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After some investigation we ordered up performance parts for my bud's 2008 Yamaha Stratoliner VTX1900 EFI Midnight. The engine has been completely stock since new and is kind of a beast as is. Scott is upgrading to the best "stage 1" available for the bike and yeah, I get to help put it all together :rolleyes:.
1. Baron Stealth Big Air intake 2. Freedom True Duels Racing exhaust(BLK) 3. Power Commander V. 4. dyno tuning by Dyno Solutions

I can't wait to see the number this bike achieves, I'm pretty sure its going to trounce what stage 1 Vics are getting.....but I will keep you posted. Scott is 21 years old, so he'll be real proud to have more Hp and Tq than the old man...lol :wink
 

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Since there is soooo much interest in this I thought I'd update .....lol
Work started on the build last night, Scott just couldn't wait for everything to arrive, so since the Freedom exhaust was dropped at his house yesterday he HAD to get going on it. He worked until very late so using drop lights I "assisted" him to remove the stock exhaust. Later this afternoon we'll mount up the Freedom duels and I'll get a few pics and maybe a sound clip.
 

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Is this the one? Nice looking bike



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BP666VR, no, that is a Honda VTX1300 not a Yamaha Stratoliner 1900.

G'day,

Vinish
 

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This is from a ride we did last year....Scott's is the black bike ...:grin

 

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BP666VR, no, that is a Honda VTX1300 not a Yamaha Stratoliner 1900.

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Oups ..... Smile

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This is from a ride we did last year....Scott's is the black bike ...:grin

I spent about an hour at a rest stop talking to a truck driver that has one of those and absolutely loves his.
I thought about test riding one after talking to him and if I was in the market for another bike I certainly would.
They have an over running clutch so that the back tire never slides on a down shift as well as a bunch of other nice features. It doesn't hurt that Yamaha is consistently number 1 in owner satisfaction either. Nice ride!!
 

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I spent about an hour at a rest stop talking to a truck driver that has one of those and absolutely loves his.
I thought about test riding one after talking to him and if I was in the market for another bike I certainly would.
They have an over running clutch so that the back tire never slides on a down shift as well as a bunch of other nice features. It doesn't hurt that Yamaha is consistently number 1 in owner satisfaction either. Nice ride!!
Scott is the same over his Stratoliner, he loves it. I have ridden it a few times, the big 1900cc engine is impressive, lots of grunt everywhere, it pulls smooth...got to keep a close eye on speed or it'll get away quickly and the bike is more spacious than it looks, when I ride it I don't feel that cramped-ness of being on a Harley or Indian. Where it doesn't compare to the Vic XC is in handling and braking, the big Strat does not like to turn, slow or fast its got to be forced to maneuver, not a bike for flicking around. The brakes feel wooden and slow to stop, with no ABS it can get hairy to haul the Stratoliner down. Then there's the tranny... I have no idea what Yamaha was after for this bike when they geared it. The five speed gear box just does not seem to fit such a big torque monster V-twin.

Anyway work has kind of stalled for now, since the exhaust gaskets got delayed in shipping, Freedom exhaust didn't supply any and none of the area dealers stock them. Of course the kid is having a hissy-fit.....but that what young impatience gets a 21 year old that starts ripping into a project before they have everything to do the project :rolleyes: ....One ends up with no bikey to ride on a beautiful Sunday ....
 

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Scott is the same over his Stratoliner, he loves it. I have ridden it a few times, the big 1900cc engine is impressive, lots of grunt everywhere, it pulls smooth...got to keep a close eye on speed or it'll get away quickly and the bike is more spacious than it looks, when I ride it I don't feel that cramped-ness of being on a Harley or Indian. Where it doesn't compare to the Vic XC is in handling and braking, the big Strat does not like to turn, slow or fast its got to be forced to maneuver, not a bike for flicking around. The brakes feel wooden and slow to stop, with no ABS it can get hairy to haul the Stratoliner down. Then there's the tranny... I have no idea what Yamaha was after for this bike when they geared it. The five speed gear box just does not seem to fit such a big torque monster V-twin.

Anyway work has kind of stalled for now, since the exhaust gaskets got delayed in shipping, Freedom exhaust didn't supply any and none of the area dealers stock them. Of course the kid is having a hissy-fit.....but that what young impatience gets a 21 year old that starts ripping into a project before they have everything to do the project :rolleyes: ....One ends up with no bikey to ride on a beautiful Sunday ....
Been there, done that. Poor guy. This is how he will learn though.
 

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I have to admit this project has been fun, even though the Stratoliner is much more of a pain in the ass to work than a the XC, it was interesting and I feel satisfied. Work was finally wrapped up tonight. We loaded a temporary map provided by Dyno Solutions and fired the big 1900 up. The Freedom Dual exhaust sounded great, very deep and throaty, at idle there's a very distinct sucking sound from each cylinder through the dual Baron air cleaners...cool :cool: Scott took it for a short spin and came back literally jumping with excitement. He threw me the keys and all I can say is the bike is very "woke up". All that's left is to do is get some pics when its actually day light and get the bike on the dyno to dial it in and see those #'s.
 

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Pain thanks for the thread.
Once it is tuned do you think that the owner will part with it long enough for you to go for an extended test ride and report on how capable the bike is as a day touring bike? I was raised on 4 speeds so the 5 speed is no issue for me. I like a bike that is rev'd up and ready to go.
I would be very interested in your opinion of it as a bike to travel on as perhaps a XC replacement down the road.
It is one of the few brands I would consider buying new at this point.
 

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Pain thanks for the thread.
Once it is tuned do you think that the owner will part with it long enough for you to go for an extended test ride and report on how capable the bike is as a day touring bike? I was raised on 4 speeds so the 5 speed is no issue for me. I like a bike that is rev'd up and ready to go.
I would be very interested in your opinion of it as a bike to travel on as perhaps a XC replacement down the road.
It is one of the few brands I would consider buying new at this point.
I've ridden his bike enough to know its absolutely no replacement for an XC, the only area that it "beats" the Vic is in engine performance. Yamaha stopped producing the Stratoliner and its 1900cc V-twin some years ago and there's noting in their current line that's even comparable.
As a "day tripper" the Strat is perfectly capable and Scott being 21 and smaller than me(he's ~5'10" 175lbs) seems to have no problem doing multi-day tours. Oddly, the bike has rear floor boards but the pillion seat is not more than a maxi-pad, its would be torture to put someone back there for more than an hour.
Scott's work schedule is very busy at this time of the year, he has an appointment for the dyno tune on the 13th but its not looking like he be able to get out for it, so I may end up taking it this coming Wednesday. Its an hour ride to the tuner, I'll be able to get a good feel for things and I'll come back with the numbers :cool: .
 

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With the canned map the Stratoliner seems to be running great, here's a couple pics form yesterday sporting the black black Freedom Duals. Once Scott gets it on the dyno I'll post the results and chart



 

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Brake pads

Hey pain has he changed out the brake pads. My 2011 XR front brakes had a sort of wooden feel to them years ago. I switched them out for the EBC HH pads. The EBC HH pads were worth every penny to me. Since then I am on my second set, may not last as long, but definitely worth the swap and money. Bike stops much better for me. I have never changed the rear brake pads, bike now has 46K+ miles on it. Also he could change out the brake lines/hoses for some stainless steel ones, you know performance ones that do not expand as much. Those bikes are very large to me, I know it will not handle has good as our Vics, but maybe you could make it stop a little shorter. .........Side note seen an smaller gentleman get on one, made that bike really look huge, guy said he loved the bike.
 

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@Speedblue I switched to EBC HH pads a few years ago, they are good stuff
 

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The Stratoliner made it to the dyno yesterday scoring: 92hp / 123tq :grin Scott had to ride home from the tuning in a down pour so he couldn't get on it but said what he could feel, felt great.

Here's a vid of the action :)

and the chart
 

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wow that will break the tire loose with ease once he drys out
 

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I've ridden his bike enough to know its absolutely no replacement for an XC, the only area that it "beats" the Vic is in engine performance. Yamaha stopped producing the Stratoliner and its 1900cc V-twin some years ago and there's noting in their current line that's even comparable.
As a "day tripper" the Strat is perfectly capable and Scott being 21 and smaller than me(he's ~5'10" 175lbs) seems to have no problem doing multi-day tours. Oddly, the bike has rear floor boards but the pillion seat is not more than a maxi-pad, its would be torture to put someone back there for more than an hour.
Scott's work schedule is very busy at this time of the year, he has an appointment for the dyno tune on the 13th but its not looking like he be able to get out for it, so I may end up taking it this coming Wednesday. Its an hour ride to the tuner, I'll be able to get a good feel for things and I'll come back with the numbers :cool: .
Thanks Pain.
 
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