As I was looking for an alternative to the seat on my Yamaha V-Star, I went to look up a part number on the Yamaha website. To my surprise I came across a new model in the Star line of Yamaha Motorcycles, the Roadliner. It looks good, with retro styling and a low stretched frame. The most distiguishing feature are the three chrome accents on the tank giving it the Art Deco 1930’s airliner look, which is probably where the engineers got the name for the Roadliner’s touring version, the Stratoliner. It looks like the main differences between the Roadliner and Stratoliner are the hard bags and windshield. For about $1300 more you can get a dolled up version, the “S” with polished wheels and chrome engine casings.
With an 1854cc engine Yamaha is looking to compete with Honda’s VTX 1800, Kawasaki’s Vulcan 2000, and Suzuki’s M95 (and to a lesser degree Harley’s Road King) which has been very popular with the “boulevard touring” crowd. Yamaha seems to be diverging from a company just chasing the Harley look and inventing it’s own identity as a cruiser brand. In hindsight, their recent change to Star Motorcycles emphasises this. The name “Stratoliner” and “Roadliner” could use some help . . . I can only think of a slow lumbering vehicle when I hear the name.
- Check out the motorcycle on Yamaha’s website.
Type: 113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled pushrod 48-degree V-twin
Bore x Stroke: 100mm x 118mm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Carburetion: Twin-bore electronic fuel injection, w/ 43mm throttle bodies and throttle position sensor
Ignition: Digital TCI
Transmission: 5-speed, w/multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive: Belt
Suspension/Front: 46mm telescopic fork; 5.3″ travel
Suspension/Rear: Single shock, link-type; 4.3″ travel
Brakes/Front: 298mm hydraulic, dual discs
Brakes/Rear: 320mm hydraulic, single disc
Seat Height: 28.9″
Ground Clearance: 6.1″
Dry Weight: 705 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons
Warranty: 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)