2010 Star Stratoliner Deluxe Cruiser Test Ride — Popular Mechanics

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Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe

2010 Star Stratoliner Cruiser Test Ride

new Stratoliner Deluxe adds a fairing, commodious saddlebags, and an Ipod dock to its classic boulevard rider. Could be a Cruiser suitable for a cross-country

February 22, 2010 11:22 PM Size: A. A. A

RANCHO MIRAGE, Yamaha’s Star brand motorcycles own most of the so-called cruiser market (essentially manufacturers), and the division’s Roadliner and models have enjoyed support from the media. we think, because the bikes solid, stable and well-engineered.

Now the ranks over at Star is the Stratoliner Deluxe, a model identical to existing models the name, but equipped as standard in optioned Deluxe guise a new batwing fork-mounted fairing—featuring connectivity and built-in speakers—and new and hard bags.

As we discovered a ride from Star’s HQ in Calif. to Rancho Mirage in the the new additions do much to transform the

The Specs

Star’s Stratoliner is powered by the same air-and-oil-cooled V-twin, which displaces cc and breathes through four-valve Contemporary touches like cylinder liners, twin plugs, fuel injection with O 2 sensor) and a torque-enhancing valve in the exhaust system with archaic pushrod actuation to provide a handy of modern technology and classic

The narrow cylinder angle less than perfect balance, so dual balancer are employed to quell the big twin’s These endow the Stratoliner a smooth operating range less than 2000 rpm all the way to the 5000-rpm redline (as indicated on a tachometer in the tank-mounted instrument But there’s enough of a characteristic pulse to provide the appropriate sensations.

Said to be the strongest in the class, the Star twin out 101 hp and 124 lb-ft of torque, and it certainly well up to the task of hauling the big around with authority. the Stratoliner’s aluminum frame is a 37-pound unit, the bike’s weight of just over 800 isn’t as high as one might A low seat height of 27.8 and an under-seat secondary gas tank keep the center of gravity so the bike doesn’t feel or awkward to handle.

Braking is handled by two big disc up front (nearly a foot in straddled by beefy four-piston calipers. The rear disc is bigger, but with a less caliper as is normal practice. husky tire sizes selected, too, with a 190 on the and a 130 in front—enough to lend a decent of support at both ends.

The fairing developed for the Stratoliner is a blend of ABS and polycarbonate plastics, and built-in speakers with own power supply, along a mounting slot for an iPod. a trick left-hand, bar-mounted controller that lets you the volume as well as skip back and forth.

A shorty is intended to enhance wind without contributing much to the rider’s helmet, and it seemed to fairly well among the riders on hand. The hard feature locking mechanisms and 13.7 gallons of storage Fitted bag liners are available as

Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe
Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe

The Ride


This big cruiser out to be quite a wieldy beast out on the The wide-mounted handlebar provides of leverage, and the low-slung mass even slow U-turns and stable. There’s a sense of and integrity in the chassis as a whole, so only the low-slung footboards—equipped replaceable sliders to reduce costs—that govern corner speeds.

In a way, the footboards obscure the good handling attributes, riders to slow for corners than the chassis’ sense of might suggest. But it’s all for the is, after all, an 800-pound of machinery. And hard cornering is not cruisers are meant to do.

Still, is a pleasing sense of integration the bike that makes it a to ride. The throttle response is yet relaxed; the transmission shifts and without the agricultural feel of big cruisers; and the brakes are strong and As we discovered on a chilly ride to and the high desert, the batwing provides pretty good to the rider’s torso and hands.

Even strong winds on the home couldn’t upset the solid stance, but it did reveal a aerodynamic quirk. Air passing the fairing appears to be accelerated the rider’s legs. It blew so on the 10 Freeway above Los Angeles we had to weight our legs to prevent being blown off.

A and broad seat dictates position, but it provides enough that we rode about 120 nonstop from Rancho to Star’s offices in Cypress a break, and without much in the way of Overall, it’s not hard to see why the in general, has enjoyed a popular Now that the surveys confirm riders are looking increasingly for and practicality over sheer the addition of the fairing and luggage like a timely development.

The Line

Star’s Stratoliner carries a sticker of $17,499, and with it a host of accessories will further personalize the Good news for existing (and even Roadliner) is that all of the equipment that the Deluxe model can be had separately. the machines have not changed in any way since their introduction years ago, existing can follow the trend toward baggers without buying a new bike.

Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe
Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe
Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe
Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe
Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe
Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe
Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe
Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe
Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe

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