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well i finally made the switch from a Honda 750 Shadow to a new 09 Yamaha Stratoliner 2 weeks ago (when the weather was good for1 day). What a huge difference in both comfort and power .... I'm now questioning why i waited so long. Awesome ride although tranny seems to have a little harder shift than the Honda. But no complaints here, except now want to weather to warm up to get out and ride, ride and ride....:cool:
 

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Big move

Bigodog,

Good move, had my Liner for 5 years now. Just under 50k miles. From 750 to 1854 cc"s, big move.

I don't notice the shifting anymore. Some maybe thoughts on the gears. The gears are a little bigger and flat ground. Play with shifting up. As to RPM and how quickly you shift. There is a point where you can shift without a clutch. If you time your shift to be near this point you may find shifting easer. I try to shift soon after I pull in the clutch. Don't baby it.

Be sure the clutch fluid is full and not turning grayish. Hopefully there is no air in the lines. There is just a little drag accross the clutch from the engine but should be barely noticeable. Carefull not to get any fluid on the paint.

You probably know but, down shifting, be sure you are in first before you get stopped.

You won't even notice these after a while.

Dave
 

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I agree that it is a big move, but i'm a 6'6 tall guy with some extra donuts stored on me so i felt it was the right move which has allowed me to stop constantly down shifting as i'm climbing the hills... mostly when i add the wife to the ride.;)

Thanks for all the insight regarding the shifting and i'll surely try the suggestions. :D

I still have the Honda and it's ok for the casual local rides but for anything else.... my Liner is my choice :)

My next additions will be swapping out the passenger pegs for floorboards and also getting some crashbars to rest the long legs on for those long rides.
 

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Welcome aboard Bigohdawg! I have an 83 Shadow I'm restoring right now. Just something to have fun with while I ride my 1100. And I totally know what you mean with the extra donuts...and I've got a few snickers ice cream bars stored somewhere.
 

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Welcome, I too went from a Honda 750 Shadow to a Stratoliner.What a bike the liner is.You will never go back.
 

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well i finally made the switch from a Honda 750 Shadow to a new 09 Yamaha Stratoliner 2 weeks ago (when the weather was good for1 day). What a huge difference in both comfort and power .... I'm now questioning why i waited so long. Awesome ride although tranny seems to have a little harder shift than the Honda. But no complaints here, except now want to weather to warm up to get out and ride, ride and ride....:cool:
Congratulations on making a great buy.
Likewise - just picked up a new '09 Strat after test driving a bunch of others. I'm also a little on the larger size (6'2" and 250 lbs) which disqualified a good number of the bikes I tried. Just couldn't see myself with legs scrunched up they way they would have to be for more than an hour in the saddle.
This bike is great!!! I've owned Honda's, Yamaha's and Kawasaki's and yes - even a Suzuki (my first bike - 50cc - when I was 16!!) but by far this is the best! Great job Yamaha!!
I understand Yamaha made a conscious decision that the price point they chose for these bikes included a strategy of capturing the 'add-on' dollars many riders would lay down for customization - and it works!! I plan on adding a better passenger seat (wife is only about 105 lbs so she doesn't have a lot of built-in padding for those longer rides), passenger floor-boards to replace the pegs and a few other misc. items. So - add another $500 - $1,000 to what I have already spent. Only problem is Yamaha may not get these dollars.
Bottom line though is that I believe I got the best bang for my buck and ended up with arguably the best cruiser out there without mortgaging the house just to say I have a hawg!
 
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