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  1. Sbardacuz
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    I am going to buy a Yamaha (Star).. The question is, which one!!!

    I went to the dealers thinking the stratoliner was for me from all I read about it. I have not ridden for 15 years, had a Yamaha 650 Maxim for just a couple of years. So I went out with the salesman on one (I still have to get my Motorcycle license renewed!).

    The Stratoliner just honestly scared the bejesus out of me! That thing was so powerful it just really scared me! But it was smooth and well balanced.
    Then I tried the Road Star Silverado (1600cc?). It was not as powerful but had much worse vibration, very rough feeling, almost like a Harley. I really didn't like it at all!
    Then I tried the V Star 1300 Tourer. It felt like the smoothest of the 3 to me. Felt like less vibration, ok power (nothing like the Stratoliner) which was fine by me!

    So my predicament is this- Do I buy the V Star or the Stratoliner? I do not like that the V Star has no hydraulic valve lifters (self adjusting) and no hydraulic clutch. The Stratoliner has both of those, so less maintenance.
    Do you really have to get a valve job every 4-6K miles on the V Star???

    Any chance the new 2009 V Star 1300's will get hydraulic valve lifters??

    How do people here feel about the two bikes I have mentioned?? Could really use some feedback.. Am I stupid thinking the Strat is just too powerful? Not sure I would get used to all that power or not!

    Thanks in advance.
    Spart.

  2. yamezb
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    Sbardacuz, both are great bikes. I know a lot of people that are happy with their V Stars. As far as the Strat having too much power; you'll get used to it. I thought my Roadliner was pretty powerful when I first got it, but it didn't take long for me to get used to it and wanted even more power. The power is pretty manageable on the Liners and the Raiders. It's easy to baby them and it's easy to open them up.

  3. zdradoman
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    Go with the Liner and you wont regret it. If you shop wisely you can find a left over Liner on ebay for less than what you would pay for the 1300.

  4. Sbardacuz
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    Sbardacuz, both are great bikes. I know a lot of people that are happy with their V Stars. As far as the Strat having too much power; you'll get used to it. I thought my Roadliner was pretty powerful when I first got it, but it didn't take long for me to get used to it and wanted even more power. The power is pretty manageable on the Liners and the Raiders. It's easy to baby them and it's easy to open them up.
    I hear you.. But I wonder what you were riding before your Roadliner, that you would get used to it so easily?? I have not had a bike for over 15 years and that was a 650! A strat would eat my old 650 for lunch!
    Here is my breakdown-

    Strat/Roadliner
    1- Superb balance, feels like a much smaller bike when picking it up, manuvering.
    2- Has a gas tank and RPM guage (V Star has neither).
    3- Has hydraulic lifters/self adjusting valves.
    4- Has hydraulic clutch.
    5- Low maintenance (due to 3 & 4).

    V Star 1300
    1- Less power than the blistering power of the Strat/Roadliner (I look currently at this as an advantage as the power of the Strat scared the hell out of me!)
    2- Costs less money.

    So for all intents an purposes, I feel that the Strat/Roadliner would be my top choice (not to mention it wins every cruiser comparison in the magazines I have been able to find). It is just that I kind of wish it were not so powerful.. I know, sounds stupid. But if it is something I might be able to get used to, that may be the way to go. Just afraid it would always intimidate me or something..

    Spart

  5. cowenandranch
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    Again, go with the Liner. You can't go wrong. Sbardacuz said it all. I went with the Strat after a 30+ year period without any bike. At first it was a little intimidating, but after a few hundred miles I was ok with it. I now have nearly 4k on it and am loving every minute.

  6. yamezb
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    I'll say go with the Liner also.
    Sbardacuz before the Roadliner I was riding a Buell XB12SS.
    You can't beat the deals that are available on the Liners right now. I know it may seem intimidating right now, but the Liners are pretty easy going with light throttle openings.

  7. Sbardacuz
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    I'll say go with the Liner also. Sbardacuz before the Roadliner I was riding a Buell XB12SS. You can't beat the deals that are available on the Liners right now. I know it may seem intimidating right now, but the Liners are pretty easy going with light throttle openings.
    Thanks for the input on the power, that helps me feel I might grow into it..

    One thing I really want in a tour bike is smooth with less vibration. Not looking for the Harley thing at all.. Not interested in the Venture or Tour Deluxe, too big for town for me..

    So I talk to one dealer "Oh the 1300 is much smoother than the Strat". Next dealer "Oh the Strat is much smoother than the 1300"..

    Can some here chime in? Is the Strat going to be smoother? I have a friend who has the Road Star Silverado and I HATED it, felt just as vibration-ish and rough as my other friends Harley!

    Spart

  8. yamezb
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    Yeah, I don't think that the Roadstars have balanced motors, so that would explain the vibration like a Harley. I can't speak for how smooth the 1300 is but the Srat is a really smooth bike and does have dual axis counterbalancing.

  9. zdradomaniac
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    One more vote for the Liners here. I have a Stratoliner S and even though I also though it was too big I am completely used to it and would be kicking myself in the butt now if I have bought something else.

  10. zdradoman
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    Still not sure what the problem is with having the power "available". You control the amount of power with your throttle hand. Easy on throttle and you can putt all day until you get used to the bike and have the urge for more power, then its only a matter of a throttle twist rather than getting a whole new bike.

  11. zhifdhabbj6
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    Another vote for the Liner. I bought my 06 Roadliner S NEW in may this year and have almost 3k on it now. As far as great deals go yamezb was right, I paid 10,200 for mine and have seen even better deals than that. As far as power goes, you should have full control over that. And let me tell you these things will chug like a tractor. I went for a ride this past weekend with a bunch of Harley guys, we were in the Sierra Mt n's lot's of uphill twisties with switchbacks ( my first ride of this kind) when we arrived at our destination everybody was asking me if I had to downshift much, I told them no, I stayed in third gear the whole time. They did not believe me, they all said they ran first and second most of the time. My point Sbardacuz is don't think that you have to do 150 MPH on this thing to have fun it is very much at home chugging thru the twisties. I only wish I had the $$$ to add the Raider to my stable.

    P.S.
    I got 49.9 MPG while doing it. This is the best Ive gotten since i bought it. I attribute the mileage to have to slow down enough to keep up with the HOG'S. LOL

  12. Sbardacuz
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    Another vote for the Liner. I bought my 06 Roadliner S NEW in may this year and have almost 3k on it now. As far as great deals go yamezb was right, I paid 10,200 for mine and have seen even better deals than that. As far as power goes, you should have full control over that. And let me tell you these things will chug like a tractor. I went for a ride this past weekend with a bunch of Harley guys, we were in the Sierra Mt n's lot's of uphill twisties with switchbacks ( my first ride of this kind) when we arrived at our destination everybody was asking me if I had to downshift much, I told them no, I stayed in third gear the whole time. They did not believe me, they all said they ran first and second most of the time. My point Sbardacuz is don't think that you have to do 150 MPH on this thing to have fun it is very much at home chugging thru the twisties. I only wish I had the $$$ to add the Raider to my stable.P.S. I got 49.9 MPG while doing it. This is the best Ive gotten since i bought it. I attribute the mileage to have to slow down enough to keep up with the HOG'S. LOL
    Really appreciate all the input.. I feel a little more at ease with the thought of this MONSTER engine after listening to some of you guys..

    Any idea what I should be paying for a new 2007 Stratoliner??
    I was quoted $14,830. That is retail of $16,580 -$750 cash back from factory -$1,000 from dealer. Have to add 6.3% tax and $250 for all fees, license, etc (which are low, they don't even charge freight!).. Total of $16,000 out the door. It seems kind of high to me for a 2007..

    New 2007 Roadliner S-
    $14,780 retail -$750 cash back from factory -$1,000 from dealer. Have to add tax and fees. Total out the door= $14,000. Still seems high to me for a 2007!

    Any thoughts on these prices??? What should I be paying for both bikes??

    Also, I am not aware of any changes from the 2007 models to the 2008 except perhaps a bit of a different seat?? Any other changes I am not aware of??

    Thanks,
    Spart

  13. zhifdhabbj6
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    Spart~
    It depends on where you live, out here on the west coast I see yr old Roadies going for 10,200 out the door. I payed 11,900 OTD for my 06 but I was willing to go a little higher due to the fact that it was Pearl White and the onle one available that color on the West coast. But it doesn't matter what you pay you will always find one cheaper after you buy yours . Just be happy knowing you have the best all around cruiser on the market. Good luck with whatever you buy. Just keep us informed and welcome to the family.

  14. Sbardacuz
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    Spart~It depends on where you live, out here on the west coast I see yr old Roadies going for 10,200 out the door. I payed 11,900 OTD for my 06 but I was willing to go a little higher due to the fact that it was Pearl White and the onle one available that color on the West coast. But it doesn't matter what you pay you will always find one cheaper after you buy yours . Just be happy knowing you have the best all around cruiser on the market. Good luck with whatever you buy. Just keep us informed and welcome to the family.
    Are we talking OTD on a NEW 2007 model? I should be able to get one for $10,200-$11,900 out the door? Are we talking a Roadliner or a Roadliner S?
    Best price I have gotten so far on a new 2007 model here in Utah is $14,000 out the door.. Dang!

  15. yamezb
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    If you're willing to go through Ebay you can get some really good deals. Last time I looked (which was a few weeks ago) I saw a couple of Roadliner S models going for 9,500 with less than five miles on them.

  16. zhifdhabbj6
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    Yes, I am talking an S model I just checked EBAY and there is an 07 Roadie S
    Liquid silver with a buy it now price of 9499.00. It is in Maple grove, Minnesota. There are 4 days left on the auction with no current bidders, if you are not familiar with Ebay what that means is you don't have to bid on it if you like that price. Just click on buy it now and its yours. It is a dealer and they also have a couple of 06's for 8699.00. Hope this helps you out.

  17. HawinkFun
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    You know what the girls say, bigger is better. More comfortable when they are sitting on it.

  18. Kermid23
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    Had a 87 Gold Wing (before kids) 20 years + ago, and now since they are grown, the itch go so bad. I looked and looked. I to was hesitant about the 1900 cc thinking it was to big... but I started with a Yamaha 400, then Suzuki 850 and then the Wing. I told myself, down go undersized. The bike is smooth, powerful, but as others said, it all in the hand of the driver. I love it

  19. PabbaBear
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    Dealer where I bought my BRAND NEW 2006 Roadliner a week ago still has one more BRAND NEW2006 Roadliner in stock. Same color as mine (Dark Cherry). Price? Heh...$9400 plus TTL. No setup, no assembly, salesman luncheon. OTD for me was $10132.95. So low, I added G.A.P. and 48 month Y.E.S. to the OTD.

  20. dommj1
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    I had a 04 roadstar put 35000 it. i test rode the liner and knew I had to have one. The best handling bike I have ever been on. I have 15000 miles on it now and love it. I had a hd pull up on me on I95 He waved and passed me. I rode behind him to the Ga line pulled up beside him waved and run it up to 120 before I hit the welcome center.

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