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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-28-2015, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Wink Liner complaints

1-gas tank, in reality the stations in the west push 100 miles apart, when I stop my friends have to also stop, yes they have gas left but not enough to get to the next station[40-50 miles left, next gas 72 miles], I have never ran out of gas.
2-sixth gear, all of the larger cruisers run the same rpms at the same speeds be it five or six, a lot of us has tried the 65 tooth and it does not change the mpgs, the liners will run 130 mph so 70 is nothing.
3-tires, 20-30K, [one set], front, pilot active, rear, 205-55-17 car tire.
3-Faring, I do not like them, all bar mounted will shake when you pull into a truck wind turbulence and all stock fairing radios are worthless over 70mphs.
4-cruise control, I use the BrakeAway which is more practical than a true cruise, actually they have limited places to be used.
5-suspencion, front, Progressive springs with GVEs,[ just as good as cartridge forks], rear, progressive spring or shock with RAP.
6-Brakes, better than 90% of them out there.

I know this might step on some toes but it gets tiring listening to people that want a ultra classic or other full blown touring bike for the price of the liner[don't see people beating a path to the dealer to buy liners now, if they add all the stuff and charge $25-30K how many would run out to buy it]
The liner is one hell of a purpose built motorcycle, so can we just enjoy it for what it is.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-17-2015, 01:38 PM
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I just came off a 2850 mile trip of the Appalachian states. I averaged 38 mpg for the trip with a high of 50 and low of 29. Not sure why I those 2 so far out of the range, but I did have a few in the mid 40's and couple in the 35 range. I kept the rpms as close to 3000 as I could and was passing just about everything in site without any issues.

I weight around 220 and had about 65 lbs of gear on the bike with me.

My comfort range for gas stops was 120 miles and I pushed one of them to 137, but to tell you the truth, I was ready for those stops. I was gung ho the first 2-3 days in, but at the end of 8 days, I was looking for excuses for a quick stop and go just to stretch and hydrate.

I know a lot of riders want more features on their liners, but in reality, that's probably not going to happen. I'm happy with my Strat. Plenty of power, decent fuel mileage and the dependability of a metric crusier. I'm not constantly looking for a 6th gear, although sometimes a try to shift one more, but not because I feel the need for another gear, its more laziness by not looking down at the tach after not keeping track of my shifting.

Cruise control is something that I don't covet. I use a $4 Wrist Buster that I've had for a long time. I may move to a breakaway throttle lock when I make another long trip, but not for cruising, just to rest my right hand from time to time.

Tire wear, suspension, and brakes are all rider driven. I got 20+ thousand miles on the front of my 950 and about 10-13 on the rears. I wear rear brakes out every 6 k miles and have never needed to change front brakes on any of my bikes.

I feel that I have enough bike for my needs (power and features) and I got it at a price that allows me to make 4 or 5 nice trips for the difference that I would have paid for a Road King or a loaded Victory.

I love my liner and would buy another if/when the opportunity allows.

This is not a commentary on how others feel about these bikes, just my take on my situation. Each of us look at this from different angles and with different ideas of what makes the "perfect bike". For me the Liner fits the bill.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-12-2015, 08:55 AM
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I think many people are get the Liner confused with a Touring Bike. It's like comparing apples to oranges. These 2 type motorcycles are TOTALLY different in my opinion...... The Liner is classified as a Big Crusier... not a Touring model...
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-13-2015, 05:05 PM
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I'm still new to my Strat but let me tell ya, I sure do love it. There's only 2 things that I find not as positive, one is the size of the gas tank and the other is the seats but these are very minor points. Like I said really love my Strat.

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