The 2012 Yamaha Roadliner S doesn’t come with a whole lot of changes compared to the previous models, and that might be a good thing. It still has that unmistakable neo-streamline design that gives it a completely distinctive look. Add a long and low aluminum frame that provides great looks and light handling with one of the biggest engines on the market, and you have a bike that’s definitely worth your hard-earned money. Speaking about a few features of the bike, the sculpted seat provides an excellent place to sit on long rides. The Roadliner S also gets plenty of chrome treatment, including the chrome switchgear, front brake and clutch master cylinders and levers, the belt guard, fork and fork covers, handlebar clamps, a shifter, a front pulley cover, various engine covers, a rear fender stay, and polished wheels.
The Roadliner S will also be carrying a 1,854cc air-cooled, pushrod V-twin engine that produces great thrust at any speed. That’s added to a twin-bore downdraft electronic fuel injection, providing optimum engine efficiency and throttle response in the widest possible range of conditions. Despite the monster engine, Roadliner S achieves an estimated fuel economy of 42 mpg with a fuel tank that holds 4.5 gallons of gas.
Handling is also aces with the Roadliner S. We already talked about the lightweight aluminum frame, but the bike also has a light, controlled-Fill die-cast swingarm that complements the bike’s streamline style and reduces unsprung weight for great handling. Add 46mm fork tubes that serve up an excellent ride and a tucked-out-of-sight single shock with adjustable spring preload and there’s no mistaking what the Roadliner S has to offer.
Find out more about the full specs of the Yamaha Roadliner S after the jump.
113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled, pushrod 48-degree V-twin
has massive looks and performance.
Four pushrod-activated valves and two spark plugs per cylinder
provides optimum combustion efficiency.
Ceramic-composite plated cylinders for superior heat dissipation
with forged pistons cooled by oil jets. Provides outstanding
reliability and longer engine life.
9.48:1 compression ratio and aggressive cam timing increase
power output across the board.
Computer-controlled, twin-bore, fuel injection monitors
multiple engine parameters to calculate perfect mixture
under all conditions; wide-angle 12-hole fuel injectors
provide excellent atomization.
Exhaust Ultimate Power valve (EXUP®) inside the two-into-one
exhaust system boosts torque.
Special custom-machining of the cooling fin edges gives
a jewel-like appearance to the engine as light hits it from
3300 rpm at 75 mph gives some idea of the Roadliner S’s power
and cruisability. Maximum torque is reached at only 2500 rpm.
Chassis and Suspension
Aluminum frame is light, rigid, and requires few welds for a
smooth, clean look. A light, Controlled-Fill die-cast swingarm
complements the bike’s streamline style and reduces unsprung
weight for great handling.
46mm fork tubes serve up an excellent ride and a
A tucked-out-of-sight single shock with adjustable spring
preload out back provides a smooth ride under varying loads.
A thick, richly chromed 1.25-inch handlebar in chrome clamps
carries the Stratoliner Deluxe’s switchgear wiring on the inside.
Flangeless, teardrop fuel tank carries a full 4.5 gallons of fuel.
12-spoke wheels evoke a thick spoke look, but carry modern
tubeless radial tires; a 130/70-18 front and a fat, 190/60-17 rear
for excellent grip.
Front brake master cylinder with integrated lever operates a pair
of 298mm front discs squeezed by strong monoblock calipers for
excellent power, feel, and great style.
Strong-and-light belt final drive routes power smoothly and
efficiently to the rear wheel.
Floating floorboards and an adjustable heel/toe shifter help
provide a comfortable, low-effort ride.
A sculpted seat makes the Roadliner S an excellent place to sit
on long rides. Improves long range comfort.
Position beams within the main headlight housing provide
Left-thumb operated high-beam switch, and right-thumb
activated accessory driving light switch for great visibility.
Classic clock-style instrumentation complement Roadliner S’s
neo-retro look and contains analog speedometer, tachometer and
fuel gauge, along with twin digital tripmeters and odometer.
Bright multireflector headlight, LED taillight and amber turn
signals behind clear lenses give a custom look.
The 2012 Yamaha Roadliner S will be available in February 2012, or March 2012 for the CA model. Pricing will start at $15,390 (Seashell).
Twin-Bore electronic fuel injection
with throttle position sensor
TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
multiplate wet clutch
46mm telescopic fork;
Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Hydraulic disc, 320mm
L x W x H
102.0 x 41.5 x 43.3 in
Est. Fuel Economy
Total Motorcycle ---- "The 2012 Yamaha Roadliner S... a machine designed to stir the senses. From the Neo Steamline styling, to the emotional pulse feeling of the massive V-twin engine, the 2012 Roadliner S is designed to be a harmonious blend of power and beauty"