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Author Topic: The Stratoliner in retrospect  (Read 312 times)


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The Stratoliner in retrospect
« on: November 28, 2017, 08:03:05 AM »
As a Yamaha/Star dealer and a rider for over forty years I have come to a conclusion about cruiser bikes.  I could write a book on all the different bikes I have owned and demoed.  The best bike I have ever owned for doing everything has to be the Yamaha FJR1300.  That being said, the Star Stratoliner in it original form really put me off with its styling after coming off a Road Star.  Yes the bike handled better and the engine had more power than the Road Star but the ugly tall removable windshield with no lower wind deflectors really turned me off.  The updraft was terrible and I wondered how Yamaha could bolt on such an inept piece of equipment.   Over all, to me, the bike was cosmetically, the answer to a question that no one ever asked ( No offense to current owners of which I am one).  After bouncing around for all the Stratoliner years and having had seven of them pass from my garage to other ownership I now ride a 2012 Deluxe.  I sold my 2016 FJR1300 due to having an arthritic left knee that does not allow me to comfortably get to the peg on the FJR.  A customer brought in this 2012 with 3100 miles on it this year and it was like the clouds parted and I thought this might be a cool bike to get me to my new 2018 Star Tourdeluxe when it comes in supposedly this month. 

Ok, I have to get dressed but will continue this diatribe in the second installment.  Just ignore me if you do not find this journey interesting. 

Have a great day, its cold in Alabama!


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Re: The Stratoliner in retrospect
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2017, 01:50:43 AM »
On my first ride on my strat s I was also disappointed in the buffeting coming up from below the windscreen. Memphis shade lowers solved this. Every bike has its strong and weak points. I think the strat looks best in roadliner form. Use a medium height shield it looks much better, tradeoff with less wind protection. I agree that the fjr is one of the most competent bikes out there as I am fortunate enough to own one.
« Last Edit: November 29, 2017, 01:53:17 AM by billy500 »
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Re: The Stratoliner in retrospect
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2017, 07:15:26 AM »
Have had a VTX for 12 years and now have added a Stratoliner to the garage. I love it. Every bike has its good and bad points but for me the Stratoliner is a very comfortable, strong and smooth riding bike that handles very well. For me the biggest down side to the bike is the fact that it is much more difficult to service and maintain that the VTX. That was one of the things I liked about the VTX. For example removing the exhaust to get to the transfer case oil fill hole is crazy. Yes there are ways around that but still not a simple task. Have always wanted one and now that I have one there are no regrets.