From the moment I thumbed the starter button, I knew I was going to like the 2018 Yamaha Star Eluder. The exhaust note just hit me in the right place and made me smile. Now, the Yamaha product development folks would say that it was because the dual mufflers were tuned to slightly different notes so that they would harmonize, creating a more pleasant tone. Whatever, it worked. And then I got to let out the clutch and pull away from the curb.
To say that the Eluder is based on the Venture would be a tremendous understatement. The Eluder is the Venture without a few key components. Visually, you’ll immediately notice the shorter windshield and the lack of a trunk. (Along with those two components you lose the electric windshield adjustment and the rear speakers with their dual-zone audio controls.) Couple this with a different color treatment, and the transformation is complete. The Eluder wears a blacked out engine, exhaust, and wheels which add to the aggressive silhouette.
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