Here to wrap up our three part series on the best touring motorcycles of 2020, we are going to review another of the great new offerings in the heavyweight touring class of motorcycles. Over the last two weeks we have already given you in-depth looks at the 2020 Honda Goldwing and the 2020 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Standard so today we are going to finish the series with the sporty tourer from Yamaha, the
- 2020 Yamaha Star Venture Transcontinental
With this model, reborn from the ashes in 2018, Yamaha has introduced a successful combination of performance, comfort and cutting-edge technology which makes this wonder of a motorcycle one of the best touring options for the more sophisticated and road crazy fans out there today. This year, Yamaha has pulled out all the stops to make the 2020 Transcontinental the top of the line touring motorcycle that will satisfy all types of motor biking enthusiasts.
The Yamaha Venture Transcontinental is known for its luxuriously smooth ride making it easy to spend long hours on the road without fatigue. This is made possible due to the Star Venture V-twin’s pulse and the lightweight forged pistons made of a unique alloy. In addition, the presence of very carefully tuned counter balancers combined with specially designed engine mounts of the Transcontinental reduces vibration and gives unforgettable riding comfort and enjoyable times in the saddle. For added responsiveness and excellent handling characteristics, the frame of the Transcontinental is made of rigid steel, successfully combined with the advanced aluminum die-cast sub-frame that reduces weight and helps in maintaining perfect balance by centralizing the mass of the motorcycle.
Fit neatly inside is a massively big, air-cooled V-twin engine. This 1854 CC displacement powerhouse generates enough torque to take you on any type of road even when fully loaded with all your motorcycle camping gear. This is the result of 20 years of research and this four-valve, twin-spark-plug, pent-roof engine is a technological marvel that uses ride-by-wire throttle control, traction control and selectable riding modes to match the best power and performance to the driving conditions making it extremely well mannered with great drivability.
Coupled with its agile, high-rigidity frame, this package produces an ergonomically efficient riding position with less vibration and noise than previous generations of this model. Due to this, the Transcontinental gets the best in class solid straight-line stability combined with impeccable and unfailing agility on winding roads even during steep climbs. The 2020 Yamaha Transcontinental comes with advanced frame design and a semi-dry-sump engine for an effortless and engaging ride.
The technology doesn’t end with the engine. This model is loaded with features including Yamaha’s Sure-Park system, and an integrated infotainment system that includes a powerful audio system with high mounted touch and voice controls. All of your communication, navigation, music and vehicle systems are integrated neatly into a one system that sets the standard for motorcycle tech. Yet another special feature of this touring motorcycle is that it comes with an all-LED powered lighting system. This unique feature of the Yamaha helps you during your nighttime rides as the headlight is highly focused and can show the road ahead more brilliantly while the taillights, brake light, and turn signal lights all enhance the visibility of the motorbike even from long distances helping you have a very safe and enjoyable ride even during the darkest of night times.
To maximize your motorcycle touring experience, the 2020 Yamaha Transcontinental comes with a cavernous 37.3 gallon volume of luggage capacity just in the saddlebags. In addition to this, you also have your Trunk, and storage compartments in the upper and lower fairing. And if that isn’t enough, the Transcontinental Option Package gives you additional, easily accessible passenger storage compartments. With all this storage space at your disposal, your Transcontinental is ready for long motorcycle camping trips any time you want. In all, the 2020 Yamaha Star Venture Transcontinental is considered to be one of the best choices in the heavyweight touring motorcycle class. With its tremendous carrying capacity and slew of other advanced features that you get, this is a fine gem that stands out among the cruiser motorcycle offerings.
Summing up, all three of the above motorcycles will provide you a proper touring ride with all the power you could need, and space to bring along plenty of gear for camping off your motorcycle in style and comfort. Each one has its own style and will undoubtedly appeal to a different rider with different price points in mind, but overall these three bikes set the standard for the Touring class and surely will continue to do so well into the future.