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Hi, I am about to (as in tomorrow) purchase a Stratoliner. Just wanted to say Hi and see if there is anyone else here from the St Petersburg FL area.

Also wanted to know if there are any accesories or gear that is essential here in FL before I close this deal.
 

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Congrats

FLRider,

Congratulations, on the new bike, you made a good choice. On the equipment, how about a rain coat?

On the serious side the passing lamps you were asking about is a good choice. They make you more visible and help at night. More visible is the important part.

You may notice some turbulence behind the windshield if you ride highway speeds. The big V Twin makes a lot of heat. So you may want some lowers but don't try to block all the air. I have Bucks lowers (Buckslowers.com.) They reduce turbulence but still some air on the legs.

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You will love this bike.

Hi, I am about to (as in tomorrow) purchase a Stratoliner. Just wanted to say Hi and see if there is anyone else here from the St Petersburg FL area.

Also wanted to know if there are any accesories or gear that is essential here in FL before I close this deal.
Congrats on the bike. there is stuff out there. from what i see and hear, this is your first mods to the bike.
1. New comfy seat.
2. Exhaust mod.
3. air intake mod of some type.

then its hang on to the best bike you could ever purchase cruiser wise. even long trips are a breeze on this bike. just my opinion but the strat is better than the roadliner cuz you get the bags and the windshield and backrest already to go. you made a wise choice grasshopper. now you just get your exhaust and seat and your kickin butt. the more i ride this bike the more i love it.
it without a doubt has the best stock V-twin motor on the market today, hands down. mine has been rock solid and i drive it hard. very hard. if you drive normal and take care of it you my never need to buy another bike. i wish you luck with you new Stratoliner. did you get the "S" model?
 

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Yes I bought the S model - it is a dark Blue color that just glows in the sun. I have been riding it as I can around town trying to get it broke in.

Obviously I have not put many miles on it or taken any long trips but so far the seat seems fine to me. Fits me good and has just the right curve to tuck my tshirt under and keep it there. With the stock seat I am pretty much on tippytoes at full stops.

The exhaust note is fairly tame but that makes the wife happy. She really hates the loud obnoxious bikes. Still when I can sneak it by her that Roadhouse slip-on seems nice.

So far my only complaint: trying to figure out the best way to get the dang pollen and dust off her. Right now using a micro fiber dust rag stolen from the wife.
 

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What Brain said.

The stock exhaust will get a little louder with time and miles. It is tough to modify the stock exhaust. Most go with an after market if that is what they want. I think I will stick with stock.

If you do go with a air intake mod look at the one brain posted here.

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Windshield Care

Yes I bought the S model - it is a dark Blue color that just glows in the sun. I have been riding it as I can around town trying to get it broke in.

Obviously I have not put many miles on it or taken any long trips but so far the seat seems fine to me. Fits me good and has just the right curve to tuck my tshirt under and keep it there. With the stock seat I am pretty much on tippytoes at full stops.

The exhaust note is fairly tame but that makes the wife happy. She really hates the loud obnoxious bikes. Still when I can sneak it by her that Roadhouse slip-on seems nice.

So far my only complaint: trying to figure out the best way to get the dang pollen and dust off her. Right now using a micro fiber dust rag stolen from the wife.
If you want to keep that windshield crystal clear DON'T use anything except water and a micro fiber cloth. I keep two of them in my bag, both in ziplock bags. One is sopping wet and one is dry. I did not use this care with my Roadstar Silverado and it ended up with fine scratch marks all over it that reflected the sun badly.
 

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Windshield clean

I use Kit Bike Clean, with micro fiber towels, and Kit Bike Shine wax with micro, polishes up real well, no scratching at all and puts some protection on it, bugs ect clean off easy.
 

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several years ago a friend that has a small airplane with a plastic windshield put me on to Lemon Pledge. You can clean the windshield on the road dry with no scratches. Does not build up or turn the windshield dark.

I now use Yamahalube spray polish instant detailer or Honda spray cleaner polish. None of these scratch the windshield. These two bead water, Pledge washes off.

Someone once told me always clean with a vetical motion. If you do scratch the windshield the scratch will bother your vision less than a horizontal scratch.

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If your windshield does get scratched you can use a product called micro-mesh to refinish. Varying grits of sandpaper like cloths to 6000 grit then polish. LOL I've even used it to take scratches out of goggles.
 

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Great info, My wife just got me an 09 S model on Monday. She called the shop and made the deal and surprized me with it. I've been looking at them for a couple of years now. Thinking of getting a different seat but thats about all right now.
 

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Nothing Takes out Those Scratches

If your windshield does get scratched you can use a product called micro-mesh to refinish. Varying grits of sandpaper like cloths to 6000 grit then polish. LOL I've even used it to take scratches out of goggles.
I purchased a series of aircraft windshield polishes (polishes actually cost half the price of a new windshield) and, though they improved the clarity, they did not remove the scratches. And, we are not talking about the kind of scratches you can feel with your fingernail - these are extremely fine scratches caused by cleaning the windshield with sponges, paper towels, ext.

I recently drove my Stratoliner through a dust hurrincane here in New Mexico and picked up a bunch of very tiny nickes -- they also are not removeable but are not so bad that the sun reflection makes them noticeable.

I repeat; do not clean your windshield with anything other than water and a micro cloth -- forget those advertised polishes and cleaners. They may be ok until the first time you apply/and remove them with a cotton towel or other matierial that will scratch the windshield -- been there and done that.
 

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If its plexi-glass you can remove scratches. Micro-Mesh works just follow the instructions. I've removed scratches up to including screwdriver gouges across a window. Been doing it for 26 yrs. LOL The key is and always has been don't get the scratch in the first place. Always rinse first and don't use the same area of the cloth twice.
 

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Novus 1, 2, 3 Kit Plastic Polish and Scratch Remover.

This is what I used and it did not work. It will deal with the heavy scratches but the very fine scratches remain and those are the ones that causes the problem with sun reflection.

I agree; don't get the scratches in the first place. Use water and micro cloths.
 
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