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1993 yamaha vetura royal vmax import.starter motor drains the battery starter motor spins ok when not in the engine

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If the starter motor spins but the motor does not turn over, the problem will be the starter clutch. You can buy many of the individual clutch parts at Babbitt's. If that doesn't work out, Google motorcycle salvage yamaha and see what you can find there. Please rate my answer. Thanks.

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I have a 1997 Yamaha vmax 1200j that's been sitting up for a year, after changing all the necessary parts everything came on and the engine turned over, 2nd attempt no headlight or fuel pump pumping?

Hi, Darrell before testing any electrical component in the Starter Circuit it is "IMPERATIVE" that you have a fully charged battery of 12.5 volts or more and be able to pass a proper "LOAD" test because your battery may have 12.5 volts or more but little or zero amps causing the battery to be faulty and must be replaced, especially "AGM" batteries.
1. Ignition Switch not in the "ON" position.
2. Engine Run Switch in the "OFF" position.
3. Check the battery terminals for damage or corrosion check the battery cables at "BOTH" ends for loose, corroded, or broken connectors, "INSIDE" and outside the cable harness, perform connector wiggle test and check cables with an ohmmeter.
4. Bank angle sensor needs a reset or is faulty.
5. FOB battery low or dead.
6. Faulty ignition switch.
7. Faulty starter button.
8. Faulty kickstand or clutch pull in switch/sensor.
9. Security alarm needs a reset.
10. Starter relay, solenoid or starter circuit wiring faulty.
11. Starter armature or field coils have failed.
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Royal star wont start, lights work, no starter turning over engine.

-If starter spin it self or you head it click but not spin the engine. >> Need new starter.
-If no click or not thing at all>>>Check battery cable from battery to starter and the line from the ignition to the solenoid.

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2007 Yamaha Royal Star 1300 deluxe won't start. I

Take one spark plug out, connct it to its wire and lay it visible on the engine, press the starter and see if there is a spark.
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My yamaha thunderace wont start you press the start button and the celenoid just whines the starter motor spins ok when direct power is supplied

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Is a 2009 royal star 1300 engine really just a detuned v max engine if so what are the differences?

Vmax is the strongest motor (most HP) , then comes the old style Venture (strong and dependable), then new style Royal Star (most restricted and self destructive). The motors have been so greatly detuned that they have lost some reliability. The carburetors are different, the cams (cam lobe/position) timing is different, the exhaust is restricted, I believe the CDI timing has been changed, and the counter balancer shaft in the main block of the motor has been removed causing more wear ,tear, and vibration in the motor. The spot in the motor is still in the motor for the counter balancer shaft in front of the crank shaft so it can be put in . there may be other changes but these are probably the most critical. It is not cost effective to upgrade a Royal Star unless you have a donor Vmax. I would never recommend the Royal Star for those reasons. I warned a friend off of the bike, he purchased one from a dealer, and with in a week of the purchase of the used unit the motor disintegrated. The only luck he had was that it happened just before the very end of the warranty. Yamaha replaced the entire motor , it would have cost too much to rebuild it. I worked a a Yamaha dealership for 25 years watching the complete evolution of the models with the V-four motor and to this day can not under stand why Yamaha did such a great disservice to the engine and the customers.

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I am looking at a 2000 Yamaha Royal Star Venture, 1300cc. Is there a any particular problems I should be looking for, or known long term problems? It is high milege, 139000 kilometers, or about 95000...

May not be a good value. The early Ventures (1980's) and VMax motorcycles were known for strong dependable motors. But in the Royal Star version the motor is heavily detuned. They put in low performance cams and removed the counter balancer shaft (cancels vibration)(there is a place in the motor block for it, it can be put back in). Because of the changes, the motor no longer holds up well and basically loses a lot of its longevity.

Jan 12, 2011 | Yamaha Royal Star Venture Motorcycles

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No problem would like more power. told too put on vmax carbs and intakes. what do u think? have all ready changed the cams and springs.

Ideally you could have taken the engine out of Vmax. Then you would have the high performance cams,carbs, and the ever important counter balancer shaft (in the Vmax and the original Venture,but not in the Royal Star even though it is machined for it.) The only other thing you need is a more free flowing exhaust. As for the carbs you may be able to just put in a performance jet kit.

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Can you comment on how to increase horsepower on a 1998 1300 Tour Cruiser, at a reasonable cost.

This is a question asked about a decade too late, unfortunately. The 1996-1998 Standards, Tour Classics, and Tour Deluxes benefited greatly from Yamahas' decision NOT to offer the VMax in Europe and Asia with V-Boost - leaving non-US customers some 50+ horsepower down. The VMax had the look BUT they were being blown away by any literbike on the market, and, worse yet, couldn't compete with the Honda V65 Magna, a bike similarly styled and engineered, introduced four years earlier, and thoroughly "shaken out".

Aftermarket to the rescue! Big Air kits, cams, titanium lifter buckets, four-into-four low restriction exhausts, high-capacity water, oil and fuel pumps, tunable ignition systems, oversize front and rear shocks and springs - the best part for Royal Star riders was that many of the accessories were available for their bikes, because of the similarities between the 1200cc VMax and 1300cc Royal Star engines and suspensions.

Now, however, the older VMaxes are historic footnotes, and the Royal Stars haven't received anything but cosmetic upgrades since 1999. The market for Royal Star performance parts in the U.S. is mostly nonexistent; the bikes are usually bought for touring or cruising duties, not stoplight-to-stoplight bashes; reliability, comfort and appearance are the Royal Star's strengths.

I owned a 1998 Tour Deluxe, and searched the Internet for the parts I had used to personalize it. The two survivors of the last decade seem to be: Baron Stealth Big Air Kit - $249.95 (, and Dynatek Dyna 3000 digital ignition $289.99 Competition Cams dropped their cams, springs, and lifters, and both Bub and Cobra dropped their 4-into-4 and 4-into-2 exhausts. Some of the exhausts are still available for 99- Royal Stars, but that's no help for you.

Jan 31, 2010 | 1998 Yamaha Royal Star XVZ 1300 A

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