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Hi everyone! I'm a soon-to-be Stryker from LA and just wanted to say hi and also drop a couple of questions :)

I'm a new rider (I've ridden scooters back in Europe... yeah give me all the **** you want, I'll take it) but I'm new to the gear shifting, low-riding lifestyle. This week I am about to purchase a 2011 Stryker with 7700 miles for 5000$ and here comes my first question: I intend to use the bike as my main transportation (my girlfriend has a car so I'm safe on that alternative ride lol I know having only a bike is a pain in the ass to say the least), but let's go to the point haha. Is the Stryker a good bike as a daily commuter both for urban and highways/freeways? The main reason for buying it is because I don't want to sit in LA traffic all day, everyday... so I expect riding to be a time saver and I also want a bike with some more power and tank capacity for weekend trips or longer commutes, is the Stryker good for that mix?

Also, how often do you guys have mechanic issues? I plan on giving it a decent maintenance so I hope I'm not transport-less taking it to the mechanic every 2 weeks. Is it a troublesome one? I know it depends on each bike so that's why I'm taking a mechanic to check it before buying it.

Which brings me to my 3rd question, any experienced Strykers in the norcal area who'd be willing to come over and check the bike before I buy it? It's a dealership bike so I assume it shouldn't have many issues, but you never know nowadays (especially being a noob like myself...). Needless to say beers and burgers are on me (or hummus if you're vegetarian ;P).

Lastly, what's the price you'd pay for the bike? It has a backrest and modified exhaust and in general seems to be in decent condition. I'm already broke and I don't plan on being broker lol so I'm gonna try to fair haggle the price down. Also, should I throw in a couple more thousand bucks and buy a newer Stryker or another bike that fits my needs? I don't want to be a cheap ass on the price and end up buying an older bike and wasting thousands more on mechanics and parts when I can put that into a newer bike.

Any advice and help would be highly appreciated guys! I hope the messages I write on the forum next week will be sent seating on my new Stryker if it all goes well :) Thanks!

Teddy
 

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Welcome! I will try to answer a few of your questions and see if others chime in. 5000 for 7700 miles seems reasonable I paid almost 8 for my 2015 with 2252 miles factory stock and no regrets. These bikes are bullet proof assuming they are well cared for and maintained. I would look at the value of the bike in your market then research the cost of the add ones to see if your getting a deal. It sounds like you may be. Dealerships can be hard to talk down as the margins can be tight.instead of lowering the price see if they can throw in some service. Do they offer a warranty?Also consider what you would want to do to improve it. As far a city and hwy this bike can do it all I frequently take mine down to the gas station about a mile from the house just to buy a drink and enjoy the ride. I also take it to work which involves some interstate and it has no problem getting up to speed and with tons of power to spare. I like mine a lot and am considering a second one after I score a raider. I know this doesn’t answer all your questions but I hope it helps. Buy it it’s worth it if it’s sound and clean.
 

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Hi everyone! I'm a soon-to-be Stryker from LA and just wanted to say hi and also drop a couple of questions :)

I'm a new rider (I've ridden scooters back in Europe... yeah give me all the **** you want, I'll take it) but I'm new to the gear shifting, low-riding lifestyle. This week I am about to purchase a 2011 Stryker with 7700 miles for 5000$ and here comes my first question: I intend to use the bike as my main transportation (my girlfriend has a car so I'm safe on that alternative ride lol I know having only a bike is a pain in the ass to say the least), but let's go to the point haha. Is the Stryker a good bike as a daily commuter both for urban and highways/freeways? The main reason for buying it is because I don't want to sit in LA traffic all day, everyday... so I expect riding to be a time saver and I also want a bike with some more power and tank capacity for weekend trips or longer commutes, is the Stryker good for that mix?

Also, how often do you guys have mechanic issues? I plan on giving it a decent maintenance so I hope I'm not transport-less taking it to the mechanic every 2 weeks. Is it a troublesome one? I know it depends on each bike so that's why I'm taking a mechanic to check it before buying it.

Which brings me to my 3rd question, any experienced Strykers in the norcal area who'd be willing to come over and check the bike before I buy it? It's a dealership bike so I assume it shouldn't have many issues, but you never know nowadays (especially being a noob like myself...). Needless to say beers and burgers are on me (or hummus if you're vegetarian ;P).

Lastly, what's the price you'd pay for the bike? It has a backrest and modified exhaust and in general seems to be in decent condition. I'm already broke and I don't plan on being broker lol so I'm gonna try to fair haggle the price down. Also, should I throw in a couple more thousand bucks and buy a newer Stryker or another bike that fits my needs? I don't want to be a cheap ass on the price and end up buying an older bike and wasting thousands more on mechanics and parts when I can put that into a newer bike.

Any advice and help would be highly appreciated guys! I hope the messages I write on the forum next week will be sent seating on my new Stryker if it all goes well :) Thanks!

Teddy
Teddy,
Welcome! I’ve owned mine since November 2013 bought new, aside from tires, brakes, oil changes, yearly belt adjustment. I’ve had zero issues. Just recently had new fork seals done. I’m just about ready to turn 28,000 miles. Still on original battery too! Before you buy it remove the seat and look at the ECU (computer module) it’s covered by a rubber boot-pull it out and see if it has a sticker on it that says Ivan’s performance, if so that is a good thing! Will save you about $400!
If it doesn’t you’ll want to save for the “flash” or “tune”. One of the best things I’ve done. www.ivansperformanceproducts.com check out his site it will explain all that he does to retune the Stryker. Made it so much more enjoyable to ride.
great bike for daily commute!
5k to me sounds like a fair price especially in CA. Iron horse has many great points.
Most weird issues that have come about were due to a bad battery!
Rear tires on this bike is a yearly change for me, about 6-9k out of a tire. So far the cobra 240 rear tire has lasted the longest and performed the best for me. I’m at 8k with it and will get the rest of this season out of it. There is limited aftermarket parts for it but enough for you to personalize it to your taste! I will keep mine until i can’t ride no more!
 

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Welcome from Minnesota. I have a 2015 Bullet Cowl. I paid 7800 for it and the previous owner had already spent a few thousand on upgrades. It can take a little getting used to as it is a longer bike. Take it to a parking lot and practice your slow speed turns. I drive mine daily and absolutely love it.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys! They are definitely helpful, although I lost my chance with that one I found a new one I’m getting this weekend so it all looks good.
I’ll have to add a couple of things to it but I’ll do it with time, I don’t want to go broke straight away 😆
I will update you with photos when I get the bike, enjoy your Strykers in the meantime and be safe!
 

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Thanks for the replies guys! They are definitely helpful, although I lost my chance with that one I found a new one I’m getting this weekend so it all looks good.
I’ll have to add a couple of things to it but I’ll do it with time, I don’t want to go broke straight away 😆
I will update you with photos when I get the bike, enjoy your Strykers in the meantime and be safe!
Hey AntoTeddy, I'm on the border of Glendale/Eagle Rock; what section are you in?
 
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