Anytime you find yourself looking at bike brochures with the intention of buying a custom-ready cruiser, the Yamaha Stryker should definitely be right on top of your list.

Looking the part of a modern-day custom "chopper," the Stryker is a clear choice for overall road-blasting bad-assery. The muscular, lunging design is only one of the things that makes this bike such a crowd-stopper. It’s chromed up to the hilt and delivers impressive performance capabilities in the form of a 1304cc, fuel-injected liquid-cooled V-Twin engine that riders will undoubtedly fall helmet over boots over.

Sure, there are plenty of other bikes on the market that offer the same - or right around the same - vicinity characteristics of the Yamaha Stryker. And while there are definitely choices to choose from, the only question is why you can pick something else when there’s one that’s clearly a can’t-miss wonderbike.

Find out more about the Yamaha Stryker after the jump.

Design

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The Yamaha Stryker is the epitome of a cool cruiser that comes with some serious performance capabilities. We’ll touch on the latter in a little bit, but for now, the name of the game is the Stryker’s overall design, which, in a word, is downright sexy.

A muscular, forward-lunging look reinterprets the iconic custom “chopper” styling for the 21st century. With its high-end looks, the Stryker comes with a low seat height of 26.4," one of the lowest of its class on the market. There are also real steel fenders that can be easily customized, covering the wide 210-series rear tire and chopper-inspired 21-inch front wheel that reinforces the muscular styling of the bike. Merging with the narrow point of the saddle is a 4-gallon fuel tank while added accessories, including custom seats, quick-release windscreens and luggage to billet wheels and backrests, all point to a package that’s just as imposing as it is powerful.

Engine

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A 1,304cc, liquid-cooled, short stroke, SOHC, 4-valve per cylinder, fuel injected, 60° V-twin engine powers the Stryker, pumping out impressive power and torque numbers for excellent cruising performance. The engine features a 36mm intake and 32mm exhaust valves with special single coil springs for great power and torque with valves angled at 20 degrees from the center. Specially designed roller rockers activate the valves, allowing a greater amount of valve lift without causing excessive camshaft wear and friction. The camshafts have also been specially designed for use with roller rockers with a pent roof combustion chamber design and optimized squish area forces the fuel and air mixture toward the center of the combustion chamber for more complete combustion and, in the end, improved power and cleaner emissions. A new exhaust system, designed specifically for Stryker, also adds to the awesome look of the bike while optimizing its engine performance.

Chassis and Suspension

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The Yamaha Stryker delivers the kind of handling that’s just unmatched in this mid-size custom cruiser segment. The muscular steering head on this double-cradle steel frame helps give the bike its lean, lightweight image. The 6° yoke and raked triple clamps combine to provide a total of 40° of fork rake, achieving the aggressive raked out styling image and solid straight-line performance that’s tried-and-true for Yamaha. It also provides nimble handling characteristics, even at low speeds. As for the brakes, the Yamaha Stryker carries large 320 mm front discs to go with the 310mm rear disc brake, providing serious stopping power that helps in keeping the power of the Stryker within arm’s length.

Pricing

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The Yamaha Stryker is available on a variety of prices depending on the paint finish. The Impact Blue and the Reddish Copper models retail for $11,240 while the Raven version sells for a slightly cheaper $10,990.

Specifications

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Model XVS13CAL; XVS13CAO; XVS13CAB
Engine Type 80-cubic-inch (1304cc) liquid-cooled
V-twin; SOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke 100.0 x 83.0mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel injection
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Belt
Frame Steel double cradle
Suspension/Front Telescopic fork; 5.3-in travel
Suspension/Rear Single shock; 3.9-in travel
Brakes/Front Hydraulic disc, 320mm
Brake/Rear Hydraulic disc, 310mm
Tire/Front 120/70-21M/C
Tire/Rear 210/40R18M/C
Wheels 5-spoke cast aluminum
L x W x H 99.6 x 33.9 x 44.5 in
Seat Height 26.4 in
Wheelbase 68.9 in
Fuel Capacity 4.0 gal
Est. Fuel Economy 40.9 mpg
Wet Weight 646 lb
Color Impact Blue; Reddish Copper; Raven

Quotes

Motorcycle ---- "The Stryker’s most distinctive attribute is its raised steering head proudly and clearly on display in front of a peanut-y fuel tank cocked skyward."

Yamaha Motor Canada ---- "Fuel economy estimates are based on US EPA exhaust emission certification data obtained by Yamaha and converted into Canadian measurements. Your actual mileage will vary depending on road condition, how you ride, maintain your vehicle, accessories, cargo and operator/passenger weight"

Motorcycle-usa ---- "Star Motorcycles enters the mid-size custom cruiser foray based on input received from focus groups and Star dealers. The size of the bike and price point were two major areas of contention when contemplating Star’s latest cruiser"

Popular Mechanics ---- "The Star Stryker’s ergonomics and suspension geometry may not be for everyone. But for those seeking a durable, reliable take on the decades-old chopper genre, the Stryker serves up some serious competition for the Honda Fury, which can no longer claim to be the sole custom-style chopper offering from a major manufacturer."

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