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Ok, just test drove the Strat vs the 1300 Tourer-

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  1. Sbardacuz
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    Here are my newbie impressions and a couple of questions-

    Took a nice road up near mountains with absolutely no traffic, very nice road surface. Went for a good 10-12 miles on each bike.

    I took out the Strat (2007) first. I was surprised how lightly it did handle, very nice.
    I was surprised that even with a full face helmet on, it had pretty loud exhaust note.. I was wondering if any of you guys find this too much on a long haul? Can't imagine how loud it would be without a helmet..
    Very strong torque, great, smooth power. Very forgiving at low speeds and RPMs with no "lugging"..
    At 6'4" (long torso) when I got it up to 50 MPH, I swear, I thought I was going to be blown off the bike! The wind buffeting was bad, real bad! Now I know that those yamaha windshields come in 3 sizes. I was told by the dealer that the one that came on the Strat was the middle sized one? There is a taller one that is supposedly 3 inches taller from his catalogue. Do you guys think that this taller windshield would solve the problem? And maybe adding lowers?? I mean, it was so bad, I literally couldn't go over 50 MPH! When sitting on the bike, I am definitely looking OVER the windshield, not through it.. Any thoughts?
    Handlebars seem quite wide.. Are you guys finding them comfortable on long hauls?

    The 1300 Tourer-
    I expected to like this bike more than the Strat to be honest. Not having ridden for 15 years, I thought it would be better size for me engine wise.
    The engine seemed to be just a bit smoother running through the gears when in the exact sweet spot of the RPMs, but boy, at low speeds, this bike just really struggles. Lugged terribly at lower speeds and RPM's, unlike the forgiving Stratoliner. It jumped and bucked pretty good at the lower speeds, like turning onto a side street, into parking lots etc.. From the 1300 forum, many guys seem to complain there about this issue.
    I felt more cramped on this bike. My legs were up higher, it just isn't as "stretched out" as the Strat even though I think the Strat is only 1 inch longer on the wheelbase, it is definitely more stretched out and certainly taller.
    Smaller foot boards- my feet (size 13) kept getting stuck under the shifter and brake pedals.
    My right leg could not hug the gas tank because if the air filter sticking out too far.
    The wind buffeting was not as bad on this bike, and I was able to take it up to 60 rather than 50 before the turbulance assault began.. I think that may be due to the fact that the seat height is a little lower than on the Strat. Would still need lowers though.
    The ONLY thing I did like better on the 1300 was that it was not as loud an exhaust note and I felt I could endure that better than on the Strat, but maybe you just would get use to the Strat note, I don't know.. Thoughts??

    I can get a new in the box 2007 Roadliner S at this dealers (like them a lot, no other dealer would let me test drive), for $13K out the door, tax, license, set up, everything. Then I could order the bigger windshield and put the accessories on that I want..

    So, thoughts on the windshield situation would be appreciated.. Not having ridden these big bikes before, how much "wind" should you be getting behind this type of shield?? Should it be as good as behind a fairing like on a Goldwing or Ventrure?? Or will it always be pretty bad? How would anyone ever hit 80MPH with that kind of turbulance??

    And do you guys just get used to the exhaust being that loud at cruising speed?

    Thanks,
    Spart

  2. Jonezpoj
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    I can't imagine a stock Stratoliner having a loud exhaust..... Now the rest of you guys be gental when answering Spart's questions......

  3. zhifdhabbj6
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    Spart~
    I am on a Roadie, ie: no windshield. BIG BUGS on full face LOL. I do well over the posted with hardly any noticeable buffet. As far as the [b]Exhaust note[b]are you kidding me! What was the last thing you road? A Schwinn Stingray I will admit they are louder than most stock twins, but come on it's a twin. And thats one of the reasons we get them. At speed with a full face I can barely even hear mine. But seriously just kidding. Once you get this bike home you wont give any of this a second thought.

  4. unpitten
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    The buffeting will not be addressed by adding a taller shield. Tilt the shield back towards you and add a set of lowers. What you are probably feeling is the wind coming up under the shield which can be worse than no shield at all.

    home.twmi.rr.com

    memphisshades.com

    There are other brands as well. If you opt for the Memphis Shades, shop around as price varies. Also, if you plan on adding a light bar, inquire as to fitment of shield and lowers with a lightbar.

  5. Sbardacuz
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    The buffeting will not be addressed by adding a taller shield. Tilt the shield back towards you and add a set of lowers. What you are probably feeling is the wind coming up under the shield which can be worse than no shield at all. home.twmi.rr.com/bikepics/ www.memphisshades.com/metric_home.shtml There are other brands as well. If you opt for the Memphis Shades, shop around as price varies. Also, if you plan on adding a light bar, inquire as to fitment of shield and lowers with a lightbar.
    Thanks for the info..
    So can you "Tilt" the current stock windshield back? It is the locking removable windshield.. Or do you have to get a whole new windshild to do that??

    Thanks,
    Spart..

  6. cowenandranch
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    I have an '07 Strat. Picked it up in May, and have put just about 4k mi on it. I have the tall windshield and personally don't think the wind buffeting is over the top. I also have the long Cobra pipes on it. Much louder than stock, and I don't have an issue with too much noise. Seems like at 65mph it just humms along like it is just out for a light stroll. I put 250 mi on it today and I'm none the worse for the wear. Average for the trip was 40.91mpg. Hope this helps.

  7. Sbardacuz
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    I have an '07 Strat. Picked it up in May, and have put just about 4k mi on it. I have the tall windshield and personally don't think the wind buffeting is over the top. I also have the long Cobra pipes on it. Much louder than stock, and I don't have an issue with too much noise. Seems like at 65mph it just humms along like it is just out for a light stroll. I put 250 mi on it today and I'm none the worse for the wear. Average for the trip was 40.91mpg. Hope this helps.
    Can I ask how tall you are? I am 6'4".. The wind with the middle size windshield on the Strat I rode may just not have been tall enough although another poster here says it's not the height but that it needs to be tilted back some..
    Can your windshield "tilt" back or is it fixed?

    As far as the pipe noise.. I have not had a bike for 15-17 years and it was a 650cc that was very quiet. To me, the Strat was loud at speed, but for you who have had all kinds of big bikes, I guess it is not loud. Compared to a Harley, I am sure it is not loud. I am sure I would just get used to it..

    Thanks
    Spart

  8. cowenandranch
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    Can I ask how tall you are? I am 6'4".. The wind with the middle size windshield on the Strat I rode may just not have been tall enough although another poster here says it's not the height but that it needs to be tilted back some.. Can your windshield "tilt" back or is it fixed?As far as the pipe noise.. I have not had a bike for 15-17 years and it was a 650cc that was very quiet. To me, the Strat was loud at speed, but for you who have had all kinds of big bikes, I guess it is not loud. Compared to a Harley, I am sure it is not loud. I am sure I would just get used to it.. ThanksSpart
    Spart,
    Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I am in a similar situation as you, I had not had a bike for 32 years. My bike back then was a 750 Norton.
    To the best of my knowledge, the windshield is not adjustable, it is the quick release though, and that is nice, especially when it comes to cleaning the bike.
    I am not as tall as you, 6'1". I think the tall windshield would work better for you, also I might suggest lowers. I have found that while riding, if I keep my knees against the tank, there is not as much buffeting as when my knees are spread out. It seems like the wind that comes under the windshield catches on my legs when they are spread and comes right up into my face. It is my understanding that lowers would help/fix that.
    As far as the exhaust goes, I took delivery of my Stratolounger with all the mods I wanted already done. Loud pipes save lives.
    I agree with you on the size issue of the V*. I have had ridden one and I too felt cramped. The thing just felt like a toy bike to me, underpowered and underbraked. You have to admit it's like comparing a VW to a Cadillac.
    I hope I've helped. I would be glad to address anything else you may have a question about. Realize, I am no expert, I've just been back into bikes for a few months. The upshot.... I LOVE my Strat.

  9. drucg38
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    I'm 6'6'' tall. the liner is the ultimate cruiser for us guys. when you add the highway pegs and bigbar, you will be in hog heven. as for exhausts, the stratoliner has the best stock exhaust out there. from 2700rpm on, the exhaust is absolutely sweet. now if you think it's loud, you might want to try the honda. good luck.

  10. Sbardacuz
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    I'm 6'6'' tall. the liner is the ultimate cruiser for us guys. when you add the highway pegs and bigbar, you will be in hog heven. as for exhausts, the stratoliner has the best stock exhaust out there. from 2700rpm on, the exhaust is absolutely sweet. now if you think it's loud, you might want to try the honda. good luck.
    So at 6'6" tall, how do you do with the wind? Do you have the stock windshield or the taller one? Did you have lowers put on?

    Thanks,

  11. unpitten
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    Thanks for the info.. So can you "Tilt" the current stock windshield back? It is the locking removable windshield.. Or do you have to get a whole new windshild to do that?? Thanks,Spart..
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    Check out Chazers post on tilt:
    Weekend Recap

    If you need more info, try PM'ing him; nice guy and very helpful.

  12. drucg38
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    yes i have stock windshield with lowers, very little wind on helmet. the midrange power is just magnium.

  13. funone35
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    Two words for the buffeting problems
    Bucks Lowers. will solve all your problems

  14. bhoenix3
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    Spart-

    Don't take this the wrong way and hopefully this will ease your mind a little, but the excessive wind you are experiencing is due more to the fact that you are basically a "new rider" all over again. You are hyper-sensitive to everything the bike is doing and what is "being done to you". the great thing about this is that over time you will relax and this will become less and less of a problem.

    When new or returning riders get hit with their first side blast of wind they can easily have the sensation that the bike is litterally being pushed off the road. A veteran rider probably wouldn't even blink at the same wind gust. Same goes for constant and sporadic wind buffeting.

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