By John Burns
And in those days we made mix tapes for our loved ones, to be plugged into the cassette decks of our touring bikes when we weren’t communing with the truckers on channel 19 on the CB radio, and Honda and Yamaha’s Star Motorcycles thought they would Venture into the heavy touring cruiser market… Yamaha’s liquid-cooled 1294cc V-four flagship begat its current 1854 cc V-twin. Honda’s 1500 boxer-six evolved into the current GoldWing, replete with 1833 of latest-tech tech… and if you haven’t had the chance to eat a couple hundred miles in a single bite on either one, don’t be too bummed, as you are on track to inherit the earth.
Honda Valkyrie Interstate V. Yamaha Venture
Clash of The Titans
We felt that the Yamaha Venture possessed a better integrated design. In some ways, it seems almost as though Honda rushed the Interstate to market to counter the Venture. For example, except for the top case, the Valkyrie’s bag system was awkward to access while the Venture’s was easy to use. The Interstate’s CB/Audio system offered a lot of functionality, but it gave us flashbacks of Windows NT — overdesigned and complex to operate. Even …read more