Not long ago, baggers were a fairly obscure sub-genre. Basically full-dress tourers with cut-down screens and no top-box or backrest, they have a long, low look. And the Eluder ticks all those boxes very neatly. Where factory baggers used to be the exclusive domain of American firms like Harley-Davidson and Indian, these days there’s a massive choice. Honda’s F6B, BMW’s K1600B and Moto Guzzi’s MGX-21 all offer an alternative to the traditional Harley route. Now there’s the Yamaha Eluder as another alternative.
It uses the same chassis and engine as the Star Venture that Yamaha launched earlier this year. It’s basically the XV1900’s 1854cc V-twin, but with a six-speed gearbox and various other updates. These include ride-by-wire, multiple riding modes and traction control. It pushes 126lb-ft of torque to the 200-section rear tyre via a belt final drive.
That torque will be helpful, as the Eluder is no lightweight at 397kg (or 398kg in ‘GT’ form with optional sat-nav and CB radio). Gas-pressurised monoshock and 46mm forks keep all that mass off the ground and dual 298mm front discs and an even bigger 320mm rear rotor, with ABS, bring it all to a halt.
As with the Venture, the Eluder’s big selling point is its infotainment. A 7-inch touchscreen is the focal point and features Bluetooth communications, a stereo, voice control and the optional GPS. It’s the sort of thing that will probably be commonplace in a few years’ time, but few bikes are so integrated at the moment.
Unfortunately for many of us, only American buyers will currently get the chance to try it. There’s no indication that the Eluder, or the Venture it’s based on, will be sold elsewhere. If you’re in the States and have $22,499 to spend on a bagger (or $23,999 for the GT version), the Eluder is worth considering.