2012 Yamaha Stratoliner Review


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.

New For 2012

  • Both the 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S and Deluxe sub-models sport new tank emblems and the speedlines have been eliminated from the S sub-model.

2012 Yamaha Stratoliner Specs

  • Model: Stratoliner S, Stratoliner Deluxe
  • Engine Type: 1,854cc, air-cooled, OHV, eight-valve, 48 degree, V-twin w/EFI
  • Bore and Stroke: 100 x 118 mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.5:1
  • Valve Train:
  • Induction: Mikuni Dual 43mm cross bore throttle body F.I.
  • Ignition: TCI / Electric
  • Transmission: Five-speed
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 17 liters (3.7 gallons)
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 51 mpg, 46 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Dual 298 mm discs
  • Brakes (Rear): 320 mm disc
  • Suspension (Front): 46 mm fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Adjustable link single shock, adjustable link monocross
  • Wheelbase: 67.5 inches
  • Rake: 31 degrees
  • Trail: Six inches
  • Seat Height: 27.8 inches
  • Curb Weight: 814 lbs., 811 lbs.
  • Tires (Front): 130/70R18 (radial)
  • Tires (Rear): 190/60R17 (radial)


  • A deluxe fairing cover helps protect the fairing from stone chips, bugs, and dirt and grime. It is a custom-fitted cover with an inner lining to protect the paintwork on the fairing, and can easily be removed for cleaning.
  • To improve rider comfort on longer rides, the touring handlebar provides a reduced reach for the rider, but maintains the overall style of the bike.
  • Custom front and rear wheels are manufactured from forged aluminum and allow riders to personalize their Stratoliner even further.
  • Passenger comfort can be enhanced with a taller backrest and arms that have an easy on / off feature.
  • A rear luggage rack can be easily attached to the back of the passenger backrest so that further gear can be carried on the bike.
  • The lower cowl with box not only increases comfort of the ride by directing wind around the rider's legs, it provides a convenient storage space for smaller items.
  • The leather-covered saddlebags can be replaced by hard cover side cases that are waterproof and include an interior lining.

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