• 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S

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Class leading performance, a lightweight aluminum chassis, and today’s most popular quick detachable casual touring amenities. All that and more is what awaits you with the 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S. With just about every bike manufacturer promising you these things, very few actually live up to it. The Stratoliner S does so with flying colors.

The Stratoliner S takes V-twin performance and character to the next level, setting the standards by which all casual touring machines are judged. The bike comes with all the necessary amenities, including a lockable quick release windshield, a passenger backrest, and lockable sidebags that have been covered in leather. The bike also gets plenty of chrome, highlighted by the switchgear, chrome master and clutch cylinders and levers, chrome wheels, chrome belt guard, chrome engine covers, and chrome front end. Yes, there’s a chrome overload with the Stratoliner S. Just the way we like it.

All that shiny chrome notwithstanding, the Stratoliner S is also a picture of aggression and superb handling. The bike is powered by a 1854cc air-cooled, pushrod 48-degree V-twin engine that produces great thrust at any speed. The bike’s twin-bore downdraft electronic fuel injection system provides optimum engine efficiency and throttle response in the widest possible range of conditions. At 3,300 rpm, the bike can hit 75 mph with maximum torque reached at only 2,500 rpm, giving us a clear idea of the bike’s unbridled power.

In terms of handling, the Stratoliner S also comes ready for action, thanks in large part to a long and low aluminum frame provides great looks and light handling unlike any other full-size cruiser. To go with the frame, the bike also carries 46mm fork tubes and a tucked-out-of-sight single shock with adjustable spring preload out back that provides a smooth ride under varying loads.

Find out more about the full specs of the Yamaha Stratoliner S after the jump.

  • 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S
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  • Engine:
    air-cooled, pushrod 48-degree V-twin engine
  • Displacement:
    1854 L
  • Price:


2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S Exterior
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  • 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
different angles.

  • 3300 rpm at 75 mph gives some idea of the Stratoliner S’s power

and cruisability. Maximum torque is reached at only 2500 rpm.

Chassis and Suspension

2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S Exterior
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  • 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

sweet appearance.

  • 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 S’s switchgear wiring on the inside.

  • Flangeless, teardrop fuel tank carries a full 4.5 gallons of fuel.
  • Polished 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.

  • Chrome 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.

Additional Features

2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S Exterior
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  • A sculpted seat makes the Stratoliner S an excellent place to sit

on long rides. Improves long range comfort.

  • Position beams within the main headlight housing provide

great visibility.

  • Left-thumb operated high-beam switch, and right-thumb

activated accessory driving light switch for great visibility.

  • Classic clock-style instrumentation complement Stratoliner 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.

  • Leather-covered locking hard sidebags, a quick-removable

windshield that locks into place, and a locking, quick-detachable
passenger backrest are standard on the Stratoliner S.

  • Sidebags detach easily for cleaning.


2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S High Resolution Exterior
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The 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S will be available starting February 2012 at a starting price of $16,590 (Intense Black).


2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S Exterior
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Engine Type 113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled 48°
V-twin; pushrod OHV, 4 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke 100.0 x 118.0mm
Compression Ratio 9.48:1
Fuel Delivery Twin-Bore electronic fuel injection
with throttle position sensor
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5-speed;
multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Belt
Frame Aluminum
Suspension/Front 46mm telescopic fork;
5.1-in travel
Suspension/Rear Single shock;
4.3-in travel
Brakes/Front Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brake/Rear Hydraulic disc, 320mm
Tire/Front 130/70-18
Tire/Rear 190/60-17
Wheels 12-spoke cast
L x W x H 101.6 x 43.3 x 59.6 in
Seat Height 27.8 in
Wheelbase 67.5 in
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Est. Fuel Economy 42 mpg
Wet Weight 802 lb
Color Intense Black
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  (427) posted on 10.21.2011

This is a kind of motorcycle that fits for a cop. This is really a masculine type and the features are outstanding. For a girl, this is a perfectly made motorcycle for a strong man.

  (300) posted on 10.16.2011

It looks like a motorcycle that usually used in a delivery, anyway it looks so boyish and strong on its design, and I’m glad that it had a very impressive engine. Well, I will surely wait for this one.

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