Saved by someone getting weird. One of the simple joys of a Strat is that it is air cooled.
As for 'Strat' or 'Liner', I've never heard it referred to as a 'Liner' but, you call it what you like and, it's such a small number of people, we don't judge. Just don't talk to the 'blue' people (Strat owners with blue paint). They ARE weird about stuff.
Again, once you got the main part down, the rest doesn't much matter.
Just for conversations sake; the tank is too small, cruise control would be nice, they're a bit 'windy', the suspension sucks and a bit of a bear in parking lots.
On the other hand, at speed, you don't need to shift down 2 or 3 gears if you wanna GO. You just twist. They are very stable yet, still want to lay into the curves. Wonderful balance of the two. Good brakes. The stock exhaust strike a great balance of tone without being too damn loud. But, I would think Vance and Hines sound pretty good.
Nomads a good bike. So are HD full dressers. So are Gold Wings and BMW 1600's. Strats are bare bones, all about the motor and handling.
They're not for flashy people or people with a need to belong to a marketing program. They are for people who like to ride, don't mind a sparse machine and enjoy the rewarding satisfaction of turning and burning on a brute of a bike.
It is also the best looking bike on the road.