I have sold my Harley and want badly to stray from the herd and go my own way and buy a Raider. I've been a Harley rider, builder, buyer/flipper, enthusiast for so long its almost a scary jump........however, coupled with inferior design, lack of power and technology, I just can't justify the outrageous pricing on the harley product.
I'm told the Yamaha's are beyond dependable, easy to ride and my personal favorite ..... the 1900cc motors will spank most any Harley......
I guess I'm just looking for good solid reasons to make my switch to the Yamaha family. Any input is appreciated.
Here's the best I can do;
Buddy of mine has an '03 Wideglide, the grandchild of the legendary FXR frame, someone correct me if I get it wrong. He had a fat boy front wheel on for awhile for looks and went to the slim front of a softail custom. Said it made an enormous difference in handling. 88 motor, 5 speed, LOUD pipes. Light, nimble, quintessential Harley, right?
So, long story short, I'd been kinda itching to take it for a ride but, haven't gotten around to it. However, we did have occasion for me to let him ride my Strat because I have a tour pack in addition to bags and he was picking up a bunch of small parts for work.
I was expecting something along the lines of 'like the motor but it's a pig compared to my Harley'.
he was very humble about it. Much smoother ride, loved the motor, as I'd guessed, and...said it handled WAY better than his glide.
Take it FWIW.
Other than that, most of my other ride buddies are all 100% HD, period, end of story. With few exceptions, they all respect the Strat, compliment the reliability and power and even the looks and there is even the occasional comment that they thought about it, a Jap big twin. But, absolutely to a man, they are HD to the end, no matter what.
It's the brand, the history, the American made, all that. And, like they have no problem riding with me, I respect that, period, end of that story. I will end up someday, I think, with a Roadglide and pipes and get into the MY Harley thing.
And it will sit in the garage next to the Strat when I'm not riding. And I'll take the HD on long trips and the Strat for most everything else.
Follow your heart, dude.