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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.
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Buy the machine that fits your needs, or more likely your desires. In a rather general sense, all V-twin cruisers look alike anyway except Moto Guzzi and the old Honda CX series.
 

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I bought my rig a couple years ago and have been biulding on it ever since. My dad was a Yamaha fan so growing up that it all I rode and they never have let me down. For power, dependability and personal style the Raider can not be beat. I have torn my down to just the motor in my garage so if you have any questions feel free to ask.
 

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Most bike brands today are "beyond dependable" with usually only very specific examples. I really like the build quality of the Star line as it feels like I paid more than I did. Flash and farkle are in line with any quality line as are performance enhancements.

Yamaha is not a fly by night company. They have been building motorcycles since 1954 and the Star line since 1994. These bikes are solidly built and have carryover technology from building full lines of racing and recreational vehicles (Star IS an independent brand of Yamaha Motor Corporation but does share technology and resources).

Star is operated out of the Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA offices in Cypress, California. The motorcycles are designed in the United States (from the Star Wiki). This shows as Star can react to market changes and meet customer demand more accurately than a bike designed in another market.

After buying my 1300 Deluxe, I had money and continue to have money leftover to put fuel in it and ride it.
 

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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.
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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.
 

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My Wife and I went into a new, local Harley shop yesterday looking for boots for her. Anyways looked at a comparable model to my 1300 V Star and about the closest was a Fat Boy Lo. It was nice but it was also about 5k more than what I paid!
 

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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.
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it sounds like you've already sold yourself on it. JUST GO BUY IT ALREADY!!
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I came from an ElectraGlide before the Raider... I don't have any regrets not buying another Harley. The Raider is a beast and does everything I want it to do, and it does it well.
 

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i would go ride Victory's....the local Victory dealer won't let you ride it unless you are sure you want to leave harleys...he says they are SO MUCH BETTER...it hurts most HD loyalist's feelings.


do what YOU WANT.....you gotta either enjoy it...or regret it.
or like you said, flip it later.
 

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The Victory Cross bikes are absolute Cadillacs on two wheels. One of the few oem suspensions I can tolerate. If I end up not being able to customize my Deluxe to my liking, I won't feel bad at all swapping it for a Cross Country.
 

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Do a test ride on a Raider. Once you're on, you'll decide.

Vics? Nice bikes but I only like the x-country tour. Not impressed by the rest (and I've ridden several diff models)
 
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