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2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S Review
The Flagship of the Star Casual Touring Series.
With new tank emblem design, the 2012 Stratoliner S is the definition of traveling in chrome-clad style.
Class leading performance, lightweight aluminum chassis, and today's most popular quick detachable casual touring amenities. Discover the incredible sense of price and satisfaction that comes standard with each 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S.
The Stratoliner S combines precision, performance and craftsmanship.
Pride of ownership comes standard with every Stratoliner S. Representing the pinnacle of the casual touring cruisers, the Stratoliner S takes V-twin performance and character to the next level. Ready to roll with a quick detach windshield and backrest, the amazing Stratoliner S is setting standards by which all casual touring machines will be judged.
Travel in massive style. When you are ready to travel in big time style, the 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S is ready to fill. Don't just ride the road, make it your own. With a lockable quick release windshield, passenger backrest and lockable sidebags covered in leather. Stratoliner S gets chrome whitchgear, chrome master and clutch cylinders and levers, chrome wheels, chrome belt guard, chrome engine covers and chrome front end. Even the key is a total work of art And new for 2012, it now features a redesigned tank
2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S Highlights and Key Features:
Fuel Consumption ± 18kpl/51mpg(Imp)
Classic "Neo Streamline" styling
Quick detach windshield and backrest
The Stratoliner S gets chrome switchgear, front brake and clutch master cylinders and levers, belt guard, fork and fork covers, handlebar clamps, shifter, front pulley cover, various engine covers, rear fender stay and polished wheels.
A pair of streamlined leather-covered, locking, hard sidebags, an adjustable,
quick-detachable windshield and a quick-detachable passenger backrest make
the Stratoliner S excellent for long hauls and short trips.
Powerful and beautiful 113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled, pushrod
V-twin produces great thrust at any speed.
Twin-bore downdraft electronic fuel injection ensures optimum engine
ef?ciency and throttle response in the widest possible range of conditions.
Neo-streamline design, gives the Stratoliner S a completely distinctive
Long and low aluminum frame provides great looks and light handling
unlike any other full-size cruiser, thanks to near 50/50 weight distribution
on the front and rear wheels.
A sculpted seat makes the Stratoliner S an excellent place to sit on long rides.
New for 2012:
The 2012 Stratoliner S features a redesigned tank emblem for a modern
2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S Features and Benefits
1854cc, air-cooled, long-stroke, OHV, 4 valves per cylinder, 48°, V-twin powerplant produces massive torque and class leading acceleration.
Traditional pushrod valve actuation keeps engine height down for a lower centre of gravity and ensures more uniform heat dissipation due to absence of a cam chain case. A lower centre of gravity helps to insure light, easy handling.
Four-valve cylinder heads provide optimal breathing efficiency for great power delivery at all rpms. The two spark plugs per cylinder means faster, more complete combustion for maximum power output.
Cylinder head design utilizes a pent roof combustion chamber design and features a oil passage near the exhaust valve seat to improve cooling and durability. The heads also feature engine mounting points on each side of the head for increased chassis rigidity for exceptional handling. The engine is a stressed member.
Large size valves increase engine horsepower and torque. The intake valves are 36mm in diameter while the exhaust valves are 31mm.
Specially designed valve train includes short design intake and exhaust rocker arms that reduce inertia during higher rpm use.
High performance spec twin, crankcase-mounted, high-lift cams ensure strong torque and class leading acceleration.
Mechanical centrifugal decompression mechanism located in each of the exhaust camshafts ensures fast, easy starts. This system is contained inside the camshafts and reduces weight and complexity since no solenoid etc. is required.
Hydraulic valve lifters driven by the twin camshafts deliver exceptional performance and significantly reduce maintenance and tune-up requirements.
Large-diameter pistons are both durable and lightweight. Yamaha's exclusive "controlled forged construction" keeps the pistons light for faster response and to accommodate higher-rpm performance with reduced vibration and less reciprocating mass. The pistons feature an Alumite coating to reduce friction.
The dry sump oil lubrication system has been optimized to ensure maximum lubrication and cooling . Special oil nozzles direct oil at the bottom of the pistons to cool and lubricate them.
Special "dual chamber" crankcase design. The front section is for the crank assembly while the rear is for the transmission. Two, 3-rotor high capacity oil pumps optimizes oil flow in each of the two main sections of the engine.
Huge 100mm bore ceramic composite-plated cylinders provide uniform heat dissipation, reduce weight, reduce friction and increase cylinder service life.
Cooling fin thickness and depth is optimized for maximum heat dissipation, thereby eliminating the need for liquid cooling, while maintaining that traditional, stylish air-cooled engine appearance.
Optimized "damper-less" crankshaft allows the rider to feel the directness of the engine's power. For each rotation of the rear wheel, in 5th gear, the crank spins 3.14 times providing an outstanding rear wheel driving force feeling to the rider.
Compact design dual balancers reduce vibration for exceptional rider and passenger comfort.
3-axis crankcase layout means the crankshaft, main axle and drive shaft are specially arranged to minimize the size of the engine cases and centralize mass.
43mm, twin-bore, downdraft throttle body fuel injection (FI) with throttle position sensor (TPS) ensures great throttle response and maximum power throughout the rev range. This system is a "closed loop" system since it utilizes an oxygen sensor in the exhaust to monitor the concentration of oxygen and adjust the FI system if necessary. The benefits of fuel injection include chokeless operation, increased fuel economy, instant throttle response and reduced emissions.
The 12-hole, 2-directional Mikuni injectors produce a wide spray pattern for complete cylinder filling. This special spray pattern combined with the dual spark plug heads to ensure complete combustion for maximum power. A Idle Speed Control (ISC) has been adopted to ensure stable idling performance.
High capacity electronic fuel pump is located in the sub tank under the seat.
State-of-the-art Electronic Control Unit (ECU) ensures precisely metered fuel delivery and optimal ignition spark control using 3D transistorized coil ignition mapping for each cylinder.
3.5 liter dual inlet air filter box is located under the tank. There are intake ducts at the front and rear of the air box for maximum breathing efficiency. This design not only maximizes air flow but also reduces weight. A viscous paper type air filter is used.
Air Induction System (AIS) injects fresh oxygen at the exhaust port to insure complete combustion thereby reducing harmful exhaust emissions (HC & CO) while a special air cut valve reduces backfiring when decelerating or coasting off throttle.
High-performance, 2-into-1-exhaust system features large diameter header pipes for maximum flow. The single muffler contains a 3-way honey comb matrix catalyizer to reduce harmful exhaust emissions. The stylish muffler helps to boost torque and horsepower while producing a throaty, V-twin growl.
The exhaust system also features a lightweight titanium EXUP exhaust power valve most commonly found on high performance sport bikes. The EXUP system not only provides crisp throttle response and eliminates 'flat spots" but also improves acceleration and reduces fuel consumption and harmful emissions.
Dry sump lubrication system means a more compact engine design since the oil tank is not part of the engine, which lowers the centre of gravity for great handling and a light feel. A handy, spin-on oil filter means fast, easy oil changes.
Frame mounted oil cooler is a first on a Yamaha cruiser. The cooler maintains consistent oil temperatures for optimum cooling and lubrication of this massive V-twin powerplant.
Smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission features optimized gear ratios for strong acceleration and relaxed cruising at highway speeds.
2-piece heel-and-toe shifter adds versatility and enhances the overall cruising experience. The 2-piece design allows the rider to individually adjust front and rear portions to suit foot size or remove the rear section if not desired.
Heavy duty 10 plate clutch is designed compliment engine power characteristics. This clutch is operated by a hydraulic master cylinder instead of a cable. The hydraulic clutch design is low maintenance, self adjusting and very stylish.
Low-maintenance belt drive system not only significantly reduce maintenance
but is also clean and quiet. A belt drive system uses less power than a shaft
drive and reduces unsprung weight for great rear suspension performance.
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION
Aluminum, die cast, double-cradle frame reduces weight, while balancing strength and rigidity. The critical head pipe area features box type construction for additional strength. The frame not provides excellent handling characteristics but also compliments the beautiful flowing lines of the rest of the chassis and bodywork. The engine is rigidly mounted in the frame.
Lightweight C.F. die cast aluminum swingarm offers superb rigidity and ensures excellent stability and handling. The C.F. die casting process allows for beautiful shapes that are both strong and light. This swingarm is a fashion statement in aluminum and compliments the rest of the Stratoliner's eye catching styling.
Rigid 46mm front fork offers 130mm (5.1") of wheel travel for exceptionally stable handling and great ride comfort. The fork features "slash cut" large diameter chromed fork shrouds to enhance the "neo- streamliner" styling.
Beefy, cast aluminum, top and bottom triple clamps help increase fork rigidity and reduce weight.
Link rear suspension features a spring preload adjustable single rear shock delivering outstanding ride comfort and precise handling. The shock is horizontally positioned under the engine for a lower center of gravity and is hidden to provide that classic "hardtail" look. Rear wheel travel is 110mm (4.3").
Powerful dual 298mm floating front discs are squeezed by ultra rigid, 4-piston, monoblock calipers providing sport-bike spec stopping power. These brakes also provide great feel and feedback.
Huge 320mm rear disc is squeezed by a single piston caliper mounted below the swingarm for a lower center of gravity and that customized "hidden look".
Lightweight polished 12 spoke cast aluminum mag wheels reduce weight and enhance handling and styling. The front wheel is MT 4.00x18 while the rear wheel is a MT 5.50x17. Both are fitted with tubeless radial tires that provide excellent traction and reduced rolling resistance.
Two-piece seat design features a wide, flat profile for excellent rider comfort. The passenger seat features a small lip at the rear of the seat providing a secure feeling for the passenger.
51w /55w high efficiency Irradiation headlight. This is a 2 bulb design, one for low beam and one for high beam. The unique headlight body compliments the "neo-streamline" styling.
Steel fenders front and rear can be easily customized or painted to suit personal preferences.
Flangeless teardrop style fuel tank offers 14 liters of capacity. There are no welds visible, providing that custom look. The total fuel capacity is 17 liters thanks to a 3 liter sub tank located low in the frame below the seat. A high pressure electric fuel pump with quick connect fittings provide fuel to the FI system.
New 3D fuel tank emblems (speedlines have been eliminated)
Large 1.25" diameter handlebars. All electrical wires are hidden inside the handlebars for that clean custom look. Selected meter functions can be controlled by buttons on the back of RHS switch.
Fuel tank mounted instrument panel. The speedo has a unique classic clock styling motif. Just below the large analogue speedo is an analogue tach and fuel gauge. Other functions include digital odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel reserve trip counter and clock. Background illumination can be adjusted to suit personal preferences.
Super quick detachable windshield can be removed without tools. The windshield locks into place with the ignition key for added security.
Super quick detachable chromed passenger backrest can be removed in seconds without tools. The backrest locks into place with the ignition key for added security.
Beautifully styled, semi hard reinforced leather saddlebags provide ample storage for causal weekend tours.
Teardrop shaped rider floorboards with floating rubber inserts reduce vibration.
Extra wide, chromed brake and clutch levers provide that quality feel and
ADDITIONAL DETAILS / FEATURES
Industry-leading, Star Family fit and finish creates a machine as stunning as it is powerful.
Highly visible, clear look LED taillight
Self-canceling turn signals (15 seconds or 150 meters) with stylish clear lenses.
Low-fuel warning light
Low maintenance sealed battery
Fork lock integrated into main ignition switch for extra convenience
Numerous high quality deep, rich chrome accents including: forks, handlebar
switches, levers and engine covers
2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S - USA Specifications/Technical Details
MSRP* $16,590 (Intense Black) Available from February 2012
Type 113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled 48° V-twin; pushrod OHV, 4 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke 100mm x 118mm
Compression Ratio 9.48:1
Fuel Delivery Twin-Bore electronic fuel injection;throttle position sensor
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Belt
Suspension / Front 46mm telescopic fork; 5.1-in travel
Suspension / Rear Single shock; 4.3-in travel
Brakes / Front Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brakes / Rear Hydraulic disc, 320mm
Tires / Front 130/70-18
Tires / Rear 190/60-17
Wheels 12-spoke cast
Length 101.6 in
Width 43.3 in
Height 59.6 in
Seat Height 27.8 in
Wheelbase 67.5 in
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Fuel Economy** 42 mpg
Wet Weight*** 802 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN
Engine Air-cooled, OHV, 8-valve, 48°, V-twin w/EFI
Displacement 1,854 cc
Bore and Stroke 100 x 118 mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Maximum Torque 17 kg-m (123 ft-lb) @ 2,500 rpm
Fuel Delivery Dual 43 mm cross bore downdraft throttle body FI
Estimated Fuel Consumption* 18kpl / 51mpg (Imp.)
Ignition / Starting TCI / Electric
Final Drive Belt
Suspension (Front) 46 mm fork
Suspension (Rear) Adjustable link single shock
Brakes (Front) Dual 298 mm discs
Brakes (Rear) 320 mm disc
Tires (Front) 130/70R18 (radial)
Tires (Rear) 190/60R17 (radial)
Dimensions / Technical Details
Length 2,580 mm (101.6")
Width 1055m (41.5")
Height 1515 mm (59.6")
Wheelbase 1,715 mm (67.5")
Rake / Trail 31° / 152 mm (6")
Ground Clearance 155 mm (6.1")
Seat Height 705 mm (27.8")
Fuel Capacity 17 litres (3.7 imp.gallons)
Wet Weight 369 kg (814 lb)
Colour(s) Metallic Black M
± 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.
Specifications, appearance, and price of product are subject to change without notice.
* MSRP does not include freight, PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection), pre-rigging (boats), or taxes. Dealer may sell for less. See your local dealer for out the door pricing.
2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S - European Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: NA
Model not available in Europe.