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I call "Midnight Express".



I Just Brought The Bike Home Today, And There's 4
Inches Of Snow On The Ground. Guess I'll Have To Give My Review In April? But She Sounds Great!
 

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Dinger,
Here is a picture of mine. I've since added the quick release backrest and passenger floorboards.
Is that the OEM windshield? I like the Linby bars. How much for the shield and bars? I'm looking for a windshield right now. I like it in white too. Nice looking bike!
 

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The bar and windshield came on the bike. I've seen both on ebay for around $350 each. Check out the Memphis Shades Batwing. i'm thinking of getting one of these and then having it painted to match the bike.

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Just bought a 2006 myself. Mine is still in winter storage,I am looking to get it out this next week if the weather continues. I am new to the forum as well, looking forward to seeing what is out there in advise,add ons and so forth.
 

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Welcome. Here in CA we don't have winter storage. Though I don't usually ride my scoot much in January and February. usually too wet and cool.

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The bar and windshield came on the bike. I've seen both on ebay for around $350 each. Check out the Memphis Shades Batwing. i'm thinking of getting one of these and then having it painted to match the bike.

Bob


I LIKE THE BATWING ALSO, BUT I DECIDED TO GO WITH THE MEMPHIS SHADES SPEED DEMON. I THINK IT LOOKS GOOD AS WELL. I HAD A FAIRING ON MY HARLEY, AND IT WAS JUST ONE MORE THING I HAD TO KEEP UP ON.
 

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First Ride On The New Liner...

All I can say is WOW! I don't know where to start? It got up to 44 degrees with the sun shining. After more than 2 months I've been drooling over this bike. Today, I experienced more than I expected. Power!!! More than anyone could ever want out of a cruiser. Any faster, and you might as well just take it to the race track. I made a pass on a two lane hwy. and I was absolutely astonished at the power. It's scary fast, but I don't drive that way. But if I need the power, its there.

I only rode for a couple of hours, but like everyone else says, it needs a more comfortable seat. Nothing I can't deal with though. Ergonomics are right on. Except for the clutch lever. I have wide hands, but short fingers. The reach is going to take some getting used to. I thought I read somewhere that someone makes another lever for it for this reason.

Turning and handling are wonderful. The bike feels much lighter than my Harley did. Swoops and woops are a blast. I got out on the 4 lane for a short while, and used my "Throttlemeister" cruise control throttle locker. Works wonderfully. I encourage others to check into it. It was a great buy for me.

In fifth gear at 55-60 mph, this bike's motor just humms nicely. No it's not a Harley. It has a sound all it's own. With the Cobra Speedster Shorts I have on it, the sound is wonderful. The bike is a definite "head turner". Especially if I twist the throttle back on acceleration. People just seem to stop and wait for me to go by.

Braking is smooth and consistant. I love the self cancelling turn signals too!

I love the bike! I knew I wasn't gonna have my Harley long, after I rode my uncle's 1700 Roadstar. I bought it right, and I couldn't be happier. To all the loyal Harley owners....Don't ride one of these Star Motorcycles. The ride will stay on your mind until you ride one again. Believe me, I loved my Harley. But I'll never buy another after owning this bike. Harley's are a nice bike. But this is a great bike!
 

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First ride this year

I rode my bike for the first time this year. Couldn't stand it any longer, I still have water and ice in driveway but I worked around it. Temperature was 51 deg. F.

I am still impressed after 40,000 miles. I pulled out of a parking lot into a 55 MPH zone that is closely watched. Eased into the throttle in first gear and ran it up to about 3500 RPM,admired the pleasant tone and the way the bike so gracefully and easily did it. Shifted gears and did it again. Not sure what I did in third gear but Looked at the speedometer and I was over 65 MPH. Eased back to 55 and cruised on. Just love the sound and feel of the Liner. First ride is the best one, I'll probably say that again tomorrow.

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I rode my bike for the first time this year. Couldn't stand it any longer, I still have water and ice in driveway but I worked around it. Temperature was 51 deg. F.

I am still impressed after 40,000 miles. I pulled out of a parking lot into a 55 MPH zone that is closely watched. Eased into the throttle in first gear and ran it up to about 3500 RPM,admired the pleasant tone and the way the bike so gracefully and easily did it. Shifted gears and did it again. Not sure what I did in third gear but Looked at the speedometer and I was over 65 MPH. Eased back to 55 and cruised on. Just love the sound and feel of the Liner. First ride is the best one, I'll probably say that again tomorrow.

Dave
Yea Dave, I have to agree. My ride today, was better than yesterday's ride.

You get abit more snow over there than we do. There's still some snow laying in where wind blew it deepest, and along the ditches. But rain is coming Wed. night, thru Fri.

I'm hopeful that this is the last of the snow. I'm ready to ride!
 

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2006 Midnight Roadliner

I bought my 06 Stratoliner new from a dealer in May 08 and I love it more everytime I take it out. Put a Memphis Shades Batwing on it last fall and I am looking for a seat to make it even better. Ultimate seats are having a weekend at a dealer within a couple hours and I am going to test their new Lowrider seat with backrest. I had bought the passenger seat for my wife and it made a big difference. Star definitely makes one of the best cruisers on the market.

Ride on! Mike.
 

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Mike,
Sounds good on the bike. My Liner is also an 06. I bought it during the introduction sale in 06. Have 41,000 miles now. I put a Mustang seat on it. Mostly I was looking for a passenger seat. there is a big need for a better passenger seat on many cruisers. The aftermarket passenger seat is 2 inches wider and an inch thicker. Some of those custom seat look interesting. Mostly I think I just need to toughen up a little. I rode today and this evening, it was to cold in evening, 38 deg F. Just had to do it.

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All I can say is WOW! I don't know where to start? It got up to 44 degrees with the sun shining. After more than 2 months I've been drooling over this bike. Today, I experienced more than I expected. Power!!! More than anyone could ever want out of a cruiser. Any faster, and you might as well just take it to the race track. I made a pass on a two lane hwy. and I was absolutely astonished at the power. It's scary fast, but I don't drive that way. But if I need the power, its there.

I only rode for a couple of hours, but like everyone else says, it needs a more comfortable seat. Nothing I can't deal with though. Ergonomics are right on. Except for the clutch lever. I have wide hands, but short fingers. The reach is going to take some getting used to. I thought I read somewhere that someone makes another lever for it for this reason.

Turning and handling are wonderful. The bike feels much lighter than my Harley did. Swoops and woops are a blast. I got out on the 4 lane for a short while, and used my "Throttlemeister" cruise control throttle locker. Works wonderfully. I encourage others to check into it. It was a great buy for me.

In fifth gear at 55-60 mph, this bike's motor just humms nicely. No it's not a Harley. It has a sound all it's own. With the Cobra Speedster Shorts I have on it, the sound is wonderful. The bike is a definite "head turner". Especially if I twist the throttle back on acceleration. People just seem to stop and wait for me to go by.

Braking is smooth and consistant. I love the self cancelling turn signals too!

I love the bike! I knew I wasn't gonna have my Harley long, after I rode my uncle's 1700 Roadstar. I bought it right, and I couldn't be happier. To all the loyal Harley owners....Don't ride one of these Star Motorcycles. The ride will stay on your mind until you ride one again. Believe me, I loved my Harley. But I'll never buy another after owning this bike. Harley's are a nice bike. But this is a great bike!
Great write-up!! Especially when comparing to Harley. The power in these bikes are ridiculous. I love it when I am cruising along at 50 then just quarter throttle it and look down to see 80 within a few seconds! Simply amazin. I still haven't opened her up to see what she'll do. :eek:
 

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I'm thinking about a Throttlemeister for my '09 Stratoliner. Anyone have experience installing one? Website says 2 different sizes of Allen wrench and a locking pliers are all I'll need, but I'm skeptical. I can do a few mechanical things but I'm concerned about putting my life on the line over something I tried to do myself, just to save a few bucks. Thanks.
 

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Griduser,

I have a Throttlemiester on my Liner. It has been a while but was easy. If I remember right is just an allen screw in the end. You also get a blank end for the other side of the handlebars to balance the look. There may be some assembly of the two nyllon disks that make the friction but if so only one screw. You won't have any trouble.

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Thanks, Dave. I've worked on cars before (in my youth), so I at least know what an Allen wrench is. I just don't want to screw something up. I'll have to look closely for the Allen screw. I haven't seen one (though I haven't looked). I have to do something. It's really bothering my elbow and hand to have to hold the throttle in one spot while riding on highways and blacktops. After 560 miles, the seat is beginning to bug me, so I guess that is my next purchase. I might even have to look into a riser to bring up the handlebars a little. I'm pretty tall and find I lean forward quite a bit. When I straighten my back out, which I have to do on some of my longer rides, I can only put my fingertips on the grips.

Other than those things, I love the bike. We only have one Yamaha dealer in the area and it's kinda small, so I find myself going to the local Harley store down the street for gloves, etc. When I came out of the store, I had a small group of people standing around, looking at the Strat. I had taken off the windshield and backrest and it was gleaming in the sun. A couple of the people asked what it was and remarked that it was a beautiful ride. They all wanted to know the weight of the thing. I wasn't prepared for how often I've gotten that question from other riders. They think that, since it's such a large bike with a gi-normous engine, that it must weigh half-a-ton. I need to look up the true weight b/c I end up saying between 700 and 800 pounds, which makes people do a double-take, so that must be light for the size, I guess.

Anyway, thanks for the info. I guess I'll order one and see if I can do it myself. If not, I can always take it in and have the dealer do it, when I go in for the 600 mi service.
 

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Griduser,

You won't have any trouble installing the throttlemiester. It is just a brake that puts a little friction on stock throttle grip to hold it in place.

you may start to toughen up as you ride more and reduce some of the things you talked about. Posture is a factor. On a cruiser we lean forward a little. Small amount of weight on our hands. Your head is slightly bent back. Looks cool but not good for the long haul. If you don't get used to it there are touring handlebars, risers, and seats.

I have a small inch and a half riser. It did help. The touring handle bars may be a better choice. They were not available when I got my bike. I would get a pinch in my shoulder and neck. Still do some, not as bad. There are risers that go 4 inches. I understand teh cables still work but must be rerouted some.

I have a Mustang seat, good seat but not the miracle device some claim. I would say ride a bit and see if any of this goes away. Then decide what you want. Watch for other bikes for ideas.
Easy Rider, Bronson, or the Wild Hogs Didn't have risers and a Mustang seat. They were just cool. Tough too.

Dave
 
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