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so....as a member of the raider forum and proud owner of a raider, I
am an enthusiast. I have tested the stryker and I think its a nice bike.
There are a few things I didnt like about it but, but overall, it is a good
bike for the money and I believe it will sell well.
 

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I think you nailed it. It's not a perfect bike but I don't think it can be beat for it's price. It's a major upgrade from most entry level bikes for only a coupla $k more.
 

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Yeah, and a lot better than a cheap looking fury.
Sorry, but I've looked them over and the craftmanship
is shotty.
 

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dejablu110 said:
so....as a member of the raider forum and proud owner of a raider, I
am an enthusiast. I have tested the stryker and I think its a nice bike.
There are a few things I didnt like about it but, but overall, it is a good
bike for the money and I believe it will sell well.
In talking with L&M it sounds like Yamaha is expecting big things for it...should only be a matter of time before there is a nice selection of aftermarket parts and accessories.
 

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I was thinking bout getting a Raider but the Stryker fits me better. I'm looking forward to seeing what aftermarket goodies will be available. In defense of the Fury, my best friend has one. Its a nice bike. My biggest gripe is the shaft-drive. I like the look of a chain or belt drive better. I wish the Stryker had more of a tank like the Fury though. Just my 2 cents ;D
 

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I really didnt like the crappy welds, the puny frame, exhaust looks like it should be on
a moped or something.....the sabre isnt bad, but the fury.....no way. The stryker will
appeal to more than the raider will, I believe.... just standing around the yamaha tent
at biketoberfest people just BELIEVE the raider is too big without even trying it. I dont
like that but hey, some are just intimidated by its engine size.
The Stryker is a very comfortable bike and will make alot happy with a 1300cc engine, but
as soon as I seen and rode a raider....I knew it was perfect. I dont like all the plastic
on it though, do like that the side cover is a real air breather, very easy to ride and NOT
intimidating at all......but I didnt find the raider intimidating either......center of balance
makes these yamahas very rideable and approachable.
 

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I test rode a Raider at Thunder on the Beach in Panama City two years ago. It did handle really well. The engine size didnt intimidate me but I am pretty short and the Stryker fits me better. I also looked at the Warrior but had the same problem. LOL
I agree with you on the Fury exhaust. I dont like the exhaust on the Stryker either. I think bike manuf have a contract with after-market pipe makers. They agree to make stock pipes as ugly as possible so buyers will replace them. LOL
 

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It's been slow for raiders actually. I think strykers will be different.....more
of a market for this bike.
 

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I have to agree with this. I'm afraid the Stryker is going to end up with more aftermarket products than the Raider will have. (I am also a Raider rider)

I almost feel like L&M gave up on us Raider riders.
 

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Yamaha seems to be pushing the Stryker more than they did the Raider and the vendors know it too...they have to do what they need to do to make money, unfortunately it may be at the cost of the Raider.

I have also heard that the Warrior will be making a comeback!! 8)
 

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I'm watching Yamaha for something in 2016. Just too conspicuous of a gap in the 2015 models. Hoping they go big and create a kick-ass bagger with all the goodies at a reasonable price but I don't know.
They tend to be price conscious and the extras cost.
If I go bagger I want all the toys at least available as options. 6th speed, great infotainment w/ at least 8" touchscreen, abs, paint matched hard-bags w/ decent storage, detachable trunk, heated grips/seat, electronic cruise control etc. etc.

Love my Yamaha but right now if I went bagger I'd have to look elsewhere :(
 

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Yami Dealer here says something in the works like a Strato Bagger w/the works for 2016. Dealers had a momentary sneak peak a few months ago. Another 4 year old thread HEHE
 
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