2008 Yamaha Stratoliner Review


A heavier and more advanced version of the Roadliner cruiser bike, the Stratoliner entered the 2008 model year with two models: the Stratoliner Midnight and Stratoliner S. Its manufacturer, Japanese company Yamaha, set the MSRPs (Manufacturer""s Suggested Retail Prices) at $15,480 for the Midnight and $16,580 for the S.

The 2008 Yamaha Stratoliner is powered by a 1,854-cubic centimeter four-stroke air-cooled V-twin (two-cylinder) engine with a 43-millimeter fuel injector and pushrod valve train. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, with an electric starter for the rider to conveniently start it. Each 2008 Yamaha Stratoliner gets a 4.5-gallon (17-liter) gas tank.

Braking on the 2008 Yamaha Stratoliner comes from disc brakes, which consist of a bigger dual disc at the front and a smaller single one at the back. The cruiser rides on 18-inch front and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Both wheels are fitted with tubeless tires.

Each 2008 Yamaha Stratoliner uses an aluminum frame for a solid yet lightweight build, and it is only available in a Raven color scheme. Digital instrumentation on the 2008 Stratoliner consists of a clock, tachometer, trip odometer, speedometer, and fuel level warning gauge. A two-piece seat with detachable backrest provides enough room for accommodating the driver and a passenger.

For storage, the 2008 Yamaha Stratoliner includes two leather side bags, an area for hanging a helmet, and a lockable compartment. A halogen headlight and a pair of side mirrors are included for enhanced visual perception when driving. A mount goes on the front to install a windshield.

The 2008 Yamaha Stratoliner has a length of 101.6 inches (2,581.6 millimeters), width of 43.3 inches (1,099.8 mm), height of 59.6 inches (1,513.8 mm) and wheelbase of 67.5 inches (1714.5 mm). The cruiser""s ground clearance and seat height are measured at 6.1 inches (154.9 mm) and 27.8 inches (706.1 mm), respectively. The dry weight of the ""08 Stratoliner is estimated at 758 lbs. (343.8 kilograms).

New For 2008

  • This was the third model year of the Yamaha Stratoliner; no changes were made.

2008 Yamaha Stratoliner Specs

  • Model: Cruiser (2008 Yamaha Stratoliner Midnight and 2008 Yamaha Stratoliner S)
  • Engine Type: 1,854cc four-stroke air-cooled V-twin (two cylinder)
  • Bore and Stroke (millimeters/inches): 100/3.94 x 118/4.65
  • Compression ratio: 9.5:1
  • Valve Train: Overhead camshaft (OHV) - Pushrod
  • Induction: 43-millimeter fuel injector
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity (gallons/liters): 4.5/17
  • Estimated Fuel Economy (miles per gallon): N/A
  • Brakes (Front): 11.7-inch/298-millimeter dual hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): 12.6-inch/320-millimeter disc
  • Suspension (Front): 1.8-inch/46-millimeter telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-sided aluminum swing arm, with shock absorber
  • Wheelbase (inches/millimeters): 67.5/1714.5
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height (inches/millimeters): 27.8/706.1
  • Curb Weight (lbs./kg): 705/319.8
  • Tires (Front): Tubeless 130/70-18 on aluminum wheel
  • Tires (Rear): Tubeless 190/60-17 on aluminum wheel


  • Short/Medium/Tall Windshield
  • Saddlebag Guards/Support Bars/Trim Rails
  • Rear Luggage Rack
  • Custom Leather Backrest Pad
  • Smooth/Slotted Billet Shift Linkage
  • Billet Passenger Floorboards

Key Competitors For The 2008 Yamaha Stratoliner

  • 2008 Victory Vegas
  • 2008 Harley-Davidson Softail
  • 2008 Harley-Davidson Dyna Glide
  • 2008 Honda VTX 1800N