2007 Yamaha Stratoliner Review

Intro

Yamaha, the Japanese manufacturer, began producing motorcycles in 1955, starting with small-displacement bikes and then a developing a strong line of powerful competition bikes. In 1994, Yamaha established the Star brand, a line of cruisers, specifically for the U.S. market. The Stratoliner cruisers were introduced in 2006; in 2007 the company made the Stratoliner base and Midnight models as well as the Stratoliner S. All were design carryovers.

Powered by an air-cooled, 1854cc, 48-degree V-twin engine with an overhead cam and pushrod-activated valves, the Stratoliner—all three models—have computer-controlled, twin-bore fuel injectors. Ignition is electric. The five-speed manual transmission, with overdrive, has a belt final drive. A heel-toe shifter is standard. An adjustable preload telescopic fork with 5.5 inches of travel provides the front suspension; the rear suspension is a twin-sided swing arm. The front brake is an 11.7-inch dual disc; the rear brake is a 12.6-inch disc.

Weighing in at 758 pounds dry, the Stratoliner has a wheelbase of 67.5 inches. The two-piece seat on all models is a low 28 inches, with the upright rider position typical of cruisers. The instrumentation covers the basics with a few extras: speedometer, odometer, clock, fuel gauge, and tachometer. Yamaha doesn't provide an estimate of gas mileage; the tank holds 4.5 gallons.

Part of the cruiser's distinctive look comes from the locking hard side bags, but a wide variety of saddlebags and tank bags are available, along with a huge selection of accessories to customize the bike and add bling. A detachable windshield is standard; several different windshield options are also available.

Cruising Rider magazine declared the 2006 Stratoliner the bike of the year, a tribute to its looks, performance, and ride-ability. Yamahas are well known for being reliable, durable machines, and the Stratoliner offers great cruiser style, the latest technology, and a smooth ride as well.

New For 2007

  • Position beams within the main headlamp housing for improved visibility
  • Left-thumb-activated high-beam switch and right-thumb-activated hazard warning lights

2007 Yamaha Stratoliner Specs

  • Model: Stratoliner; Stratoliner Midnight; Stratoliner S
  • Engine Type: Air-cooled, 1854cc, four-stroke V-twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.94 inches x 4.65 inches
  • Compression ratio: 9.5:1
  • Valve Train: OHV - pushrod, four valves per cylinder
  • Induction: Fuel injected
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): 11.7-inch dual disc
  • Brakes (Rear): 12.6-inch disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork with adjustable preload
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-sided swing arm with adjustable spring preload shock
  • Wheelbase: 67.5 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 28.9 inches
  • Curb Weight: 758 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 130/70 -18
  • Tires (Rear): 190/60-17

Accessories

  • Billet passenger floorboards
  • Billet rear fender accents
  • Chrome grips
  • Clear lower wind deflector
  • Fringed classic saddlebags
  • Tall windshield
  • Soft throw-over saddlebags
  • Plain classic tour trunks
  • Stiletto custom leather seat
  • Rear luggage rack

Key Competitors For The 2007 Yamaha Stratoliner

  • Victory Vegas
  • Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic
  • Victory Kingpin
  • Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Night Train