passenger seats plus rider back support & passenger backrest are heated (10 levels)
    • rider back support has 30 mm (1.2") of fore-aft adjustment
  • Folding rider & passenger floorboards.
    • roomy design with floating rubber inserts for reduced vibration
    • folding design (rider & pass.) with special replaceable scrapers on lower edge of rider floorboards
    • passenger floorboards can be adjusted up & down, range is 25 mm (1")
  • 1" handlebars, heated grips & adjustable levers.
    • heated grips offer 10 levels of heat... 3 levels can be "pre-set"
    • adjustable front brake & clutch levers
  • 25 litre flangeless fuel tank with small under seat sub tank for the electric fuel pump.
    • total capacity is 25 litres; reserve portion of the tank is 3.6L (low fuel light illuminates)
    • no visible welds or seams for that clean, custom look
    • riding range before unit goes to reserve (low fuel light) is approx. 325 kms or 200 miles
  • Classic fairing mounted instrument panel.
    • comprehensive instrumentation includes fairing mounted analogue speedo & tach
    • digital LCD functions within speedo include: odometer, dual trip meters, gear position, average fuel economy & distance to empty
    • digital LCD functions within tachometer include: fuel level indicator & low fuel warning
  • Smart Key System.
    • when unit senses the Smart Key is close by, the following functions can be performed without inserting the key; turning power on & off, opening fuel cap, unlocking or locking all luggage cases
    • steering lock is controlled s are electrically operated by Smart Key System
    • Smart Key security feature help prevent ride-away thefts


  •  self-canceling turn signals (15 seconds or 150 meters)
  •  4-way emergency flasher
  •  LED tail light / brake light
  •  easy grip passenger grab rails
  •  Low maintenance sealed battery (battery should be charged during winter storage)
Curb Weight:437 kg (963 lb)
Colour:Metallic Red, Dark Metallic Gray
Model:Star Venture TC
Engine Type:Air-cooled, OHV, 8-valves (4-valves/cyl), 48º, V-twin with EFI
Fuel Capacity:25 litres

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