Last June, at the Americade Rally in Lake George, New York, Yamaha unveiled the 2018 Star Venture, calling it “the ultimate trans-continental touring motorcycle.” Blending modern and traditional luxury-touring features and styling, the Venture boasts an impressive list of standard technology and a sporty, muscular look. And unlike Ventures of yore, instead of a liquid-cooled V-4, the new Star Venture is powered by a redesigned version of the air-cooled, 1,854cc (113ci) V-twin from the Raider that pumps out a claimed 126 lb-ft of torque.
Today, Yamaha introduced the 2018 Star Eluder, a bagger based on the Star Venture. As defined by Dictionary.com, elude means “to avoid or escape by speed, cleverness, trickery, etc.” and is synonymous with evade. According to General Manager of Yamaha’s Motorcycle Group, Mike Doughty, “With its aggressive styling and infotainment technology unlike any other motorcycle in its class, [the Star Eluder] will truly empower riders to elude conformity while experiencing the thrill of the road.”
Whatever you’re attempting to elude—but hopefully not the police—Yamaha hopes its new bagger will be your means of escape. It foregoes the top trunk, passenger backrest, Sure-Park System (electric forward/reverse), taller electric windscreen and a few other amenities found on the Venture, but is mostly the same otherwise. Like the Venture, the Eluder features throttle-by-wire with drive modes, belt final drive, a 6-speed transmission, an assist-and-slipper clutch, linked ABS brakes, traction control, cruise control and a 6.6-gallon fuel tank.
Other standard equipment includes a Bluetooth-enabled infotainment system with a 7-inch, full-color LCD touchscreen, heated grips and seats, rider and passenger floorboards (the passenger’s are adjustable), saddlebags with remote locks and LED lighting. Adding the GT Options Package gets you GPS navigation, CB and Sirius XM satellite radios and an alarm system. Total storage capacity is 83 liters (compared to 144 liters on the Venture) and claimed wet weight is 875 pounds (compared to 957 pounds on the Venture).
The 2018 Star Eluder will be available later this year in Impact Blue, Liquid Silver or Raven for $22,499, or $23,999 with the GT Options Package.
2018 Yamaha Star Eluder Specs
Base Price: $22,499
Warranty: 5 yrs., unltd. miles
Type: Air-cooled, transverse 48-degree V-twin
Bore x Stroke: 100.0 x 118.0mm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Valve Train: OHV, 4 valves per cyl.
Valve Insp. Interval: NA
Fuel Delivery: EFI w/ 46mm throttle body
Lubrication System: Semi-dry sump, 6.7-qt. cap.
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated wet clutch
Final Drive: Belt
Charging Output: 750 watts max.
Battery: 12V 18AH
Frame: Tubular & forged steel double cradle w/ cast aluminum subframe & steel swingarm
Wheelbase: 67.6 in.
Rake/Trail: 31 degrees/5.7 in.
Seat Height: 27.4 in.
Suspension, Front: 46mm telescopic, no adj., 5.1 in. travel
Rear: Single linked shock w/ remote preload adj., 4.3 in. travel
Brakes, Front: Dual 298mm discs w/ 4-piston opposed calipers, UBS & ABS
Rear: Single 320mm disc w/ 2-piston floating caliper, UBS & ABS
Wheels, Front: Cast, 3.50 x 18 in.
Rear: Cast, 6.00 x 16 in.
Tires, Front: 130/70-HR18
Claimed Wet Weight: 875 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 6.6 gals.
MPG: 91 PON min. (avg) NA