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Old 06-14-2017, 10:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Gang,

My name is Timothy Craney. I just bought a used white 2013 Stryker. So here's the thing, I have never ridden a motorcycle before. Wanted to for 30 years, but for medical reasons I couldn't. Well two years ago, those issues were mitigated. Then three weeks ago my wife and I were in Paris, and I fell in love again...there were motorcycles everywhere! I told my wife right then, I love you ... and I am getting a motorcycle.

As soon as I laid my eyes on the Stryker, I knew this was going to be my bike. I read many of your entries, including those whose first bike was likewise a Stryker.

So, two weeks ago I got my permit. Last week I finished reading the MTC manual. Yesterday I got my bike! Friday I actually go to MTC school, and Sunday I am reborn!

Probably not the order I should have gone in. But it's the decision\s I made. I also know this is a powerful bike. So I am going to take it really slow, keep listening to you guys, and grow into my bike. Any words of wisdom or direction, I am all ears. Thanks for making this forum possible.
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Old 06-15-2017, 02:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum from Highlands, TX
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Congrats and Welcome, I'm one of those that the Stryker is the first bike ever. No complaints or regrets whatsoever. Take it easy and enjoy!
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Welcome! Stryker was my first bike as well. The only other bike I've had a chance to ride so far was a 100ci Victory Vegas Jackpot. I'd pick the Stryker between the two any day.
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Welcome to the forum! Stryker is my first bike as well after many years of "orphanage" (I had a bike when I was in a high school). I've had it since last October, put about 5000 miles on it since that and looking to adding many more. You will enjoy it! Congrats on your return!
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Congrats on the bike and welcome to the forum.
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Old 06-15-2017, 06:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Congrats and welcome , not sure I would have recommended the Stryker as a first bike but you could do alot worse. I could see its size and maneuverability taking more getting use to than a smaller more standard bike. Im still getting use to wheel being so far out front and hitting the pegs so easily cornering.
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Welcome - you bought the bike I wish I would have bought half a decade ago. I've been through a bunch of bikes lately and the Stryker is the best of the bunch, no doubt. The Stryker is nice and low, well balanced and not obscenely overpowered. It's the perfect first bike, and also the perfect last bike (in my opinion)

In a way you have an advantage - you haven't had years of developing bad riding skills and won't be overconfident.

The best thing that I've done to help with my riding skills has been to watch this video a few times. The part about how our instincts in a corner, for example, are exactly WRONG and need to be consciously practiced counter to what we feel is invaluable.

Practice, take it slow, and have a ton of fun. Always ride your own ride - don't be pressured by others to exceed your comfort level.

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Practice, take it slow, and have a ton of fun. Always ride your own ride - don't be pressured by others to exceed your comfort level.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OQF7tygAi0
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Welcome amigo. In my case the Stryker wasn't my first but it had been about 25 years since I got on a motorcycle, and believe me I had nothing to show from my previous life. The Stryker is fast and strong but I found it very friendly to learn on (again). If you can, get Ivan's flash as soon as you can to smooth out the bike from the "herky jerky's" it brings from factory.

AND.... do take the time to watch the video Dreager posted, its very, very helpful. I watch it about twice a year just to gauge where I am skillwise. The more you practice, the more sense you'll make of what it teaches. It will speed up your skills.
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welcome from MD! i basically did the same thing (only it was class then desire then bike), so far so good
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