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Howdy,

One of my students decided to buy a Yamaha Stryker... I tried it out and have to confess, I am all over the place when it comes to choosing a new bike! There are so many models to choose from now and I am kinda torn! Here are his thoughts (and to an extent, my own) on the bike:

At a Glance: 2014 Yamaha Stryker - Hoppy's Last Hurrah

Any advice? I am looking to buy for spring... so am open to any considerations....

Cheers,

BSJ
 

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What do you intend to use a cycle for?
My thoughts on a cruiser style is looks good. But dirt roads and loose gravel the front tire will wash out, not fun. Street only. I never really found my Intruder comfortable. But more my riding style having had dual and dirt only bikes before. My TW is FUN all the time. Never owned any other street bikes rode some but don't recall much about them.
 

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What do you intend to use a cycle for?
My thoughts on a cruiser style is looks good. But dirt roads and loose gravel the front tire will wash out, not fun. Street only. I never really found my Intruder comfortable. But more my riding style having had dual and dirt only bikes before. My TW is FUN all the time. Never owned any other street bikes rode some but don't recall much about them.
Truthfully, I turn any bike into something that fits my needs. I have enjoyed being able to go off road with the TW though so that is something I need to consider when looking to buy new next spring. The Stryker isn't for me despite the fact that several years ago I probably would have hoped on one and rode off into the sunset... but then again, if I had the luxury of owning more than one bike I'd have to take a harder second look.
 

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Truthfully, I turn any bike into something that fits my needs. I have enjoyed being able to go off road with the TW though so that is something I need to consider when looking to buy new next spring. The Stryker isn't for me despite the fact that several years ago I probably would have hoped on one and rode off into the sunset... but then again, if I had the luxury of owning more than one bike I'd have to take a harder second look.
I've never been satisfied with a stock bike. Any bike. Some just need more mods than others. Though I have 30-35 bikes at any given time, I only ride 3 on a regular basis, Tdub, Tdub2, and the CB550. I'll ride Pirate quite a bit when she is back together. Tdub is pretty much stock other than a XT clutch, 0-ring chain, 15/52 sprockets, homemade rack, brush guards, LED and HID lights, custom seat, aluminum bars, gel grips, and rectangular mirrors. Practically nothing on Tdub2 is stock. Some electrical and ignition parts, and some hardware, but that's about it. Same for Pirate. The CB looks deceptively stock with the original paint and exhaust and period accessories such as rack, mini case guards, and hard bags, but she has dozens of mods to make her a better, safer tourer, ranging from double discs to 712cc bore and stroke to Progressive suspension, to a custom seat.

The others are collectibles/investments in stock original showroom condition, with a few in various states of repair to be flipped for profit. Every now and then I'll pull out a few of the stock bikes for a show or parade, but they are generally too valuable and irreplaceable to risk riding on the street.
 

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Nice! As it stands I can only afford to have two bikes because the T-Dub is listed for off road only in my neck of the woods... meaning the plates are just $90.00 as opposed to $360 per year (not including insurance of course). A regular sized bike will cost me $580 a year just for the license plate! :-( Anyways, I always feel guilty when I use to have more than one bike and one hardly got used.
 

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Another reason to hate socialism.

Annual plates, $80/bike. Insurance, $180/year on the first, $90 on the second, $45 on the third, the collectables don't have plates, but are covered against non-highway loss by homeowners. Tow vehicle insurance covers load in route to parades and shows, $15 each full coverage for parades, $10 each full coverage for shows, no engine running. It's more of a jump-through-the-hoops than an expense, but every hillbilly thinks just because you have a showroom classic you have a ton of money and don't mind getting sued. Saw a hillbilly duck under a rope, take a "KEEP OFF" sign off a bike, get on, fall off, then threaten to sue the owner. Several other people with bikes in the show took the hillbilly aside and "convinced" him otherwise. Takes a long time for the hands to stop hurting after a "convincing", what with getting old and all. Pretty much why I don't do shows anymore.
 

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Another reason to hate socialism.

Annual plates, $80/bike. Insurance, $180/year on the first, $90 on the second, $45 on the third, the collectables don't have plates, but are covered against non-highway loss by homeowners. Tow vehicle insurance covers load in route to parades and shows, $15 each full coverage for parades, $10 each full coverage for shows, no engine running. It's more of a jump-through-the-hoops than an expense, but every hillbilly thinks just because you have a showroom classic you have a ton of money and don't mind getting sued. Saw a hillbilly duck under a rope, take a "KEEP OFF" sign off a bike, get on, fall off, then threaten to sue the owner. Several other people with bikes in the show took the hillbilly aside and "convinced" him otherwise. Takes a long time for the hands to stop hurting after a "convincing", what with getting old and all. Pretty much why I don't do shows anymore.
I don't think that is socialism... I think it is Quebec. $15.00 to register any motorsyckle for the road and I pay similar insurance to you here in Yukon.
 

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I don't think that is socialism... I think it is Quebec. $15.00 to register any motorsyckle for the road and I pay similar insurance to you here in Yukon.
When he said Socialism I thought he was talking ABOUT Quebec, hence why I didn't correct him!! :rolleyes:

Yeah, we are the only province on the planet to my knowledge that screws bikers the way it does here! :icon_shaking2:
 
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