The Venture is a great bike. I really enjoyed it. The finishing touches and amenities were top notch and the comfort on long rides was awesome. It had plenty of power to carry my son and I along with all our belonging for the Yellowstone trip up the mountain passes in Colorado and Wyoming.
The Venture comes standard with CB, radio, cassette, and 6 disc CD changer. The stereo/CB controls were easy to use and easily reached. I realize the cassette is outdated and the CD changer took up a lot of space. I actually removed the CD changer (anyone need one let me know I will sell it to you at a great price).
Even though I really liked the bike I had been thinking for a couple of years of trying something different, but I was not sure the wife would go for it. During the 4 weeks of being without a bike I had time to research and look at a lot of bikes. I decided on one that I wanted. I knew that Martha would have to be happy with it so I asked her to test ride it with me. She did and we discussed out we could make it more comfortable for the passenger. She was OK with my choice - OH BOY!!
I purchased a 2010 Yamaha FJR 1300!
Waiting to go riding!
The FJR is a sports tourer. At 1298cc & 145 Horsepower! WOW! I had a huge grin after taking the bike out on the road. It is fuel injected, liquid cooled, and crazy fast! I love the easy detachable saddlebags. With just the key I can take the saddlebags off. This will be great when traveling or if I just want to go on a local ride.
I picked it up this past Thursday (Sept. 16). It was pre-owed and had only 757 miles on it. I rode this weekend and put 300+ miles on it. I am still smiling!
The "grin factor" on the FJR is 10 of 10!
I have ordered the truck with backrest, touring windshield, Corbin seat, and a J&M CB (jmcb-2003). Now I am trying to find some floorboards for the passenger. Martha really wants them.
Saddlebags removedOne great feature is the quick detach saddlebags. With the turn of the key the bags can be lifted off and carried in. Make it convenient when traveling or when I want to look more sporty. The instrument panel features a temperature, instant MPG, average MPG, tach, speedo (goes up to 180, but I don't plan to test it), time, two trip odometers, and the regular odometer. The FJR has a 6.6 gallon gas tank - that will be great on long trips. On my most recent 200 miles the MPG average is 44.1 and that was with a few quick accelerations up above the speed limit (just a little :) ). The electronically adjustable windshield is a nice feature allowing me to customize the riding experience.
The ride is completely different, but so far I am loving it. I know that if I would have been on the FJR I would have gotten out of the way of that Tahoe.