2010 Star Stratoliner Deluxe Road Test Rider Magazine Reviews

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Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe

2010 Star Stratoliner Road Test


April 30, 2010

photography by Nelson

If you’re into and have kept your open, you may have noticed baggers—cruisers with saddlebags often fairings, too)—are radical customs as the latest According to Yamaha, it’s riders have found bikes too uncomfortable and impractical, and the economy causing people to cut on luxuries they are now demanding comfort and functionality from customs. After all, you rather have a bike not only looked good, but also allowed you to do some

To take advantage of this Yamaha’s Star Motorcycle has released the 2010 Stratoliner a new model based upon its that comes with a passenger backrest and a windscreen. The version is equipped with new hard saddlebags and a fairing no backrest), and Yamaha has stated with this model its is to offer modern, classic today’s technology and outstanding all on a platform that is easy to

Like the Roadliner and Stratoliner, the model is powered by Yamaha’s motor, the air-cooled, pushrod, V-twin displacing 1,854cc—or a 113 cubic inches. As for that claim, the bike comes four valves and two spark per cylinder, Mikuni electronic injection and dual counter-rotating all of it set into an aluminum frame and

It also delivers in terms of with its tapered pushrod and machined fin edges, chromed oil valve covers and some engine cases, steel and those neo-classic chromed along the front of its 4.5-gallon tank. Add in that streamlined end with flowing turn and rear signals that are as as Madonna’s bra and that large LED taillight, and you’ve got an impressively machine.

Yamaha invited the press to its in Cypress, California, last to introduce the new Deluxe, and to put several miles on the bikes during an ride to Rancho Mirage. In the bike, I found the locking cavernous, holding a claimed gallons (as opposed to the base 10.3-gallon bags). They with one touch on the button and the pivot outward.

They’ll swallow your gear, and liners will be available.

The new fairing is a blend of polycarbonate and color-matched to the bike, and wide to provide hand coverage. considered its shorty wind (rather than a full to be more in keeping with the style, and if you saw our May issue you’ll that it’s a direct with the Victory Cross and Harley-Davidson Street Glide there.

The fairing drops low over the switch, which complicates it. With its 12-hole injectors the starts immediately when and runs cleanly. That big presents a pleasant, visceral clutch pull is moderate and power coming on from 2,000 rpm starting out is easy. is very low effort with the shifter, and that easily clutch makes low-speed easy and confident.

Power the rear wheel through final drive.

The rider on a well-padded seat, taking in a retro-look, tank-mounted speedometer resembles one from a 1950s or radio; a tiny, round and fuel gauge are set into it. a long reach to the widely grips; this may be a problem for riders, along with the that the levers are not adjustable. The shifter, however, is adjustable.

Retro-looking guages appear to been inspired by my uncle’s old radio.

Rumble along the and the windblast hits the rider at midhelmet level, with little wind reaching the Accessory fairing lowers are and will bolt to other as well (as will the saddlebags and For entertainment value Yamaha has the Deluxe with a set of speakers which the rider is encouraged to an iPod, MP3 player or similar device.

Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe

It can be placed in a small pocket 8 inches long, and secured a hook-and-loop strap. Though the were windblown while I could actually hear and the songs, which indicates wind noise and helmet are at acceptable levels. The system is speed-sensitive, which means volume is automatically increased speed and decreased as you come to a

Yamaha also gave the powerful brakes, providing four-piston calipers to the front and a two-piston to the rear. This, with the bike’s easy and huge, pulsing, powerful added to the feeling of confidence and

Wrapped in a package that the functional and stylish fairing those high-capacity saddlebags the Stratoliner Deluxe is a very high-end traveling machine. Add in the competitive $17,490 price tag and a compelling package.

2010 Star Stratoliner Specifications Chart:

Base $17,490

Engine Type: transverse 48-degree V-twin

x Stroke: 100.0 x 118.0mm


Transmission: 5-speed, wet clutch

Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe
Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe

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