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2006 Yamaha Roadliner S Review: Gotta Luv a "Train"

Motorcycle: 
Year: 
2006
Color: 
Black Cherry
Review Summary: 

The Roadliner is not neccesarily for everyone. The bike is either absolutely beautiful, or butt ugly depending on your point of view. Obviously I think its beautiful. The 1900 cc motor pulls like a frieght train in all five gears, although(you don't need it)  sometimes I think a sixth overdrive would be nice. For a realy big heavy bike it handles very well at low speeds and doesn't feel as heavy as it is ( thanks to a low centre of gravity and an aluminum frame.). This bike is dead smooth and stable as a rock on the highway. However in those parking lots, thanks to being long, and having possibly the widest stock handlebars made, it has the turning radius of a bus.lol.Those wide handlebars tend to turn you in to a human sail at times. The stock seat on the 06 is like most stock seats.Too much foam and someone stole it from a tractor.( modded mine myself). Two up  with all that power and size, you don't even know you got someone back there and I've had people of all sizes on the back. Fit and finish is typical Yamaha. No flaws in the paint and I have no complaints. Most owners say the bike tends to eat back tires, more so in warmer climates. Probably all that torque doesn't help. After owning two liners, everything eles seems cramped, and small. The "Liner is a big long bike with plenty of room to stretch out. The only thing I don't realy like about the stock bike, would be the exhaust system, which looks like someone stole it off a Kenworth! It has a real nice rumble at idle, but sounds like a scooter when you're rollin'. I would not recomend it as a first bike, just because of the weight and power. But if you were looking for a cruiser that is definately different, will stand out in a crowd of cruisers, ride and handle smooth as glass. and haul your ass  accross the country. I'd say,"at least look at a Liner"

Best Features: 
Power, Ride comfort, Room to stretch, handling for a big bike. It is different!
Improvements: 
The seat, A better looking exhaust. better rear tire wear. Availability of aftermarket parts...........
Compares to: 
Bigger than allmost everything, other than the Triumph RocketIII
My Overall Rating: 
5
Power : 
5
Looks: 
4
Handling: 
4
Comfort: 
5
Quality: 
4
Price/Value: 
5
Buy Again?:
Yes
Your Height: 
average
Years Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
3
Miles Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
6,000
Owned: 
currently own
Riding Style: 
around town, commute, with passenger, short trips, long trips
Customized: 
some accessories
Customizations: 

Dragbars, risers,  grips, exhaust, sissybar, backrest, extra chrome..............