Generally speaking, I’m a practical guy. Typically, I’m attracted to practical bikes. Bikes that are multi-purpose: They serve reliably as a commuter. They hold their own when used to run errands. They’re fun for weekend get-aways. And I definitely like bikes that make long-distances go by comfortably. For me, cruisers don’t reflect all those qualities. However, I do like to ride them around town now and then.
So what is it about the Star Motorcycle (Yamaha) Roadliner that snagged my attention?
Although I don’t like to analyze things such as aesthetics (“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”), if forced to elucidate, I guess there is something enticing to me about that “neo-retro” look.
Anyway, after becoming enchanted by the Roadliner for a spell, I found myself adjusting my helmet astride the Stratoliner for a demo ride at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, CA. The Strat is the same bike as the Roadliner, except it’s got some extra goodies: a windshield and saddlebags. “Practical” goodies. The windshield has a quick release function and the saddlebags come on and off, too, so if you want that leaner, Roadliner look, you can have your cake and eat it, too.
The Roadliner/Stratoliner lay claim to Cruising Rider Magazineâ€™s 2006 Bike of the Year. My impression after escorting her around the urban backdrop of Long Beach, CA? Iâ€™d like to take this fine-looking cruiser, adorned with the practical jewels, for a longer weekend jaunt to get a fuller flavor for her sensibilities out in the countryside.