The 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner is available as two sub-models, the S, and the Deluxe versions. The S sub-model is a cruiser and was the initial model of the Stratoliner, with the Deluxe touring sub-model created from the S version. Both are equipped with a 113-cubic-inch, 1854cc, air-cooled, twin-V engine. With four valves per cylinder, greater power is delivered at all rpms, providing class-leading acceleration. The power output is optimized due to the use of two spark plugs per cylinder.
The 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S is an example of how fine design can be combined with precision handling and performance. It sports a streamlined look that makes it distinctive in its class and features chrome accents, including the handlebar switches, levers, engine covers, and forks. The chassis is built from lightweight aluminum to keep the curb weight of the S sub-model down, while maintaining strength and rigidity. The front fork coupled with the design and materials of the chassis ensure that vibration is reduced, and handling is precise while keeping the bike stable. The sculpted seat makes long rides that much more comfortable for the rider.
To create the 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe, some of the most popular touring amenities were added to the S sub-model. The result is a bike that continues to offer excellent performance and handling, while also being one of the most stylish on the road. The windshield has been swapped for a more aggressive looking mini windshield, which features the same quick release as the S model. Saddlebags are color matched to the bike to make them blend in with the design, and the handlebar mounted audio controls increase enjoyment of the ride with an iPod connector. Seats are comfortable, and the floorboards are generous to ensure comfort for those long tours.