2013 Yamaha Stratoliner, Roadliner S and Road Star Models

Stratoliner S

Lots of chrome, lots of power, casual touring amenities and a neo-streamline design give the Stratoliner S its distinctive look.  Front fork and fork covers, switchgear, clutch and front brake master cylinders and levers, shifter, handlebar clamps, belt guard, front pulley cover, various engine covers, rear stay and polished wheels are among the chrome features on the 2013 Stratoliner S.

2013 Yamaha Stratoliner S

The low, long aluminum frame and sculpted seat add to the look and handling of the Stratoliner S.  Most of the standard touring features are easily detachable.  Leather-covered, locking hard saddlebags come off to make washing the bike easier.  Both the windshield and passenger backrest remove quickly and lock back into place easily.

Floating rider floorboards and the adjustable heel-toe shifter provide long range comfort for riders of any size.  The two-piece seat has a wide, flat profile and ridge at the back of the passenger seat for increased support and security.  A fuel tank mounted instrument panel adds to the classic look of the Stratoliner S with clock-style analog speedometer, tach and fuel gauge.  There’s also a digital odometer and twin tripmeters.

Adding to the classic lines of the Stratoliner S is the air-cooled, fuel-injected, OVH, eight-valve, 1,854 cc, 48-degree V-Twin engine with a 9.5:1 compression ratio.  The cooling fins of the engine are optimized for heat dissipation and are custom-machined to enhance their looks.

For 2013 Yamaha claims the clutch on the Stratoliner S requires 20 percent less effort to operate.  It’s connected to the five-speed transmission.  Final drive on the Stratoliner S is belt.

A 46 mm, telescopic front fork with 4.3 inches of travel and hidden rear shock with 4.3 inches of travel provide suspension and add to the classic looks of the Stratoliner S.  Hydraulic disc brakes, dual 298 mm front discs and a single 320 mm rear disc, have plenty of stopping power.

Rider seat height is 27.8 inches, wheelbase is 67.5 inches.  The Stratoliner S is a big bike, weighing in at 813 pounds wet.  The flangless, teardrop tank holds 4.5 gallons of gas.  Estimated mileage is 42  mpg for a range just shy of 190 miles.

2013 Yamaha Stratoliner S

A one-year, limited factory warranty comes with the Stratoliner S.  Deep Blue is the sole color option for 2013.  Base MSRP is $17,590 and the 2013 Yamaha Stratoliner should be at dealerships in October 2012.

Roadliner S

This is a motorcycle with classic cruiser styling, from the low, long frame to the air-cooled engine, rider floorboards, and hidden rear shock.  But it’s loaded with the latest Yamaha technology, including fuel-injection, new assist and slipper clutch  and self-canceling turn signals.

2013 Yamaha Roadliner S

A tank-mounted instrument panel includes a large analog speedometer with smaller analog tach and fuel gauge just beneath the speedo.  There are also digital dual tripmeters, odometer, fuel reserve tripmeter and clock.  Background illumination on the readout is adjustable.

The Roadliner S shares a lot of DNA with the Stratoliner S.  It has the same air-cooled, fuel-injected, OHV, 1,854 cc, 48-degree V-Twin engine with four valves per cylinder.  Yamaha tuned the engine on the Roadliner S for a 9.48:1 compression ratio.  There’s a five-speed transmission and belt final drive.  The clutch is 20 percent easier to operate than on previous models.  And the two-piece heel-toe shifter allows the rider to adjust each piece individually to accommodate any size foot.  The rear, or heel, section can be removed entirely.

2013 Yamaha Roadliner S

Polished 12-spokes add to the retro look but are mounted with tubeless radial tires.  Dual 298 mm hydraulic discs in the front and a large 320 mm rear hydraulic disc provide braking power.  Suspension comes from a 46 mm telescopic front fork with 5.1 inches of travel and the adjustable, hidden, single rear shock has 4.3 inches of travel.

With a wet weight of 750 pounds the Roadliner S is rated at 42 mpg.  Given its 4.5 gallon fuel tank you should get around 185 miles of riding in between fill ups.  Seat height i 2 7.8 inches, wheelbase is 67.5 inches.

The Roadliner S comes with a limited, one-year factory warranty.  It’s available in Raven and carries a base MSRP for 2013 of $15,690.  It’ll be in showrooms in October 2012.

Road Star Silverado S

A full dresser with plenty of chrome, adjustable and removable police-style windshield, wide, swept-back handlebars, full fenders and locking color-matched hard saddlebags, the Road Star Silverado S has plenty of classic good looks and a price tag under $16,000.

2013 Yamaha Roadstar Silverado S

The two piece seat with passenger backrest is designed for hours of travel without fatigue.  Floating-type rider floorboards with heel-toe shifter and passenger floorboards give you ample room to change leg positions.  An ultra-thin instrument display is mounted on the fuel tank with speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, clock and fuel gauge.  There are also indicator lights for low fuel, high beam, turn indicators, neutral and diagnostic warning lights.

Power comes from the 1,670 cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected, OHV 48-degree V-Twin with four valves per cylinder and a compression ratio of 8.4:1.  The Road Star Silverado S has a five-speed transmission and belt final drive.

2013 Yamaha Roadstar Silverado S Exhaust

Classic cruiser hardtail lines are maintained with a hidden single rear shock that provides 4.3 inches of travel.  Suspension in the front comes from the 43 mm fork with 5.5 inches of travel.  Hydraulic disc brakes, two 298 mm front discs and a single 320 mm rear disc handle the stopping power.

The rider sits 27.9 inches off the ground and wheelbase is 66.5 inches.  The Road Star Silverado S weighs 773 with full fluid levels, including a full tank of gas, which would be 4.8 gallons.  Rated to get 36 mpg you should be able to travel around 170 miles between fill ups.

Yamaha backs the Road Star Silverado S with its one-year, limited factory warranty.  Impact Blue is the 2013 color for the Silverado S.  Base MSRP is $15,890 and the Road Star Silverado S should be at dealerships now.

Road Star S

One of the most customized air-cooled V-Twins on the market, the Road Star S features a combination of chrome and blacked-out features.  With similar lines and specs, and the same engine, as the Road Star Silverado S, the Road Star S is dripping with old-school cool.

From the thin tank-mounted instrument display, to the full fenders, this is the bike the Stratoliner S was built on, but it lacks the touring amenities, such as the windshield, hard saddlebags and passenger floorboards.

The Road Star S has a fuel-injected, air-cooled, eight-valve, OHV, 1,670 cc, 48-degree V-Twin with a compression ratio of 8.4:1.  There’s a five-speed transmission and belt final drive.  The suspension system includes the 43 mm front fork with 5.5 inches of travel and the hidden, solo rear shock with 4.3 inches of travel.  Brakes are of the hydraulic disc variety, dual 298 mm front discs and a single 320 mm rear disc.

Seat height is 27.9 inches, wheelbase is 66.5 inches.  The Road Star S holds 4.8 gallons of fuel and gets 36 mpg for a range of about 170 miles.  Weight wet is 743 pounds.  The Road Star S is available in Raven.  It has Yamaha’s one-year, limited factory warranty.  The 2013 base MSRP is $13,790 and the Road Star S is on showroom floors now.

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A Look At The 2013 Yamaha Star Stryker and VMAX Models

Yamaha’s Star Motorcycles are all classified as cruisers.  And most of them look like cruisers.  Most of them.  There are several models in the 2013 Star lineup that standout by virtue of their looks and performance.

Yamaha Star VMAX

Since its introduction in 1985 the VMAX has been turning heads.  Yamaha contracted English designer John Reed to construct the ultimate custom power cruiser.  What he came up with was the four-cylinder, 16-valve VMAX. That first edition VMAX put out a claimed 145 horsepower.  With a major upgrade for the 2009 model year the VMAX power output jumped to 197.4 horsepower, 123 foot-pounds of torque and a more impressive power-to-weight ratio than the Ferrari Enzo.

2013 Yamaha Star VMAX

Classified as a cruiser, Yamaha touts the VMAX as the “ultimate fusion of brawn and brains.”  The bike relies heavily on sportbike technology, like a slipper clutch and wave-style brake discs.  Unique styling cues on the VMAX include the bike’s iconic handbuffed, aluminum intake covers, oxidized-titanium-coated front fork tube, magnesium engine side covers and four-into-one-into-two-into-four exhaust.

Standard features on the VMAX include some you won’t find on many other cruisers, like the immobilizer ignition system that keeps the ignition system, fuel pump and starter motor from functioning without the presence of the coded ignition key.  This feature helps prevent ride away theft.  The lean angle engine kill switch automatically stops the engine if it detects the motorcycle is laying on its side to prevent damage to the powerplant.

Instrumentation on the VMAX includes an analog, step-motor driven tachometer and digital speedometer with LED indicators and an LED shift timing indicator.  The multi-function display uses organic electroluminescene for a more precise display than LCD.  Included in the display are a clock, fuel meter, tripmeter, fuel reserve tripmeter, coolant temperature, gear position and stopwatch.

At the heart of the VMAX is that big, 1,679 cc, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, 65- degree V-4 powerplant with a compression ratio of 11.3:1.  Yamaha’s fuel-injection system, Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) switches on the fly between 150 mm and 54 mm intake funnels to deliver maximum performance throughout the powerband.  The VMAX has two radiators to increase efficiency.

A five-speed transmission with a hydraulically activated, race-inspired slip clutch and a heavy duty shaft drive deliver power to the rear wheel.  The shaft is designed with two cross joints because of the beefy rear tire.

All that power demands powerful brakes, and the VMAX delivers there as well.  Yamaha selected Brembo master cylinders for both the rear and front, and the front has a radial pump and reserve tank.  Wave-style dual 320 mm discs with radial-mounted mono block six-piston calipers are up front.  In the back there’s a single 298 mm wave-style disc and single-piston caliper.  Three-position ABS comes standard on the VMAX.

Suspension on the VMAX is fully adjustable.  The cartridge-damper-type front forks with 52 mm inner tubes feature adjustable compression and rebound damping and spring reload.  The single rear shock has compression and rebound clickers and remote preload adjustment.

2013 Yamaha Star VMAX on the Road

The VMAX has a seat height of 30.5 inches and wheelbase of 66.9 inches.  The four-gallon fuel tank is tucked under the rider’s seat for mass centralization and to keep the bike’s looks clean.  The big V-4 gets an estimated 27 mpg for a range of just over 100 miles.  The VMAX weighs in at 683 pounds ready to ride.

Yamaha’s standard one-year limited factory warranty applies.  Nebulous Purple is the only VMAX color choice for 2013.  Base MSRP is $19,990.

Yamaha Star Stryker

Yamaha introduced the Stryker for the 2011 model year to fill the displacement gap between the Raiders and the V Star 950.  Design work on the mid-sized custom cruiser was a collaboration between the Yamaha design team, custom bike builder Jeff Palhegyi and California based design company GKDI.

2013 Yamaha Star Stryker

That design work is still evident on the 2013 Yamaha Stryker.  Yamaha describes the riding position of the Stryker as “fists in the wind” and pure attitude.  The 34 degree rake and yoke offset of six degrees combine for a total fork angle of 40 degrees and give the Stryker a muscle chopper look.  Normally a radically raked front end and lots of trail, the Stryker has 109 mm of trail, translate to heavy steering.  But because of the six degrees of yoke offset handling on the Stryker is light and nimble.

Custom chopper inspired styling cues don’t stop there.  The 2-into-1-into 2 exhaust system was specially designed for the Stryker to add to its bad boy attitude.  It’s dual slash cut mufflers have an exhaust note that Yamaha calls the “sound of acceleration.”

The low, one-piece rider-passenger seat combined with thick one-inch handlebars put the rider’s arms in a position that’s level with the horizon. The long, low frame is highlighted by steel fenders that make it easier to customize the Stryker.  Under those fenders is fat 210-series rear tire and a tall, skinny 21-inch front tire.

A chrome housing mounted on the handlebars contains the instrument cluster with an analog speedometer, digital odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel reserve tripmeter that displays mileage since the bike went to reserve, fuel gauge, clock and warning lights.  The rider can cycle through the readouts and reset tripmeters with a switch on the right handlebar.

The Stryker features a 1,304 cc, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 60-degree V-Twin engine with four valves per cylinder and a 9.5:1 compression ratio.  Yamaha wanted a classic air-cooled look for the Stryker, so they added engine cooling fins and routed liquids through carefully hidden hoses and internal engine passages.  The appearance of the radiator is minimized by mounting it between the front frame downtubes.

2013 Yamaha Star Stryker Exhaust

All that power from the engine is transferred to the rear wheel via a five-speed transmission with fifth gear overdrive and belt final drive.  The 41 mm telescopic front fork provides 5.3 inches of travel.  Vertically mounted and tucked out of sight to maintain a hard tail look, the single rear shock has 3.9 inches of travel.

Big hydraulic disc brakes, 320 mm in the front and 310 mm in back, provide stopping power. The Stryker has a seat height of 26.4 inches and a wheelbase of 68.9 inches.  Wet weight is 646 pounds.  The teardrop gas tank holds 4 gallons, and with the Stryker’s estimated 40.9 mpg has an estimated range of  about 160 miles between fill ups.

For 2013 Yamaha offers two trim packages for the Stryker, high-quality chrome or a blacked-out package.  Color options include Candy Red, Pearl White or Raven.  The Stryker comes with Yamaha’s one year limited factory warranty and a 2013 base MSRP of $11,590.

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