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Re: Yamaha Star Raider Review
« Reply #15 on: Aug 04, 2012, 10:04:37 PM »
I think this is a great write up. IMHO....if your goal is to run the 1/4 mile with the V-Rods of the world...it wont take much tweaking to get there, the Raider can run with the best of them. If what you want is to have the best running...looking cruiser around..then the Raider is the one!! If your looking to run all over this great country of ours on your bike...then there are better ones out there for that.
I live in Michigan.....75% percent of my riding is back and forth to work....I go up north from time to time that is about 250 miles one way...I would love a bigger tank and a 6th gear!! I am 52 years old and can give a rats ass if I am the biggest and the badest...I just want to look good getting there.....and the Raider does that better than any other  ;D


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Re: Yamaha Star Raider Review
« Reply #16 on: Aug 05, 2012, 02:58:13 AM »
I think this is a great write up. IMHO....if your goal is to run the 1/4 mile with the V-Rods of the world...it wont take much tweaking to get there, the Raider can run with the best of them. If what you want is to have the best running...looking cruiser around..then the Raider is the one!! If your looking to run all over this great country of ours on your bike...then there are better ones out there for that.
I live in Michigan.....75% percent of my riding is back and forth to work....I go up north from time to time that is about 250 miles one way...I would love a bigger tank and a 6th gear!! I am 52 years old and can give a rats ass if I am the biggest and the badest...I just want to look good getting there.....and the Raider does that better than any other  ;D

 :agree:  Highway, I am gonna steal one of your lines and make just one single digit change.  "I am 59 years old and can give a rats ass if I am the biggest and the badest...I just want to look good getting there.....and the Raider does that better than any other"  ;D

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Re: Yamaha Star Raider Review
« Reply #17 on: Aug 05, 2012, 06:40:41 AM »
I think this is a great write up. IMHO....if your goal is to run the 1/4 mile with the V-Rods of the world...it wont take much tweaking to get there, the Raider can run with the best of them. If what you want is to have the best running...looking cruiser around..then the Raider is the one!! If your looking to run all over this great country of ours on your bike...then there are better ones out there for that.
I live in Michigan.....75% percent of my riding is back and forth to work....I go up north from time to time that is about 250 miles one way...I would love a bigger tank and a 6th gear!! I am 52 years old and can give a rats ass if I am the biggest and the badest...I just want to look good getting there.....and the Raider does that better than any other  ;D

 :agree:  Highway, I am gonna steal one of your lines and make just one single digit change.  "I am 59 years old and can give a rats ass if I am the biggest and the badest...I just want to look good getting there.....and the Raider does that better than any other"  ;D

 :)Me to:  Highway, I am gonna steal one of your lines and make just one single digit change.  "I am 49 years old and can give a rats ass if I am the biggest and the badest...I just want to look good getting there.....and the Raider does that better than any other" IMO  8) 8)


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Re: Yamaha Star Raider Review
« Reply #18 on: Aug 05, 2012, 07:21:14 AM »
The write up is accurate based on my experiance and what I have read on the forum from others. However I mostly use mine to bomb around town and commute to work. It's a great looking fun bike for me. I'm taking my truck for long trips. While riding with some of my neighbors, all harleys, I found out about the headlight. I raised it a little and ride on high beam most of the time.
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Re: Yamaha Star Raider Review
« Reply #19 on: Aug 05, 2012, 09:53:07 AM »
Hello All,

 

4.  Don't expect a v-twin to be really smooth.  I thought the rubber-mounted, counter-balanced Raider motor would be a lot smoother than other v-twins.  It isn't.  It's not bad but don't expect it to ride like a four-cylinder motor.  When you get up to highway speeds, and highway rpm's, you're going to get motor vibration.  It's not unbearable but it's noticeable.  But it also isn't any worse than the other v-twins I've ridden.


Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the engine is hard mounted not rubber .. ???


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Re: Yamaha Star Raider Review
« Reply #20 on: Aug 05, 2012, 10:15:10 AM »
I don't experience anything with my Raider that would have me saying anything negative about it.  Have owned several bikes and rode for many years.  I enjoy it the way it is......... O8O


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Re: Yamaha Star Raider Review
« Reply #21 on: Aug 05, 2012, 01:35:09 PM »
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« Reply #22 on: Nov 14, 2012, 01:40:52 AM »
Great post!

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Re: Yamaha Star Raider Review
« Reply #23 on: Oct 15, 2013, 10:32:19 AM »
I know this is a old topic but I feel that the raider is a great bike but needs a sixth gear bad. And a larger tank. When on the highway doing over 70 the bike feels like it is reving to high. My gas mileage drops dramatically doing 70 or more.

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Re: Yamaha Star Raider Review
« Reply #24 on: Oct 15, 2013, 10:35:58 AM »
I know this is a old topic but I feel that the raider is a great bike but needs a sixth gear bad. And a larger tank. When on the highway doing over 70 the bike feels like it is reving to high. My gas mileage drops dramatically doing 70 or more.

That has been my only complaint since day one! But I knew it when buying it  ;D  :raider:
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Re: Yamaha Star Raider Review
« Reply #25 on: Oct 15, 2013, 11:43:27 AM »
Good honest write-up. Like some of the points mentioned, I have a Mustang seat and rider backrest, pullback handlebars, +3" footpeg extentions, Progressive Rear Spring & Progressive Fork Springs, better grips (ISO) and now find the Raider really comfortable. However, most will say it needs a bigger tank, but for me, after 2 hours riding in the saddle so to speak, I'm ready for a drink etc, so after around 120-140 miles, the range is fine for me.

I also have a V&H 2-1, PowrPro, K&N Filter with Airbox opened up, and Barnett Clutch upgrade, so feel I can run with most, so I'm happy with the power output. Next mod for me is to install the Stratoliner Pulley & Belt to gain more low down power.

I have many other cosmetic mods also, but unless you want the best of all worlds, you will need to delve into your money tree and get certain mods.

Just to say, I have done 2 road trips across your country in 2010/2012 doing over 9500 miles, so like to think I am a decent judge of what's required. I'm planning on another trip next year including the SERR in Maggie Valley.

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Re: Yamaha Star Raider Review
« Reply #26 on: Oct 15, 2013, 12:14:19 PM »
Excellent post. 
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Re: Yamaha Star Raider Review
« Reply #27 on: Oct 15, 2013, 01:21:49 PM »
 :rant:          I think its fine way it is . I believe the engineers got the gearing just right  5th is you OD   Follow the 6 speed HD guys and you will see lot of shifting out of 6th  to pass or clime a hill. We don't need to do that.   When I started riding in 1962   4 speed was what you got. We road all over country with 4 speeds  at interstate speeds  +   on  HD, BMW, Triumphs ,Hondas ,Yamaha,  and others no one seem to think back then we needed more .   
   My 96 300ZX has a 5 speed  I see no reason for 6 or 7 like some of the sports cars have today. 99.8% of public have no need  for 6 or 7 gears   
  We don't need another gear  at interstate legal speed you right on the power band on Raider . I think its silly to redesign a tranny  and the  work to fit to bike and eng  Plus increase in price.    Just to save may be 500 RPM and  loose performance  with out downshifting. 

All that for a extra 1 or maybe 2 MPG .    Yamaha  says Raider gets 41 MPG  Depending on my riding I go 40 to 43   Last winter a large windshield  knocked a couple more off.   Want 6 speed go pay 10 grand more and buy a HD    :rant:     
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Re: Yamaha Star Raider Review
« Reply #28 on: Oct 15, 2013, 01:28:34 PM »
:rant:          I think its fine way it is . I believe the engineers got the gearing just right  5th is you OD   Follow the 6 speed HD guys and you will see lot of shifting out of 6th  to pass or clime a hill. We don't need to do that.   When I started riding in 1962   4 speed was what you got. We road all over country with 4 speeds  at interstate speeds  +   on  HD, BMW, Triumphs ,Hondas ,Yamaha,  and others no one seem to think back then we needed more .   
   My 96 300ZX has a 5 speed  I see no reason for 6 or 7 like some of the sports cars have today. 99.8% of public have no need  for 6 or 7 gears   
  We don't need another gear  at interstate legal speed you right on the power band on Raider . I think its silly to redesign a tranny  and the  work to fit to bike and eng  Plus increase in price.    Just to save may be 500 RPM and  loose performance  with out downshifting. 

All that for a extra 1 or maybe 2 MPG .    Yamaha  says Raider gets 41 MPG  Depending on my riding I go 40 to 43   Last winter a large windshield  knocked a couple more off.   Want 6 speed go pay 10 grand more and buy a HD    :rant:   

 :agree:  I've got a buddy how owns a Dyna LowRider... When we're doin' 80 I'm in 5th and he's in 6th so... he had more shifting to do than I did.   Plus, I didn't buy a Raider for it's gas milage.   And yes... "All that for a extra 1 or maybe 2 MPG"??
 
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Re: Yamaha Star Raider Review
« Reply #29 on: Oct 15, 2013, 01:50:44 PM »
:rant:          I think its fine way it is . I believe the engineers got the gearing just right  5th is you OD   Follow the 6 speed HD guys and you will see lot of shifting out of 6th  to pass or clime a hill. We don't need to do that.   When I started riding in 1962   4 speed was what you got. We road all over country with 4 speeds  at interstate speeds  +   on  HD, BMW, Triumphs ,Hondas ,Yamaha,  and others no one seem to think back then we needed more .   
   My 96 300ZX has a 5 speed  I see no reason for 6 or 7 like some of the sports cars have today. 99.8% of public have no need  for 6 or 7 gears   
  We don't need another gear  at interstate legal speed you right on the power band on Raider . I think its silly to redesign a tranny  and the  work to fit to bike and eng  Plus increase in price.    Just to save may be 500 RPM and  loose performance  with out downshifting. 


All that for a extra 1 or maybe 2 MPG .    Yamaha  says Raider gets 41 MPG  Depending on my riding I go 40 to 43   Last winter a large windshield  knocked a couple more off.   Want 6 speed go pay 10 grand more and buy a HD    :rant:   
U can buy a victory for close to the raiders price with the sixth gear.And I think u would get better than 1 to 2 miles more because I notice a big drop off around 75 and I didn't buy the raider for gas mileage. It would just be nice to get a little better on long trips and not be having the engine rpm so high