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THIS IS NOT AN HD BASH THREAD.

Just wanted to get that out of the way first and foremost.

I want to know how the stryker fairs vs other cruisers heads up. I'm curious about it's power. My wife is getting a 1300 vstar soon, similar bike, identical engine.
 

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I'm 6'1" and 165 and I'm very satisfied with the amount of power it has. Of course being a guy there is always that desire for something bigger and faster, but its not necessary. I can easily and quickly hit 60 mph in 2nd gear, and running 60 in 5th I can roll on the throttle a bit and it will flat out move, even more so if I downshift. Can't compare it to other cruisers though as I haven't ridden any.
 

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The Stryker is my first bike and i think it has plenty of power. Any more power and i would get myself in troule. Its hard to stay under 90 on the interstate lol
 

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The Stryker is also my first bike! Of course i would love for it to be faster... but i think it is a great bike and very happy with the purchase I made.
 

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While it's not my first bike, of all the cruisers that I sat on/rode prior to getting the Stryker this is the most comfortable. I'm 5'7" and 290 and it has plenty of power and since I don't like going over 65 in my car I don't see a need to do so on my bike. Which is why I got a cruiser over another sportbike in the first place.
 

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The reasons I chose the Stryker over other options:

Ergonomics-It is the most comfortable stock set up I sat on and I sat on a lot of bikes including the Fury, Sabre, and tons of HD's.

Metal vs Plastic: Not sure if this matters but I like the fact the fenders are made of metal which to me indicates higher quality.

Styling: Only the HD CVO models get my heart pounding like the Stryker.

Engine: I sure wish it had the 1835cc that is in the Raider but the 1300cc is more then plenty. Especially after moving from a 800cc.
 

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Gotcha, I was just curious. I saw on another thread about how some guy was killing HDs. Just wanted to see what the general consensu was. I didn't think the Stryker was really made as a cruiser slayer.

Btw, the Raider is 1854ccs, not 1835. :D
 

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midlifecrisis said:
I just guessed. I knew it was 18xx something.
No stress. It's what I ride. I know that bike intimately. I'm just learning the 1300s. Not gonna make it fast though. Just gonna make it look rediculous.
 

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Personally, One of the best cruisers I've ever owned to date. Powerful, Comfortable, Beautiful, Easily Maneuverable and pretty much almost maintenance free! Just keep up with the oil changes and let her rip!

Was gonna go a little bigger (Raider) but my whole reason for getting rid of all my sport bikes is the fact that they gulp more gas then my car and I wanted something good on gas but at the same time I didn't want to sacrifice too much power (Actually was considering a Honda Shadow 750 or a Sportster 883).

I basically use it for my every day commute to and from work 60+ miles and am getting away with about $5.00 a day in fuel! Got rid of the Crotch Rockets due to the fact that they stick out like sore thumbs here and you're guaranteed to get pulled over at least 3 times a month for no reason whatsoever whereas they leave the cruisers alone. I figure as long as I'm traveling cruiser speeds and never going to the track, what the **** am I doing with something that not only eats up a ton of fuel and is very uncomfortable on long rides but, Why do I need smething that can do over 200 mph and risking loss of license or even jail time because I wanna ride? (It's almost impossible to keep a sportbike under 55mph for long periods of time;) )

Again, such a beautiful and comfortable ride and one of the coolest "Metric Choppers" I've ever had the pleasure of riding!


Ummmm... I think I WILL keep her instead of selling her due to unforeseen circumstances. In the words of my wife "What are you nuts?? You only live once so enjoy the little things and you know **** well you're not ever going to get through even a season without a bike"
 

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Matt,

Check out this article where they put a stryker up against a 96" HD rocker: http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/10/88...11-Harley-Rocker-C-vs-2011-Star-Stryker-.aspx.

The Stryker edged out the rocker in their "real world" test of 0-60. I think they conveniently shut it down at 60 mph because the Stryker would have destroyed the rocker in the 1/4 mile.

If you put pipes and air on your wife's 1300, I'd think you would be able to take 95% of the hardleys out there.
 

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SillyFingaz said:
Personally, One of the best cruisers I've ever owned to date. Powerful, Comfortable, Beautiful, Easily Maneuverable and pretty much almost maintenance free! Just keep up with the oil changes and let her rip!

Was gonna go a little bigger (Raider) but my whole reason for getting rid of all my sport bikes is the fact that they gulp more gas then my car and I wanted something good on gas but at the same time I didn't want to sacrifice too much power (Actually was considering a Honda Shadow 750 or a Sportster 883).

I basically use it for my every day commute to and from work 60+ miles and am getting away with about $5.00 a day in fuel! Got rid of the Crotch Rockets due to the fact that they stick out like sore thumbs here and you're guaranteed to get pulled over at least 3 times a month for no reason whatsoever whereas they leave the cruisers alone. I figure as long as I'm traveling cruiser speeds and never going to the track, what the **** am I doing with something that not only eats up a ton of fuel and is very uncomfortable on long rides but, Why do I need smething that can do over 200 mph and risking loss of license or even jail time because I wanna ride? (It's almost impossible to keep a sportbike under 55mph for long periods of time;) )

Again, such a beautiful and comfortable ride and one of the coolest "Metric Choppers" I've ever had the pleasure of riding!


Ummmm... I think I WILL keep her instead of selling her due to unforeseen circumstances. In the words of my wife "What are you nuts?? You only live once so enjoy the little things and you know **** well you're not ever going to get through even a season without a bike"
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It seems like I read this exact same post somwhere before. ;D
 

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Ken Thanks for the article. Nice read but the last paragraph goes to show you HD has brain washed society because after giving the nod to the Stryker they still would pick the rocker to own.

I test drove a rocker bc I like the look but it rides like your on a bull.
 

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KenMcCoy said:
Matt,

Check out this article where they put a stryker up against a 96" HD rocker: http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/10/88...11-Harley-Rocker-C-vs-2011-Star-Stryker-.aspx.

The Stryker edged out the rocker in their "real world" test of 0-60. I think they conveniently shut it down at 60 mph because the Stryker would have destroyed the rocker in the 1/4 mile.

If you put pipes and air on your wife's 1300, I'd think you would be able to take 95% of the hardleys out there.
I read that article a while back along with a video of the two head to head. Dollar for dollar the Stryker beats the Rocker, but even though I love my Stryker (everyone who is a regular knows that ) if money was no factor, the Rocker scores really high. Harley does somethings really better then anyone else if you know your bikes. Their exhaust and sound is unmatched, the paint quality they use is almost custom quality and their chrome is high grade. To bad they spend to much time being repaired. :D
 

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I've had a couple of VTX 1300's and one Honda Shadow 750. I customized both of the VTXs with rakes and wider tires and all that. This biks is by far a better ride and better handling. Shifts smoother than either of my VTXs also. I think off the show room floor it's really good. I have to admit. The rear tire is what drew me into looking at it. Once I drove it. I knew it's the bike I wanted. I drove it on a Friday and bought it the next day.
 

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Cruisers comparison, I've had a Honda 1100 Sabre, an 883 Sportster (which had a nasty suspension that nearly killed my spine) a Harley Fatboy, and a Victory. Ranking the suspension and power, the Victory was the best. The 2012 Stryker is next. It has the best suspension of the other bikes, plenty of power (same horsepower as the Fatboy) handles very good and is the smoothest of any bike I've had. Appearance....the best looking! Mine is black & chrome.
 

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My #1 cruiser of all time is the Stryker. My second favorite: Triumph Thunderbird. (too much repair downtime), or maybe my second-second favorite was my 1998 Honda Valkyrie. I still have a wicked soft spot for the old Valks. After that, my fav ride was a 1300 VStar, followed by Kawi Vaquero that I borrowed from a buddy for a while. The Kawi Vulcan was too underpowered as it was a full dresser and had a funny bar angle. An all round good bike was the Honda Shadow, but the 750 was also too small for me. I loved riding the Harley FatBoy, but would never trust a Harley on the long-haul rides I tend to do. For me the Stryker is the excellent combo of rock-solid reliability + all day comfort + chopper style
 
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