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Old 04-14-2008, 09:06 AM   #1
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Yamaha Stratoliner?

Threw a leg over one of these beasts at the weekend and was quite impressed by the balance and feel of the bike.
Anyone own / ridden one?
Any issues or problems?
What kind of mileage do you get?
As a sports touring type of guy what kind of performance does it have?
Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:58 AM   #2
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Threw a leg over one of these beasts at the weekend and was quite impressed by the balance and feel of the bike.
Anyone own / ridden one?
Any issues or problems?
What kind of mileage do you get?
As a sports touring type of guy what kind of performance does it have?
Thanks in advance.
I have a Roadliner, and have been very happy with it. My last bike was a ZX-14 that I put 27,000 miles on, and before that was a number of bikes that were anything but cruisers.... CBR1000RR, Multistrada, R1150GS Adv. - and so on. I did not read a bad thing online anywhere and the bike continues to impress.
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Old 04-14-2008, 02:21 PM   #3
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http://forums.delphiforums.com/starroadliner?lgnJR=1

Decent Roadliner/Stratoliner forum.
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:05 PM   #4
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Old 04-14-2008, 06:07 PM   #5
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I have a Roadliner, and have been very happy with it. My last bike was a ZX-14 that I put 27,000 miles on, and before that was a number of bikes that were anything but cruisers.... CBR1000RR, Multistrada, R1150GS Adv. - and so on. I did not read a bad thing online anywhere and the bike continues to impress.
how many miles you upto on the Roadliner, Blake?
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Old 04-14-2008, 06:30 PM   #6
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Threw a leg over one of these beasts at the weekend and was quite impressed by the balance and feel of the bike.
Anyone own / ridden one?
Any issues or problems?
What kind of mileage do you get?
As a sports touring type of guy what kind of performance does it have?
Thanks in advance.
I sat on one of these at the dealer that I go to for parts and service and like you was very impressed by how light and well-balanced the bike felt. The "chrome-look" plastic bits like the headlight housing were a big turn-off, though.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:10 AM   #7
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how many miles you upto on the Roadliner, Blake?
Hey, RJ

Only around 6,000 so far. Rode the ZX-14 out to Mississippi last Sept to trade it in on the 'liner, and two weeks later went to Australia to work for two months. Got back in time for December snow, so no major road trips...just some local front range rides.
Most winter riding this year has been dualsport stuff....Baja, Moab... places that don't ice up so much, so this one's average is lower than usual to date
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:42 PM   #8
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Hey, RJ

Only around 6,000 so far. Rode the ZX-14 out to Mississippi last Sept to trade it in on the 'liner, and two weeks later went to Australia to work for two months. Got back in time for December snow, so no major road trips...just some local front range rides.
Most winter riding this year has been dualsport stuff....Baja, Moab... places that don't ice up so much, so this one's average is lower than usual to date
I was gonna say! Fun place to work at least! Always fun to read your reports on all the bikes...
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:30 PM   #9
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The "chrome-look" plastic bits like the headlight housing were a big turn-off, though.
big turnoff?

I just went out and checked - if that's a plastic housing I'll eat my hat. And if it is, it's good enough to fool this experienced eye.
And what does "chrome-look" mean? It is chrome, and quality plating is found everywhere. They paid attention to detail - check out the brake and clutch reservoirs, things like that.
That bike is built to last, not much plastic anywhere - and as cruisers go, it's fit, finish, and lack of cheese....is impressive.

It has mondo motor, great chassis, and hella strong brakes too.



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Old 04-15-2008, 11:24 PM   #10
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I'm not much of a metric cruiser fan -- too many Harley knockoffs -- but I do like the look of the Roadliner and Stratoliner.
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Old 04-16-2008, 03:11 AM   #11
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BB. That looks sweet. I can see me going for one of those in the near future. Just going to hand on until the end of this year though, i want to see what Yamaha do with the new Vmax...
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Old 04-16-2008, 03:56 AM   #12
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I have the 2005 Stratoliner.

I have about 14,000 miles on mine and absolutely love it. My wife also enjoys riding with me.

The only part I don't like is when I have to purchase tires for it. NOT A CHEAP thing to do.
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Old 04-16-2008, 05:08 AM   #13
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I have about 14,000 miles on mine and absolutely love it. My wife also enjoys riding with me.

The only part I don't like is when I have to purchase tires for it. NOT A CHEAP thing to do.
That's the cool thing about the 'quick release' hardware, I have the same pillion seat, backrest w/ luggage rack (holds a t-bag perfectly) for when the wife joins me. She really likes this bike a lot. I like being able to put it in two-up mode in about 15 minutes.

I've always put other bikes on stands and R&R'd the wheels myself, so I could save a few bucks on tire changes. Not as easy with this bike, and the ride-in price of a rear tire change adds $66 in labor where I go.
But on the good side, at 6k miles I still have a fair amount of tire left.

twinrider - I completely agree with the knock offs in the marketplace, and I was not looking for a cruiser.
I've always loved old bikes, and have wanted a first year ('65) Electra Glide panhead for a while. Finding one in good shape would be fairly expensive to buy, and I'd still have a four spd panhead that would eventually make me sorry I bought it

With this bike, I get the art nouveau/deco looks of an old bike, it resembles a cool old police cruiser, and has modern running gear. I still get a raft of crap from my riding buddies, but the bike is gaining some cred because it works so well.
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Old 04-16-2008, 06:56 AM   #14
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Wow. I have to admit. That short windshield and solo look is really nice!!
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:00 PM   #15
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How much trouble is it to go back and forth between solo mode and passenger carrying mode?
The rear billet rack is held on by four bolts, the pillion seat 'holder' uses the same four spots. Two more hold the pillion seat to that frame. Get out a 10mm or 12mm (I forget) socket.

The passenger backrest is a quick release - ie, a trigger on each side, that can be key locked (extra $ for the lockset). All your time is the R&R'ing the billet rack and seat. The backrest takes just a few seconds.

The Yamaha windshields are quick-release (& key lockable) too.....but spendy.
I went with a short Memphis Shades, which also has quick release hardware.
It comes off in seconds as well.
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