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2012 Yamaha Stryker Review
Minimalist design, aggressive attitude.
The looks and style you crave along with performance and refinement you only get from a Star Motorcycle.
The 2012 Yamaha Stryker, a machine designed to be ridden... and admired. Chopper inspired styling, attention to detail and mechanical function blend together in a stunning mid class chopper. One ride and you will know we got it right. The style, the performance and that special attitude in intoxicating.
Powered by a liquid-cooled, 1304cc V-twin powerplant, the Stryker offers an unparalleled riding experience.
The looks are guaranteed to turn heads while the engine performance and sound will keep you grinning all day. But there is more. It is hard to put into words but one ride and you will discover its unique "bad boy" attitude.
Totally custom even before you customize it.
The 2012 Yamaha Stryker is the coolest bike to roll off the assembly line since the Raider took the industry by storm. With its raked out front end and "fists int he wind" riding position, this bike is pure attitude. And with a 80 cubic inch V-twin, and a beautiful final best drive, the 2012 Yamaha Stryker churns out plenty of low-end torque but gets to the ground in a very satisfying way. It's time for an attitude adjustment.
2012 Yamaha Stryker Highlights and Key Features:
Fuel Consumption ± 17kpl/48mpg(Imp)
1304cc fuel injected V-Twin
Chopper inspired styling and attitude
A muscular, forward-lunging look reinterprets iconic custom chopper
styling for the 21st century. High-end looks without the high-end price tag.
Gutsy 1304cc, fuel-injected liquid-cooled V-Twin engine churns out
the inspired, big-engine feel riders will love.
Even with its radically raked out front end, Stryker has the superbly
nimble and lightweight handling that choppers and mid-class competitors can
only dream about.
Low seat height (26.4 inches) allows riders to put both feet on the
ground and helps provide this bikes natural, relaxed and comfortable
The wide 210-series rear tire and chopper-inspired 21-inch front wheel
reinforce the muscular styling of the bike.
No cheap plastic fenders herethis authentic cruiser has real
steel fenders customizers love. Classic belt drive, too.
Get started on your own customization with two trim packages in high-quality
chrome, or an aggressive looking, blacked out package.
The Star® Accessories Catalog is packed full of high-quality parts
that invite Star owners to fully express their individuality.
2012 Yamaha Stryker Features and Benefits
1304cc (80 cubic inch), liquid-cooled, short stroke, SOHC, 4-valve per cylinder, fuel injected, 60° V-twin powerplant pumps out impressive power and torque for excellent cruising performance.
Uneven firing interval, bore & stroke dimensions and special ignition & injection mapping all contribute to excellent torque output and that classic V-twin pulse feeling
Liquid-cooling not only allows for higher state of tune because it maintains more stable operating temperatures, but also reduces mechanical noise for a quieter engine.
In an effort to maintain the classic air-cooled appearance of the engine, cooling fins have been added as a styling highlight.
The short stroke engine design reduces the "height" of the engine, while the 60 degree "V" makes the engine more compact thereby centralizing mass and lowering the centre of gravity for lighter, more responsive handling.
One-piece cylinder heads feature 4-valves per cylinder to provide optimum breathing efficiency for maximum power output.
Stylish chromed cylinder head covers.
The SOHC valve train features 36mm intake and 32mm exhaust valves with special single coil springs for great power and torque. Valve angles are set at 20 degrees from centre.
Specially designed roller rockers activate the valves. The roller rocker system allows a greater amount of valve lift without causing excessive camshaft wear and friction. The slipper portion of the rocker arm features a needle bearing which reduces wear and slide resistance (friction). The camshafts have been specially designed for use with roller rockers.
Pent roof combustion chamber design and optimized squish area forces the fuel / air mixture toward the centre of the combustion chamber for more complete combustion and hence improved power and cleaner emissions.
The radiator is mounted between the front frame down tubes to minimize its appearance especially when viewing the machine from the side. Even the rad hoses have been discreetly placed for a cleaner appearance. An electric fan aids in cooling during hot weather or in stop and go traffic.
Automatic hydraulic cam chain tensioners reduce mechanical noise and simplify maintenance too.
Ceramic composite-plated cylinders provide uniform heat dissipation while also reducing friction and weight. The cylinders have a tapered "V" appearance to highlight the V-twin design. Cylinder bore is 100mm.
High performance forged pistons offer great durability and reduced weight for faster engine response and less mechanical vibration.
Crankshaft features a single crank pin design. This specially designed crank and uneven firing order helps to enhance the pulse feeling and that unique V-twin engine character.
Single axis, left and right dual engine counter balancers reduce vibration to a minimum while maximizing rider comfort.
Crankcase design features internal oil and coolant lines for a clean, air-cooled engine appearance. There are special piston coolers that spray oil at the under side of the pistons.
Easy access, spin on type oil filter is located under the engine. There is no need to remove any parts to access the oil filter.
Classic side mounted air box houses a high-flow viscous paper-type filter and adds that special styling touch too.
Mikuni dual bore, 40mm throttle body fuel injection system with TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) and ISC (Idle Speed Control). This is a "closed loop" system that utilizes an oxygen sensor in the exhaust. The sensor "sniffs" the spent exhaust gases and feeds back info to the ECU which in turn adjusts the fuel/air mixture for maximum power with minimum emissions. The oxygen sensor is located before the mufflers, so the use of slip-on mufflers will not affect this system. Each injector features 12 holes and a dual spray pattern for better fuel atomization and more complete combustion chamber filling. There is one injector per cylinder. Fuel injection benefits include improved fuel economy; choke less operation, reduced emissions, and great throttle response.
High pressure fuel pump is located in a separate sub tank below the seat.
2 into 1 into 2 exhaust system features dual slash cut mufflers which provide a specially developed exhaust note that accentuates the V-Twin rumble. The engineers call it the "sound of acceleration".
A 3-way honeycomb catalyzer is located at the entry point to the mufflers. The catalyzer reduces harmful exhaust emissions.
Smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission with 5th gear overdrive delivers outstanding cruising performance and reduced rpms at highway speeds for comfortable cruising.
Clean, quiet belt drive system is extremely low maintenance and simplifies customization. The belt features carbon cords for extra strength.
Air Induction System (A.I.S.) reduces harmful exhaust emissions (CO + HC).
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION
Double cradle steel frame with "open neck space" provides an aggressive
chopper image. This frame utilizes a rigid engine mounting system to optimize
the overall rigidity balance of the chassis for superior handling. The rake
is 34 degrees with a yoke offset of 6 degrees. The frame not only provides
excellent handling and roomy ergonomics but also compliments the beautiful
flowing lines of the entire machine.
Important Note: Raked out front fork with lots of trail generally provides good straight line stability but often results in heavy steering at low speeds. The engineers at Yamaha will not sacrifice handling for styling, so they have developed a 6 degree yoke offset angle combined with a 34 degree steering head for a total fork angle of 40 degrees. The "Stryker" provides light "athletic handling and easy steering" not normally associated with a custom styled bike. This bike was designed to be ridden ! Key numbers: 6 degree yoke offset angle, 34 degree caster angle, 109mm of trail.
Steel swingarm compliments the frame and the overall chassis rigidity balance
Long 1,750mm (68.9") wheelbase creates a long, low profile and solid, stable handling. This chassis offers a 45% & 55% front to rear weight distribution and is approximately 60mm longer than the standard V-Star 1300.
The long low design means spacious ergonomics with lots of leg room, which maximizes rider and passenger comfort.
Raked out 41mm front fork offers excellent ride comfort and compliance. Chip protectors help to prevent stone chips in the tubes. Front wheel travel is 135mm (5.3").
Monocross style, spring preload-adjustable, single-shock, link rear suspension centralizes mass for agile handling. The linkage system provides a rising rate effect that provides excellent compliance on both small and large bumps. There are 9 positions of spring preload adjustability to suit rider preference.
Rear shock is vertically mounted behind the engine and is tucked out of sight for that classic, clean, hard tail look. Rear wheel travel is 100mm (3.9").
Single, large 320mm, floating front disc is squeezed by a compact twin piston front caliper.
310mm rear disc brake is squeezed by single piston caliper mounted to the underside of the swingarm. This design not only helps to hide the caliper but also lowers the centre of gravity for excellent handling.
Lightweight 5-spoke cast aluminum wheels are fitted with tubeless tires. These stylish wheels are both easy to clean and maintenance-free. The front wheel is a MT3.50 x 21 inch while the rear is a wide MT7.50x18. The narrow front tire (120/70 x 21) and wide rear tire (240/40R18) enhance the chopper styling image.
1 inch handlebars are mounted directly to the upper handlebar crown without the use of traditional handlebar holders. This design accentuates the chopper profile while also providing an aggressive riding position.
Deep-bend front and rear fenders enhance the chopper styling. Steel material allows for easy customization and painting if desired.
15 litre teardrop shaped fuel tank with chromed filler cap. The long, slim tank design accentuates the bike's muscular styling lines.
One piece rider and passenger seat offers a low 670mm (26.4") seat height and great styling too. Seating position is best described as sitting "in" not "on" providing a very special "riding attitude".
Chromed handlebar-mounted instrument features an analog speedometer, digital odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel gauge, fuel reserve tripmeter (counts kilometres since the fuel went on reserve), clock, and a range of warning lights and self diagnostic functions.
Instrument functions can be "tabbed" through and reset using the RHS handlebar switch gear, allowing the operator to change instrument meter functions without taking hands off the bars.
Compact 60/55 watt high intensity halogen headlight emphasizes the "chopper" image.
Eye catching LED taillight is not only very visible but also uses less electrical
power than a conventional bulb style taillight.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS / FEATURES
Industry-leading Star family fit and finish features rich, lustrous paint and extensive chrome accents creating a machine as stunning as it is powerful.
Extra wide front brake and clutch levers provide a quality feel.
Steering lock is integrated into the main ignition switch for extra convenience.
Low-maintenance, sealed battery ensures fuss-free, dependable starting.
Self cancelling turn signals with stylish clear lenses.
25,000 km valve adjustment intervals
2012 Yamaha Stryker - USA Specifications/Technical Details
MSRP* $11,340 (Reddish Copper) Available from September 2011
$11,340 (Candy Red) Available from September 2011
$11,090 (Raven) Available from September 2011
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
Brakes / Rear Hydraulic disc, 310mm
Tires / Front 120/70-21M/C
Tires / Rear 210/40R18M/C
Wheels 5-spoke cast aluminum
Length 99.6 in
Width 33.9 in
Height 44.5 in
Seat Height 26.4 in
Wheelbase 68.9 in
Fuel Capacity 4.0 gal
Fuel Economy** 40.9 mpg
Wet Weight*** 646 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
2012 Yamaha Stryker - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $12,599 CDN
Engine Liquid-cooled, SOHC, 8-valves, 60 degree V-twin
Displacement 1,304 cc (80 cubic inch)
Bore and Stroke 100 x 83mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Maximum Torque 10.9 kg-m (78.8 ft-lbs.) @ 3,500 rpm
Fuel Delivery Mikuni 40 mm dual throttle body F.I.
Estimated Fuel Consumption* 17kpl / 48mpg (Imp)
Lubrication Wet sump
Ignition / Starting TCI / Electric
Final Drive Belt
Suspension (Front) 41mm fork
Suspension (Rear) Adjustable link Monocross
Brakes (Front) 320mm disc
Brakes (Rear) 310mm disc
Tires (Front) 120/70-21
Tires (Rear) 210/40R18
Dimensions / Technical Details
Length 2,530mm (99.6")
Width 860mm (33.9")
Height 1,130mm (44.5")
Wheelbase 1,750mm (68.9")
Seat Height 670mm (26.4")
Fuel Capacity 15 litres (3.3 Imp. gal.)
Wet Weight 293kg (646 lbs)
Colour(s) Metallic Black
Deep Metallic Red
± 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 Stryker - European Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: NA
Model not available in Europe.