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Allo chaps. I recently had the distinct pleasure of sitting on a whole fleet of 2012 Strykers at a yamaha dealer near fort bragg, nc. Needless to say i am just blown away at the beauty of this machine and what feels like excellent craftsmanship. I currently ride a 2003 100th anniversary sportster 1200 with a screamin eagle II kit. I admit i have grown quite fond of the real-deal harley sound... but i'll be selling the beast before long to set myself up for my next bike purchase.

There are many great contenders out there. Vulcans, sportsters, used softails, used vmax's, (i've ruled honda out completely at this point) and so on. But the Stryker really is a one of a kind in my eyes. They do what, upper 60's in horsepower? For a ~650lb bike it should be a good show eh?

So my question. Is this bike REALLY enough bike to pull a guy away from Harley Davidson? They both seem to be great products with excellent fit and finish with tons of features. Have any of you guys made the switch? What did you like best about your Stryker compared to your harley? What do you dislike most about your Stryker? I'll be the first to raise my hand and admit my sportster occasionally has electrical hiccups, for instance.

tl;dr What do you guys like most about your strykers? What do you like least about them? How do you stack them up against Sportster 1200's (if you've ridden both) ?

Thanks guys. Awesome forum overall i might add. :)
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Web mag did a comparison between the stryker and the H-D rocker. They said they were doing 0-60 runs for the first 1-2 Seconds the H-D would jump a head, little higher torque, but the Stryker, little lighter and maybe little more hp, would pull ahead after that. Google Rocker vs Stryker
Had my Stryker cruisin at a buck 10 with head wind and my 245 lb butt on it and there was still plenty of power to go faster but I felt like my helmet was about ready to rip my head off :)
I haven't really found anything I don't like about the bike but then again I only have 2500 miles on it in about 2 1/2 months good of riding weather. Sound could be better but you asked how much to increase power so sound issue is taken care of. The blinkers, I figure you need them so why ***** but there are options for them too. I just thought of one thing that I don't like and a few will agree....... It's the horn, it could have been hidden better, but riding your foot is right there, and the sound of it....
If you are honestly thinking of go for it soon the dealer by where I live jumped the price of a Raider I was drooling over, up 2 grand now that it's nice out
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