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Hi everyone. I just got a road liner. Its big, powerful and great looking. I cannot figure out what size windshield I should have. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I rode it home from where I bought it without a shield and the wind in my ears was deafening.
 

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Windshield

Here is a link to a U tube video by Cruiser Customizing on windshield height.


I have the stock Stratoliner windshield. There was some buffeting at freeway speeds. I installed Buck's Lowers, took care of the buffeting. The top of my windshield is just about my nose.

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Robey,

I should mention, Liners are not a quiet bike. Intake noise is high and if your airbox has been modified it increases. That big engine sucks a lot of air in a short time with two big pistons.

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A windshield will certainly make the situation better (great link linerdave!). I assume you wear a helmet? I wear earplugs using both a helmet and windshield. Protect your hearing and have a great time!
 

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Yamaha make,s three size,s....small..med...Large...I,m 6ft 3in...I got the bike with the small one an got alot of buffeting on the head,, Just got the med one an wish i got it last year...fit,s just rite...Now if you get the large one, you better be 7ft tall..lol or yer going to be LOOKING through the shield....
 

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This works marvelously for me. The slipstream is deflected almost completely over my head:




And as a huge PLUS, I never have to worry about it fogging or otherwise decreasing my view ahead.

Disclaimer: I do wear a full face helmet with pinlock anti-fog insert.:)

Good luck
 

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Wow! What great people in here. Thank you for all the information. I will continue doing my home work before purchasing anything.
 

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My next question to everyone is this: Do any of you change your own fluids? I am very capable and have the proper tools. Is this a difficult job? Its not all about the money for an oil change, I enjoy this kind of job.
Also, my father (Harley rider) still rides at 80 year old is on me about synthetic oils. I went to my local dealership and they recomend not going 100% synthetic but going with a synthetic blend. 1) anyone have any advice on the "do it yourself" oil change and
2) your opinion of synthetic oils.

Thanks guys!
 

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Do any of you change your own fluids? I am very capable and have the proper tools. Is this a difficult job?
1) anyone have any advice on the "do it yourself" oil change and

2) your opinion of synthetic oils.

Thanks guys!
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Oh no! An oil thread!!!:D:

1. Opinions on oils are like politics are like women are like religion. Most modern oils that meet Yamaha specs are safe to use. I like Valvoline 20-50W dyno for my Stratoliner. I change it every 3000 miles. Even if I were to use synthetic, I would change it every 3000 miles. It's an aircooled engine. I like to keep the oil lubricity fresh (regardless of brand).

2. Changing oil is a bit of a challenge on the big beast as you have three drains: two sumps, one oil reservoir. Normally that wouldn't be a deal breaker, but you'll have to have a safe and reliable way to get that bike up in the air--AND STABLE--far enough to swing a wrench on those sump drains.

This can be problematic with table jacks as the table will block either the sump drains or the reservoir drain. Nonetheless, I use a JC Whitney table jack, drain the reservoir and pull the filter, then lower and reposition to get at the sumps.

Other folks have other methods. I recommend you listen to them because I am the poster-child for unskilled labor:(

But I do change my oil...:):):)


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I change my oil and middle gear. Last winter I had the brake and clutch fluids changed. I was a little afraid I might get some brake fluid on the paint. So I had some maintenance done over the winter.

Oil is a pain but not hard. You have three drain plugs and the filter for 5.2 quarts. The drain plugs are close to the floor and my jack gets in the way. So I just lay on the floor and do it. Sometimes run it up on a couple of 2 X 6 boards to gain an extra inch and half clearance to turn the wrench. Read your manual, you can not just dump the oil in. If you check your oil be sure you do the whole process and don't cut any corners.

https://www.starmotorcycles.com/star/service/viewservicetip.aspx?ls=star&yr=2006&lid=2&mid=480&tid=8

Middle gear drive, the exhaust is in the way. Some have squeezed an allen wrench in and did the job. I loosened the exhaust. You should be able to do your own fluids with this in mind.

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Springer:
thanks for all that info. Started to think that "synthetic" was a fighten work in here! I dont have a preference just trying to weed out all the personal opinions vs fact, mostly from my buddies and family. Most of them dont even ride but know everything about oil and synthetic oil.
I will have to give your experience a lot of thought. Getting the bike up to a working height may be a problem and your right, she's a heavy one to manhandle.
Thanks for your advice, hope I can pay it forward to another "newbie" in the future.
 

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Springer:

Thanks for your advice, hope I can pay it forward to another "newbie" in the future.
You're perfectly welcome. I take great pride in my history of misleading people...:D:D:D

You'll find most folks shy away from threads soliciting opinions on oils, tires, helmets, loud pipes, brand bashing, riding skills and law enforcement. All those subjects tend to become overheated very rapidly and degenerate into personal attacks.

This forum has a large sense of humor and is generally a civilized place to find information between the barbs of wit, so comments on those aforementioned subjects are generally sparse and usually prefaced by: "in my opinion" or "This is what I use. Use what you like" .

Many people swear by synthetic oil. Many swear at synthetic oil (expen$e). Generally speaking you can't go wrong if you follow the manufacturer's recommendations in your owners manual, and Yamaha only recommends oils that meet JASO specifications and does not offer any opinion on dyno vs. syn.

Your dime; your preference. All I can say is whatever quality selection you make, change the filter every time you change the oil, and change the oil at regular intervals. Ensure that you DO NOT use an oil that has "friction modifiers" in it.

And I guarantee that whatever choice you make, there will be an equal number of supporters and critics; nature of the beast:)

Regards:)
 
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