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I just bought this bike:

http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/mcy/2570882639.html

I pick it up on Tuesday.

Very excited, a little nervous.

I'll have to ride it home, and while I've got my class M1 and everything, it's been a long time since I've ridden a bike this big. And it's a twisty and turny highway.

I will be riding that bike home like a centenarian gramma coming home in the old Caddy from church. And that'll be if I start feeling friksy.
 

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Looks good

Looking good, You made a good choice. I have an 06 Stratoliner with 51k miles no trouble.

It is a heavy bike, but the only time you will need to be carefull willl be when you are near stopped. Balance is good and weight is low. Once you get moving not much different from any other bike. Lots of torque. You might be carefull with the throttle for a while.

Dave
 

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Thanks a lot for that advice (and encouragement), Dave.

I rode sportbikes quite a while back. Never had a bike that made 110 ft lbs at 2500 rpm, though. I'll be treating that throttle like the "football" case with the nuke codes they carry around for the president.

I'm glad you mentioned the part about needing to be careful when near stopped. I've got bad knees. You just talked me into wearing my heavy duty knee braces for the trip home.

Oh, the 51k mile thing is awesome to know, too. More than anything, I want a durable, reliable motorcycle that will go and go with basic maintenance.
 

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I've had my Strat for nearly a month now. I love it. The only time at stops that the weight is an issue for me is when I have a passenger other wise I have zero issues standing still. Oh, and once you're rolling the pounds really melt off this thing. I came from an Aprilia Tuono which is damn near surgical with handling and had incredible brakes. I feel for a 800 cruiser the 'Liners handle and brake superbly. :)
 

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The repuation for handling was one of the big reasons that made me keep looking at this bike.

I remember a review that was describing how the tire-weight distribution is almost in perfect 50/50 balance (something like 49.6% of the bike's weight was on the front wheel), and that the 8-piece aluminum frame - as opposed to the forty-plus piece typical steel fram - provided a stiffness that gave the bike a solid, sure feel.

I come from sport bikes too. I no longer care about "surgical handling" in the sense of wanting to be able to hit Gs in turns, but I was concerned about being able to get away from an accident-situation. I wanted to be able to veer and stop well.

But now that you mention it, that great handling ought to help my new bike find its way to its new home in one piece.

I was hoping the owner would ride it home for me and I'd drive him back. But the reason he's selling is because he suffered a work injury (neck and back) that ended his riding days. So either I ride or I rent a truck. I suppose if I had a problem I could call my two service.

Once I get the bike home, I was figuring I'd ride it around the safe, deserted streets around where I live until I felt like I was ready to handle traffic and all the things that a cruel world could throw at me. But it turned out I'd be pushed out of the nest early.
 

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I bought my 07 in Salem Oregon and flew out there to pick it up and ride iy back home in Bayfield Co. 1450 miles in two days and loved the ride. The bikes ride great handle better than most cruisers. Just be easy on the throttle from corner to corner as these bikes are fast and you will have no problems
 

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I bought my 07 in Salem Oregon and flew out there to pick it up and ride iy back home in Bayfield Co. 1450 miles in two days and loved the ride.
So I guess you won't be too patient with me whining about my 50 mile ride, huh?

:)

It turns out I won't get it today because the owner will get off of work too late for me to be able to ride it home in the daylight (which I very much want to be able to do). He'll be taking the day off tomorow and will actually even come by and get me at 8AM.

I clicked on the craiglist link and saw that the owner had deleted it.

Here are three pics of the bike:

http://startthinkingright.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/roadliner2.png

http://startthinkingright.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/roadliner2a.png

http://startthinkingright.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/roadliner3a.png

I spent the day yesterday getting the garage ready to accomodate the new queen.
 

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I had not ridden my 'Liner prior to bringing it home and although I don't live far from the dealership I still got on the freeway and it was awesome.
 

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Ten Twelve,

My situation may not be nearly as "rare" as I think it is - and it would make me HAPPY to learn that.

I put about 27,000 miles on a 1100cc sportbike (that I then modified the heck out of). But that was over 20 years ago.

Never rode at all since; until taking a basic motorcycle safety course.

Have my Class M1 license; it's a piece of paper because I just got it and the actual license hasn't come in the mail.

A lot of people think you should start out "small" and then work your way up in bike size; my view is to get what you want and then make sure you know how to ride it before you make a dumbass - and worse, a dead dumbass- out of yourself.

I might hop on it and it'll be 20 years ago. But I can't know until I get on the bike and take off. The more people who have done what I'm planning tomorrow, the better. Because I have never come across anything that "most people can do" that I haven't been able to do yet.

That said, if I'd bought the Valkyrie, I would have had a pretty uneventful ride home; whereas this is a pretty challenging ride. I'll go from a desert up to an elevation that gets snow, and then down a steep grade around curvy mountain roads until I get into desert again.

Fortunately most of it is four-lane road (2 lanes per side). So if somebody wants to go by the gramma on the motorcycle, they can.

If I get behind a truck, I'll stay behind that sucker.

And when I get home, I'll make sure I know how to ride my bike before I take it into traffic. So I don't make a (dead) dumbass out of myself.

I mean, this is just too pretty of a bike to have some fool crash it on his first ride.
 

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So I guess you won't be too patient with me whining about my 50 mile ride, huh?

:)

It turns out I won't get it today because the owner will get off of work too late for me to be able to ride it home in the daylight (which I very much want to be able to do). He'll be taking the day off tomorow and will actually even come by and get me at 8AM.

I clicked on the craiglist link and saw that the owner had deleted it.

Here are three pics of the bike:

http://startthinkingright.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/roadliner2.png

http://startthinkingright.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/roadliner2a.png

http://startthinkingright.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/roadliner3a.png

I spent the day yesterday getting the garage ready to accomodate the new queen.
50 miles, I bet you do not stop with just 50 miles, you will probably turn around and ride back where you got it and ride back again.
It's hard to make short rides on the liners, you just do not want to stop,when I go to the store I do a 45-50 mile loop just to get there and do the loop back home,BTW the store is about a mile up the road
 

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Just be easy on the throttle as these bikes can bite you fast, you will be a little all over the place for a couple weeks but the smoothness will come back quick, just take it easy on the throttle, remember it's all in the right wrist
 

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Hi, nice bike!! I'm new to the forum, I just picked a brand new 2009 Roadliner yesterday, here's a pic. Look familiar??

CHEERS!
-Willy

 

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Michael,

Welcome and congratulations and try to get some sleep tonight. I think you'll find that riding a bike is like.....riding a bike. It'll come back pretty fast. Like about the time you hit 4th gear.

Keep us informed. Most of us have similar stories to yours, but still love hearing the excitement from another rider. It never gets old. That is the very thing that keeps a forum like this one going.

Enjoy the ride; embrace the joy.
 

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Big Willie,

That is a beautiful bike. But what else can I say since our rides are twins?

Nice to see what a Roadliner in the same color looks like without the (removable) Stratoliner bags.

Paddy,

I know what you're talking about.

When I took the basic motorcycle safety course, I was on a Kymco 250cc dual bike. That was my first time on a motorcycle in 20 years. And DAMN it was fun to be on that bike.

Something tells me I'm in for a LOT of fun on this one.

The things I'm most concerned about is my braking (particularly in emergencies) and taking a turn at a higher speed than is wise for my current skill level.

I could give a weightlifting analogy: 20 years ago I was also quite an accomplished weightlifter. The problem is when I start lifting now I can't do anywhere near what I used to be able to do, but somehow I still FEEL like I should be able to do a lot more. And then if I overdo it I'm sore for like four days.

I wanted to get back into motorcycling gradually.

Don't think I've ever been so excited and so nervous about the same thing at the same time in my entire life. And I know I haven't gone from being a little more nervous than excited, and then a little more excited than nervous like this before.

So, oh, yeah, I'll have a story for you!
 

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Me two ! had a 50 something mile ride home with the beast !

I never test rode mine either from the shop, had .1 or so on the odometer. I had about a mile to go once I got off the shop property, I hit the Baltimore beltway, it was somewhat empty, early Sat morning, I was going easy, told my son who was driving my truck home to take it easy, and stay behind me, well I forgot all about that crap, I left him in a small cloud of new bike smoke, downshifted that beast and proceeded to do all the things I tell the young ones not to do lol !.
I think I found out how fast the monster can go lol !, I was already way past the going frigging fast and shifted into 5th, it's still pulling hard, wow, I settled down and got it back down to legal speeds, easy with this beast, and then realized my Son in my full sized Silverado is nowhere to be seen, I pulled over near Towson, and waited and waited, finally he comes cruising by, I pulled out and caught him. And then rocketed away again, never seen him again for about 30 + miles and home in the driveway, he finally comes driving in. He goes, where did you go I just smiled.
So go easy in the twisties, mountain roads, this beast corners pretty good for a beast, but don't let it get ahead of you !, and bite.
I think this is a do as I suggest NOT what I do/did lol!.
My layoff was quite some time also, the last rocket ship was an 84 Venture V4 1200 cc dresser, would go like a rocket also, but nothing like this Strat and the torque.

Enjoy !
 

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I thought i was bad.

50 miles, I bet you do not stop with just 50 miles, you will probably turn around and ride back where you got it and ride back again.
It's hard to make short rides on the liners, you just do not want to stop,when I go to the store I do a 45-50 mile loop just to get there and do the loop back home,BTW the store is about a mile up the road
LOL, i thought i was bad cuz i did a 20 mile loop and the store is 7/10 mile away. then i see you do 50 and its a mile away. i either get to increase my loop size or feel like a pussy for to short a loop. since i don't want to be a pussy its now a 50 mile loop! Thanks Dyna. also michaeld you will love the bike. be care full stopping. it stops great and handle great as well but the 800 pounds definitely takes some extra distance to stop compared to a sport bike. i would think your sport bike was much more radical than this will feel but when you get this thing crankin it will not slouch along. you wont have to be to worried as you will soon find it is a very nice smooth ride. i do agree it is awkward at slow speed with the wide bars and the bike is a mile long so quick turning sharp corners AT SLOW SPEED can be a little difficult. other than that you will be looking good. i see there are a lot of extra's on the bike already. what did you pay for it? if its an rl he got bags, bag mounts, backrest, backrest mounts, big bar engine guard, running lights, running light mounts, luggage rack, handle bars and thts a good deal. they get buckets of money for all that stuff. looks like you need a slip-on muffler and maybe a seat and your set.
 

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Welcome aboard. It's always nice to here from another liner rider.Congrats on your purchase you will love it.Love the color but everyone knows the grey bikes are the fastest.Ride safe and keep the shiny side up.
 

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Roadliner 1, michaeld a zero.

Guys, I am actually embarassed - BUT IN A GOOOOOD WAY.

I'll explain. and give a chronoloical accounting.

John picked me up in his 3/4 ton diesel Ford. He brought me a Yamaha service manual, a box full of spare parts that he'd acquired and a complete stock Roadliner exhaust (he bought it for $50 from a guy who bought a Roadliner and immediately put on afterparket pipes just because it was too good of a deal to pass up and he wanted the spare EXUP setup). He brought in the stock bars. He also brought his paperwork, such as the fact that he'd put brand new tires on in late July.

A decent haul of loot.

When we got to his house, he unlocked the garage and I saw her for the first time.

Pictures don't do that bike justice. You've got to see the scale of the thing. Eight feet long and magnificent.

Another thing. The bike was sitting on a NICE lift table. The kind shops have.

John had been a diesel mechanic before his neck and back drove him from that line of work (he became a truck driver until he couldn't do that any longer; now he's driving busses at 29 Palms for the Marines there). But he is still a MECHANIC. It was nice to know that my motorcycle had been in this guy's hands.

John got out his Allen set and adjusted the mini-apehanger bars for me. I thought I'd hate them; but dang they felt GOOD. A few inches below shoulder level, and unlike those wide and long Texas steerhorns that they put on the Roadliner, these were above knee level and therefore wouldn't bind me up on tight turns.

I'm sitting on that bike holding the bars of the bike on the lift table, and Buddha had nothing on me Nirvanna-wise.

The only thing that could make the experience better was...

Turning the engine on.

I have no intention of installing an aftermarket exhaust (which is a good thing, given that I have two of them). The Yamaha Roadliner doesn't sound like a Harley; it sounds BETTER than a Harley (as far as I'm concerned). It's a deeper, more rythmic and melodious rumble than the potato potato sound. I've never been a fan of V-twins, but that is a NICE V-twin sound.

Well, I had to shut it down, had to get off of it. Because I had to go to John's bank and pay for it. But after that it was back to mama.

The plan was for me to get acclimated to the bike, and then follow John to the Yamaha dealer to transfer the warranty.

This was the embarrasing part.

I don't know how many posts are above of me fearfully wondering if I'd be able to ride that giant bike home over fifty miles of hills and turns. But in hindsight I'm embarassed about how wrong I was and how right most of you guys were.

I got on the bike in front of John's house, started it up, put it in gear, and took off. I spent maybe 15-20 minutes riding it around. But I only needed to go about five feet to know that I would have ZERO problems riding this bike home no matter how far home was.

Like several of you said, the only issue at ALL was coming to a complete stop and smoothly balancing the bike with my left leg. I've got two terrible knees and wore my knee braces under my pants just to be safe. But even that wasn't a problem. The bike stops SMOOTHLY and EASILY. There's no sense of grabbing and jerking around.

I followed John about fifteen miles to the dealership, and during that time maybe half a dozen bikes went by the other way. Everybody waved. At first I was waving like Steve Martin in "The Jerk." But it didn't take long to transition to the under-the-bar ZZ Top wave. John noticed that in his rearview mirror and complimented my improving from geek to sleek.

Never had a single problem.

Hell yes I didn't just go straight home. Yucca Valley is a really neat town, and I was seeing it on my new bike. Turning and maneuvering in parking lots was no sweat.

When I finally DID get home, I went back out to the garage an hour later to go "practice" some more. I just slowly rode through the quiet streets of the neighborhood. I practiced coming to complete stops and putting my foot down. I practiced making U-turns in the cul-de-sacs, first left ones, then right. And basically I just played around like a ten year-old kid on his first dirt bike, except on the street.

Got a nice day planned for Saturday (which will require more "practice," I'm sure!): I'm going to take the bike to my Basic Motorcycle Safety Course site that I just passed two weeks ago and show my new ride to Dave and Allison (the instructors). And then I'm going to go visit the biggest motorcycle event in Palm Springs: American Heat.

Getting my bike two days before the biggest motorcycle event in my area has got to be God's way of telling me something (I didn't even know about it until I picked up this morning's newspaper).

Of course, tomorow I'll "practice" some more.
 
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