2012 Yamaha Stryker Muscular Stylish

The 2012 Yamaha Stryker muscular, forward-lunging look reinterprets iconic custom “chopper” styling for the 21st century. High-end looks without the high-end price tag. The Yamaha Stryker tank is sculpted in a slight arch, with a new instrument dash located in the center of the handlebar. The bike works the custom styling with chopped metal fenders that fit as tightly as possible to low-profile tires, and showcases a riding position that has the rider sitting “in” the bike, with feet forward and arms out in front, at one with the motorcycle. The 2012 Stryker is gutsy 1304cc, fuel-injected liquid-cooled V-Twin engine churns out the inspired, big-engine feel riders will love. Even with its radically raked out front end, Stryker has the superbly nimble and lightweight handling that choppers and mid-class competitors can only dream about.

The 2012 Yamaha Stryker low seat height (26.4 inches) allows riders to put both feet on the ground and helps provide this bike’s natural, relaxed and comfortable riding position. The wide 210-series rear tire and chopper-inspired 21-inch front wheel reinforce the muscular styling of the Stryker bike. No cheap plastic fenders here this authentic cruiser has real steel fenders customizers love. Classic belt drive, too. Get started on your own customization with two trim packages in high-quality chrome, or an aggressive looking, blacked out package.

The 2012 Stryker delivers handling unmatched in this mid-size custom cruiser segment. And the steering head that is visible on this double-cradle steel frame helps give the bike its lean, lightweight image. The Stryker chassis features 6° yoke and raked triple clamps combine to provide a total of 40° of fork rake. This achieves the aggressive raked out styling image and solid straight-line performance you’d expect, while at the same time providing light, nimble handling characteristics, even at low speeds. Seat height is low, just 26.4 inches, letting the rider feel in rather than on the bike when riding, and enjoy having both feet planted firmly on the ground when stopped.

With Steel fenders rather than cheap plastic fenders found on some competitors are one of this bike’s authentic cruiser features. Steel fenders are ideal for customizers who want to cut, chop or modify their bikes. The relaxed riding position is complemented by the carefully chosen handlebar position, which puts the rider’s arms comfortably level with the horizon, with a “fists-punching-the-wind” attitude. When Yamaha Stryker is parked, it’s sure to draw attention. Precision machined details abound, like the slit pattern in the headlight and meter. The rear fender over the wide rear tire is richly sculpted. It’s clear that this is no run-of-the-mill cruiser. Cast wheels have low profile tires. A wide 210-series rear tire and 21-inch front wheel add to the aggressive attitude of the bike.

The Yamaha Stryker performance engine features 80-cubic-inch (1304cc) liquid-cooled, single overhead cam 60-degree V-twin with dual counterbalancers offers plenty of smooth performance. With computer-controlled twin-barrel fuel injection provides optimal mixture whatever the temperature or altitude. Ignition and fuel injection maps are optimized for Stryker’s performance character. Four valves per cylinder (36mm intake, 32mm exhaust) provide optimum combustion efficiency; roller rocker arms reduce friction for better performance and reduced wear. Stryker makes ceramic-composite cylinder sleeves contain 100mm forged pistons for excellent durability and longevity. 9.5:1 compression ratio and aggressive cam timing produce plenty of power across the board and a distinctive exhaust note.

The exhaust system, designed specifically for Stryker, adds to the awesome look of this bike while also optimizing its engine performance and it has a magnificent exhaust note. Sly cooling system routes liquid through hidden hoses and internal engine passages for air-cooled looks and liquid-cooled performance. Oil filter is easy to get to but also tucked nearly out of sight for clean, pure looks. Yamaha Stryker smooth-shifting five-speed transmission feeds power to an efficient, low-maintenance belt drive. Forged connecting rods ride a single crankpin for true V-twin sound and power.


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