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uping the ante??

I would would hardly call an air-cooled Vtwin uping the ante. Looks pretty though.

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Competition for HD, Indian and Kawasaki. The Wing is still in a class by itself.


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if it is air cooled, it ain't a touring bike like the Goldwing....

and the engines won't last nearly as long, nor will they give the maintenance nearly free of the Goldwings.

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I guess they just had to be like HD, Yamaha made liquid cooled V4s for years and it was a pretty good engine. It is a nice looking ride with lots of nice features but with the V-twin I'm not interested.

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Nice looking bike. Priced right, and has a 6th gear overdrive. (I wish honda would have this) But i agree with others above, All of that plastic blocking the air cooled engine?? Sounds like a short life engine.

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Nice looking bike. Priced right, and has a 6th gear overdrive. (I wish honda would have this) But i agree with others above, All of that plastic blocking the air cooled engine?? Sounds like a short life engine.
And all that heat on the rider.

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To me it looks similar to the Kawasaki Vaquero



It does have a few nice things on it. I had the smart key on my 09 Concours and it is great. No messing with a key.

Smart Key System
Simplify every ride thanks to Yamaha’s Smart Key system. The remote key fob only needs to be in the rider’s pocket in order to access the luggage system, start the bike, and ride.

Voice command, sounds nice.
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With a high-output audio system and a large, high-mounted touch and voice controlled infotainment system, the Star Venture puts the rider in command. Music, navigation, communications and vehicle systems are integrated cleanly into a single system that sets new standards for two-wheeled technology.

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The benefits are it has a fresh modern look, and like the HD will probably be known as a cool bike, not a heavy bike like the GW. Has amenities that we have come to think of as the normal. Who would buy a new car if it doesn't have the nav system and integrated electronics? Honda would do well to look at this and get a fresh new look for the GW. Air cooled engine won't matter to those who want the other amenities such as an electrically operated windshield, heated back rest for the passenger, keyless operation, and the likes.

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I predict you will be able to buy brand new 2018 Yamaha Star Ventures in the box 2 years from now.
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