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Just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas!!! In love!!
« on: Nov 11, 2012, 10:00:58 PM »
Hey everyone,

I just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas Motorsports and rode it to northern VA.  I spent months researching motorcycles online from Tanzania before choosing a Raider.  I wanted a performance cruiser that would be good for taking weekend trips either alone or two-up.  Aside from its killer looks, what sold me on the Raider was its handling prowess for a big cruiser.  I bit the bullet and bought a used 2009 in as-new condition on eBay with low miles and very tasteful mods.  The next step was to send it to Tejas, of course, so they could finish up my dream bike. 

Through Tejas, I added: Tsukayu QR Strong bags and Edge ghost brackets, 240mm rear Avon Cobra, Patrick Racing Big Air kit, V&H 2 into 1 Big Radius exhaust, Kuryakyn rear axle bolt covers, Boulevard Midnight 10.5" windscreen, and full Reaper front fender and chin spoiler from Low and Mean.  I followed Tejas's advice and paid a bit extra to have the painter they work with color-match the bags, fender, spoiler, and windscreen Raven black.  This was an excellent decision because the paint is absolutely flawless and matches the bike perfectly.  I also had them do a performance dyno tune.

When I walked into their service area on 3 November, I rounded the bend towards a bike I had purchased and modified sight-unseen.  I had never even straddled a Raider in a showroom, let alone ridden one, because I live in Tanzania and do not have that luxury.  It was an enormous leap of faith to dive into this project like this but it was a COMPLETE success thanks to the incredible wisdom of this forum and its willingness to post pictures of bikes (I used the pictures to painstakingly pick the mods I wanted).  It was through this forum that I was introduced to Tejas and I will only deal with them in the future.  Their attention to detail and professionalism makes it worth the added expense and logistics (my home leave and R&R is in VA). 

Enough babbling.  Here are some pics!! I LOVE THIS BIKE!!!!!!





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Re: Just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas!!! In love!!
« Reply #1 on: Nov 11, 2012, 10:02:59 PM »
Congrats on the new scoot ;D
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Re: Just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas!!! In love!!
« Reply #2 on: Nov 11, 2012, 10:08:02 PM »
The Team  8)

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Re: Just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas!!! In love!!
« Reply #3 on: Nov 11, 2012, 10:10:12 PM »
On my way to Austin from Highlands (was staying with my brother in Austin) we hit about 5 thunderstorms.  It had been so sunny and warm that I had not bothered to bring my rain gear for the bike pickup.  We never learn, do we?

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Re: Just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas!!! In love!!
« Reply #4 on: Nov 11, 2012, 10:21:43 PM »
Some pics from the ride back to Austin before getting SOAKED.  The only song that was looping in my head was Black Sabbath's "Paranoid".  My subconscious knew it was the only song that fit!  In case you were wondering what my first impressions of the Raider were (and continue to be), here is an excerpt from the email I sent my fiancÚ who lives in Juba, South Sudan (where i am moving to in January):

"My jaw dropped when I saw it and riding it is the most insanely gratifying feeling.  The engine has so much character and so much torque down low that I could not stop doing roll-ons on the highway for no reason other than sheer pleasure.  The sound from the 1900 cc air-cooled v-twin engine with the Vance and Hines 2 into 1 exhaust and Patrick Racing Big Air kit is the sound of the gods.  On deceleration and engine braking, it sounds like a Kenworth 18-wheeler with a Caterpillar engine and dual stacks.  I feel like I am on a chariot to Valhalla when I am riding it.  It makes me want to invade a country.  I can shoot fire from my eyes when I am on it.  No I am not drunk. "

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Re: Just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas!!! In love!!
« Reply #5 on: Nov 11, 2012, 10:27:51 PM »
Congratulations to your Raider. Have fun and ride safe!
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Re: Just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas!!! In love!!
« Reply #6 on: Nov 11, 2012, 11:13:35 PM »
Thanks Sweet Tooth and Wolfraider!!

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Re: Just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas!!! In love!!
« Reply #7 on: Nov 11, 2012, 11:51:26 PM »
Congrats on the new bike!!!!!!! :raider:

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Re: Just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas!!! In love!!
« Reply #8 on: Nov 12, 2012, 01:41:39 AM »
I must say just one thing:   Congrats on getting a Great Ride!
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Re: Just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas!!! In love!!
« Reply #9 on: Nov 12, 2012, 02:42:34 AM »
Black Beauty - congrats.
   

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Re: Just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas!!! In love!!
« Reply #10 on: Nov 12, 2012, 03:37:05 AM »
Looks fantastic!   :raider:
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Re: Just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas!!! In love!!
« Reply #11 on: Nov 12, 2012, 06:10:11 AM »
Congrats on the new ride :thumbs:



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Re: Just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas!!! In love!!
« Reply #12 on: Nov 12, 2012, 06:53:11 AM »
Congrats! It looks really great.  :thumbs:
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Re: Just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas!!! In love!!
« Reply #13 on: Nov 12, 2012, 07:45:22 AM »
Congrats! It looks really great.  :thumbs:

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Re: Just picked up my custom Raider from Tejas!!! In love!!
« Reply #14 on: Nov 12, 2012, 07:57:26 AM »
Congratulations on your new ride.  Have you noticed how the Raider makes your face hurt?  Yep, from that smile that just keeps getting bigger.  Ride safe.