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Title: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Jun 26, 2009, 12:15:10 am
I was at bike night last night and I had a group of 5 guys checking out my bike.  I was standing a good 10' away but could hear everything that was said.  I heard them talking and saying that they really liked the looks of my bike and they were looking at everything that I have done to my bike and saying a lot of great things about it.  One of the guys pointed out the Yamaha logo on the dash and then they all pointed their noses in the air.  HD snobs, the worst kind in my eyes. They were all posers.  If they knew anything about the Raider and the engine size, the way the bike handles ect, they wouldn't have said "OH it's a Yamaha".  Once they found out it was a Yamaha one of them said Yamaha or not is was a killer looking bike.  The other four started to laugh at his remarks.  What a bunch of a$$holes.  Once again posers.  My bike was better looking then 3/4 of the bike there and I just had to laugh.  They all loved the way the bike looked and were all saying great things until they saw it was a Metric.  Most of the guys I ride with that are not in our SoCal Raider group are Harley guys and yes they gave me sh-t for not purchasing a Harley but after they got over it being a Yamaha and they raced me on the open road and in the canyons, they all shut up about it not being a Harley.  If most of these guys knew anything about the mechanics of these great bikes and then they rode our bikes they would have a different thought.  I call my Raider the HD eater and would be more then happy to race any of them.  Point being once again out of 100% of the Harley guys out there I would say that 65% are all a bunch of posers anyways.  Be proud of what you ride guys because IMO Harley will always have a place deep in my soul but Harley has over priced their bikes and even know the mechanics side has gotten better, they still break down and the chrome totally sucks.  They pay top dollar for a bike that is not the best built bike on the market.  I paid $ 10,450 OTD for my bike and you couldn't get a Harley that can match the engine size or the style for under $ 20,000.  If my bike had a HD logo on it, it would have sold for over $ 25,000 easy.  I have a buddy that build a true custom and it was featured in Easy Rider.  He has nothing but great things about my bike and even this guy tells me that the HD thing is a bunch of crap. I am passionate about bike period, Metic, American whatever, as long as it runs great and looks great I can find something good to say about it, not OH it's a metic.  I sometimes wonder if I would have purchased a HD and had put 27,000 miles on it in one year like I have done on my bike, just how good the HD would have held up.  LOL  I already know the answer to that question because the last time I was in my local HD shop, they has brand new bike on the showroom that had oil on the floor under them.  I just have to laugh and share this story.
Later
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: EraserX33 on Jun 26, 2009, 12:55:18 am
Don't need to convince me brother... I love this thing.  I could give a rats azz what anyone else thinks.

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: THUNDER on Jun 26, 2009, 12:56:52 am
+1
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cornfed biker on Jun 26, 2009, 01:10:02 am
You couldn't budge me from my raider, Love the look, the performance, and that little look of jealousy in the eyes of those hogs.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: mschmidt on Jun 26, 2009, 02:57:41 am
I had a similar thing happen to me at a recent bike night.  Three guys stood around looking at my bike for a while.  They were decked out in HD decor from head to toe.  They were clueless.  I walked over to my bike, knowing this had great entertainment potential.  One of them asks me, "Is that a Harley?"  I responded,"I don't know, you're the one wearing the T-Shirt"  He just turned around and walked away.  One of his buddies finally found the Yamaha cover on the engine, then said it was a nice bike and they moved on.  Five minutes later another HD fashion icon walks up and asks how much money I had in my sportster.  WHAT?  Are you freakin' serious?  It kills me! 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rob06 on Jun 26, 2009, 05:50:13 am
if we had a dime every time this happened, very shallow minded, just cant handle the overflowing tough looks,the intimidating power house, maybe its the perfection in the chrome or paint, who knows all i can say it ha ha i got one and you dont loser, now step back before you slobber on my sled :D   :D  :D  :D Freakin cheese ball
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Jun 26, 2009, 06:10:32 am
The way I look at it, they are just realizing the error they made and don't want to admit it.  There is a lot of peer pressure among HD riders and some guys just can't handle it any other way than by putting us and our rides down.  It is their way of feeling superior even when they know they aren't.

Ride that thing!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: sfcrick on Jun 26, 2009, 07:42:23 am
I'm a Star snob, and couldn't give a rats ass about a guy who bought a HD. I see'em all day long and just ride on and let them stew in their own mental turmoil.

I'm having fun and know the Star line of bikes are far better than HD. Well except for that pesky oversite by Star for NOT having a touring 113" powered bike.

Misery loves company....that's the reason they have to go in groups.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jun 26, 2009, 08:05:32 am
My fave thing is to be at a light and have a guy wetting his window with drool. And then have to snap out of it when the light turns green.. errr doh..  :drool:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ldbaize on Jun 26, 2009, 08:10:35 am
I feel you brother, had this happen too many times.  If they just knew how stupid they look snubbing a bike they just drooled all over! LOL!  I just think...If I paid that much and had a Harley...realized what I COULD HAVE HAD...well guess I'd be jeolous too!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Pyro515 on Jun 26, 2009, 08:16:30 am
The way I look at it, they are just realizing the error they made and don't want to admit it.  There is a lot of peer pressure among HD riders and some guys just can't handle it any other way than by putting us and our rides down.  It is their way of feeling superior even when they know they aren't.

Ride that thing!!

I totally agree... Another thing I think is really funny how right away these posers say why'd you buy a copy?... Copy my butt! I wanted a V-Twin bike, not a harley or a yamaha or a honda or even a victory. I just wanted a V-Twin bike, sat on a ton until I found the raider, and I never looked back... :)

I think it is funny that you don't hear the Honda sportbike guys saying, why did you buy that Suzuki when it it is just a copy of mine!!   

I think the american built thing and the copy thing are ways to put down our bikes because it is the only things they can say... They know we have a superior motor, better build quality, better paint, and better reliability.

Ride Proud! :)

Mike
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cwa on Jun 26, 2009, 08:48:30 am
The sack kicker is when a couple rides up on a harley and the guys girl gets off the bike and walks straight up to me to tell me how Beautiful my Raider is.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 26, 2009, 09:13:42 am
I totally agree... Another thing I think is really funny how right away these posers say why'd you buy a copy?...

... or they say it's a "wannabe".  I always tell them that if this were true...first, I'd have to slow it waaay down.  Then, I'd have to start loosening nuts and bolts so that fluids start dripping/leaking out all over.  Then I'd have to do something to the motor mounts so that the entire bike would vibrate so bad that my arms and hands would go numb.

It's not a wannabe... it's a betterthanbe. 

Idots !!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rummy on Jun 26, 2009, 09:35:49 am
One of the first things I did, was to remove all the Star/Yamaha markings from my bike. Not because I was embarrassed to be riding a metric, but because I wanted to keep these idiots guessing. When I'm asked what kind of bike it is, I just simply tell them it's the bike of my dreams. When they ask me what the 113 on the side cover stands for, I simply tell them it means the same as the 96 on the side of yours only bigger. When they ask me what type of gains I got with the spike air intake, I just simply tell them, I don't know I haven't put it on the dyno yet but if I were you I wouldn't challenge me to a dual cause you're gonna get smoked. Here endeth the lesson from the book of Star Chapter 1 verses 1,2, & 3.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jun 26, 2009, 09:57:52 am
Waddith he saidith  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: bombsquadmike on Jun 26, 2009, 10:14:03 am
I have had this happen more than one occasion myself, but the thing that kills me is the idiots who do the whole "Jap crap" thing and load their over priced HD into a trailer after yet again something went wrong and their HD can't go on the ride and the trailer which their  HD baby is in is pulled by a damn Toyota or a Nissan. WELL YOU SHOWED ME, NOW I"M IN MY PLACE. :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cornfed biker on Jun 26, 2009, 10:31:49 am
+10
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Jun 26, 2009, 10:35:53 am
I have a favorite experience involving the other American V-twin.  They were having a factory ride-in at a nearby dealership when I pulled into the parking lot.  There was the big truck, a tent, and a line of about 20 bikes on display.  I had gone to the dealership for another reason and just parked some distance from the event and went into the shop.  When I came out later nobody was looking at the other bikes but six folks were plenty interested in my Raider.  The three guys under the tent were fuming.  Their body language could be heard a hundred yards away.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Starky on Jun 26, 2009, 10:35:58 am
My girlfriend actually got me into street bikes, before that I was all about the dirt.  So when it came time to start looking for a bike I knew exactly what I wanted.  Didn't even know that the Raider existed yet.  I was looking for a laid back chopper type bike.  Didn't matter who made it but custome was going to be my last out.  I had the funds to buy whatever bike I wanted and I tried all the Harleys and none of them felt right.  About the time I started looking at the Raider, I was also looking at the Rocker.  It just didn't make any sense.  Even before riding either bike, the numbers didn't match up.  All the raider's numbers were far above the Rocker except the price.  Anyway, I rode the Raider and never looked back.
One the other hand, my girlfriend has a brand new Harley.  She started out on a Honda Shaddow and was told by her X that she would never be able to handle a bike like a Harley.  Now he's still riding a Honda and she has her Harley.  The good thing is, she knows the Harley is all nestalgia and would never put down another bike.  
Anyway, I have been lucky that most of the Harley guys that come up and ask me about my bike are truley impressed with the bike itself and don't put their noses up when they find out it's a Yamaha.  Some of them even get that "I should have had a V-8" look.  
Knowing Yamaha, they will discontinue the Raider and we will have million dollar bikes.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Starky on Jun 26, 2009, 10:39:44 am
We're going on a Harly sponsered ride this weekend that starts out from the HD dealership.  I'm going to be sure we get there early and I'm going to try and get in the lead part of the group.  This is going to be an awesome weekend.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Jun 26, 2009, 01:17:29 pm
I am sure that everyone on this site will have a similar story to tell and I knew this thread would get some great postings on it.  The V8 look on there faces was a classic comment and yes I have seen that look on guys faces before.  It really doesn't matter to me what the HD crowd has to say one way or another but I always find it to be very funny to listen and see the looks on ther faces. 
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Starky on Jun 26, 2009, 02:50:58 pm
The funny thing is...after you tell them what you paid for it and how much power it has and how smooth it is, they're only come back is, "but it's not a Harley."   :shrug:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: johnnydinla on Jun 26, 2009, 02:56:33 pm

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first, I'd have to slow it waaay down.  Then, I'd have to start loosening nuts and bolts so that fluids start dripping/leaking out all over. 
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Now that's as funny as much as it is true....  :D  I'm going to have to steal that line...
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Jun 26, 2009, 06:36:08 pm
I want to keep this at the top of the list to hear more great stories
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jun 26, 2009, 08:38:31 pm
I got a honda gathering just a few hundred feet from my front door.. One little ride by and Im drumk a s a snknonk and the toast of the town.. boowt.. err woot.. they REall;Y love my Raider. Thank god I could walk home. O8O
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jun 26, 2009, 08:43:16 pm
I drack mdy self upp.. shoooo.. neeada onother drimk.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 26, 2009, 09:18:44 pm
My favorites:
1.  I pull into an HD dealer to look for something and park about 30 yards from the door.  When I get to the door two of the younger employees come up and say, and I quote "Dude, that's the baddest looking Nighttrain I've ever seen...what the hell did you do to it."  I simply replied go take a closeup look of it and then you'll really be impressed.  The look the bike over practically drooling, then they both notice the Yamaha on the left side of the motor...both pause, look at each other and drop their heads in shame.   Freakin hilarious.  As we walked back to the doors I jokingly asked if they had anything as baddass inside...neither would even reply.

2.  I'm riding around campus and pull up to an Rocker with that stupid looking rear seat.  The girl on the back turns out to be one of my favorite student's.  She realizes its me and jumps off her boyfriends and gets on mine and teasingly says to him, "This one's cooler!  See you at home."  The guy, decked in everything HD looked totally crushed.  We took about a 1/2 hour ride before I brought her home.  He was standing in the door looking like he wanted to kill me.   ;D

3.  We go to a bike night with a buddy on his new Ironhorse.  I got a ton more looks and interest than he did.  On the way home I kicked the crap out of a friends brand new ironhorse (111c.i.) in 3 stoplight races until he looked like a beaten dog.  He paid more than twice as much for his than I did for mine.  And was furious he couldn't take me in looks or power.

4.  A friend decides to sell his Buell and his wife's honda for new bikes.  He buys her a Victory 8-ball (I almost bought one instead of the raider) and himself a one year old Nighttrain with VH  2-2 redius pipes and ECM upgrades.  He wouldn't even look at metrics or the triumph rocket III (which probably would be the best bike for him since he's 300lbs.  Says we want to buy American and that he doesn't need a ton of power.  I'm thinking, she drives a landrover, had a honda, and your restoring a POS Toyota Landcruiser rather than a jeep (which I drive).  We go for a ride and he immediately notices he can't keep up with the raider.  Its faster, sounds better/louder and handles the curves better.  His nighttrain pops & backfires more than any harley I've ever seen.  The wifes Victory breaks down 30mi into the ride (the 2nd time in 3 days).  We have to put her's in the back of a truck to get'er home.
    Back at their place, he gets a call from the Ironhorse guy mentioned above and I overhear him say "I can't f'ing keep up with the wife and don't even ask about that f'ing metric of Jimmy's."  Then he says  "Yeah I think I need to get a big engine kit."  If he'd have taken the time to actually think outside of HD he might not have wasted $15,000 on a bike that's gonna take another $5000 to catch my Raider.  I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. 

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: WilCon on Jun 26, 2009, 10:03:47 pm
My last fun cruiser story like that is old. I ride with a lot of sport bike/ sport touring guys. I could have ridden to the inside of my buddy who rides a Ducati Monster many times. He stopped asking me to go.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cornfed biker on Jun 26, 2009, 10:19:17 pm
Crap, I don't have a story yet, can someone loan me one of yours?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Jun 26, 2009, 10:53:19 pm
Capt_Zoom
Great stories brother.
I love it.
Once again these HD possers crack me up.
I still have a true love for some Harley's but once again the Raider is the best bang for the buck in every area.
Everytime I pull my bike somewhere and stand back, guys and gals just look it over and make great comments.
I went for a cup of coffee at my local coffee house this morning and I had two girls say to me, beautiful bike.
For once I think I would have to say that these women that know nothing about HD's or metrics just gave me a real compliment for only what they saw.  Not looking for a brands logo or anything else, they just liked the way the bike looked.  Very cool.  The word is getting out guys, even the HD snobs are saying yeah it has a 113ci V-Twin that can't be beat.  Are there some fast HD's out there, of corse there are but guys that are into speed will have to spend 4 to 6 grand to match what ours have right off of the showroom floor. If nothing else it is totally entertaining just listening to peoples remarks.  The Best Bang For The Buck Hands Down.
Later
Proud SoCal Raider Owner
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: WilCon on Jun 27, 2009, 10:38:30 am
Went to a bike even at the BMW dealer. Walked outside and there were 5 guys standing around it, makes ya feel good when all that other iron is sitting there.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Jun 27, 2009, 11:24:10 am
Very Cool Wilcon
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: johnnytherock on Jun 27, 2009, 11:53:28 am
harley's are great bikes,,,   if you are freeking AMISH!!!!!!! ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Jun 27, 2009, 11:55:47 am
 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 27, 2009, 12:13:45 pm
harley's are great bikes,,,   if you are freeking AMISH!!!!!!! ;D

 :D :D :D :D :D
To be perfectly honest nothing makes my day more than a few good harley bashes.  I used to ride both Buell and several Harleys.  The harley's gave me nothing but trouble and the dealers treated me like crap.  When my last HD was stolen the wife and I looked at each other and said "Thank God".  The f'ing thing was the biggest lemon ever (towed home 6x in the first 6 months I had it...it was brand new).  I vowed then to never buy or support HD again.  Personally, I'd like to see the company go bankrupt and then watch all the sniveling RUBs whine and bitch about it, even though they've never worked on a bike a day in their life.

Keep'em coming guys.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: hickninshaw on Jun 27, 2009, 12:15:04 pm
Before i bought my raider i was hardcore convinced that i was goen to get a harley. had gone in and talked to the dealer about ordering the bike and all the accessories i wanted on it and all that. well in waukon the harley dealer is 20 feet literally from the yamaha dealer. walked out of the dealer and saw the raider standing in the line outside. checked it out and rode it. canceled the harley and bought the raider. the harley i had specked was almost 28,000 and it wouldn't have kept up in the twisties or the straights. ever since i bought mine i haven't looked back. the bike is just the best performing cruiser for the money and it has the looks to match.

I work with a guy that was talking about going for a bike trip with me once i got the harley and all the we gotta go ride, when you getting the harley. he doesn't say anything about riding now that i have the yamaha. barely talkes to me. well he did ask me how much trouble i'm having with it and i said none. he bought a new harley last year in the fall. so far this year he has put 500 miles on because its been the the shop the rest of the time.  :D :D :D :D :D

ya know that line "live to ride, ride to live". ever notice that harley guys consider that their own phrase and what they really mean is "live to ride a harley, ride a harley to live". ITS NOT WHAT YOU RIDE ITS THAT YOU LOVE TO RIDE A#$HOLES!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Jun 27, 2009, 02:15:11 pm
Harley's are great bikes,,,   if you are freeking AMISH!!!!!!! ;D

 :D :D :D :D :D
To be perfectly honest nothing makes my day more than a few good Harley bashes.  I used to ride both Buell and several Harleys.  The Harley's gave me nothing but trouble and the dealers treated me like crap.  When my last HD was stolen the wife and I looked at each other and said "Thank God".  The f'ing thing was the biggest lemon ever (towed home 6x in the first 6 months I had it...it was brand new).  I vowed then to never buy or support HD again.  Personally, I'd like to see the company go bankrupt and then watch all the sniveling RUBs whine and bitch about it, even though they've never worked on a bike a day in their life.


And there you have it.
More stories of Harley problems.
I just can't get over how many of these so called hard core HD guys say that I should have bought a Harley this time while they are paying to much for their bikes and all of their parts an it seems that their bikes are always in the shop getting repaired or looked at for something.  I have 27,000 miles + on my sled and it has never been in the shop to be fixed other then having my front downtube seals replaced.  I think what is really sad is that Harley had out priced themselves in the market and their bikes do look really cool but how cool do they look sitting in a HD shop being repaired.  Not as cool as my Raider on the road that's for sure.  Once again I like Harley's and I hate Harley's if that makes sense.  Another reason I purchased my Raider is I was planning on riding my bike top work everyday, 100 miles +, could you imagine how a Harley would have done with putting 27,000 miles on it in one year.  How many issues I would have most likely had is the real question.  I still like the StreetGlide and a couple of their other models but I just can't see paying that kind of money for something that I know will cost to much to fix and cost that much to make it look the way that I would have wanted it to look.  I work to hard for my money at this point to throw it away trying to keep a bike like that on the road.  Maybe if I was only going to put 3,000 miles a year but I don't care how old I get I will always ride my sled.
Swomack
Later
Swomack

Keep'em coming guys.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: armydogdoc on Jun 27, 2009, 02:24:04 pm
ya, the raider is a bad ass ride, the harldley guys are just pissed cause their rides cost twice as much and half the performance and twice the problems.  My uncle bought a new hardley had it for a month before it sprung its first oil leak.  Mine goes faster looks better and cost less.... :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 27, 2009, 09:55:43 pm
We should really have a forum just for Harley rants and jokes.  I look at it this way...If a rider has a good experience with HD and their bikes good for him just don't be a RUB prick about it or your herd.  Personally, I'm one of a growing number of Anti-Harley ex-Harley owners who can no longer stand the company and would love to see it go the way of the dinosaur.

Hopefully I haven't offended any of our forum members with my comments.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 27, 2009, 10:05:47 pm
We should really have a forum just for Harley rants and jokes.  I look at it this way...If a rider has a good experience with HD and their bikes good for him just don't be a RUB prick about it or your herd.  Personally, I'm one of a growing number of Anti-Harley ex-Harley owners who can no longer stand the company and would love to see it go the way of the dinosaur.

Hopefully I haven't offended any of our forum members with my comments.

Capt,

I don't think you have.  You've not attacked a "person", but an "attitude".  I for one detest that type of attitude regardless of what someone may be riding.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 27, 2009, 10:26:36 pm
This whole discussion has got me thinking.  What group or brand doesn't give you Flak.

Personally, I've never had anyone riding a triumph give any attitude other than loving to ride regardless of the bike.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Jun 28, 2009, 10:48:10 am
Good Point
Bump
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 28, 2009, 11:19:40 pm
So I went to Fatboys today for a late lunch.  Had to laugh because out of the bikes there most of course were HD, American Twins, 2 boss Hoss's and about 3 metrics.  As I sat there for about an hour and a half almost all of the harleys had starting problems (multiple tries to get started) and then sounded like crap for a few minutes.  All the Star started right up and sounded right. 

The best one was this guy on a white and blue flashy painted chromed out custom, it looked new but took him 5 tries to get'er started and then it sounded like ass until she warmed up.  The dude looked totally embarrassed.

Nice seeing the HD guys eat some crow.

The other funny one is when a waitress comes up and asks what the hell are those, pointing at the 2- v8 powered boss hoss's.  We tell what they are and that they have a v8 and she walks away shaking her head saying idiots.  About 10 minutes later they start the beasts up and leave and at least 8 people at 3 different table all start laughing saying stuff like what a joke/waste/POS/couple of morons.

I guess us metric guys are the only one's that get it from the HD crowd.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Jun 28, 2009, 11:55:36 pm
 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

I love it man
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Jun 29, 2009, 05:46:36 am
I stopped at a convenience store for gas.  While I'm at the pump a Harley-powered custom pulled up to the door and this universal image of a Harley rider gets of and goes into the store after making sure we all hear his baffleless pipes a couple times.  He gave me and my bike "damn ricer" look thru the glass door.  I finish filling the tank and start to strap on my helmet.  He comes out of the store with a 2-liter of soda and a six-pack of cheap beer.  He mounts his ride, puts the drinks between his thighs and fires up the beast.  At this point, I think he tries to burn out as he leaves the parking area, but he may have just lost it. Anyway the bike ended up on its right side about 15 feet from the rider.  The 2-liter survived, the beer cans broke open, and the guy had asphault rash in a few places.  He wouldn't take my offer of help, and there were other witnesses, so I just left.  I saved my laughter for a safe distance.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 29, 2009, 06:18:53 am
Secure your load.   :o   Oh, crap that would be embarrassing. 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jun 29, 2009, 06:57:54 am
Yeouch.. bet he wont talk about that much.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: T-Bird on Jun 29, 2009, 02:44:21 pm
Aint it great when the people with the attitude get burned.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Jun 29, 2009, 03:15:25 pm
Mr. Hot Shot Got Burnt.
He will never forget that I bet
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Starky on Jun 29, 2009, 03:41:35 pm
Went on a Harley ride this weekend.  Two Harley shops sponsor the ride for sick kids.  It's a very good cause.  Anyway, I don't know how many bikes were there, but it was a lot and of course, about 95% Harleys.  Not one person said anything bad about the Raider.  Even at the Harley shop guys were coming over and looking at it and saying "so that's the Raider huh".  Of all the bikes on the ride, mine was the only Raider and it sure stood out amongst all the black Harleys.  I was really hoping to get someone to make a comment that it was a Yamaha or a rice burner, but it never happened.  Maybe they're learning.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Jun 29, 2009, 04:38:02 pm
Me and Phil have had our Raiders for about 1 1/2 months and we get people pulling up next to us asking.....what kind of bike is that??? I proudly say it's a YAMAHA :raider:  I even met these 2 old guys that both had  :raider: and they were making me sick with what they were doing to them. They took the emblems off and put HD stuff on them and putting cheap stuff on them.....omg I was SICK They asked about my pipes and I stated I was keeping with the lines of the bike and he said " I am changing the lines!"  They said they tell people that their  :raider: are Harleys.  I told him  " I am PROUD to say it's a YAMAHA!!!" I wear my star loud and proud baby!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 29, 2009, 05:39:16 pm
Me and Phil have had our Raiders for about 1 1/2 months and we get people pulling up next to us asking.....what kind of bike is that??? I proudly say it's a YAMAHA :raider:  I even met these 2 old guys that both had  :raider: and they were making me sick with what they were doing to them. They took the emblems off and put HD stuff on them and putting cheap stuff on them.....omg I was SICK They asked about my pipes and I stated I was keeping with the lines of the bike and he said " I am changing the lines!"  They said they tell people that their  :raider: are Harleys.  I told him  " I am PROUD to say it's a YAMAHA!!!" I wear my star loud and proud baby!!!!

+1

I have a Joe Rocket leather that has YAMAHA in big letters front and back.  That doesn't seem to help the Hardly riders much.  I had stopped at a gas station cause it had started to rain.  There... with his son, was another biker (Hardly) getting out of the rain.  He looks over my bike and says.. "Nice bike... who makes it?"

Are you kidding me? 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: krazyburro on Jun 30, 2009, 12:58:51 am
Was talking to a guy tonight at my soccer game that was talking about riding to sturgis this summer (he rides a Harley).  he was telling me about his previous trips for about 10 minutes and then asked if I ride.  He asked if I had done any long trips and I told him nothing as far as him.  He asked what kind of bike I ride and when I told him what I ride his tone changed and the conversation began to get negative.  I just let him talk his crap and asked him how many cubic inches his bike was and then told him what mine was with a smile.  He walked away and did not say anything. 

He ended up being on the other team we played against and we both were running at each other to get a loose ball and we got there at the same time.  I ended up laying him out flat and as I was standing over him I reminded him what I ride and the that it would smoke his bike any day of the week. might not have been the right thing to say but  it felt good.  Guys like that get on my nerves............
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Jun 30, 2009, 01:18:08 am
Well Krazy
Sounds like you ran into another posser, not a biker.  He was more interested in telling you that he is a Hardley guy.  I am proud to ride my Yamaha and as you already know I am proud of my bike but I don't walk around and say , hi I am Scott and I am a Raider guy.  What a lame ass.  I am sure that he has everything HD including his PJ's lol.  One of the guys at my work just purchased a new Streetglide.  If I was to buy a bagger that would be the bike that I would most likely select.  I am very happy for him because that is all he talked about for years so it was great to see him finally reach his goal.  Five bikes park in front of our office and when I was done with work I went out to my bike and two other guys from my work said who's new Harley.  I told them and they said cool.  They also said that his bike looked like all of the other HD's out there and that they thought that HD's are over rated and that they thought my bike blew his away.  I had to laugh to myself but I just told them thanks.  Once again here are two guys that aren't even into bikes and ITO they like the Raider a lot more.   
 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jun 30, 2009, 04:19:15 am
SNOB REPORT! First time it ever happened to me was yesterday. I was at light when a full dresser with a suite and tie type rolled up. I gave him a nod an a wave. This guy would have drowned if it had started raining just then. He made a fooked up face and his nose up high in the air. :lolsign: Years ago I aspired to get me a Harley.. now days, I pity the fools. Insert the saying " a fool and his money are soon parted "
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 30, 2009, 06:54:48 am
Was talking to a guy tonight at my soccer game that was talking about riding to sturgis this summer (he rides a Harley).  he was telling me about his previous trips for about 10 minutes and then asked if I ride.  He asked if I had done any long trips and I told him nothing as far as him.  He asked what kind of bike I ride and when I told him what I ride his tone changed and the conversation began to get negative.  I just let him talk his crap and asked him how many cubic inches his bike was and then told him what mine was with a smile.  He walked away and did not say anything. 

He ended up being on the other team we played against and we both were running at each other to get a loose ball and we got there at the same time.  I ended up laying him out flat and as I was standing over him I reminded him what I ride and the that it would smoke his bike any day of the week. might not have been the right thing to say but  it felt good.  Guys like that get on my nerves............

This image poped into my head of Ali standing over Sonny Liston Arms raised...great timing....priceless.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Jun 30, 2009, 10:47:10 am
BUMP
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: WilCon on Jun 30, 2009, 03:04:43 pm
I am going on a ride with some other cruisers to include the VN2K from Kawa. I will let you know what I think.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Jun 30, 2009, 10:24:29 pm
Is that it ?
Those are all the stories we are going to get  :D :D :D :D
I know there a lot more good ones  :D :D :D
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jul 01, 2009, 06:50:16 am
ok, I got one more.  Last weekend when I was at Fatboys we're grabbing some chow on the patio and I'm with my buddy with a nighttrain.  About an hour goes by and this group of relatively hot looking biker chicks pull in and are checking out our bikes.  His nighttrain didn't even manage to get a look while they were checking out the raider from every angle (the raider is still relatively rare to see around here in MN.  I've only seen one on the road while riding over the last year).  Kinda make you glad your not part of the herd like my buddy and his nighttrain.  There were only 6 nighttrains in the lot of about 30 bikes so people don't even bother looking at them.  I could see the disappointment on his face.   :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: hickninshaw on Jul 29, 2009, 02:04:05 pm
I've got one that happened earlier this summer with my buddies bike and a cop. i was riding his warrior and personally i think that's even a little more obviously NOT a Harley. well he just got his bak and coil relocation kit installed and we were beating on it on a highway going out of the small town i live in testing out the improvement in power. awesome by the way, love the warrior as well. but this cop pulls me over after seeing me blast out of town at well over a bill and still climbing. (i didn't see him walking out of the cop shop after hearing my buddy a few minutes earlier doing the same thing. must have woke him up) anyway he gets me pulled over and comes up to the bike looks at it for a while and does his whole shpeal and takes my license and goes back to his car. a couple minutes later after running the plates he comes back for a double take cause even after looking at it the first time and seeing how fast it blasted out of town he still thought it was a Harley and had to ask me to make sure. note this bike isn't debadged either. d-d-d  :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: BLACKCHROMEDSPOKES on Jul 29, 2009, 02:37:11 pm
I've got one that happened earlier this summer with my buddies bike and a cop. i was riding his warrior and personally i think that's even a little more obviously NOT a Harley. well he just got his bak and coil relocation kit installed and we were beating on it on a highway going out of the small town i live in testing out the improvement in power. awesome by the way, love the warrior as well. but this cop pulls me over after seeing me blast out of town at well over a bill and still climbing. (i didn't see him walking out of the cop shop after hearing my buddy a few minutes earlier doing the same thing. must have woke him up) anyway he gets me pulled over and comes up to the bike looks at it for a while and does his whole shpeal and takes my license and goes back to his car. a couple minutes later after running the plates he comes back for a double take cause even after looking at it the first time and seeing how fast it blasted out of town he still thought it was a Harley and had to ask me to make sure. note this bike isn't debadged either. d-d-d  :D :D :D :D

Shame that cops can't read. Must have been thier schooling.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jul 29, 2009, 03:57:17 pm
Had a funny unrelated story happen the other day...

First, I got the LA Choppers Curve DD pipes and they sound real good.

Was parked at the University getting ready to leave and there's this squirrel.  The University of Minnesota has the fattest and also the most fearless squirrels I've ever seen cause the students feed them crap all the time.  They actually come to you looking for food kinda like ducks at a pond.

Anyway I'm gearing up and it to the back of the bike about a foot behind the pipes staring at me.  Curious what it'll do I start the bike giving it a little extra throttle on the start for a good growl from the pipes.  Squirrel does a fast 180 and runs straight into a post.  Little bastard knocked himself out.  About 50seconds later it got up like a drowsey drunk and scurried off.     :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: WilCon on Jul 29, 2009, 04:08:22 pm
Dude. I got a great laugh out of that.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: T-Bird on Jul 29, 2009, 04:49:23 pm
Me too.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jul 29, 2009, 05:26:22 pm
That is hilarious....  :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: BLACKCHROMEDSPOKES on Jul 29, 2009, 07:06:55 pm
That is hilarious....  :rotfl: :rotfl:

I'd a given a dollar to see that.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Jul 29, 2009, 07:20:38 pm
{ absolutely love that story. I am always testing my bike on the interstate....... I am going to get in trouble one day :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: hickninshaw on Jul 30, 2009, 12:28:32 am
animals are great entertainment aren't they  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Jul 30, 2009, 12:35:03 am
animals are great entertainment aren't they  :D :D :D
That's why I read this forum. :poke:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: EraserX33 on Jul 30, 2009, 12:47:24 am
Good story.  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Jul 30, 2009, 11:40:09 am
I was on my way home last night from work and a guy on a HD softail night train pulled up to me at a red light and wanted to race.  He asked me what kind of bike my bike was and I told him a Yamaha Raider.  He had the typical HD look on his face so I thought to myself I know how to shut him down, I will race him since he wanted some.  I kicked his ass in every gear and when we hit a red light we wouldn't even look at me.   :D :D :D :D
They just never learn do they.

 :D :D :D :D

Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: BLACKCHROMEDSPOKES on Jul 30, 2009, 12:04:42 pm
I was on my way home last night from work and a guy on a HD softail night train pulled up to me at a red light and wanted to race.  He asked me what kind of bike my bike was and I told him a Yamaha Raider.  He had the typical HD look on his face so I thought to myself I know how to shut him down, I will race him since he wanted some.  I kicked his ass in every gear and when we hit a red light we wouldn't even look at me.   :D :D :D :D
They just never learn do they.

 :D :D :D :D

Swomack

NOPE!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jul 30, 2009, 12:34:58 pm
I was on my way home last night from work and a guy on a HD softail night train pulled up to me at a red light and wanted to race.  He asked me what kind of bike my bike was and I told him a Yamaha Raider.  He had the typical HD look on his face so I thought to myself I know how to shut him down, I will race him since he wanted some.  I kicked his ass in every gear and when we hit a red light we wouldn't even look at me.   :D :D :D :D
They just never learn do they.

 :D :D :D :D

Swomack

I hope they never learn... more fun for us.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Aug 05, 2009, 05:38:44 pm
I hear that  Mr T. Have I said how much I love my bike lately???!!!? ::)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Aug 05, 2009, 10:30:49 pm
Ditto
28,000 plus miles and I still love my ride as well.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: BLACKCHROMEDSPOKES on Aug 05, 2009, 10:39:04 pm
Ditto
28,000 plus miles and I still love my ride as well.

Swo,

I don't think there is a one of us that wouldn't "kill" tokeep our rides.

Our rides are our passion, Man I love passion.....
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Aug 06, 2009, 06:26:26 am
humm kill.. maybe not but, I'd stomp a mud whole in em'  ;)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Aug 06, 2009, 09:30:03 pm
I had another of those moments today.  I rode North on NC28 to get to the Tail of the Dragon.  A couple miles before I got there I came upon a downed rider being helped by more than a few riders.  All of that is another story, but to get to the point of this story...I stopped to see if I could help.  As I was walking back to my Raider I saw a couple of other riders looking at my bike.  Two more caught up with me and started asking me about it.  One of them walked around to the exhaust side and said "What kind of bike is that?"  You know what happened next.  Before I could leave three of them had to take pictures of it. 

I wonder if they could see my smile through my full-face helmet.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Aug 06, 2009, 10:01:47 pm
Don't you just love it LOL
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Yoda on Aug 06, 2009, 11:17:21 pm
There's a Harley dealer just one block over from my Yamaha dealer.  This last Saturday they were sponsoring a poker run so I stopped in on my way to my chapter meeting.  I had alot of hog riders asking each other what model I was riding before I filled them in to the fact they they could get a Raider like mine just one block over for just a little more than half of what they paid for their hogs.  It's days like that they remind me just how much the Raider rocks!
 :drummer: :yay:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: BLACKCHROMEDSPOKES on Aug 07, 2009, 10:20:34 am
Yoda,

I bet they had that "OH_SH!T" look on there face finding out they spent that much on the HARDLEYS. I bet that would have made a great pic.

 :raider: :raider: :raider: :raider: :raider: :raider: :raider: :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Aug 10, 2009, 08:42:33 pm
I have a "Harley stuck up be-otch moment" today.

I happened in to Orlando Harley today to see if they had any chrome covers and my Batistini stuff, I saw my Motorcycle Safety Instructor from years back and stopped to say "HI". Donna is a very cool, unbiased person, as long as your riding and riding safe is her deal. :goodjob:

There were these other 2 be-otches with her and as I was explaining that I am accident free and moved up to the bike of my dreams. These 2 pipe up and say......" you say you are riding, but are you REALLY riding????!!! Donna said, "Yes she is, I saw her ride in and she has a really nice bike," she proceeded to ask me about it..... mind you, I ride to work everyday and I do not have an office job so I am in shorts and such, the other one looks at me with a snobbish look and says riding with shorts??!!! :squid:

Then goes on and asks ...well, what are you riding......still snobbish....... I say, "well, I am riding a 1900cc Yamaha Raider!!! :raider: and Donna says very nice bike!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Aug 10, 2009, 08:52:31 pm


Stupidity is genderless. 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Aug 10, 2009, 08:53:55 pm
I hear ya T. Tis ok I always have the last laugh
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Aug 10, 2009, 08:55:31 pm
Ditto
28,000 plus miles and I still love my ride as well.
28000 on the Beast!, You get the IRON Butt Award for sure Swo!! Frickin cheaks of solid brass man....You ever Home???lol
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Aug 11, 2009, 12:53:44 am
Just rolled 24000 this evening on the way back from visiting my Mom... I was kind of bummed that I only rolled out 2946 miles on the Sturgis trip... one more ride around the black hills and I could ahve made the 3000+ mark for that trip... Oh well.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: BLACKCHROMEDSPOKES on Aug 11, 2009, 03:24:34 pm
Just rolled 24000 this evening on the way back from visiting my Mom... I was kind of bummed that I only rolled out 2946 miles on the Sturgis trip... one more ride around the black hills and I could ahve made the 3000+ mark for that trip... Oh well.

Ain't nothin wrong with what ya got though. I just turned 6900.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Aug 11, 2009, 05:54:38 pm
I am over 28,500 miles in 14 months and counting.  Great bikes aren't they !!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: BLACKCHROMEDSPOKES on Aug 11, 2009, 05:59:09 pm
I am over 28,500 miles in 14 months and counting.  Great bikes aren't they !!!

ABSO"FREAKIN"LUTLEY.........
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Aug 11, 2009, 10:47:56 pm
I am over 28,500 miles in 14 months and counting.  Great bikes aren't they !!!

Reliable, well behaved, and bad to the friggin bone!

Scott, I think that you and I can probably set the marks for mileage... LOL! Mine is 24K over 11 months.

Next month, the Abate of Kansas Lake Perry Rally... almost 500 miles one way as I recall. I actually gave my bike a rest today and drove the truck, TWC predicted Thunderstorms (which never came, damn it!)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Aug 13, 2009, 01:06:38 am
All the Harley guys I know gave me a little razzing at first, but after getting the experience that only the Raider can give they all now accept it as a great bike.  They still give me guff but now it is stuff like, When are you ever going to wash to that bike and show it the respect it deserves.  Or Don't take off your helmet and show your face untill you wash that ride.  However when I was down in Anchorage just a short trip of 366 miles a Victory Vegas rider said to me isn't that the bike Yamaha built to compete with my Vegas,  I just said yeah I guess you could say that.  My son-in-law said to me I am surprized you let him get away with a comment like that.  I said to my son-in-law, well the next time you meet him, just trounce him with that souped up Vstar you ride and tell him that the Vstar is just the little brother of the Raider.  So now my son-in-law cruises the Anchorage bowl looking for the guy just so he can give him lesson in humility.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Aug 13, 2009, 04:35:37 am
Sh!t I have some canchin up to do for sure, My ride was down so much in New mexico waitin for parts to be shipped in to BFE it was unreal, I'm just startin to get some good seat time in, Love these Texas roads, So damn well kept up..just love it, And the people are so nice here... I have been aroun the world twice and lived in many states..This is so far the best yet, i think my heart will always be in minnesota/wisconson though..
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: hickninshaw on Aug 14, 2009, 01:57:57 pm
The roads in Minnesota and Wisconsin are fun to ride but they are some of the least maintained roads you can find. Minnesota's fix for a bad road is to cover it with patches till that don't work any more and the shoulder is gone. Then leave it for 5 years like that before they fix it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vod Kanockers on Aug 14, 2009, 02:54:35 pm
Road Conditions?
Colorado has 2 seasons.
Winter and construction........
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Aug 14, 2009, 03:10:48 pm
Road Conditions?
Colorado has 2 seasons.
Winter and construction........

 :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Aug 14, 2009, 10:14:30 pm
Road Conditions?
Colorado has 2 seasons.
Winter and construction........

Sounds just like the northend of New Mexico...on I-25 to Albq.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: hickninshaw on Aug 16, 2009, 12:56:22 pm
Well usually where I'm at in Minnesota there isn't any construction cause they just don't care how bad the roads are. This year though the dot got this huge check for the economic stimulus and they are using it to repave alot of roads around here. All the construction zones have these nice signs in them saying that they were paid for my the economic recovery act. If you've ever been on I-90 around by the Winona exit (252) or the Lewiston exit (235??) we are really happy that it's getting redone.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: bamf on Aug 16, 2009, 02:49:50 pm
Well usually where I'm at in Minnesota there isn't any construction cause they just don't care how bad the roads are. This year though the dot got this huge check for the economic stimulus and they are using it to repave alot of roads around here. All the construction zones have these nice signs in them saying that they were paid for my the economic recovery act. If you've ever been on I-90 around by the Winona exit (252) or the Lewiston exit (235??) we are really happy that it's getting redone.

I bet over 1 milion dollars of the budget for that act was 'invested' in those signs.  You know, 1 dollar for the sign, 100 dollars in Pork.  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: JazzyzGurl on Aug 20, 2009, 06:19:28 pm
I saw my Motorcycle Safety Instructor from years back and stopped to say "HI". Donna is a very cool, unbiased person, as long as your riding and riding safe is her deal.


The odds are against it . . . but are you talking about DocDonna - from WWR?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ro-NTX on Aug 20, 2009, 11:14:31 pm
you know, I will take the logo of and put on Harley eater..I love it.

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Aug 21, 2009, 05:47:33 am
Good one roland! hd's seem to just stay away from my ride welst I,m in town here! Hmmmm wonder why?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: BLACKCHROMEDSPOKES on Aug 21, 2009, 07:44:26 am
Good one roland! hd's seem to just stay away from my ride welst I,m in town here! Hmmmm wonder why?

I know, I know,



They ain't got the looks, they ain't got the TQ, they ain't got HP, they ain't got any other color sept black and puke green...........Do I need to go on?



 ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Aug 21, 2009, 07:49:31 am
I'd say you/b spot on BCS ! And you could add they ain't got CLASSSSSSS!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: BLACKCHROMEDSPOKES on Aug 21, 2009, 07:55:36 am
I'd say you/b spot on BCS ! And you could add they ain't got CLASSSSSSS!

Copy that for sure.......

 :raider: :raider: :raider: :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: hickninshaw on Aug 21, 2009, 02:40:28 pm
you know, I will take the logo of and put on Harley eater..I love it.



I try and stay fairly quiet about the fact that I could whip a normal harley without any effort. Keep the peace kind of thing. I don't back down if they come looken for it though.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Aug 21, 2009, 03:03:31 pm
And when they do....Let the good times roll!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: redrider on Aug 21, 2009, 07:33:56 pm
I had a hardley come up on me on my way home, I was just cruising and enjoying the sites.  As he came up beside me he reved and popped his pipes and away he went.  I couldn't let him get away with it.  We were on a  open four lane and I just wanted to play with him a little, he would speed up and kept looking in his mirror and over his shoulder, I guess he couldn't beleive he could not lose me.  When the chance came I went around him and he then found out he really couldn't keep up.  I stopped to fill my bike up not far from my house and he pulled up to the pump beside me wanting to know what kind of hardley I was riding.  He did not say a word when I told him it wasn't a hardley but a Raider, said he could not believe his bike could not keep up.  He hit the gas and sped off shaking his head.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: kieffer24 on Aug 21, 2009, 07:36:40 pm
Stories like that hold a special place in my heart haha
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Aug 21, 2009, 07:49:30 pm
I had a hardley come up on me on my way home, I was just cruising and enjoying the sites.  As he came up beside me he reved and popped his pipes and away he went.  I couldn't let him get away with it.  We were on a  open four lane and I just wanted to play with him a little, he would speed up and kept looking in his mirror and over his shoulder, I guess he couldn't beleive he could not lose me.  When the chance came I went around him and he then found out he really couldn't keep up.  I stopped to fill my bike up not far from my house and he pulled up to the pump beside me wanting to know what kind of hardley I was riding.  He did not say a word when I told him it wasn't a hardley but a Raider, said he could not believe his bike could not keep up.  He hit the gas and sped off shaking his head.

Wish I coulda been there.  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Aug 21, 2009, 08:22:29 pm
Me 2, It's like ya I bought the bike thats going to bring old hardly down and I wanted to make sure I could get parts.lol
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Aug 22, 2009, 08:14:13 am
A friend of mine sent this to me over on facebook ... knew you guys would get a kcik out of it...
(https://www.roadstarraider.com/gallery/457_22_08_09_8_13_25.jpeg)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RAKSTER on Aug 22, 2009, 10:08:59 am
One good thing to come out of all the better metrics is that Harley has a new line with a 110 engine (CVO) and lots of custom looking options.  I guess they used the old bikes as long as they could, now they have to change or get out of the market.  Of course the price is way out there.

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Aug 22, 2009, 10:13:23 am
I DID notice something at the Harley show in Sturgis (Rapid City Actually)... their pricing doesn't seem to be escalating as much as it has in the past... Perhaps they are getting the idea!

One good thing to come out of all the better metrics is that Harley has a new line with a 110 engine (CVO) and lots of custom looking options.  I guess they used the old bikes as long as they could, now they have to change or get out of the market.  Of course the price is way out there.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Aug 22, 2009, 09:20:51 pm
A friend of mine sent this to me over on facebook ... knew you guys would get a kcik out of it...
(https://www.roadstarraider.com/gallery/457_22_08_09_8_13_25.jpeg)

Love it...   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Aug 22, 2009, 09:25:03 pm
THAT IS A GOOD ONE!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Aug 22, 2009, 11:40:17 pm
OK.. wouldn't you just love to have a Harley that could fry a metric? It would make me proud.. humm wonder if anyone there understands that? I truly would love to see it.. and buy it!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Aug 23, 2009, 12:48:37 am
There is a great ride out here in SoCal in the hills and valley of Ojai Ca and a great biker hangout called Deer Lodge.  It will be packed with mostly Harleys so I am sure tomorrow my sled will get a lot of attention.  I am sure before the day is up I will have another "Oh Its A Yamaha" story to tell.
Lol
funny thing is I am looking forward to it.
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Aug 23, 2009, 05:27:37 am
When I did that park shot this woman stops her car and rolls down the passenger window and say Hi, I just want to say that you have nicest bike I have ever seen.. I was shocked and said NoWay.. She said I'm serious it's just beautiful. Well thank you very much I tell her.. makes your day to hear that.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Aug 23, 2009, 06:01:48 am
When I did that park shot this woman stops her car and rolls down the passenger window and say Hi, I just want to say that you have nicest bike I have ever seen.. I was shocked and said NoWay.. She said I'm serious it's just beautiful. Well thank you very much I tell her.. makes your day to hear that.

Yup, Gee, sound slike you're in Texas... :-)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Aug 23, 2009, 06:06:05 am
I sent that Harley logo to my nephew.  He gets laid off from Harley as of the 28th aspart of their 30% cutback in satffing.  He said he couldn't argue with what it said.

I was trailering my Raider home from the Asheville rally when a couple Harleys pulled up along side and checked out my load for quite a distance.  When I came to a traffic light they pulled up next to the truck and gave me a thumbs up.  I sometimes wonder if they knew what it was.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: DRAGON on Aug 23, 2009, 08:20:56 am
I don't think most know what we ride ... What it is ... the displacement ... "is it factory?" ... "did you put that on there?" ... and the best one I get ...... ready???? ....."is that factory paint??" ..... then, of coarse, that brings us right back to SWo's original post .... "Oh It's A Yamaha"
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: BLACKCHROMEDSPOKES on Aug 23, 2009, 09:29:51 am
I don't think most know what we ride ... What it is ... the displacement ... "is it factory?" ... "did you put that on there?" ... and the best one I get ...... ready???? ....."is that factory paint??" ..... the of coarse that brings us right back to SWo's original post .... "Oh It's A Yamaha"

Ain't that the truth.

 ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: xlcc on Aug 30, 2009, 02:45:18 pm
I rode HD most of my life.  I got a Busa now, and thinking very seriously about a Raider next spring.  I will never return to "Hardley-able-son".  I will have to agree that most of the real bikers are gone.  Swomack states 65%... I would have to say that there are less than 2% of HD riders left, that are dyed-in-the-wool bikers.  98% of all MC riders nowadays are just that... motorcycle riders... and there is a big difference between bikers and MC riders.  The reason why I left the "biker" scene years ago was this... the "biker lifestyle" is a farse.  HD riders think they have some huge brotherhood.  Its BS.  Take your ride to a real biker hangout... you may get hassled for riding "rice"... you may get the cold shoulder... but more than likely you will just not make too many friends, and be on your way.  Now... ride up to that same bar on an HD... looking like you just come off a 1000 mile ride, and no one there knows who you are.  All of a sudden, that "HD brotherhood" thingy dont run too straight.  See, the common HD rider knows that it aint the rice rider or the guy who pulls up in his car on a friday night that might be packing heat... but damn sure the guy who just rode cross country is.  Better not piss him off.  Now where the heck is that "brotherhood" theory???  As well, back in the 60's and early 70's the HD guys really had something to say about American MADE machinery.  They were right too... back then.  Now things are a different story.  Now, all 4 of the big Jap bike MFG'ers are building right here in the good ol' US of A... and its folks like you and me that are earning the paychecks.  Heck... there are guys in those plants that are assembling Raiders during the afternoon and riding home on their HD's at night.  The same HD's that parts are being MFG'd in Mexico, Japan, and Korea... and the same HD's that are mearly assembled in the USA.  My take on the matter???  What you ride is not who you are.  Who you are, and the imortance of your personality is way more of an issue to me, than waht type of MC you ride...
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Aug 30, 2009, 02:50:05 pm
I rode HD most of my life.  I got a Busa now, and thinking very seriously about a Raider next spring.  I will never return to "Hardley-able-son".  I will have to agree that most of the real bikers are gone.  Swomack states 65%... I would have to say that there are less than 2% of HD riders left, that are dyed-in-the-wool bikers.  98% of all MC riders nowadays are just that... motorcycle riders... and there is a big difference between bikers and MC riders.  The reason why I left the "biker" scene years ago was this... the "biker lifestyle" is a farse.  HD riders think they have some huge brotherhood.  Its BS.  Take your ride to a real biker hangout... you may get hassled for riding "rice"... you may get the cold shoulder... but more than likely you will just not make too many friends, and be on your way.  Now... ride up to that same bar on an HD... looking lik eoyu just come off a 1000 mile ride, and no one there knows you.  All of a sudden, that "HD brotherhood" thingy dont run too straight.  See, the common HD rider knows that it aint the rice rider or the guy who pulls up in his car on a friday night that might be packing heat... but damn sure the guy who just rode cross country is.  Now where the heck is that "brotherhood" theory???  As well, back in the 60's and early 70's the HD guys really had something to say about American MADE machinery.  They were right too... back then.  Now things are a different story.  Now, all 4 of the big Jap bike MFG'ers are building right here in the good ol' USA... and its folks like you and me that are earning the paychecks from them.  Heck... there are guys in those plants that are assembling Raiders during the afternoon and riding home on their HD's at night.  My take on the matter???  What you ride is not who you are.  Who you are, and the imortance of your personality is way more of an issue to me, than waht type of MC you ride...


Here Here
Good write up and I totally agree.
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: tommyraider69 on Aug 30, 2009, 06:33:13 pm
+2
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Aug 30, 2009, 06:59:07 pm
So we had a good one while on the Minnesota Raider Ride this weekend.  While stopped for a break at a fuel station, 4 of us (3 raiders, 1 road star) are standing taking a break...two things occured:

First, this old codger in a beat up ford pulls up and say "A dem all Yamahaaas?"  I say yes and he says "dem's mighty nice lookin machines" with a toothless smile.   ;D

A few minutes later just after a train of Harleys goes buy two full dress HD's pull off the road into the station past the bikes then back onto the road without even a smile or nod...stuck up HD riders.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Aug 30, 2009, 07:54:59 pm
Reminds me of the other day at the "Kwik Chek" ... the little gas station/convenience store in the little town I live near... I was there the other morning for coffee and breakfast on the way to work. Harley (Dyna Low RIder) from North of where I live pulled in, parked near my bike near the front door. We were talking for a moment, and an elderly couple with their grandkids stopped in. On their way out of the store the grandfather was eyeballin' the bikes. He had his grandson in his arms.

He said "That's a Yamaha?".
"Yup" I responded ...
He said somehting to the effect of "That thing sits lower and looks meaner than just about any Harley I ever seen... Are those factory bars?"
I ran through some of the modifications, while the Harley owner was ALMOST speechless, because the Grand-dad wasn't looking at his bike at all. He finally piped up with "So is that a 1300?" (a little smirk on his face) ...
"No, 113 cubic inches, close to 90 Horse and somewhere over 100 lb/ft of torque... she rolls out pretty good" I said with a smile.

As the grand-dad asked me about the bike some more, his grandson (maybe a year old or just over) was pointing at my bike like crazy. I offered to let the baby sit on it... So, Grand-dad puts him on the seat, he is just giggling away, while the grandma goes for her camera... The Harley rider just kinda nodded some acknowledgement to me, gave a somewhat reluctant looking thumbs-up and rode off... Almost as if he realized he'd just lost a populatity contest.

In the end, Grand-Dad was asking where he could test-ride a Raider, while Grandma was telling him that there was no way he was getting a motorcycle... I think that conversation continued when they got home.

Yeah ... it was a nice moment... :-)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Hawks on Aug 31, 2009, 07:55:15 am
I went on my first poker run a few weeks ago.  I was somewhat intimidated when I showed up by the fact that there were 50 or so H-D's there at not a single metric to be seen.  All of these guys are decked out head to toe in H-D gear.  A lot of the bikes were older than me so I assumed that they were a little more than the typical biker-wanna-be's.  I wasn't embarrassed about riding a Star, I just didn't want to get into a pissing match with a bunch of people I didn't know.  We get to the first stop & a old biker comes up to me and asks what kind of bike it was that I was riding.  I told him it was a Star Raider.  He looks at me & asks "Is that Honda?"  I say no, Yamaha.  I was thinking, great, here it comes.  He pauses, then responds "Wow that is one sharp looking bike" and all of his buddies nod in agreement.  I couldn't believe it.  By the end of the ride I had about a dozen H-D guys compliment me on it.  I even had one guy riding an H-D dresser ask if he could sit on it!  Although there are a lot of H-D snobs out there, it just goes to show that there are still some true bikers out there too.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Aug 31, 2009, 08:11:24 am
The majority of the HDer's I come across and decent people.  It's the minority "fringe" that stick their collective noses up in the air that chap my hide.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Aug 31, 2009, 09:16:10 am
The majority of the HDer's I come across and decent people.  It's the minority "fringe" that stick their collective noses up in the air that chap my hide.

Yup. +1..
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Aug 31, 2009, 09:35:13 am
That has been my overall experience too.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Aug 31, 2009, 10:33:24 am
That has been my overall experience too.

Me as well.  :)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Aug 31, 2009, 10:52:37 am
Just like that HD rider the other morning ... once they understand that they aren't necessarily the only folks that have some bad-a$$ bikes, they begin to accept it... He did show some reluctance, but it was like he realized that it doesn't have to have a HD logo to a mean ride.

When we were up at Loose Wheels in sherman Texas, there were a few people that only looked at all of our Raiders from a distance, but a couple of the guys (older ones actually) came up to the bikes, and ended up very interested in them ... especially when they found out the price!

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Aug 31, 2009, 10:54:37 am
 +1..
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Aug 31, 2009, 11:30:06 am
And if your in the deep south, just make sure your ride says NASCAR on it somewhere and your good to go.They will still try to talk you into putting in a V8 but thats another story, But I agree, things a changing for the better on how bikers look at the " Rice" bikes, Most of the HD riders I meet are still Quite about it but at least for the most part all are very nice folks. Police responce time has helped also......Ahh yes eveyone hates jail!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Sep 05, 2009, 06:08:10 pm
Went up to Seminole Powersports today.....this is begining to be an all the time thing whereever we go too...... go in look around, come outside and there is a crowd around our bikes and a black s model with its owner. He asks about all the stuff we done, which isnt alot really. Come to find out, this guy had a customised bike with the low and mean front fender ,cobra swepts and such. He had the dealer take it all off...... I told him there are people that would love to have that stuff.....oh well.

Then we met a real nice kid " harleyhunter" on rswarrior site. We chatted with him for hours, great Kid, nice bike!. I think I will check there site out. He mentioned an air kit supposedly top notch "churchkey" Not sure,anyone????
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: WilCon on Sep 05, 2009, 06:19:12 pm
Church key's V-Bak is top notch. Dude went out of his way to make it easy. I have wondered if it could fit the Raider. He dyno'd head to head with Patrick Racing and it was basically dead even.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Sep 05, 2009, 07:32:08 pm
Yep, thats the one! Ithink he was saying they may fit the Raider...something to check out then???

Also, I just discovered a "holy shi-ite" moment today.

I was literally trying to go full throttle today. I got most of it when all of a sudden something just kicked in like a nitrous shot or something and it made me back off quick....what was that???!!!! I was in 4th gear holding it pretty steady almost all out, then blam!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: BLACKCHROMEDSPOKES on Sep 05, 2009, 09:35:18 pm
Church key's V-Bak is top notch. Dude went out of his way to make it easy. I have wondered if it could fit the Raider. He dyno'd head to head with Patrick Racing and it was basically dead even.

Wilcon,

Where can this info be found. I would like to read about it.......

Thanks....

 ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Sep 05, 2009, 09:45:16 pm


Also, I just discovered a "holy shi-ite" moment today.

I was literally trying to go full throttle today. I got most of it when all of a sudden something just kicked in like a nitrous shot or something and it made me back off quick....what was that???!!!! I was in 4th gear holding it pretty steady almost all out, then blam!
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Sounds like your bike just got broke- in all at once!  j/k Deja not a clue as to what you felt. But what ever it was it sure sounds like it was fun! Power band
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Sep 05, 2009, 11:03:43 pm
I wondered about a power ban
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Sep 06, 2009, 01:09:56 am
Deja, how many miles ya got on it now? At around 6K, my performance went up significantly... Also, what speed were you going in 4th gear when you felt the surge?

At around 90-ish, that beast just wakes up and takes it to a whole new level! I was still pulling hard at almost 130mph once when I backed off...

BTW ... ya want a big thrill? Find a Victory Vegas and taunt him a little bit... The Raider will flat out walk away on him! Shut a Vegas rider up near Royse City Tx one day ... when he pulled up after it was over, he asked what I had into the Raider ... To his dismay, he found out it was well over 5K less than what he had invested...
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Sep 06, 2009, 01:12:34 am
I turned 30,000 + miles today
Oh Yeah It A Yamaha
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Sep 06, 2009, 03:41:23 am
I turned 30,000 + miles today
Oh Yeah It A Yamaha

I turned 1300 km ... and yeah, it's a Yamaha.

Rode in to my local shop to get it's 1000km service check setup. I asked how many they have sold at their store. He said because he does all the servicing for the bikes, he's only had 3. I said cool ... I can be an elitist here for the rest of the year.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: BLACKCHROMEDSPOKES on Sep 06, 2009, 08:58:57 am
I turned 30,000 + miles today
Oh Yeah It A Yamaha

Congrats Swo.

That is a marker that I won't see for awhile.

 ;D

I turned 30,000 + miles today
Oh Yeah It A Yamaha

I turned 1300 km ... and yeah, it's a Yamaha.

Rode in to my local shop to get it's 1000km service check setup. I asked how many they have sold at their store. He said because he does all the servicing for the bikes, he's only had 3. I said cool ... I can be an elitist here for the rest of the year.  :cheers:

Dreadly,

Being in CANADA I would guess that not too many are sold, I don't know. Be the elitist that is needed for as long as you can. I noticed you changed your signature and your ride is now the PREDATOR........How cool is that.

I sent the sound clip and you should get it soon.....

 ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Sep 06, 2009, 10:00:53 am
Dreadly,

Being in CANADA I would guess that not too many are sold, I don't know. Be the elitist that is needed for as long as you can. I noticed you changed your signature and your ride is now the PREDATOR........How cool is that.

I sent the sound clip and you should get it soon.....

 ;D

BCS ... thanks for the sound clip. I'm back on the V&H 2 - 1 band wagon knowing that I probably won't need the controller if I only change the pipes.

Predator seems to fit. The young IT guys at work gave me the nickname because when I come into work, I use my sunglasses as a way to keep my dreads out of my face. Sometimes the dreads sort of go wacky and instead of going straight back, sort of get out to the sides.  :D The first time they told me I went to look into the mirror and I do have a Predator look.

After my last check in with my story teller, I thought it all came together ... and the Predator was born.  :evillaugh:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Sep 06, 2009, 10:06:42 am
Dreadly,

Being in CANADA I would guess that not too many are sold, I don't know. Be the elitist that is needed for as long as you can. I noticed you changed your signature and your ride is now the PREDATOR........How cool is that.

I sent the sound clip and you should get it soon.....

 ;D

........I'm back on the V&H 2 - 1 band wagon knowing that I probably won't need the controller if I only change the pipes........

FYI
You don't need a fuel controller if you're only changing pipes... regardless of which pipes you choose.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Sep 06, 2009, 05:24:15 pm
I only have about 3200 or so. I got it in May and I only live 4.5 miles from work so I dont have too awful amount of miles on her.

I may have been going around 90 cuz it was almost full throttle and all I looked at is the road ahead of me. If an opportunity arises again,and now that I know what to look out for.....I'll be ready.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Sep 07, 2009, 04:33:40 am
30k on a 08, Thats some seat time! Congrats Swomack!

geebop
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: mnewfield on Sep 07, 2009, 06:44:00 am
I can only aspire to that kind of seat time.  I try to ride every weekend and at least 2 nights a week.  Anything less and I feel like I am going through withdrawls :)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Sep 07, 2009, 08:10:31 am
30k on a 08, Thats some seat time! Congrats Swomack!
When i was talking to Chris from Low and Mean a week or so ago, he made the comment that they should have Scott and I do durability testing for them. (Hell YEAH! Send me the parts, Raven Black Metallic) ... OK Guys ... Scott has 30K in 15 months, I'm at 27K in 12 months... you guys need to get some more saddle time in!!!

Not sure if one of them Red Raiders could take the punishment that our Raven one's endure!
;)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Sep 07, 2009, 04:51:31 pm
30k on a 08, Thats some seat time! Congrats Swomack!

geebop

Oh yeah and she runs like a champ.
Love this bike .
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Sep 07, 2009, 04:53:04 pm
30k on a 08, Thats some seat time! Congrats Swomack!
When i was talking to Chris from Low and Mean a week or so ago, he made the comment that they should have Scott and I do durability testing for them. (Hell YEAH! Send me the parts, Raven Black Metallic) ... OK Guys ... Scott has 30K in 15 months, I'm at 27K in 12 months... you guys need to get some more saddle time in!!!

Not sure if one of them Red Raiders could take the punishment that our Raven one's endure!
;)

I like that idea NTR
I am waiting for Chris at Low & Mean to make a new seat for our Raiders.
I want something that looks slammed and isn't so wide.
I am going to give him a call Tueday to see how far along his new design is coming.
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Sep 07, 2009, 05:57:56 pm
+ 1000 on that post Swo, Please keep us in on it, Thats what I want also, Im still going to have a leather one made for boping around town, But for the long haul I just do not think I could take it?

gee
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Solo+one on Sep 08, 2009, 02:05:27 pm
So, me and the + one are taking a ride around town and the fella on the harley is pulled over, has a car there with him but we stop anyhow.  He tells me how the battery wire fell off and shorted some stuff out.  He's admiring my ride I can tell, then he asks what it is.  Its a yamaha, I say.  The friendly part of the conversation is over and he says he has a truck coming.  I say, just thought I would stop to help.  He gets back in aforementioned car and we ride away.  He had no idea.  He wasnt rude but, damn.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Solo+one on Sep 08, 2009, 02:07:49 pm
I almost forgot.  I was leaving the house about week later and was just getting ready to turn out on the main road when a fella pulls up next to me and takes a good long look.  He rolled down his window and asks me, get this, which model of V-ROD is it??  I guess cause it looks so good stock it has to be a harley?  Suckers
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Sep 08, 2009, 08:52:18 pm
*shaking head* gees
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Sep 08, 2009, 08:55:48 pm
+ 1000 on that post Swo, Please keep us in on it, Thats what I want also, Im still going to have a leather one made for boping around town, But for the long haul I just do not think I could take it?
gee

Well I talked to Chris today from Low & Mean and yes they are making a new seat for our Raiders.
I am going to wait to see how it turns out but from what he told me and the few pictures of what the pan looks like it will be well worth the wait.  It will be my next seat for sure.  Chris is a great guys as well so if any of you have any questions please make sure to tell him that you are from this site, and he will be sure to take extra good care of you.
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vod Kanockers on Sep 08, 2009, 08:58:56 pm
There's someplace here in the mountains I heard about, can't remember the name.
They will make a custom saddle for any bike. They will literally take a mold of your butt, and go from there.
As fancy as you can imagine!

I'l see if I can find anyone who knows what the shop is!

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: drhoffnung on Sep 08, 2009, 10:57:45 pm
Well, my wife and I have Mustang seats on our rides and we love them.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Sep 09, 2009, 05:54:37 am
There's someplace here in the mountains I heard about, can't remember the name.
They will make a custom saddle for any bike. They will literally take a mold of your butt, and go from there.
As fancy as you can imagine!

I'l see if I can find anyone who knows what the shop is!


Now that's a a good idea!  Let us know vintage.

gee
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Sep 09, 2009, 06:05:42 am
yea.. great, thats all I need a butt bust... hum not so much.  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Sep 09, 2009, 06:12:25 am
Veery Funny, I'm going to have a cast of myass. now theres something new to hang on the wall!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: mnewfield on Sep 09, 2009, 06:22:49 am
I guess that would be the ultimate way to let others know they cannot ride your bike.  "Sorry man, your ass wont fit in my custom ass molded seat.  Oh yeah, I am special and its a Yamaha"

:)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Sep 09, 2009, 06:25:18 am
 :agree: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Sep 09, 2009, 08:01:52 am
Veery Funny, I'm going to have a cast of myass. now theres something new to hang on the wall!!

Oh ma gaud gee.. It might start a new fad. Fart art.. bwahahahah... ;D  :D ;D :D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Sep 09, 2009, 08:11:13 am
Veery Funny, I'm going to have a cast of myass. now theres something new to hang on the wall!!

Oh ma gaud gee.. It might start a new fad. Fart art.. bwahahahah... ;D  :D ;D :D ;D

 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Hope he has a really big wall.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Solo+one on Sep 09, 2009, 10:40:51 am
A really big wall! :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Oct 18, 2009, 09:05:13 am
JohnnyDinLA and I rode to the Rockstore yesterday morning and while we were eating two groups of Harley riders were just staring at our bikes.  You could tell that they couldn't figure out who made our bikes.  I should have taken pictures because it was funny as hell.  Then I think someone had figured out that they were Yamaha's then they just smiled with their noses in the air and walk away.  They were cool bikes until these dorks figured out they were Yamaha's.  HD posers, you got to love them.  I would have raced any of them to just shut them down like I always do.
LOL.
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Oct 18, 2009, 01:25:02 pm
JohnnyDinLA and I rode to the Rockstore yesterday morning and while we were eating two groups of Harley riders were just staring at our bikes.  You could tell that they couldn't figure out who made our bikes.  I should have taken pictures because it was funny as hell.  Then I think someone had figured out that they were Yamaha's then they just smiled with their noses in the air and walk away.  They were cool bikes until these dorks figured out they were Yamaha's.  HD posers, you got to love them.  I would have raced any of them to just shut them down like I always do.
LOL.
Swomack

It takes a dork to stick their nose up at your bike! Regardless of the brand!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ro-NTX on Oct 18, 2009, 06:46:38 pm
I do need another seat.
Today after Riding 2 hours, I kep on pulling my self forward all the time.
Kept on sliding back. Not cool
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gman on Oct 18, 2009, 06:58:23 pm
I do need another seat.
Today after Riding 2 hours, I kep on pulling my self forward all the time.
Kept on sliding back. Not cool

I have the Mustange Vintage, it will move you bit forward. Then I rolled the bars back. It is much more comfortable for me now with my 5'9" frame.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Oct 18, 2009, 08:37:59 pm
JohnnyDinLA and I rode to the Rockstore yesterday morning and while we were eating two groups of Harley riders were just staring at our bikes.  You could tell that they couldn't figure out who made our bikes.  I should have taken pictures because it was funny as hell.  Then I think someone had figured out that they were Yamaha's then they just smiled with their noses in the air and walk away.  They were cool bikes until these dorks figured out they were Yamaha's.  HD posers, you got to love them.  I would have raced any of them to just shut them down like I always do.
LOL.
Swomack

It takes a dork to stick their nose up at your bike! Regardless of the brand!

That remark didn't look right to me.

I was meaning Swomacks bike and, any brand bike that looks as good as his Raider does, then it would take a dork to stick their nose up at it!

I hope that's a little clearer. :)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Oct 18, 2009, 08:48:07 pm
I had to grab some smokes at the local Circle K after I had just cleaned up the sled. 
I am coming down the street and I see this HD Rocker coming up fast from behind me.
We both stopped at the light.  I smiled and he smiled and t was on.  My bike smoked his bike in the first three gears and then I backed off.  We stopped at the next light and he said he wanted another shot.  I said go for it.
The light turned green and this time I HIT IT !!!  That guy will never race a Raider again.  He asked me what I was riding and I told him a Yamaha Raider and asked him if he had enough lol.  He said yes and he liked my bike.
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Oct 18, 2009, 08:51:50 pm
Aw good one here....went to the HD dealership for a dyno contest. The dyno guy was the typical scruffy looking long grey beard Harley guy, nice guy. He put mine on got on it....he turns to us with a smile knodding his head in disbelief. He puts Phbils on ther, gets down on those HK's you shoulda seen the grin on his face he was loving it, got on it again looked at us again giving us a thumbs up and a smile laughing and saying Oh-my-God thats awesome!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ro-NTX on Oct 18, 2009, 09:12:09 pm
cool post... hehe love it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Oct 19, 2009, 03:37:29 am
I think we may have converted him lol
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Oct 19, 2009, 08:14:22 am
I had to grab some smokes at the local Circle K after I had just cleaned up the sled. 
I am coming down the street and I see this HD Rocker coming up fast from behind me.
We both stopped at the light.  I smiled and he smiled and t was on.  My bike smoked his bike in the first three gears and then I backed off.  We stopped at the next light and he said he wanted another shot.  I said go for it.
The light turned green and this time I HIT IT !!!  That guy will never race a Raider again.  He asked me what I was riding and I told him a Yamaha Raider and asked him if he had enough lol.  He said yes and he liked my bike.
Swomack

Why does this never happen to me....  :shrug:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Oct 19, 2009, 09:09:28 am
Love it! All Great moments , Loud and Proud Star owners here for sure!

gee
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Oct 19, 2009, 09:39:39 am
I had to grab some smokes at the local Circle K after I had just cleaned up the sled. 
I am coming down the street and I see this HD Rocker coming up fast from behind me.
We both stopped at the light.  I smiled and he smiled and t was on.  My bike smoked his bike in the first three gears and then I backed off.  We stopped at the next light and he said he wanted another shot.  I said go for it.
The light turned green and this time I HIT IT !!!  That guy will never race a Raider again.  He asked me what I was riding and I told him a Yamaha Raider and asked him if he had enough lol.  He said yes and he liked my bike.
Swomack

Why does this never happen to me....  :shrug:

Because you have to get off of this site and ride your sled  :poke: :poke: :poke:
Swomack
LOL
J/K
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Oct 19, 2009, 01:31:33 pm
I had to grab some smokes at the local Circle K after I had just cleaned up the sled. 
I am coming down the street and I see this HD Rocker coming up fast from behind me.
Reminds me of the "Victory Dance" I did down in Royse City last year ... Vegas Jackpot fell to my "Swashbuckling B*tch"! :-) His comment about the result was "Damn, and I ended paying about 5 grand more than you did!"
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: T-Bird on Oct 19, 2009, 06:55:10 pm
Finally happened to me today. I was unloading ice melt from a couple of tractor trailers and the drivers were outside admiring my ride. One of them came into the warehouse and asked me how I like my Harley. I told him it's not a Harley and he asked what it was. I told him "It's a RAIDER!" and he goes "That's a RAIDER? I've heard about these but never seen one." Both of the drivers complemented me on my ride and continued to admire it until I had them ready to go. Really makes a guy feel good.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Oct 19, 2009, 07:56:24 pm
Gees,  my bosses are always telling how much they like my bike  and they know it aggravates mme when they say...oh it sounds like a Harley......looks like a Harley......NO it  looks nothing like a dern Harley! Idiots!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Oct 19, 2009, 07:57:17 pm
So today I go into a machine shop to get something taken care of.  The guy comes out and asks if I like my bike.  I say I love it and anythings better than my old harley.   :D  The guy smiles and says I'm not much for buying foreign bikes but it looks good.  While my parts were getting machined I go into the autoshop and grab a part I needed come back and the machinist, now down with my job can't stop talking about how good the raider looks.  While he's talking two of his workers come up and say the same thing...the raider is a better looking cruiser than your typical Harley.  I think I may have converted a few of them.  THey so looked like they wanted to go for a ride on it.  Then when I told them it was a 113 their jaws really dropped.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rummy on Oct 19, 2009, 07:59:40 pm
Gees,  my bosses are always telling how much they like my bike  and they know it aggravates mme when they say...oh it sounds like a Harley......looks like a Harley......NO it  looks nothing like a dern Harley! Idiots!

Your bosses are what I call severly visually impared. In other words BLIND as a bat. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ro-NTX on Oct 19, 2009, 08:26:10 pm
sunday, on my ride for a fundraiser.
we made several stops.
first one, they all checked out my Bike.
The most the looked at was the Spike....lol
and nobody knew what bike it was... hehe
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Oct 20, 2009, 06:54:09 pm
So today I go into a machine shop to get something taken care of.  The guy comes out and asks if I like my bike.  I say I love it and anythings better than my old harley.   :D  The guy smiles and says I'm not much for buying foreign bikes but it looks good.  While my parts were getting machined I go into the autoshop and grab a part I needed come back and the machinist, now down with my job can't stop talking about how good the raider looks.  While he's talking two of his workers come up and say the same thing...the raider is a better looking cruiser than your typical Harley.  I think I may have converted a few of them.  THey so looked like they wanted to go for a ride on it.  Then when I told them it was a 113 their jaws really dropped.   ;D

Jaw Dropping happens a lot when you tell people it is a 113.
I dig that.
Good Story
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: JAG97 on Oct 20, 2009, 10:33:17 pm
I just finished modifying my Raven Raider to the teeth. I go to the same bike night every Monday and generally 70% of the bikes are Harleys. Most of the guys had seen my bike before I finished it and they liked it. When I returned last week with the completely modified bike they went nuts. They couldn'y believe that I could make a metric bike look. The thing that I like most about the Raider is that it looks nothing like any other bike out there. The slam kit, chrome wheels etc, etc, etc, have taken it over the top. Even the diehard Harley guys like the way it looks. Oh, by the way. When they say something about not buying American ask them what cars they own. 9 time out of 10 they will have a forign car in thier driveway. Go figure.  :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Oct 21, 2009, 02:25:56 pm
I just finished modifying my Raven Raider to the teeth.
ttiwwp
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Oct 23, 2009, 05:20:05 pm
+1 Ntx
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Oct 23, 2009, 05:29:30 pm
BTW Question regarding our beloved Raider and the Honda 1800. I have not seen or read anywhere comparing the 2. Everyone compares us  to the M109 or the Fury. I was talking to a guy who just bought the 1800 and kinda talked down to me and asked me.....what is that you're riding????? A 1200??? I said Nooooooo 1900! He was like....OH???!!! I immediately told him about the dyno results and he said yeeeeeah mine is 110hp and like 125 ft pounds torque. I thought gees! Why hasnt anyone talked about this????!!! So whats the deal guys...why hasnt these 2 bikes been compared ????
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Oct 23, 2009, 05:39:11 pm
BTW Question regarding our beloved Raider and the Honda 1800. I have not seen or read anywhere comparing the 2. Everyone compares us  to the M109 or the Fury. I was talking to a guy who just bought the 1800 and kinda talked down to me and asked me.....what is that you're riding????? A 1200??? I said Nooooooo 1900! He was like....OH???!!! I immediately told him about the dyno results and he said yeeeeeah mine is 110hp and like 125 ft pounds torque. I thought gees! Why hasnt anyone talked about this????!!! So whats the deal guys...why hasnt these 2 bikes been compared ????

Honda VTX?    Not even close.   That's why.   :ohyeah:
http://www.raiderperformance.com/bragging.htm
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Oct 23, 2009, 05:42:12 pm
Now that is a good question.
Honda only makes the 1800 VTX now in a touring style bike.
My last bike was a Honda VTX 1800 R that I had put 42,000 miles on so here is the scoop.
My VTX put out 108 Hp with 118 tq. And it was a fast, truly a great bike.  Was it faster then my Raider, I would say about the same.  My VTX was heavier then my Raider so even though it had more hp and better tq. It wasn't faster overall.
The VTX handled good but the Raider handles better.  If I had to pick a bike that was better between the two overall, the Raider is the better bike.
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Oct 23, 2009, 06:00:35 pm
Well I figured it had to be a weight issue, but I also thought that with numbers like that.....people would be talking. I do know that kawasaki 2000 is obviuosly not talked about cuz of its bulk but this VTX???
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ro-NTX on Oct 23, 2009, 06:09:13 pm
that was my last bike too.
1800 R VTX.
to me that bike was so much heavier then the Raider.
didn't handle as well, in close turns , I guess the weight was a factor.
But it was fast for sure.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Oct 23, 2009, 06:19:43 pm
Well, with those base numbers could you imagine if that thing was modified??? That just proves my propaganda theory for the Fury. I also heard there are issues with the drivetrain on the 1300, now why would they promote and expand a problem child and do away with its power horse?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: budaman on Oct 25, 2009, 12:05:32 am
 I have been riding Harley's since 1982 I got in a bad accident in 98 shattered my knee cap , spit my head open couldn't ride for a few years. I came back and I wanted to be different saw lot of people customizing the metrics's and I thought they were way cool over Harley's. I bought my raider and I got to say I enjoy riding this bike better then any HD I have ever owned. Love making it my own with all the custom parts and mods available to us.The power is awsum never did feel that kind of power with my harley's not with out sticking thousands into the motor.

Just call me converted
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Oct 25, 2009, 12:09:11 am
OOOOh I have stories about that too. Probably earlier in this thread. 6500 in engine work on HD and still not up to ours stock
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Oct 25, 2009, 01:07:28 am
I have been riding Harley's since 1982 I got in a bad accident in 98 shattered my knee cap , spit my head open couldn't ride for a few years. I came back and I wanted to be different saw lot of people customizing the metrics's and I thought they were way cool over Harley's. I bought my raider and I got to say I enjoy riding this bike better then any HD I have ever owned. Love making it my own with all the custom parts and mods available to us.The power is awsum never did feel that kind of power with my harley's not with out sticking thousands into the motor.

Just call me converted

You got that right.
The Raider is a great bike and the Harley guys don't have anything over us except that they can say I Have A Harley.
I say Harleys are cool but over priced for what you get.  My bike gets looks all the time when in a parking lot full of Harleys.
I guess I am just a proud owner of a very cool metric.
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Oct 25, 2009, 04:06:26 pm
 yes sir
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Oct 26, 2009, 02:04:27 pm
Norman's raidliner, he said the pipes were perfect
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RICE4U on Oct 26, 2009, 06:20:57 pm
I have been riding Harley's since 1982 I got in a bad accident in 98 shattered my knee cap , spit my head open couldn't ride for a few years. I came back and I wanted to be different saw lot of people customizing the metrics's and I thought they were way cool over Harley's. I bought my raider and I got to say I enjoy riding this bike better then any HD I have ever owned. Love making it my own with all the custom parts and mods available to us.The power is awsum never did feel that kind of power with my harley's not with out sticking thousands into the motor.

Just call me converted

You got that right.
The Raider is a great bike and the Harley guys don't have anything over us except that they can say I Have A Harley.
I say Harleys are cool but over priced for what you get.  My bike gets looks all the time when in a parking lot full of Harleys.
I guess I am just a proud owner of a very cool metric.
Swomack

Being able to say you have a Harley is an advantage!?!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: budaman on Oct 26, 2009, 06:34:06 pm
Were is the pictures of the bike? :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: karlabee on Dec 01, 2009, 06:14:10 pm
From any show room floor directly to the street   HANDS DOWN  the best looking v-twin produced.......The Raven that is....
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rummy on Dec 01, 2009, 06:16:18 pm
From any show room floor directly to the street   HANDS DOWN  the best looking v-twin produced.......The Raven that is....

Agree 100% except for your color chioce.  ;D ;D ;D ;D
J/K man J/K they're all awesome.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Dec 01, 2009, 06:31:09 pm
I heard that and a few other comments today. I reply that Harley hasn't made a bike this good in 106 years and never will.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Dec 01, 2009, 06:42:06 pm
I spent hours on the phone with tech support trying to get my anti-virus going.  I had been transferred to a second level and finally to "engineering support".  They connected to my computer, ran some diagnostics, yada, yada.  All this time he was able to see my desktop - a shot of me and my Raider cutting an arc along the Tail of the Dragon. 

(https://www.roadstarraider.com/gallery/317_13_08_09_7_04_17_0.jpeg)

Just before I disconnected him he asked where I got that picture.  I told him. 
He said "That's a nice bike.  Is that a Harley?"
"No, that's a Yamaha Raider."
"That's a Yamaha?!?"
"Yes, a Yamaha Raider.  1900 cc engine."
"That's a nice bike."
"Thank you."
"Do you mind if I ask how old you are?"
"No, I'm old enough.  Actually, I'm 62."
[Snicker] " That's really nice bike."
"Thank you."
Somebody in India likes my bike.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: karlabee on Dec 01, 2009, 06:55:37 pm
At Brians ride in MA a small group were checking out my Raven and I heard one say  [I will not use the Lords name in vain so... ....]  Good God almighty that flucker looks like it's ready to cross the parking lot by itself..Other comments followed untill the yammi stamp was  spotted.  Later in the ride my daughter saw one of them on the side of the road with two friends...I HAD to flick the throttle.....
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Dec 01, 2009, 07:02:01 pm
T .. would you like a slushie with that?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RAIDERDUDE on Dec 02, 2009, 04:10:57 pm
 YAMAHA
NOBODY TOLD ME MY RAIDER WAS A YAMAHA :o :o :o
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cornfed biker on Dec 03, 2009, 08:05:15 am
    :cus:       :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: wolfraider on Dec 03, 2009, 08:22:40 am
They got ya good, didn't they! Too funny! :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Dec 03, 2009, 09:05:24 am
The shop where i got mine is a Honda, Suzuki and Hardly dealership. I asked the guy about sales of the HD when I got my Raider. He says there are just some who wont even look at anything other than an HD. Then there are a lot more who will come in looking at a HD and see the Raider or M109 and end up buying them instead.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Dec 03, 2009, 09:20:14 am
At my weekly 8ball league last night, met a lady that I rode with once with a local meetup group. She was talking my bike up to her friend. This guy asked what I rode, I said a Yamaha Raider. This lady then added that her boyfriend was drooling over my bike ... and he's a HD rider.  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Geebop on Dec 03, 2009, 09:28:09 am
Drooling? Don't ya mean drippin ICE cubes brother. :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Dec 03, 2009, 11:28:12 am
Drooling? Don't ya mean drippin ICE cubes brother. :D :D

That was WAY back when it was warm  :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Dec 03, 2009, 03:42:30 pm
lol
good one gee
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Motodad393 on Dec 07, 2009, 02:17:10 pm
The Friday after Thanksgiving I rode back into Houston from Dallas.  Just had to ride.  I stopped at a Shell station in Friendswood, TX. to burn a cheap cigar and rev down before I got home.  I rode through Houston, shall I say rather quickly...... hate the traffic.

I was standing there actually a bit cold.  A guy in a Lexus pulled up, got out - looks at my beast and said "Nice Hog!"  I said, "Thank you, but believe it or not its a Yamaha!  This thing eats Harleys for a snack!"  He stopped and responded - "Thats a Yamaha?"

I then went on and told him about the bike.  Made me smile all the way home.

Damn, I love riding my Raider!   :raider:

Greatest compliment is to be 'mistaken for a Harley!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: alXraider on Dec 08, 2009, 10:45:08 pm
I've always ridden the Yamaha since I was 15.   When I saw the Raider for the first time, I thought cool.  When I saw it was a Yamaha, well...... I shucked my plan to buy the Harley Rocker C... Thank God.  Little did I know the HD was no comparison - "not to ditch HD", but here's proof: Lock stock barrel tried and true
(http://www.certimedix.com/yz.jpg)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Dec 09, 2009, 07:57:32 am
I've always ridden the Yamaha since I was 15.   When I saw the Raider for the first time, I thought cool.  When I saw it was a Yamaha, well...... I shucked my plan to buy the Harley Rocker C... Thank God.  Little did I know the HD was no comparison - "not to ditch HD", but here's proof: Lock stock barrel tried and true

So... I see color film hadn't been invented yet when you were a child either.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Motodad393 on Dec 09, 2009, 12:11:46 pm
I've always ridden the Yamaha since I was 15.   When I saw the Raider for the first time, I thought cool.  When I saw it was a Yamaha, well...... I shucked my plan to buy the Harley Rocker C... Thank God.  Little did I know the HD was no comparison - "not to ditch HD", but here's proof: Lock stock barrel tried and true

So... I see color film hadn't been invented yet when you were a child either.   ;D


Oh no, another ole guy rider!  :) Gotta love it......... :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Dec 09, 2009, 01:31:25 pm
Imma thinkin most of us have a few... humm shall we say ... miles on us.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Dec 09, 2009, 01:44:20 pm
I've always ridden the Yamaha since I was 15.   When I saw the Raider for the first time, I thought cool.  When I saw it was a Yamaha, well...... I shucked my plan to buy the Harley Rocker C... Thank God.  Little did I know the HD was no comparison - "not to ditch HD", but here's proof: Lock stock barrel tried and true

So... I see color film hadn't been invented yet when you were a child either.   ;D


Oh no, another ole guy rider!  :) Gotta love it......... :raider:

As I mentioned on another thread.  I'm amazed that no matter what your age... "old" is always seems to be 20 years past your current age.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: alXraider on Dec 09, 2009, 08:29:51 pm
I've always ridden the Yamaha since I was 15.   When I saw the Raider for the first time, I thought cool.  When I saw it was a Yamaha, well...... I shucked my plan to buy the Harley Rocker C... Thank God.  Little did I know the HD was no comparison - "not to ditch HD", but here's proof: Lock stock barrel tried and true

So... I see color film hadn't been invented yet when you were a child either.   ;D
LOL, time flies..
In honor of my first love the YZ80 even further back in time :biker: (note my friend's Honda XR75)
(http://www.certimedix.com/yz1.jpg)

I honor thee
(http://www.certimedix.com/yz3.jpg)

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Dec 10, 2009, 03:54:07 am
love those pics....way cool!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Motodad393 on Dec 15, 2009, 10:53:12 am
I've always ridden the Yamaha since I was 15.   When I saw the Raider for the first time, I thought cool.  When I saw it was a Yamaha, well...... I shucked my plan to buy the Harley Rocker C... Thank God.  Little did I know the HD was no comparison - "not to ditch HD", but here's proof: Lock stock barrel tried and true

So... I see color film hadn't been invented yet when you were a child either.   ;D


Oh no, another ole guy rider!  :) Gotta love it......... :raider:

As I mentioned on another thread.  I'm amazed that no matter what your age... "old" is always seems to be 20 years past your current age.   ;D


Precisely!   ;D  This is why is always use the wording "Ole" rather than 'old.  For me old is something I am not looking forward to, but I do not mind being "ole!" :D :raider: 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cornfed biker on Dec 15, 2009, 11:21:34 am
You "ole" guys crack me up. :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: wolfraider on Dec 15, 2009, 02:27:58 pm
These were the good "ole" days!  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: armydogdoc on Dec 16, 2009, 06:50:19 am
Ya I did a ride with the patriot guard on veterans day, got lots of looks of disbelief when I told em it was a Yamaha, most of em there thought that it was a Victory or a custom.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Dec 16, 2009, 06:52:03 am
 :agree: only WAY better!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: armydogdoc on Dec 16, 2009, 07:09:36 am
To be honest with you guys, I hope that Yamaha doesnt sell to many more Raiders.  I like being one of the very few on the road.  Its kinds cool when people say, "oh ya I've heard of em, and read a few articles about em, but this is the first one that I have seen."
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ro-NTX on Dec 16, 2009, 07:25:54 am
so true.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: alXraider on Dec 16, 2009, 12:08:59 pm
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways on a RAIDER - Jack Daniel in one hand - Throttle in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO, What a Ride"
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Dec 16, 2009, 01:42:01 pm
Better yet have a heart attack while ridding next to a grave yard and slide right on in... SAFE!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ro-NTX on Dec 16, 2009, 02:02:41 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: WilCon on Dec 16, 2009, 04:20:28 pm
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways on a RAIDER - Jack Daniel in one hand - Throttle in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO, What a Ride"

Well on my way brother, well on my way.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Dec 16, 2009, 07:17:04 pm
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways on a RAIDER - Jack Daniel in one hand - Throttle in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO, What a Ride"

exactly!  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Dec 16, 2009, 09:49:30 pm
You "ole" guys crack me up. :D :D :D

You "ole" guys crack me up. :D :D :D
Jus don't fergit, Yore time's  commin! We bin where yore at, but you can't say the same thing  :P
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Dec 22, 2009, 02:25:53 pm
OK, so ChromeZen and I pull into Stroker's for a late lunch Monday. I pull off the goggles, hang 'em on the bars, take off the gloves, and walk over to the tables to grab a smoke before we go inside. In the first 5 minutes, 3 separate people got up from their tables, walked around my swashbuckling bitch (one of them a double walkaround), all the while looking at her closely... Just as we're about to go inside Stroker's Icehouse, one of them stops me and asks what kind of kit the bike was... I said "Kit? No kit, just a lot of individual pieces and custom fabrication etc... why?" ... After some additional conversation about him trying to figure out what it was, I told him and his jaw about hit the floor. Of course, as is common, when he found out that it was 113 cubic inches, he was in disbelief. His friends came over... They asked about the triple tree, the speedo and dash, the engine/transmission, the wheels ...

Gotta love those little moments...
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Dec 22, 2009, 03:13:19 pm
OK, so ChromeZen and I pull into Stroker's for a late lunch Monday. I pull off the goggles, hang 'em on the bars, take off the gloves, and walk over to the tables to grab a smoke before we go inside. In the first 5 minutes, 3 separate people got up from their tables, walked around my swashbuckling bitch (one of them a double walkaround), all the while looking at her closely... Just as we're about to go inside Stroker's Icehouse, one of them stops me and asks what kind of kit the bike was... I said "Kit? No kit, just a lot of individual pieces and custom fabrication etc... why?" ... After some additional conversation about him trying to figure out what it was, I told him and his jaw about hit the floor. Of course, as is common, when he found out that it was 113 cubic inches, he was in disbelief. His friends came over... They asked about the triple tree, the speedo and dash, the engine/transmission, the wheels ...

Gotta love those little moments...

You sound like a proud Papa...  as well you should.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Dec 22, 2009, 07:42:22 pm
I dig hearing everyone's stories.
It happens everywhere we go.
Especially at bike night or rallies.
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: JRW09Raider on Dec 30, 2009, 06:22:59 pm
i've got one....me dad and my bro ride up to local harley dealership....largest one around...they have the annual "manfest" goin on.....so im on my raider, dads on his softail custom, and my bro is on his older kawi...we go inside, mill around for a while (all the time i have my extra sweet Yamaha riding jacket on...should of seen the looks I was getn!!!)...well as we are getting ready to leave I overhear the girl at the cash register talkn' to one of the salesmen....something about "yeah there is a Yamaha Raider in the lot and (owners name) is pissed????....I was like...uh...are the talking about me and if they are why the hell would the owner be pissed???...there where a few other sportbikes and for crap sake my bro was ridding a kawi...so instantly I thought must be somebody else out there with a Raider....well we walk out...start the bikes up...grab a smoke while they are warming...we proceed to get on our sleds and get ready to roll out when here comes the owner in a dead march heading towards me on my Raider...now i'm like WTF????....i start to pull away and he stops 3 foot from my bike and gives me a look like i just cut his moms head off or something???....the entire time and to this day I still dont understand what that was all about???....kinda felt good though!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: firer8r on Dec 30, 2009, 06:34:51 pm
Must have been his reaction to being intimidated? ??? :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Dec 30, 2009, 06:41:35 pm
I cropped the Leader of the Pack poster Vintage did for me (https://www.roadstarraider.com/gallery/317_09_12_09_4_33_10.jpeg) so I could use it as a desktop on my work computer.  It was showing on my 24" monitor when my boss' boss (a VP) came in yesterday.  He knows I ride, but had never seen my bike.  He commented favorably on the desktop image and called it a beautiful motorcycle.  I thanked him and told him I liked it.  He asked where I got the image and I told him what Vintage had done for me.  He said, "You called it "your bike".  Do you mean in your dreams?"
"No, that is my bike"
"The one you ride to work sometimes?"
"Every chance I get."
"Nice bike.  I've never seen a Harley like that before."
"That's because it's not a Harley."
"Not a Harley?  What is it?"
"That's a Yamaha Raider. 113 inch V-twin".
You know what happend next. ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: krazyburro on Dec 30, 2009, 06:55:40 pm
JRW09RAIDER-  Would have been interesting to hear what he had to say.  People like that kill me. 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Dec 30, 2009, 07:04:36 pm
i've got one....me dad and my bro ride up to local harley dealership....largest one around...they have the annual "manfest" goin on.....so im on my raider, dads on his softail custom, and my bro is on his older kawi...we go inside, mill around for a while (all the time i have my extra sweet Yamaha riding jacket on...should of seen the looks I was getn!!!)...well as we are getting ready to leave I overhear the girl at the cash register talkn' to one of the salesmen....something about "yeah there is a Yamaha Raider in the lot and (owners name) is pissed????....I was like...uh...are the talking about me and if they are why the hell would the owner be pissed???...there where a few other sportbikes and for crap sake my bro was ridding a kawi...so instantly I thought must be somebody else out there with a Raider....well we walk out...start the bikes up...grab a smoke while they are warming...we proceed to get on our sleds and get ready to roll out when here comes the owner in a dead march heading towards me on my Raider...now i'm like WTF????....i start to pull away and he stops 3 foot from my bike and gives me a look like i just cut his moms head off or something???....the entire time and to this day I still dont understand what that was all about???....kinda felt good though!!!
Just tell him that you understand that 87% of Harleys sold are still on the road.......the others made it home.  ok...i'm wearing this one out, I'll stop!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ro-NTX on Dec 30, 2009, 07:07:35 pm
cool post, keep it coming you all.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Dec 30, 2009, 07:30:08 pm
i've got one....me dad and my bro ride up to local harley dealership....largest one around...they have the annual "manfest" goin on.....so im on my raider, dads on his softail custom, and my bro is on his older kawi...we go inside, mill around for a while (all the time i have my extra sweet Yamaha riding jacket on...should of seen the looks I was getn!!!)...well as we are getting ready to leave I overhear the girl at the cash register talkn' to one of the salesmen....something about "yeah there is a Yamaha Raider in the lot and (owners name) is pissed????....I was like...uh...are the talking about me and if they are why the hell would the owner be pissed???...there where a few other sportbikes and for crap sake my bro was ridding a kawi...so instantly I thought must be somebody else out there with a Raider....well we walk out...start the bikes up...grab a smoke while they are warming...we proceed to get on our sleds and get ready to roll out when here comes the owner in a dead march heading towards me on my Raider...now i'm like WTF????....i start to pull away and he stops 3 foot from my bike and gives me a look like i just cut his moms head off or something???....the entire time and to this day I still dont understand what that was all about???....kinda felt good though!!!

That owner sound like an A hole for sure.
It shouldn't make a difference what parks in front of his dealership.
He must have raced a Raider and had his a$$ whipped in the race.
You have to understand bike sales are down and if someone still wasn't sure if they want to spend the extra money just to say "Yeah I Ride A Harley" then with the good looks of the Raider he might have felt that you might have taken a sale from him.
 :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
What a baby
Maybe he should also sell Raiders LOL.
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MYWORLD on Dec 30, 2009, 07:35:24 pm
i've got one....me dad and my bro ride up to local harley dealership....largest one around...they have the annual "manfest" goin on.....so im on my raider, dads on his softail custom, and my bro is on his older kawi...we go inside, mill around for a while (all the time i have my extra sweet Yamaha riding jacket on...should of seen the looks I was getn!!!)...well as we are getting ready to leave I overhear the girl at the cash register talkn' to one of the salesmen....something about "yeah there is a Yamaha Raider in the lot and (owners name) is pissed????....I was like...uh...are the talking about me and if they are why the hell would the owner be pissed???...there where a few other sportbikes and for crap sake my bro was ridding a kawi...so instantly I thought must be somebody else out there with a Raider....well we walk out...start the bikes up...grab a smoke while they are warming...we proceed to get on our sleds and get ready to roll out when here comes the owner in a dead march heading towards me on my Raider...now i'm like WTF????....i start to pull away and he stops 3 foot from my bike and gives me a look like i just cut his moms head off or something???....the entire time and to this day I still dont understand what that was all about???....kinda felt good though!!!
Just tell him that you understand that 87% of Harleys sold are still on the road.......the others made it home.  ok...i'm wearing this one out, I'll stop!!
LOL LOL Another good one!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ps54888 on Dec 30, 2009, 07:59:26 pm
kool  deal pic posted myworld under air spike
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Dec 30, 2009, 10:09:49 pm
Sounds like that dealer needs to have you and your dad ride up again, only this time with your dad on his brand new Raider! I know one thing, I'll be dam ned before I did business with somebody that treated a member of my family like that,for any reason  >:(
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Dec 31, 2009, 03:36:15 am
gees, what a douche bag.....funny story though
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: alXraider on Dec 31, 2009, 11:24:41 am
Around here at Cooks Corner in SoCal I don't get that much attention for it anymore. At first people would always come up.  "What kind a Harley is that?" or "I sure like your mods", or "Is that a Yamaha?".  If they ask I say it's a 113 cubic inch push rod V-Twin by Star, a subdivision of Yamaha.  If they ask and are the fellas that I've happen to strike up conversation with earlier, the most likely comment is "As long as you're on two wheels".  Sure are nice guys down here. LOL. Not sure what to think of the hard core Harley riders. I'm talking wannabe 2% LOL. Their busy recruiting. 

The fun is subsiding now and I think its the combination of the public awareness of the Raider, and respect for its power and handling. If you ever come down to Cooks its a big deal for everyone, I mean everyone, to tear down the street as they head out.  The Raider is one of the Top Dogs in this department, especially if you tear out from a dead stop in 2nd gear.

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Dec 31, 2009, 11:30:35 am
I have to agree with the public awareness and the power and handling is getting to be known among riders. Most Harley guys I know and ride with respect the power of the Beastie and don't try to egg me on to an impromptu race anymore! They know they'll be looking at my tail light.....

Some of the most fun I have is with the chrome 113's on the covers.
People are always stunned! "Really" It's a 113?????" Damn! That's BIG! Mine's only 96!

Was riding up towards Longmont one day, happen to ride by a guy on a Warrior.
He said, "Is that a Raider?" I said yes. He yelled: "Wow! It doesn't get any better than that!"

I felt smugly satisfied.......!

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RAIDERDUDE on Dec 31, 2009, 12:25:17 pm
I HAVE BEEN RIDING BIKES SINCE I WAS A KID
CRUISERS SINCE 81
I HAVE NEVER GOT SO MUCH ATTENTION THAN WHAT THIS BIKE GET'S
EVERYWHERE I GO-TRAFFIC LIGHTS,GAS STATIONS,ANYWHERE YOU GO,LOT'S OF FOLKS WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS RIDE

I REALLY LOVE THIS BIKE
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Starky on Dec 31, 2009, 12:49:16 pm
Should have stopped to see what the HD owner had to say.  So far I haven't felt any negativity from the HD guys.  Most of them just nod to me.  I guess up here in the north, if you're riding it doesn't matter what your on.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Dec 31, 2009, 03:05:26 pm
Should have stopped to see what the HD owner had to say.  So far I haven't felt any negativity from the HD guys.  Most of them just nod to me.  I guess up here in the north, if you're riding it doesn't matter what your on.

I hear ya Starky ... I have only had good comments about the bike. And you're right, it doesn't matter what you ride - just that you do. I had a young guy on a scooter give me the wave as I went by. I had to laugh because that's what makes me smile. He doesn't have a big bike but he was just as happy as could be. I waved back and I saw the biggest smile on his face.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Dec 31, 2009, 03:24:40 pm
Last Spring My buddy and I rolled into a fuel stop, and there was this guy on a HD, just as I was turning it off he says "how do you like your Raider?" I said I really like it a lot, then I said "how did you know it was a Raider? He said he works at Seattle HD, and he makes an effort to get to know all the cruisers that come out so he can talk intelligently with their owners. I said Really? that's quite unusual. He then said that the Raider is as good a bike as they come, and HD biggest competitor. Needless to say, I was quite blown away.  8)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jan 04, 2010, 07:50:41 am
wow .. cool
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: budaman on Jan 04, 2010, 08:02:09 am
Thats what we want to here!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: JRW09Raider on Jan 04, 2010, 03:47:27 pm
yeah...still kinda erk's me when i think about it....would of liked to know what he wanted I guess...I don't have anything against anybody who rides whatever!!!...the end result is all the same!!!....I may like cheeseburgers and you may hate them....so what...doesnt mean ima bust your balls because you dont like what i like....I wave at everybody on the road...doesnt matter...so i'm not sure if he was pissed because of the bike.....or what....have no clue...have never heard of that guy being like that...ive talked to him before on other occasions....he seemed like a cool guy...not like he knows me or anything....but oh well, who cares...maybe he was just having a bad day!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: wolfraider on Jan 04, 2010, 05:17:18 pm
...maybe he was just having a bad day!!!!

Most likely.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Metric on Jan 04, 2010, 06:25:32 pm
maybe he just wanted to admire your raider....maybe he is going to start selling yams....maybe you should have run over his toes!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RAIDERIDER on Jan 04, 2010, 06:34:25 pm
I hooked up with 5 dudes that all ride hogs one night at a club north of my city , & they asked me to join them for a beer. I had a blast talking with them & they said that they are all going to Sturgis by bike & asked me to join if i want. Ive always wanted to ride to sturgis & check it out so i said iam in, &them being an awesome bunch to hang with . When we left the bar one of them said , now lets see if that Yamaha will keep up!, LOL.  Well i dont have much more to say other than they did not end up calling me to join them to go on the 750mile ride to Sturgis. And ive still not seen a Hog pass me on any road...... O8O
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: wolfraider on Jan 04, 2010, 06:39:12 pm
Too funny!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jan 04, 2010, 06:46:37 pm
yeah...still kinda erk's me when i think about it....would of liked to know what he wanted I guess...I don't have anything against anybody who rides whatever!!!...the end result is all the same!!!....I may like cheeseburgers and you may hate them....so what...doesnt mean ima bust your balls because you dont like what i like....I wave at everybody on the road...doesnt matter...so i'm not sure if he was pissed because of the bike.....or what....have no clue...have never heard of that guy being like that...ive talked to him before on other occasions....he seemed like a cool guy...not like he knows me or anything....but oh well, who cares...maybe he was just having a bad day!!!!

I'd make it a point to stop in each weekend during their busiest hours.  That'll teach him.  I've had quite a few dirty looks when I stop by the local HD shops here in MN.  Mostly from the salesmen since they probably don't have anything that can compete.  Most of the customers or lookyloo's at the HD shops love it and ask all sorts of questoins.  i get the best response at the local biker hangout....people stop dead in their tracks and take a walk around.  Pull down the shades and try figuring out what the hell it is.  I don't think the Raider is too well know yet up here.  A few times people have come up hard looking like they want to race and they don't and just give me a nod.  Maybe those guys know.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Jan 04, 2010, 11:47:56 pm
I've had questions asked while waiting in traffic, sometimes i say it's the new harley slayer, i don't think any of them got it. I think it would be funny if they went and asked at an hd dealer to see the new slayer!!   :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ps54888 on Jan 05, 2010, 05:11:13 am
lmao yeah i hear that
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jan 05, 2010, 06:51:49 am
oh cit harly slayer... good one.. ! ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Jan 08, 2010, 12:37:25 am
The coolest thing I see happen is this;  I am cruising down the highway and pass a cager, suddenly the cager puts the petal to the metal and pulls up next to me.  Every face in the vehicle except for the driver is glued to window looking at the bike.  I look over and see mouths moving and can tell they are saying "that is one really cool bike". Happened over a dozen times this summer.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: FIREMAN on Jan 08, 2010, 12:44:24 am
SELL EM A RAIDER Calendar 8) 8)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jan 08, 2010, 06:59:32 am
The coolest thing I see happen is this;  I am cruising down the highway and pass a cager, suddenly the cager puts the petal to the metal and pulls up next to me.  Every face in the vehicle except for the driver is glued to window looking at the bike.  I look over and see mouths moving and can tell they are saying "that is one really cool bike". Happened over a dozen times this summer.

Yeah but... what do Eskimo's know?    ;D
Just messin' with ya....  :poke:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Jan 14, 2010, 06:45:54 am
sitting in traffic and a late 40's early  50's african american lady
pulls next to me in her big dodge pickup.....THATS SHARP! She
moves up with traffic......I end up next to her a few minutes later
at the light and she rolls down her window,"boooooooy I like that"
I say thank you and she notices......"oh its a yamaha!"  Up to this point I
thought she just likes what she sees and surely didnt think she knew
about bikes. I immediately asked......do you ride? She says......I have an
M109!    of course I am blown away.....WOOOOOOOOOOW! SWEET!
She was so cool....real sharp glasses, clean cut, with her post office
uniform on. Of course I proceeded to tell her about the bike and I
know she was shocked when I told her it was a 1900...
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: seventhLetter on Jan 14, 2010, 07:17:57 am
hahah!  cool Deja!  That M109 of hers is no slacker either though...in fact it is just about even in the 1/4 mile.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jan 14, 2010, 10:08:01 am
too cool
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Jan 14, 2010, 11:03:36 am
believe me....I know about the M109......I
think she was just as shocked to hear the power
I was riding. I didnt think she knew anything
about bikes much less RIDE and to have an M109....

it was all just a real shock to me
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Jan 14, 2010, 11:11:31 am
The M109's are ginormous in size. They look like they got a 55 gallon oil drum for a gas tank!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Jan 14, 2010, 11:12:30 am
And by comparison, a HD Rocker feels like you're sitting on a tiny little scooter!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Jan 14, 2010, 11:13:56 am
And by comparison, a HD Rocker feels like you're sitting on a tiny little scooter!!

I didn't like the height of the rocker myself!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Jan 14, 2010, 11:17:06 am
it felt too skinny for me. The forks were so small compared to the Raider, it looked weak.
and the non-chrome model, geeze, it looks like cement-colored metal! Yuck!

Plus 63 hp is just not enough!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Jan 14, 2010, 11:24:32 am
when I seen the rocker on paper I liked it...when I sat on one
I hated it. When I saw the Raider on the computer I hated it
when I sat on it......... ;D  :raider: :raider: :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Jan 14, 2010, 11:25:02 am
They look like a fast bike, but thats all. I sat on one and just didn't like it at all. Higher center of Gravity, taller, it looked and felt cheap. So i moved on and sat on a few more. The one i did like was $28K, so i moved on......and out of the dealership to find the bike i wanted......you know how the story ends, or i wouldn't be here on this forum.  8)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RAIDERDUDE on Jan 14, 2010, 02:03:38 pm
I TELL FOLKS IT'S A VESPA
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Jan 14, 2010, 02:26:41 pm
I TELL FOLKS IT'S A VESPA
:D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Jan 14, 2010, 03:21:09 pm
I TELL FOLKS IT'S A VESPA

(http://creativegraphx.com/raider-2/super-vespa.jpg)

but it is one bad-ass little Vespa......


Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: wolfraider on Jan 14, 2010, 05:53:05 pm
You got way too much time my friend!  :rotfl:  :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Jan 14, 2010, 06:06:07 pm
that is the coolest vespa around
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Jan 14, 2010, 06:07:46 pm
that is the coolest vespa around
+1
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RAIDERDUDE on Jan 14, 2010, 08:10:11 pm
I TELL FOLKS IT'S A VESPA

(http://creativegraphx.com/raider-2/super-vespa.jpg)

but it is one bad-ass little Vespa......







SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: krazyburro on Jan 14, 2010, 08:35:46 pm
Nice.  Cant wait to see that at bike night sometime.  LOL
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Jan 15, 2010, 01:08:16 am
I TELL FOLKS IT'S A VESPA

(http://creativegraphx.com/raider-2/super-vespa.jpg)

but it is one bad-ass little Vespa......




Now that is a Vespa I could for go for.  That would look great in Santa Claus Land.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ps54888 on Jan 16, 2010, 10:20:07 pm
wow  not me
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Jan 16, 2010, 11:03:59 pm
when I seen the rocker on paper I liked it...when I sat on one
I hated it.

Isn't a Rocker what old folks sit on?  They don't go anywhere, do they?

Or is this the kind of Rocker you are talking about?

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Earlzach on Jan 17, 2010, 12:40:35 pm
I am so far in the rears on this thread to catch up.
But I will respond to the opening post.

98% of all Harleys are on the road today!!


2% made it home. LOL

I have no Time for "You should have bought a Harley" guy.


I simply love the Raider it is one of the Hottest looking bikes on the road.

And its no slouch either from what I here.


As for my Star Yamaha, There isnt a street Harley gonna come close to my "Oh its just a Yamaha"
Even the big Vrod dont stand a chance unless it gets modded.

I am a big Fan of the Raider and Star Yamaha. I am not here to Hijack this site with my bike. I am here to talk shop and bikes with real world motorcycle guys. 

If I were to win a Harley in a raffle I would still use for currency toward something else. I would not keet it.
I dont Hate. I just dont spend a lot of time trying to like a big overpriced and under powered bike.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Jan 17, 2010, 12:45:09 pm
I am so far in the rears on this thread to catch up.
But I will respond to the opening post.

98% of all Harleys are on the road today!!


2% made it home. LOL

I have no Time for "You should have bought a Harley" guy.


I simply love the Raider it is one of the Hottest looking bikes on the road.

And its no slouch either from what I here.


As for my Star Yamaha, There isnt a street Harley gonna come close to my "Oh its just a Yamaha"
Even the big Vrod dont stand a chance unless it gets modded.

I am a big Fan of the Raider and Star Yamaha. I am not here to Hijack this site with my bike. I am here to talk shop and bikes with real world motorcycle guys. 

If I were to win a Harley in a raffle I would still use for currency toward something else. I would not keet it.
I dont Hate. I just dont spend a lot of time trying to like a big overpriced and under powered bike.
DUDE! you're in the right place!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Jan 17, 2010, 05:34:55 pm
 :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :agree: :agree: :agree: :ohyeah: :ohyeah: :ohyeah: :ohyeah: :ohyeah:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Jan 17, 2010, 09:11:48 pm
Earlzach, I am right there with you! I'd sell a Harley on stage if I ever won one, before I even turned the key :P. Then would buy another Raider for my solo street fighter project bike ;D. HD makes no models that I would want anymore.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Jan 18, 2010, 07:29:00 pm
No way would I want any other bike even to pacify the "why didn't you get a Harley" crowd!

Today I pulled up in a friends yard (he has a Victory). Next door is a guy working on his neighbors house,he says "now that's a nice looking bike! Did you build it yourself?" I said, "nope, it's pretty well stock except for the 2 bags I have on the front".

I can't think of very many other stock bikes, except maybe some Victorys, that would cause someone to think it was custom built. You just gotta love it I know I do!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ro-NTX on Jan 18, 2010, 07:39:12 pm
same here. cable guy came today and when he saw my bike. He goes wow nice looking chopper.
Got to love it.  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Jan 18, 2010, 07:44:59 pm
I got a nice ride in today, and as I was filling up the tank, a guy on harley strikes up a conversation with me. He didn't like when I made the comment that "87% of harleys are still on the road", that part was ok, it's when I said "the others made it home ok" is what he growled at. Some people just can't take a joke.  8)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Earlzach on Jan 18, 2010, 07:50:01 pm
I got a nice ride in today, and as I was filling up the tank, a guy on harley strikes up a conversation with me. He didn't like when I made the comment that "87% of harleys are still on the road", that part was ok, it's when I said "the others made it home ok" is what he growled at. Some people just can't take a joke.  8)

LOL most of them dont like that one! Or the "I eat pork with my Rice." Usually not a fav.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ps54888 on Jan 19, 2010, 07:15:26 am
 :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ground pounder on Jan 24, 2010, 11:06:17 pm
Made aquick ride out to cooks corner today. nice and sunny, about 60 degrees> I just love it when I,m the only raider in a sea of harleys and people stop and drool over my raider. :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Jan 24, 2010, 11:28:34 pm
Made aquick ride out to cooks corner today. nice and sunny, about 60 degrees> I just love it when I,m the only raider in a sea of harleys and people stop and drool over my raider. :D :D

 :agree:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Jan 24, 2010, 11:43:12 pm
I mentioned in the Germany thread that my Dad was from Switzerland.
It's a very small country, smaller than Colorado.
He said when they were kids, they said Switzerland was like a beautiful gold coin in the middle of a giant cow turd. (The rest of Europe!)

I feel like that when I'm on a large group ride in a sea of ordinary Harley's!
And I'm on the gold coin!

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: wolfraider on Jan 25, 2010, 08:40:00 pm
Oh, the Swiss people and their little country syndrome.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Jan 25, 2010, 08:41:16 pm
That's why I ride a really big motorcycle........ :)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: JRW09Raider on Jan 26, 2010, 03:16:13 pm
I mentioned in the Germany thread that my Dad was from Switzerland.
It's a very small country, smaller than Colorado.
He said when they were kids, they said Switzerland was like a beautiful gold coin in the middle of a giant cow turd. (The rest of Europe!)

I feel like that when I'm on a large group ride in a sea of ordinary Harley's!
And I'm on the gold coin!

 ;D ;D ;D

NICE!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: JRW09Raider on Jan 26, 2010, 03:17:58 pm
Made aquick ride out to cooks corner today. nice and sunny, about 60 degrees> I just love it when I,m the only raider in a sea of harleys and people stop and drool over my raider. :D :D

classic....couldnt tell you how many times this has happened to me also....nice bike....looks real familiar!!!...almost made me go check the garage and make sure she was still there....HA!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Hollywood on Jan 26, 2010, 09:34:24 pm
I was on my way to the Yamaha Dealership. After about an hour of riding in 31 degrees and wind blowing 10 miles an hour, I'm Freezing my a$$ off so I thought I would pull into the HD shop and look around.  Salesman at the door offers me a cup of coffee (the Harley Posers were not riding this morning) he was glad to see anyone....lol...then he asked me is that your custom job out there?  Had to laugh, I made him ask me who made it twice, then told him it was a Yamaha Raider thanked him for the coffee and hit the road. When I pulled up to the Yamaha Dealership a parts delivery guy asks me hey is that a Harley?  Told him he needed to get out of that truck and look around the showroom, times are changing.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Jan 26, 2010, 09:43:21 pm
I was on my way to the Yamaha Dealership. After about an hour of riding in 31 degrees and wind blowing 10 miles an hour, I'm Freezing my a$$ off so I thought I would pull into the HD shop and look around.  Salesman at the door offers me a cup of coffee (the Harley Posers were not riding this morning) he was glad to see anyone....lol...then he asked me is that your custom job out there?  Had to laugh, I made him ask me who made it twice, then told him it was a Yamaha Raider thanked him for the coffee and hit the road. When I pulled up to the Yamaha Dealership a parts delivery guy asks me hey is that a Harley?  Told him he needed to get out of that truck and look around the showroom, times are changing.
:goodjob: :yay: :lbh: :shake:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jan 27, 2010, 06:02:54 am
I was on my way to the Yamaha Dealership. After about an hour of riding in 31 degrees and wind blowing 10 miles an hour, I'm Freezing my a$$ off so I thought I would pull into the HD shop and look around.  Salesman at the door offers me a cup of coffee (the Harley Posers were not riding this morning) he was glad to see anyone....lol...then he asked me is that your custom job out there?  Had to laugh, I made him ask me who made it twice, then told him it was a Yamaha Raider thanked him for the coffee and hit the road. When I pulled up to the Yamaha Dealership a parts delivery guy asks me hey is that a Harley?  Told him he needed to get out of that truck and look around the showroom, times are changing.


Oh great.. thanks...!  Im gonna have Bob singing in my head for the rest of the freakin' day.. oh the times they are a changin'
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: brodon on Feb 28, 2010, 08:58:45 pm
When you check the mc classifieds on a major newspaper like the St. Louis Post Dispatch, there may be 90 bike beings offered with 75 of them Harleys.

You'll see an '06 or '07 listed and they're asking 19,900 21,900 and wondering why no one is calling. It's the same way in all of the regional "Shopper" mags.

What happens is that they look at the money they've got into the bike and wonder to themselves. . . man, what have I done?

They owe more on their bikes than they're worth.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Feb 28, 2010, 11:03:20 pm
When you check the mc classifieds on a major newspaper like the St. Louis Post Dispatch, there may be 90 bike beings offered with 75 of them Harleys.

You'll see an '06 or '07 listed and they're asking 19,900 21,900 and wondering why no one is calling. It's the same way in all of the regional "Shopper" mags.

What happens is that they look at the money they've got into the bike and wonder to themselves. . . man, what have I done?

They owe more on their bikes than they're worth.
You learn fast grasshopper!  :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:


You are absolutely right brother!  I hate to say it, but it is kinda comical.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Feb 28, 2010, 11:07:33 pm
When you check the mc classifieds on a major newspaper like the St. Louis Post Dispatch, there may be 90 bike beings offered with 75 of them Harleys.

You'll see an '06 or '07 listed and they're asking 19,900 21,900 and wondering why no one is calling. It's the same way in all of the regional "Shopper" mags.

What happens is that they look at the money they've got into the bike and wonder to themselves. . . man, what have I done?

They owe more on their bikes than they're worth.

That's not possible! Don't believe it? Ask a HD owner that's not trying to sell his! Most will swear it's worth more than the day they bought it  :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Feb 28, 2010, 11:20:09 pm
Ony as long as HD can drive/demand a premium price on new ones, and keep guaranteeing trade in value on used ones.... and we already know...

DAT AIN'T HAPPENIN'!!!
That's not possible! Don't believe it? Ask a HD owner that's not trying to sell his! Most will swear it's worth more than the day they bought it  :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Feb 28, 2010, 11:27:46 pm
Ony as long as HD can drive/demand a premium price on new ones, and keep guaranteeing trade in value on used ones.... and we already know...

DAT AIN'T HAPPENIN'!!!
That's not possible! Don't believe it? Ask a HD owner that's not trying to sell his! Most will swear it's worth more than the day they bought it  :rotfl:

Hey, let them dream! Remember what happened when you found out there wasn't a Santy Claus? Could you live with yourself if you did THAT to a HD owner?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 01, 2010, 12:47:23 am
Ony as long as HD can drive/demand a premium price on new ones, and keep guaranteeing trade in value on used ones.... and we already know...

DAT AIN'T HAPPENIN'!!!
That's not possible! Don't believe it? Ask a HD owner that's not trying to sell his! Most will swear it's worth more than the day they bought it  :rotfl:

Hey, let them dream! Remember what happened when you found out there wasn't a Santy Claus? Could you live with yourself if you did THAT to a HD owner?
YEAH!! :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Mar 01, 2010, 06:45:28 am
Yesterday I was at my local leather shop getting a jacket worked on. While there I hear this guy talking about his 2003 Harley something or other that he is trying to sell. A couple of other Harley owners strike up a conversation with him and he proceeds to tell them its a 2003 with new cams, chain, tension ..ect ect ect.. "yea" he says " that's the second time i had to do that"...??? Something to do with a plastic tention-er that broke? One of the other guys says, " yea, that happened to my 2005 something or other Harley.  Cost me 3k to get it fixed. "... The first guy bout had a heart attack because that is the same model bike he is going to buy. He walked away with a sour look on his face.

Later, after I got my coat back and was at the check out, he starts to chat with me about chaps, gloves and cold weather riding. Of course the subject of what kind of bike I was riding came up and I just said Raider. Quizzed he scruched up his face so, I nodded toward the window he was standing beside and said " the shinny silver one. It's a 1.9 liter. " His mouth bout hit the floor when he looked out then he spins back and says " wow, is that an S&S custom? "  I smiled and said " No, its made by star motorcycles. " He made a bee line for the door and out to give my " custom " a once over. I swelled with pride as half the other guys in the store followed. It was a true love fest...lol. Only took a second for someone to spot the Yamma slamma emblem and the head scratching began.. ;D    Loads of " wows, cools and shweet's "  and " man those jap bikes are getting better and better "

Ahh good times!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Mar 01, 2010, 09:17:33 am
Yesterday I was at my local leather shop getting a jacket worked on. While there I hear this guy talking about his 2003 harley somthing or other that he is trying to sell. A couple of other harley owners strike up a conversation with him and he proceeds to tell them its a 2003 with new cams, chain, tentioner ..ect ect ect.. "yea" he says " that's the second time i had to do that"...??? Something to do with a plastic tentioner that broke? One of the other guys says, " yea, that happened to my 2005 something or other harley.  Cost me 3k to get it fixed. "... The first guy bout had a heart attack because that is the same model bike he is going to buy. He walked away with a sour look on his face.

Later, after I got my coat back and was at the check out, he starts to chat with me about chaps, gloves and cold weather riding. Of corse the subject of what kind of bike I was riding came up and I just said Raider. Quizzled he scruched up his face so, I nodded tward the window he was standing beside and said " the shinny silver one. It's a 1.9 liter. " His mouth bout hit the floor when he looked out then he spins back and says " wow, is that an S&S custom? "  I smiled and said " No, its made by star motorcycles. " He made a bee line for the door and out to give my " custom " a once over. I swelled with pride as half the other guys in the store followed. It was a true love fest...lol. Only took a second for someone to spot the Yamma slamma emblem and the head scratching began.. ;D    Loads of " wow's, cool's and shweet's "  and " man those jap bikes are getting better and better "

Ahh good times!

 :thumbs: Ya gotta love it when those type actually give credit where it's due!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Mar 01, 2010, 09:25:02 am
Yesterday I was at my local leather shop getting a jacket worked on. While there I hear this guy talking about his 2003 harley somthing or other that he is trying to sell. A couple of other harley owners strike up a conversation with him and he proceeds to tell them its a 2003 with new cams, chain, tentioner ..ect ect ect.. "yea" he says " that's the second time i had to do that"...??? Something to do with a plastic tentioner that broke? One of the other guys says, " yea, that happened to my 2005 something or other harley.  Cost me 3k to get it fixed. "... The first guy bout had a heart attack because that is the same model bike he is going to buy. He walked away with a sour look on his face.

Later, after I got my coat back and was at the check out, he starts to chat with me about chaps, gloves and cold weather riding. Of corse the subject of what kind of bike I was riding came up and I just said Raider. Quizzled he scruched up his face so, I nodded tward the window he was standing beside and said " the shinny silver one. It's a 1.9 liter. " His mouth bout hit the floor when he looked out then he spins back and says " wow, is that an S&S custom? "  I smiled and said " No, its made by star motorcycles. " He made a bee line for the door and out to give my " custom " a once over. I swelled with pride as half the other guys in the store followed. It was a true love fest...lol. Only took a second for someone to spot the Yamma slamma emblem and the head scratching began.. ;D    Loads of " wow's, cool's and shweet's "  and " man those jap bikes are getting better and better "

Ahh good times!



Killer story!!!  I've had a numbr of Harley owners going crazy over my Raider. "Wow! What is that?".  My father-in-law that's a diehard Harley guy looked like he was going to pass out when I told him 113 cubic inches.

Now someone fill me in on this "There ain't no Santa Claus" rumor.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ryaninetyone on Mar 01, 2010, 09:27:27 am
You guys know how sometimes you buy something and then later you say "Man I shoulda got the other one." Well that never happened here. I planned on one day getting a Raider since it first came out and then finally got one. Every week I find new reasons to feel more and more happy about my purchase! We are gonna have a long life together.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Mar 01, 2010, 09:31:40 am

Killer story!!!  I've had a numbr of Harley owners going crazy over my Raider. "Wow! What is that?".  My father-in-law that's a diehard Harley guy looked like he was going to pass out when I told him 113 cubic inches.

Now someone fill me in on this "There ain't no Santa Claus" rumor.

Ah heck, you know there's a Santa Claus! How else would you explain the Raiders  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gman on Mar 01, 2010, 10:07:11 am
I got my bomber covers on. No badges left on my bike other than the tuning bars on the Speedo. I like to keep'em guessing. I've watched people look over my bike without figuring out the make. I like it that way.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rick Busbea on Mar 01, 2010, 10:33:05 am
I was at RUB BBQ in the Rio at Vegas and this friendly lady sitting next to me had on a Harley t-shirt. I asked her if she rode a Harley and she replied, "Of course, why would anyone ride anything else?" Well, I was a couple of beers into my ribs and before I could stop myself, said "Because I didn't want to settle for less of a bike." She quipped, "Oh, what do you ride?" I told her Raider and she asked what I meant...I stated more cubes, more HP, more torque, better handling, better design and manufacturing, less maintenance, more reliable and about half the price. Then I asked, "Why would I settle for a Harley?" Now here comes the punch line.....wait for it.....wait a little longer......gotta build the tension for this...............she told me "You wouldn't understand."   :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
What's to understand?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Mar 01, 2010, 10:38:10 am
 :funnypost:  Hilarious!!   
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Mar 01, 2010, 10:40:20 am
heheh. Oh Ive never heard that one before...  :D :D :D :D :D :D :D    :P :P :P
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rick Busbea on Mar 01, 2010, 10:49:56 am
Madcow and MrT: You'll like this one too then. I've taken all badging off my sled except for the engine medallion and the tuning forks on the speedo. A guy asked me, "What kind of Harley is this anyway?" I told him it was a Harley on steroids....MY FAVORITE LINE!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Mar 01, 2010, 10:56:25 am
My response to a thinly veiled insult from a Harley rider is simple.

"Why would I want to pay more for less?"
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 01, 2010, 11:31:50 am
I've told people it's the new harley Slayer. Can you imagine someone going into a harley dealership, and asking to see the new Slayer?!  :D :D





If some of you haven't notice, I can't bring myself to use a capital letter in the word harley, my keyboard won't do it.  :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Mar 01, 2010, 12:28:06 pm
I've told people it's the new harley Slayer. Can you imagine someone going into a harley dealership, and asking to see the new Slayer?!  :D :D





If some of haven't notice, I can't bring myself to use a capital letter in the word harley, my keyboard won't do it.  :D :D :D :D

LOL.   :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Mar 01, 2010, 12:49:20 pm
................If some of haven't notice, I can't bring myself to use a capital letter in the word harley, my keyboard won't do it.  :D :D :D :D

Mine will....
but my spell checker changes it to lower case once it recognizes the word. 
 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Mar 01, 2010, 12:54:07 pm
Mine keeps changing it to hardly.. go figger?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Mar 01, 2010, 12:58:46 pm
You guys know how sometimes you buy something and then later you say "Man I shoulda got the other one." Well that never happened here. I planned on one day getting a Raider since it first came out and then finally got one. Every week I find new reasons to feel more and more happy about my purchase! We are gonna have a long life together.


I feel the same way.  I keep telling my wife I have no regrets on buying this bike and I feel more confident about it every day.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 01, 2010, 01:33:02 pm
You guys know how sometimes you buy something and then later you say "Man I shoulda got the other one." Well that never happened here. I planned on one day getting a Raider since it first came out and then finally got one. Every week I find new reasons to feel more and more happy about my purchase! We are gonna have a long life together.


I feel the same way.  I keep telling my wife I have no regrets on buying this bike and I feel more confident about it every day.
Yesterday, I had my wife telling me the same thing. She loves the new L&M front fender, and Chin Spoiler!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Mar 01, 2010, 05:15:03 pm
She was probably referring to HD's patented Potato-Potato sound... Hell, she needs to ride on my new passenger pillion once it's covered! LOL!
What's to understand?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: nevijeff on Mar 07, 2010, 08:44:44 pm
I haven't had my bike long enough for some great stories that you folks have but I thought you might get a kick out of a recent experience. Whenever I am approaching another bike in the opposite lane I always do the "wave" regardless of the brand of bike. Last year while on the VSTAR 1300 when I "Waved" to Harley owners I usually did not get a response in return, over the last (2) days riding, every Harley owner has reciprocated, guess they think I'm riding a Harley ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Mar 07, 2010, 08:59:45 pm
oooooooooooh the stories you will have soon.

Me and Phil found a shirt we will be sporting at the
next Bike function.....says
Get you a f*cking real bike
you F*cking pussy ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: bombsquadmike on Mar 07, 2010, 09:24:17 pm
Had a fun experience today, was out with some friends enjoying a little Spring Break action at Panama City when Tommy asked if he could take my Raider out, so I took his 09 Screaming Eagle springer and he took my Raider we rode eachothers bike about an hour. When we got back to Ft. Walton beach and he said he loved the bike and for the price wow! I had to be honest his Eagle has some serious ass and I know he would eat me off the line but he even admitted mine handles so much better and for $12,000 less than he paid, a little work and I would have no problems.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rick Busbea on Mar 07, 2010, 09:29:23 pm
FYI Bombsquadmike, if they're both stock, the official test put the Raider faster than the Screamin' Eagle. Hold your head up my friend, and tell him, "Yeah, and for $12K less buddy!"
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 07, 2010, 09:32:08 pm
FYI Bombsquadmike, if they're both stock, the official test put the Raider faster than the Screamin' Eagle. Hold your head up my friend, and tell him, "Yeah, and for $12K less buddy!"
:funnypost: :agree: :drummer: :drummer: :chopper: :thumbs: :yay: :yay: :yay:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Mar 08, 2010, 07:26:18 am
Again I'm at the local leather shop ( waiting on my fooking coat ) on Sunday. As soon as I backed into my spot I was surrounded!!.. There's a local group of riders reading for a cruse and they used the shop as the starting point. First question, what size is that..? I say 1.9 liter. Right after they gave me the scrunched up..or open mouth jaw drop I followed with 113 cubic inches. Changed the scrunched up faces to a jaw drop and the jaw droppers to ohhhhh wow's. Nobody did any comparisons to their HD but, they jumped right in to custom this or that.. lol... poor chaps.. Just cant hang with the ol Yamma Slamma!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 19, 2010, 03:00:28 pm
I'm sitting at what is called Old Stroker coffee meet up place. Sipping coffee and playing on the forum, incomes a guy and askes who's Yamaha is that, to one guy, and he said no, then it must be yours as i'm turning around, and i said yes it is. I've never seen a Yamaha like that, what is it? I said it's the Raider, they brought out in 08. That's damn good looking bike, I wish I would have known about that when "I bought my harley" then laughs with me, which was good cause I was laughing regardless, at him or with him, his choice.  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rick Busbea on Mar 19, 2010, 04:29:28 pm
RSR: Yeah, it's hard to contain myself when I hear those comments too. Guy on a harley commented one time that "man, that bike really moves...you were here, then gone!" He went on to say that's the knock he has on his new harley because he likes torque (had a VTX before the harley). I had to laugh and say, "Well, you bought it."  :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 19, 2010, 05:20:01 pm
Ya, it is fun. I left there and went Renegades, a Bikers store basically. I pull in and a couple ole timers sitting out front, and of course there watching as i back in right in front of them. I barely get the engine shut off, and its, what the hell is that? So i tell them, a Raider, well who makes that? Yamaha, no sh!t? yeah, sure is a pretty bike, so i'm not sure if their messing with me or not, so i says, what ya say? it sure is a nice bike, oh well thanks, what size motor, i said 113 ci, your sh!ting me, i said,nope, standard engine came out in 2008, wow!! so all in all, it was a fun ride today.


RSR
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Mar 19, 2010, 10:16:03 pm
Had a Softail Classic with all the trimmings pull up next to me at a traffic light today.  He was first in line in the lane to my left.  I was behind a minivan.  He checked out the Raider and gave me a nod and thumbs up and just kept on staring.  I don't know if he ever figured it out, but I do know he got the horn when his light turned green.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 20, 2010, 01:22:31 am
Had a Softail Classic with all the trimmings pull up next to me at a traffic light today.  He was first in line in the lane to my left.  I was behind a minivan.  He checked out the Raider and gave me a nod and thumbs up and just kept on staring.  I don't know if he ever figured it out, but I do know he got the horn when his light turned green.
That's funny!! :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: old4x4 on Mar 20, 2010, 09:20:02 am
I was at a Honda dealer yesterday getting a sissy bar bag, when a youngish guy came up next to me with a Shadow, admiring the Raider.  We talked a bit about it and he said it looked like a blacked-out Harley Night Train.  I said, "Yup....without the leaks" and pointed under my Raider.  He thought that was funny!  So did I.  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Mar 20, 2010, 10:14:50 am
Yesterday just before quitting time, a few of the guys were out back looking over a sportster. I decided to bring liquid around to just join in. The guy who owns the sportster had seen it last summer before the speed o cover, back rest, grips, windshield and rear 250 tire replacement. So this was the first time in over 6 months for him to see it with the new stuff. I swear he made three laps telling me I must have traded it for a new bike..? I just said naa. Just a few mods. Then he wanted to know how much. I had to think but, it was under a grand. I tell ya my boy bout popped a vain. NO WAY.. he says.. I just kinda smirked and said how parts are reasonable for the bike. He said Man.. I just priced out a windshield and grips and they're $650 alone... I had to be a smart ares and asked.. wow.. are they gold plated..? He says.. now get this.. NO! but, they have the harley emblems on them... DOH!!!! Oh, and the rest of the group...moved over to admire my bike. ahhh goood times!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 20, 2010, 10:20:39 am
Yesterday just before quitting time, a few of the guys were out back looking over a sportster. I decided to bring liquid around to just join in. The guy who owns the sportster had seen it last summer before the speed o cover, back rest, grips, windshield and rear 250 tire replacement. So this was the first time in over 6 months for him to see it with the new stuff. I swear he made three laps telling me I must have traded it for a new bike..? I just said naa. Just a few mods. Then he wanted to know how much. I had to think but, it was under a grand. I tell ya my boy bout popped a vain. NO WAY.. he says.. I just kinda smirked and said how parts are reasonable for the bike. He said Man.. I just priced out a windshield and grips and they're $650 alone... I had to be a smart ares and asked.. wow.. are they gold plated..? He says.. now get this.. NO! but, they have the harley emblems on them... DOH!!!! Oh, and the rest of the group...moved over to admire my bike. ahhh goood times!
Now that's some funny sh!t right thar!!  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: fester on Mar 20, 2010, 10:22:40 am
Yesterday just before quitting time, a few of the guys were out back looking over a sportster. I decided to bring liquid around to just join in. The guy who owns the sportster had seen it last summer before the speed o cover, back rest, grips, windshield and rear 250 tire replacement. So this was the first time in over 6 months for him to see it with the new stuff. I swear he made three laps telling me I must have traded it for a new bike..? I just said naa. Just a few mods. Then he wanted to know how much. I had to think but, it was under a grand. I tell ya my boy bout popped a vain. NO WAY.. he says.. I just kinda smirked and said how parts are reasonable for the bike. He said Man.. I just priced out a windshield and grips and they're $650 alone... I had to be a smart ares and asked.. wow.. are they gold plated..? He says.. now get this.. NO! but, they have the harley emblems on them... DOH!!!! Oh, and the rest of the group...moved over to admire my bike. ahhh goood times!
The HD symbol???? :silly: That is all your paying for anyway! It's all made at the same shop in Hong Kong!! lol :rotfl: Unfortunately all a guy IS paying for is a name, I'm glad I bought my sweet a$$ ride!! I have never regretted spending my money on this fine machine!!!! :chopper:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Mar 20, 2010, 12:08:22 pm
That's pretty much all it is. My neighbor has a Fat Boy, and his explanation was:
"I just wanted a Harley" No other reason, he just had to ride something that said Harley on it.
I'll never understand that......... What a waste of money.
The metrics are far superior in every way. I spend my money wisely, and I don't like following the crowd like a bunch of clueless lemmings........
(Hey! That could be their new slogan.....!)

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Mar 20, 2010, 04:22:24 pm
Im in the Airforce living in Germany and Ive had my Raider for about two years.  I truly hate the hype surrounded by HD.  Im sure ive delt with alot of the same crap you guys have because i ride with alot of Harley guys and its an on going pissing match, but usually when Im done saying my piece they have nothing to argue with but "its still not a Harley".  Give me a Fn break.  That excuse is the last refuge of a man the has no answers and no arguement left " its still not a Harley".  It truly saddens me that the hype around HD cant be backed up.  I wish they made quality bikes at affordable prices...but they dont.  I believe that Harley could pull it off if they stopped being so greedy and upped thier game, but all they are doing is driving people like myself from the market place and driving down the American economy.  Anyway, i took a 6,000 Euro bike trip with a couple guys and caught hell for riding a yamaha just about the whole way.  I being on a metric bike was the only one who brought metric tools.  Well one of the guys on a fat boy forgot to change his brake pads before he left and was forced to come and ask me to borrow some of my metric tools.  I being the better man of course let him but you couldnt wipe the smile off my face.  I could probly write a book describing the rest of the events like how all the Europeans would check out my bike and then look at the Harleys but i wont bore you with that.  My rant is over.  thanks,
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: WilCon on Mar 20, 2010, 06:24:58 pm
I get it every time I come through the gate at the installation I live/work on. What is that? It's a Star Raider......Yamaha. Oh cool nice bike.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cornfed biker on Mar 21, 2010, 12:19:47 am
I thought that I would never have a story, but here it is. Today while riding the coast with Luvmy68, a harley pulled up behind us. I will never understand how someone could think that a fairing and ape hangers go together, but there they were. As we are pulling into town and getting ready to turn down another road he comes screaming by us and I am sure he can't wait to tell his "buddies" he blew off a raider. We continue out of town and after awhile he pulls up behind us again. We are on a 4 lane road and as he goes by us he puts in the clutch and revs it up. Now I know whats coming next so I down shift to 3rd and at the moment he hits it, so do I. Now, I did not want to pass this idiot because i didn't need to get a ticket, so I just rode his tail pipe for a while. The look on his face when he finally looked in the mirror was worth millions. I politely pulled in my clutch and reved it for him, and then laughed and laughed. I never seen a grown man pout like that before
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 21, 2010, 12:28:55 am
Way to represent Bro! And take it to the harley girl!!  :D :D :raider: :raider: :raider: :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: fester on Mar 21, 2010, 10:41:11 am
(http://www.sjscene.com/scene/images/smiles/sad-smiley-023.gif) Basically this right!!??? :rotfl: :thumbs:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MYWORLD on Mar 21, 2010, 11:32:18 am
I thought that I would never have a story, but here it is. Today while riding the coast with Luvmy68, a harley pulled up behind us. I will never understand how someone could think that a fairing and ape hangers go together, but there they were. As we are pulling into town and getting ready to turn down another road he comes screaming by us and I am sure he can't wait to tell his "buddies" he blew off a raider. We continue out of town and after awhile he pulls up behind us again. We are on a 4 lane road and as he goes by us he puts in the clutch and revs it up. Now I know whats coming next so I down shift to 3rd and at the moment he hits it, so do I. Now, I did not want to pass this idiot because i didn't need to get a ticket, so I just rode his tail pipe for a while. The look on his face when he finally looked in the mirror was worth millions. I politely pulled in my clutch and reved it for him, and then laughed and laughed. I never seen a grown man pout like that before
I've gotta agree on the ape hangers with a fairing!! Way to represent!! LOL
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rick Busbea on Mar 21, 2010, 05:43:10 pm
I just wish I'd have thought quicker and I would've filled up his other mirror just for fun.  :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MYWORLD on Mar 21, 2010, 07:09:10 pm
I just wish I'd have thought quicker and I would've filled up his other mirror just for fun.  :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
LOL!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Mar 21, 2010, 07:24:45 pm
I know what you mean regarding the Apes with an Electra-Glide Fairing ... always looks kinda funny to me also. American Cycle Co had a custom that had a Lemon Yellow EG with Apes on it. Couldn't quite understand that one.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 21, 2010, 07:34:32 pm
I know what you mean regarding the Apes with an Electra-Glide Fairing ... always looks kinda funny to me also. American Cycle Co had a custom that had a Lemon Yellow EG with Apes on it. Couldn't quite understand that one.
+1 I agree Bro!! Some harleys look so out of place it truly isn't funny.....well...except to me!!  :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MYWORLD on Mar 21, 2010, 07:35:18 pm
I know what you mean regarding the Apes with an Electra-Glide Fairing ... always looks kinda funny to me also. American Cycle Co had a custom that had a Lemon Yellow EG with Apes on it. Couldn't quite understand that one.
+1 I agree Bro!! Some harleys look so out of place it truly isn't funny.....well...except to me!!  :D :D :D :D
LOL
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RickS on Mar 22, 2010, 11:15:31 am
I ended up racing with a Harley yesterday. To be honest it was no day at the beach. It started when I saw him about 200 yards in front of me. I got up next to him and I think he was kind of shocked I was there beside him. But then he kind of gave an awkward grin and hit the hammer I mean reallyt hard. I took off after him and within 100 yards at most I caught him and was ahead.

I’m real familiar with the road we were on and I knew there were some tight twisties coming up.  I remember thinking “this should be interesting”. What was really cool though was that after each twisty it sounded like he was falling further and further behind. When I did the last twisty and went on to a straight away I looked over my shoulder and I couldn’t see him.

I started to slow because I thought maybe something happened. When I still didn’t see him I started back. All of a sudden he appears again. Before I even got turned around he had passed me and he shoots me the finger.  I thought, “Oh man am I getting you” and I took off after him.

I could tell by his position he was at full throttle.  I also knew the straightway came to a T about another ½ mile down the road so I figured we’d be racing to there. I was getting closer and closer to him but I was also getting a little nervous about over running the stop sign at the end and going out into traffic. 

Maybe it was something about not wanting to swallow my pride or whatever but I decided it was all or nothing and gave everything there was to give. I think I even closed my eyes for about 2 seconds.  With about 250 feet to go I passed him. I laughed to myself because as I did I could see he was swearing up and down. I then came to the stop sign and fell to my knees to catch my breath. My feet were aching. I hadn’t run so hard in years.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: shuvelhed73 on Mar 22, 2010, 11:29:52 am
nice story. Yep-I know exactly what ya mean. I am a ex HD rider and just recently bought my Raven. My buddies have and still are giving me so much sh*t about it. Too bad those dumbasses dont really know crap about true performance. They think that because their bike is loud- its fast! HAHA They can never admit they have to spend a ton on a big motor job on a HD to TRY to make it run like a RAIDER. Just dust their asses on the road and make them believers!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 22, 2010, 12:04:43 pm
nice story. Yep-I know exactly what ya mean. I am a ex HD rider and just recently bought my Raven. My buddies have and still are giving me so much sh*t about it. Too bad those dumbasses dont really know crap about true performance. They think that because their bike is loud- its fast! HAHA They can never admit they have to spend a ton on a big motor job on a HD to TRY to make it run like a RAIDER. Just dust their asses on the road and make them believers!
Way to go Bro!

RSR
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Mar 22, 2010, 12:23:45 pm
I ended up racing with a Harley yesterday. To be honest it was no day at the beach. It started when I saw him about 200 yards in front of me. I got up next to him and I think he was kind of shocked I was there beside him. But then he kind of gave an awkward grin and hit the hammer I mean reallyt hard. I took off after him and within 100 yards at most I caught him and was ahead.

I’m real familiar with the road we were on and I knew there were some tight twisties coming up.  I remember thinking “this should be interesting”. What was really cool though was that after each twisty it sounded like he was falling further and further behind. When I did the last twisty and went on to a straight away I looked over my shoulder and I couldn’t see him.

I started to slow because I thought maybe something happened. When I still didn’t see him I started back. All of a sudden he appears again. Before I even got turned around he had passed me and he shoots me the finger.  I thought, “Oh man am I getting you” and I took off after him.

I could tell by his position he was at full throttle.  I also knew the straightway came to a T about another ½ mile down the road so I figured we’d be racing to there. I was getting closer and closer to him but I was also getting a little nervous about over running the stop sign at the end and going out into traffic. 

Maybe it was something about not wanting to swallow my pride or whatever but I decided it was all or nothing and gave everything there was to give. I think I even closed my eyes for about 2 seconds.  With about 250 feet to go I passed him. I laughed to myself because as I did I could see he was swearing up and down. I then came to the stop sign and fell to my knees to catch my breath. My feet were aching. I hadn’t run so hard in years.



Bwahahhahhah.. got me.. silly man!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Flipper on Mar 22, 2010, 01:25:39 pm
Friday at work a guy came in waiting on another co worker to help him.  He mentioned the hardley sitting outside.  So I went to the door and looked to see if another bike was outside.  NOPE its was my Raider.  He started talking about the EVO motor and how well it was and all the Hardley BS.  His face dropped when I said its not a Hardley and was my Yamaha.  He didn't know what to say and ask to go look it over.  We walked outside he looked it over I started it up and he liked it but said it will never be a Hardley.  I said thats true I can ride mine more than I work on it.

Flipper
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 22, 2010, 01:32:50 pm
Friday at work a guy came in waiting on another co worker to help him.  He mentioned the hardley sitting outside.  So I went to the door and looked to see if another bike was outside.  NOPE its was my Raider.  He started talking about the EVO motor and how well it was and all the Hardley BS.  His face dropped when I said its not a Hardley and was my Yamaha.  He didn't know what to say and ask to go look it over.  We walked outside he looked it over I started it up and he liked it but said it will never be a Hardley.  I said thats true I can ride mine more than I work on it.

Flipper
+1 Well said Bro!!

RSR
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Mar 22, 2010, 02:33:47 pm
nice story. Yep-I know exactly what ya mean. I am a ex HD rider and just recently bought my Raven. My buddies have and still are giving me so much sh*t about it. Too bad those dumbasses don't really know crap about true performance. They think that because their bike is loud- its fast! HAHA They can never admit they have to spend a ton on a big motor job on a HD to TRY to make it run like a RAIDER. Just dust their asses on the road and make them believers!

That's what I did with most of my HD friends.
I let them talk to talk but when time came to show the muscle of the Raider and whipped that smarta$$ grin right off of their faces, it was classic.  They will never try to race me again.
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Mar 22, 2010, 05:38:06 pm
Ray and I showed a couple of them this weekend!!!
Even Eddie on the fat bob was impressed.....I did hit
130 on this one ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Mar 22, 2010, 05:54:41 pm
It gets me when they say 'Why don't you get areal bike?' It's on then, I let 'em have it with both barrels. What makes them think that their Harley's are more real? They weren't the first or even the second m/c on the market. They're certainly not the best, the second best or the third or even the fourth best. They're not the most powerful, reliable, comfortable, or stylish. They're not the ones with the most reasonable prices. They're not known for good handling, or brakes. They're not known for longevity in relation to miles before a rebuild or repairs are needed, or before the oil leaks and electrical problems start to surface. They're the ones over heating when our metric riding brothers roll on with cooler motors? Harley's not the manufacturer that puts more money into research and development to make a better product than into merchandising, clothes, hats, truck logos [WTF], and other crap that says 'Look at me, I have more money than brains'. If all that is what it takes to have a real motorcycle than I will just have to be satisfied with my great looking, powerful, reliable, awesome handling Raider that will out run, out last and out brake the pig iron that they're so proud of. Harley Davidson hasn't made a bike as good as the Raider in a 107 years and never will. Their profit over quality mentality is too strong. So why settle for less and still pay more?  Kim gets mad at me for speaking my mind, but sometimes they talk their trash right out of the box. If that happens then I don't hold back.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Mar 22, 2010, 05:58:14 pm
me either ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Mar 22, 2010, 06:07:43 pm
It gets me when they say 'Why don't you get areal bike?' It's on then, I let 'em have it with both barrels. What makes them think that their Harley's are more real? They weren't the first or even the second m/c on the market. They're certainly not the best, the second best or the third or even the fourth best. They're not the most powerful, reliable, comfortable, or stylish. They're not the ones with the most reasonable prices. They're not known for good handling, or brakes. They're not known for longevity in relation to miles before a rebuild or repairs are needed, or before the oil leaks and electrical problems start to surface. They're the ones over heating when our metric riding brothers roll on with cooler motors? Harley's not the manufacturer that puts more money into research and development to make a better product than into merchandising, clothes, hats, truck logos [WTF], and other crap that says 'Look at me, I have more money than brains'. If all that is what it takes to have a real motorcycle than I will just have to be satisfied with my great looking, powerful, reliable, awesome handling Raider that will out run, out last and out brake the pig iron that they're so proud of. Harley Davidson hasn't made a bike as good as the Raider in a 107 years and never will. Their profit over quality mentality is too strong. So why settle for less and still pay more?  Kim gets mad at me for speaking my mind, but sometimes they talk their trash right out of the box. If that happens then I don't hold back.

+1 and then some.  I've owned several HD products...run with their crowed and ticks me off more than their holier than thou attitude.  Their bikes are crap...their business is crap, and their attitude is crap.  Nothing and I truly mean nothing would please me more than to see harley go bankrupt again and see some massive recall like toyota is having.  I've lost all respect for anything with the HD logo on it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: fester on Mar 22, 2010, 06:32:27 pm
My buddy had a Kawasaki Menstrek, and sold to go buy a road glide :witsend: or something like that. I was at a different buddies house when he showed up on the new glide. Everyone started cheering and setting of the little party poppers as if it was some kind of step into man hood! :wtf: Now don't get me wrong, I'm not going to judge him for his mistake, he will pay for it in the long run.... but I did have to ask one of my other good friends what the big hoot was all about and he told me "HE HAS A HARLEY!!"  Really??!!?!?!?!?  When are people going to wake up and smell the rubber that we Raider owners are laying down!!!!! I ask my buddies why they own HD, all they can say is "cause  it's HD, and it holds it value"    Well I don't need to keep trading my bike in for a new one every couple years, cause mine isn't a broke a$$ piece o chit! :raider:  OUR BIKES RAWK AND THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!   :firstplace: my bad on the blurt out, well not really-RAIDERS RAWK :thumbs:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Mar 22, 2010, 06:42:31 pm
nice story. Yep-I know exactly what ya mean. I am a ex HD rider and just recently bought my Raven. My buddies have and still are giving me so much sh*t about it. Too bad those dumbasses don't really know crap about true performance. They think that because their bike is loud- its fast! HAHA They can never admit they have to spend a ton on a big motor job on a HD to TRY to make it run like a RAIDER. Just dust their asses on the road and make them believers!

That's what I did with most of my HD friends.
I let them talk to talk but when time came to show the muscle of the Raider and whipped that smarta$$ grin right off of their faces, it was classic.  They will never try to race me again.
Swomack

I think it's funny, because the Harley guys EXPECT the crotch rockets to be faster, but they still think they're King of the Hill when it comes to Big Bore Cruisers.
Like the commercials say: "Seeing the look on their faces... PRICELESS".......

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gman on Mar 22, 2010, 07:07:36 pm
Harley's keeping there value is a myth. They cost more to begin with.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Mar 22, 2010, 08:18:38 pm
And they're not getting the money back out of 'em that they did back in he day when you had to wait to get the HD you wanted. Even then it had to be from a dealer in your county too, they didn't want you crossing county lines to get a better deal. At times also, you couldn't walk in with cash to buy, you had to have a used one to trade in towards your new bike too.  ???
Harley's keeping there value is a myth. They cost more to begin with.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 22, 2010, 10:16:02 pm
Raider, It just doesn't get any better! harley, it just doesn't get better. Same POS as always!!


RSR
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: wrangler on Mar 22, 2010, 10:43:10 pm
It happened to me today. I was at a baseball game and this guy came and asked what kind of bike it was and where did I get the great paint job. he couldn't believe it was Yamaha. The he was amazed with Webslingers work. He had me give him his web address. What a bike!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Skidmark on Mar 22, 2010, 10:54:21 pm
I bought my raider brand new, put a big air kit on it, PCV with auto tune, and a new exhaust. and i still paid less than my buddy did for his (new to him) 07 street bob with bags and a windshield. personally i couldn't care less what people say about my bike. yea i want them to think its cool but im the one riding it, and Harley guys can talk all the crap they want, cause after i smoke them in every facet of motorcycle riding, all their left with is "yea but mines a Harley" (which is code for i paid to much for a scooter that has a dead spot in the crank) and knowing that deep down they aint got s**t on me and my raider. and besides, most women couldn't care less about the bike your on, but only if it looks cool.  :chopper:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 22, 2010, 10:59:45 pm
Sometimes I've said it's the new harley Slayer in passing, when i don't have time talk, or don't want to take the time. Can you imagine someone going into a harley dealer, and asking to see the new Slayer?!  :D :D :D :D :D


RSR
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Skidmark on Mar 22, 2010, 11:04:20 pm
Sometimes I've said it's the new harley Slayer in passing, when i don't have time talk, or don't want to take the time. Can you imagine someone going into a harley dealer, and asking to see the new Slayer?!  :D :D :D :D :D


RSR

i think you just opened up a whole new game of "trick the squid/newbie" and when they spot the Yamaha logo and ask why you have it on a Harley you can tell them that Harley actually owns Yamaha.  :lbh: :banghead:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rokkit on Mar 23, 2010, 12:12:53 pm
I'd rather have 4 motorcycles for the price of 1 SE Harley... :P
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RickS on Mar 23, 2010, 12:44:10 pm
I'd rather have 4 motorcycles for the price of 1 SE Harley... :P

I read somewhere, probably on this site, where I think someone said it best. They stated "If I won a Harley in a raffle I'd use it as a trade in for something else”.

I'm not posting that to be cruel. Personally I welcome all type motorcycles, any judgments I might have are based on the rider not the bike. But we need to be realistic, let’s face it, Harley is not what the image is trying to tell you it is. Maybe sad but true but in performance the Raider tears it up. That is not just an optinion.

With that said I wish all Harley riders the best, to condemn them for the love of their rides I would need to condemn myself for the same crime. I like having all the differnt rides out there and I like being proud in mine.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Mar 23, 2010, 12:55:40 pm
I'd rather have 4 motorcycles for the price of 1 SE Harley... :P

I read somewhere, probably on this site, where I think someone said it best. They stated "If I won a Harley in a raffle I'd use it as a trade in for something else”.

I'm not posting that to be cruel. Personally I welcome all type motorcycles, any judgments I might have are based on the rider not the bike. But we need to be realistic, let’s face it, Harley is not what the image is trying to tell you it is. Maybe sad but true but in performance the Raider tears it up. That is not just an optinion.

With that said I wish all Harley riders the best, to condemn them for the love of their rides I would need to condemn myself for the same crime. I like having all the differnt rides out there and I like being proud in mine.

I think I've said that at least a few times on here.  I don't judge the rider for their momentary lapse in reason.  I judge the company.  I had several HD products and was treated poorly by several dealers and especially the company regarding a lemon of a bike.  That's why I'm so anti-HD.  My lemon of a harley getting stolen was one of the top 10 happiest moments in my life...the wife and I couldn't have been happier.  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Mar 23, 2010, 12:57:25 pm
I'd rather have 4 motorcycles for the price of 1 SE Harley... :P

I read somewhere, probably on this site, where I think someone said it best. They stated "If I won a Harley in a raffle I'd use it as a trade in for something else”.

I'm not posting that to be cruel. Personally I welcome all type motorcycles, any judgments I might have are based on the rider not the bike. But we need to be realistic, let’s face it, Harley is not what the image is trying to tell you it is. Maybe sad but true but in performance the Raider tears it up. That is not just an optinion.

With that said I wish all Harley riders the best, to condemn them for the love of their rides I would need to condemn myself for the same crime. I like having all the differnt rides out there and I like being proud in mine.

Well said....  :thumbs:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Starky on Mar 23, 2010, 12:58:20 pm
I can't say anything bad about Harleys other than it's just not my bike of choice.  My girlfriend bought a Harley Heritage Softail Classic at the same time I bought my Raider.  We both got the bike of our dreams (except that she really wants an Indian but who has $37,000 for a bike).  Because she has a HD, she has to buy HD stuff.  $70 for a t-shirt...I just don't get it.  Anyway, when we ride to the HD shop I park right in front of the door so everybody gets to look at the Raider.  There is always a group around it when we come out.  Of course her bike looks pretty awesome too even if it is a HD.  Now that the Yamaha stuff is covered up it will be interesting to see what they say when they ask me what kind of HD it is and i tell them it's a Slayer.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Mar 23, 2010, 01:01:38 pm
........... Now that the Yamaha stuff is covered up it will be interesting to see what they say when they ask me what kind of HD it is and i tell them it's a Slayer.

Yeah... I love that.  I'm going to use that as well.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Mar 23, 2010, 07:17:04 pm
wow liq??? did you see aed dressed raider and liquis silver
this saturday??
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: WilCon on Mar 23, 2010, 08:02:27 pm
wow liq??? did you see aed dressed raider and liquis silver
this saturday??

Liquid's post was moved to an entirely new thread. That way this one stay's on topic sorta and his views will be available to comment on.
Thank you, The Management
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: msoos113 on Mar 23, 2010, 08:03:30 pm
Here's my contribution. My wife and I were out with 2 other couples so their wives could try out bikes for themselves. One of them wanted to look at a 1200 sportster so while she was browsing I wandered over to a new cvo springer softtail. All custom painted and chromed with a 110ci kit, it was a sharp looking piece! A salesman came over and asked me what I thought, I told him it was a great looking bike and asked if I could throw a leg over. He said sure so I did and stood it up of the sidestand. When he asked how I liked it, I told him the truth that it wasn't very comfortable and that I couldn't see taking it on any long hauls. He told me that if I wanted long haul cruising, I'd have to look at the 'Glides. I asked how much it went for and he told me $29000+. He asked if I was interested in it and I told him why would I want to downgrade? When he asked what I meant I told him that I had a 113" Raider home in the garage that would eat that bike for lunch for 1/2 the price! He then told me to get the "F" off his bike, to go "F" myself and to get the "F" out of his showroom, which I did all the while laughing. While waiting out by the car I could see him fuming around inside talking to the other salesguys, pointing out the windows at me. I just waved and smiled knowing that I just made his day!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: WilCon on Mar 23, 2010, 08:04:50 pm
You sir are an upstanding gentleman.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Mar 23, 2010, 08:11:24 pm
Liquid Raider, deja blu and I where up there from noon until about 6pm. I saw 2 candy red Raiders on the way in, one had the Yammi bags and a short w/s and the other had a tall windshield from the quick glimpse that I got. I agree with much of what you said, and it was well written. I've had my moments of 'WTF are they thinking?' days where I barely could hold my tongue. But as you know it won't do any good. So I just try to be a better, more responsible and educated rider and owner by learning from their ways. In fact for 22 years I was that jerk that you speak of, before I came away from the dark side. Rick I posted a year or so ago that if I won a HD I would sell it before I left the stage and without starting the bike at all. Then would search our forums, buy a used Raider and make a true one of a kind bad ass, old school chopper with the biggest and strongest Patrick Racing power plant available. I would then add the Mr. Turbo Kit and a lot of bling, color and the most effective pipes that would also have my favorite Fish Tail tips. For handling reasons I would limit the rear tire to a 240mm and the front would actually go up to the 130mm. Only about 4" over on the front and a 6 gallon tank minimum. I want to ride as well as be seen. It'll have lines similar to my '57 Pan that you see here, but will run the 'Busa in the 1/4 mile. These 2 shots were 3 years apart.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Mar 23, 2010, 08:24:12 pm
I think I pissed off some people myself!!

I stopped in a Yami, Honda, Suzuki dealer to look at a Vmax
I had spotted earlier. Sales guy walks up and I ask him what it
was going for, so he pulls out his dummy list, tells me the price.
He then informs me that he has a 2010 inside :yikes: :drool: :drool: :drool:
reeeeeeeeeeeally??!! :drool: I have got to see that!! So, I start chit
chatting about the bike.....he replies.....you wouldnt ride that??!!
I said....to hell I wouldnt!!! I ride a raider, so why wouldnt I ride that??!!

So we walk outside and goes on to tell me that he is a former HD salesman, ;D ;D
I say, well welcome to selling the best!!! He gives me this sh*tty look ???  :-\ >:(
and says to me....dont dare tell them HD guys that!! I said...I damn sure would!! ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: jacknife on Mar 23, 2010, 08:37:14 pm
wow liq??? did you see aed dressed raider and liquis silver
this saturday??
  LOL Was you two raising hell with those Vance & Hines pipes.LOL I just had to say that.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Mar 23, 2010, 08:40:56 pm
me and Ray both were....he got 2 in1 I got 2 in 2 ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Mar 23, 2010, 08:55:04 pm
It was so fast it couldn't have bothered any one but the Harley riders that we left in the dust as they were topped out. O8O
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: jacknife on Mar 23, 2010, 08:56:36 pm
It was so fast it couldn't have bothered any one but the Harley riders that we left in the dust as they were topped out. O8O
LOL :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Mar 23, 2010, 09:04:25 pm
To their credit they didn't get upset. They knew they were out gunned and didn't stand a chance, even if we put their wives on our bikes and they went solo. Smoked a hot 1,200 BMW inline 4 with Kim in tow and the other biker was alone. Every gear and every kind of start so he finally gave up trying O8O
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Mar 23, 2010, 09:37:29 pm
Not sure if I should look for a cool ride while gostr8r is here, or go fishing for Yamaha stories  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 23, 2010, 09:37:34 pm
I'll race ya Ray!!!


RSR

ps what in the hell are wearing as pants in that bottom pic?  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Mar 23, 2010, 09:42:18 pm
A cool ride Dreadly!!!! And you're on RSR! ; Can't whup Dreadly tho, I know what he's got in it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Mar 23, 2010, 09:46:19 pm
Dreadly will be NOS free when you arrive. I collecting the needed parts and unfortunately, my money tree doesn't grow as fast as some trees do.  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Mar 23, 2010, 09:51:31 pm
Well that's a whole different story now, plow the roads and let's get it on brother!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Mar 23, 2010, 10:05:50 pm
Well that's a whole different story now, plow the roads and let's get it on brother!

so shall it is spoken, so shall it be done .... or something like that.

Bring on the ice cream and beer ...  :D :D ... let's do this thang.

Not sure if RSR drinks beer, but on our journey, if he doesn't, I'll drink his as well. lol
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ryaninetyone on Mar 23, 2010, 10:10:06 pm
So I'm in Dallas at this stop light today and these dudes I pull up next to are being all rowdy. Then they are both looking at my raider like crazy and talking all crazy and the driver finally says "Damn that Shiz is nice Yo!" Eventually he said "hey man, that's one of those $40,000 dollar custom rigs right?" I said "No man, 15,000." He says "Oh damn I can afford that, wow." So I left him with "Yamaha Raider man" and then the light turned green. I couldn't wait to tell my wife about the $40,000 compliment
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 23, 2010, 10:29:26 pm
nice.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Mar 24, 2010, 05:45:23 am
that is a usual question asked.....n I love it!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: DaenerysDad on Mar 25, 2010, 09:57:29 am
On my way home yesterday, I pulled up to this blue custom chopper at a stop light.  Looked at the motor and saw 117... so we're checking eachothers bikes out and the unsaid drag was on.  Light turned green, and wether this guys motor wasn't tuned right, or he isn't that good, but I walked away from him like he was riding a 750! He pulls up to me a few stoplights later and I get the whole "what kind of bike is that!?!" He was pretty humble when I told him it was ONLY a 113 C.I. yamaha raider.  I sure am glad I spent 30 grand less than a lot of the custom choppers I see out here in Boise...
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Mar 25, 2010, 10:04:46 am
On my way home yesterday, I pulled up to this blue custom chopper at a stop light.  Looked at the motor and saw 117... so we're checking eachothers bikes out and the unsaid drag was on.  Light turned green, and wether this guys motor wasn't tuned right, or he isn't that good, but I walked away from him like he was riding a 750! He pulls up to me a few stoplights later and I get the whole "what kind of bike is that!?!" He was pretty humble when I told him it was ONLY a 113 C.I. yamaha raider.  I sure am glad I spent 30 grand less than a lot of the custom choppers I see out here in Boise...

Sa-Weet....   :thumbs:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Mar 25, 2010, 10:33:00 am
well DD from what I am told from a reliable source.....namely Ray,
he says even the S+S , cant keep up with our torque....they may say
and think they are the biggest and baddest but......NOT!

Phil and I were at another bike night and typical droolers...looking the
bikes over, one guy asks....dem Raiders done local here?? Uh, no..dems
yamahas! ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rick Busbea on Mar 25, 2010, 10:34:33 am
I'd rather have 4 motorcycles for the price of 1 SE Harley... :P

I read somewhere, probably on this site, where I think someone said it best. They stated "If I won a Harley in a raffle I'd use it as a trade in for something else”.

I'm not posting that to be cruel. Personally I welcome all type motorcycles, any judgments I might have are based on the rider not the bike. But we need to be realistic, let’s face it, Harley is not what the image is trying to tell you it is. Maybe sad but true but in performance the Raider tears it up. That is not just an optinion.

With that said I wish all Harley riders the best, to condemn them for the love of their rides I would need to condemn myself for the same crime. I like having all the differnt rides out there and I like being proud in mine.

Perfectly said! I believe in the rider Golden Rule - "I talk about the sled you own the way I'd like you to talk about mine." That's a double-edged sword though because if you bag my Raider, I'll spend all day explaining to you why you're wrong thinking the harley is a good choice (just ask the harley lady I met at RUB BBQ in Vegas).

Best riding place in SoCal is the Rock Store because everyone there appreciates ALL kinds of motorcycles and there are ALL kinds of bikes represented. It's a warming sight to see the HD-logo'd riders standing around my Raider inspecting everything about it and shaking their heads in disbelief.  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: DaenerysDad on Mar 25, 2010, 11:13:25 am
Thanks Deja, for that uplifting info! I'm not out to bag on guys either about their bike choice, and I can see how our fuel injected and computer controlled bikes could out perform a bigger motor simply because they're constantly tuned and run more efficiently. Unless the guys running carbed twins are dynoing all the time and adjusting their carbs to run good, their A/F mix will KILL thier performance. Its still amazing though to see those mostly one of a kind raked out choppers w/ 300mm tires and giant S+S motors, but 30 to 50 grand for something like that just doesn't appeal to me.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Mar 25, 2010, 11:51:09 am
I'd rather have 4 motorcycles for the price of 1 SE Harley... :P

I read somewhere, probably on this site, where I think someone said it best. They stated "If I won a Harley in a raffle I'd use it as a trade in for something else”.

I'm not posting that to be cruel. Personally I welcome all type motorcycles, any judgments I might have are based on the rider not the bike. But we need to be realistic, let’s face it, Harley is not what the image is trying to tell you it is. Maybe sad but true but in performance the Raider tears it up. That is not just an optinion.

With that said I wish all Harley riders the best, to condemn them for the love of their rides I would need to condemn myself for the same crime. I like having all the differnt rides out there and I like being proud in mine.

Perfectly said! I believe in the rider Golden Rule - "I talk about the sled you own the way I'd like you to talk about mine." That's a double-edged sword though because if you bag my Raider, I'll spend all day explaining to you why you're wrong thinking the harley is a good choice (just ask the harley lady I met at RUB BBQ in Vegas).

Best riding place in SoCal is the Rock Store because everyone there appreciates ALL kinds of motorcycles and there are ALL kinds of bikes represented. It's a warming sight to see the HD-logo'd riders standing around my Raider inspecting everything about it and shaking their heads in disbelief.  :D :D :D

Totally Agree With You Rick
The Rockstore is a special place for sure.
Can't wait to ride there Saturday then head out to Deer Lodge in Ojai.
See you there.
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Mar 25, 2010, 12:02:18 pm
.................Can't wait to ride there Saturday then head out to Deer Lodge in Ojai.
See you there.
Swomack

Cool.... if you run into the Bionic Woman make sure to get her autograph.   :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Mar 25, 2010, 01:05:56 pm
.................Can't wait to ride there Saturday then head out to Deer Lodge in Ojai.
See you there.
Swomack

Cool.... if you run into the Bionic Woman make sure to get her autograph.   :rotfl:

You cant miss her.. shes running in slow motion...   :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Mar 27, 2010, 03:53:28 pm
When the HD guys ask me why I didnt buy a Harley, I always like to say because I cant afford a bike payment and Road side assistance  :)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Mar 27, 2010, 04:15:35 pm
I tell them I couldn't afford two bikes. One to ride and one for parts........
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Skidmark on Mar 27, 2010, 09:03:21 pm
had a funny experience today. ended up next to a guy with a victory hammer at a few stop lights, we talked a bit about the bikes (he knew what the raider was) and after a few more lights we ended up at the head of the pack on a red. As luck would have it he asked me if i wanted to "compare" the bikes, so of course i needed to show him why the raider is boss so i gave him a real good look at my tail light. i stop at the next light and he comes up and congratulates me on having such a nice bike, and asked me what Ive done to the motor, but was rudely interrupted by a police horn!! so he shuts up and continues down the road and the cop pulls up to me and tells me to try and keep things under control, and that i have a beautiful bike, and then continues on his way. needless to say it was a good day. lol.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 27, 2010, 09:56:12 pm
had a funny experience today. ended up next to a guy with a victory hammer at a few stop lights, we talked a bit about the bikes (he knew what the raider was) and after a few more lights we ended up at the head of the pack on a red. As luck would have it he asked me if i wanted to "compare" the bikes, so of course i needed to show him why the raider is boss so i gave him a real good look at my tail light. i stop at the next light and he comes up and congratulates me on having such a nice bike, and asked me what Ive done to the motor, but was rudely interrupted by a police horn!! so he shuts up and continues down the road and the cop pulls up to me and tells me to try and keep things under control, and that i have a beautiful bike, and then continues on his way. needless to say it was a good day. lol.
:drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :ohyeah: :ohyeah: :ohyeah: :ohyeah: :ohyeah:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Mar 27, 2010, 10:28:21 pm
Victories are easy to outrun......

They're just 2-wheeled versions of the Polaris snowmobile.......!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 28, 2010, 12:45:51 am
Victories are easy to outrun......

They're just 2-wheeled versions of the Polaris snowmobile.......!
I don't know why, but that's the biggest reason I've stayed away from Victory.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 28, 2010, 12:51:58 am
What is the difference between a harley and a magnet?







Magnets have a positive side!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: EraserX33 on Mar 28, 2010, 01:06:15 am
 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gman on Mar 28, 2010, 09:17:05 am
Hey Knucklehead your lucky the officer liked your bike. You taught the Victory rider a little more about the Raider, cool. Anytime you get pulled over and don't get a ticket is a good day. Congrats.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Mar 28, 2010, 10:58:09 am
Nice story.   :D :D :D  I think the new standard rule for motorcycle racing is that the loser should have to pay both racers tickets.  That's fair right?

I imagine is should go like this

Biker A on Hardley, Victory etc. says wanna race?
Biker B on Raider says Sure...race for tickets?
BIker A sure
Light turns green Raider kicks ass but both bikes are pulled over.
Cop gives Biker A both tickets after learning of the race agreement.
Biker B laughs all the way home.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Mar 28, 2010, 11:14:34 am
I'll sign that petition!
Of course I'll know better than to challenge a V-Max or Hayabusa.....!

I'd take on an M-109 though. The road test 1/4 mile results were only 1/100th of a second faster.
Seems to me rider ability would have a lot to do with those numbers.

I wish we didn't have that damn rev limiter though.......
I once smoked a very nice Harley from a light and I hit the rev limiter every frickin' gear, and still beat him!
Imagine how bad I'd have outrun him if I knew how to shift?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: eian31 on Mar 28, 2010, 11:27:23 am
Like Vintage says the rider ability has more to do with it than many would like to admit. An m109 can be beaten as I have done it before so don't fear them!! :) Then agian he is a pretty new rider, but hey its a win and I take them any way I can get them.

Oh and on a side note from someone who has gotten a Drag Racing Ticket, they are no fun and can ruin your life much like a DUI. I was lucky and had a good lawyer and got out of mine. The reason why.....because in KS there has to be a written or verbal agreement to race; otherwise by law there is no race. Since I never talked to the guy we  just looked at eachother and nodded, there was no race.

They could have gotten us with all kinds of other things but because that was the only citation I was issued I walked away proud to pay my attorney $800.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Skidmark on Mar 28, 2010, 12:15:52 pm
true that eian31, but i learned my lesson though, if you wanna race, ALWAYS look around for potential sirens before you say ok. lol :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 28, 2010, 01:07:37 pm
In Washington State, more and more LEO agency's are using unmarked. Nearly all of the WSP cars are this way, to catch people doing stuff they normally wouldn't if they were there in a marked car. Besides, the dirty bastards like to lay a trap, and hide.  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Starky on Mar 28, 2010, 11:44:13 pm
Went out for our first ride of the season today.  On the way home we stopped at a local watering hole and 4 Harleys pull in with us.  We all backed into the curb together and they all come over to check out my Bike.  They were all over it too, asking what all I did to it and of course they asked what it was.  It was my first chance to tell them it was a Harley Slayer.  They all got a real big laugh out of it.  Guess there's no point in mocking it when it's the best looking bike on the street.  Even when we went to leave they came out to check it out one more time.  That made my smile even bigger on the way home.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 28, 2010, 11:50:30 pm
Went out for our first ride of the season today.  On the way home we stopped at a local watering hole and 4 Harleys pull in with us.  We all backed into the curb together and they all come over to check out my Bike.  They were all over it too, asking what all I did to it and of course they asked what it was.  It was my first chance to tell them it was a Harley Slayer.  They all got a real big laugh out of it.  Guess there's no point in mocking it when it's the best looking bike on the street.  Even when we went to leave they came out to check it out one more time.  That made my smile even bigger on the way home.
Starky, way to go Bro!!!  :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rebal Dog on Mar 29, 2010, 01:17:07 am
I'll sign that petition!
Of course I'll know better than to challenge a V-Max or Hayabusa.....!

I'd take on an M-109 though. The road test 1/4 mile results were only 1/100th of a second faster.
Seems to me rider ability would have a lot to do with those numbers.

I wish we didn't have that damn rev limiter though.......
I once smoked a very nice Harley from a light and I hit the rev limiter every frickin' gear, and still beat him!
Imagine how bad I'd have outrun him if I knew how to shift?
Thats why I put on a Baron Tach. So u know when to shift, Before the motor bog's. I beleave it is at 5,200. I think thats what RSR told me. I am still breakin in my motor so I haven't takin it over 4,000 Not to mention that Baron Tach is Ahsum. Here are some pic's but is was sunny & a little glare.  RD O8O
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Mar 29, 2010, 05:07:03 am
Hold some firm upward pressure on the shifter lever and when the limiter bumps in the motor misses and slows just long enough to make the shift on it's own and you never let off. You'll hit the next gear at full throttle and toque. It a bit extreme and but works. I use a tach tho. Have a good lawyer on hand too.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: samiamraider on Mar 29, 2010, 06:53:26 am
Hold some firm upward pressure on the shifter lever and when the limiter bumps in the motor misses and slows just long enough to make the shift on it's own and you never let off. You'll hit the next gear at full throttle and toque. It a bit extreme and but works. I use a tach tho. Have a good lawyer on hand too.
this won't hurt the bike?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ps54888 on Mar 29, 2010, 07:26:12 am
no
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: seventhLetter on Mar 29, 2010, 07:41:37 am
Thats why I put on a Baron Tach. So u know when to shift, Before the motor bog's. I beleave it is at 5,200. I think thats what RSR told me. I am still breakin in my motor so I haven't takin it over 4,000 Not to mention that Baron Tach is Ahsum. Here are some pic's but is was sunny & a little glare.  RD O8O


I still have the stock setup (exhaust, no PCV, no air kit).  It is my experience that all the power is in the lower RPM's.  If I try to rev it up too high in each gear, I'm not getting to my target speed as quickly as if I shift sooner and just use the powerband that seems apparent on my bike.

Hope that made sense...
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Starky on Mar 29, 2010, 07:50:58 am
You're correct Roxi...your power has already hit the top of the curve and flattened out before you hit the rev limiter.  To get the most out of your bike you need to be shifting sooner.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Mar 29, 2010, 10:54:46 am
uh huh......yep....

* :rolleyes: taking mental notes ;D*
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Mar 29, 2010, 12:03:57 pm
You're correct Roxi...your power has already hit the top of the curve and flattened out before you hit the rev limiter.  To get the most out of your bike you need to be shifting sooner.
Or you could run NOS, and shift at 5200, and the bitch would still be pullin hard all the way there!
Brent at Tejas, has a setup with a movement on a switch, the NOS is activated from 2200-5200, shift NOS kicks back in back to 5200 and repeats, switch back, and ride normally. Wkat a blast that would be!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Mar 29, 2010, 12:45:50 pm
I'll eventually go to a Mr Turbo Kit to have no need to replenish anything. Then use it sparingly so I won't be too abusive on the power train and it's secondary components like the belt and clutch.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Mar 29, 2010, 12:47:35 pm
You're correct Roxi...your power has already hit the top of the curve and flattened out before you hit the rev limiter.  To get the most out of your bike you need to be shifting sooner.
Or you could run NOS, and shift at 5200, and the bitch would still be pullin hard all the way there!
Brent at Tejas, has a setup with a movement on a switch, the NOS is activated from 2200-5200, shift NOS kicks back in back to 5200 and repeats, switch back, and ride normally. Wkat a blast that would be!!

and has a switch to change the map as well ... from NOS to norm.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Motodad393 on Mar 29, 2010, 12:51:06 pm
You're correct Roxi...your power has already hit the top of the curve and flattened out before you hit the rev limiter.  To get the most out of your bike you need to be shifting sooner.
Or you could run NOS, and shift at 5200, and the bitch would still be pullin hard all the way there!
Brent at Tejas, has a setup with a movement on a switch, the NOS is activated from 2200-5200, shift NOS kicks back in back to 5200 and repeats, switch back, and ride normally. Wkat a blast that would be!!


I talked with a guy who was at TejasMS when I was there who had TejasMS do this mod. on his bike.  It was cool to hear about.  I believe the bike was a RoadStar out of the Beaumont area.  He had the NOx can mounted inside a saddle bag and the bright light switch activated the NOx system.  As long as the canister is valved open - a switch does the trick and your opponets is behind you.  It is just that simple!   ;D The bike was saaaaaweeeet!   To rich for my bones.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: samiamraider on Apr 01, 2010, 06:23:06 pm
I rode the boss's springer softtail heritage today , nice bike,but I am so glad that I have a Raider.I'm pretty sure that its a 1350 and I know that it has an after market cam. I just can't believe the performance difference.I let him ride the raider,I'll bet money on this-he'll have a new raider before the end of this season. The grin on his face said it all.The seed is planted.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Apr 01, 2010, 10:43:32 pm
About 150 great looking bikes and our very own deja blu takes 2nd Place. Congrats my friend!!!!!!! Well deserved.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Apr 01, 2010, 10:55:56 pm
About 150 great looking bikes and our very own deja blu takes 2nd Place. Congrats my friend!!!!!!! Well deserved.
Deja!!!! You ROCK!!!!! I am so happy for you!! You have worked so hard to get your bike to that level, and it's starting to pay off!! Next time, they better look out, it'll be first Place Baby!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Wavz on Apr 01, 2010, 11:22:26 pm
You go girlfriend!!! Way to go.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Apr 02, 2010, 06:10:56 am
you go girl.. three snaps in a z formation!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RickS on Apr 02, 2010, 07:16:53 am
Congratulations Daj!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Apr 02, 2010, 08:42:09 am
well it was a great turn out...they said there were
185 bikes there and we had a top 5 rather than
top 3. I was sure happy being in that top 5 along
with 2 really tricked out Harleys, a custom chopper
and a kawi bobber.

They took my pic with guys instead of women....Sons of Malarchy
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: seventhLetter on Apr 02, 2010, 08:48:11 am
Congrats Deja!  I spoke with Ray on the phone yesterday and he mentioned you guys were gonna be there.  I was pulling for you from Tennessee!

Way to represent!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Apr 02, 2010, 09:28:21 am
Thanks a bunch for the congrats guys! It really means
alot having your support....in good and bad! I have immense
respect for all of you! thank you!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Apr 02, 2010, 10:36:13 am
Congrats
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Fasthotrod on Apr 02, 2010, 10:49:08 am
I rode the boss's springer softtail heritage today , nice bike,but I am so glad that I have a Raider.I'm pretty sure that its a 1350 and I know that it has an after market cam. I just can't believe the performance difference.I let him ride the raider,I'll bet money on this-he'll have a new raider before the end of this season. The grin on his face said it all.The seed is planted.

Funny you should say that...  ;D

A friend of mine is currently deployed to the Sandbox.  He has been talking about getting a bike, and when I got my Raider I think it kinda kicked him in the butt a bit.  

So one day he stopped into the AAFES vehicle sales and spoke to a Harley dealer.  They made him one hell of a deal on a FXDL.  (Dyna Low Rider.)  It's a brand new '09 model that listed for over $16k, but they gave it to him for right around $13k.  96 cubes, black with lots of chrome... nice bike.

So he asked me to go pick it up for him once it got to the local dealership.  No problem... just let me know when.  His wife contacted me and said that the paperwork was complete, and asked if I could help get it home.  That was Wednesday.

Do you guys remember the skit where Chris Farley does the "Fat guy in a Little Coat?"  

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_efhbjzDreVM/SX01Y8Mo0YI/AAAAAAAAAE0/ZsPYYbku8XY/s320/fatguybp2.gif)

Well that was me on that FXDL.  It's a decent bike for a smaller guy... but I looked like a total dumbass on it.  My knees were up above the gas tank, the handlebars were about into my knees... thank goodness the bike had a set of forward pegs or I would have been screwed.

It was a fun ride... but it just doesn't have the size or the power of the Raider.  It's great for my friend though, and when he comes home he will be back on two wheels... so I can't bash him too bad.

Mark
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Apr 02, 2010, 11:48:19 am
 It's great for my friend though, and when he comes home he will be back on two wheels... so I can't bash him too bad.

We'll do that for you!  ;D Pull over once and a while let him catch up, that's what a friend would do.....well actually not.......Friends don't let friends ride harleys!  :D :D :D

I want a t-shirt that says that!!!  ;D

RSR
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: CBird on Apr 02, 2010, 12:03:51 pm

I had to look up the FXDL (Dyna Lowrider), it does seem a bit small...

(http://www.kvrr.net/mc/images/harley.jpg)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: fester on Apr 02, 2010, 12:16:25 pm
Yesterday I drove the ole Red Beast to work and as I was leaving one of the guys that works there came walking over to check it out as I was getting ready to peal out. He said, "nice Har..."(I don't want to insult it again), he is a lucky man cause he was in arms reach of a punch to the groin! I told him that my sweet a$$ ride was no HD and that he better ask forgiveness from the gods before Zeus himself comes down and whoops his a$$ (http://www.sjscene.com/scene/images/smiles/nutkick.gif)     :rotfl: :rotfl: After that I took off like a bat out of hell!!!! :wheelie:  :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Apr 02, 2010, 12:18:44 pm

I had to look up the FXDL (Dyna Lowrider), it does seem a bit small...

(http://www.kvrr.net/mc/images/harley.jpg)
Ya got to be kidding me!!! It looks like a little kids bike!!! :wtf: :wtf: :wtf: :wtf: :wtf: :wtf: :wtf:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Apr 02, 2010, 12:46:05 pm
Yeah, I test rode a Rocker, but it just felt kinda small.......

(http://creativegraphx.com/raider-2/mini-bike-2.jpg)


Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: fester on Apr 02, 2010, 12:50:15 pm
Yeah, I test rode a Rocker, but it just felt kinda small.......

(http://creativegraphx.com/raider-2/mini-bike-2.jpg)




 :wtf:  :rotfl: :rotfl:  Actually my buddy has a pocket rocket and we ride it around town here. I'm 6'4" and that's about what i look like!!!  :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Apr 02, 2010, 04:46:10 pm
Yesterday I drove the ole Red Beast to work and as I was leaving one of the guys that works there came walking over to check it out as I was getting ready to peal out. He said, "nice Har..."(I don't want to insult it again), he is a lucky man cause he was in arms reach of a punch to the groin! I told him that my sweet a$$ ride was no HD and that he better ask forgiveness from the gods before Zeus himself comes down and whoops his a$$ (http://www.sjscene.com/scene/images/smiles/nutkick.gif)     :rotfl: :rotfl: After that I took off like a bat out of hell!!!! :wheelie:  :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs:

Glad you were able to vent that out... I mean... you wouldn't want it to.... fester.    :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Apr 02, 2010, 05:54:46 pm
Yeah, I test rode a Rocker, but it just felt kinda small.......

(http://creativegraphx.com/raider-2/mini-bike-2.jpg)




 :wtf:  :rotfl: :rotfl:  Actually my buddy has a pocket rocket and we ride it around town here. I'm 6'4" and that's about what i look like!!!  :rotfl: :rotfl:



Bwahahahaha.. err oh.. I think I cit myself.. oh welll.. BWAHAHAHHAHAHAH
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Apr 02, 2010, 05:56:51 pm
Yeah, I test rode a Rocker, but it just felt kinda small.......

(http://creativegraphx.com/raider-2/mini-bike-2.jpg)




 :wtf:  :rotfl: :rotfl:  Actually my buddy has a pocket rocket and we ride it around town here. I'm 6'4" and that's about what i look like!!!  :rotfl: :rotfl:



Bwahahahaha.. err oh.. I think I cit myself.. oh welll.. BWAHAHAHHAHAHAH
I think i did too  :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :yay: :yay: :yay: :yay: :nana: :nana: :nana: :nana:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Apr 02, 2010, 06:03:49 pm
Madcow, your picture is kinda small, but it always reminds me of "Andy" from "According to Jim",
only with a Hulk Hogan mustache....!

(https://www.roadstarraider.com/gallery/377_24_06_09_7_51_34.jpeg)

(http://creativegraphx.com/raider-2/andy.jpg)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Apr 02, 2010, 06:07:35 pm
Vintage you are right on with that!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Apr 02, 2010, 06:13:24 pm
1) Congrats deja on the 2nd place! I would love to see 1st. That must have been 1 heluva bad a$$ bike to beat yours!

2)Fasthotrod, the only thing your friend will be able to say is "mine's a Harley", because that's about all they have on the Raider. :evillaugh:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Apr 02, 2010, 06:32:31 pm
that guy had chrome on top of chrome!!
diamond cut jugs...gees...lotsa money in
that bad boy and for a Harley...it was
very very cool!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Apr 02, 2010, 06:33:20 pm
 :o :o woah!! MC good lookin dude!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Apr 02, 2010, 09:40:03 pm
I rode Zippy to work yesterday and a guy in a cage waited while I backed into a cycle parking spot.  He parked one spot away from me and was out of his car and next to my bike before I got my helmet off.  The complements flowed.  He first noticed the integrated tail light as we turned into the parking lot, then he was impressed by the right side of the bike as saw it for the first time,,,yada yada (you all have heard something like that).  Turns out he had had a few bikes in his day, most recently a BMW triple ... but he hadn't ridden since he had to sell it to make ends meet.  Then he asked what kind of bike Zippy was. I told him.
 "That's a YAMAHA?"
"Yessir, 113 fuel injected cubic inches of attitude."
"Wow!  A Yamaha?"
"Yessir.  Well, I gotta get in there. Have a good day."
It is about 150 feet to the building door and as I keyed in he was still looking at Zippy and shaking his head.
Dontcha just love it?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Wavz on Apr 03, 2010, 09:06:00 am
I was stopped at the local sandwich shop at the same time a guy pulled in with a new HD Street Glide (A $30K plus bike with all the HD boots, gloves, jacket...etc.). We both did the typical head nod and I was think HD Snob. I went to the line to order some food while he stayed looking out at my bike from the picture window ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

I could only wonder what he was thinking.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RICE4U on Apr 03, 2010, 09:28:01 am
1) Congrats deja on the 2nd place! I would love to see 1st. That must have been 1 heluva bad a$$ bike to beat yours!

2)Fasthotrod, the only thing your friend will be able to say is "mine's a Harley", because that's about all they have on the Raider. :evillaugh:

A Harley has absolutely NOTHING on a Raider....NOTHING.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Fasthotrod on Apr 03, 2010, 10:17:08 am

Fasthotrod, the only thing your friend will be able to say is "mine's a Harley", because that's about all they have on the Raider. :evillaugh:

Well... my friend (Mark) isn't the kind to brag or put someone down, and I'm not worried about him becoming some kind of HD snob. I'm sure that he's happy about his purchase, and will be a proud owner of that bike.

 'll almost feel bad when I twist my right hand and leave him sitting there all alone...

Almost.   ;D

But seriously, I'm sure a lot of guys dream of owning a Harley one day... hell, I did too at one point. As long as he is happy with his bike, I'm cool with that. I'm just glad to be able to ride with him this summer.

Mark
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Apr 03, 2010, 11:04:28 am
Madcow, your picture is kinda small, but it always reminds me of "Andy" from "According to Jim",
only with a Hulk Hogan mustache....!

(https://www.roadstarraider.com/gallery/377_24_06_09_7_51_34.jpeg)

(http://creativegraphx.com/raider-2/andy.jpg)


whodda thunk.. Im a movie star!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Apr 03, 2010, 11:16:18 am
Love those Liquid Silver's!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MYWORLD on Apr 03, 2010, 12:08:46 pm
Love those Liquid Silver's!!!!
They are Perdy!!!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Apr 03, 2010, 12:41:43 pm

whodda thunk.. Im a movie star!


(http://creativegraphx.com/raider-2/madcow.jpg)

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MYWORLD on Apr 03, 2010, 01:02:42 pm

whodda thunk.. Im a movie star!


(http://creativegraphx.com/raider-2/madcow.jpg)


PERFECT!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RickS on Apr 03, 2010, 03:30:30 pm

whodda thunk.. Im a movie star!


(http://creativegraphx.com/raider-2/madcow.jpg)


PERFECT!!!!!!!!
That’s hilarious, lol


Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Apr 03, 2010, 04:10:06 pm

Fasthotrod, the only thing your friend will be able to say is "mine's a Harley", because that's about all they have on the Raider. :evillaugh:

Well... my friend (Mark) isn't the kind to brag or put someone down, and I'm not worried about him becoming some kind of HD snob. I'm sure that he's happy about his purchase, and will be a proud owner of that bike.

 'll almost feel bad when I twist my right hand and leave him sitting there all alone...

Almost.   ;D

But seriously, I'm sure a lot of guys dream of owning a Harley one day... hell, I did too at one point. As long as he is happy with his bike, I'm cool with that. I'm just glad to be able to ride with him this summer.

Mark

I know what you mean, I have a brother in law with a HD that's the same way.

Still in general, if a HD rider tries to compare, that's all they have left!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Vintage on Apr 03, 2010, 05:20:31 pm
The only 2 things a Harley guy usually says is:
"You couldn't afford one"
     and
"It's still not a Harley"

That's about the time I start laughing......
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Apr 03, 2010, 06:18:46 pm

whodda thunk.. Im a movie star!


(http://creativegraphx.com/raider-2/madcow.jpg)


PERFECT!!!!!!!!
That’s hilarious, lol




Im soooo gonna widen' out he handle bars for that look.. gimme a month and Ill post it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Apr 03, 2010, 09:14:59 pm
OK, so this morning, I get up to Loose Wheels between Sherman and Dennison TX about 15 to 20 minutes before the rest of the guys get there for our ride. 2 minutes after I pull in (at which time, there is only 1 other Harley in the lot, plus a couple of crotch rockets... about a dozen or more Harlleys and V-Max pull in. All of a sudden, it's gawking time. A couple Harley Riders and a V-Max rider are asking me all kinds of things about my Swashbuckling Bitch... This time however ... it's "Hey, that's one of those Raiders!" ... Asking me about the risers, about the ride height, The forward controls, about the Skull Side Cover, the Wheels, the 240 rear tire, the Webslinger inserts, DAMN... I felt like I was a damned one bike show. One of them even took a couple pics of my scoot. He said "Damn, of all the Metrics, Yamaha is doing it right, and has the cruiser market targeted dead on with those things..."

About 15 minutes later, ChillyRaider, Cuervo_08, Benaj and TXBroker show up and one of the HD rider asks me... "so, do ya have to know someone who has one to be able to buy one?" I said "Yeah, it's by referral only, we're a rather selective group". LOL!

The fact that they knew it was a Yamaha, and that they knew it was a Raider (albeit not like any other Raider they've ever seen) means that our Scoots are starting to get the respect that they deserve!

Ya can't argue with success! WOOT!
(http://www.usroar.org/Gallery/NorthTxRaider/Events/20100403_Ride/images/w/20100403PM0046_0.JPG)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Apr 03, 2010, 09:29:35 pm
Got it right!  You had a few righteous Raiders there to help you make the point.  Way to go guys.

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: jacknife on Apr 04, 2010, 12:36:19 pm
 Just yesterday a couple of Harley worshiper (local neighbors) Droolers as Gostr8r calls them.LOL stop by they have been waiting to see me ride by and have not so they had to stop and see what I was up too. I meet them out in the drive way a started bullsh.... They pretend they stop so they could check out my sons 72 Camero yeh right that took about 2 minutes Tops.When they didn't see the bike in the garage ( which I believe is what they were really doing for 2 min looking for my bike)they had to ask wheres your bike did ya sell it,I heard you have done alot of work to it. I told them no its in the house,have known these guys for years and have even offered them to come in before and they never had but yesterday They actually ask to come in and see my bike.LOL They must have set around and drooled over this half tore apart jap bike for a hour or more Hallarious I thought. They invited me to go riding with them when I got it back together.But remember they only stopped to check out that Camero I cant help it I thought it was funny.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Apr 04, 2010, 12:43:06 pm
Just yesterday a couple of Harley worshiper (local neighbors) Droolers as Gostr8r calls them.LOL stop by they have been waiting to see me ride by and have not so they had to stop and see what I was up too. I meet them out in the drive way a started bullsh.... They pretend they stop so they could check out my sons 72 Camero yeh right that took about 2 minutes Tops.When they didn't see the bike in the garage ( which I believe is what they were really doing for 2 min looking for my bike)they had to ask wheres your bike did ya sell it,I heard you have done alot of work to it. I told them no its in the house,have known these guys for years and have even offered them to come in before and they never had but yesterday They actually ask to come in and see my bike.LOL They must have set around and drooled over this half tore apart jap bike for a hour or more Hallarious I thought. They invited me to go riding with them when I got it back together.But remember they only stopped to check out that Camero I cant help it I thought it was funny.
Very funny indeed!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Apr 04, 2010, 04:14:33 pm
I love all of these posts!

What happened to me last week:

I went to get a tire and after the installers test ride he said "I worked at Kawasaki for 9 years and love bikes but this is the 1st one that just looks and feels right".

It's hard to deny when somebody that rides, sees, and works on several different bikes every day says something like that! I would love to hear what he would say about one of yours with some serious mods!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: fester on Apr 04, 2010, 05:50:30 pm
I love all of these posts!

What happened to me last week:

I went to get a tire and after the installers test ride he said "I worked at Kawasaki for 9 years and love bikes but this is the 1st one that just looks and feels right".

It's hard to deny when somebody that rides, sees, and works on several different bikes every day says something like that! I would love to hear what he would say about one of yours with some serious mods!
Now he needs to buy one!!! :rotfl: :thumbs:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MYWORLD on Apr 04, 2010, 07:06:49 pm
LOL jack!!! ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Apr 04, 2010, 07:57:35 pm
I don't know if he can, but I'm sure he wants too..... I got the  :drool: marks to prove it.  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on May 12, 2010, 12:04:12 am
Have had two interesting experiences this past week both involving Harley riders.  The first was at a restaurant.  When I pulled in a Harley sporter was parked in the lot and I parked next to it.  Went inside and found a spot where I and wife could watch the bike.  The Harley rider and his wife left the restaurant and when they got to their bike they stood there for while staring at the Raider.  Finally they mounted up and road off.  Later in the week the wife and went drove out to a local gift shop and Ice Cream Bar.  There was another bike parked there a, Harley wide glide.  The owner was there with his daughter and she started oohing and awing over the Raider and asked her dad if they could get one like it instead.  His comment was I haven't got this paid for yet.  They left and with in minutes two more bikes pulled in, the already mentioned sporter and a Fat Bob.  Immediately the sporter owner commented on how cool the Raider was,  the guy with Fat Bob put his helmet back on started up and pulled out leaving his buddy behind.  So the sporter owner got back on his back and pulled out to catch up with his riding buddy.  I would have loved to heard the conversation that took place later.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on May 12, 2010, 02:55:10 am
Gotta Love it.  Happens everyday! :thumbs:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on May 12, 2010, 09:17:39 am
Have had two interesting experiences this past week both involving Harley riders.  The first was at a restaurant.  When I pulled in a Harley sporter was parked in the lot and I parked next to it.  Went inside and found a spot where I and wife could watch the bike.  The Harley rider and his wife left the restaurant and when they got to their bike they stood there for while staring at the Raider.  Finally they mounted up and road off.  Later in the week the wife and went drove out to a local gift shop and Ice Cream Bar.  There was another bike parked there a, Harley wide glide.  The owner was there with his daughter and she started oohing and awing over the Raider and asked her dad if they could get one like it instead.  His comment was I haven't got this paid for yet.  They left and with in minutes two more bikes pulled in, the already mentioned sporter and a Fat Bob.  Immediately the sporter owner commented on how cool the Raider was,  the guy with Fat Bob put his helmet back on started up and pulled out leaving his buddy behind.  So the sporter owner got back on his back and pulled out to catch up with his riding buddy.  I would have loved to heard the conversation that took place later.

Ha ha ha.  Probably recently realized that he could have had the much better, cooler, faster Raider.  Too funny.   :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: msoos113 on May 12, 2010, 06:43:44 pm
The company I work for hired a new Quality manager last week and he was taking turns with each of the operators in the shop to learn our processes. When it was his turn with me, he noticed my Raider calender in my toolbox and asked if I rode and what I had. I told him I had a Raider, otherwise known as a HD killer! I then asked him what he rode and, what do you know, he has an Ultraglide! He at least is a serious rider with over 90,000 miles on his bike. He said he'd have to check my bike out at lunch, which he did. When I saw him the next day, he came up and said " that is one great looking bike, I can't believe all the chrome on that". I then told him that it was a real compliment to hear that from a HD rider. He took a bunch of pictures of it and sent it to some of his HD buddies. I guess it just goes to prove that they're all not anti-metric!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on May 12, 2010, 08:24:43 pm
there are some real true blue bikers that appreciate
all bikes for what they are. We know a few that can
appreciate our choice of bike and we appreciate theirs.

Its complete opposite end of the scope that gets me....lol
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rick Busbea on May 12, 2010, 09:20:34 pm
Had another good one today...I pulled up to a traffic light and a guy was walking by all decked out in HD gear, as well as his wife. He had EVERYTHING harley on. They walked by and I see them in my rearview mirror - they turned around and walked back up to me still sitting at a red light. The guy pulls a camera out his pocket and snaps 3 or 4 pictures and says, "Nice ride man, is that one of those Raiders?"  Gotta love the respect and admiration we're starting to get, even from the hardley people.  O8O
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on May 13, 2010, 11:47:28 am
Keep the stories comming guys.  I think this is probly my favorite post to read.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on May 13, 2010, 12:39:28 pm
Saturday me and Raiderrick were headed south on Rt. 1. Just after the light turned green a guy stopped traffice to ask.. WHAT KIND OF BIKE IS THAT!..? We replied in harmony RAIDER!   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on May 13, 2010, 01:05:00 pm
I posted this earlier, but it probably belongs here.:

The Patriot Guard Riders escorted the Wall that Heals across NC today.  Over 50 bikes at one point, half leading the way and half providing rear guard.  Nearly all of them were Harleys (as expected) but there were a few "ringers".  Indian, Valkyrie, Boulevard, Gold Wing,...all veterans, all cool heads.

When we stopped, my Raider got a lot of attention. It was fun to talk to one rider about my bike, he'd go get two or three more...you know the drill.  One lady rider circled around it for 15 minutes and must have taken a dozen photos.  Makes a guy proud.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on May 13, 2010, 01:15:46 pm
Hell yea!  The looks draw them.  Then they always ask my favorite question...how big is that engine?  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on May 25, 2010, 12:02:38 pm
This past weekend on a ride sponsored by my local dealership (20 or so bikes mostly raiders) while stopped at a light a car full of hotties rolled up beside me and said "nice chopper Mr." I really didn't have a vocal response but I think the ear to ear grin on my face said it all lol.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on May 25, 2010, 01:48:00 pm
This past weekend on a ride sponsored by my local dealership (20 or so bikes mostly raiders) while stopped at a light a car full of hotties rolled up beside me and said "nice chopper Mr." I really didn't have a vocal response but I think the ear to ear grin on my face said it all lol.

How about "Hop on!"?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: seventhLetter on May 25, 2010, 01:51:12 pm
 :agree:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: T-Bird on May 25, 2010, 06:29:01 pm
This past weekend on a ride sponsored by my local dealership (20 or so bikes mostly raiders) while stopped at a light a car full of hotties rolled up beside me and said "nice chopper Mr." I really didn't have a vocal response but I think the ear to ear grin on my face said it all lol.


I'll bet you came up with all kinds of things to say after they were gone though, didn't you?     (http://www.sjscene.com/scene/images/smiles/1022.gif)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on May 26, 2010, 07:04:42 am
Yesterday a full dresser yammi stopped beside me at a light. First question was " What is that...?"   heheh.

I said " same as yours, a yammahamma " He then says " oh its a 1100? "

 I smiled snickered and said. " um no.. its a 1900 ".

My friend bout went bug eyed and says " WHAT? " .

Just then, the light turned green. I just had to let him see the power in action so I laid into her through a couple gears. I was runnin low on fuel so, I stopped at the gas station just up the road. I noticed my new friend as he passed by the station. We waved at each other and he gave me a honk as he drove out of site. I went straight from filling up to my local dealership for some grip glue. Guess who was right there in the showroom sittin' on a red S?
 :thumbs:


I think he had to get someone to drive him back up to get it lastnight...  ;D ;D ;D  WOOOT WOOOT WOOOT!

 I told him about us but, he doesn't own a computer. Anyway, he told me about a local group of riders who get together in F'bug. Cool dude.. good times!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: seventhLetter on May 26, 2010, 07:38:24 am
Love that story Madcow!

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on May 26, 2010, 07:40:48 am
Great story brother
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Starky on May 26, 2010, 10:15:32 am
Goin out this weekend and hitting the Harley shops (girlfriend still has to look at the clothes).  Can't wait for the stories.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Scoob on May 26, 2010, 10:28:13 am
I was out riding last Saturday and stopped to put gas in at a convenience store and as I was putting gas in I could see the cashier standing at the window looking at my bike. I went in to pay for my gas and the cashier says to me "is that one of those Screamin Eagles?". I said no its a Raider and its much faster than one of those Screaming Eagles!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on May 26, 2010, 11:06:38 am
Riding home this morning from teaching my 8am class and Out of nowhere this state trooper pulls up on my right very fast...scared the crap out of me.  I'm thinking "oh frak, he saw me riding like a bat out of hell when I merged and move to the left most lane."  I look over at him and point at my chest as if to say "you want me to pull over?"

Anyway he shakes his head looks down at the bike as we're doing about 60mph and give me a thumbs up.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on May 26, 2010, 11:31:11 am
 :cop: :notworthy: :applause:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: 2WheelRoadSurfer on May 26, 2010, 09:34:12 pm
Parked my Raider on the street and a few minutes later some H-D guys on Softails and Sportsters parked next to ours and my wife 'Glitch' said, "They look like toy bikes next to ours". I really like Softails too. It was the bike I was going to buy before I saw and test rode the Raider. I never noticed how massive (besides being beautiful) this great bike is. They looked embarrased. I ride with pride and then some.......
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: WilCon on May 26, 2010, 09:35:54 pm
Guy at work has a Rocker. I thought it was a Rebel 250 the first time I saw it from a distance parked next to mine.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on May 27, 2010, 03:05:03 am
Alot of bikes look small compared to the Raider.  I rode with a Big Dog Mstiff the other Day.  Truly beautiful bike   but, parked next to the Raider they looked about the same size.  I think the Mastiff had me by an inch or two. (no pun intended)  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on May 27, 2010, 12:00:29 pm
the rocker looks like a lawnmower engine in a bicycle frame. has about that kind of a ride quality too. Raider All the way!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: jocal on May 27, 2010, 01:57:07 pm
My buddy and I were on a poker run over the weekend - he rides a BigDog Mastiff. I have always loved the look of his bike - very low, muscular and sleek - but could never justify the cost. Anyway, at each stop, we got PLENTY of walk arounds and questions and the majority of them were around 'Ol Blue - the #1 question "What is that?". It was a great feeling to see these bikers showing the same kind of love regardless of make.

On our way home, my buddy's wife is complaining of hiccups at a light, and we all have a laugh. A mile or so down the road, he decides to "cure" her as he roars past me. I couldn't let the opportunity pass, so I kicked her down a couple and laid into it, keeping up with him. When we finally slowed down, I took a peek at the speedo; we were coming do through 110!! At the next light, his wife is slapping him up one side and down the other yelling "What was THAT about?". his reply "Do you still have the hiccups?". Her, sheepishly, "No." Hilarious.
To finish off the moment, some kid in his coffecan mufflered Honda Civic pulls up next to me and starts revving at me. I decide to laugh it off in a very obvious manner. This apparently caused him to decide to put me in my place, winding up and chirping his little tires when the light goes green. A quick check for cops and I rev up and dump the clutch, passing him very shortly (before I even get out of second). My wife was a tad unprepared and got a chiropractic adjustment from the backrest, but man was that glorious.....
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RICE4U on May 27, 2010, 03:42:26 pm
I was on a poker run this past weekend with a mixed group of friends and others.  There was an older guy riding a Big Dog, not sure which model, but I think it was a Coyote.  From the start of the run this guy was riding pretty aggressively, making sure everyone knew he had a 117CI bike.  About halfway to the last stop on the run, I ended up next to him.  We take off from a light with me staggered ahead of him in the pack.  I guess he didn't like that because he drew up even with me and dropped the hammer.  I turned about 3/4 throttle and stayed even with him for a few moments, then twisted to full a few times to let him know where he stood.  Another buddy of mine of a V Star 1100 dropped into the lane beside us and make a few "whipping" motions...I couldn't help but laugh.  At the last stop I overhead the Big Dog rider telling a Harley rider that he wants/needs to get a new bike!  Come to find out later that day, another buddy of mine riding a Strat was giving him the same treatment during the first part of the run!

Love my Raider!

Anthony
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on May 27, 2010, 03:48:24 pm
Love those poker run stories! Keepem coming brothers!!  :raider: :raider: :raider:

RSR
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ryaninetyone on May 27, 2010, 11:23:14 pm
Yes this is Epic! I come here daily to get my "Oh it's a Yamaha" dose. 8)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on May 28, 2010, 04:22:52 pm
Went to my local HD dealer to look once again at the new 2010 Streetglides.  I am looking for a new project bike but this time a Bagger and I still really like the looks of the Streetglides and the RoadKing Classics.  While I was there in the parking lot before walking in there were about 8 or 9 HD riders talking in the parking lot of this dealership.  I got off my bike and had a quick smoke when 4 of these guys walked over and were giving my sled a good look over.  One of them said man that bike is a beauty and what was it.  I proudly told him it's a Yamaha Raider.  As soon as I said it's a Yamaha he started to act like he wished he had never said a word to me about my bike.  I normally would just laugh about it but this time I let him have it.  I said Yeah it's a Yamaha that could kick his bikes ass all over the place and laughed at him.  He didn't know what to say to me so one of his buddies made the statement to him that I was right and that our Raiders would kick their bikes asses all of the place.  I walked into the dealership and looked at my future bike sitting there on their showroom floor.  Then some of the guys that were in the parking lot walked in and said that I should get rid of that JAP bike and get a HD.  I laughed again and said my Jap bike is the best performance street cruiser on the road.  He said that his bike could take mine and said that in front of his buddies.  I said you think so do ya.  He had a HD screaming eagle FatBoy so it had to have been a 2005 with a 103ci v-twin.  I told him anytime he was ready to run against mine I would be happy to smoke him.  This dealership is in a new part of town in an industrial area so I told him OK then lets ride in front of the HD dealership and see which bike was faster.  The original 8 or 9 went back out front along with the HD dealerships manager and a few of the salesman.
I put on my helmet and said ok lets go down to the end of the street and race to the entrance of the dealership.  He agreed and with that said we both hit it.  My bike smoked his Fatboy in every gear and I just had to laugh out loud.  I think the HD guys will think twice about ripping on a Jap bike like our Raiders again.  When I pulled back into the lot the original 8 or 9 were laughing at the guy that raced me and I heard one of them say and I quote " HD can't let a Jap bike out perform our bikes".  And I said their are many Jap bikes that will smoke a HD.  If anything I think the HD guys gave my Raider more respect and I think that will be the last time they will ask to race one again.  I will keep my Raider and I will end up buying a Streetglide in the near future.  The one thing that I just can't get over are all of the HD posers that could only buy a HD instead of a better bike.  As far as the baggers go I still think that HD makes the best looking baggers so yes I will end up buying one someday. 
I just had to share this story with you all.
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ron505 on May 28, 2010, 04:32:44 pm
I too love these stories.  Fun reading.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on May 28, 2010, 08:19:06 pm
Great story SWomack! Way to represent and do it with confidence too! Been there and done that often with the same results but various responses. All only confirmed that we have the better cruiser, hands down. On the choice of the Glide in the future I would try to talk you out of it but it's your dime and if you're happy then it was a good buy! IMO tho a Dressed Raider or Stratty Tour Deluxe can with some effort and cash, be every bit as cool looking, better handling and performing, reliable and a much more fun bike too. Imagine spreston's or Jazzysgurl's bikes, but with the SWomack paint job that's in your head. I would have to give that a lot of thought. Knowing what I know now and having rode the tired iron for more than 20 years I wouldn't buy any Glide even if it was marked down to the price of one of those butt fugly Sporty's. That's just me tho. Been there and done that too. Thanks for sharing the cool story SWo.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on May 28, 2010, 10:48:45 pm
I wrote a thread many months ago about wanting to check into the Strat Deluxe before I made a decision to buy a Streetglide.  The owner at Del Amo Motorsport called me the day they got their first one in.  Trust me I know the Strat would make a dream bike.  Same engine, same suspension, same tranny ect to our Raiders.  Still throwing it around but man would the Deluxe make a great project bike all over again.  Can you say slam and full wrap fender
and a set of pipes.  Here are some pictures I snapped at Del Amo.
Swomack

(http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr310/swomack113/b7aef97a.jpg)

(http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr310/swomack113/d2f3371c.jpg)

(http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr310/swomack113/73579c82.jpg)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on May 28, 2010, 11:11:50 pm
That oozes cool!!!! And will do anything the tired iron can do only better, longer, faster and with more time and fun in the saddle. Nice shots of a great looking bike. A lot of potential there. I go too far and too fast to ride a Harley!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: rtatu_78 on May 29, 2010, 08:02:40 am
Hey Swo, are you consider another type of bike?  Notice in that pics there some Ducatis, what about a Multistrada 1200 touring.  I want this bike, lot of technology, very confort, killer sport look, everything I'm looking for my next bike.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on May 29, 2010, 08:07:06 am
Saw a Sratty at Porkies Bike Night last thursday with a trailer hitch and some extra chrome, including the wheels. It was sweeeeet!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on May 29, 2010, 09:23:49 am
Had another 'photo' session with the bike. This time, it was a younger crowd. Parked in the first spot just outside the window (so I can keep my eye on the bike  :D ). The father-in-law of my coworker comes in from having smoke to tell me a young guy with a Harley jacket is taking pictures of my bike. I try to play it cool, but a few minutes later, I ease over to the window to check on the weather. I see him going back and forth, front and back ... pacing. Taking probably 4 or 5 pictures.

Satisfied with that, he comes back in and goes over to his group. A few minutes later, a bigger group heads outside. They do the same thing. I head outside (I'm pretty paranoid when it's not from what I can tell, a biker - like on a bike night - checking it out). All I hear is "that is sick!" ... and the every popular "What is it?"

End of the night, I'm just about to leave and the same group is outside smoking. They come up and tell me what they think about the bike. I chat with one of the young guys for a bit. He is awe struck. He asks about how much modding I've done to get it to this point. I respond "Other than a few parts painted, I changed out the mirrors and moved the license plate - the bike is pretty much what you would get off the show room floor"

He didn't even know what to say.

Another Raider owning the moment  :cheers:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on May 29, 2010, 09:50:16 am
Another confirmation of the Raider's styling cues that are so eye catching and more impressive than the other guys boring pig iron bikes. They all seem to look so similar and predictable.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: jocal on May 29, 2010, 09:52:53 am
Had another 'photo' session with the bike. This time, it was a younger crowd. Parked in the first spot just outside the window (so I can keep my eye on the bike  :D ). The father-in-law of my coworker comes in from having smoke to tell me a young guy with a Harley jacket is taking pictures of my bike. I try to play it cool, but a few minutes later, I ease over to the window to check on the weather. I see him going back and forth, front and back ... pacing. Taking probably 4 or 5 pictures.

Satisfied with that, he comes back in and goes over to his group. A few minutes later, a bigger group heads outside. They do the same thing. I head outside (I'm pretty paranoid when it's not from what I can tell, a biker - like on a bike night - checking it out). All I hear is "that is sick!" ... and the every popular "What is it?"

End of the night, I'm just about to leave and the same group is outside smoking. They come up and tell me what they think about the bike. I chat with one of the young guys for a bit. He is awe struck. He asks about how much modding I've done to get it to this point. I respond "Other than a few parts painted, I changed out the mirrors and moved the license plate - the bike is pretty much what you would get off the show room floor"

He didn't even know what to say.

Another Raider owning the moment  :cheers:

That's probably my favorite part of the response - when they ask how long it took to do ALL that stuff and I answer "new pipes, moved plate, speedo face and added the LEDs - everything else was the way i bought it". The bug eyes, "No Shits!?!" all followed by the slumped shoulder walk away = PRICELESS
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Wavz on May 29, 2010, 10:09:58 am
I was riding home from work on Thursday and I see a bike moving through traffic behind me trying to catch up.....I let him :D :D :D because I wanted to see what he was up to. He finally pulls along side of me with a 2009 Suzuki M109R and says "I have seen your bike around town and it is sick!!!" We continued to talk as we rode and he made comment I likes the Raider over his M109.......under my breadth I was saying....."Go figure".
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on May 29, 2010, 10:11:39 am
If they say the 'Oh it's a Yamaha' in a non approving tone then I politely ask them what they ride. If it's a HD I say "That's too bad, sorry to hear that'  :o "You could have got a much better bike, like this one, if you did a little research before spending all that money' ;) If that doesn't make them understand and they still want to berate my ride as inferior to theirs then I say 'More money than brains eh? That's too bad, sorry to hear that.'
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Coldrider on May 29, 2010, 09:54:44 pm
Well being new to this bike myself, and the whole crusier styling. Most places I go, I hate it when everyone walks up and says "what kind of bike is that? Is it a Harley?" where I reply "no its a Yamaha Raider" and they just stand there with this dumb look on there face, where I can tell already that they have no idea what that is. I know what they are thinking, and to confirm they say, "oh...I was looking at a Harley the other day that I might get" It pisses me off, they all think if its not a Harley its nothing, all those wanna be bikers, just wanna buy into the culture, not for the love of riding. Don't get me wrong....I don't hate HD....I hate the wanna be's, and single minded ppl who have no idea about bikes. I bet most of them couldn't name 3 different styles of HD if they had to. I love all bikes in general.....but mostly mine!!  :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on May 29, 2010, 10:36:31 pm
I know tired iron owners with a Harley or 3 in their garages for a year to several years, and still have less than 3000 miles on them. Most of hem wear as much of the 'Look at me' apparel that Harley floods the market with. I look at them, trying to improve their image or make some kind of impression, but not riding, not living the free and rewarding life style that some of us do, and the saddest thing is that many can't even change their own oil and filter. Not because they don't have the tools, but because they don't know how. No problem tho, if there's so few miles on 'em they don't need no dang oil change anyhow. ;)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on May 30, 2010, 06:41:46 am
This thread has gotten of track.  There are other threads to talk about HD and thier riders.  Let's reserve this one for building up the Raider and Oh It's A Yamaha stories.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Milehighturbo on May 30, 2010, 12:21:49 pm
I walked out of a restaruant yesterday found some guy standing by my bike,he had obviously been there for a while he asked if he could sit on it,said he drives a VTX1300,  once he sat on it he said wow this is way more comfortable than mine!!!! then asked what model it was,he knew it was a yamaha because he had been combing it over for some time, ;)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ron505 on Jun 01, 2010, 11:44:09 am
I'm finally able to contribute to this thread.  Well, it was very minor, but made me smile.

I went to the hardware store just a while ago.  There were no parking spaces close, except for one that was already occupied by a Sportster.  Well, what the heck, so i parked beside him.  When I came out, I was busy on my phone, and I saw a gentlemen admiring my bigass bike (comparitively speaking), and before he started his up, he asked, "wanna trade"?  If only he knew what it was, I doubt he would have said that.  Man, did that Sporty look like a toy next to my bike.

Anyway, it gave me a warm and fuzzy inside  8)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Starky on Jun 01, 2010, 12:15:03 pm
The girlfriend and I went to the HD dealership on Saturday.  I parked right in front of the door.  Unfortunately, there weren't that many people there yet because it was still pretty early in the morning.  There was one guy looking at my bike before he came in the shop and when he saw me leave and start to get on the bike he came out of the store to ask me....."what did you do to your Rocker to make it look so cool"...I couldn't help it, I had to tell him "it's not a Rocker, it's a Destroyer.  He made a couple "cool Bike" coments and then went back in the store.  I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when he went in and asked about the new HD Destroyer.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Jun 01, 2010, 01:15:23 pm
Good stories, all of them.  Starky, you play dirty.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Gidian on Jun 01, 2010, 02:02:46 pm
This is, literally, my favorite thread....wish I had a good story or two, maybe one day.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Starky on Jun 01, 2010, 03:30:57 pm
Every chance I get.  I really set that poor guy up.  I'm sure the owner knew what bike he was talking about.  He even stopped to look my bike over when he came out for something else.  He wouldn't look at it very long though.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 01, 2010, 04:18:23 pm
I got flashed and given a thumbs by some girls in a jeep on the way home Monday.  I give them about a 7/10.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jun 01, 2010, 05:05:57 pm
I got flashed and given a thumbs by some girls in a jeep on the way home Monday.  I give them about a 7/10.   ;D

 :D  same thing happened a while back with the wife was on the back, she flashed them back ... good times. Yep, and about the same rating ... LOL
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ryaninetyone on Jun 01, 2010, 11:01:17 pm
The girlfriend and I went to the HD dealership on Saturday.  I parked right in front of the door.  Unfortunately, there weren't that many people there yet because it was still pretty early in the morning.  There was one guy looking at my bike before he came in the shop and when he saw me leave and start to get on the bike he came out of the store to ask me....."what did you do to your Rocker to make it look so cool"...I couldn't help it, I had to tell him "it's not a Rocker, it's a Destroyer.  He made a couple "cool Bike" coments and then went back in the store.  I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when he went in and asked about the new HD Destroyer.
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HaHa....Destroyer! Absolutely Epic! 8)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jun 02, 2010, 07:11:57 am
Long ride home in traffic yesterday... hock tooie on Rt 95 south!!   Anyway, I noticed a truck beside me was leaving a rather large gap between him and the car in front of him. This is not something you do in bumper to bumper traffic here or, they will bum rush the hole and cut you off in the process. ( new york cabbies would be proud ) He was absolutly eye raping the bike! I just smiled and keep rolling along. Once traffic started to move some he had go move past me. I almost missed the thumbs up as he went away.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jun 04, 2010, 12:05:13 pm
I got my Avon.. ( ding dong..) front tire on the bike last night. When I left the storage unit where did the install, I came up to the guy I had bumpered in behind.. ( electronic gate at the storage site and I didn't wanna punch in my numbers ) He was walking to the center of the isle mouth agape and eyes wide..   ;D   I just had to stop. He says .. " didn't you just come in driving a hybrid"  and I said " yea. " He asked " is this yours too?"  Again I just say..." yep. " His wife came over to have a look too and he just had to say to her.. " That's what I want." She says.. " oh you cant afford a Harley.. "  ;D  " Bahahaha.. " I say back .." this thing eats Harley's for dinner and it cost way less. "  My man was like he got hit by lightning .. bonggggg.  " How much? " he asks. I told him I had added the grips, windshield, foot pegs and sissy bar so that's about $800 more but, he could get one for under 13k.  ;D ;D ;D This is a grown man I tell ya but, he did the three stooges face slap a few times and then says to his wife " Holy CIT " . I proceded to tell him all the interesting stuff, shook his hand and then went on my way.

I'm getting kind of embarrassed here.. This, or something like it, is happening almost every time I ride this year !!!!    ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jun 04, 2010, 01:18:01 pm
I got flashed and given a thumbs by some girls in a jeep on the way home Monday.  I give them about a 7/10.   ;D

 :D  same thing happened a while back with the wife was on the back, she flashed them back ... good times. Yep, and about the same rating ... LOL

Dreadly- I haven't even met your wife and I already like her. She sounds like a blast!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Jun 04, 2010, 03:26:24 pm
I set many a German jaw agape today as i rolled through my village on my way home with ZZ top's "Im bad, Im Nationwide" blaring in my head phones.  The funny thing is they dont know any better and probly think im riding a Harley  :(
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Jun 04, 2010, 03:28:31 pm
P.S. I think Swomack really started somthing awesome with this thread and I hope it never stops.  I could read these stories all day long.   :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Flipper on Jun 04, 2010, 03:29:43 pm
At work today my bikes parked at the FRONT DOOR  :D  Young biker wanna be kid walks in to job search and wants to talk about the bike being a sharp looking Hardley and Hardleys are the best bike.  He wants one just like that Hardley out front.  I had to interupt his rambles and tell him it isnt a Hardley and its a Yamaha.  His face drops and he can't believe it.  So this dip chit starts in that I need to get a real bike with horse power.  SO I unleashed on this punk a$$ and told him a few things and enlightened him that the Raider was way superior to any Harley evre made.  More HP and cost way less then a freakin Harley.

He left not saying a word.

Flipper
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Girt on Jun 04, 2010, 03:33:41 pm
Rode the bike to work today. At lunch, a coworker came in and said there was some guy out in the parking lot taking pictures of it with his iphone. Made me smile. ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Jun 04, 2010, 05:43:52 pm
At work today my bikes parked at the FRONT DOOR  :D  Young biker wanna be kid walks in to job search and wants to talk about the bike being a sharp looking Hardley and Hardleys are the best bike.  He wants one just like that Hardley out front.  I had to interupt his rambles and tell him it isnt a Hardley and its a Yamaha.  His face drops and he can't believe it.  So this dip chit starts in that I need to get a real bike with horse power.  SO I unleashed on this punk a$$ and told him a few things and enlightened him that the Raider was way superior to any Harley evre made.  More HP and cost way less then a freakin Harley.

He left not saying a word.

Flipper

You should have reminded him that he wanted one just like it.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Jun 04, 2010, 07:15:18 pm
 :ihntasiajptrmpc: :lbh:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jun 05, 2010, 07:36:56 am
I'm sure you all get comments like these, because as Madcow said, almost every time I ride, I get questions or comments.

There is one local biker group that I see at various bike nights quite a bit. An older guy of the group is also pointing out my bike stating it's the baddest black bike he's seen in some time. He really likes the speedo and the 'holy sh*t' marking at 240. He always asked if I've reached 'holy sh*t' yet.  ;D

Last night at a friends bbq, a couple I've never met were talking to the birthday boy about the bike out front. He pointed to me and said it was my bike. With a huge smile on their faces, they came over and I know it was question and answer time.  :D  Once I figured I had successfully answered the first round, they asked if after they finished eating if they could go look at it more. I said for sure.

About a half hour later, it was time for me to put some miles on, so I went around saying my goodbyes. This couple was the last ones I spoke with. They came out to look at the bike. More questions ... is this custom ... how did you do that ... etc. What I thought would be a quick minute viewing turned into a 15 minute praising of the bike. The lady left and the guy stayed to admire the bike more and chat. He seemed so intrigued with the bike, I asked him if he wanted to sit on it. He then had the smile WE ALL have went we sit on it.  :D

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Skidmark on Jun 05, 2010, 08:08:03 am
At work today my bikes parked at the FRONT DOOR  :D  Young biker wanna be kid walks in to job search and wants to talk about the bike being a sharp looking Hardley and Hardleys are the best bike.  He wants one just like that Hardley out front.  I had to interupt his rambles and tell him it isnt a Hardley and its a Yamaha.  His face drops and he can't believe it.  So this dip chit starts in that I need to get a real bike with horse power.  SO I unleashed on this punk a$$ and told him a few things and enlightened him that the Raider was way superior to any Harley evre made.  More HP and cost way less then a freakin Harley.

He left not saying a word.

Flipper

whenever people start talking to me about the raider and how awesome that "harley" looks and they want one and they've been looking and saving for one, and then they find out its a yamaha, and then they start in on the "get a real bike" BS  i just ask them where their bike is. lol. they usually shut up after that.

A buddy i ride with has a street bob and we go at it all the time over whos bike is better, i usually end up letting him "win" cause i get tired of refuting the good old "my bike has heritage" "everyone loves harleys" (especially drunken idiots as i have found out ) he even had the balls to say his was faster, till i smoked him and then he changed his tune to "im in it for the ride i dont need tons of power" although he still likes to zip from light to light to feel like hes faster lol. but the greatest thing happend the other night a girl hes dating came outside to see our bikes and said "ohh nice bikes, the blue one (street bob) is ok but i really like the silver one (raider)" and then she turned to him and asked him if he rode the raider. lol. the look on his face was priceless, and you better believe i will NEVER let him forget that moment. lol.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: wolfraider on Jun 05, 2010, 10:55:07 am
I like that story a lot!  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: PJ on Jun 05, 2010, 09:42:04 pm
My buddy bought a Hardley the same day I got my Raider and he was going on and on about how I should buy a Hardley. Then he told me how great everything about them was and how they even have a group you sign up in when you purchase a Hardley so riders can help each other out if needed. Ha Ha Ha Ha I almost cried! This is what I said to him... "So you're telling me that when I purchase a $20k motorcycle, the company has me sign up so other customers can come get me when II break down?!" Ha ha ha ha ha ahaha ahahahs kakshhdfdjfhsd  TRUE STORY!  Yamaha dealer told me... "Thank you very much for your business, let us know if their is anything we can do for you, and ride safe out there." Not, here sign this because you're probably going to break down and we have our customers help each other. WOW! 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 06, 2010, 11:15:47 am
My buddy bought a Hardley the same day I got my Raider and he was going on and on about how I should buy a Hardley. Then he told me how great everything about them was and how they even have a group you sign up in when you purchase a Hardley so riders can help each other out if needed. Ha Ha Ha Ha I almost cried! This is what I said to him... "So you're telling me that when I purchase a $20k motorcycle, the company has me sign up so other customers can come get me when II break down?!" Ha ha ha ha ha ahaha ahahahs kakshhdfdjfhsd  TRUE STORY!  Yamaha dealer told me... "Thank you very much for your business, let us know if their is anything we can do for you, and ride safe out there." Not, here sign this because you're probably going to break down and we have our customers help each other. WOW! 

Snicker!   :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jun 08, 2010, 06:16:34 pm
all i can say is lets see the hardleys keep up with the raider. ......oh wait they can't!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: bluecat77 on Jun 08, 2010, 06:51:44 pm
The other day I was crusing in town came a couple on a Harley. Ease up to the stop light the lady passenger commented that I have nice bike. I just smile and said thanks and move on , I thought I seen some stream coming from her honey ears . OOOOOhhhhhh what a feeling
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ron505 on Jun 08, 2010, 09:49:58 pm
We rode with a friend of mine that has a Screamin Eagle Duece (he calls it a Screamin Beagle, cracks me up), and his wife was commenting all day long about how much she liked our bike.  They way it looked going down the road, the way it looked so comfortable, the way it sounded, the nice size back tire, everything.  He's got a $30k bike, and I'm getting the compliments, gotta love that!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Jraid on Jun 08, 2010, 10:10:59 pm
our local d.a.r.e program had there yearly ride and bike show. I enter it and 90 % of the people that looked at it were hd people.....they would look at it really close ...say how badd a$$ it looked ....i would stand there with them and act like it wasnt mine......they were blown away when they realized it was a yamaha ....then they would quickly dissapper... :D :D :D.........love it
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 13, 2010, 12:09:21 am
So Friday night the wife, myself and the 4 month old go to the vintage bike show and swap meet at the state fair grounds in MN.  Its been raining a lot here and immediately after arrival we realize that everyone has tarps over their stuff for the swap meet.  Luckily the people running let us in for free.    There were some pretty cool old Ariels, BSA, vincent and triumphs and your usual harley stuff but not the 180 bike their were advertising..more like 60 (and that's generous).

At the swap meet there were like 3 people who had their tarps off so I ask this redneck looking dude, his stall was full of HD crap...if he'd seen anybody with a lot of metric stuff (for the wife's xs650).  His reply..."well I'm an American so I don't carry that chit".   I could have f'ing killed him.  SO I'M NOT AN AMERICAN CAUSE I RIDE A SUPERIOR BIKE...SINCE I USED MY FREEDOM TO PICK THE BIKE I WANTED RATHER THAN THE BIKE THAT'S CRAMMED DOWN EVERY ONE'S THROAT?  is what went through my head...that and kicking this a$$hat's teeth in.  I showed every once of restraint I could since the wife and 4 month old were with.  Needless to say I won't be attending this crap show again.  Thanks for nothing VikingMC.

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gatorarms on Jun 13, 2010, 09:37:10 am
Capt - Had the same thing happen to me on a poker ride. I was on my "Jap Bike" and told to "park in the back". Not to mention I paid for the event to support their cause and they act like asses. But I also find out later the one douche drives a Honda Civic... he spent more towards his "Jap car" than I did on my "Jap Bike"...
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 13, 2010, 10:01:52 am
Capt - Had the same thing happen to me on a poker ride. I was on my "Jap Bike" and told to "park in the back". Not to mention I paid for the event to support their cause and they act like asses. But I also find out later the one douche drives a Honda Civic... he spent more towards his "Jap car" than I did on my "Jap Bike"...

It's people like these guys that are the whole reason that HD folks get a bad rap.  I honestly feel sorry for the good HD folks that have to hand around with these a$$hats.  As far as being American, I drive a made in Ohio Jeep...what's more American then the truck that helped us win WWII?  I just don't get it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gatorarms on Jun 13, 2010, 10:07:25 am
I totally agree. I ride with a good bunch of HD guys who are very impressed with the Raider and that was just some bad apples.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Jun 13, 2010, 11:26:34 am
 :agree:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Jun 13, 2010, 08:57:10 pm
Come on you guys, quit picking on harleys!! Did you forget that 85% of all harley ever sold are still on the road!


The rest of them, made it home.  ;D


RSR
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gman on Jun 13, 2010, 10:37:26 pm
I had a couple of Harley riders stop and ask me about my bike. One of them asked "Is that a Yamaha? That is a nice looking bike."
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Jun 14, 2010, 09:10:02 am
Ha ha,  those are usually the compliments that mean the
most.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: PJ on Jun 14, 2010, 10:59:13 am
Hey Capt and Gator, you can't let that crap bother you. At the end of the day, you know you're gonna make it home. Ha ha   most Hardleys don't break down anymore but its always gonna be fun to tease them like they do to us about our rice burners. And I don't care what my engine burns when its this f-ing cool. Like I said before, my bike was born in Cali and my bald headed, tattooed, white a$$ is riding it so its as much american as any Hardley is and I don't care where it comes from anyway. I'm not gonna settle for a big over priced turd just because it was made here. I wanted the best and I got the the best.  :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 14, 2010, 11:03:02 am
........and my bald headed, tattooed, white a$$ is riding it............


Your white a$$ is tattooed?   

 ttiwwp


 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Starky on Jun 14, 2010, 11:19:16 am
I still ride to the harley shop every chance I get so I can park right in front of the door and then go in and look at the $70 T-shirts.  It's great to come out and see a bunch of people looking at it just before they go in the shop.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: PJ on Jun 14, 2010, 12:02:09 pm
Yes Mr. T it is. I put a big "M" on both cheeks so it says mom and when I do a hand stand it says WOW!  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Jun 14, 2010, 12:14:37 pm
uh oh...t has an apprentice
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 14, 2010, 12:19:25 pm
Yes Mr. T it is. I put a big "M" on both cheeks so it says mom and when I do a hand stand it says WOW!  :D

 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Milehighturbo on Jun 14, 2010, 01:29:42 pm
I have a tatoo of a $100 dollar bill on my [email protected]#k and whip it out and tell the HD guys "so you  like to blow money huh" 8)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: PJ on Jun 14, 2010, 01:48:56 pm
I have WTF tattooed on mine and when you rub it, it says Welcome To Florida! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 14, 2010, 01:51:08 pm



We now return you to the subject of this thread....   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Jun 14, 2010, 01:54:22 pm
ooooooooh :rolleyes: :rolleyes: its a yamaha
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Grof on Jun 15, 2010, 02:24:11 pm
I have WTF tattooed on mine and when you rub it, it says Welcome To Florida! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

hahaahahahahaha
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Jun 15, 2010, 07:25:36 pm
I have WTF tattooed on mine and when you rub it, it says Welcome To Florida! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Wow, a ruler so you know when to talk to the doc about some Viagra! :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jun 16, 2010, 06:29:41 am
I get a fairly constant stream of " wow is that your bike " at work. One day, while in a crowd of 4-5 people, I was getting some usual questions about the bike. I just had to explain how, it would cost as much to make a hardly look and perform like a Raider, as a Raider costs..! I let them all know how it was nearly all stock other than about a $800 in mods which included replacing worn tires. One in the group must have miss understood me because he chimes in an says " I bet that custom paint job cost a mint! " ..hhehehe..

 OH YEA!!! Its a Yammahamma!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Jun 16, 2010, 07:12:11 am
I'm sure that there is a percentage of Harley riders that are just jerks, but I'll bet there are a few Raider riders that can get like that too.  Most Harley riders I encounter are very complimentary of my Raider and possibly even a bit jealous.  Even a local Harley dealer made favorable comments during a recent PGR event.  It is really very rare that I get put down for riding a "rice burner", and then it seems it is more in fun than real criticism.  Maybe it is just the way I choose to accept it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Jun 16, 2010, 08:20:40 am
I want to replace the chrome badges on my engine that say yamaha,  Specifically the little round ones.  Is there anywhere online i can order these?   ARe they easy to replace? 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 16, 2010, 08:30:44 am
I want to replace the chrome badges on my engine that say yamaha,  Specifically the little round ones.  Is there anywhere online i can order these?   ARe they easy to replace? 

One option... bomber cover(s).  Tejas Motorsports will give you a 25% discount.
http://www.starmotorcycles.com/star/accessories/acscitemdetail/5/502/2045/16055/all/1/9638/0/detail.aspx

Another option..
Others have used medallions and double-stick tape.
https://www.roadstarraider.com/index.php?topic=5997.0
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Jun 16, 2010, 08:39:39 am
You Da man Sir, thank you!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: CBird on Jun 16, 2010, 09:08:53 am
I got a short story -

Last Sunday I was cruising around town and noticed a sporty (Nightster) coming up behind me and when the light ahead of us turned yellow he swapped lanes to be in the right hand lane next to me. So here we are sitting at the light (no one in front of us), I look over and say "nice Nightster", he had relocated speedo, cafe' bars, and a stage 3. He said "thanks, its pretty quick, whats that", I say "Yamaha" right about the same time the light changed. He took off slumping down on his tank as if to say its go time, so I take off after him in 1st and run up beside him and fall back while catching second and run beside him again look over at him and catch 3rd and hammered it, I put a couple of bike lengths between us within seconds.
The next light we stop at (just us again) he wasn't my buddy anymore and didn't want to discuss anything else!!! Gotta love it...

 :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 16, 2010, 09:15:51 am
I got a short story -

Last Sunday I was cruising around town and noticed a sporty (Nightster) coming up behind me and when the light ahead of us turned yellow he swapped lanes to be in the right hand lane next to me. So here we are sitting at the light (no one in front of us), I look over and say "nice Nightster", he had relocated speedo, cafe' bars, and a stage 3. He said "thanks, its pretty quick, whats that", I say "Yamaha" right about the same time the light changed. He took off slumping down on his tank as if to say its go time, so I take off after him in 1st and run up beside him and fall back while catching second and run beside him again look over at him and catch 3rd and hammered it, I put a couple of bike lengths between us within seconds.
The next light we stop at (just us again) he wasn't my buddy anymore and didn't want to discuss anything else!!! Gotta love it...

 :raider:

Sa-weet!   ;D

We need to get a ride going... we're so close to each other.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Jun 16, 2010, 09:18:37 am
I really dont understand all the "stage" stuff. What constitutes
stage 1, 2, or 3?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: CBird on Jun 16, 2010, 09:29:25 am

Sounds good T, we should!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: CBird on Jun 16, 2010, 09:34:28 am
I really dont understand all the "stage" stuff. What constitutes
stage 1, 2, or 3?

Deja - I believe it goes like this. Stage 1 = air cleaner and slip ons, Stage 2 = cams, Stage 3 = port and polish, and Stage 4 = Turbos, blowers, nitrous, strokers, and billet motors.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Jun 16, 2010, 09:38:01 am
ok, Im sorry for the off subject I have just heard
so much about it but no one ever told me what
it really was.......thanks cbird
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jun 16, 2010, 09:57:48 am
Another option..
Others have used medallions and double-stick tape.
https://www.roadstarraider.com/index.php?topic=5997.0

I bought this belt buckle yesterday  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jun 16, 2010, 10:23:03 am
Another option..
Others have used medallions and double-stick tape.
https://www.roadstarraider.com/index.php?topic=5997.0

I bought this belt buckle yesterday  ;D


I LIKE IT!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Jun 16, 2010, 10:28:56 am
speaking of buckles....where has roland been?
He was going strong for a good while then dropped
off the face of the website
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: seventhLetter on Jun 22, 2010, 10:56:51 am
Pulled into a gas station yesterday.  It was very busy.  Cars waiting, weaving around the lot, etc.  This red mustang pulls right up next to me as if the driver was trying to squeeze through to the next pump.  I started to push backwards a bit to make room.  As I looked over at his car, I noticed both he and his passenger (another guy) were drooling over my bike.  They had huge smiles and wide eyes.  The guy said "smokin' bike man!" and got out of his car.  He walked around Roxie 2 or 3 times lusting over her.  He asked what it was. I said a yamaha.  He said "a warrior? That is the sickest warrior mod I've ever seen!"  I said no it's a Raider.  He said how big is that f'ing motor?  I told him.  He just kept drooling.  I asked if he rode, he said yeah, but he just sold his nighttrain.  He says he's seriously considering metric and that my bike may have just sealed the deal.

Raider for the win!

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jun 22, 2010, 11:04:12 am
Another option..
Others have used medallions and double-stick tape.
https://www.roadstarraider.com/index.php?topic=5997.0

I bought this belt buckle yesterday  ;D


it's my cam cover  ;D

I LIKE IT!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Milehighturbo on Jun 22, 2010, 02:06:15 pm
I was driving from work and 5 or 6 harleys pass me 3 of them were just rubber necking to look at my bike,no wave of course,pull up to a light and one ask what is that?? i yelled out RAIDER!! all three looked puzzeld and gave me the thumbs up,one of the 2 up rider wives said wanna trade!! they were on a HD herritage clasic
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Jun 22, 2010, 02:12:21 pm
I was driving from work and 5 or 6 harleys pass me 3 of them were just rubber necking to look at my bike,no wave of course,pull up to a light and one ask what is that?? i yelled out RAIDER!! all three looked puzzeld and gave me the thumbs up,one of the 2 up rider wives said wanna trade!! they were on a HD herritage clasic
:rockon: :rockon: :rockon:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: shadowrider43 on Jun 22, 2010, 02:25:00 pm
I have noticed since owning my Raider I get less waves by Harley riders.  I wonder why?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Fasthotrod on Jun 22, 2010, 08:06:25 pm
I have noticed since owning my Raider I get less waves by Harley riders.  I wonder why?

Because you are waving goodbye??   :D

Mark
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: JazzyzGurl on Jun 22, 2010, 08:22:23 pm
After work today I took about a 150 mile amble and stopped at a gas station in the middle of nowhere.  I went inside to pay and when I came out the guy whose car was on the other side of the pump was walking slow circles around my Raider.  When I walked up he said "What kind of bike does your husband have here?"  I laughed and said "His is at home in the garage.  This bike HERE is mine, and it's a Raider."  His shocked face was priceless and he said "Thank God you laughed - sorry!"  We chatted a bit while he drooled.  He said he thought at first it was an HD ... but that it was the best looking HD he'd ever seen.  He said he's been wanting to get back into riding now that his kids are getting older but said he hasn't been able to come up with the $$ for it.  "Forget the HD - I want one of these!" he said.  I just smiled  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Jun 22, 2010, 10:52:01 pm
After work today I took about a 150 mile amble and stopped at a gas station in the middle of nowhere.  I went inside to pay and when I came out the guy whose car was on the other side of the pump was walking slow circles around my Raider.  When I walked up he said "What kind of bike does your husband have here?"  I laughed and said "His is at home in the garage.  This bike HERE is mine, and it's a Raider."  His shocked face was priceless and he said "Thank God you laughed - sorry!"  We chatted a bit while he drooled.  He said he thought at first it was an HD ... but that it was the best looking HD he'd ever seen.  He said he's been wanting to get back into riding now that his kids are getting older but said he hasn't been able to come up with the $$ for it.  "Forget the HD - I want one of these!" he said.  I just smiled  ;D
Ha ha Jazzy Ive got that one too.  I was on base the otherday and went into the class six.  When I came out this older guy was giving my bike a once over.  I walked up to him and he said " man I gotta tell you this is the nicest Harley ive ever seen"  I smiled and said, "Harley dont build this one Sir"  He said "REALLY?!"  I said yep its a Yamaha Raider.  Well how big is that engine and so on and so forth.  Then he walked away and said well that is a beauty.  I said thanks ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jun 23, 2010, 12:01:14 pm
Just like a few of you here, while doing my 'sound test' for the mufflers, found a couple more Raider owners. We're going to go for a ride Sunday. It should be great. We'll stop in at the local Timmies on a route and let those 'droolers' oggle the bikes. Then we'll have the customary question/answer period followed by more riding!  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jun 23, 2010, 12:09:36 pm
Man you canadian boys need to stop talking about Tim Hortons....Having moved from Toronto to texas man do I miss that place. Dunkin donuts doesn't cut it here! Sorry for getting off topic
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jun 23, 2010, 12:10:39 pm
Man you canadian boys need to stop talking about Tim Hortons....Having moved from Toronto to texas man do I miss that place. Dunkin donuts doesn't cut it here! Sorry for getting off topic

Cndraider ... that's where we all hang  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jun 23, 2010, 12:12:27 pm
man do I miss home.....and timmy's
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jun 25, 2010, 06:56:58 pm
I was walking through a grocery store on the way home and this guy is walking up the same aisle with his daughter and notices I'm wearing my jacket and carrying my helmet and he asks if the black motorcycle on the sidewalk is mine. I told him it was and he immediately started with how beautiful it was. He said he just got rid of his Harley and was looking to get another bike and really liked mine and asked what it was.  I explained that the Raider would smoke any Harley and he responds "113 Huh?". So he obviously noticed the lettering.  He just kept going on how nice it looked and I told him it performs and handles extremely well too and I absolutely love that bike.

It would sure be nice to find another Raider rider in my area.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: PJ on Jun 26, 2010, 12:58:01 am
I love when I'm sitting at a red light and everyone around is checking out my Raider or when someone rolls their window down to ask about it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Jun 26, 2010, 01:10:50 am
Ok I got one.  Not a super awesome story but cool anyway.  Im in the USAF and we had a meeting with our base command chief( highest ranking enlisted person on the installation).  Well i rode yesterday and parked my bike right in front of the building that our meeting was in.  She walks in a few minutes late and looks right at me.  Im sitting there with my helemt and jacket.  She says" Sgt Is that your bike outside?"  Im thinking Im in trouble but Im damn proud of my bike trouble or not.  SO i respond with a confident yes Ma'am!!  She starts talking about how nice it is and the custom look.  Asking questions about engine size and all that.  This is going on while everyone else at the meeting is just sitting there listning to us.  Turns out she rides as well and has Yamaha Virago.  She said now she is considering an upgrade  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: PJ on Jun 26, 2010, 01:31:18 am
Cool
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Jun 26, 2010, 08:52:12 pm
Strangest thing happened to me this week.  After work I rode over to where my wife works and we went to the gas station together to fill up her Mercury and the Raider.  We left the station and were stopped at a light.  Well this little blue Honda Civic pulls up next to me.  He has done something to his engine and has extensions on his hood locks to allow the hood to close without altering it to allow for an apparently oversized breather.  He has low profile tire that are barely bigger than rims, the thing rides so low that the guy was practically staring at my but as he looked out the window at me and revs his engine as a challenge.  It has an after market exhaust and sounds like and alto range sewing machine instead of a soprano.  I blipped the Raider once and totally drowned out his hot little Honda infront of the cars behind us.  As the light turned green he punched it hard, dropped the clutch and was off like a speeding turtle(I guess those little tires must have been a big disadvantage)  He wound through three gears and was making a loud alto noise. I gave the Raider just enough to catch him, and passed him when I hit second.  Then I started laughing, and I laughed so hard my stomach and sides hurt.  The wife asked my later why I did not get on it hard, I said there was no need to.  Any way As I continued on I noticed that many of the cars behind us were easily catching up and as they rolled up I saw several big grins on the faces of the cagers
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Jun 26, 2010, 09:10:59 pm
That's fun SLK! I do that selectively with cages too but the most recently rewarding one was a Mustang Cobra GT. After all the noise making at the red he gave it all he had for 4 gears and fell behind more with each shift. I had him by about 75 yards when I hit midway thru 4th gear.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Jun 26, 2010, 09:31:16 pm
I went thru Oregon twice in the last week, and that State does not allow self-service at the pumps. At just about every stop, comments were made about the bike, or the numbers on the side, or Webslingers work! One guy was all smiles thinking it was a harley, that is, until he found out it wasn't. My son, and I had a good laugh at that one!!   :D :D :D  :raider: :raider: :raider:



RSR
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: USMC_Raider on Jun 26, 2010, 09:59:24 pm
Me and the guys at work went on a shop "safety" ride.  Half way through the ride we stopped at a gas station to get some water and what not.  I was the only one with a bike that wasn't a black Harley in the whole group.  A guy walks up to us all and asks "what's that red bike right there"?  I proudly said "its a Yamaha Raider S".  he looks at all the harleys and looks back at me and said "thats a bad a$$ looking bike you got there".  I just looked at all my buddies with a big sh*t eating grin on my face!!!  lol.  I always get good comments on my bike.  Especially when I'm with Harley's.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Jun 26, 2010, 10:30:23 pm
Had another interesting thing happen Friday noon.  My beloved gold pinstriping on the gas tank has taken some abuse and is getting rubbed off by my legs at the back of the tank.  So during my lunch break I rode to a near by custom shop that does a lot of body and paint work for customs and restorations, to inquire about getting the tank touched up and several coats of clear coat applied by the pro. This shop has even done several custom paint jobs on some choppers, and Harleys. 

Now the bike is dirty cause it has been raining on and off for over a week and I live on a dirt road.  The guy giving me an estimate asks what Harley it is cause it does not look like any other Harley he has ever seen.  I tell him it is a Raider, he says, That must be a new model.  I said yup it is from, only 3 years now and from Yamaha.  He said wow, what do they call that color, it is the best looking black I have ever seen, no sign of red or yellow, or green of the blend.  I told him  that is is called Raven and has a been a staple in the Yamaha color line up for a few decades now.  He was impressed and said he needed to get the mix formula and paint a custom car that color.  So for all of you guys who say black is the slowest, we may be, but the custom paint guys think it is the coolest.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: firer8r on Jun 26, 2010, 10:47:46 pm
Stopped in today at Wild West Motorsports, (they sell harley,honda, and yamaha).  While I was talking to one of the employees, he asked what I rode.  When I told him a Raider, he asked if I had ridden it there.  To make a long story short, within 2 minutes I had 7 employees walking around my bike asking questions.  They all stated they had seen one or two on the showroom floor, (they never lasted more than two days), but they had never seen one with any modifications.  After about an hour the Gen Mngr. bought me lunch and got my ph#, asking if I would be available to show my bike next week at their open house!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jun 27, 2010, 11:17:53 am
This thread never gets old.  ;D  :cheers:

There is another Raven Raider that comes to the local Timmies. The other day I parked beside him. A couple of guys walked up and ask Raider 1 owner, what is was. He said a Yamaha Raider. They said "Good looking bike" Then they asked what mine was and I replied, the same. They took a second look ... third look and said "Wow ... you've really change it a lot - his is functional (he's made it to use on longer trips) and yours is just SIC.

I am surprised how many comment on the cut stock pipes. Most think it's a very custom job.

As most do ... I just smile and nod  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jun 28, 2010, 06:13:54 am
Coming out of a local store a lady on a bench yelled rather loudly.. " hey Mr. Harley man I like your bike! " I snickered to myself and yelled back " Thank you, shes my baby! "
She yells once again " wow she sure is perrrtttty!! " I goosed it as I drove past her.. She had a wide eyed awe struck look on her face.

Mine had a grin from ear to ear!.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: jhubb408 on Jun 28, 2010, 09:52:26 am
This is my first post and I couldn't resist putting it in this thread. I have lurked here for some time and love this thread!

I have had my 08 Raider since Aug 2008. I have had a lot of oh, it's a Yamaha also. I have had HD guys circle the bike talking good about it until they see it's a Yamaha. They will then walk off bad mouthing it ( this happens a lot). This bike has amazed me if the comments and expressions that people have when they find out what it is.
I did have a HD guy tell his friends he was thinking of trading his HD in on a Raider. You should have heard their responses to that!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jun 28, 2010, 02:19:19 pm
jhubb408- Welcome!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jun 28, 2010, 03:36:10 pm
I once had a dude in a pickup pull up beside me and ask if it was a Harley Rocker that i was riding..I said hell no its a yamaha raider, twice the power for half the cost! he said "man that is a sweet bike!"
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dchertz on Jun 28, 2010, 04:08:22 pm
I had fun going to AT&T today for my new Iphone Everyone that was there came outside and said wow Nice Bike... There were a few curious eyes trying to figure out what type of bike it was. When I said it was a Yamaha Raider, they stated wow Yamaha makes a nice bike!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: venom207 on Jun 28, 2010, 07:26:59 pm
I just tell 'em I got a bigger,badder,nicer bike for a 1/3rd less money. I also point out that a Raider is what a Harley wants to be when it grows up.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jun 28, 2010, 08:26:23 pm
amen to that brother!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gman on Jun 28, 2010, 09:09:47 pm
I was riding along a lonely highway in Montana. I passed a Semi and didn't waste any time doing so. About 10 miles up the road I thought I was coming to a junction I needed to take. I found out it wasn't so I got back on the road and the Semi had already passed. I then caught him and passede again. About 10 miles further I came to a small town and the proper junction. I had pulled over to confirm this and get gas. The Semit rolled into town, honked at me and waved me over to where he had pulled off to the side of the raod. He told me he had to see what bike I was riding and said it sounded great. He was a Harley rider, but liked the Raider.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedLineRick on Jun 28, 2010, 11:42:57 pm
Finally got one worth telling. I'm on my way to my Monday night pool league. I'm stopped at a light and a guy in an old Chevy P/U pulls up beside me and says "Man I don't know what that is but it sounds good as $hit!". So I filled him in on the particulars. Just as I finish the light turns green and I dump the clutch and crack the throttle leaving him bewildered and me with a smile on my face. ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Jun 29, 2010, 01:20:04 am
Today a guy pulled into my place of work riding a Harley Street glide that has had some work done to make it more chopper looking.  He had put on a Mustang solo seat and tall angle sissy bar ala captain america.  He had Vance and Hines 2 into 2 big radius pipes with the baffles removed.  The bike looked really nice and very loud rumble that was low and mellow with no tinny ring.  I complimented him on his look and sound.  He thanked me and then said that he had removed the original engine and put in a 103, but thought that it had less power than the original but that he really loved the sound and that was what counted to him.  One of my subordinates asked him if he saw the bikes sitting out front.  He responded you mean the 3 mopeds.  I said yeah but one of those mopeds has a bigger engine with more power than yours but it does run a bit quieter.  He said you mean that one that has the tail pipe that looks like a cannon barrel.  I said yep.  He said that when he pulled in he saw it and was going to take a look before he left.  He did his business and left.  A few minutes later he was back in and asked it that was the new big brother the Warrior, cause he buddy had a stock Warrior that was the coolest thing on wheels he had ever seen until now.  I simply grinned and said yep now the Harley takes back seat to two Yamahas.  He agreed and said that in the past he had owned Kawasakis, Suzukis, and Hondas, until he bought this Harley, and had never considered a Yamaha until now.   I think the next time I see him he may very well be on a Raider.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Jun 29, 2010, 07:51:11 am
I was riding along a lonely highway in Montana. I passed a Semi and didn't waste any time doing so. About 10 miles up the road I thought I was coming to a junction I needed to take. I found out it wasn't so I got back on the road and the Semi had already passed. I then caught him and passede again. About 10 miles further I came to a small town and the proper junction. I had pulled over to confirm this and get gas. The Semit rolled into town, honked at me and waved me over to where he had pulled off to the side of the raod. He told me he had to see what bike I was riding and said it sounded great. He was a Harley rider, but liked the Raider.
Muwa ha ha ha, another potential convert to our cult!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: PJ on Jun 29, 2010, 05:22:44 pm
Hey everyone, I pulled up next to a vrod today at a red light and we were both blowing our pipes and when the light turned green, we got on it hard. He got me off the line but only until 3rd gear then I started leading. We were neck and neck for most part until we cam up to a red light and some cars. What I'm getting at is, I thought the Vrod was faster than the Raider. He had pipes and possibly some other mods and I'm still stock, so it doesn't make sense. I know if I had engine mods, I would've smoked him. It wasn't because he didn't know how to ride either because he did. He asked me what kinda bike it was and I told him its a Raider, but it's not done yet.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 29, 2010, 05:46:08 pm
Hey everyone, I pulled up next to a vrod today at a red light and we were both blowing our pipes and when the light turned green, we got on it hard. He got me off the line but only until 3rd gear then I started leading. We were neck and neck for most part until we cam up to a red light and some cars. What I'm getting at is, I thought the Vrod was faster than the Raider. He had pipes and possibly some other mods and I'm still stock, so it doesn't make sense. I know if I had engine mods, I would've smoked him. It wasn't because he didn't know how to ride either because he did. He asked me what kinda bike it was and I told him its a Raider, but it's not done yet.

I'm 7-0 against Vrods so far.  I'm not impressed with them.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 29, 2010, 06:41:32 pm
Hey everyone, I pulled up next to a vrod today at a red light and we were both blowing our pipes and when the light turned green, we got on it hard. He got me off the line but only until 3rd gear then I started leading. We were neck and neck for most part until we cam up to a red light and some cars. What I'm getting at is, I thought the Vrod was faster than the Raider. He had pipes and possibly some other mods and I'm still stock, so it doesn't make sense. I know if I had engine mods, I would've smoked him. It wasn't because he didn't know how to ride either because he did. He asked me what kinda bike it was and I told him its a Raider, but it's not done yet.

I'm 7-0 against Vrods so far.  I'm not impressed with them.

Capt...  ya gotta wait for the owners of the Vrods to actually get on their bikes before you race them.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 29, 2010, 07:48:14 pm
Hey everyone, I pulled up next to a vrod today at a red light and we were both blowing our pipes and when the light turned green, we got on it hard. He got me off the line but only until 3rd gear then I started leading. We were neck and neck for most part until we cam up to a red light and some cars. What I'm getting at is, I thought the Vrod was faster than the Raider. He had pipes and possibly some other mods and I'm still stock, so it doesn't make sense. I know if I had engine mods, I would've smoked him. It wasn't because he didn't know how to ride either because he did. He asked me what kinda bike it was and I told him its a Raider, but it's not done yet.

I'm 7-0 against Vrods so far.  I'm not impressed with them.

That's why they call me Capt_Zoom.  I'm gone before they are even on the throttle  ;D  jk

Capt...  ya gotta wait for the owners of the Vrods to actually get on their bikes before you race them.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ron505 on Jun 29, 2010, 07:50:48 pm
We were on the bike in front of our weekly wing establishment waiting to pull out into traffic, when a guy in a box truck stopped real quick and yelled, "I brake for Harley's".....I said "It's not a Harley, it's better" and took off in front of him.  Laughing all the way.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jun 29, 2010, 07:54:47 pm
We were on the bike in front of our weekly wing establishment waiting to pull out into traffic, when a guy in a box truck stopped real quick and yelled, "I brake for Harley's".....I said "It's not a Harley, it's better" and took off in front of him.  Laughing all the way.

That's funny!  :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: PJ on Jun 29, 2010, 08:29:40 pm
Ha ha ha   Why does he brake for Harleys, to help fix them or to see if they need a ride?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rajder on Jun 30, 2010, 09:48:26 am
Hey everyone, I pulled up next to a vrod today at a red light and we were both blowing our pipes and when the light turned green, we got on it hard. He got me off the line but only until 3rd gear then I started leading. We were neck and neck for most part until we cam up to a red light and some cars. What I'm getting at is, I thought the Vrod was faster than the Raider. He had pipes and possibly some other mods and I'm still stock, so it doesn't make sense. I know if I had engine mods, I would've smoked him. It wasn't because he didn't know how to ride either because he did. He asked me what kinda bike it was and I told him its a Raider, but it's not done yet.

All I know is that my brother has had two V-Rod's (2005 & 2008) and each one will blow the doors off my Raider.  Although he does have the standard performance mods (intake, exhaust, tune) and I only have pipes on the Raider.  And I do weigh about 60 lbs heavier then he does so that makes a difference.  But everytime we race it isn't even close and it just gets worse the higher the speeds get.  Hell, my dads heavily modded Rocket III (150 HP at the wheel) just barely outruns the V-Rod and I mean just barely.  And anything over 100mph the V-Rod is leaving us.  I've seen the slower 05 V-Rod turn 11.3's at the track.  But as we all know the riders have alot to do with it and we also know most harley riders can't drive!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jul 01, 2010, 07:50:57 pm
While enjoying some dancing ladies on our Canada Day with the wife, a guy walks up and asks "Is that your black beast outside?"

I replied "You betcha"

He says "I'm a Harley man, but damn that is one sweet ride you have. Let me buy you a beer"

Love my Raider!  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jul 02, 2010, 11:06:31 am
While enjoying some dancing ladies on our Canada Day with the wife, a guy walks up and asks "Is that your black beast outside?"

I replied "You betcha"

He says "I'm a Harley man, but damn that is one sweet ride you have. Let me buy you a beer"

Love my Raider!  ;D

Babes, Bikes and Beers!!!  That's the way to celebrate.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jul 02, 2010, 11:08:10 am
While enjoying some dancing ladies on our Canada Day with the wife, a guy walks up and asks "Is that your black beast outside?"

I replied "You betcha"

He says "I'm a Harley man, but damn that is one sweet ride you have. Let me buy you a beer"

Love my Raider!  ;D

Babes, Bikes and Beers!!!  That's the way to celebrate.

You bet! We were at Timmies and a doorman from the club was there told us they opening up at 3. It didn't take the missus more than 6.7 seconds to make a snap decision ... off we went. lol
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jul 02, 2010, 11:37:07 am
You bet! We were at Timmies and a doorman from the club was there told us they opening up at 3. It didn't take the missus more than 6.7 seconds to make a snap decision ... off we went. lol

That's a good woman! It's a shame you live on the opposite side of the continent than I do. I think we'd all have a blast going out together.

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jul 02, 2010, 11:40:55 am
At work I'm on the second floor and I have a full wall window next to me that happens to look out on my Raider in the parking lot.  I was just watching this guy walking down the sidewalk and as he approached my bike his head turned toward it. His head stayed turned to the direction of my bike as he kept walking until he was about 10 feet beyond my bike.  It was pretty funny to watch.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: bombsquadmike on Jul 02, 2010, 11:41:15 am
I had a Harley shop owners who I know tell me my bike was sweet but messed with me and asked me not to bring it to his shop because the attention it got and he may lose some business. LOL but he said he also like sushi and that's Japanese but not tell anyone it could ruin his reputation.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jul 02, 2010, 02:30:50 pm
You bet! We were at Timmies and a doorman from the club was there told us they opening up at 3. It didn't take the missus more than 6.7 seconds to make a snap decision ... off we went. lol

That's a good woman! It's a shame you live on the opposite side of the continent than I do. I think we'd all have a blast going out together.



With my getting an idea for a sissy bar together, never say never. You might find us sitting on your doorstep one day  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: msoos113 on Jul 03, 2010, 10:36:54 am
Last week at Thunder in the Valley in Johnstown, PA, I was parked downtown among the usual Harley while getting a bite for dinner. When I came out, there was an older guy sitting on his Wide Glide parked next to my Raider and he asks what kind of bike it was. I respond with "a Yamaha Raider". He asks how big the motor was and when I told him 113ci his jaw about hit the ground! He then says that I must have a small fortune in all the chrome on the bike and I told him no, it came that way from the factory. He didn't know what to say other than wow, that's one nice bike! The look one his face was priceless when I started it and pulled out!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jul 06, 2010, 11:36:37 am
My wife and I stopped by the Harley shop this weekend because she's looking for some dressier boots that she can both ride and use in a semi-professional environment and it seems like most of them tend to be made by Harley.  Anyway... so this sales guy comes up as we're walking by the new bikes and he asks some questions and my wife talks to him a bit (she loves Harleys) and then he turns to me and asks what it'll take to put me in a new Harley for the long weekend and I tell him "I'm not buying a Harley.  My bike will smoke any Harley in here.", so he asks what I ride and I all I said was "Raider" and his smile disappears and he says "Oh... yeah." and then his attention went completely back to my wife. He never said anything again about me getting a Harley.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: shadowrider43 on Jul 12, 2010, 09:25:48 am
I had the same thing happen to me on a recent visit to Thunder Mountain Harley in Loveland CO.  Amazing how a salesman will walk away from you when you mention you ride a Raider
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jul 12, 2010, 11:56:56 am
you just have to let them keep thinking harley's are superior to the raider, if they want to argue it further just ask em to run ya light to light and let that decide who is better.you could always do it with a passenger on the back of the raider to give them "hope" and a sporting chance...lol (they still don't have a chance but they don't know that.) They bought a $20+k coffee cup and got a free motorcycle after all :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Meydan on Jul 12, 2010, 05:01:50 pm
 They bought a $20+k coffee cup and got a free motorcycle after all :D

 
 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MudSlide on Jul 12, 2010, 05:21:59 pm
I ride with the Coalition of Leathernecks MC most of the time.  My boyfriend belongs, that makes me an 'Ol Lady ;p

We had a big shindig in Mississippi and all the bad ass Marine bikers road in formation all the way there and back.  (Houston to Diamondhead) Those guys have never seen anything like it!  We pull 100 miles and stop for gas and I get the, "That is a fine looking ride!  What is that thing!?"  "Is it fast?"

Faster than you...and it's a Raider ;p

Some Marine makes hungry sounds when he walks past my bike... It's not me turning heads... It's my Raider!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Jul 12, 2010, 10:27:42 pm
I guess I finally got tired of people asking me which model of Harley I have, so while filling the tank I borrowed another forum members response and I said "It's the Harley Slayer.". Then I rode away.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veper on Jul 12, 2010, 10:29:15 pm
 :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jul 12, 2010, 11:26:40 pm
As I was riding with gostr8r on his way out of town heading towards BC, we came to a red light. Behind us, a guy riding a Harley rolls up behind us. I look behind and he asks if we're going to the local Harley ride. I said no and was waiting to see what Ray would say/do. But I looked at him and he was engrossed in his tunes. I can only imagine what we would have done had he heard what Mr. Harley was asking.  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gman on Jul 17, 2010, 11:22:52 pm
I went on the Toys for Tots Poker Run today. It was organized by the Local HOG so I knew there would be mostly Harleys. I arrived a couple of hours before the start for an early sign up. While there I was genuinly complimented on my bike by one of the HOG ladies. I then left to do some other business and arrived back 15 minutes before the start. There were about 60 - 70 bikes parked and waiting for the run to start and I rode in right in the middle of them. Almost every eye was on me as I rode past the HOG group, turned my bike around then proceeded toward the front of the pack. The HOG lady got her husband, who was going to be leading the first group and brought him over to look at my bike. Three other HOG members came over and started talking. The guy said it was a great looking bike with the custom wheels (they are stock). He liked the Metzler tires which I replaced just the day before, he complimanted the bike and walked away. Meanwhile a couple of the other HOG members were trying to figure out what it was. One said a Victory and the other said "It's a f***** Yamaha, there is the logo on the Speedometer. I have to give him credit for recognizing the last logo on my bike, maybe if I'd replaced the Speedo face he wouldn't have recognized the bike. I said, "Yep it's a Yamaha". He then began to tell me about his Harley, it has the 88 CI, but he added a V&H exhaust and a FuelPak and it can run as fast as all the new ones. I told him I added a V&H exhaust and a FuelPak too. That was enough for him and he walked away.

There were some great bikes there and a lot of beautiful Harleys. I had one of two Yamaha's, I saw two Kawasaki's and one Victory.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jul 18, 2010, 10:58:24 am
Harley people are like teen age girls on cell phones driving cars, they will never learn.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Motodad393 on Jul 19, 2010, 09:27:34 am
I guess I finally got tired of people asking me which model of Harley I have, so while filling the tank I borrowed another forum members response and I said "It's the Harley Slayer.". Then I rode away.

I know what you mean.  I have used this line too - "Harley Slayer!"  Amazing how many folk think the Raider is an HD.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jul 19, 2010, 10:38:09 am
A guy once asked me if it was the new rocker. I was quite insulted and said hell no its a raider!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: FIREMAN on Jul 19, 2010, 06:52:47 pm
he must have  been off his rocker!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gman on Jul 19, 2010, 08:15:56 pm
Yesterday I pulled into a gas station and this guy comes over. Candy Apple Red, my favorite color on a bike. He wanted to know how much it cost stock and how much and how many mods I had. He said beautiful machine.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jul 20, 2010, 06:18:54 am
I have to say it there just isn't very many good looking bikes out there, but the Raider is definitely one of them with performance to back up its looks.
Saw a show last night were they took some softtail harley put some screamin beagle crap and a fuel manager on it dyno'd it........74hp. The guys on the tv show were all like "yeah oh yeah check these awesome numbers out!" I thought to myself..........(smoke coming from my ears from thinking) 74hp huh...my raider made 10 more then that bone stock. and to think those guys spent like $2k to make 74hp on a $25k bike. What a waste!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Jul 20, 2010, 06:31:51 am
Yea but I bet the bike had soul and heritage and blah blah blah!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jul 20, 2010, 08:55:47 am
I have to say it there just isn't very many good looking bikes out there, but the Raider is definitely one of them with performance to back up its looks.
Saw a show last night were they took some softtail harley put some screamin beagle crap and a fuel manager on it dyno'd it........74hp. The guys on the tv show were all like "yeah oh yeah check these awesome numbers out!" I thought to myself..........(smoke coming from my ears from thinking) 74hp huh...my raider made 10 more then that bone stock. and to think those guys spent like $2k to make 74hp on a $25k bike. What a waste!

I watched the same show.... I was laughing so hard.... thinking the same thing. 

Poor slobs.      :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jul 20, 2010, 09:08:20 am
I have to say it there just isn't very many good looking bikes out there, but the Raider is definitely one of them with performance to back up its looks.
Saw a show last night were they took some softtail harley put some screamin beagle crap and a fuel manager on it dyno'd it........74hp. The guys on the tv show were all like "yeah oh yeah check these awesome numbers out!" I thought to myself..........(smoke coming from my ears from thinking) 74hp huh...my raider made 10 more then that bone stock. and to think those guys spent like $2k to make 74hp on a $25k bike. What a waste!

I watched the same show.... I was laughing so hard.... thinking the same thing. 

Poor slobs.      :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

I got this buddy who's got the same year night-train and I was telling them about this show and the rear wheel horsepower he could get...at best.  His expression looked like a kid who just learned that Santa wasn't real.  He's always bit%ing about "that raider" cause he and his wife (she rides a victory) can't keep up.  I don't think he realized how much HP he was losing through the tranny or how much HP the raider had stock.  I can tell he regrets buying it.   :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jul 20, 2010, 10:43:46 am
Thats what happens when you put money into making something that works and performs rather then putting huge bucks in to making sure it sounds a certain way. :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jul 20, 2010, 04:26:47 pm
On Saturday my wife and I went to the Harley dealer to look for some boots for her.  She was looking for something that was dressier looking than her Doc Martens and Harley seems to be one of the few options out there. I pulled up and parked in the first spot next to the door and as soon as I did and removed my helmet, some guy came from inside and said "Beautiful Bike!". I thanked him.  Then we went inside and my wife tried on a whole lot of boots and on our way out we looked over the bikes.  My wife loves Harleys. We ask some questions and he asks about her current bike and we tell her and he continues in salesman mode with her. He turns to me and asks about my bike and I just say "Raider. I wont be buying a Harley." and he gives me an understanding gesture and heads back to my wife. I swear this was almost identical to what had happened a week or two before at another Harley dealer.

Then later that day I stop off at the grocery store to deposit a check and this guy comes up as I'm about to put my helmet on and asks if it's a Harley. I told him "no" and he asked what it was and I told him. He just kept going over what a gorgeous bike it was and how he was considering getting rid of a car and getting a bike for commuting and saving gas.  He even asked for some dealers on where he could buy one.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jul 20, 2010, 05:59:24 pm
So I'm riding around today wast'in time before I gotta meet someone for an xs650 part.  Go to pass this pathfinder and see the kids in the back shift over to the drivers side and 3 pairs of little eyes and big smiles....as the dad looks over his shoulder I dump the clutch and rev it to give the kids a thrill.  I hear WHOOOAA through my helmet and over the bike as I pass.  Dads voice was in there too.  At the light its 20 questions...Nice bike, who makes it (Yamaha) how much (12k), how big (113ci).  Cool.   I was still taking when the light turned green but I was rolling...just not fast enough for the chrystler 300 who's honking at me now and riding my a$$.  We keep going and the kids are smiling and waving as I take off.  Felt pretty good until I notice the Chrysler is now about a yard off my fender.  So I decide to slow it down and let everyone by since he was being a prick. 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jul 20, 2010, 06:01:42 pm
So I'm riding around today wast'in time before I gotta meet someone for an xs650 part.  Go to pass this pathfinder and see the kids in the back shift over to the drivers side and 3 pairs of little eyes and big smiles....as the dad looks over his shoulder I dump the clutch and rev it to give the kids a thrill.  I hear WHOOOAA through my helmet and over the bike as I pass.  Dads voice was in there too.  At the light its 20 questions...Nice bike, who makes it (Yamaha) how much (12k), how big (113ci).  Cool.   I was still taking when the light turned green but I was rolling...just not fast enough for the chrystler 300 who's honking at me now and riding my a$$.  We keep going and the kids are smiling and waving as I take off.  Felt pretty good until I notice the Chrysler is now about a yard off my fender.  So I decide to slow it down and let everyone by since he was being a prick. 

Nice....  :thumbs:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Redwoodbob on Jul 20, 2010, 06:28:45 pm
I have a metric vs HD story, although it's not a Raider story.

This is a "back in the day" story so bear with me. This must have been in 92, spring break, and I'm riding to Panama City Beach FL from Houston with a buddy. I'm on my FZR600 and he's on his FJ1200. We're on I-12 east of Baton Rouge under an overpass waiting out a thunderstorm. After about 10 minutes an old guy on a Harley pulls in. He's pretty cool and we're all just talking. Then some biker mama pulls in and she's cool. We're all chattin and life is good. Then about 6 Bandito's pull in and thats when it turns south. They all pulled in and backed their bikes in with the rear wheels against the guard rail. Then they all plop their a$$e$ down on the guard rail, kick their feet out and proceed to talk $h!+.
At this point me and my buddy know its time to leave, we hop back on our bikes and crank up. Well one of the bandito scum bags has his feet kicked out infront of my rear tire. I didn't say a word, just looked him right in the eye, wound the throttle up to about 8k and dumped the clutch. That stupid SOB was falling all over the place trying to get out of the way. So much that he knocked one of the bikes over.
Next thing ya know.... it's a chase... Harley's hot on our heels. Well... no.... not really... but I'm sure that's how their story goes. My story, they did pull out but at that point their wasn't a Harley in the world that could have caught my FZR600, which if you think about it is pretty sad. And if you really think about it, there is no Harley built today that could catch my 92 FZR 600. SAD.

Then, there's the whole "wave at a Harley guy that wont wave at a jap bike" thing. Don;t even get me started on that.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Meydan on Jul 20, 2010, 07:57:21 pm
So I'm riding around today wast'in time before I gotta meet someone for an xs650 part.  Go to pass this pathfinder and see the kids in the back shift over to the drivers side and 3 pairs of little eyes and big smiles....as the dad looks over his shoulder I dump the clutch and rev it to give the kids a thrill.  I hear WHOOOAA through my helmet and over the bike as I pass.  Dads voice was in there too.  At the light its 20 questions...Nice bike, who makes it (Yamaha) how much (12k), how big (113ci).  Cool.   I was still taking when the light turned green but I was rolling...just not fast enough for the chrystler 300 who's honking at me now and riding my a$$.  We keep going and the kids are smiling and waving as I take off.  Felt pretty good until I notice the Chrysler is now about a yard off my fender.  So I decide to slow it down and let everyone by since he was being a prick. 

I can totally dig the "entertaining the family while riding thing" !!!!!!!!! I get a kick out of doing that also!!!!!!!!!!   :thumbs:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jul 21, 2010, 12:05:40 am
So I'm riding around today wast'in time before I gotta meet someone for an xs650 part.  Go to pass this pathfinder and see the kids in the back shift over to the drivers side and 3 pairs of little eyes and big smiles....as the dad looks over his shoulder I dump the clutch and rev it to give the kids a thrill.  I hear WHOOOAA through my helmet and over the bike as I pass.  Dads voice was in there too.  At the light its 20 questions...Nice bike, who makes it (Yamaha) how much (12k), how big (113ci).  Cool.   I was still taking when the light turned green but I was rolling...just not fast enough for the chrystler 300 who's honking at me now and riding my a$$.  We keep going and the kids are smiling and waving as I take off.  Felt pretty good until I notice the Chrysler is now about a yard off my fender.  So I decide to slow it down and let everyone by since he was being a prick. 

I can totally dig the "entertaining the family while riding thing" !!!!!!!!! I get a kick out of doing that also!!!!!!!!!!   :thumbs:


This also makes me smile. There is a little boy I see often coming home from work. He rides his bike with his mom. My wife noticed one day that he was staring something fierce as we rode by. I took note, and the next time I saw him crossing the street, I signaled into the lane next to the sidewalk where he was riding, gave him the thumbs up. He had the biggest smile as did his mom. He then tried to pop a wheelie. Seeing that, I hit the throttle enough to make him jump, but he was SO excited by that - that every time I see him, he attempt the wheelie and I hit the throttle. Kids are so funny. They keep me young for sure.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Jul 21, 2010, 01:30:16 am
When you see a little boy in a car pointing out your bike when you go by and you see how excited they get you just know you are looking at a future biker.  That was me as a little kid and the rest is history.  It always put a smile on my mug.
Swomack
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Jul 21, 2010, 06:09:24 am
I think we had a thread to cover thsi but i couldnt find it so this one will do.  I remebered the other day the real reason I bought my Raider.  Back in March 2008 MAXIM magazine did a sexiest things 2008 spread and the Raider was in it for motorcycles.  Not Honda or Harley or Victory or Suzuki, but the Yamaha Raider.  I had a down payment on a Kawasaki mean streak that I immediatly got back from the dealer and put it down to buy the Raider.  As soon as I saw her I knew she was for me.  "Oh its a Yamaha?"  Your F#ckin right!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: seventhLetter on Jul 21, 2010, 07:17:26 am
This also makes me smile. There is a little boy I see often coming home from work. He rides his bike with his mom. My wife noticed one day that he was staring something fierce as we rode by. I took note, and the next time I saw him crossing the street, I signaled into the lane next to the sidewalk where he was riding, gave him the thumbs up. He had the biggest smile as did his mom. He then tried to pop a wheelie. Seeing that, I hit the throttle enough to make him jump, but he was SO excited by that - that every time I see him, he attempt the wheelie and I hit the throttle. Kids are so funny. They keep me young for sure.

Love it!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jul 21, 2010, 08:04:43 am
This also makes me smile. There is a little boy I see often coming home from work. He rides his bike with his mom. My wife noticed one day that he was staring something fierce as we rode by. I took note, and the next time I saw him crossing the street, I signaled into the lane next to the sidewalk where he was riding, gave him the thumbs up. He had the biggest smile as did his mom. He then tried to pop a wheelie. Seeing that, I hit the throttle enough to make him jump, but he was SO excited by that - that every time I see him, he attempt the wheelie and I hit the throttle. Kids are so funny. They keep me young for sure.

Love it!

+1   :thumbs:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: jhubb408 on Jul 21, 2010, 08:45:44 am
Not an HD story but a fitting thread!

The other day On I-70 a Honda SI (fast little cars) came up next to me. The teenagers looked at me and gunned it. I thought "why not" thinking I didn't stand a chance. They were already ahead of me by about 2-3 car lengths and I got up to speed RIGHT NOW! I couldn't catch up but I maintained the space between us. We both then slowed down for traffic up ahead. They went from laughing when they first went by to a look of shock when I got up to them again.

I really don't think any HD can stand a chance!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jul 21, 2010, 12:13:54 pm
I think we had a thread to cover thsi but i couldnt find it so this one will do.  I remebered the other day the real reason I bought my Raider.  Back in March 2008 MAXIM magazine did a sexiest things 2008 spread and the Raider was in it for motorcycles.  Not Honda or Harley or Victory or Suzuki, but the Yamaha Raider.  I had a down payment on a Kawasaki mean streak that I immediatly got back from the dealer and put it down to buy the Raider.  As soon as I saw her I knew she was for me.  "Oh its a Yamaha?"  Your F#ckin right!

The Raider video on the website did it for me. It showed bad @ss looking guys anywhere for 20s to 30s riding hard and fast. It just really appealed to me.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jul 21, 2010, 12:45:49 pm
This also makes me smile. There is a little boy I see often coming home from work. He rides his bike with his mom. My wife noticed one day that he was staring something fierce as we rode by. I took note, and the next time I saw him crossing the street, I signaled into the lane next to the sidewalk where he was riding, gave him the thumbs up. He had the biggest smile as did his mom. He then tried to pop a wheelie. Seeing that, I hit the throttle enough to make him jump, but he was SO excited by that - that every time I see him, he attempt the wheelie and I hit the throttle. Kids are so funny. They keep me young for sure.

I have a group of young kids that tend to play down the street from my house. The mom keeps one of those "kids playing" signs in the middle of the road just in case, so I slow way down as I approach them and I noticed one of the kids was on a bike and I lifted my visor and asked if he wanted to race.  He and his mom got quite the kick out of it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Meydan on Jul 21, 2010, 04:43:42 pm
 This is a thread that I posted in another thread entitled; " Those Rare Days " that was started by Capt. Zoom.  It speaks of the very thing shared in this one!!!! ;D

Also a part of "Those rare moments" in addition to the courteous things that cagers do, are joining into the fun that kids have when you're at a traffic signal, look over to see them (the kids) staring, and you wave and/or speak to acknowledge them!!!! You can see their eyes increase in size because "Hey look at the bike, and the guy is speaking to me (us)" !!!!! One upon a time, the parents or the adults in those cages use to share the joy of just actually seeing someone on a bike as they would say: " Hey kids, look at the motorcycle, say Hi to him"!!!!
  There are some cases where I still get that, but there are more cases where the kids are on their own now, just enjoying the sites themselves!!! I still wave, speak, rev the engine, or something to entertain them (depending on location, streets, hwy, or interstates,) while out there giving them a good memory to take home with them!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Meydan on Jul 21, 2010, 04:56:07 pm
  When kids become excited about seeing motorcycles and even more so when you acknowledge them, you can't help but feel good about that!! At that moment you are encountering someone that doesn't give a [email protected]#$ what kind of bike you're on, they just know that a cool motorcycle is before them and the rider has acknowledged them in some form!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dejablu110 on Jul 26, 2010, 08:40:42 pm
I dont know how many times a kid has made
me smile by doing the throttle sign with their
hands ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: itsqwik on Jul 28, 2010, 08:50:36 pm
Hey folks.  Loved reading all of the posts about the Raider.  I had a guy a few weeks ago, that had all the HD stuff on, including a few tattoos doing some work at my house.  While in my garage, he noticed the Raider-S, and wanted to know who built the bike.  He had no clue to what it was.  When I told him a little about the bike, all he could really say was that it was a nice bike, but until I told him what it was, he was thinking it was some custom bike.

The Raider is a Great Bike all around!  Last week in Carlisle, I did have a few HD guys give me the thumbs-up on it.  I still really don't care what anyone rides, as long as they are riding.

 O8O O8O O8O
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Jul 29, 2010, 03:26:12 am
I think we had a thread to cover thsi but i couldnt find it so this one will do.  I remebered the other day the real reason I bought my Raider.  Back in March 2008 MAXIM magazine did a sexiest things 2008 spread and the Raider was in it for motorcycles.  Not Honda or Harley or Victory or Suzuki, but the Yamaha Raider.  I had a down payment on a Kawasaki mean streak that I immediatly got back from the dealer and put it down to buy the Raider.  As soon as I saw her I knew she was for me.  "Oh its a Yamaha?"  Your F#ckin right!

The Raider video on the website did it for me. It showed bad @ss looking guys anywhere for 20s to 30s riding hard and fast. It just really appealed to me.
I had to watch it again.  It made me want to go buy another one. 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: seventhLetter on Jul 29, 2010, 07:50:21 am
I dont know how many times a kid has made
me smile by doing the throttle sign with their
hands ;D

I never see this around here.  I was starting to get bummed hearing about everyone else having families smile and wave, kids doing throttle signs, etc.  But then I realized...the reason I don't ever see it, is because they are a blur when I pass them all.
 ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jul 29, 2010, 10:43:03 am
I never get those reactions from little kids and families either. I get them running for cover and plugging their ears...what gives with that? :o
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jul 29, 2010, 11:23:25 am
I never get those reactions from little kids and families either. I get them running for cover and plugging their ears...what gives with that? :o

I've made 3 little kids (one of them my nephew) run behind mommies leg and latch on like a tick.  The two kids I didn't know plugged their ears and one started crying.  I felt bad.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: BLACKCHROMEDSPOKES on Jul 29, 2010, 11:53:51 am
I never get those reactions from little kids and families either. I get them running for cover and plugging their ears...what gives with that? :o

I've made 3 little kids (one of them my nephew) run behind mommies leg and latch on like a tick.  The two kids I didn't know plugged their ears and one started crying.  I felt bad.

If you would stop twisting the throttle when they are around..........LOL

you know me Jim...

your brother in the wind...

 ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jul 29, 2010, 01:10:16 pm
I don't feel bad for scaring them off, is that wrong? They fear me and respect me ha ha ha...
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jul 29, 2010, 02:16:28 pm
I never get those reactions from little kids and families either. I get them running for cover and plugging their ears...what gives with that? :o

I get that too from the little wuss kids. I always try to slow way down and back off on the throttle when I see kids in a parking lot because I know parents will get worried.  Most of the time they're okay with me.

The funny thing is a lot of times when parents or kids see me in a store the parents will grab their kids closer or the kids will just bolt. What the hell?  It's not like I have an arm growing out of my forehead or anything.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jul 29, 2010, 02:29:59 pm
Thats cause you guys are a bunch of big scary old bikers. :D I'm just a punk kid with a loud motorcycle, well at least thats what the harley guys say, until they have been whooped! ;)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jul 29, 2010, 02:31:49 pm
I never get those reactions from little kids and families either. I get them running for cover and plugging their ears...what gives with that? :o

I get that too from the little wuss kids. I always try to slow way down and back off on the throttle when I see kids in a parking lot because I know parents will get worried.  Most of the time they're okay with me.

The funny thing is a lot of times when parents or kids see me in a store the parents will grab their kids closer or the kids will just bolt. What the hell?  It's not like I have an arm growing out of my forehead or anything.

Can you say "stereotype"  ?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jul 29, 2010, 02:33:20 pm
Whats that mean? :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jul 29, 2010, 02:35:03 pm
Can you say "stereotype"  ?

LOL ... add to that visable tattoos, dreadlocks and sunglasses ... I have had people clear a sidewalk for me.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jul 29, 2010, 02:49:41 pm
I have the tattoo's and sunglasses but im just a punk kid lol I'm not exactly a menacing looking person :'(
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jul 29, 2010, 02:58:14 pm
Can you say "stereotype"  ?

LOL ... add to that visable tattoos, dreadlocks and sunglasses ... I have had people clear a sidewalk for me.

Oh no... the Dreadlocked, tatooed, sunglasses guy..  RUN!!!!     ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jul 29, 2010, 02:59:34 pm
he gangsta!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jul 29, 2010, 03:02:11 pm
Can you say "stereotype"  ?

LOL ... add to that visable tattoos, dreadlocks and sunglasses ... I have had people clear a sidewalk for me.

Oh no... the Dreadlocked, tatooed, sunglasses guy..  RUN!!!!     ;D

and they do ... it's quite amusing.  :D 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Jul 29, 2010, 06:07:34 pm
You may not have an arm growing out of your forehead but you have a Raider growing out your A$$! :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Jul 29, 2010, 06:08:53 pm
you may wanna call a proctologist for that
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: kjc1900 on Jul 29, 2010, 09:58:02 pm
I was on vacation with my bike and stopped in for gas,next to me was a new Ultra glide.The owner leaned over for a peak and I could tell we was admiring my raider.When I came back from paying for my fuel,he asked me if it was a Raider,I said it sure is and his comeback was "well that's the motor that should be in this bike".Kind of made me feel good about my bike!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MrWrench on Jul 30, 2010, 01:10:37 am
and that you should be! nutin but proud! This is an awsome bike and i had the choice to choose from any bike out there! i did my homework and looked at everything including harleyz and couldnt find another bike to match its looks and engine size besides a pure custom which im not about to drop 80k for and have to struggle to keep it on the road! i got power/ handling/ looks! what more could you want? oh yeah! more chrome!! that will come in time tho!!  8)  O8O
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Aug 02, 2010, 10:17:08 am
I stopped into a local tat and HD parts joint in Frednecksburg to get a pair of handle bars last week. One of the two guys behind the counter was very helpful and was ringing up the bars when I, just making idle chatter, asked the other guy what do people do, to keep after factory bars, from shaking the mirrors. " Do they add lead shot or is there another way to make them a little more heavy? He says to me.. " don't know much bout those jap bikes, " he says proudly " I'm Harley's mechanic ".. ! hummmm.. you know I'm not gonna let that ride right? After a pause I say " hum.. you know I hear pactric racing has a kit for my bike?  I understand I have to send them my juggs to be bored and the sleeves re-coated. Not that I mind but, the cost is kinda steep and I wanted to find a local shop that can do the coating and let me find the pistons. I think I can get it done for half the price." He says. Oh we can prolly get the juggs done.. 4 of them right? " I say " no just a littel ol V twin 113 CID " He raised an eyebrow an asks " S&S ? " I say no.. Yamahamma " He kinda went blank so I proceed to say " I know.. with 90 or so HP I can out run nearly every stock V twin on the street but, I wanna cause them even more pain by really dusting their pants " ... .... ..... ..... ...

 nutten.. he says something to the other guy and just walks off..


 hehehheheheheheh    ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Aug 02, 2010, 11:37:55 am
Love my wife!

So as I've said before, we have a local coffee shop that bikers hang out at. It's a great place and the attitudes are generally left on the street.

Being a fairly talkative guy, I saw a regular on a Harley roll up. Just as he did, another Harley fellow asked him what he wanted for a coffee.  I thought it was cool and asked him when he stopped the bike and took off his helmet, how did you manage that kind of service. I've never really had this happen before, but he smiled, looked at me and the bike and said, "guess you have to have to ride a Harley"  I smiled and said I guess you do.

Then ... my wife walks around the corner with two bikini clad hotties and says "there girls thought your bike was really hot, and wanted to buy you a coffee" The whole parking lot started to howl. This guy went red and then joined in on the laughter not knowing that most were laughing at him and not with him.

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Aug 02, 2010, 11:40:33 am
 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

That is just tooo goood dreadly!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Aug 02, 2010, 12:22:09 pm
Yesterday day while riding home some old guy on a some kinda heritage bagger hardley pulled up to me at the light and was looking my bike over so naturally I had to rev the engine and see if I could engage him in a one sided drag race. Sure enough as soon as his eyes found the yamaha logo he snickered and reved up thinking he was gonna dust my lil jap bike. Much to his surprise I managed to catch about 6" of air under the front tire when I took off and left his a$$ sitting there. He wasn't laughing then I sure was though
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: FIREMAN on Aug 02, 2010, 10:31:07 pm
be careful of old guys on motorcycles. ha,
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Aug 03, 2010, 06:10:20 am
Oh I am old guys won't fight ya they just kill ya :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: mnewfield on Aug 03, 2010, 07:13:07 am
Love my wife!

So as I've said before, we have a local coffee shop that bikers hang out at. It's a great place and the attitudes are generally left on the street.

Being a fairly talkative guy, I saw a regular on a Harley roll up. Just as he did, another Harley fellow asked him what he wanted for a coffee.  I thought it was cool and asked him when he stopped the bike and took off his helmet, how did you manage that kind of service. I've never really had this happen before, but he smiled, looked at me and the bike and said, "guess you have to have to ride a Harley"  I smiled and said I guess you do.

Then ... my wife walks around the corner with two bikini clad hotties and says "there girls thought your bike was really hot, and wanted to buy you a coffee" The whole parking lot started to howl. This guy went red and then joined in on the laughter not knowing that most were laughing at him and not with him.



 ttiwwp

What a great story....

hehe
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Aug 03, 2010, 12:00:49 pm
Love my wife!

So as I've said before, we have a local coffee shop that bikers hang out at. It's a great place and the attitudes are generally left on the street.

Being a fairly talkative guy, I saw a regular on a Harley roll up. Just as he did, another Harley fellow asked him what he wanted for a coffee.  I thought it was cool and asked him when he stopped the bike and took off his helmet, how did you manage that kind of service. I've never really had this happen before, but he smiled, looked at me and the bike and said, "guess you have to have to ride a Harley"  I smiled and said I guess you do.

Then ... my wife walks around the corner with two bikini clad hotties and says "there girls thought your bike was really hot, and wanted to buy you a coffee" The whole parking lot started to howl. This guy went red and then joined in on the laughter not knowing that most were laughing at him and not with him.



I've said it before and I'll say it again... You've got a good woman.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Aug 03, 2010, 12:02:47 pm
Lucky lucky lucky
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Aug 03, 2010, 12:03:10 pm
Can you say "stereotype"  ?

LOL ... add to that visable tattoos, dreadlocks and sunglasses ... I have had people clear a sidewalk for me.

Yeah, I get that two.  Tatts, piercings, shaven head and not your average goatee.

Funny thing is if I see some guy with drealocks and tattos I'm more apt to start up a conversation.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Aug 03, 2010, 12:04:56 pm
You may not have an arm growing out of your forehead but you have a Raider growing out your A$$! :raider:

You better believe it and plan to keep it that way!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Aug 03, 2010, 12:12:18 pm


You better believe it and plan to keep it that way!

Me Too!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Aug 03, 2010, 08:11:52 pm
Love my wife!

So as I've said before, we have a local coffee shop that bikers hang out at. It's a great place and the attitudes are generally left on the street.

Being a fairly talkative guy, I saw a regular on a Harley roll up. Just as he did, another Harley fellow asked him what he wanted for a coffee.  I thought it was cool and asked him when he stopped the bike and took off his helmet, how did you manage that kind of service. I've never really had this happen before, but he smiled, looked at me and the bike and said, "guess you have to have to ride a Harley"  I smiled and said I guess you do.

Then ... my wife walks around the corner with two bikini clad hotties and says "there girls thought your bike was really hot, and wanted to buy you a coffee" The whole parking lot started to howl. This guy went red and then joined in on the laughter not knowing that most were laughing at him and not with him.



 ttiwwp

What a great story....

hehe

I'll see what I can do ... the missus got their numbers and Dreadly and the missus are going to get our party on with them. From the talk I heard, we're probably headed to the strippers with them.  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Aug 03, 2010, 11:49:41 pm
My Brother and I did the Whiskey Bill Run again last weekend, which goes around Mt. Rainier, and down past what's left of Mt St. Helens. Well most of the bikes were harleys, I noticed that every harley there had skinny ass tires front and rear. As you can imagine the mountain roads aren't the best. I had a good laugh several times as I watch the harleys boys try to get around the pot holes, and getting caught in the ruts, and nearly pitched off. Well, at some of the stops they would come over and check my bike out, and had to ask what it was, or was it a custom built, etc. I had some fun with them, but most had never heard of the Raider. I felt like saying "Why don't you pull your head out of your ass, and take a look at something besides harleys?" It just make's me so happy to ride something different, from a harley. It seems that everyone and their brother rides one, phuckin clones!!


RSR
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: EraserX33 on Aug 04, 2010, 12:24:35 am
Went to one of my favorite local dives for lunch today.  It's a nice 40 mile round trip leaving about 20 mins to sit and eat.  Place really is where they got the word 'Dive' from but they have great food and will make you practically anything you want as long as its a brat or burger.  Bartender/manager (biker lady who rides a 550 Virago) serves ice cold beer and takes care of herself well amidst the mix of bikers and hippy's that call the place home. 
After I was finished and headed back to work I noticed I had a tail.  Turned out to be a dressed up 1200 Sportster.  He pulls up to me at the first stop light I get to when I get back to town and proceed to tell me how great my bike looks from the rear and while banking on the twisties...etc..etc right up until the moment he sees the Yamaha logo on the cam cover...  Smiles at me and rides off..  I love a happy ending.   8)

The Brown Bear Saloon
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=s&ie=UTF8&ll=60.985208,-149.498627&spn=0,0.010139&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=60.98517,-149.498441&panoid=LHasRu_r9wTofN-qFScBuw&cbp=12,21.69,,1,0.98

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Aug 04, 2010, 06:06:07 am
My Brother and I did the Whiskey Bill Run again last weekend, which goes around Mt. Rainier, and down past what's left of Mt St. Helens. Well most of the bikes were harleys, I noticed that every harley there had skinny ass tires front and rear. As you can imagine the mountain roads aren't the best. I had a good laugh several times as I watch the harleys boys try to get around the pot holes, and getting caught in the ruts, and nearly pitched off. Well, at some of the stops they would come over and check my bike out, and had to ask what it was, or was it a custom built, etc. I had some fun with them, but most had never heard of the Raider. I felt like saying "Why don't you pull your head out of your ass, and take a look at something besides harleys?" It just make's me so happy to ride something different, from a harley. It seems that everyone and their brother rides one, phuckin clones!!


RSR

We can give the locals another dose of Raiders when I come up. lol
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Aug 04, 2010, 06:11:39 am
Went to one of my favorite local dives for lunch today.  It's a nice 40 mile round trip leaving about 20 mins to sit and eat.  Place really is where they got the word 'Dive' from but they have great food and will make you practically anything you want as long as its a brat or burger.  Bartender/manager (biker lady who rides a 550 Virago) serves ice cold beer and takes care of herself well amidst the mix of bikers and hippy's that call the place home. 
After I was finished and headed back to work I noticed I had a tail.  Turned out to be a dressed up 1200 Sportster.  He pulls up to me at the first stop light I get to when I get back to town and proceed to tell me how great my bike looks from the rear and while banking on the twisties...etc..etc right up until the moment he sees the Yamaha logo on the cam cover...  Smiles at me and rides off..  I love a happy ending.   8)

The Brown Bear Saloon
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=s&ie=UTF8&ll=60.985208,-149.498627&spn=0,0.010139&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=60.98517,-149.498441&panoid=LHasRu_r9wTofN-qFScBuw&cbp=12,21.69,,1,0.98



It's spots like these that can make a trip great! I'm not one for the fancy restaurant ... give me a bike ride to a "Brown Bear Saloon" type place any day over the dress-up fancy restaurant.  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Aug 05, 2010, 06:17:07 am
I had a "different" experience yesterday.  I had an occassion to go the the local Wally World yesterday.  I found a parking space that was separated from to Harleys by a small car.  When I came out and was getting ready to leave a couple was walking from the parking lot and when she saw the Harleys she said someting like "Those are nice, is that what you want?"  He said "Ya, not really."  About that time they cleared the little car and could see the Raider.  She said "Now that's a nice bike!".  He said "That's what I want, right there.  That is a Raider isn't it?"  I acknowledged that it was. The guy smiled and said "Very nice bike." 
I thanked them both and watched them as I strapped on the helmet.  They both turned two more times to look at Zippy as the walked to the store.

Makes a guy feel good, don't it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Aug 05, 2010, 04:36:50 pm
I had a "different" experience yesterday.  I had an occassion to go the the local Wally World yesterday.  I found a parking space that was separated from to Harleys by a small car.  When I came out and was getting ready to leave a couple was walking from the parking lot and when she saw the Harleys she said someting like "Those are nice, is that what you want?"  He said "Ya, not really."  About that time they cleared the little car and could see the Raider.  She said "Now that's a nice bike!".  He said "That's what I want, right there.  That is a Raider isn't it?"  I acknowledged that it was. The guy smiled and said "Very nice bike." 
I thanked them both and watched them as I strapped on the helmet.  They both turned two more times to look at Zippy as the walked to the store.

Makes a guy feel good, don't it.

I have yet to find anyone who knows what a Raider is in the wild.   Actually that's not true.  There was a waitress at a pizza place that was familiar with them, but she used to work at a Yamaha dealer, so that doesn't count.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Aug 05, 2010, 10:41:16 pm
Went to my first bike nite at Dalono's Pizza bike nite tonight.  At least 500 bikes and tremendous changeover from minute to minute.  Had a blast watching people trying to figure out what the raider was.  Talked to Wolfgang for a few minutes and saw two red raiders I haven't seen before.  Those belong to anybody here?

This place had a really cool atmosphere...almost like family fun...none of the pigheaded stuff you sometimes see at bike nights at a bar.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Aug 07, 2010, 08:23:31 pm
Well after work yesterday I hopped on the plane and flew to the lower 48 for a family function.  I stayed over night at my brother in laws house in Milwaukie, Oregon, just outside of Portland.  He has a 1972 dresser which he maintains in meticulous condition.  We started talking about riding and he mentioned a small rally a d show was being held at the largest Oregon dealership, and I said let's go.  So we did.  While there we several Hondas, Suzukie, a Kawasaki, several custom builds using Merch and S&S engines and one very nice Boss Hoss.  Not a single Yamaha, so my brother in law starts talking about my previous Vstar and my Raider without mentioning brand name.  One fellow dressed up very nicely asked what it was that had so get up and go, I told him they were a customized to the max Vstar and a Raider.  At that he left and never said antihero word to me, but since my brother in law was showing interest in a beautiful Road King he separated us and tried to sell my brother in law the road king, while I continued to talk to others who were there displaying their bikes.  Later after leaving my brother in law told that Harley sales were off drastically at the dealership and the guy was the owner who made him offer to knock off 5 grand and let the bike go for $27,000 OTC.  The dealer was also tired of seeing so many new ymahas go by his place.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Aug 07, 2010, 08:32:23 pm
Let's face it, people just aren't spending $20,000 + right now on bikes.  If you are looking to buy a new HD now is a great time because they have to deal to stay alive.  Yamaha is making a great product that is reliable and performace
oriented.  If HD priced there bikes to sell on their showroom floor without playing ping pong maybe they would start selling them.  On coarse I still want a Streetglide lol.  I need to pull the trigger but I am waiting for all the 2011 to come up.  Still lime the Victory Cross Country and the Yamaha Strat turned into a killer bagger.
Time will tell.
Swo
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Aug 07, 2010, 08:44:02 pm
I keep looking at this picture and thinking man this could maybe be the bike.
Swo

(http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr310/swomack113/5a056766.jpg)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ldbaize on Aug 08, 2010, 09:39:54 am
If I rode a bagger..This would be it..very nice!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Aug 08, 2010, 10:11:47 am
I keep looking at this picture and thinking man this could maybe be the bike.
Swo

(http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr310/swomack113/5a056766.jpg)

That strat is going to get a lot more attention that any run of the mill seen a million before street glide.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Aug 08, 2010, 12:23:39 pm
Yeah, that black Strat always catches my eye!!!!  The only reason I do not have one is that the wife says I only need one at a time and I refuse to get rid of the Raider,     HMMMM thinking, thinking, thinking,-------,nope divorce would leave me to broke. :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Dave75 on Aug 08, 2010, 10:19:32 pm
Was at the gas station today when a guy walks by and says nice ride. I thanked him and continued filling up. He comes back later and asks me who did the work on my bike. I said what work, my bike is pretty much stock except for the pipes, back rest and windshield, the paint is factory. He just had this puzzled look on his face. He then asked me what I paid for it and I thought his jaw was going to fall off when I told him. Said I bought it used and got a hell of a price on it. He says I stole it. Then he tells me how he used to ride but got in a bad accident and hasn't been able to get on a bike since. Anyway, we talked for awhile then went our separate ways. He never did ask what kind of bike I had. Wonder what kind of bike he thought it was.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Aug 09, 2010, 03:54:59 am
Yeah, that black Strat always catches my eye!!!!  The only reason I do not have one is that the wife says I only need one at a time and I refuse to get rid of the Raider,     HMMMM thinking, thinking, thinking,-------,nope divorce would leave me to broke. :D
Yea bud, cheaper to keeper.  If your bikes paid off I think you could argue it your way.  Say the strat is for "us"
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Aug 09, 2010, 11:45:42 am
Friday afternoon I stopped by a local Walmart and was parked on the sidewalk next to the garden center like I always do and as I go to get on my bike I see this older guy (probably late 60s/early 70s) and his wife entering the store, but while the woman keeps going the guy stopped. He kept trying to get her attention and kept looking back over at me. So I removed my helmet and asked if he had a question for me.  He came over and put his arm around me and said I should give him the bike because it just looks like too much fun.  He told me how much he wanted to get one. Kept saying "I'm going to get one of these". I knew he had no idea it was a Raider. Then he tells me he has his eye on a Sportster.  I look at him and tell him "This is not a Harley". He looks confused.  "It's not?  What is it?"  "Raider."  Then he starts up with some stories about his buddy's Harley Streetglide and I explained how this would well out perform the Streetglide.  I told him about the 113 CI engine and within moments he asked how many CCs it had. I knew then he did not know motorcycles, but told him anyway.  He looked amazed and still kept going on about how he wanted a motorcycle.

The funniest part fo the conversation was when he told me he borrowed his brother-in-law's Harley and had it up to 35 mph in 2nd gear. I laughed and explained how I just shot up an on-ramp to the freeway doing about twice that in 2nd gear.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SWomack on Aug 09, 2010, 12:57:33 pm
I guess the wife wouldn't let him have one lol.
Bummer
Swo
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Aug 10, 2010, 09:29:46 am
A co-worker came in from the parking lot and asked me " Is that your bike out there? " Being its 6:30am and the lot is empty I didn't delay in my answer of  " YUP! "
He says " does your wife like the necket women you have on your bike..? You know, my wife would have a cow..! "
I responded " No wife...., how do you think I got the bike in the first place? "   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D  He says.. " humm now that's an idea! "



.... DOH!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Aug 22, 2010, 07:28:42 am
Awesome stories here. Still trying to read everyone of them and getting close. Almost to the point of just calling up a dealer or emailing them and have one shipped to my house. I want to wait and see what Yamaha has in mind for 2011 before I pull the trigger but I can see a 2010 Raven S finding a home in my garage. I know I'm getting one...ordered 3 cruise controls systems (2 for my bro and his wife, the other one for my future Raider) so it's just a matter of time. Hate to have another bike just sit at my place in storage and having the warranty walk out from under me though. 

The Rune isn't anywhere close to being confused with a Harley but still gets plenty of stares. Anyway, thanks for the great read!!!

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/289/7274/Motorcycle-Article/Memorable-Motorcycles--Honda-Rune.aspx
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Aug 23, 2010, 10:41:14 am
I always thought you bought the bike 1st THEN made it your own. It sounds ta me like you buy the goodies 1st then the bike. (I'm not being critical, just ribbin ya! Let's just hope that when you decide to buy the bike cruise control isn't standard equipment. :D )
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Aug 23, 2010, 11:19:20 am
no no no lets hope it does and.... he sells me the other one realy cheap!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Aug 25, 2010, 01:20:59 am
Harley snobs are sometimes real ignorant.  The other day I had customer who knew very little about what he was doing, that is no un common in my line of work, but what was funny is what happened after I explained to him what he needed and then sold it to him and even gave him instructions on how to install and use.  Well I was getting his purchase together and was loading it his truck which was plastered with Harley logos and anti Yamaha stuff.  He had on a Harley t shirt to boot.  Turns out he does not own a bike at all, his brother has an old beat up Harley and he rides it on occasion and thiks anything Japanese made is junk.  Oh well that just goes to show ignorance and close-mindedness go hand in hand.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Aug 25, 2010, 06:18:51 am
people like that are the most fun to mess with.all you have to do is throw out some hp #'s vs cost and they shut up usually. if that doesn't work reliability and real world riding does the talking much more effectively
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Aug 25, 2010, 09:11:14 am
I always thought you bought the bike 1st THEN made it your own. It sounds ta me like you buy the goodies 1st then the bike. (I'm not being critical, just ribbin ya! Let's just hope that when you decide to buy the bike cruise control isn't standard equipment. :D )

That's the way it usually works but for some reason I never got it straight. Like buying scuba gear and then taking lessons.  :shrug: Or buying a new bike when you know you won't be home to ride it for 8-9 months and then that will be for like a week or s worth of riding. Guess I get too dang bored here.

To compound it further, last night while surfing I found a zero mile red 2009 S for a good deal and it's close to where family lives. They'll even hold on to it until this next May for me. So I get a new bike to go see family and then ride to Idaho!!! What a great way to start a vacation and the 1800 miles +/- will be a good break in run. SO now I'm lookin for windshield and seat stuff..finding a ton of great info on this site.

I kinda just jumped into this site flappin my gums (well ok, fingers) so maybe once I confirm the purchase maybe I'll do another intro.  :raider: :raider: :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ron505 on Aug 25, 2010, 09:22:32 am
We rode to our weekly wing night establishment last night.  Most of the evening I was observing several people (most wearing Harley garb) checking out my bike.  As we went outside to get ready to leave, one finally asked, "what is that"?  I reply confidently, "a Yamaha Raider".  He answered, "very nice bike".  I overheard them all talking about how nice it was as we started it up , and rode away.

I love this thing!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Aug 25, 2010, 10:09:42 am

That's the way it usually works but for some reason I never got it straight. Like buying scuba gear and then taking lessons.  :shrug: Or buying a new bike when you know you won't be home to ride it for 8-9 months and then that will be for like a week or s worth of riding. Guess I get too dang bored here.

To compound it further, last night while surfing I found a zero mile red 2009 S for a good deal and it's close to where family lives. They'll even hold on to it until this next May for me. So I get a new bike to go see family and then ride to Idaho!!! What a great way to start a vacation and the 1800 miles +/- will be a good break in run. SO now I'm lookin for windshield and seat stuff..finding a ton of great info on this site.

I kinda just jumped into this site flappin my gums (well ok, fingers) so maybe once I confirm the purchase maybe I'll do another intro.  :raider: :raider: :raider:

Sounds like a man with a plan to have a Raider in his future. Enjoy the ride, Welcome Home, and to the forum, and Thanks for your Service!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Aug 25, 2010, 10:19:22 am

That's the way it usually works but for some reason I never got it straight. Like buying scuba gear and then taking lessons.  :shrug: Or buying a new bike when you know you won't be home to ride it for 8-9 months and then that will be for like a week or s worth of riding. Guess I get too dang bored here.

To compound it further, last night while surfing I found a zero mile red 2009 S for a good deal and it's close to where family lives. They'll even hold on to it until this next May for me. So I get a new bike to go see family and then ride to Idaho!!! What a great way to start a vacation and the 1800 miles +/- will be a good break in run. SO now I'm lookin for windshield and seat stuff..finding a ton of great info on this site.

I kinda just jumped into this site flappin my gums (well ok, fingers) so maybe once I confirm the purchase maybe I'll do another intro.  :raider: :raider: :raider:

Sounds like a man with a plan to have a Raider in his future. Enjoy the ride, Welcome Home, and to the forum, and Thanks for your Service!

 :agree:

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: jocal on Aug 25, 2010, 10:28:06 am
Had to meet some client reps at a machine shop last week and since I had to drive there anyway, I figured I'd take the bike. The guys at the machine shop are used to seeing me (they helped me out with the fabrication of my passenger peg brackets). One of the client guys takes his time walking around the bike and soaking it all up and then asks "How long did it take to build this?". I had to break it to him that with the exception of some modifications, it was the same bike I rode out of the dealer lot a couple of years ago. He admitted that he didn't have a whole lot of knowledge about bikes and thought that if it didn't look like your typical HD or sportbike, it had to be custom. I kindly thanked him and said that was EXACTLY why I bought it in the first place.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Aug 25, 2010, 10:39:15 am


Sounds like a man with a plan to have a Raider in his future. Enjoy the ride, Welcome Home, and to the forum, and Thanks for your Service!
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Thank you sir, on all accounts. I've been reading your forum almost non stop for the last 2 weeks and you all sound like a great bunch of folks to get to know and learn from. I was looking around different sites and once I found this one, I set my roots.

Cheers to all.
Wayne
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Aug 28, 2010, 05:22:35 pm
A guy came into my place of work wearing a Harley shirt, he had even ridden in on his 2003 heritage.  We were having a beautiful day for this time of year, so I commented that he was wearing the right kind of gear and doing the right thing--riding.  I also said that I felt like ditching work and gating in a good afternoon of riding.  He had noticed the three bikes out front and asked if one was mine. So I told him the first in line was mine.  He commented that it was a nice bike, and wanted to know the make, size and power.  So I told him.  He only said wow, must be a fun ride.  I responded that it sure was and the only way to know was to ride one.  He said he might have to do that some day but until then he was more than happy with his sporty.  When he left he got on in and I just smiled.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Aug 28, 2010, 07:47:13 pm
Zippy was in line at a small fundraiser  car/truck/bike show today.  There were two FLXHs, a V-Rod and a Honda bagger in the line with her.  You know who got most of the attention.  Phrases like "That's a Yamaha?" were frequent.  "Nice bike" and "Beautiful" was nice to hear.  I guess the writing was on the wall, so the three Harleys left early.  Zippy took the only bike trophy, the Peoples' Choice Best Bike.  It's not much, but it's mine!
(https://www.roadstarraider.com/gallery/317_28_08_10_7_48_04.jpeg)

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: JazzyzGurl on Aug 28, 2010, 10:14:59 pm
 :congrats: ... lookin' good!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Aug 28, 2010, 11:29:57 pm
 :yourock: :thumbs: :thumbs:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Aug 29, 2010, 02:07:17 am
 :awesome: :congrats:  :goodjob: :yourock: :firstplace: what else is there to say except way to go!  And you did it with such subdued flare.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ace on Aug 29, 2010, 12:49:46 pm
Zippy was in line at a small fundraiser  car/truck/bike show today.  There were two FLXHs, a V-Rod and a Honda bagger in the line with her.  You know who got most of the attention.  Phrases like "That's a Yamaha?" were frequent.  "Nice bike" and "Beautiful" was nice to hear.  I guess the writing was on the wall, so the three Harleys left early.  Zippy took the only bike trophy, the Peoples' Choice Best Bike.  It's not much, but it's mine!
(https://www.roadstarraider.com/gallery/317_28_08_10_7_48_04.jpeg)


Nice work TRJ, congrats!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Aug 29, 2010, 10:27:01 pm
I guess there's more than one way to beat the competetion; just intimidate them till the run away with their tale between their legs!
 :firstplace: :congrats: :awesome:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Aug 30, 2010, 01:40:47 am
 :agree:    and it seams just showing up is the easiest.  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RangerRick on Aug 30, 2010, 07:42:51 am
:agree:    and it seams just showing up is the easiest.  :D

I've yet to have Harley Riders stop or talk to me when stopped :) :( A couple of em almost did, till they got a better look.  :o
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Aug 30, 2010, 08:25:09 am
And by comparison, a HD Rocker feels like you're sitting on a tiny little scooter!!


That's what tripped me out this last July. Stopped in at a Harley shop and rode a FatBoy and it was small. When I told the salesman about it he said well how about a Streetglide. Much much better, larger and I can't believe how much they've changed since my shovels. Zippy by old 74/80ci standards. Then I told him about my Rune and he said he'd like to see. I took it in the next day and of course not much of a response, but what did I expect. Then I went to Vancouver, WA where my bro treated me to a 140 miles loop ride letting me ride his Raven. When I used to ride, people would wave...not so much riding a Raider. Well HD riders anyway. Times have changed ...but not really. Anyway, that ride is why I'm on this site and why I'm buying my Red S. Now if the lifters will just stay pumped up. LOL  :raider: :raider: :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Aug 30, 2010, 10:29:52 am


Nice buddy..  :thumbs:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Aug 30, 2010, 10:38:42 am
Will post another thread about my AWESOME journey to meet RSR, but I have to give RSR credit. After riding what is THE most beautiful road I have ever ridden, we stopped at the local ACME store (yep, as in the Road Runner fame  ;D ). It is a store that looks like the stopping grounds for riders/cagers to stop and enjoy a treat as the continue their scenic journey. Anyways, we stop and I can't stop talking about what we had just ridden through. There was an older fellow on the store front porch. First he told me about the ice cream (so I bought one and it was good, I'll give him that). Then he preceded to tell us about the ride coming up and possible camera friendly spots. Since RSR has done this ride many times, I saw he didn't take a real interest in what this fellow said.

As he was gearing up to leave, RSR was complementing him on his HD. The guy made a comment about "yeah, until you see 10,000 other bikes looking the same way" I expected, RSR to say something, but nothing. LOL Then the guy took the conversation to "well, I've run everything on this road without issue" I thought for sure RSR would have something to say. We only smiled at each other and let the guy board his bike and zip down the road.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Aug 30, 2010, 10:52:37 am
Riding home yesterday, I bumped into a couple 4 times at gas stops. Each time he said that is one of the slickest bikes he's seen. He rides an HD but is looking to get the Raider. Since he lives close by, we're going to try and hook up at one of the last bike nights here and talk more.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Aug 30, 2010, 11:35:56 am

I had to look up the FXDL (Dyna Lowrider), it does seem a bit small...

(http://www.kvrr.net/mc/images/harley.jpg)

LOL, I used to resemble this. HD #2 was a 78 Superglide that I turned into a Low Rider (sans belt). Looking back it's like how did I ever ride the thing. A cool ride that I had just before that was a Kawi 900 in a modified stock frame converted to a hard tail. Long, low and mean with a 4 bolt Turbovec wheel and radial car tire (and I had to use implement chain and sprockets). It was so long that I couldn't get the front end off the ground. Coming back from a run I was tired of riding hind tit behind the HD's so I nailed it hard. The radial must have gotten coil bound cuz when I banged second gear the tire unloaded and bounced it off the deck and started smokin'. Passed the whole group doin a little drift action and hazin the tire. It was awesome. We'd take out to the shop and fill the shop with smoke. Nothin like the smell of burnin rubber after a good buzz. I just ramble on don't I. Boredom...lol
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: jim on Aug 30, 2010, 11:41:54 am
 :cheers:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Sep 05, 2010, 09:35:02 am
OK, I'm used to getting comments from people, especially when I stop in Celeste for breakfast on the way to work, but this past Wednesday was like the bike was just attracting all types.

I'm hanging out in the parking lot drinking my coffee, eating a breakfast burrito and Frank comes out (a local, sold his Warrior a while back) and starts going on about how my bike always looks different (sometimes bagged out, sometimes stripped down). He notices the side cover with the pirate skull on the left side. A variety of questions come about, rear tire, dash/speedo inserts, forward controls, etc... I'm now on a hunt to find a used Raider for Frank.

As Frank is looking at it, some nice lil Asian gentleman is walking in, stops, starts asking me about it, telling me how he sold his last Harley a couple years ago, complimenting me on mine. <sic>

I'm about to leave and a damn good looking woman goes into the store to pay for gas, stops and asks me if I have a passenger pillion for it and tells me how beautiful the bike is.

OK, I've had 3 encounters with bike admirers, I figure, good morning.

As I'm pulling out, a new deputy in town pulls up and gets out of the car. I'm thinking, oh crap, doesn't this guy know that ya don't f*ck with the locals here? He starts asking me about the bike, what kind, about the front end, etc... The conversation is about 4 or 5 minutes.

FINALLY, I am about to leave for work [again] and a guy on a Harley pulls up, asking me what model my bike is and what kind of wheels I'm running.

Took me and extra 15 to 20 minutes just to leave the parking lot! Needless to say, on the way into work, there were probably some bugs in my teeth.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: brainsalad on Sep 05, 2010, 10:01:37 am
A new couple moved into the house behind us and being the good neighbor I went and introduced myself.  As we were exchanging introductions, the topic came up that we both rode.  When asked what I road, I smiled and said "its a Yamaha" and he politely responded "cool".  I suggested we go for a ride with our wives and one hour later I was back with my wife in his driveway.  When he came out and saw my bike, he must looked at my Raider and blurted, "damn, that doesn't look like any Yamaha I've seen before".  He kept walking around the bike complimenting me on how great the bike looked. He had a Harley Street Glide, nice looking but nothing out of the ordinary.  We then headed out for a great 120m ride.  On the way back, we stopped and ate lunch.  Again, he was very complimentary on my bike, it's performance and styling.  When the topic came up on what we did for work, he responded "I build custom motorcycles".

When I got back I got on line and checked out his website and this is what he builds:

http://piratemotorsports.com/ (http://piratemotorsports.com/)

He is the founder, owner, designer, and has 4 patents on his frames.    Now I wonder, was he just being a polite neighbor and was he really impressed. 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: NorthTxRaider on Sep 05, 2010, 10:47:20 am
I'd think that he was being genuine... The Raider, with it's aluminum alloy frame, rake, excellent trail, beautiful rise at the neck, suspension, is a VERY innovative design.

When I got back I got on line and checked out his website and this is what he builds:

http://piratemotorsports.com/ (http://piratemotorsports.com/)

He is the founder, owner, designer, and has 4 patents on his frames.    Now I wonder, was he just being a polite neighbor and was he really impressed. 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: EZRaider on Sep 05, 2010, 11:06:53 am
Riding home from work the other day, I exited the interstate and ended up behind this guy on a beat up looking  Sportster.  We both went right.  As I passed hime in the left lane, I nodded.  (I wasn't racing, just pacing with traffic.)  He just gave me a dirty look.

The next light, we were both 2nd in line, side by side.  I glance over at him and he just turns the Harley Snob attitude on.  Just as the light was about to turn green, his bike stalls.  He was having a hard time getting it started and it sounded like his battery was low.  It finally started as I was pulling away.  I just smirked to myself.
Not sure if he turned right out of embarassment, but I didn't see him anymore.

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Sep 05, 2010, 11:30:11 am
I had a funny one yesterday on my way to Harbor Freight (this harbor freight isn't exactly in the safest of areas).  I'm in a line to make a right turn on the freeway exit ramp about 8 cars back from the light.  I hear this honking behind me.  I look to my left and see this mildly tricked out Jimmy with two guys dressed like gang bangers inside.  I'm thinking, "crap...what did I do to pi$$ them off?".  The passenger rolls down his window and in his biggest gold toothed grin yells "You ride one sick-A$$ bike man...Sick-A$$ bike?"  I breathed a quick sigh of relief and gave them a nod and thumbs up.  Chuckled about it the rest of the way to Harbor Freight.   :D :D :D 

What I love about the raider is that it attracts all types.  I get good reviews from everyone from kids, gangsters, yuppies, soccer moms, and little old grannies.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Sep 05, 2010, 03:00:56 pm
I had a funny one yesterday on my way to Harbor Freight (this harbor freight isn't exactly in the safest of areas).  I'm in a line to make a right turn on the freeway exit ramp about 8 cars back from the light.  I hear this honking behind me.  I look to my left and see this mildly tricked out Jimmy with two guys dressed like gang bangers inside.  I'm thinking, "crap...what did I do to pi$$ them off?".  The passenger rolls down his window and in his biggest gold toothed grin yells "You ride one sick-A$$ bike man...Sick-A$$ bike?"  I breathed a quick sigh of relief and gave them a nod and thumbs up.  Chuckled about it the rest of the way to Harbor Freight.   :D :D :D 

What I love about the raider is that it attracts all types.  I get good reviews from everyone from kids, gangsters, yuppies, soccer moms, and little old grannies.   ;D

I can definetly contest to that.  I think the most shocking compliments come from the fellas who you wouldnt think appreciated bikes.  The raider definetly attracts all walks of life
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Sep 05, 2010, 05:52:00 pm
My son-in-law (who owns my old highly modded V Star) his friend who owns a Buell and I were out eating lunch with ou spouses got into a conversation on bikes.  The friend commented on how he loves his sport bike and how it could leave us in the dust.  My son-in-law then told him about his experiences racing the the 600 cc class crotch rockets and then told his friend that since he has ridden the Buell the V Star and the Raider that the Buell might take the quarter and top end but would be eating the dust of two bikes through the eighth and would be surprised a the top end of the 2 cruisers.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Sep 07, 2010, 08:22:03 am
We had a cook out Sunday with about 20 peeps. My generous front porch is were most of the men folk gathered. This was a double celebration weekend. One of my " new " grandsons was having his 13th birthday party at the same time so, most of the people didn't know me or my bike. As we were sitting around shooting the bull, the conversation eventually turned to the black covered bike just off the porch. I was asked if it was a Harley and I said " naaa its a Harley slayer " . That raised a few eyebrows and of course prompted a " can we see it " from a few. As I had just detailed it on Saturday, I was very happy to give them a peak. It was just one of those moments. The sun was just right, the angle of the bike was just perfect so, when I took off the cover, the reflection actually lit up the porch. hheheh.   ;D  There was at least 3 wows and one holy sh*t from the crowd. I feet like I was a new poppa!!! One of the guys asked is that a sportster? I giggled an said " one of my jug's is bigger than a sprortsters whole engine. Then one saw the yammahamma sign on the side of the motor an says. I knew it! No Harley looks that good. It's a jap bike.. ! heheh...  ;D  My responce was to put my hands together and bow with an " ahhhhh sooooo my little grass hoppa " ! FUN FUN FUN!!! I got to expound how in every way this bike blows away the Harley's.. Lots of chin rubbin and " no kidding " from the group.   


Ahhhh life is good   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Sep 07, 2010, 09:56:45 am
[quote   My responce was to put my hands together and bow with an " ahhhhh sooooo my little grass hoppa " ! FUN FUN FUN!!! I got to expound how in every way this bike blows away the Harley's.. Lots of chin rubbin and " no kidding " from the group.   
Ahhhh life is good   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
[/quote]

Classic reply!!! I like it!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Sep 07, 2010, 12:51:30 pm
Cool Madcow! ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: brainsalad on Sep 07, 2010, 07:50:40 pm
I was just riding home from meeting my wife from dinner.  I noticed that there was a truck following me in the other lane about 4' back.  When I sped up he sped up.  I looked out of the corner of my eye and I noticed 2 things.  A Harley Davidson sticker in the back window and a huge grin.  He flashed me a peace sign and I flashed him one back and then saw him lean his head out the window and he yelled "Is that a Victory"  and I yelled back, "Its a Yamaha".  He got a big grin and I could see him yell back "No sh*t" , I then gunned it and he pulled up at the next light and with same big grin he yelled back "That's awesome dude!". 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Sep 07, 2010, 11:16:56 pm
I was just riding home from meeting my wife from dinner.  I noticed that there was a truck following me in the other lane about 4' back.  When I sped up he sped up.  I looked out of the corner of my eye and I noticed 2 things.  A Harley Davidson sticker in the back window and a huge grin.  He flashed me a peace sign and I flashed him one back and then saw him lean his head out the window and he yelled "Is that a Victory"  and I yelled back, "Its a Yamaha".  He got a big grin and I could see him yell back "No sh*t" , I then gunned it and he pulled up at the next light and with same big grin he yelled back "That's awesome dude!". 
Way to represent Brother!!


RSR
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Sep 07, 2010, 11:58:17 pm
Just goes to show that not everyone who displays the Harley logo is a snob.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: danscott1075 on Sep 08, 2010, 12:51:11 am
It really tears me up when somebody wines to me, are you ready for this. why didn't i buy an american bike? all i could say was theres non to buy! well let me tell you the s#$t storm that stirs up. and the first thing i hear is Harley Davidson. well harley was at one time an all i repete ALL american bike, but no more theres so much out sourceing done now its got parts made everywhere from wheels made in this country to Vrod motors made in germany i think mercedes, audi by the way nice motor. carbs, and fuel injection sets from japan to seats and paint jobs from tailand great!! paint work too. and now theres talk about outsourcing to india. even mexico im sure has a few parts on there somewhere. so its now all the parts arrive in crates just like GM does half done up and then finished up and assembled in america. and man its got to suck when an ass. worker has to make it fit with a bigger O ring instead of sending the whole lot back to wherever it came from. so now its turned in to more like a hienz 57 bike. my grand dad had 3 oldies a 36,37 and 1939 great old bikes, and im not sure when harley went overseas for parts and pieces AKA outsourcing. just like back in the early 70s and when AMF bought harley wow talk about quality then NOT!. i remember going to the harley dealer to see cookis sheets under every scooter there to catch oil leaks. look how far we have fallin. just think how bad ass a harley could be all of it designed and all the parts, and assembly done here with all the technolegy we have today. wow what a bike we could build. and no more sell outs from corp builders to make it cheaper and sell it higher. and my brothers that lost there jobs to these outsourcing HOES where quality went to crap until that day comes i will ride a truly superior bike both my roadliner and my raider..good luck Harley!! we are all watching
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: danscott1075 on Sep 08, 2010, 01:13:01 am
Thats why theres so many aftermarket parts and mods for harley's more than any bike out there by far. i did notice one thing though those parts are still made right here by my brothers and sisters and good old awsome american craftmanship. it takes a good old boy with the now how to put a blower or turbo, nitrous,screamin eagle. but dont go to far then it voids the warranty, cause they know the bottom half cant handle it. hey whatever it takes to make a turd go fast.....just my opinion and ive had more harleys than i care to say!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Sep 08, 2010, 02:51:11 am
Danscott1075,  nice rant.  I remember when Japanese made--meant cheap junk, and American made meant quality at a fair price, and European made was top quality at a top price(except for VW's and a few English made cars).
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: brainsalad on Sep 08, 2010, 09:36:24 am
ALL american bike, but no more theres so much out sourceing done now its got parts made everywhere

 My next door neighbor is an award winning custom bike designer/builder  http://piratemotorsports.com/ (http://piratemotorsports.com/).  His mantra is "All American".   He has had to drop S&S due to China parts and confessed that he is having a very hard time finding motors and parts that AREN'T made in China.


I ride with a some HD riding friends that go to my church and when I get introduced to another new rider that's moved in to our congregation, they always say "you ride a Harley?" and I smile politely and say, "It's a Yamaha".  I then love to see their jaw drop when they hear me rumble in to join them on a ride. 

Damn, I love my Yamaha!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Sep 08, 2010, 12:03:30 pm
you win on most toys lol ;)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Sep 08, 2010, 01:24:27 pm
...................Lord let me live long enough to enjoy it all.  ;D ;D ;D

.....and me long enough to inherit it.   :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Sep 08, 2010, 01:29:02 pm
 :umno:     :lolsign:      :yourock:

Sorry guys, I deleted previous posts.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rajder on Sep 08, 2010, 02:47:46 pm
Vrod motors made in germany i think mercedes, audi by the way nice motor

I saw a special on the Discovery Channel on the making of that motor, it was a joint R&D effort with Porsche.  60o V-Twin so it doesn't shake, liquid cooled, 115hp @ 8250rpm and red lines @9000.   It's a bad a$$ machine and it is the only HD I would consider owning.

I always find it funny that the only HD anybody with any sense would own is one that was designed by Porsche. :D

My brother rides a V-Rod and they really are very impressive bikes.  We recently put his on a dyno and it had the prettiest dyno graph I have ever seen.  The torque curve was flat as a table throughout the powerband and it built HP all the way up to redline (125 RWHP).  Those Germans really know what they are doing when it comes to engines.  Too bad Harley didn't really learn anything from them.   :D

you win on most toys lol ;)

I've always said that "Life is a race.  And he who dies with the most toys wins!!!"
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: WilCon on Sep 08, 2010, 04:16:56 pm
Back on topic please folks this is for stories about your experiences with people finding out you ride a Yamaha and not a Harley.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: jim on Sep 08, 2010, 06:12:13 pm
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MN Raider on Sep 08, 2010, 10:19:32 pm
When I got back I got on line and checked out his website and this is what he builds:

http://piratemotorsports.com/ (http://piratemotorsports.com/)

He is the founder, owner, designer, and has 4 patents on his frames.    Now I wonder, was he just being a polite neighbor and was he really impressed. 

I would guess he meant it. This year in Sturgis I met Vince, from American Chopper fame, at a gas station and we talked for about 5 minutes about my bike. He was very impressed and I think he knows bikes.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Gidian on Sep 18, 2010, 06:24:13 pm
FINALLY, I GOT ONE.  I went and saw the movie The Devil tonight to get my mind off kicking my girl to the curb (for the 5th time, haha) and come out to find at least 12 Marines in training swarming the bikes and all I could hear is them saying how nice fast the sport bikes look but they would all take mine hands down....Reaper did me proud tonight.  I stood there for a good 15 min on the phone with my father just listening to them looking all over the bike and checking out all the little details. 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Meydan on Sep 18, 2010, 09:10:32 pm
Back on topic please folks this is for stories about your experiences with people finding out you ride a Yamaha and not a Harley.

On Thursday a friend an I were riding from NC and stopped so I could fuel up. Afterwards I pulled closer to the store until we were ready to leave. These 2 young guys pull up and walk over, one guy says "Dam, that's sweet"!  "Is that the new one"? Not sure if he knew what he was talking about, I answered: UUHHH Yeah, its the new one!!!! Well he continued to go on about its looks and finally my friend says to him: It's not a harley!!!  Now because he never specified what he meant when he asked if it was the new one, I assumed that maybe he knew it was a Yammi.
Well, the look of shock on his face when he was told that it wasn't: Priceless!!!! So he says (while sounding a little deflated) Its not a Harley? OOOhhhhh that's why I came up like that thinking it was a new one!!!! I wasn't planning to tell him otherwise because I thought I could have him going to a Harley dealer looking for "THAT NEW HARLEY RAIDER"!!!! 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Sep 18, 2010, 09:45:52 pm
I have two buddies who are real Harley fans, one has a ultra with a built 100, that he says nothing can outrun except for crotch rockets.  Well the other buddy who has two harleys proved the first buddy wrong twice with both his harleys.  He then challenged me saying that he has only been beat once and that was by a WARRIOR, so I said so you got beat by a Warrior and Now you want to challenge the Warriors bigger badder tougher faster brother. He said what do you mean, I said this is the next generation warrior, bigger engine, higher compression, fuel injected, more torque and more hp in stock configuration, and my is not stock.  So he said mine is factory rated to do the quarter in 12.4 seconds.  I said mine has been down the track in 12.09 seconds in factory configuration,and as I said mine is modded and has been dyne tuned, but I will race you if you want.  He backed down.  Another guy who I did no know said well what kind of bike is that?  I responded that the Warrior and Raiders were Yamahas.  He said he didn't know Yamaha made those kinds of bikes.  I laughed and asked what planet are you from
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Sep 24, 2010, 10:31:05 am
At work this morning and the front desk lady has a new gal working with her. She says to the new gal "You should see his bike" The new gal asks what kind is it. I reply "It s a Yamaha Raider, a big bad cruiser" She smiles and says "Is it like a Harley?" I said "nope better" The front desk lady then says "Stephen, tell her what it really is, its damn sexy" I just smiled and said to myself, that is the best description I've heard to date. lol
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Sep 24, 2010, 10:45:38 am
I went to a "family & friends" opening of a new bar/restaurant that my daughter (sorta – ha) is working at.  When I get there, there is one other bike parked outside… a Harley.   

A couple of hours later, as I’m leaving, the Harley owner walks up and says, “I really like that front fender.  I see you have the screaming eagle package”.   I just laughed and said, “no buddy… this isn’t a Harley… It’s a Yamaha Raider”.  He didn't know what to say after that....  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Sep 24, 2010, 11:22:46 am
Dang T. I would have been insulted if someone told me I had the screamin eagle package that would be like the complete opposite performance.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Sep 24, 2010, 12:50:54 pm
It amazes me that anybody that knows anything about HD would think a Raider is a HD. The engines don't even almost look alike beyond the fact they're both V-twins.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Sep 24, 2010, 01:22:25 pm
I've had my head on Honda's so long that I didn't even look at Yamaha's until last year. I knew they made great dirt bikes, ATV's and such but never considered them for road bikes until last year. I just wasn't in the research mode for anything that didn't have Honda (mainly Wing stuff) on it. Thanks to my Bro, I'm so glad that I crawled out from under my rock to see whatelse was offered. I'd seen the Star engines before but wondered about the single push rod thing versus the 2 used on Harleys and now I know better.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: PJ on Sep 24, 2010, 02:57:01 pm
If you don't know about the Raider then other bikes look great. I was set on the Meanstreak until a friend insisted that I look at the Warrior. I always rode honda dirt bikes and just wanted a cool street bike that didn't break down like hardleys do. When I finally agreed to go see the Warrior I fell in love. The meanstreak was topheavy and slow compared to it. After selling my Warrior and not having a bike for almost 2 years, I went to buy another Warrior cause Yamaha was the best at that time and I hadn't heard of anyone making a cooler bike than it. Little did I know the  :raider: had been born and I almost pitched a tent right there in the dealership.  8) If there was no Raider, I'd be on a Warrior for sure. CAN'T TOUCH YAMI'S QUALITY!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Sep 24, 2010, 03:25:51 pm
If you don't know about the Raider then other bikes look great. I was set on the Meanstreak until a friend insisted that I look at the Warrior. I always rode honda dirt bikes and just wanted a cool street bike that didn't break down like hardleys do. When I finally agreed to go see the Warrior I fell in love. The meanstreak was topheavy and slow compared to it. After selling my Warrior and not having a bike for almost 2 years, I went to buy another Warrior cause Yamaha was the best at that time and I hadn't heard of anyone making a cooler bike than it. Little did I know the  :raider: had been born and I almost pitched a tent right there in the dealership.  8) If there was no Raider, I'd be on a Warrior for sure. CAN'T TOUCH YAMI'S QUALITY!

Sounds similar to mine....
I owned a Kawasaki 750 H2 (3 cylinder 2 stroke, hang on tight) and then a Kawasaki 1000.  Was not riding bikes for a few years and then got “the itch”.  So, went to the internet and was looking at the mean streak, started looking at “comparisons” only to find out that the Mean Streak seemed to come up dead last in many of the categories.  So, hello Warrior - 2006.  Yamaha came out with the Raider – 2008 and daddy fell in love.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: PJ on Sep 24, 2010, 07:39:38 pm
I don't know how Yami is gonna top the Raider but I felt the same way when they had the Warrior so I can't wait to see what they do next. I'm sure it will come in 2 years from now.

I used to chant WAR - IOR - IOR when I was going riding or just got home. The wife just said it and made me laugh.  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Sep 25, 2010, 08:34:30 pm
I was chatting with customer at work yesterday about our sudden change to winter like weather and how it was putting a big crimp into the riding.  He rides a Harley and wanted to know what I road so I said a Raider . Guy with him pulled out his blackberry and started typing. He asked who made it and what color it was so I told him. Next thing I know he has a picture of it and is showing to his buddy, they both commented on how nice it looked and one said I have seen it parked out front and thought it was a Harley custom. They both drooled a little and I was smiling from ear to ear.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: PJ on Sep 25, 2010, 08:56:59 pm
I have yet to hear of anyone not liking our bikes. Maybe pretending not to, but you can tell. How can you not like it?  :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Sep 25, 2010, 09:02:49 pm
I have yet to hear of anyone not liking our bikes. Maybe pretending not to, but you can tell. How can you not like it?  :raider:

They would have to be an idiot not to like it or own a competing brand dealership but then I repeat myself. :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Sep 27, 2010, 06:57:49 am
I was being followed by a hole car load of girlie's when I had to stop at a red light. They were turning right so they ended up passing me.  Being an ol fat guy, that has stopped turning the girls heads looonnnggg ago, it does my heart good to have a cutie give me an over the shoulder peek as they pass.. :) They don't look long.. but they look!!!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Sep 27, 2010, 03:12:57 pm
I was being followed by a hole car load of girlie's when I had to stop at a red light. They were turning right so they ended up passing me.  Being an ol fat guy, that has stopped turning the girls heads looonnnggg ago, it does my heart good to have a cutie give me an over the shoulder peek as they pass.. :) They don't look long.. but they look!!!  ;D ;D ;D

I can relate! ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: nickf720 on Sep 29, 2010, 12:11:57 pm
I took my Raider to the local Harley shop here in Pittsburgh and when the Service guy from there walked out he said "that is one badass bike". then he asked what it was and how it rode. Then I fired it up to show him how little vibration there is compared to a harley. He was very impressed.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: babs on Sep 29, 2010, 01:47:59 pm
These stories are great.. Makes me think.. Anyone need a used pair of Chinese-made size 11 Harley boots and about 8 years of accumulated freebie dealer t-shirts?  Only some are holey-r than thou, but a few more have oil stains from doing my own oil changes. :)

I have to tell you.. I had an old 90 Heritage that leaked like pentagon documents, and a brand new 04 fatboy after that.  The old beat up 1990 to me was a sure enough harley, and I loved it.  It handled far better than the 04 on it's old forks and rickety frame. It also ran better.. IMO the old EVO was a great motor despite it's faults.. The TC they really did what they could but neither are "world class".. But the old bike had a '50's styling going on with a two-tone paint-job and a crap-ton of chrome and felt "like a harley".  The new bikes.. Not so much.

There's more "character" I think believe it or not, in these Star bikes.  At least they're "trying" to be different.. Something fresh in cruisers without throwing out the baby (that sweet single-pin cadence and quiet pushrod setup) with the bath-water.

Now.. Time to spruce up the Roadstar fatboy copy for some style/frame/etc updates in a 1700ish bike??
LOL! Oh I bet that one has been around the block.

Sorry back to your same bat-channel now.  Perspective I guess from a 2 time Harley owner.. Maybe it's entertaining.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Sep 29, 2010, 03:25:18 pm
Put them up on ebay like this guy did with his HD helmet  ;D

https://www.roadstarraider.com/index.php?topic=8051.0

either that or just drag them behind your bike for a few days.  You could take the shirts and put a little oil on them and sneak them under the showroom floor harleys.  I've always wanted to do that early on a saturday morning before one of their rides.   :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Sep 29, 2010, 03:34:02 pm
Babs you're in good company. Many of us used to ride Harleys (my claim to fame was during the 80's when I ran Shovelheads) and I myself have a hard time not getting back into it again. I don't even know why since I haven't owned one since 1990 but the bug hit me this last summer. Guess I made the mistake of taking a Streetglide for a demo run and then saw the Kryptonite CVO streetglide. But that's a lot of cash even if they are great looking sleds. One thing I've noticed with the Raider is that it's not all hidden away. What I mean is things like the oil lines, some fittings etc are exposed and a few Harley owners have made comment about it. To me it just adds character and I appreciate a bike that isn't all molded and completely tucked away. The Victory cylinders for example are clean but it just seems too clean and sterile. I dunno maybe it's just me, but I like having stuff out there so it looks like a motorcyle and engine, not molded clay. The Raider to me just looks ...BEEFY!

Proof reading..it's a good thing.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Sep 29, 2010, 03:44:38 pm
Babs if you cut off the logos on those annoying T's they make great soft cloth for cleaning your Raider. I used 22 years worth on my Yamaha's over the years and enjoy it every time I cut one up.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: yardog102 on Sep 29, 2010, 11:00:08 pm
It's cool to see that no one is bashing the HD brand just the HD purists who think you ain't  ??? if your not on a HD. We ride what we like they ride what they like. Lets just freakin ride.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Sep 30, 2010, 01:09:13 am
It's cool to see that no one is bashing the HD brand just the HD purists who think you ain't  ??? if your not on a HD. We ride what we like they ride what they like. Lets just freakin ride.

In the end the ride IS the ONLY important point IMO!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Sep 30, 2010, 01:26:42 am
It Is the fact  that you ride, not what you ride that is important.  I have many friends who ride Harleys, they will ride with anybody on any bike. Some are so hard core that they are still riding in this cold weather.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Sep 30, 2010, 06:11:56 am
It Is the fact  that you ride, not what you ride that is important.  I have many friends who ride Harleys, they will ride with anybody on any bike. Some are so hard core that they are still riding in this cold weather.

+1
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Sep 30, 2010, 12:41:47 pm
Aweek ago, we had a safety meeting at work and a few of us rode our bikes. We all parked together, there was 2 harleys, two kawasaki's and my raider. While on a break a bunch of people went out to check out the bikes and not one trash talked about the others. Everybody saw them for what they are--JUST COOL!!

It's been brought up before, but I think the majority of riders just enjoy riding regardless of motorcycle make. Of course there are a select few that are hardened to their motorcycle brand and will not appreciate anything else - so be it. At least they are passionate about something.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Sep 30, 2010, 03:28:57 pm
there is a guy here at my office that rides a big dog K9 and he saw me pull in this morning on my raider and he came over and was trying to figure out what I was riding and he asked if it was quick...I told him it can hold its own. Then he asked what size engine it had  and when he hear 113" he said damn my big dog only has a 107".
He was shocked and told me I had a very nice bike.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: wickedraider on Sep 30, 2010, 04:58:38 pm


    My best friends brother-in-law bought a raider several months before me. He had cobra swepts and several other mods. He loved it but ended up trading it for a big dog because he liked the looks of the dog better. I ran into him and his wife a while back in the local walmart and asked him how he liked his dog. He told me he loved it but it had nowhere near the power of the raider. He kinda smiled sheepishly and said he just liked the lines of the big dog better, and then showed me a pic of it on his cell phone. I told him honestly it was a good looking bike and that we should get together and ride sometime, he agreed.
  About a week later, I saw his wife at her sisters house and she told me that yes he liked his big dog but he really missed his raider especially when he saw me ride away the other day on mine. He had traded
a roadliner for the raider and then the raider for the big dog and she finally put her foot down and told him that was it. She said that they had lost money on both trades and it was time to spend money on more important things. Got to respect that.     
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Oct 01, 2010, 06:16:30 am
OK, I've done a few mods to my Raider, but I have been asked three times if I had bult my custom from the ground up.  They couldn't believe the frame, engine, forks, and wheels were stock.  I love this bike.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Oct 01, 2010, 06:26:23 am
 :agree:  First they ask .. Is that your bike? Then they ask.. Is it a custom bike? hehehe.. always gives me the " Raider " smile...
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Oct 01, 2010, 04:29:41 pm
:agree:  First they ask .. Is that your bike? Then they ask.. Is it a custom bike? hehehe.. always gives me the " Raider " smile...

+1
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: mnewfield on Oct 01, 2010, 04:36:08 pm
I could not agree more.

Love getting the "Is it a custom" question...love it
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Oct 01, 2010, 05:13:12 pm
I could not agree more.

Love getting the "Is it a custom" question...love it

... and your response should be... "yes", because you have customized it to be "your own".   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: brainsalad on Oct 01, 2010, 09:16:07 pm
Went for a ride today to the Grand Canyon North Rim with 14 other riders of all makes bikes.  I was talking with one of the riders and he was admiring my bike and was commenting on how well Harley had designed the fit and finish and the lines of the bike.  I smiled, thanked him and said, "I'm sorry, it's not a Harley, it's a Yamaha". 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Oct 01, 2010, 11:24:44 pm
harleys owners can kiss my ass
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Oct 02, 2010, 02:22:14 am
Went for a ride today to the Grand Canyon North Rim with 14 other riders of all makes bikes.  I was talking with one of the riders and he was admiring my bike and was commenting on how well Harley had designed the fit and finish and the lines of the bike.  I smiled, thanked him and said, "I'm sorry, it's not a Harley, it's a Yamaha". 
LMAO LMAO LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Oct 02, 2010, 02:27:01 am
I think im gonna get a license plate that says " ITS NOT A HARLEY!"
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rick Busbea on Oct 02, 2010, 02:31:31 am
I think im gonna get a license plate that says " ITS NOT A HARLEY!"

Have you noticed Gostr8r license plate?  SNOTHOG   I love it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Oct 02, 2010, 08:46:00 pm
I think im gonna get a license plate that says " ITS NOT A HARLEY!"

Have you noticed Gostr8r license plate?  SNOTHOG   I love it.

Good luck most states have limit on the number of characters you can have on your license.  My state has a 6 character limit so the 7 letter word I wanted ended up being TORN80.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Oct 03, 2010, 07:39:18 pm
I rode Zippy to church today.  I attend the traditional service but we have a contemporary service at the same time.  After the service I had started to pull out of theparking lot and a father and his two sons who attend the contemp. service had stepped out into the parking lot so I stopped to let them cross in front of me.  The Dad waved me up and pointed at the ground in front of them and said "we want to see it".  I obliged, killed the engine so we could talk.

They poured complements all over Zippy and the dad asked" what kind..er... which motorcycle is that?"
"It's a Yamaha."
All three together said "Yamaha?!" and took a half-step back.
"Yes, a Yamaha Raider.  I've done some customizing to it, but it started life as a Raider."
More compliments, the walk around that we have come to expect, and stares as I drove out the parking lot.

Converts - of another kind.  I love it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Oct 03, 2010, 07:46:17 pm
I think im gonna get a license plate that says " ITS NOT A HARLEY!"
  I'm getting ready to change my tag to GOSTR8R, so SNOTHOG will be available soon if you want it. I can sign over the ownership to you so you can have it locked in.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Meydan on Oct 19, 2010, 09:01:16 pm
  Intertesting are the people that say that they totally dig motorcycles, and yet the first name that comes to their mind is Harley. The other day I went to the store and as I was walking in one of the ladies excitingly stated: "You're riding a motorcycle"!!!! Not taking off my helmet and glasses was the give away I'm sure. So I excitingly responded "Yes, I am"!!!!!
  Yes, you all know what's coming next, so she asks " What kind is it, a Harley"?  Now because I knew that she would ask that, I thought to myself, I finally get to ask someone this question!!!!! So I asked her: "Why is that your first thought"?   Of course I know that it will be their first thought, but I just wanted the chance to ask and watch their attempts to explain it. Well she couldn't, as she was caught off guard by the question!!!  Her response was, after stumbling on a few words, "It just is."  "I just like Harleys." Well then I jokingly replied; "I won't hold that against you."  After the laugh, making my purchase, and telling her it's a star she then wanted to see it.  She comes out, looks and likes what she sees, and then began telling me about the dirt bikes and later the sport bikes that she owned and rode before coming to Harley.
    No, this wasn't one of those awesome stories others have told, but I just wanted to put that out there! I thought it was interesting that since she already had in her mind of "what it is," and yet could not really explain why it was the first thought!!! I wasn't looking for a right or wrong answer, just an original one!  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Oct 19, 2010, 09:08:03 pm
Meydan, good story, I may use that line of questions myself. :D :raider:

RSR
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Oct 19, 2010, 10:54:05 pm
It seems to be the common response among poeple who dont really know.  I remeber saying somthing about how Harleys are not top of the line motorcycles and their are much better brands to be had.  She siad oh i thought harleys were the nicest ones.  I educated her  8)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Meydan on Oct 20, 2010, 12:13:57 am
Thanks RSR, feel free to use it!!! Lol. The  attempts to explain (if any are made) will be interesing! I had an uncle tell me (after seeing and liking mine) " You should get a harley." I'm not sure what he was thinking, I mean I own the bike that he was drooling on, so asked him: "Why the hell would I do that"? After stumbling on his words, he had no answer. Once again, Harley was the first thought and he could also not explain why!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Oct 20, 2010, 06:13:41 am
harley shmarley....I had one of the fools at the local harley shop tell me that their 110ci screamin seagull was putting out 120hp 130ftlbs of torque with just a pipe upgrade. mo-ron!  then he proceeded to tell me that all the harleys have better performance then any yamaha. I think he was suffering from a case of "foot in mouth" disease.
I'd take any yamaha (except scooters) over a harley...ANY day. Gotta love the raider.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Floridaliner on Oct 20, 2010, 06:39:45 am
  :D  tell him to make Paper Airplane out of his Dyno Sheet, thats all it's good for.

 Keep up with "Paladins posts" and my "Intake system breakdown post".  With all of us working together on this site, things will start happening with more performance items.

 I know I only ran 12.1 on the Dyno Drag but I believe that machine likes a Cam motor.  Just like when you flip your bicycle over and turn the peddle's, two turns of the peddle crank will roll that rear tire longer than one crank of the peddle crank resulting in more peddle cranking time vs constant roll. I hope I explained that clearly  :rolleyes: the Dyno Drag is a trick to be learned, thats all it is, turns of the rear wheel. 

 I 'll run his 110ci SE Harley any day on a Track, he'd be lucky to turn 13 seconds.

 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dchertz on Oct 20, 2010, 10:38:45 am
I was told yesturday that most people don't even like the 110 cause the 103's can produce more HP..... JUST SAYING!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Oct 20, 2010, 10:45:54 am
This give an idea what can be done with the 110 SE. Not too impressed with the hp for that kind of money but hey it's a change. Probably more reliable too.

http://hemrickperformance.com/2010SECVOEngKit.aspx
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Oct 20, 2010, 11:33:16 am
if I put the difference in cost between a raider and a 110ci screamin weasel into performance parts etc for the raider I would have a bike that ran very near to the 9's in the 1/4 and would make upwards of 200hp.

they can keep their screamin weasels and ill keep my raider. between floridaliner, myself and several others I'm sure we will have a turbo raider very soon.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Oct 20, 2010, 05:38:34 pm
There ya go, I'm hoping for a kit myself as I don't have any means of trying to develope something.

To pay that kind of money for the CVO is nutz in the 1st place. Then to have to spend another $4000 to bring it to those levels is a waste of cash. Won't be my cash.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RAIDERDUDE on Oct 20, 2010, 06:00:05 pm
ARE YOU ALL REALLY SURE THE RAIDER IS A YAMAHA
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MN Raider on Oct 21, 2010, 11:42:07 pm
Has anyone else met this one a time or two?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz36ifAa_qs
I know the quality is not the best but it is my first one I have done.  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: YAMAHAULER1 on Oct 22, 2010, 12:07:41 am
 :funnypost: Brilliant!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Oct 22, 2010, 05:43:47 am
Has anyone else met this one a time or two?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz36ifAa_qs
I know the quality is not the best but it is my first one I have done.  :D
:funnypost: Brilliant!!!
:funnypost: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: mnewfield on Oct 22, 2010, 05:48:36 am
LMAO...

Other than you technical mistakes related to speed, it was awesome :)

 :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Oct 22, 2010, 07:24:42 am
Has anyone else met this one a time or two?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz36ifAa_qs
I know the quality is not the best but it is my first one I have done.  :D
:funnypost: Brilliant!!!
:funnypost: :rotfl: :rotfl:

I agree... a little rough around the edges but... well done sir.   :thumbs:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Oct 22, 2010, 09:40:12 am
The sad thing is it's really pretty well the truth. :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MN Raider on Oct 22, 2010, 08:46:06 pm
Thanks guys still getting the timing down but it was fun making it. Stay tuned I will post more as i get them done. ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Oct 22, 2010, 09:12:39 pm
Thanks guys still getting the timing down but it was fun making it. Stay tuned I will post more as i get them done. ;D

What are you using to make those?  Too funny.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MN Raider on Oct 22, 2010, 09:45:18 pm
check out xtranormal.com it is really fun.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Tech Red Raider on Nov 03, 2010, 08:49:41 pm
Don't need to convince me brother... I love this thing.  I could give a rats azz what anyone else thinks.



Me too!!!  Nothing compares.....
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: relic rider on Dec 31, 2010, 01:05:39 pm
THE next time you hear a harley person bad mouth a RAIDER ask them what they ride and when they tell you , you can tell them that" we all have to start off some where and some day they they to will own a RAIDER "
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: babs on Jan 03, 2011, 09:27:06 am
CVO's are how much these days??  Exactly.. Point made. And the paint being a custom job doesn't hold up as well as the stock H-Ds.

Piggy bank is actually a Raider bank now.

Now I've had the opportunity to own two FL softails (FL: fat front-tire, forks with cow-bells like th tour bikes) from two different era's.  A 1990 Heritage "evo" evolution single cam 80" engine, and a 2004 Fatboy "TC88" twin cam, 88".  I still miss the old 90.. That was a great bike. Ran better, handled better, rode better.. Just felt better all around. The 88 had a bit more oomph, but was a pig in the twisties and the handling just plain sucked.

For the cash, it'd be either an old evo in good shape, or a new raider. All depends on what bike smiles at me when th time comes. I'm betting if I sit on a raider though with that sweet center of gravity and chopper ergonomics.. I'm done. Sold. Thanks.

But I've owned two H-D's.. Enough I think. Time to ride rather than wrench and try to figure out why it's not running right and getting crappy mpg's.

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ron505 on Jan 06, 2011, 12:23:28 pm
My fellow Raider rider friend and I were out riding on New Years Eve day.  We notice a Sheriff following us enough to make us a little nervous (both of our license plates are vertical and not on the furthest back part of the bike).  The next stop light he pulls up beside us and asks "are those Bigdogs"?  I said no, they are Yamaha Raiders.  I won't bore you with the whole conversation, but he was amazed and gave us both praise about how nice they looked.

Love my Raider.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Gidian on Jan 06, 2011, 12:48:47 pm
God, what happened to all the great stories.  I am a loser and have none myself....you guys need to get out there and get stories to post, rofl.  I need something to do at work.   :raked::yay::thewave: :crash: :drool: :notworthy: :rockon: :sumo: :ohyeah: :popcorn:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Kevin Dixon on Jan 06, 2011, 04:51:48 pm
Winter happened :D 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Gidian on Jan 06, 2011, 04:56:10 pm
Dang....that is what I get for living in Florida.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TheGhostRaider on Jan 06, 2011, 05:53:11 pm
Harley Davidson has been turning riders into mechanics for over 100 years now O8O
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Jan 06, 2011, 06:01:07 pm
Harley Davidson has been turning riders into mechanics for over 100 years now O8O
:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Tech Red Raider on Jan 06, 2011, 07:41:27 pm
Has anyone else met this one a time or two?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz36ifAa_qs
I know the quality is not the best but it is my first one I have done.  :D
Like it!!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Biker Cowboy on Jan 06, 2011, 08:30:07 pm
"What Kind of Harley is that?" ... I've been asked too...

My reply?

"Why, this bike is a YamaHarley"

"Really?... I've never heard of that Manufacturer"

"Yeah... it's a V twin... like a Harley... but it runs like a GOOD motorcycle is supposed to... and how a Harley might run... if they put as much effort into R&D... as they put into designing T Shirts."  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jan 07, 2011, 06:32:26 am
 :agree: :cheers: :ihntasiajptrmpc:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Jan 07, 2011, 08:29:32 am
Hey you already made Raider...what are you going for post whore now?  ;D ;D ;D


 :ihntasiajptrmpc:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jan 07, 2011, 09:10:29 am
Ouch the secret is out of the bag.  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Tech Red Raider on Jan 07, 2011, 10:48:11 am
Going down the highway to work the other morning, minding my own business, this guy in an 18 wheeler starts hooking in the lane next to me, speeding up trying to catch me, and rolling down his window.  We slowed down and he starts yelling, "What kind of bike is that"  I am yelling back, "It's a Yamaha Red Raider".  He says, "What?"  "It's a "Yamaha".  Then he tells me it is beautiful and where did I get it.  Seems that the cars behind us didn't appreciate the conversation as much as we did and started hokking at us.  Anyway, as I drove off, he says "That's what I want!"

Yeah, "It's a Yamaha".    :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ase8427 on Jan 08, 2011, 02:21:48 am
I couldn’t agree more. The few “harley guys” that were lucky enough to ride mine said if they were to buy a new bike, it would be a Raider hands down!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Jan 08, 2011, 02:30:45 am
Well, it is time to confess, the first time I saw the Yamaha Royal Star I THOUGHT IT WAS A HARLEY, but I also thought the same thing the first time I saw a Vstar, and the first time I saw the Roadstar.  I actually thought Each time that Harley had finally done something right, right up until I saw the Yamaha trademark logo.  Then I knew the bikes would be great and I would eventually get one. The Raider now makes my second Yamaha from the Star line up.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dchertz on Jan 08, 2011, 04:20:07 pm
And by comparison, a HD Rocker feels like you're sitting on a tiny little scooter!!
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I agree I road with a few guys in Miami, all on HD's except me. No one really said anything till we stopped. One asked if it really had that much power cause every time I got on it they said it looked like the bike was trying to buck me off. I kind of chuckled walked up to the biggest guy there 6'4 ish and over 300lbs and handed him my key. He was the owner of a brand new rocker c.. Let's just say when he got back from taking my bike down the road he had bug eyes and could only say WOW....
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TheGhostRaider on Jan 22, 2011, 11:18:11 pm
I remember many years ago I was riding with my friend and his uncle them on a buell and harley and me on my Virago.  Well we stopped for a beer and started heckling each other and the Jap crap thing came up and we were in one and the best thing they could say was "Ya well when my bike quits all I have to do is pull off my carb spit though is and we are back on the road again." My reply was simply "My bike never quits so I will be 2 beers ahead of you at the next stop and you will have to settle for the chubby sister LOL".  They didn't know what to say.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ron505 on Jan 23, 2011, 09:50:40 am
I remember many years ago I was riding with my friend and his uncle them on a buell and harley and me on my Virago.  Well we stopped for a beer and started heckling each other and the Jap crap thing came up and we were in one and the best thing they could say was "Ya well when my bike quits all I have to do is pull off my carb spit though is and we are back on the road again." My reply was simply "My bike never quits so I will be 2 beers ahead of you at the next stop and you will have to settle for the chubby sister LOL".  They didn't know what to say.

 :D  :cheers:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Jan 23, 2011, 02:27:13 pm
Harley Davidson has been turning riders into mechanics for over 100 years now O8O
:rotfl: :funnypost: :yay: :funnypost: :thumbs: :funnypost: :lolsign: :funnypost: :drummer: :funnypost: :drummer: :funnypost: :nana: :funnypost: :agree: :funnypost: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jan 31, 2011, 10:49:40 am
My wife and I went riding with a group from her local forum for the first time this past weekend.  When we first met up at a gas station we both parked way down at the end and walked over to meet everyone. Shortly after we took off to our first destination.  When we arrived we talked a bit and did a group photo and then started heading back to the bikes.  All of a sudden about 4-5 guys start looking my bike up and down and wanted to know what it was.  All I kept hearing is what a gorgeous bike it was.  One guy wanted to know what all I had done to it myself and I gave him a list of mods. As one of them walked off, he muttered "Well, I know what I need to add to my shopping list".  Nobody bashed it for being a Yamaha. Nothing but positive comments.

Great way to make an impression on our first ride.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: nickf720 on Jan 31, 2011, 11:20:16 am
Even if money was no object and I could get any bike, either Metric or Harley I wouldn't buy a harley. They can't compete with the Raider.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Jan 31, 2011, 01:08:34 pm
Rode Zippy down to the Post Office the other day.  While I was getting my helmet off and gathering what I needed to mail a fellow parked his pickup truck next to me,  As he got out he checked out the bike ans said "Sweet ride.".  I just said "Thank you."  When I got into the PO there was a line, and he was right in front of me.
"How much does a bike like that cost?"
"Oh, let me think.  I probaqbly have about $16,000 in it."
"Is that all, I thought it would be about $25 thou!"
"Well, it helps when you don't have to pay for a Harley."
"What do you mean."
"That's a Yamaha Raider."
"That's a Yamaha?! What did you call it?"
The rest of the time in line gave me a chance to praise my choice in motorcycles.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jan 31, 2011, 01:42:31 pm
Yeah. One of the comments made by one of the guys on my ride is "I bet it cost a hell of a lot less than a Harley".
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MagnetoX on Feb 01, 2011, 12:51:02 am
My girlfriend and I went to a bike event at a local restaurant and when we got there, there weren't any place to park our bikes. so we had to park them across the street. About 20 minutes go by and some spaces open up, so my girlfriend holds the space while I go get her bike first (v-star 1100) to pull into the space. As I pull into the space some Harley guys where standing there and commented to me,
"He buddy it is time for you to upgrade your little V star to a really man's bike - Harley Davidson!!!!"  I look at them and said "This is my girlfriends bike and I will be right back with my bike"  I went to get my Raider and as I pulled to parking spot I hit my 140 Decibel horn, to get their attention as I continued to back into the space. When I got off I said to them "Here is my big boy bike." They said, "Nice Victory" and I said, "nope guess again - it's a 1900cc Yamaha Raider." They said " That's a Yamaha?!!!" "Yes, and the best thing is it cost me only 12800 out the door." Then they proceeded to say "oh, we didn't know you where a speed guy"  then I said to them " You Fan Boys don't make any sense" and we walked away.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Feb 01, 2011, 07:30:09 am
 :rotfl: :rotfl: Sa-weet!!  :thumbs:
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Post by: Ares X on Feb 01, 2011, 09:25:01 am
Then they proceeded to say "oh, we didn't know you where a speed guy"  then I said to them " You Fan Boys don't make any sense" and we walked away.

I just don't get their comment. First they put you down because you're on an 1100 and then they call you a "speed guy" because you're on a 1900.  I think I would've commented with "I think it's your turn to upgrade to a man's bike".

I'm always teasing my father-in-law referring to his Fatboy as a little girl's bike. He hates that I am riding a 1900.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Feb 01, 2011, 09:28:17 am
Then they proceeded to say "oh, we didn't know you where a speed guy"  then I said to them " You Fan Boys don't make any sense" and we walked away.

I just don't get their comment. First they put you down because you're on an 1100 and then they call you a "speed guy" because you're on a 1900.  I think I would've commented with "I think it's your turn to upgrade to a man's bike".

I'm always teasing my step-father referring to his Fatboy as a little girl's bike. He hates that I am riding a 1900.

My comment to my friends Fatboy.... "Isn't that the cutest little thing!!"   :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Feb 01, 2011, 09:37:31 am
My comment to my friends Fatboy.... "Isn't that the cutest little thing!!"   :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

I like that!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Skidmark on Feb 01, 2011, 01:08:45 pm
I just don't get their comment. First they put you down because you're on an 1100 and then they call you a "speed guy" because you're on a 1900.  I think I would've commented with "I think it's your turn to upgrade to a man's bike".

anything smaller in CCs to them is a little girls bike and anything bigger is a speed freaks bike. not to mention most guys will say they always ride fast until they meet someone faster and it turns into "I dont care about speed, harleys are all about the comfort and the ride"
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Feb 01, 2011, 02:00:41 pm
not to mention most guys will say they always ride fast until they meet someone faster and it turns into "I dont care about speed, harleys are all about the comfort and the ride"

I hear that one a lot!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Feb 01, 2011, 02:08:16 pm
not to mention most guys will say they always ride fast until they meet someone faster and it turns into "I dont care about speed, harleys are all about the comfort and the ride"

I hear that one a lot!

Comfort?  Are you kidding me?   If you had a raw egg in your pocket... at idle... the Harley would scramble it before the light changed.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: chili on Feb 01, 2011, 02:11:07 pm
I had a '77 Sporster that would just about jar your kidney's loose.  An egg would have been history from the get go.
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Post by: SWomack on Feb 01, 2011, 02:36:47 pm
Now that was funny Mr. T
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Feb 01, 2011, 03:17:22 pm
Comfort?  Are you kidding me?   If you had a raw egg in your pocket... at idle... the Harley would scramble it before the light changed.   ;D

Actually my father-in-law told me he can no longer do the long rides on his fatboy because it's just too rough to ride.  I'm still trying to understand the appeal.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: T-Bird on Feb 01, 2011, 03:56:44 pm
I love these stories.

(http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-cool04.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Feb 01, 2011, 04:03:47 pm
Comfort?  Are you kidding me?   If you had a raw egg in your pocket... at idle... the Harley would scramble it before the light changed.   ;D

Actually my father-in-law told me he can no longer do the long rides on his fatboy because it's just too rough to ride.  I'm still trying to understand the appeal.

Fascination with Arnold's depiction of a badass biker
(http://www.motosavvy.com/fusebox/photos/terminator2.jpg)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Feb 01, 2011, 04:34:05 pm
I thought maybe it had more to do with them relating to these bad asses!

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/03/01/movies/02hogs600.jpg)
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Post by: RAIDER MANN on Feb 01, 2011, 04:57:21 pm
 :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Post by: LostDog on Feb 01, 2011, 05:01:43 pm
Now that was funny Mr. T
:agree:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Feb 01, 2011, 06:44:24 pm
I got the biggest kick out of the winnie apple dude in that movie.  Crashing into crap non-stop.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: woodog on Feb 01, 2011, 06:58:28 pm
Ive won bike shows with harleys in it...4 to be exact
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MagnetoX on Feb 01, 2011, 09:19:40 pm
Then they proceeded to say "oh, we didn't know you where a speed guy"  then I said to them " You Fan Boys don't make any sense" and we walked away.

I just don't get their comment. First they put you down because you're on an 1100 and then they call you a "speed guy" because you're on a 1900.  I think I would've commented with "I think it's your turn to upgrade to a man's bike".

I'm always teasing my father-in-law referring to his Fatboy as a little girl's bike. He hates that I am riding a 1900.

Tell me about it, Most Harley Dudes I run into are cool dudes and love my bike and all bikes in general. but those few "Fan Boys" really get under my skin. 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Feb 02, 2011, 12:18:21 am
My girlfriend and I went to a bike event at a local restaurant and when we got there, there weren't any place to park our bikes. so we had to park them across the street. About 20 minutes go by and some spaces open up, so my girlfriend holds the space while I go get her bike first (v-star 1100) to pull into the space. As I pull into the space some Harley guys where standing there and commented to me,
"He buddy it is time for you to upgrade your little V star to a really man's bike - Harley Davidson!!!!" ....... Then they proceeded to say "oh, we didn't know you where a speed guy"  then I said to them " You Fan Boys don't make any sense" and we walked away.

Many a Harley including a 103 Screaming eagle have had their butts kicked by a Vstar 1100, true the Vstar that kicked the butt of a 103 screaming weasel was as highly modded as 103, but still a 65 CI kicking the butt of 103.  Next time you meet that guy tell him there is a bike in Anchorage that would be happy to give a chance to see who is Da Man.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SwampStar on Feb 02, 2011, 05:11:48 pm
Had the same response when I had my RoadStar. Just got my Raider last Thursday and didn't have a chance to ride with all my Harley buddies yet. I put the K&N air filter, Small Windshield, Engine Guard, Power Commander & the 2 into 1 Vance & Hines exhaust. So I really can't wait until I get with those guys.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Feb 03, 2011, 10:33:11 am
Welcome swampstar.. I wish my ol buddies didn't live so far away.. I'd be kickin their butts all over the place.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RiotRaider on Feb 03, 2011, 11:33:21 pm
Even if money was no object and I could get any bike, either Metric or Harley I wouldn't buy a harley. They can't compete with the Raider.

exactly...someone insinuated i got my raider because i couldnt afford a harley...i just laughed...
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Feb 06, 2011, 06:49:17 pm
Even if money was no object and I could get any bike, either Metric or Harley I wouldn't buy a harley. They can't compete with the Raider.

exactly...someone insinuated i got my raider because i couldnt afford a harley...i just laughed...

I had a Victory guy use that line on me, and I responded with, Yeah, you're right, I am very frugal and I can't afford to spend so much for so little.  I prefer to spend less and get more.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Matt St. John on Feb 06, 2011, 11:45:30 pm
Ya, exactly. I'd rather spend the 8 grand I saved into mods that make it kick even more ass than his harley.  :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: redrider on Feb 07, 2011, 12:38:41 am
 My brother, his buddy, and I were going on a trip from Dallas to OKC, and then on up to Branson Mo. this past summer.  We had left Dallas and were going to meet his bud at his house in OKC before continuing on. We were running pretty hard up I-35 trying to make it to OKC before dark or just a little after.  My brother decided to blast by me on his Street Glide and try to walk off and leave me behind, laughing as he cruised by.  I let him get a good head start on me before I twisted on the throttle.  I walked around him and keep on the throttle just enough that I knew he could not catch me.  When were getting close I opened the distance just enough that I could still see him but also give him that "I can't catch you feeling."  After arriving, my brother was telling his bud about our little run and that the Glide could not catch me.  His bud, a Harley rider also, stated "Hell no you couldn't catch him, you are riding a Harley, you probably wouldn't have caught him if you had your motor and my motor on your bike, look at the size of the motor on that thing. ;D I Love my Raider.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Feb 07, 2011, 10:59:19 pm
red rider,  sounds like someone on a raider already spanked your brother's bud.  ;)  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MagnetoX on Feb 07, 2011, 11:42:53 pm
My girlfriend and I went to a bike event at a local restaurant and when we got there, there weren't any place to park our bikes. so we had to park them across the street. About 20 minutes go by and some spaces open up, so my girlfriend holds the space while I go get her bike first (v-star 1100) to pull into the space. As I pull into the space some Harley guys where standing there and commented to me,
"He buddy it is time for you to upgrade your little V star to a really man's bike - Harley Davidson!!!!" ....... Then they proceeded to say "oh, we didn't know you where a speed guy"  then I said to them " You Fan Boys don't make any sense" and we walked away.

Many a Harley including a 103 Screaming eagle have had their butts kicked by a Vstar 1100, true the Vstar that kicked the butt of a 103 screaming weasel was as highly modded as 103, but still a 65 CI kicking the butt of 103.  Next time you meet that guy tell him there is a bike in Anchorage that would be happy to give a chance to see who is Da Man.

I saw that guy a couple of weeks later on the Highway head to the local bike night. My friend and I just pulled up next to him and yelled  "can the that little girls bike come out to play". My friend and I left him in the dust.  My friend owns a Warrior.   I understand when you pay as much as Harley guys do, they need to feel like they are on top of the food chain to justify over paying for a motorcycle. but we all know the truth.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Feb 08, 2011, 02:31:14 am
To steal a line from a Peter Paul and Mary song, when will they ever learn, when will they ever learn? :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Tail dragger on Feb 08, 2011, 06:30:31 am
I like to pull up to a guy sitting on his Harley in a parking lot and give him compliments on how nice his bike looks.  Almost always gets around to compliments on mine from him and then the big question is asked "How much did that cost?"  When I tell him, you can see the expression on his face and almost read his mind.  "And I paid $$$$ for mine".  Since I don't do the "leave em in the dust" thing, I have to be a little more subtle.  But I still ride away with a smile on my face.  Actually I have a smile on my face everytime I ride my Raider.  Love it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TheGhostRaider on Feb 08, 2011, 11:09:03 am
 I think the thing that bugs me the most is the fact that most people buy these things because they are a HD and it has nothing to do with them liking the bike.  And expressions like "I'd rather push my Harley that ride a Yamaha" just personifies the fact that in a battle of whits these people are un armed. Honestly if your man hood is that threatened by riding a better engineered and manufactured bike then loose 50 pounds and you'll get your manhood back or shave your belly. but don't make statements that insult the intelligence of the entire motorcycle community.
 :chopper: :biker: :scooter: :raked: :wheelie: :peace: :raider: O8O
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: pjcria on Feb 08, 2011, 11:21:55 am
I think the thing that bugs me the most is the fact that most people buy these things because they are a HD and it has nothing to do with them liking the bike.  And expressions like "I'd rather push my Harley that ride a Yamaha" just personifies the fact that in a battle of whits these people are un armed. Honestly if your man hood is that threatened by riding a better engineered and manufactured bike then loose 50 pounds and you'll get your manhood back or shave your belly. but don't make statements that insult the intelligence of the entire motorcycle community.
+1

It's just another example of the dumbing down of America. Advertising (unfortunately) works. If Yamaha went after the market like HD did and does they could generate the same zombie following. I'm personally glad they don't so they can keep their prices lower and we can be seen as intelligent consumers who made an informed decision.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: chili on Feb 08, 2011, 11:58:14 am
You do have to hand it to HD for re-inventing themselves.  After the AMF fiasco, it looked like they had hit the skids.  The answer was to franchise a mega dealer at every wide spot on the Interstate system in America. 

Throw in the right marketing, target the right crowd and bingo, they were back on track.

I have owned and ridden a Harley and, quite frankly, it was a genuine PITA most of the time.  I was looking at a Dyna before I bought the Raider.  I am extremely comfortable with the purchase.

HD owners can say what they want, but I haven't been anywhere yet the Raider didn't gather attention and I would be hard pressed to even remotely believe any stock cruiser is going to out perform it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: renhalt on Feb 08, 2011, 12:03:04 pm
For the life of me I cant understand why someone would pay more money for less quality and performance. Just because it says HD on it. Well I figure with all my mods if I were to replace my bike with a Harley it would cost about 40K, Maybe these Harley guys need to start buying Yamaha's and take the extra money and buy their ole ladies some decent clothes and get their teeth fixed! NO, that still wouldn't work ! Because once they rode a Raider the would never ride a Hardly again! And all the money they saved, they would have to use it to buy a whole new wardrobe and get all their goofy ass tattoos removed! :D :D :D

Sorry If I offended any of the Hardly guys, but there are two things I would like to point out!
(1) The Hardly is the only bike I know of that has emergency blinkers on it! HUMM Wonder Why?
(2) Hardlys have not changed in the past 50 years, all they do is switch around the front and rear ends on them and paint them different colors and call it a new model. And you stupid asses buy them and pay even more money, and think you have something better than the year before!

I guess stupid is what stupid was! I will see you hardly guys in the rear-view! O8O
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Starky on Feb 08, 2011, 03:48:57 pm
All you Harley Haters ought to start your own forum.  You sound just like the people you are talking about.  For whatever reason, they bought their bike and they're happy with it, just like you I assume.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Feb 08, 2011, 04:02:14 pm
All you Harley Haters ought to start your own forum.  You sound just like the people you are talking about.  For whatever reason, they bought their bike and they're happy with it, just like you I assume.

I don't hate Harleys.  There are a few I think are pretty sharp and they sound real pretty, but I just don't want to maintain one if my wife were to ever get one. She has no mechanical expertise and unless I want to pay out the nose, I need to be able to work on them to some extent. Plus my guess is that parts cost more than the average Raider parts too.  I have nothing against Harley owners except when they get an attitude about my bike.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Matt St. John on Feb 08, 2011, 04:57:09 pm
I don't start fights, I just finish them.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: chili on Feb 08, 2011, 05:32:01 pm
I don't hate Harleys.  If I hadn't got such a deal on the Raider, I would probably have bought one.

However, having said that, I am glad I got the Raider.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: firer8r on Feb 08, 2011, 06:58:46 pm
I waited 20 years for two kids to graduate so I could get my Harley.  Thank goodness Yamaha came out with the Raider.  I almost made an expensive mistake!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Feb 08, 2011, 07:17:00 pm
IMO a Harley is just another motorcycle. If it was competitively priced I would have included it as a prospective ride. It wouldn't have won out against the Raider tho...that much is certain!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Rick Busbea on Feb 08, 2011, 07:48:02 pm
All you Harley Haters ought to start your own forum.  You sound just like the people you are talking about.  For whatever reason, they bought their bike and they're happy with it, just like you I assume.
:agree:  It rings a little hollow to bag on the harleys so hard when our design LOOKS very much like them.  Personally, I've always liked harleys but would never own 1 for 2 reasons:  (1) Reliability and (2) Didn't want to be associated with the traditional harley image.

I've always loved choppers and customs.  In case this is lost on you, MOST of them are based on harleys.  What's cool is how many are now being based on the Raider.  For me, the Raider gives me exactly what I always wanted - a true V-twin custom bike without any of the stigmas associated with harleys and for less than $30K.

Getting back to the above quote.  When I go to the area biker spots (Rock Store, Cook's Corner, Deer Lodge, etc.), the only thing I want is for people to appreciate motorcycles and differences in taste.  By far, the BEST place in our area for that mentality is the Rock Store on Mullholland Highway in Malibu.  If you ever ride Southern California, make it a destination.  You WON'T be sorry.  On any given Saturday/Sunday, you will see everything from the most custom bikes to classics to ultimate sport bikes, etc. PLUS on Sundays you'll probably get a chance to visit with Jay Leno or the former Governator, Arnold. 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: THUNDER on Feb 08, 2011, 08:00:06 pm
I have owned 3 or 4 during the years...liked 2 of them, but just was not what I wanted in a scoot, not saying sooner or later I may have another, But there will always be a Raider in the stable.....
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: renhalt on Feb 08, 2011, 08:38:48 pm
I'm sorry guys, I have wrenched on about every common brand of bike made. I still think Harley's are junk! Yeah they look cool ,but I think they sound like they are out of time and are about ready to die. I also think it is ridiculous to call them American made when half of their parts are made in Mexico. Plus not to mention that if you want to replace tires and common wear out items everything is proprietary and you pay twice as much for them.
I will however give them one thing, they are absolutely the marketing gods! Anyone who can market a bike as American made when its not, charge twice as much than what its worth, produce a product that has half the performance and reliability as their competition is just plain genius! And that's just my opinion, and my opinion was formed from experience not influence. I sure a lot of you will and have called me a hater, the way I look at it is each to the own. I prefer to own a Yamaha, not that there is anything wrong with Harleys. But when you do an educated comparison between Harley and Yamaha, the raider wins hands down! And that my friends is the cold hard truth! Like it or not!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Feb 08, 2011, 11:11:22 pm
I like this thread, it never gets old, keep those stories coming brothers!


RSR
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Feb 08, 2011, 11:59:08 pm
 :agree:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ron505 on Feb 09, 2011, 07:52:56 am
I guess I'm in the minority that never had any mechanical issues with my Harley.  Didn't leak oil, never left me stranded and it was actually an older Shovelhead.  I rode it for around 10k no-issue miles and had a blast.  What got me to the Raider, was a test ride on my buds...it was all over after that.  I don't hate or even dislike Harley's, but I will chose the better and more cost effective bike from now on, instead of playing follow the leader and trying to be part of the Harley pack.  I just love to ride, and will make the smartest decision based on quality, performance, reliability, and cost.  :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Feb 09, 2011, 08:30:44 am
So this guy comes up to me as I'm getting ready to get back on my bike at Lowe's and he says how he was looking over my bike earlier and couldn't find the manufacturer anywhere on it.  I told him that was because I removed it. I said that I do have the model of the bike on the opposite side referring to my shift linkage. He asks if it's a Harley or a Harley knock off and I told him it's a Yamaha and he says "Oh, it's a Harley knock-off" and I said "It's a cruiser, if that's what you mean".  So we talked for a couple minutes and I mentioned how I have had it for almost 2 years and over 30,000 miles and he looks around and said that's pretty good and asked if it was my original belt, which I let him know it was and then he made comment about how there are no oil leaks and I about started laughing my ass off.   So I'm guessing if you have a Harley it's pretty common to expect leaks. I can't say. I've never had one. Ron505 stated his never leaked, but it seems from what I hear this is the norm.

When I bought my V-Star 1100 I considered it my starter bike and eventually when the money was right I would get a Harley and I actually would check out the different models. Then one day as I took my 1100 to get an oil change I saw a Raider being washed and that was the end of the Harley plan. I think I lasted another 3 weeks before I was signing the papers on my own Raider and since then I've never considered getting a Harley as an upgrade. I've found my bike of choice.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Matt St. John on Feb 09, 2011, 08:49:27 am
I was torn between a fat boy lo and a raider, no dealer in a 500 mile radius would cut me a deal on the HD and within one five minute call to the local yami dealer they had what I wanted at the price I dictated. That's customer service and I'm so glad I didn't make the mistake of the fat boy lo, it looks really cool but over all it wouldn't have been a good fit for me, personality wise or phsyically.

The Raider is where it's at.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Feb 09, 2011, 09:35:00 am
I was torn between a fat boy lo and a raider, no dealer in a 500 mile radius would cut me a deal on the HD and within one five minute call to the local yami dealer they had what I wanted at the price I dictated. That's customer service and I'm so glad I didn't make the mistake of the fat boy lo, it looks really cool but over all it wouldn't have been a good fit for me, personality wise or phsyically.

The Raider is where it's at.

My wife wants a Fat Boy Lo.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Matt St. John on Feb 09, 2011, 09:36:14 am
Ya it's a small bike. Once I actually sat on one I was like.. Hell no.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: guitarguy774 on Feb 09, 2011, 09:46:23 am
Last summer I was riding from Ohio back into my home state of PA when I passed a local biker bar named State Line (very original aye?).  I couple of fellow very VERY dirty bikers followed me down 51 into town.  Once we got at a stop light one of the guys on a sporty asked what the hell I was riding.  When I told him "It's a Yamaha Raider!" he yells back "Those Japs make better and better bikes each year!". Around here there are so many bikers that we really do have a melting pot of brands.  The Harley guys pretty much give you full credit for riding whatever you wish.

I was at the Progressive International Biker Expo in Cleveland and I checked out the Harleys.  At 6'4" and a very long upper torso, I looked goofy and awkward on a Road King.  I'll probably pick up a Stratoliner Deluxe as my second bike.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider Head on Feb 10, 2011, 01:06:43 pm
I run into alot of guys who think they want a Harley for there first bike.  When they ask me what I think I dont knock Harleys I just point out the obvious.  Tell them how I shopped around and ended up with the Raider.  Best advice I can give is test ride everything...then make your choice.  Oh yea, and I warn any one who asks to ride mine.  If they ride one....the will buy one.  this I have no doubt!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RiotRaider on Feb 18, 2011, 05:46:57 pm
I was told what a beautiful harley today lol then the other guy that had a harley said no its a yamaha and they both told me how good looking it was...
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ron505 on Feb 19, 2011, 10:45:06 am
I was blessed enough by mother nature to get to ride the last 2 days, and had 4 compliments by strangers on how beautiful and nice the bike was.  I'm a proud rider.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Feb 19, 2011, 05:22:21 pm
I run into alot of guys who think they want a Harley for there first bike.  When they ask me what I think I dont knock Harleys I just point out the obvious.  Tell them how I shopped around and ended up with the Raider.  Best advice I can give is test ride everything...then make your choice.  Oh yea, and I warn any one who asks to ride mine.  If they ride one....the will buy one.  this I have no doubt!

Amazing how that happens, almost like they have a sorcerer who casts a spell on the rider. ;)  :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Feb 21, 2011, 11:05:36 am
My wife and I were in a Jo Anne's craft store last weekend looking for sew-on patch letters and this couple came in looking for us and when they spotted us in our bike gear they came over all excited to talk about our bikes and tell them how beautiful they are.  The guy was going nuts over the Raider.  I was suprised he knew what it was, but he said he loves Yamahas and was able to determine what mine was from the Star logo on the footpegs.  The only Yamaha marking I still have present on my bike.  He said he was hoping to get a bike soon and it would be a Yamaha.

The funny thing is I was watching one of the custom bike shows once and one of the builders made the comment that nobody will walk across the street to check out a black bike. And to him I say "BULL SH!T". I get it all the time.

Last week I got two comments within 10 seconds of each other at the grocery store as I was about to take off.  Both were from people well over 60. One was walking out and the other was walking in.  The woman came over to talk to me about and said she rode a Honda Shadow herself, which blew me away.   She said she had heard of the Raider, but never seen one and thought it was absolutely gorgeous.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Feb 21, 2011, 06:57:56 pm
I just had one of the coolest "Oh it's a Raider..." moments.

I'm coming out of a grocery store and these two much older guys are standing next to two bikes. One's a Suzuki Sport/touring bike. The other is an '07 Stratoliner.  As soon as I got within ear shot they start telling me how gorgeous my bike is and how they saw it as soon as they pulled in and had to check it out.  They went on about it for a good 20 minutes. They're asking what it is and I explained it had the same engine as the Strat. And one of them asks if it's brand new and I explained it was almost 2 years old and has 30,000 miles on it.  Then they ask if they can look at it up close and they go over almost everything on it.  The one guy said he didn't care for the handling of the Statoliner. I let him know the Raider handles like a dream.  Then the taller of the two guys introduces himself to me and it's a local car dealer owner (many, many dealerships in the area) that's probably about the biggest in the Phoenix area, Tex Earnhardt. I remember his comercials when I was a kid with him sitting on a huge longhorn steer and saying his slogan "That ain't no bull" and he had been dealing with cars long before that.  He was actually looking to buy the Strat, but decided against it after riding it.  Well, I find out he lives about 5 miles down the road from my house. He's lived there forever way before any of the area started getting populated with housing developments and businesses.  He has a ranch there still and I pass by it all the time and thought I saw him pull in there once, but wasn't sure.  Now I know.

I know it's dumb, but he's almost what you would consider a celebrity in the area and the guy is probably worth millions and here he is asking me to join him for some coffee and talk. What a cool guy.

The other guy's name was Bob Dole, but not THE Bob Dole. Also a very nice guy.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RangerRick on Feb 21, 2011, 07:18:21 pm
That's way to cool, Ares X  :thumbs:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Feb 21, 2011, 10:23:45 pm
Tex Earnhart is huge.  He owns the biggest jeep dealership in the nation.  If I recall correctly I had his daughter as a student at ASU...they used to take a private jet to go skiing on weekends.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Feb 22, 2011, 08:07:52 am
Tex Earnhart is huge.  He owns the biggest jeep dealership in the nation.  If I recall correctly I had his daughter as a student at ASU...they used to take a private jet to go skiing on weekends.

Which is hilarious because he's down to earth enough to go have coffee at Albertson's (grocery store) with a buddy and is considering buying an '07 Stratoliner for $7k.  This guy could afford any bike he wants and he's looking at a 4 year old used bike.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Feb 22, 2011, 08:25:05 am
Tex Earnhart is huge.  He owns the biggest jeep dealership in the nation.  If I recall correctly I had his daughter as a student at ASU...they used to take a private jet to go skiing on weekends.

Which is hilarious because he's down to earth enough to go have coffee at Albertson's (grocery store) with a buddy and is considering buying an '07 Stratoliner for $7k.  This guy could afford any bike he wants and he's looking at a 4 year old used bike.

Very cool!
Sometimes the best isn't always the latest and greatest.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Feb 22, 2011, 04:07:28 pm
Ares X, Very cool story Bro! Thanks for sharing it, and way to represent!!


RSR
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Tess84 on Mar 01, 2011, 02:08:19 am
well I was reading some of the post I have been riding since I was a kid always a yamaha (once a honda but that was a disaster) I've owned in my adult years a 98 R6, 2003 R1SE, and an 04 buell. when my daughter was born I gave up riding much to my wifes credit. She didnt like the fact I was flyin in SOCAL on a crotch rocket I respect that. SO over the last two years the road has been calling my name hard! It has been almost 4 years since the last time I had a bike of my own. I knew the wife wasnt gonna allow the sport bike scene plus the Marines have knocked up my body pretty bad and I can not handle the constant hunched over riding that I grew to love, so I statrted looking into the chopper/cruiser community. now I have an uncle that many would say is the HD guy, so naturally I was looking for a new harley and I rode looked conversed about a new HD, Then I went to visit a good friend who is a sales man at my local yamaha/honda dealership he asked if I wanted a new toy I said no you dont sell harleys, after about an hour bullshitting I was walking out and spotted a 2010 red raider and i tell you what guys she called to me and said I am yours!!! 2 days later and four hours from flying out to Dubai I BOUGHT the Pretty Red Beast and have never in my riding life been happier. I look forward to seeing most of you in Johnson City and by all accounts the Raider is one Bad Ass machine no matter what anyone says  O8O
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TheGhostRaider on Mar 01, 2011, 03:21:52 am
well I was reading some of the post I have been riding since I was a kid always a yamaha (once a honda but that was a disaster) I've owned in my adult years a 98 R6, 2003 R1SE, and an 04 buell. when my daughter was born I gave up riding much to my wifes credit. She didnt like the fact I was flyin in SOCAL on a crotch rocket I respect that. SO over the last two years the road has been calling my name hard! It has been almost 4 years since the last time I had a bike of my own. I knew the wife wasnt gonna allow the sport bike scene plus the Marines have knocked up my body pretty bad and I can not handle the constant hunched over riding that I grew to love, so I statrted looking into the chopper/cruiser community. now I have an uncle that many would say is the HD guy, so naturally I was looking for a new harley and I rode looked conversed about a new HD, Then I went to visit a good friend who is a sales man at my local yamaha/honda dealership he asked if I wanted a new toy I said no you dont sell harleys, after about an hour bullshitting I was walking out and spotted a 2010 red raider and i tell you what guys she called to me and said I am yours!!! 2 days later and four hours from flying out to Dubai I BOUGHT the Pretty Red Beast and have never in my riding life been happier. I look forward to seeing most of you in Johnson City and by all accounts the Raider is one Bad Ass machine no matter what anyone says  O8O

Great story!!!!
Congrats on the new ride
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Mar 01, 2011, 06:57:55 am
AWESOME! Same thing happened to me.. but my dream was silver! WOOT WOOT WOOT!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Mar 01, 2011, 07:03:09 am
The other day while I was attempting to break in the new 250 I rolled up to a light by the house and some dude and his wife pulled up next to me on some harley touring bike. Well needless to say he took one look at my bike saw it was a yamaha and laughed at me then revved his turd up. So I revved up the raider and he continued to laugh. the light went green I left his butt sitting at the light while he attempted to catch me. When he finally made it to the next light he wasn't laughing and I looked at him pointed and laughed at him....he tried to get the jump on me this time and cut the light....wouldn't you know it even with a head start I whooped him like a corvette would a civic :D  silly harley riders, they just never learn. 

Gotta love the raider!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TheGhostRaider on Mar 01, 2011, 08:02:52 am
The other day while I was attempting to break in the new 250 I rolled up to a light by the house and some dude and his wife pulled up next to me on some harley touring bike. Well needless to say he took one look at my bike saw it was a yamaha and laughed at me then revved his turd up. So I revved up the raider and he continued to laugh. the light went green I left his butt sitting at the light while he attempted to catch me. When he finally made it to the next light he wasn't laughing and I looked at him pointed and laughed at him....he tried to get the jump on me this time and cut the light....wouldn't you know it even with a head start I whooped him like a corvette would a civic :D  silly harley riders, they just never learn. 

Gotta love the raider!

Thank god Yamaha gave it as much "Go" as they did "Show"! There's nothing worse then when the opposite is true.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Mar 01, 2011, 08:21:19 am
Yeah, cause if the opposite were true we would be riding harley's ha ha ha ha
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Mar 01, 2011, 08:52:12 am
Late yesterday afternoon, I came out of a grocery store and an older guy (maybe late 50s - early 60s) is out there and approaches me at my bike and asks "Is that a Harley or a Victory". I said "This is a Yamaha Raider". So he comes over and lets me know he rebuilt Harleys back in New York and starts looking over the bike. I mean really looking it over.  He asked how many CCs it had and I let him know and he was astounded. He asks a number of questions and makes a number of comments.  All positive.  He has me fire it up for him and we're under the roof on the sidewalk at the time, so it was LOUD. He was pretty impressed. Then he asks how much I paid and I told him out the door was about $12,100 and I have another $4k in upgrades. He looks at me like I'm nuts.  Typical New York response "Get outta here!".  I let him know I was serious.  He asked where I bought it and I told him and let him know they go for about $14k now. Mine was almost two years old.  He said that if my bike was a Harley and looked the way it does with the stuff it has on it, it would easily go for $25-$26,000.  He was so amazed. He literally thanked me for educating him and walked away mumbling "twelve thousand...". He never once bad mouthed the fact that it was a Yamaha.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TheGhostRaider on Mar 01, 2011, 09:53:20 am
Yeah, cause if the opposite were true we would be riding harley's ha ha ha ha
Nope not me  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: KenMcCoy on Mar 01, 2011, 03:55:14 pm
He never once bad mouthed the fact that it was a Yamaha.

You have to give yamaha credit...they've made it exceedingly hard for people to nit pick the build or fit/finish.

- No tank seam...check
- Steel fenders...check
- Narrow angle, air cooled v twin that makes more power than any other manufacturer's air cooled engine...check

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: msoos113 on Mar 01, 2011, 06:15:29 pm
I will give HD credit for their factory custom paint. They do have some of the prettiest bikes right out of the showroom. If Star or the other metric manufacturers ever offered that, they'd corner the market!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: old4x4 on Mar 01, 2011, 06:17:16 pm
Yeah, they have some flat/metallic colors that are really good looking, but you still can't shine a sneaker!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Mar 22, 2011, 11:14:03 am
not mine but from the xs650 forum:

"And my rant of the day. Again, my Harley neighbor and his buddies (who spend more time starring at each others bikes or parked in front of a bar with their ass-less chaps, then riding them) had to be put in their place...again. Keep laughing guys, at least I can fix my bike and don't have to resort to $75.00 an hour at the local catalog center, I mean Harley dealer. They saw all the carbs in my shed and asked what they were. I said Mikuni, ect. They asked why I have those on a Japanese bike, they're "Harley carbs". I replied, "Actually they are not, they are stock and Japanese". All American iron, huh?
Why do people walk around with leather chaps on?...all day??"

Too funny!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Mar 22, 2011, 12:19:09 pm
I took the ol scoot to have a bath at the local spray and wash. I had just foamed up the bike when a young man came in quite excited. He said he saw me drive in and what a cool Harley it was. .. .. ... .. humm... .. well I said it's quite a bit better than a harley and hit the rinse button. I just loved the look on his face when the suds began to wash away. His jaw dropped an his eyes bugged out.. hheheheh.  He peppered me with questions so hard that I lost track of the wash job and soon the water stopped. I didn't get a chance to hit the " wax " button so, I made my DOH sound and I started toward the change machine. The young man says.. NO WAY DUDE.. this ones on me. He got change, handed it to me and then started up the question session again.  ;D We talked until a car pulled into the bay behind me. He shook my hand and repeated the name RAIDER 4-5 times and was off. I think that's 3 Raiders my little liquid lighting has sold to date..  :yay:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Mar 22, 2011, 12:31:52 pm
The young man says.. NO WAY DUDE.. this ones on me. He got change, handed it to me and then started up the question session again. 

That's cool as hell!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Mar 22, 2011, 12:54:08 pm
The young man says.. NO WAY DUDE.. this ones on me. He got change, handed it to me and then started up the question session again. 

That's cool as hell!

 :agree:      Sweet!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Mar 22, 2011, 01:54:26 pm
Madcow if you're selling them like that then you ought to get some commision! ;)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Mar 22, 2011, 02:13:23 pm
makes my head.... errr chest swell with pride!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Mar 22, 2011, 02:14:36 pm
makes my head.... errr chest swell with pride!!

Ahhh... take some Tums... it's only gas.    ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: seventhLetter on Mar 22, 2011, 04:57:02 pm
I took the ol scoot to have a bath at the local spray and wash. I had just foamed up the bike when a young man came in quite excited. He said he saw me drive in and what a cool Harley it was. .. .. ... .. humm... .. well I said it's quite a bit better than a harley and hit the rinse button. I just loved the look on his face when the suds began to wash away. His jaw dropped an his eyes bugged out.. hheheheh.  He peppered me with questions so hard that I lost track of the wash job and soon the water stopped. I didn't get a chance to hit the " wax " button so, I made my DOH sound and I started toward the change machine. The young man says.. NO WAY DUDE.. this ones on me. He got change, handed it to me and then started up the question session again.  ;D We talked until a car pulled into the bay behind me. He shook my hand and repeated the name RAIDER 4-5 times and was off. I think that's 3 Raiders my little liquid lighting has sold to date..  :yay:

To date, this is one of my FAVORITES! Love it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: woodog on Mar 22, 2011, 06:50:24 pm
Took... PEOPLE'S CHOICE TROPHIE AT A HARLEY BIKE SHOW....thats says it all...300 in attendance  98 percent harley riders............
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: 1starraider on Mar 22, 2011, 08:06:28 pm
 Had a friend take his 34k bigdog to a bike bike show, only to have three different kids ask if it was a Raider. He was not happy. :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: jughead on Mar 22, 2011, 09:40:17 pm
Had a friend take his 34k bigdog to a bike bike show, only to have three different kids ask if it was a Raider. He was not happy. :raider:


 That had to hurt :lolsign:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Mar 22, 2011, 11:58:41 pm
Did you offer him a hanky. :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Mar 23, 2011, 06:27:48 am
Took... PEOPLE'S CHOICE TROPHIE AT A HARLEY BIKE SHOW....thats says it all...300 in attendance  98 percent harley riders............

WOOT!!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Mar 23, 2011, 07:14:53 am
Damn, I love this thread!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Mar 23, 2011, 10:40:19 pm
 :agree: TRaider_John
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: montanaweightlifter on Mar 23, 2011, 11:16:39 pm
Have been reading this post for a while but it finally happened to me. Drove my blue raider to work and a guy says is that your bike out there, sure is a nice harley. I said its a yamaha and he just looked dumfounded, didn't have anything to say.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Tail dragger on Mar 24, 2011, 06:51:51 am
Just had my oil changed yesterday at a local shop (he is trying to get into metrics as he does primarily Harleys).  He said he had a phone call from a friend asking what he was doing and said he was working on a Yamaha and the guy snickered.  He told him "this Yamaha will run away from your Harley...you can't believe how much torque it's got".  He loves the way it sits, looks and runs.  This guy builds custom bikes and everytime I stop by he has to walk around admiring it.  Makes you feel pretty good about choosing a Raider.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Mar 24, 2011, 10:42:55 am
Just had my oil changed yesterday at a local shop (he is trying to get into metrics as he does primarily Harleys).  He said he had a phone call from a friend asking what he was doing and said he was working on a Yamaha and the guy snickered.  He told him "this Yamaha will run away from your Harley...you can't believe how much torque it's got".  He loves the way it sits, looks and runs.  This guy builds custom bikes and everytime I stop by he has to walk around admiring it.  Makes you feel pretty good about choosing a Raider.

+1
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Silver09 on Mar 24, 2011, 06:32:00 pm
+ 1,000,000
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Mar 24, 2011, 09:52:12 pm
 :agree:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: woodog on Mar 25, 2011, 11:30:04 am
Best Bike in Many years.....AWESOME
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: pjcria on Mar 28, 2011, 08:12:01 pm
Got the bike out for the first time this year on Sunday. I checked the air pressure on my tires and they needed a couple more lbs so I rode down to the gas station to put in some air. After filling up the front tire I turned around to do the back tire and a guy drove up behind me with the passenger widow down and stopped. So I went over to him and he asks What is that? I told him a Raider. He thinks a second and says in a questioning tone "Yamaha?". I tell him yep. He said that while he was filling up his car he seen me pull up and thought to himself What the H**l is that! So he had to come over and see. He complimented me on the bike and could see why I was out riding, it was 34 degrees out. I left there with a double smile on my face one for just getting to ride and the other for the complement. Ya it's a Yamaha!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Apr 09, 2011, 02:09:22 am
I got out for a ride today, and while stopped at a light, a guy rolls down his window and asked where I got my bike painted, I told him it was factory, then he asks what kind of bike is it? I said a Raider, What? who makes that? I said Yamaha, he says no shit? I say ya, he says Wow they have really stepped it up! I rode off  8) :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: KRAYZ1 on Apr 09, 2011, 02:22:36 am
I have had guys say , that a nice Harley , you have a sweet hog , right on you have some nice American iron ,
I smile and think to myself you are so right , but I only let a few of them know my Road King is at home coase I'm out haveing fun on my Jap. Bike...HAHAHAHAHA.....

If they don't have any more smarts then that then let em think it is a hog Phuck'em
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Apr 09, 2011, 01:01:51 pm
I have had guys say , that a nice Harley , you have a sweet hog , right on you have some nice American iron ,
I smile and think to myself you are so right , but I only let a few of them know my Road King is at home coase I'm out haveing fun on my Jap. Bike...HAHAHAHAHA.....

If they don't have any more smarts then that then let em think it is a hog Phuck'em
I've told people it's the new harleySlayer, cracks me up to think of someone going into a dealer, and asking to see the new harleySlayer!  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: jhubb408 on Apr 10, 2011, 05:57:26 pm
School was in session today. I passed 4 Harleys and a few minutes later I saw one of them running like a bat out of Hell trying to catch up to me. I slowed down waiting to see where this was going to go. This guy pulls up with girl in tow and starting revving up his engine. He was next to me and then took off. I then took off even though he had a little head start on me. I passed him up and took a good lead on him. I slowed down and he pulled up next to me. He asked how big is the engine. I signaled a 113 and his jaw dropped. Later at a red light he asked what the bike was. I told him Yamaha Raider and he said very nice bike. He was a good sport and we complimented each other.

Yamaha Raider 101.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: blaine563 on Apr 10, 2011, 06:04:55 pm
Nice Jhubb!!

Harley riders are people too!!!

I was also snubbed by a guy on a BMW1200 last fall. Seems we all have our issues, eh?!?!  :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Apr 11, 2011, 07:29:57 am
I was refueling when a group of 7-8 Harley's pulled in to the same station. Various sportsers and a full dresser. After filling up I pulled over to the parking spot beside them. I needed to go in and get refueled myself. I got in line behind one of the group and struck up a conversation. He said they were from a local town and loved coming out to the mountains for a spin. I said I live here and agree that the rides in the area are simply awesome. Nice enough guy, as he left he shook my hand and went to join the others. I paid for my stuff and went out to my bike. I had to smile when I saw most of the group had gathered around my little liquid lighting.  ;D ;D ;D  They were all 30 something and quite nice to chat with. I felt a bit like a punching bag after a few minutes of grilling about engine size,  tire size, grips, cost, ect ect ect... These guys had known each other since high school and all had recently switched from sport bikes to cruisers. Three of them had DOH moments when they realized that my bike was a Yamaha.  ;D I gotta tell ya.. It was funny to watch them thwack each other for not lookin into the Raider. The guy with the full dresser was the first one in the group that had changed over to a non sport bike. The rest just simply followed him.  ;D  CLASSIC!! I got many complements on the Raider. Cool group. We exchanged numbers so, the next time they're out my way, I'll be invited along. Very fun.. !

.... humm..... It just occured to me, we didn't even look at their Harleys.    ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Apr 11, 2011, 11:36:33 am
.... humm..... It just occured to me, we didn't even look at their Harleys.    ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

That seems to happen to me all the time.  People are oogling all over my Raider and I don't even end up seeing their bike. Or if I do there's no comment.  What can I pssibly say "Hey! Way to make your Harley look just like his Harley?"
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Apr 11, 2011, 11:46:56 am
Not exactly a "Oh It's A Yamaha" moment, but it kind of fits in here. 

This weekend my wife and I went to a bike night that just started up near by.  We no sooner got off our bikes and this guy in the bar behind us leaves his buddies to come over and look at our bikes.   He asks if her Stryker is a Raider and I said "No, that is" referring to mine.  Then I explained the Stryker to him.  He was all over both bikes and really loving them.  He said his brother had a custom Warrior around the corner that I later checked out and it was very nice. 

Then later we're in the bar and meet two new people hanging out with our group and they hear I have a Raider and the guy says that he was somewhat interested in one, but has never sat on one.  So I ask "Do you want to sit on one?".  He jumps up and we're out the door.  Him and the woman he's with are looking the Raider and Stryker up and down and asking all kinds of questions.  He sat on the Raider and lifted it off the stand and said he was amazed at how balanced it felt. He was expecting it to be hard to lift.  One of the women there rides an older 1700 Roadliner, but wanted to stay away from the Raider because it sounded too big to handle.  She had no idea the current Roadliners share the same engine.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TheGhostRaider on Apr 11, 2011, 12:22:57 pm
I can't wait to have my own "Oh it's a Yamaha" Stories

Maybe today
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Apr 11, 2011, 12:36:34 pm
My friend.. you already have had your Yamaha moment.. You bought it didn't cha'?  ;D  Tell me your not smiling right now....? heheheh
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Apr 11, 2011, 12:51:28 pm
I can't wait to have my own "Oh it's a Yamaha" Stories

Maybe today

You'll have them. And we we're out ruling the road together, you'll get them.  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Apr 11, 2011, 05:58:04 pm
Yep, you've had them. The only reason I have not posted any is because I don't know where to begin.

Besides there's alot better quality in what I've seen posted here vs what I've experienced. :-\
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Apr 11, 2011, 06:30:45 pm
A couple of roofers at the project finally asked "What kind of bike is that?" It's a AStar Raider by Yamaha. "No way!" Yes it's an '08, the first year. Are you wanting a bike? "Yes, I'm thinking a Harley, maybe a Classic or a Heritage." I can make a recommendation. Don't waste your money on any model Harley at all when you can have a better bike for a better price! "What ratio of HD's to non HD's go at Daytona each year?" Maybe 7 to 3 "How do you explain that?" Uninformed buyers loyal to a brand that they only know from seeing the flooded market of people with more money than brains. Are you one of those? And what does that have to do with your decision? You should really do your homework before spending your money, get a superior product that you'll love to ride, as much as you want to be seen on. 22 years straight of dedicated Harley's only for me and never again will I spend another dollar on one as long as Yamaha makes the Star Raider. Why settle for a Harley when I can have a Yamaha? I don't give a **** what the other guy owns and works on. Anything a Harley can do my Raider can do better, faster and for longer! He then adds "I knew a guy that rode his Hog all the way to Alaska" ............ Been there and done that. Then they drove away in their cart to goof off somewhere out of sight of their boss.  ;)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TheGhostRaider on Apr 11, 2011, 09:22:06 pm
Well Today out with the wife I pulled in to a car dealership to call my buddy and go for lunch when I noticed out of the corner of my eye that a salesman was stocking me, I just wanted to use the phone, I couldn't believe this guy he was actually waiting in my blind spot until I finnished my call and when I was done he popped out I was about to tell him to get lost but before I could he said Hey I love your bike and all of a sudden I didn't hate him. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
He told me that he loved what I had done to the bike and he said he had a Red 08 S with a V&H 2 into 1.  it was the first time that I actually asked a sales man for a card  :lolsign: and I gave him mine. As it turns out he knows Dreadly Small world

I know it's not really a Oh its a Yamaha story but kinda cool never the less
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Apr 11, 2011, 11:46:14 pm
Real cool IMO. ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Apr 12, 2011, 04:35:39 am
The Dreaded One Man Gang is notorious up there in those parts.  :doorag: :doorag:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Apr 12, 2011, 06:23:44 am
Well Today out with the wife I pulled in to a car dealership to call my buddy and go for lunch when I noticed out of the corner of my eye that a salesman was stocking me, I just wanted to use the phone, I couldn't believe this guy he was actually waiting in my blind spot until I finnished my call and when I was done he popped out I was about to tell him to get lost but before I could he said Hey I love your bike and all of a sudden I didn't hate him. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
He told me that he loved what I had done to the bike and he said he had a Red 08 S with a V&H 2 into 1.  it was the first time that I actually asked a sales man for a card  :lolsign: and I gave him mine. As it turns out he knows Dreadly Small world

I know it's not really a Oh its a Yamaha story but kinda cool never the less



Yup.. very cool!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Apr 12, 2011, 10:19:00 pm
I've mentioned the front girl at our work who describes my bike as sexy ... well, that has caught on and I have 5 bery beautiful ladies wanting a 'ride' on the beast.  ;D

The hottie on our pool team asked me tonight, when am I going to give her a ride ... LOL ... I just chuckled knowing what she meant but I played it up for what it was worth.

I do not know if the women are asking because of the bike, or because I flirt a little, but for now, we'll go with "because the bike is sexy"  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Apr 12, 2011, 10:38:57 pm
 :cheers: :cheers:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RedStar Raider on Apr 12, 2011, 10:43:38 pm
Dreadly you crack me up Bro!! Can't wait til we meet up somewhere this summer!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Apr 13, 2011, 09:28:17 am
I've mentioned the front girl at our work who describes my bike as sexy ... well, that has caught on and I have 5 bery beautiful ladies wanting a 'ride' on the beast.  ;D

The hottie on our pool team asked me tonight, when am I going to give her a ride ... LOL ... I just chuckled knowing what she meant but I played it up for what it was worth.

I do not know if the women are asking because of the bike, or because I flirt a little, but for now, we'll go with "because the bike is sexy"  ;D

I get an email this morning from the fellow that does the promotions and charity work for our company. He asked if I would be interested in giving rides for $5 a shot. He said he knows there are enough that would like to go for a ride to make it worthwhile ... too funny.

Chalk another up for the mighty Raider.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Apr 13, 2011, 09:38:11 am
I've mentioned the front girl at our work who describes my bike as sexy ... well, that has caught on and I have 5 bery beautiful ladies wanting a 'ride' on the beast.  ;D

The hottie on our pool team asked me tonight, when am I going to give her a ride ... LOL ... I just chuckled knowing what she meant but I played it up for what it was worth.

I do not know if the women are asking because of the bike, or because I flirt a little, but for now, we'll go with "because the bike is sexy"  ;D

I get an email this morning from the fellow that does the promotions and charity work for our company. He asked if I would be interested in giving rides for $5 a shot. He said he knows there are enough that would like to go for a ride to make it worthwhile ... too funny.

Chalk another up for the mighty Raider.

Screw that!  If there as hot as you're claiming, give them FREE rides!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Apr 13, 2011, 09:50:20 am
I've mentioned the front girl at our work who describes my bike as sexy ... well, that has caught on and I have 5 bery beautiful ladies wanting a 'ride' on the beast.  ;D

The hottie on our pool team asked me tonight, when am I going to give her a ride ... LOL ... I just chuckled knowing what she meant but I played it up for what it was worth.

I do not know if the women are asking because of the bike, or because I flirt a little, but for now, we'll go with "because the bike is sexy"  ;D

I get an email this morning from the fellow that does the promotions and charity work for our company. He asked if I would be interested in giving rides for $5 a shot. He said he knows there are enough that would like to go for a ride to make it worthwhile ... too funny.

Chalk another up for the mighty Raider.

Screw that!  If there as hot as you're claiming, give them FREE rides!!!

4 of the 5 are a given ... the other has a husband here who I have talked to and he seems very protective. We were joking around and I said I think I should give your wife a ride ... he said "I don't think so ... "  I think he was afraid his wife might take to the phrase "Once you go black .............  :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Matt St. John on Apr 13, 2011, 09:53:52 am
My wife is my only passenger. The rest can walk.

The only problem with that is that this attitude seems to make her friends want it more. Oh well.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Apr 13, 2011, 09:57:21 am
My wife has her Stryker, so my passenger seat is available for anything cute that comes along.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TheGhostRaider on Apr 13, 2011, 10:12:49 am
I've mentioned the front girl at our work who describes my bike as sexy ... well, that has caught on and I have 5 bery beautiful ladies wanting a 'ride' on the beast.  ;D

The hottie on our pool team asked me tonight, when am I going to give her a ride ... LOL ... I just chuckled knowing what she meant but I played it up for what it was worth.

I do not know if the women are asking because of the bike, or because I flirt a little, but for now, we'll go with "because the bike is sexy"  ;D



I get an email this morning from the fellow that does the promotions and charity work for our company. He asked if I would be interested in giving rides for $5 a shot. He said he knows there are enough that would like to go for a ride to make it worthwhile ... too funny.

Chalk another up for the mighty Raider.

Screw that!  If there as hot as you're claiming, give them FREE rides!!!

Ya dreadly your such a ho   :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Apr 13, 2011, 10:18:16 am
Dreadly you crack me up Bro!! Can't wait til we meet up somewhere this summer!!

 :agree:

BTW RSR Dreadly is gonna be at Eureka Springs, Ar the 1st part of June. That would be a great place to hook up with him and a lot of other forum family....jus sayin 8)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Apr 13, 2011, 10:42:39 am
Ya dreadly your such a ho   :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Such is the life of a SuperStar   8)  ;D  :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: danscott1075 on Apr 13, 2011, 07:35:24 pm
Dreadly's BLACK!!! hell i thought he was a virgo.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Apr 13, 2011, 10:53:36 pm
He's confused, humor him. ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Raider2009 on Apr 14, 2011, 12:18:43 am
I rode a 1200 Sportster for a couple of years. great bike...had no issues. then I bought a 2009 raider. Best thing I ever did. I just love this bike. this is my 3rd Yamaha.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Apr 14, 2011, 02:16:23 am
Dreadly's BLACK!!! hell i thought he was a virgo.

nah, he ain't been one of them for a very long time, at least as long as there has been a Mrs Dreadly and only he knows about before that. ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Apr 14, 2011, 06:19:18 am
I was rolling out of a gas station last night and I drove by a truck gettin' gas with three yahoo's all bugg eyed as i passed. One of em' says. Now there goes a nice one.  He yells " HIT IT MAN!!!" so....... I did.   ;D Now it get's kinda fun. There was just a tiny patch of gravel on the parking lot where I was going out. As I goosed it, the rear busted loose an left a 20' mark on the road. All three of them were double fist pumpin in the air and yelling!!!   ;D All I can say is... . hehehhehehehehehehehheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheehehh ....  ;D ahh good times!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Apr 14, 2011, 09:10:21 am
Wished I'd been there. That had to be awesome! 8)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Apr 14, 2011, 09:25:03 am
Dreadly's BLACK!!! hell i thought he was a virgo.

nah, he ain't been one of them for a very long time, at least as long as there has been a Mrs Dreadly and only he knows about before that. ;D ;D

Took me a moment to catch that one.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Apr 14, 2011, 09:38:48 am
Another not quite "Oh It's A Yamaha" moment, but still good...

I stopped at Ace to pick up some bronze wool because I accidentally ran the peice I had through the washer and as I'm coming out there's a car parked about one space over from my Raider with a woman and two kids sitting in it.  One of the boys is in the backseat leaning against the door watching me get on and continues the whole time as I get my helmet on and everything ready to go.  Then I start up my Raider and give it a nice little crack like thunder and I watch the boy and he pops up with the biggest smile on his face and you can just see this rush of excitement surging through him.   It was fun watching his expression.

There's a future rider right there.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Apr 14, 2011, 10:58:46 am
Wished I'd been there. That had to be awesome! 8)

I still have a stupid grin on my face..  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Apr 14, 2011, 12:12:35 pm
Then I start up my Raider and give it a nice little crack like thunder and I watch the boy and he pops up with the biggest smile on his face and you can just see this rush of excitement surging through him.   It was fun watching his expression.

There's a future rider right there.

Being a kid myself, I love to see and hear the expression of kids when they see/hear motorcycles. I'll always like to see the smile broaden when I give the thumbs up.  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Apr 14, 2011, 02:32:38 pm
Dreadly's BLACK!!! hell i thought he was a virgo.

 :rotfl:
He's confused, humor him. ;D

and it doesn't take much to confuse me  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Apr 14, 2011, 04:22:28 pm
 My Raider gets one of two reactions from little kids.....giant smile with a thumbs up  ;D....or sheer terror run behind mommy and possibly pee pants. :crying:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: cdnraider09 on Apr 14, 2011, 04:23:52 pm
My Raider gets one of two reactions from little kids.....giant smile with a thumbs up  ;D....or sheer terror run behind mommy and possibly pee pants. :crying:

If its a harley guy he is pissing his pants and running to hide behind mommy lol
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Apr 14, 2011, 04:27:00 pm
My Raider gets one of two reactions from little kids.....giant smile with a thumbs up  ;D....or sheer terror run behind mommy and possibly pee pants. :crying:

I get the same reactions.   I enjoy both for different reasons.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Apr 14, 2011, 06:06:51 pm
With the exception of when a little kid is acting like a little sh&$....I honestly feel bad when they pee their pants.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Apr 15, 2011, 09:17:06 am
The only reason I get a kick out of startling some kids is because the kid and usually the parent look like they're scared of the world.

Usually kids don't jump. They get really excited.  I can only think of two times I startled kids. One was as I'm leaving Home Depot and this guy (who fits the description above) is stupid enough to walk towards my bike as I was very obviously preparing to start it (putting on helmet, gloves, etc) and his girl jumped.  I did apologize (while laughing).

The other time was when a group of Snowbirds were heading into a Target and I lit it up from about 200 feet away. I mean come on! That's being a bit sensitive.  They were older too. Possibly 12-13.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Meydan on Apr 15, 2011, 12:20:45 pm
  After riding around town and getting the "Man that's a nice bike" comments, it was starting to get dark and So I decided to go downtown to the block party. I pull up and parked in order to see the band playing. A few seconds of sitting there, a flash light beam is flashing in my face and I'm not sure what's going on. I get off the bike to figure out who's approaching me with this light!!! It turns out to be a  5O friend of mine that has to poloce the party.
   He walks over with a big smile on his face to admire the bike. While he's doing that, I'm watching the crowd check us out as thought to think that I was in trouble or something. As we talked about mine he told about how other guys with that other brand allowed him to sit on theirs to feel it out. He liked them but wasn't sold as stated "I felt like I could drop drop it at any time, they were heavy."  Well, after making sure he woulodn't get into trouble for sittiing on mine while in uniform and at work, he did and comppliments didn't stop!!! I probably could have sold mine to him at that moment!!!! NOW, there may be another Raider owner in my area as took down the info and will check them out!!!!! 
  Oh yeah, the oh its yamaha moment, while we were taling a guy walks over and walks around it several times. Man that it is sweet, what is it a harley? Well my friend and I look at each other and laughed (because I had just told him that people did that). I tell the guy that its a Star, he says "Oh, its a Yamaha"!!!!  This thread is title appropriate!!! :rotfl:
Title: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Tess84 on Apr 15, 2011, 04:13:56 pm
Little off topic but was at local Yamaha dealership that I hang around often they where doing my 600 mile service and a few people came in looking at the raider they had and the Stryker and also the fury himming and hain around until I brought out the red beast they came outside to see what the hell of course answered the questions and about 2 hours later the silver was sold and two 2011 raiders where ordered told the sales guy who is a good friend of mine I sold 3 bikes for ya you owe me least 3 dinners lol all in all a great raider day
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Apr 15, 2011, 07:36:42 pm
I've cruised thru and saw somebody really checkin out a Raider sitting outside. I just had to give him  :thumbs:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: MrWrench on Apr 17, 2011, 02:56:34 am
i parked on the warf yesterday to have a smoke and relax in the 80degree weather were having then started up the bike as i was leaving and a father and son about 8 were walking by and both of them practically jumped outta their skin! i know it doesnt fit the thread but i just had to say it from reading the previous [email protected]
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: msoos113 on Apr 23, 2011, 05:03:47 pm
Ok here's another one. I was out on the Mistress today and after a couple hours, I was heading home and needed to stop for gas. As I'm filling my tank, there's a guy in a HD shirt at the next pump filling his POS Grand Marquis. He looks over and says "hey sweet ride, you have a Screamin Eagle kit on there?" I say "no they don't make one for this bike, and besides, I don't need one." He says "sure they do, they make one for every Harley!" I say " I'm sure they do, but this isn't a Harley." Hey gets this look of confusement on his face and walks over, looking closer, and asks "what is it then?" I tell him it's a Yamaha Raider and it doesn't need all the fancy add-ons to run like a scalded monkey and all you need to do with these is put gas in them, change the oil every now and then and RIDE THEM! He nods what seemed to be an approval and says again,  "really sweet ride!" I say thanks, fire her up and ride off with that silly, Raider induced smile on my face!
 ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Apr 24, 2011, 12:24:38 am
2 guys were at my work to get plumbing supplies when a guy went buy on a Harley Street Bob.   one guy asked what kind of bike that was that went by.  The other said just a Harley Street Bob, they look good and sound good, but there are better bikes I need to sell mine and get a better one.    I just grinned and said nothing else.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Apr 29, 2011, 09:57:11 am
Decided to take my bike to work today.  Stopped t o get gas and the lady in a cage was there getting gas as well.  I saw her checking out my bike... she said, "nice bike", what kind is it?  I told her and she said, "mind if I take a look at it"?.    She comes over and takes a long look and was just goin' crazy over it.  As she leaves she says,"those guys on OCC have nothing on your bike".   

Whoa!!    :ohyeah:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Apr 29, 2011, 10:12:49 am
Decided to take my bike to work today.  Stopped t o get gas and the lady in a cage was there getting gas as well.  I saw her checking out my bike... she said, "nice bike", what kind is it?  I told her and she said, "mind if I take a look at it"?.    She comes over and takes a long look and was just goin' crazy over it.  As she leaves she says,"those guys on OCC have nothing on your bike".   

Whoa!!    :ohyeah:


NICE!!!

There was only one bike on American Choppers that I thought may have better looks than my Raider.   I loved the seperate chrome flames around the tank and fenders.  I would love to do something like that to my Raider.

(http://www.flowwaterjet.com/en/customer-stories/~/media/Images/waterjet/customer%20stories/body/CustStories_OCC_475.ashx?w=475&h=245&as=1) (http://www.flowwaterjet.com/en/customer-stories/occ.aspx)

They do some cool things to bikes, but it only really works if you're into the general theme they're designing.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Apr 29, 2011, 10:19:51 am
Decided to take my bike to work today.  Stopped t o get gas and the lady in a cage was there getting gas as well.  I saw her checking out my bike... she said, "nice bike", what kind is it?  I told her and she said, "mind if I take a look at it"?.    She comes over and takes a long look and was just goin' crazy over it.  As she leaves she says,"those guys on OCC have nothing on your bike".   

Whoa!!    :ohyeah:


NICE!!!

The only thing I ever found consistently good on the OCC bikes was the paint.  Especially in the early shows where nubs was doing the paint.  The few OCC bikes I've seen in person I wasn't all that impressed with the build quality...often had poor welds.  To me their bikes are really just trailer queens.
There was only one bike on American Choppers that I thought may have better looks than my Raider.   I loved the seperate chrome flames around the tank and fenders.  I would love to do something like that to my Raider.

(http://www.flowwaterjet.com/en/customer-stories/~/media/Images/waterjet/customer%20stories/body/CustStories_OCC_475.ashx?w=475&h=245&as=1) (http://www.flowwaterjet.com/en/customer-stories/occ.aspx)

They do some cool things to bikes, but it only really works if you're into the general theme they're designing.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: jim on Apr 29, 2011, 10:51:03 am
my favorite.. for a non Yamaha
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on May 01, 2011, 03:08:53 am
I spent the late morning and most of the afternoon trying to wheel and deal at a gun show, with no success, I found nothing that I liked.  But in between sessions of trying to find a gun I would deal on, I stepped outside and saw 5 bikes lined up.  4 harleys and one Yamaha 950 in the new dark blue, it stood out like a soar thumb and was drawing all kinds of attention much to the dismay of the Harley owners.  Well a new blue Raider pulled up and parked by the other 5.  The 950 owner made his way over to the Raider and every one followed him and the crowd grew even bigger.  Well the 4 harley owners had there fill and rode odd. Finally the 950 owner left too.  I then commented that all it took was Raider showing up to drive the rest off. I introduced myself to the Raider owner told him I had a Raven Raider and he lit up said he almost bought a Raven but got too good of a deal on the blue one.  he said he was considering getting a big bore set up and wanted to know if I had heard of them.  I told him yes and that on the forum they have a lot of info.  He said he was thinking of get ing a 2.4 Liter set up.  I said That the only big bore package I have herd of  was only 120 ci just under 2 liters.  he said he had of the 2.4 and that it had monster hp and was $3800 installed, and was going to it.  I wished him luck and told him I would see him around as he pulled away.  So has anyone else heard of a 2.4 that is out there and for that price?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: A.T. on May 01, 2011, 07:29:08 am
Yesterday, got chased down in a Walmart parking lot by a guy in a truck: "What kind of Harley is that?"  Answered that question and he was surprised.  I told him most Harleys can't keep up.  He got out, checked out the bike, and expressed he was very impressed, and asked a bunch more questions.  He said he had only considered buying HD until seeing my bike.     

Later in the PM, caught up and blew pass a crotch rocket on a clear straight road (Suzuki I believe), and we were soon off and running; he couldn't keep up.  When he finally caught to me up at a traffic light, I asked what happened - the rider responded he was unable to keep up and expressed "Man that's a fast bike".  Back at home,  the wife asked why I had such a big grin on my face and I told her - she said I needed to grow up.  Yeah right.............  O8O
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: blaine563 on May 01, 2011, 08:18:56 am
quote: [ Back at home,  the wife asked why I had such a big grin on my face and I told her - she said I needed to grow up.  Yeah right.............  ]

Sounds familiar.  :rolleyes:

Sometimes the ladies just don't seem to get the "toys for big boys" thing.  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on May 01, 2011, 04:35:29 pm
The only way I can get my wife to understand our toy thing is to tell her to take a look at all the jewelry she is wearing,and ask her if she can ride it work or put moose meet in the freezer with that jewelry.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: EZRaider on May 01, 2011, 07:59:47 pm
Stopped by Walgreens the other night on the way home from work to pick up my Chantix prescription (Yes, I'm quitting smoking  ;D ).  Parked the bike, took off my helmet and heard a lady behind me saying "nice bike".  I thanked her, went into the store, got my script.  Back at my bike while putting my helmet back on, she came out.  Again said, "Really nice bike.  It that a Harley?"  >:(.  Told her, no it's a Yamaha.  Then she says "Oh, almost as good."  WTF????  I whipped around and said "Better".  She says "Better?, what mileage?"  I looked at her and said "Better performance and reliabliity."  She looked dumbfounded.  I started my bike and drove away. 

Oh, the brainwashed people out there.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: danscott1075 on May 01, 2011, 10:45:30 pm
Brain washed my ass howa bout just stupid....my buddy comes over on sat. and brings this buddy of his that wants to see my bike, and by the way he's 40yrs old not some kid. #1 an 80s redneck big straw hat with wranglers pulled up so high my neighbors wife said he had the biggest camel toe she'd ever seen laughing like a crazy person, it was her box wine im sure...anyway we meet and hes just sittin there lookin at my scoot for a couple of minutes and he says what is it ? i told him what it was and he cut me off sayin why didnt you buy american, so i cut him off and said that would be great if there was an american made bike out there. and even if there was one i dont think it would come close to my liner. and then he said it. WTF.. is wrong with buying a harley dude!!...i love this part, so why would i buy the most outsourced bike made and then assembled in the US. your not dumb enough to sit on your hardley and bitch about buy american are you? since your truck you pulled up in is a nissan and your braggin about your wifes new nissan altima!!! ok im waiting for the responce or a fight right! and heres what he said, i've never owned a motorcycle before but my uncle has a harley and he said they are the best. :o thats what i looked like too!!! and said i'm callin my uncle to set you straight, i said it woudnt be nessasery but no he had to do it. hes callin this uncle he answers and starts tellin him the story and he got cut off and was just goin what no shit, really, why, serously. he hung up the phone and just started laughin shakin his head and said im sorry dude. my uncle told me he got rid of hardley POS and got a goldwing.....he was kinda quiet the rest of the nite....ok beat that one, i still have a headache, and the part that killed me was ive never owned a motorcycle >:(
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on May 01, 2011, 11:12:45 pm
 :rotfl:  That's too good!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on May 02, 2011, 01:22:20 am
 :agree: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: varaven on May 02, 2011, 06:37:21 am
Went for a charity ride this weekend sponsored by a local Harley shop. There were 5 of us in my group, probably over 200 bikes in ride. When we get there there's a BIG leathered up, chains everywhere, patches of his chapter front and back, guy staging people and their bikes. He comes over to stage us when he see's the raider. He see's star on the coil cover and says : "Is that a roadstar?". I said yes that's the yamaha raider. He says "f*^@ You, we have a guy in our chapter that has one of those and nobody can keep up with him...when he hits the interstate he is gone we don't even try to keep up anymore." I just smiled and agreed that its fast. Had a nice grin on my face all day.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on May 02, 2011, 08:55:57 am
 :thumbs: :cheers:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on May 02, 2011, 09:01:44 am
EZRaider- Good luck on quitting smoking. 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on May 02, 2011, 09:02:06 am
Went for a charity ride this weekend sponsored by a local Harley shop. There were 5 of us in my group, probably over 200 bikes in ride. When we get there there's a BIG leathered up, chains everywhere, patches of his chapter front and back, guy staging people and their bikes. He comes over to stage us when he see's the raider. He see's star on the coil cover and says : "Is that a roadstar?". I said yes that's the yamaha raider. He says "f*^@ You, we have a guy in our chapter that has one of those and nobody can keep up with him...when he hits the interstate he is gone we don't even try to keep up anymore." I just smiled and agreed that its fast. Had a nice grin on my face all day.

At least he knew he should have respect for it.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: varaven on May 02, 2011, 09:36:27 am
The funny part, we had to wait about 40 min. before the ride and during that time multiple groups stopped and admired the raider (our group was my raider,a goldwing, and 3 harleys (fatboy and 2 dressers. all beautiful bikes)) one of the guys that rides the harley said yeah there has been alot of people stop and check out the bike but no ones looking at ours......I just grinned
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on May 02, 2011, 09:57:49 am
Brain washed my ass howa bout just stupid....my buddy comes over on sat. and brings this buddy of his that wants to see my bike, and by the way he's 40yrs old not some kid. #1 an 80s redneck big straw hat with wranglers pulled up so high my neighbors wife said he had the biggest camel toe she'd ever seen laughing like a crazy person, it was her box wine im sure...anyway we meet and hes just sittin there lookin at my scoot for a couple of minutes and he says what is it ? i told him what it was and he cut me off sayin why didnt you buy american, so i cut him off and said that would be great if there was an american made bike out there. and even if there was one i dont think it would come close to my liner. and then he said it. WTF.. is wrong with buying a harley dude!!...i love this part, so why would i buy the most outsourced bike made and then assembled in the US. your not dumb enough to sit on your hardley and bitch about buy american are you? since your truck you pulled up in is a nissan and your braggin about your wifes new nissan altima!!! ok im waiting for the responce or a fight right! and heres what he said, i've never owned a motorcycle before but my uncle has a harley and he said they are the best. :o thats what i looked like too!!! and said i'm callin my uncle to set you straight, i said it woudnt be nessasery but no he had to do it. hes callin this uncle he answers and starts tellin him the story and he got cut off and was just goin what no shit, really, why, serously. he hung up the phone and just started laughin shakin his head and said im sorry dude. my uncle told me he got rid of hardley POS and got a goldwing.....he was kinda quiet the rest of the nite....ok beat that one, i still have a headache

That might just be the funniest f'ing story I've heard this year.  OMG that's priceless!   :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Pyro515 on May 02, 2011, 12:02:16 pm
I just got the worst insult in the world!!

Someone, came into my parents shop and asked,
"Is that bike a Kawasaki?"
I looked outside and saw that he was pointing to my bike,
I said "Errr.... No, it's a Yamaha"
He said "Oh, is that a 750?"   
I just laughed, "No, double that and add 400cc..."
He just said "Wow..."

So now my Yamaha 1900 raider looks like a Kawasaki 750?? WTH! ... I almost cried! LOL!

Mike
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: EZRaider on May 02, 2011, 04:57:26 pm
Thanks Ares X,

I got to quit.  It's killing me and I can't hardly breathe.  Saturday is my "Quit Day".
I'm going to do it this time!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: bigdognic on May 02, 2011, 05:41:28 pm
Went on a charity ride for child abuse this past weekend, had two or three guys come up and watch their chin drop when I told them I was rocking more cc and more CI than my Honda Rune buddy.  I mentioned if we put a HD sticker on my bike, the price would have went up 10k for a 50 cent sticker.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: DesertRider on May 03, 2011, 10:40:54 am
In my small town where the Yamaha/Victory dealer has straight beat down the HD dealer by very impressive numbers the past 3-4 years. Most guys do recognize my Raider for what it is now and normally give it the respect its due.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on May 03, 2011, 10:57:40 am
In my small town where the Yamaha/Victory dealer has straight beat down the HD dealer by very impressive numbers the past 3-4 years. Most guys do recognize my Raider for what it is now and normally give it the respect its due.

Makes sense.  We know I'd buy a Yamaha over HD (since I've done it twice now) and I would definitely buy a Victory over HD.  In fact we ran into my optometrist over the weekend who was riding his modded out Victory Hammer and I've got to say I was impressed.  We looked at a Vegas 8-Ball when my wife bought her Stryker and it had a lot of cheap looking parts on it, but the Hammer was sharp as hell. If I could do a second bike for myself, I would strongly consider getting one.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: DesertRider on May 03, 2011, 11:14:51 am
The hammer is the only Vic ive found with enough power to edge me out. Those things are small little powerhouses. Not the most comfortable but for a bar hopper they do haul some serious ass

Now after speaking with the salesmen at Yamaha/Polaris over this past weekend, soon its going to be Yamahas Vics and Indians. HD wont stand a chance. You should see our new showroom here in Vista. If you need to get out of the oven up there in Phx we do have some really great riding this time of year.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on May 03, 2011, 11:54:42 am
Now after speaking with the salesmen at Yamaha/Polaris over this past weekend, soon its going to be Yamahas Vics and Indians. HD wont stand a chance. You should see our new showroom here in Vista. If you need to get out of the oven up there in Phx we do have some really great riding this time of year.

I'll keep that in mind.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on May 06, 2011, 11:36:51 pm
I had its a Screaming Eagle moment today.  A guy got brave enough to ride in one of the dry periods we experienced today.   The bike had a beautiful paint job and  I complimented him on it.  He thanked me and said it was Screaming Eagle Silver and 3 Tone Blue.  I asked if it was custom.  He said it was factory Screaming Eagle.  I asked if the Faring was made by Corbin cause it looked Corbin.  He said it was Factory Screming Eagle.   He had a few other niceties so I asked if they after market, or Harley extras he chose.  He said they are factory Screaming Eagle and the bike was worth every penny of the $40,000 he paid for the Factory Screaming Eagle package.   After he left another customer at the counter asked did he say he paid $40,000.  I said yeah he did.  The other guy said I thought I paid a lot when I paid $19,000 for my Street Bob.  I then said I thought I paid alot when I paid $13,000 for mine.  What you only Paid $13,000 for that monster you have,  yeah but I did spend another $4000 for the extra seats, big air kit, fuel manager, exhaust, backrests, lowers, luggage rack, highway pegs, driving lamps, shield defectors, breakaway cruise control, custom mirrors, floorboards, the 240 rear tire,and custom dyno tune.  The other guy said while shaking his head 17 total for all that,  19 got me a bare bones Harley and that guy paid 40 for a Screaming Eagle, and you have the hottest bike.  I just grinned from ear to ear.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RangerRick on May 07, 2011, 08:25:58 am
 :o :o Boy has Harley taken advantage of this old quote,  ;)

"There's a sucker born every minute"
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: C_K on May 08, 2011, 09:56:13 am
I had my first encounter at Home Depot yesterday.  I was putting on my helmet and a couple guys, probably in their early 20s pulled in next to me. The guy hollered out his window "nice bike!" I said thanks and continued what I was doing.  After about 30 seconds, I realized he was still looking at it and then said "Oh sh*t! Thats a Yamaha?!" He then got out of his car and walked around it for a minute or two with a smile on his face commenting on how bad ass it was.  He asked about some of the parts, which I told him were all stock, he asked about the engine size and when I told him he said "right on! I bet you can eat some bikes with this thing!!"  He also looked at the rear tire and said "you got about an inch more here! you need to lean this thing over a little further!"
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: wyldfyre on May 08, 2011, 10:12:36 am
[quote author=DesertRider link=topic=1139.msg201748#msg201748 date=1304437254 we ran into my optometrist over the weekend who was riding his modded out Victory Hammer and I've got to say I was impressed.  We looked at a Vegas 8-Ball when my wife bought her Stryker and it had a lot of cheap looking parts on it, but the Hammer was sharp as hell. If I could do a second bike for myself, I would strongly consider getting one.
  The Victory dealership opened in Evanston recently and I have to say I had mixed feelings. I have to agree the basic motor and bare bones package was tight. The rest seemed unreasonably cheap and flimsy. I just thought it was a big price tag for a plastic bike.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: wolfraider on May 08, 2011, 02:53:33 pm
[quote author=DesertRider link=topic=1139.msg201748#msg201748 date=1304437254 we ran into my optometrist over the weekend who was riding his modded out Victory Hammer and I've got to say I was impressed.  We looked at a Vegas 8-Ball when my wife bought her Stryker and it had a lot of cheap looking parts on it, but the Hammer was sharp as hell. If I could do a second bike for myself, I would strongly consider getting one.
  The Victory dealership opened in Evanston recently and I have to say I had mixed feelings. I have to agree the basic motor and bare bones package was tight. The rest seemed unreasonably cheap and flimsy. I just thought it was a big price tag for a plastic bike.

I would have to agree!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on May 08, 2011, 07:56:43 pm
The wife and i went shopping on the bike today.  I parked between to pickups and when we were getting ready to leave we found one of the trucks ws gone and a black harley centenniel was next to the Raider.  the harley owner was leaving at the same time.   He would not acknowledge us, just put on his leather head gear and gloves and tried to start his bike it hickupped coughed and took several attempts to get started.   he sat there waming it up and blipping the throttle to make it bark.   I finally finished loading up the goodies I bought put the key in the switch hit the starter and the Raider came to life rumbling its low growl drowning out the Harley. The Harley owner pulled out and left without making another blip.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RangerRick on May 08, 2011, 08:40:15 pm
The wife and i went shopping on the bike today.  I parked between to pickups and when we were getting ready to leave we found one of the trucks ws gone and a black harley centenniel was next to the Raider.  the harley owner was leaving at the same time.   He would not acknowledge us, just put on his leather head gear and gloves and tried to start his bike it hickupped coughed and took several attempts to get started.   he sat there waming it up and blipping the throttle to make it bark.   I finally finished loading up the goodies I bought put the key in the switch hit the starter and the Raider came to life rumbling its low growl drowning out the Harley. The Harley owner pulled out and left without making another blip.

Bet he don't park next to Raider next time  :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on May 09, 2011, 10:52:09 pm
Went to the post office after work as usual, while there a couple of college boys pulled up and went inside.  As I was putting my mail in the saddlebags, the college boys came out andgot back into their vehicle rolled down their window and one said, "That sure is one nice bike sir, makes me jealous."  I thanked them and left with a big grin, like this ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on May 10, 2011, 06:54:12 am
Went to the post office after work as usual, while there a couple of college boys pulled up and went inside.  As I was putting my mail in the saddlebags, the college boys came out andgot back into their vehicle rolled down their window and one said, "That sure is one nice bike sir, makes me jealous."  I thanked them and left with a big grin, like this ;D
 


Arent you guys still frozen solid up there or did you put studds in your motorcycle tires?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on May 10, 2011, 10:28:12 pm
Not sure if this is the best place to post this but what the heck.

So I go and see this guy about some old bikes.  He was selling a bunch of SR500's and xs650's.  He was really impressed with the raider and asks me to punch it when I leave so he can hear it.  So I do, and I get about a block away, stop turn right and take off hard....good thing I saw the cop screaming toward me from the adjacent parking lot so I could prevent the bike from exceeding the speed limit.  Of course I'm thinking, "Sh^T I'm going to get a ticket.   :'(  Anyway I had to be a good boy all the way home.  He followed me through two towns sticking about a car length from my tail light before finally turning away about 4 blocks from my home.  Man I was sweating bullets by the time I got home.  I guess that's the big drawback to having pipes that are loud when you get on them...they sometimes attract unwanted attention.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on May 11, 2011, 01:46:34 am
Went to the post office after work as usual, while there a couple of college boys pulled up and went inside.  As I was putting my mail in the saddlebags, the college boys came out andgot back into their vehicle rolled down their window and one said, "That sure is one nice bike sir, makes me jealous."  I thanked them and left with a big grin, like this ;D
 


Arent you guys still frozen solid up there or did you put studds in your motorcycle tires?

Yeah we seem to be freezing every night to day it got up above freezing but not warm enough for me to ride  I hate leaving the house on ice covered roads and I wish I had studds :(
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on May 11, 2011, 01:50:51 am
Not sure if this is the best place to post this but what the heck.

So I go and see this guy about some old bikes.  He was selling a bunch of SR500's and xs650's.  He was really impressed with the raider and asks me to punch it when I leave so he can hear it.  So I do, and I get about a block away, stop turn right and take off hard....good thing I saw the cop screaming toward me from the adjacent parking lot so I could prevent the bike from exceeding the speed limit.  Of course I'm thinking, "Sh^T I'm going to get a ticket.   :'(  Anyway I had to be a good boy all the way home.  He followed me through two towns sticking about a car length from my tail light before finally turning away about 4 blocks from my home.  Man I was sweating bullets by the time I got home.  I guess that's the big drawback to having pipes that are loud when you get on them...they sometimes attract unwanted attention.   ;D
Maybe you should have tapped your brake cause the light to blink and make him think he was going to run you over.  Then pull over and take a break.  Then get behind him and get his car number and plate number and file a complaint about reckless driving and tailgating.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Floridaliner on May 11, 2011, 05:54:04 am
Not sure if this is the best place to post this but what the heck.

So I go and see this guy about some old bikes.  He was selling a bunch of SR500's and xs650's.  He was really impressed with the raider and asks me to punch it when I leave so he can hear it.  So I do, and I get about a block away, stop turn right and take off hard....good thing I saw the cop screaming toward me from the adjacent parking lot so I could prevent the bike from exceeding the speed limit.  Of course I'm thinking, "Sh^T I'm going to get a ticket.   :'(  Anyway I had to be a good boy all the way home.  He followed me through two towns sticking about a car length from my tail light before finally turning away about 4 blocks from my home.  Man I was sweating bullets by the time I got home.  I guess that's the big drawback to having pipes that are loud when you get on them...they sometimes attract unwanted attention.   ;D

 :rotfl: :cop: :yikes: oooops, done that before
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on May 11, 2011, 08:31:40 am
Yesterday, riding home from GhostRider's house, I come across two young sport bike riders. I hear them talking just behind me and get the "That bike is the sh*t"  ;D

That night, I took my wife to the local Timmies hang out and get this "that is one wicked bike ... what is it?" I reply "A Raider, by Yamaha" The guy then brings a couple of friends over they begin to discuss the bike  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Tail dragger on May 11, 2011, 09:53:43 am
Came out of the store yesterday and see this guy walking around and around my Raider, looking under it, bending down and looking behind it, etc.  When I came up his first question was "What is this?"  I said "it's a Raider", to which he said I've never heard of that.  I explained it was made by Yamaha and gave a few of the specs on it.  He kept looking it over and stated he had an Indian, but had never sen a bike like this.  You know, he's right.  Until Yamaha came out with the Raider, there was never a bike like this.  Raiders Rock.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on May 11, 2011, 10:25:25 am
Not sure if this is the best place to post this but what the heck.

So I go and see this guy about some old bikes.  He was selling a bunch of SR500's and xs650's.  He was really impressed with the raider and asks me to punch it when I leave so he can hear it.  So I do, and I get about a block away, stop turn right and take off hard....good thing I saw the cop screaming toward me from the adjacent parking lot so I could prevent the bike from exceeding the speed limit.  Of course I'm thinking, "Sh^T I'm going to get a ticket.   :'(  Anyway I had to be a good boy all the way home.  He followed me through two towns sticking about a car length from my tail light before finally turning away about 4 blocks from my home.  Man I was sweating bullets by the time I got home.  I guess that's the big drawback to having pipes that are loud when you get on them...they sometimes attract unwanted attention.   ;D
Maybe you should have tapped your brake cause the light to blink and make him think he was going to run you over.  Then pull over and take a break.  Then get behind him and get his car number and plate number and file a complaint about reckless driving and tailgating.

I probably should have but I was worried that if I pulled over, he would too.  I thought about pulling into some business but figured he'd just follow me.  I'm sure he was running the plates as well.  At this point I'm just happy that he didn't pull me over which he definitely could have since I got on it so hard earlier.  I blipped my brake a couple of times and he'd slow up but eventually he'd catch up again.  I don't think he liked going 30mph for 20 minutes either.  Since he let me go I'm going to do the same.  I know which cop it was but this time I'm going to just chill on it and be thankful.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on May 14, 2011, 02:36:57 am
I picked up the mail on the Raider this evening.  As I was getting ready to leave a guy walks up and asks if the forks are oem or after market.  I tell him factory oem.  He then asks where I got the cool pushrod covers.  Again I tell him factory oem.   He says cool which model is that.  I said yamaha Raider,  He said Yamaha?? I said yes.  he asks engine size, power and smoothness.  I answer all his questions.  He then asks where I got it and I told him.  He says I will have to go there and check them out, I see my bank account shrinking now.  So I told him how little it was, he said next time you stop there ask them about getting a commission.    In the mean time nother guy goes by giving the dirty raider a good looking over smiling and drooling a lot.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: blaine563 on May 14, 2011, 03:12:02 am
Kind of off topic - but I gotta say!!!

Wife and I rode about 20 miles to the town next to us for chilly and buns at Tim Horton's. Finally got her on the bike. :rolleyes: (Maybe the $$$ spent on the oem backrest wasn't waisted after all - ha ha) It was only about 45F but she was a good sport. While we were eating she points out the window to the two guys checking out the Raider. They gave it a good walk around and then a big thumbs up through the glass. Felt pretty good to tell her it happens pretty regular. She was way more excited about it than me. ;D Then when we were leaving a couple young guys in a 2010 Mustang GT pulled out in front of us. I had seen them checking out the bike earlier and talking amongst themselves. As we pull up to the intersection the kid revs his engine a few times and looks over. I shake my head and ride away. Got my wife on behind me and don't want to scare her. Later at home I asked her what she would have said if I had wanted to race the Mustang. She says I should have blew his doors off! :o Wow, last thing I thought I'd hear. Great woman. Great bike! ;D ;D ;D :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: danscott1075 on May 14, 2011, 07:59:32 am
It's the same really naughty,nasty,dirty bad man and you better not f$%^ with me bbbboooooyyyy!!!! feelin you get when you ride.....HERS is just much sexier!!!! its hard for us to see it we are guys dang it...you get a pass on this one brother!! PS. my wife told me to write this word for word...................Shes a red head!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: blaine563 on May 14, 2011, 06:36:05 pm
 :notworthy: to all red-heads :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: danscott1075 on May 14, 2011, 06:53:10 pm
I'm tellin ya man!!! many deaths!! i still believe i could take her 2 out of 3!!! :o OH SHIT her she comes bye!!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: A.T. on May 14, 2011, 09:04:31 pm
I'm tellin ya man!!! many deaths!! i still believe i could take her 2 out of 3!!! :o OH SHIT her she comes bye!!!!!

ROTFLMAO!!!   Man - I'm laughing so hard my eyes are tearing up....... :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: danscott1075 on May 14, 2011, 10:15:57 pm
wwwhhhoouuu she's gone. sssshhhhh she still in hunting mode glad i'm on the computer. i hurts to talk with a fat lip and sore nuts and my...oh wait yall thought she was fightin mad at me. nope just wantin some lovin...however most of the time its hard to tell. its really wierd when WWF smackdown is really in the bedroom...ive still got the belt though!!! OH my gosh this is what i sound like talkin to my preacher or my therapist..ssshhhh yall stop laughin dammit she can hear you guys.......wait BRB ssshhh
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: danscott1075 on May 14, 2011, 10:49:16 pm
This an APB this code talk the little red mogoose has flew the coop!! i repeat the little red mogoose has flew the coop!!! shes on her way to walmart im safe now but nobody else is and shes in my truck. crap that meens shes armed!!! and lookin for wine... ok while my lovely is out, tuesday evening we went to kohls on my dads star 1700 i ride it for him atleast 4 times a month hes down sick right now. so anyway we puttin infront of the store plopity plop i see some ladies goin into the store mabye 5 of them so i popped off the throttle bbbrrraaaappp all of them screamed and jumped and one of them whipped around swingin her biggo purse and bam clocked the trash can hard enough to tip it a bit and cristina's just laughin her little hiney off that lady looked at us just burnin a hole through me. and yes you guessed it she was red headed!!! :o what else could go wrong right so we park and are walkin in and this harley guy is walkin out says i heard that harley it sounded badass! you really scared them ladies, cant mistake that sound brother. i said no you heard a badass yamaha!! he said thats a yamaha? yup take a look its parked next to your kawasaki...im on harley he said very loudly almost angry, and i said OH thats a Harley!!! man he didnt say another word just walked off and lit a cigar talkin to himself. man talk about irony!!! enjoy!! ;) just tryin to stay on topic
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on May 14, 2011, 11:12:23 pm
LMAO!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: A.T. on May 15, 2011, 10:10:54 am
...man talk about irony!!! enjoy!! ;) just tryin to stay on topic

Whew - I was gettin' worried there about your safety and mental health...glad the little voices brought you back........on topic!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on May 15, 2011, 02:07:25 pm
Just got home from a nice morning ride...little chilly but nice.  Love my new map so far...have about 200 miles on it.  Just before heading home I stopped by the local autoparts store to pick up some locktite gel for putting my L&M Full Wrap back on.  BTW riding without the front fender kicks ass but really sucks if you hit a puddle.

So I come out of the autoparts shop and this guy ask..."is that a harley".  I reply that its a Yamaha and the guy litterally lights up.  "Yamaha makes the best stuff.  Their Guitars & Pianos are the best...so much better than fenders."  I'm assuming he was a musician and was about to ask when he asks me about the size and power and if its loud.  I said its not too loud at Idle but scares the crap outta people when I get on it.  I fire it up and show him...when i rev it I see movement in the store and there are 2 clerks and two customers with their faces pressed against the windows checking out the bike making the racket.  I was grinning the whole way home.  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TheGhostRaider on May 15, 2011, 04:44:10 pm
Just got home from a nice morning ride...little chilly but nice.  Love my new map so far...have about 200 miles on it.  Just before heading home I stopped by the local autoparts store to pick up some locktite gel for putting my L&M Full Wrap back on.  BTW riding without the front fender kicks ass but really sucks if you hit a puddle.

So I come out of the autoparts shop and this guy ask..."is that a harley".  I reply that its a Yamaha and the guy litterally lights up.  "Yamaha makes the best stuff.  Their Guitars & Pianos are the best...so much better than fenders."  I'm assuming he was a musician and was about to ask when he asks me about the size and power and if its loud.  I said its not too loud at Idle but scares the crap outta people when I get on it.  I fire it up and show him...when i rev it I see movement in the store and there are 2 clerks and two customers with their faces pressed against the windows checking out the bike making the racket.  I was grinning the whole way home.  ;D

Some how I think the two of you would tune your yamaha's differently   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on May 15, 2011, 05:36:20 pm
Just got home from a nice morning ride...little chilly but nice.  Love my new map so far...have about 200 miles on it.  Just before heading home I stopped by the local autoparts store to pick up some locktite gel for putting my L&M Full Wrap back on.  BTW riding without the front fender kicks ass but really sucks if you hit a puddle.

So I come out of the autoparts shop and this guy ask..."is that a harley".  I reply that its a Yamaha and the guy litterally lights up.  "Yamaha makes the best stuff.  Their Guitars & Pianos are the best...so much better than fenders."  I'm assuming he was a musician and was about to ask when he asks me about the size and power and if its loud.  I said its not too loud at Idle but scares the crap outta people when I get on it.  I fire it up and show him...when i rev it I see movement in the store and there are 2 clerks and two customers with their faces pressed against the windows checking out the bike making the racket.  I was grinning the whole way home.  ;D

Some how I think the two of you would tune your yamaha's differently   ;D

I forgot to add this but when I told him it was a Yami he says...its so much nicer than a harley.   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on May 16, 2011, 12:50:17 pm
Just got home from a nice morning ride...little chilly but nice.  Love my new map so far...have about 200 miles on it.  Just before heading home I stopped by the local autoparts store to pick up some locktite gel for putting my L&M Full Wrap back on.  BTW riding without the front fender kicks ass but really sucks if you hit a puddle.

So I come out of the autoparts shop and this guy ask..."is that a harley".  I reply that its a Yamaha and the guy litterally lights up.  "Yamaha makes the best stuff.  Their Guitars & Pianos are the best...so much better than fenders."  I'm assuming he was a musician and was about to ask when he asks me about the size and power and if its loud.  I said its not too loud at Idle but scares the crap outta people when I get on it.  I fire it up and show him...when i rev it I see movement in the store and there are 2 clerks and two customers with their faces pressed against the windows checking out the bike making the racket.  I was grinning the whole way home.  ;D

Some how I think the two of you would tune your yamaha's differently   ;D

Yeah, but they both make sweet music!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on May 16, 2011, 01:05:41 pm
Just got home from a nice morning ride...little chilly but nice.  Love my new map so far...have about 200 miles on it.  Just before heading home I stopped by the local autoparts store to pick up some locktite gel for putting my L&M Full Wrap back on.  BTW riding without the front fender kicks ass but really sucks if you hit a puddle.

So I come out of the autoparts shop and this guy ask..."is that a harley".  I reply that its a Yamaha and the guy litterally lights up.  "Yamaha makes the best stuff.  Their Guitars & Pianos are the best...so much better than fenders."  I'm assuming he was a musician and was about to ask when he asks me about the size and power and if its loud.  I said its not too loud at Idle but scares the crap outta people when I get on it.  I fire it up and show him...when i rev it I see movement in the store and there are 2 clerks and two customers with their faces pressed against the windows checking out the bike making the racket.  I was grinning the whole way home.  ;D

Some how I think the two of you would tune your yamaha's differently   ;D

Yeah, but they both make sweet music!

Ok... Yamaha rules the land and sea... now, they just need to make an altra-light!!    ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on May 17, 2011, 01:17:38 am
Just got home from a nice morning ride...little chilly but nice.  Love my new map so far...have about 200 miles on it.  Just before heading home I stopped by the local autoparts store to pick up some locktite gel for putting my L&M Full Wrap back on.  BTW riding without the front fender kicks ass but really sucks if you hit a puddle.

So I come out of the autoparts shop and this guy ask..."is that a harley".  I reply that its a Yamaha and the guy litterally lights up.  "Yamaha makes the best stuff.  Their Guitars & Pianos are the best...so much better than fenders."  I'm assuming he was a musician and was about to ask when he asks me about the size and power and if its loud.  I said its not too loud at Idle but scares the crap outta people when I get on it.  I fire it up and show him...when i rev it I see movement in the store and there are 2 clerks and two customers with their faces pressed against the windows checking out the bike making the racket.  I was grinning the whole way home.  ;D

Some how I think the two of you would tune your yamaha's differently   ;D

Yeah, but they both make sweet music!

Ok... Yamaha rules the land and sea... now, they just need to make an altra-light!!    ;D

You must be getting old and driving way too slow or that red paint is just too heavy.  When I get going down the highway mine flys, so I guess it is an ultra-light. ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on May 17, 2011, 08:01:35 am
Just got home from a nice morning ride...little chilly but nice.  Love my new map so far...have about 200 miles on it.  Just before heading home I stopped by the local autoparts store to pick up some locktite gel for putting my L&M Full Wrap back on.  BTW riding without the front fender kicks ass but really sucks if you hit a puddle.

So I come out of the autoparts shop and this guy ask..."is that a harley".  I reply that its a Yamaha and the guy litterally lights up.  "Yamaha makes the best stuff.  Their Guitars & Pianos are the best...so much better than fenders."  I'm assuming he was a musician and was about to ask when he asks me about the size and power and if its loud.  I said its not too loud at Idle but scares the crap outta people when I get on it.  I fire it up and show him...when i rev it I see movement in the store and there are 2 clerks and two customers with their faces pressed against the windows checking out the bike making the racket.  I was grinning the whole way home.  ;D

Some how I think the two of you would tune your yamaha's differently   ;D

Yeah, but they both make sweet music!

Ok... Yamaha rules the land and sea... now, they just need to make an altra-light!!    ;D

You must be getting old and driving way too slow or that red paint is just too heavy.  When I get going down the highway mine flys, so I guess it is an ultra-light. ;D ;D ;D


Wrong kind of flies buddy....
you're Raven is so slow that even the flies can keep up.    :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on May 17, 2011, 11:30:24 pm
Just got home from a nice morning ride...little chilly but nice.  Love my new map so far...have about 200 miles on it.  Just before heading home I stopped by the local autoparts store to pick up some locktite gel for putting my L&M Full Wrap back on.  BTW riding without the front fender kicks ass but really sucks if you hit a puddle.

So I come out of the autoparts shop and this guy ask..."is that a harley".  I reply that its a Yamaha and the guy litterally lights up.  "Yamaha makes the best stuff.  Their Guitars & Pianos are the best...so much better than fenders."  I'm assuming he was a musician and was about to ask when he asks me about the size and power and if its loud.  I said its not too loud at Idle but scares the crap outta people when I get on it.  I fire it up and show him...when i rev it I see movement in the store and there are 2 clerks and two customers with their faces pressed against the windows checking out the bike making the racket.  I was grinning the whole way home.  ;D

Some how I think the two of you would tune your yamaha's differently   ;D

Yeah, but they both make sweet music!

Ok... Yamaha rules the land and sea... now, they just need to make an altra-light!!    ;D

You must be getting old and driving way too slow or that red paint is just too heavy.  When I get going down the highway mine flys, so I guess it is an ultra-light. ;D ;D ;D

Wrong kind of flies buddy....
you're Raven is so slow that even the flies can keep up.    :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Dont forget Alakan flies and mosquitos are the size of F16s and make full throttle jets look like they are standing still. ;) ;D :P
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on May 23, 2011, 11:31:38 am
Copied this from the "Who rode today" thread......

Rode down to N. Myrtle Beach for the last day of bike week . A lot more bikes than the last two years!! When I started home I pulled into a gas station to grab a coke and there are a bunch of guys and gals standing around their bikes. ( Harleys ) When I come out one of the guys calls out and says man that is a slick Rocker! I smiled and said Not hardly... it's a yamaha Raider and thanks. So another guy starts laughing and says yamaha haha, I bet my sportster will eat that jap shit alive haha. I stopped and turned and looked the idiot dead in the eye and told him first of all " IF you wanted to really eat some shit keep running your mouth because not only will my raider out run your crying chicken sporty but just to put an exclamation point on it I'll pluck it too.
 All of his friends burst out laughing at him and his buddy ( the one who complimented me) told him to let it go because from the looks of that engine you don't want to mess with it.
 So thinking it's over I get on my bike and pull out onto #9 and head home. About 2 miles down the road here they all come. They catch up to me ( I'm just cruising about 50mph) and Mr. Sporty pulls up into the lane next to me revs his engine and smiles and nods. I keep my pace and ride until I see a side road coming up and motion for him to turn there. He did and after 2 very quick lessons in humiliation, he caught a lot of ribbing and picking from his friends.
 The cool guy told me that regardless of what brand bike that is it's bad as Hell, Damn that thing is fast. Then he tell Sporty he has to ride at the back of the pack all the way home. He looks at me and says stay safe Bro, and don't let that raider get away from ya and then they all smiled and nodded,  ( except MR. sporty )  pulled back onto the rode and left me to my very happy and satisfied ride home.   
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on May 23, 2011, 11:39:51 am
Went on our local Motorcycle Awareness ride and ended at a BBQ place in Cavecreek, AZ.  When it was time to leave we were heading over to our bikes and there are two guys there I had never seen before looking over my Raider and my wife's Stryker.  So as I'm walking up I say "Okay, what bad-mouthing are you doing about our bikes?" and one of the guys immediately says "No bad-mouthing at all. They're both gorgeous."  Then they ask all the usual questions (size, model, etc).  Then one of the guys who had been drooling over both bikes a few weeks back comes over and adds his comments (all positive) and then some more people came up and joined in.  Finally one of them said something I found hilarious... "Don't the two of you get tired of all the attention you get over these bikes?"   My answer was "No way and I even explained how we have a spot on this forum how we're always bragging about it.

Earlier one of the women riders told me she was bummed because her girlfriend (or at least I'm assuming that's who she was) likes my Raider best out of every bike there. I told her I felt the same way.  They just laughed.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on May 23, 2011, 11:48:06 am
Copied this from the "Who rode today" thread......

Rode down to N. Myrtle Beach for the last day of bike week . A lot more bikes than the last two years!! When I started home I pulled into a gas station to grab a coke and there are a bunch of guys and gals standing around their bikes. ( Harleys ) When I come out one of the guys calls out and says man that is a slick Rocker! I smiled and said Not hardly... it's a yamaha Raider and thanks. So another guy starts laughing and says yamaha haha, I bet my sportster will eat that jap shit alive haha. I stopped and turned and looked the idiot dead in the eye and told him first of all " IF you wanted to really eat some shit keep running your mouth because not only will my raider out run your crying chicken sporty but just to put an exclamation point on it I'll pluck it too.
 All of his friends burst out laughing at him and his buddy ( the one who complimented me) told him to let it go because from the looks of that engine you don't want to mess with it.
 So thinking it's over I get on my bike and pull out onto #9 and head home. About 2 miles down the road here they all come. They catch up to me ( I'm just cruising about 50mph) and Mr. Sporty pulls up into the lane next to me revs his engine and smiles and nods. I keep my pace and ride until I see a side road coming up and motion for him to turn there. He did and after 2 very quick lessons in humiliation, he caught a lot of ribbing and picking from his friends.
 The cool guy told me that regardless of what brand bike that is it's bad as Hell, Damn that thing is fast. Then he tell Sporty he has to ride at the back of the pack all the way home. He looks at me and says stay safe Bro, and don't let that raider get away from ya and then they all smiled and nodded,  ( except MR. sporty )  pulled back onto the rode and left me to my very happy and satisfied ride home.   

That is one great story!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on May 23, 2011, 11:48:22 am
Dont forget Alakan flies and mosquitos are the size of F16s and make full throttle jets look like they are standing still.   
   It's official then, Red must be pretty **** fast since I caught up and smashed the **** out of most of them in Alaska. Didn't I? I thought I did anyway. I know for a FACT it was the slower BLACK bugs that couldn't out run me. :raider: ;D I'm going for a long slooooow walk with my little 3lb. red rodent Furby to loosen up new knee.  ;)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on May 23, 2011, 12:13:31 pm
Copied this from the "Who rode today" thread......

Rode down to N. Myrtle Beach for the last day of bike week . A lot more bikes than the last two years!! When I started home I pulled into a gas station to grab a coke and there are a bunch of guys and gals standing around their bikes. ( Harleys ) When I come out one of the guys calls out and says man that is a slick Rocker! I smiled and said Not hardly... it's a yamaha Raider and thanks. So another guy starts laughing and says yamaha haha, I bet my sportster will eat that jap shit alive haha. I stopped and turned and looked the idiot dead in the eye and told him first of all " IF you wanted to really eat some shit keep running your mouth because not only will my raider out run your crying chicken sporty but just to put an exclamation point on it I'll pluck it too.
 All of his friends burst out laughing at him and his buddy ( the one who complimented me) told him to let it go because from the looks of that engine you don't want to mess with it.
 So thinking it's over I get on my bike and pull out onto #9 and head home. About 2 miles down the road here they all come. They catch up to me ( I'm just cruising about 50mph) and Mr. Sporty pulls up into the lane next to me revs his engine and smiles and nods. I keep my pace and ride until I see a side road coming up and motion for him to turn there. He did and after 2 very quick lessons in humiliation, he caught a lot of ribbing and picking from his friends.
 The cool guy told me that regardless of what brand bike that is it's bad as Hell, Damn that thing is fast. Then he tell Sporty he has to ride at the back of the pack all the way home. He looks at me and says stay safe Bro, and don't let that raider get away from ya and then they all smiled and nodded,  ( except MR. sporty )  pulled back onto the rode and left me to my very happy and satisfied ride home.   

That is one great story!!!

Agreed ...

I've come to realization that I am a very slow rider. Everyone I ride with gets out in front of me in a hurry - regardless of the bike. I'll just continue to be the bike that looks like they should fear it.

A quick stop in for gas yesterday found me sitting across from a Harley. A very nice guy. But he comes out immediately after looking at the bike and says "Bet you don't have one of these?" pointing to his cup holder. I laughed and said, no because coffee is usually my first destination. If I brought one with me, my first stop at Timmies wouldn't be needed.

He then went on with the usual questions, size, cost .... etc. As we were ready to leave, he gave me the thumbs up and told me it was an evil looking ride!  That line comes second to the hot admin assistant at work describing the bike as pure sexy.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on May 23, 2011, 12:22:28 pm
He then went on with the usual questions, size, cost .... etc. As we were ready to leave, he gave me the thumbs up and told me it was an evil looking ride!  That line comes second to the hot admin assistant at work describing the bike as pure sexy.

Both are great descriptions!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on May 23, 2011, 01:11:30 pm
Copied this from the "Who rode today" thread......

Rode down to N. Myrtle Beach for the last day of bike week . A lot more bikes than the last two years!! When I started home I pulled into a gas station to grab a coke and there are a bunch of guys and gals standing around their bikes. ( Harleys ) When I come out one of the guys calls out and says man that is a slick Rocker! I smiled and said Not hardly... it's a yamaha Raider and thanks. So another guy starts laughing and says yamaha haha, I bet my sportster will eat that jap shit alive haha. I stopped and turned and looked the idiot dead in the eye and told him first of all " IF you wanted to really eat some shit keep running your mouth because not only will my raider out run your crying chicken sporty but just to put an exclamation point on it I'll pluck it too.
 All of his friends burst out laughing at him and his buddy ( the one who complimented me) told him to let it go because from the looks of that engine you don't want to mess with it.
 So thinking it's over I get on my bike and pull out onto #9 and head home. About 2 miles down the road here they all come. They catch up to me ( I'm just cruising about 50mph) and Mr. Sporty pulls up into the lane next to me revs his engine and smiles and nods. I keep my pace and ride until I see a side road coming up and motion for him to turn there. He did and after 2 very quick lessons in humiliation, he caught a lot of ribbing and picking from his friends.
 The cool guy told me that regardless of what brand bike that is it's bad as Hell, Damn that thing is fast. Then he tell Sporty he has to ride at the back of the pack all the way home. He looks at me and says stay safe Bro, and don't let that raider get away from ya and then they all smiled and nodded,  ( except MR. sporty )  pulled back onto the rode and left me to my very happy and satisfied ride home.   

Glad you reposted this here. I would've hated to miss it! ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Sandbox on May 23, 2011, 02:08:42 pm
I was following the wife to dinner last night and she had to stop and get gas. So, while she was waiting in line to get gas, I pulled up in front of the store to wait. As I pulled up, there was guy standing there and a Super Glide parked in front. I knodded at him and proceeded to back the Raider up to the curb.

Well, the guy comes up and just starts talking to me about the Raider. He even knew what it was because he had a buddy that had one. Dude, was pretty cool. Didn't bad mouth it at all. In fact, he loved his Super Glide (he said it had 32k miles on it) but, had nothing but bad things to say about his previous Harley.

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on May 24, 2011, 07:00:45 am
SWEET!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on May 24, 2011, 11:15:55 am
Back a month or so wifey and I were riding over to the coast and we stopped for gas. I went in to pay and walked past a guy that had just topped off his Ultra Classic. I greeted him in a polite and friendly way, commenting on what a great day for a ride it turned out to be. He responded coldly but when he walked outside to his bike he saw the SNOTHOG with Kim standing patiently by it. He fired up drove right over to it and walked around looking, bending over to see all the details and wiping his head in amazement. I came out to the bike to top mine off and he was a different guy than before. All complimentary, inquisitive and fascinated by the bike that he had never seen. He kept repeating how beautiful it was and how nice of a design Yamaha had come out with. He was beside himself when I told him what the 113 #'s on the air horn stood for and how the bike performed in the head to head challenges with the Rocker, Sreaming Eagle, Night Rod, Vulcan 2000, Victory, M109R and other muscle cruisers. I added insult to injury when I told him the price too. My fully bagged and well equipped touring version was almost K less than his 900 lb fully blinged out, hopped up 96" Classic that couldn't make 75 HP or break the triple digits on the top end with out a downhill and tail wind in his favor. I think he was considering running down to the local Yamaha dealer to see if they took tired iron in on trades. The first time this scenario played out, about 2 years ago tho, the guy DID in fact ride his Ultra down there, but they didn't want his tub of lard. So he finally got the local HD dealer to trade it in for a '08 Tommy Blue S model Raider that they just took in on trade the day before :o :o.  It had 199 miles on it and the Raider owner said it was too fast for him and his wife so he swapped it out for a lame piece of pig iron that couldn't get out of it's own way. Reggie bought the Raider and for the first time in his 35 years of riding he experienced the joy, power, torque and pleasure of hassle free fun cruising and said he's NEVER enjoyed riding ANY bike as much as his Raider. Another one comes away fro the dark side  :yay: !
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Meydan on May 24, 2011, 11:27:28 am
Back a month or so wifey and I were riding over to the coast and we stopped for gas. I went in to pay and walked past a guy that had just topped off his Ultra Classic. I greeted him in a polite and friendly way, commenting on what a great day for a ride it turned out to be. He responded coldly but when he walked outside to his bike he saw the SNOTHOG with Kim standing patiently by it. He fired up drove right over to it and walked around looking, bending over to see all the details and wiping his head in amazement. I came out to the bike to top mine off and he was a different guy than before. All complimentary, inquisitive and fascinated by the bike that he had never seen. He kept repeating how beautiful it was and how nice of a design Yamaha had come out with. He was beside himself when I told him what the 113 #'s on the air horn stood for and how the bike performed in the head to head challenges with the Rocker, Sreaming Eagle, Night Rod, Vulcan 2000, Victory, M109R and other muscle cruisers. I added insult to injury when I told him the price too. My fully bagged and well equipped touring version was almost K less than his 900 lb fully blinged out, hopped up 96" Classic that couldn't make 75 HP or break the triple digits on the top end with out a downhill and tail wind in his favor. I think he was considering running down to the local Yamaha dealer to see if they took tired iron in on trades. The first time this scenario played out, about 2 years ago tho, the guy DID in fact ride his Ultra down there, but they didn't want his tub of lard. So he finally got the local HD dealer to trade it in for a '08 Tommy Blue S model Raider that they just took in on trade the day before :o :o.  It had 199 miles on it and the Raider owner said it was too fast for him and his wife so he swapped it out for a lame piece of pig iron that couldn't get out of it's own way. Reggie bought the Raider and for the first time in his 35 years of riding he experienced the joy, power, torque and pleasure of hassle free fun cruising and said he's NEVER enjoyed riding ANY bike as much as his Raider. Another one comes away fro the dark side  :yay: !

Wow, what an interesting read!!!!! A guy replaced his Harley with a Raider that was replaced with a Harley!!!!   :o :o
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on May 24, 2011, 11:39:55 am
Back a month or so wifey and I were riding over to the coast and we stopped for gas. I went in to pay and walked past a guy that had just topped off his Ultra Classic. I greeted him in a polite and friendly way, commenting on what a great day for a ride it turned out to be. He responded coldly but when he walked outside to his bike he saw the SNOTHOG with Kim standing patiently by it. He fired up drove right over to it and walked around looking, bending over to see all the details and wiping his head in amazement. I came out to the bike to top mine off and he was a different guy than before. All complimentary, inquisitive and fascinated by the bike that he had never seen. He kept repeating how beautiful it was and how nice of a design Yamaha had come out with. He was beside himself when I told him what the 113 #'s on the air horn stood for and how the bike performed in the head to head challenges with the Rocker, Sreaming Eagle, Night Rod, Vulcan 2000, Victory, M109R and other muscle cruisers. I added insult to injury when I told him the price too. My fully bagged and well equipped touring version was almost K less than his 900 lb fully blinged out, hopped up 96" Classic that couldn't make 75 HP or break the triple digits on the top end with out a downhill and tail wind in his favor. I think he was considering running down to the local Yamaha dealer to see if they took tired iron in on trades. The first time this scenario played out, about 2 years ago tho, the guy DID in fact ride his Ultra down there, but they didn't want his tub of lard. So he finally got the local HD dealer to trade it in for a '08 Tommy Blue S model Raider that they just took in on trade the day before :o :o.  It had 199 miles on it and the Raider owner said it was too fast for him and his wife so he swapped it out for a lame piece of pig iron that couldn't get out of it's own way. Reggie bought the Raider and for the first time in his 35 years of riding he experienced the joy, power, torque and pleasure of hassle free fun cruising and said he's NEVER enjoyed riding ANY bike as much as his Raider. Another one comes away fro the dark side  :yay: !

Great story!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on May 24, 2011, 11:41:25 am
I never looked at it that way but that's what happened! Reggie got the ride of his life and the old fart got the tired iron bike for wifey and him. BTW Reggie wanted his own wife to get a Raider too. but she fell in love with a Ultima 113" Ground Pounder Custom. He couldn't talk her out of it so they paid the  otd for the used chopper with 4500 miles on it. It just barely made home to their garage when it then pumped oil all over the floor from every opening and seal, and then quit running. Well another $5K for a new motor and then another grand in a new paint scheme and she now has a chopper that has a smaller motor than before, but at least it runs ok. Not fast, not too reliable and looks good, but far from the Raider they could have had and without any of the problems. He regrets not being more convincing when she wanted her own bike.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Meydan on May 24, 2011, 12:27:18 pm
I never looked at it that way but that's what happened! Reggie got the ride of his life and the old fart got the tired iron bike for wifey and him. BTW Reggie wanted his own wife to get a Raider too. but she fell in love with a Ultima 113" Ground Pounder Custom. He couldn't talk her out of it so they paid the  otd for the used chopper with 4500 miles on it. It just barely made home to their garage when it then pumped oil all over the floor from every opening and seal, and then quit running. Well another $5K for a new motor and then another grand in a new paint scheme and she now has a chopper that has a smaller motor than before, but at least it runs ok. Not fast, not too reliable and looks good, but far from the Raider they could have had and without any of the problems. He regrets not being more convincing when she wanted her own bike.

And how does it stand now?? Is she ready for the raider yet??????
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on May 24, 2011, 12:37:36 pm
She loves her custom but knows she made a poor decision. They just kept moving along with it. Since then tho they both have rededicated their lives to a major way, as they now are both in South Africa doing missionary work and the bikes are pickled back home. I hope to see them both again someday, Things can get very ugly over on the other side of the world. His username on the MBF site was revelationride but he RARELY posted at all.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: babs on May 24, 2011, 12:57:04 pm
I was following the wife to dinner last night and she had to stop and get gas. So, while she was waiting in line to get gas, I pulled up in front of the store to wait. As I pulled up, there was guy standing there and a Super Glide parked in front. I knodded at him and proceeded to back the Raider up to the curb.

Well, the guy comes up and just starts talking to me about the Raider. He even knew what it was because he had a buddy that had one. Dude, was pretty cool. Didn't bad mouth it at all. In fact, he loved his Super Glide (he said it had 32k miles on it) but, had nothing but bad things to say about his previous Harley.

See that would have been me.. I would be there with the old Fatboy maybe, ogling over your Raider and talking your poor ear off. LOL!  I'd have to buy you a coffee for making you tell me all about the bike.  :)

Two-wheels + two-cylinders + good weather + not at the office =  fun... and they're all fun.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: demash on May 24, 2011, 01:16:41 pm
Well I will add my own short "Oh its a yamaha?" story. This weekend my buddy (who has a raider), me and my girl all went for a nice cruise out on some old highways. GREAT day for riding I might add. We pull in to a little gas station to decide where to go next, there were about 6-8 bike already there, (a small local club that were all "hardened HD people). I went in to get a drink, came back out to talk to my girl and buddy. A few of the club guys walk over and say, "I was looking, and Ive got to know what those bikes are. My son in law has a victory jackpot and they look similar." I said "a yamaha Raider". His buddy says "I thought thats what it was but I cant keep up with all of them." The Original talker says "well they sure do make a beautiful looking bike, they sure have their stuff together now. I really like your black rims and all blacked out. I said thanks. Again he said Beautiful bike as he started to walk away.

He didnt ask alot of questions about them, maybe for fear of the truth of how great they are, haha. Kinda wish they would have wanted to lay some rubber against either of us. Would have been fun to see the expression on their faces.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: wickedraider on May 24, 2011, 02:01:58 pm
   
   Actually had two back to back recently, I posted the first one in " Who rode today."
 Sunday ( last day of mb bike week) I was just out riding and stop in Whiteville at one of the local Hess stations to gas up. When I came out there was a small crowd gather around my bike.
 The closer I got the bigger the smile on my face got: since I saw they were all riding Harleys. I edged my way through the crowd and picked up my helmet. One guy ask me what kind of bike it was. It's a yamaha. That's a yamaha??!! Yeah, it's the Raider. Oh and that's an avon 250 on the back, it came with a 210 metz. Sothen the guy asked me if I had to buy a kit to modify the swingarm so it would fit. Nah, it fit just fine. Then one of the ladies said that 's a killer sled looks better than my fat boy, and then ( what really had me laughing ) one of the other women said yep and it looks alot better than your bike too. We all sat around for a few more minutes just enjoying all the bikes.
 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on May 24, 2011, 04:23:57 pm
Raider's rock again  :yay: :yay: :yay: :yay: :yay:!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on May 24, 2011, 05:49:48 pm
All the time! Gotta Love It!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: A.T. on May 24, 2011, 06:10:31 pm
So Sunday, the wife and I went to Bikers on the Beach here in Navarre.  Unknown to us, a whole table of bikers were arguing about what my bike was.  Apparently, one side of the table was convinced it was a Victory while the other side said it was a Raider.   Anyway, I guess they were waiting to see who was getting on the bike, and as we were just pulling out of the parking lot, they all rushed up (about 7 people) to get the real answer. 

My wife and I had no idea what was going on, and at first I thought something was dragging behind me and then I thought - WTF do these people want? It is a bit spooky to have a drinking crowd chase you down.   Anyway, after yelling for me to stop, one of the guyz yells out, "What kind of bike is that?"; I stopped and told them it was a Yamaha Raider.  Apparently, it was the answer he wanted to hear 'cause he immediately turned to his bud and said "Told ya it was a Raider!  And them things haul ass!".  They then explained they had been arguing about what my bike was, and the bet was it was either a Vic or a Raider.  They all complimented us and went back to the bar. 

I've had people follow me in parking lots but never had a mob chase me down about my bike.  Does this qualify as a Raider regret?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on May 24, 2011, 09:18:08 pm
Nah, regret would be if they asked and when you said Raider they would shake there heads and say "it's just a Raider.....that would maybe be regret. :-\
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on May 25, 2011, 06:43:05 am
Ok so yall might remember what happened to me at the car wash a few weeks back.. A young man, lots of questions, bought me a carwash.. bla bla bla.. ok. I went to town last night to rinse off the latest rain spooge at the same car wash. I was just giving Betty a wipe off when I hear what I know to be the raider blub blub blub blub sound pulling in to the stall beside mine.. :) You know I was like a cat to the yarn. I poked my head around and there sat a nice looking 09 red s. NOW.... Just guess who was getting off of it.. ? Yup, that very same young man who peppered me with questions before. Robert.. or Bob.. He found it in Charlottsville and made a SWEEET deal too. 3500 miles and only paid 9k for it.  He nearly exploded when he saw me.   "DUUUUUDDDEEE look at this bad muva foorker.. !!!! " I have to say I dam near cryed.. It's like I just found a long lost friend. I am proud as peach for Bob. I told him to look up the site. Again he remeinded me how he " don't even know how to turn on of those things on ". Oh well.. We swapped numbers and will probably be doing rolling thunder Sunday. Dam it.. I keep welling up.. WTF?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on May 25, 2011, 06:49:26 am
Score        Madcow +1 the Darkside 0                                                           
  :ohyeah: :goodjob: :congrats: :shake:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: blaine563 on May 25, 2011, 06:50:22 am
" I have to say I dam near cryed.. It's like I just found a long lost friend. I am proud as peach for Bob. I told him to look up the site. Again he remeinded me how he " don't even know how to turn on of those things on ". Oh well.. We swapped numbers and will probably be doing rolling thunder Monday. Dam it.. I keep welling up.. WTF?"

You have "proud-uncle-Raider-syndrome". !!!  ;D ;D :rotfl:

Good stuff, Mad!!! :) :raider: :)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: danscott1075 on May 25, 2011, 08:26:05 am
"muva foorker" thats funny you even type with a lysp!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on May 25, 2011, 09:06:32 am
I've had people follow me in parking lots but never had a mob chase me down about my bike.  Does this qualify as a Raider regret?

This sounds like regret to me...  I'm sure they were all regretting they don't ride Raiders.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on May 25, 2011, 09:10:42 am
As we were ready to leave, he gave me the thumbs up and told me it was an evil looking ride!  That line comes second to the hot admin assistant at work describing the bike as pure sexy.

I got a compliment as I was about to get on my Raider at a grocery story yesterday afternoon.  This young guy comes out and walks by, then he turns back at me and says "That is one BAD ASS bike".   I've used that same description to describe it myself.


Top 10 descriptions for the Raider

Feel free to finish the list of what you've all heard.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ron505 on May 25, 2011, 09:29:33 am
These stories never get old.   :chopper:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: FIREMAN on May 26, 2011, 12:13:44 am
a good looking bike  (from a HD rider)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Sandbox on May 26, 2011, 08:07:14 am
I still really haven't heard any negativity. I ride next to some HD guys and they won't look but, that's not just the HD guys. I receive compliments just about everyday.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: wyldfyre on May 26, 2011, 10:03:17 am
As we were ready to leave, he gave me the thumbs up and told me it was an evil looking ride!  That line comes second to the hot admin assistant at work describing the bike as pure sexy.

I got a compliment as I was about to get on my Raider at a grocery story yesterday afternoon.  This young guy comes out and walks by, then he turns back at me and says "That is one BAD ASS bike".   I've used that same description to describe it myself.


Top 10 descriptions for the Raider
  • Pure Sexy
  • Evil looking ride
  • Bad Ass bike

Feel free to finish the list of what you've all heard.
4.  Damn Hot
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on May 26, 2011, 10:04:59 am
That works!

Top 10 descriptions for the Raider

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on May 26, 2011, 11:23:47 am
Muscle cruiser's top predator! :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: woodog on May 26, 2011, 11:51:08 am
Don't no much about Harleys. it looked nice,,,, but this guys say's.... hey I'll trade you, I said do your beautiful wife come with the bike, he says hell yes......she smacks him upside his head......I laughed my A.....off
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Tess84 on May 26, 2011, 12:07:40 pm
I said do your beautiful wife come with the bike, he says hell yes......she smacks him upside his head......I laughed my A.....off


HAHAHA
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on May 26, 2011, 12:12:30 pm
One smooth and sexy SOB

or from the harley you just trounced..."F'ing Raider"
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: bigdognic on May 26, 2011, 02:35:17 pm
if she's been with a dude on a HD, you might want a professional to check her "oil" if ya know what I mean...
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RAIDERDUDE on May 26, 2011, 02:41:22 pm
I STILL DON'T BELEIVE IT'S A YAMAHA ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TheGhostRaider on May 27, 2011, 10:10:43 am
Great sorry form yesterday
So I'm out side washing the bike when this guy walks across the street and asks "What kind of Harley is that?"  I said that it was the best kind  and it was called a Yamaha He just looked at me  :o
He said Ya right so I spent the next Half hour trying to convince him but since I have removed all the badging it came down to the foot pegs.  After all this he agreed it looks better than any factory harley out there and for a joke he was going to go into the local harley store and ask to see the new Harley Raider
 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: relic rider on May 27, 2011, 08:06:44 pm
It was nice day yesterday  so i took my bike to work. Today  my foreman asks me if that was my bike he parked next to yesterday, and that it was a nice bike .He rides a harley street glide,  he then asks if i put the 103 inch kit in it cause it sounds so  good leaving the parking lot and is it brand new. Before i could answer him he starts to tell me how he put the 103 kit  with cams , pipes and all the goodies  on his , it cost him almost 5000. SO i tell him no mine has a 113 inch in it . WOW  when did they come out with that? OH its been around for a while, if you spend another 4-5000 you might be able to keep up.  He could not beleive that it was not a harley or that it comes stock with such a big power house motor,  he then changed the subject back to work.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: JuJuBee on May 27, 2011, 08:27:37 pm
Yesterday I was invited to a bike night by one of the guys at work. He didn't realize that I rode a metric. He and his wife own a little bar and grill. So i took him up on his offer and showed up.

When I arrived i soon discovered I was the ONLY non-HD guy there. They couldn't believe the bike was a Yamaha but they were all a bunch of good guys and took me in as one of their own.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: jkskeet on May 27, 2011, 08:49:37 pm
Yesterday I was invited to a bike night by one of the guys at work. He didn't realize that I rode a metric. He and his wife own a little bar and grill. So i took him up on his offer and showed up.

When I arrived i soon discovered I was the ONLY non-HD guy there. They couldn't believe the bike was a Yamaha but they were all a bunch of good guys and took me in as one of their own.

That's how our bike night is around here but the harley guys basically stay to themselves... Oh well, that's how i like it if they're gunna be that way...
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on May 29, 2011, 09:53:45 am
I had in interesting ride yesterday morning.

First, when I leave the neighbors fricken datson is in the middle of the road barking like mad...so I pulled the clutch rapped the pipes and the dang thing ran off leaving a trail of pi$$ on the road.  ;D

Later, I pull into a local dealer just so see if they have the local motorcycle monthly paper around...nope.  but when I come out I'm greated by this couple with all sorts of questions.  He was a lurker on here and is buying a '10 model in the next few days.  Rapped the pipes for him after talking for 40 minutes and filling him in on the mods and what he can talk this dealer into (new tires, loaner for lifter issue if he has it, etc., discount on bars if needed).

Next on my way home I stop at a light next to a craptacular nissan pathfinder with HD stickers holding the rust bucket together.  The passenger hangs out the window asking if it was an HD and I said Yamaha...immediately the douche turns away with his nose up saying shoulda bought a harley.  The light changes and I've take off like a bat outta hell.  When I get caught by a light he pulls up again and the passenger is checking it out and asks what motor size.  I look at him and tell him 113 and that's why I didn't buy a harley.  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: msoos113 on May 29, 2011, 12:10:17 pm
Kind of off topic but funny just the same!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4ZfaDjxDBs&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RangerRick on May 29, 2011, 12:49:14 pm
 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: relic rider on May 30, 2011, 08:12:14 pm
Thats funny right there, funny but true
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TheGhostRaider on May 30, 2011, 08:54:21 pm
Thats funny right there, funny but true
:agree:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TheGhostRaider on May 30, 2011, 10:03:13 pm
This might be Harley's come back  Too freakin funny



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKYpyu1_1os

Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on May 31, 2011, 05:44:42 am
That's funny chit right there I don't care where you're from, that's funny!   :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on May 31, 2011, 04:15:48 pm
This doesn't exactly fit in here, but it sort of does, so I'm posting it.

Last Friday after attending my son's graduation party we went to the local bike night and my son ended up joining us.  He'll be 18 next month.  He's shown some desire to own a bike, so I wanted to find out what kind of bike he likes.  So we walk around and look at all sorts of bikes. Finally after getting through all of them he sees one he really likes and makes comments about how he likes the curve in the tank and something about it just works for him.  Now understand this son lives with my Ex primarily and is seldom in our garage.  So I turn to him and say "You like that one huh?  Why don't you tell the owner?" and point to my wife.  He got so embarrassed.  He had no idea it was hers.  He has only seen it a couple of times and I think that was before a few changes were made to it.

It definitely says something about the look of the Stryker.  The funniest part is it was sitting right next to my Raider and he's ridden on the back of my Raider more than anyone has.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on May 31, 2011, 04:27:05 pm
This doesn't exactly fit in here, but it sort of does, so I'm posting it.

Last Friday after attending my son's graduation party we went to the local bike night and my son ended up joining us.  He'll be 18 next month.  He's shown some desire to own a bike, so I wanted to find out what kind of bike he likes.  So we walk around and look at all sorts of bikes. Finally after getting through all of them he sees one he really likes and makes comments about how he likes the curve in the tank and something about it just works for him.  Now understand this son lives with my Ex primarily and is seldom in our garage.  So I turn to him and say "You like that one huh?  Why don't you tell the owner?" and point to my wife.  He got so embarrassed.  He had no idea it was hers.  He has only seen it a couple of times and I think that was before a few changes were made to it.

It definitely says something about the look of the Stryker.  The funniest part is it was sitting right next to my Raider and he's ridden on the back of my Raider more than anyone has.

It fits here just fine... 

Thread title = "Oh it's a Yamaha".

Stryker = Yamaha.    ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: iliveforcurves on Jun 01, 2011, 11:05:49 pm
I don't ride a Raider but I get "oh it's a Yamaha" fairly often.  I ride a Yamaha FJR1300, and people, mostly non riders, think it's a BMW.  Just because it's silver, has hard bags and a trunk they assume it's a BMW.  Like you all, I get to educate them that I paid a lot less for it than what they think it is, and that it is superior in some ways.
I've been lurking on this site for a while because I want to learn as much as I can about Road Stars as I may be buying one in the future.  My GF rides a Harley Heritage Softail and I kept leaving her in the dust on the FJR.  I bought a Honda Valkyrie thinking that would be more like her speed.  It turns out the Valk is no slouch (if any of you Raider riders race one you'll see) and I still leave her in the dust, even in the corners.  I'm leaning towards the Road Star S but I wish it came with the 113 engine.  It's a good design and can be made to sound great.  I'm not crazy about the floorboards but I like them better than forward controls like the Raider.  Love those fenders, would like to try to put them on my Valkyrie.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Jun 02, 2011, 01:50:28 am
I don't ride a Raider but I get "oh it's a Yamaha" fairly often.  I ride a Yamaha FJR1300, and people, mostly non riders, think it's a BMW.  Just because it's silver, has hard bags and a trunk they assume it's a BMW.  Like you all, I get to educate them that I paid a lot less for it than what they think it is, and that it is superior in some ways.
I've been lurking on this site for a while because I want to learn as much as I can about Road Stars as I may be buying one in the future.  My GF rides a Harley Heritage Softail and I kept leaving her in the dust on the FJR.  I bought a Honda Valkyrie thinking that would be more like her speed.  It turns out the Valk is no slouch (if any of you Raider riders race one you'll see) and I still leave her in the dust, even in the corners.  I'm leaning towards the Road Star S but I wish it came with the 113 engine.  It's a good design and can be made to sound great.  I'm not crazy about the floorboards but I like them better than forward controls like the Raider.  Love those fenders, would like to try to put them on my Valkyrie.

A RoadStar S with a 113 power plqnt would be the Stratoliner. ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 02, 2011, 08:41:04 am
Yeah a stratoliner or roadliner.  But either way they are going to walk away from your girl's HD.  Even the Roadstar1300 will do that.  Get a roadliner (w/out floorboards) and just learn to use better throttle control so you don't leave her in the dust.  ;D

Can't remember does the warrior have mids or forward controls.  Great motor on the warrior too.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 02, 2011, 08:42:24 am
Yeah a stratoliner or roadliner.  But either way they are going to walk away from your girl's HD.  Even the Roadstar1300 will do that.  Get a roadliner (w/out floorboards) and just learn to use better throttle control so you don't leave her in the dust.  ;D

Can't remember does the warrior have mids or forward controls.  Great motor on the warrior too.

Forward
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: iliveforcurves on Jun 02, 2011, 09:45:32 am
I just prefer the looks of the Road Star over the Stratoliner and Roadliner.  I just don't go for the art deco styling of those two.  I like the Road Star's fatter front tire, the rounder headlight bucket, the smaller, smooth side covers, and the staggered exhaust.  I would bet that the Road Star gets more "oh it's a Yamaha" than any other Yamaha Star.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Jun 02, 2011, 10:48:29 am
Welcome to the Forum iliveforcurves!

+1 on the looks of the Roadie! I also like the classic hardtail look of the swingarm.....just no 113 c.i. :'(
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: iliveforcurves on Jun 02, 2011, 01:24:04 pm
Yes, I forgot about that nice swingarm.  In a perfect world I would own a Road Star AND a Raider!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: babs on Jun 02, 2011, 01:41:48 pm
I just prefer the looks of the Road Star over the Stratoliner and Roadliner.  I just don't go for the art deco styling of those two.  I like the Road Star's fatter front tire, the rounder headlight bucket, the smaller, smooth side covers, and the staggered exhaust.  I would bet that the Road Star gets more "oh it's a Yamaha" than any other Yamaha Star.

Yeah I have to agree.. Those fenders are truly not for everyone.  I'm a little surprised I haven't seen more aftermarket replacement fenders for it, though granted they're a small market.

On the RoadStar.. I'm hoping for an update to that bad boy. It's time i think.. A nice "classic"-styled cruiser filling the gap between the 1300's and the big boys 1900 scoots.  An unbalanced 1700 is no slouch.. I'm told that engine is impressive.  That one shot of the red one on the star website I think sums it up.. Love the classic look but it's too close to home. They need to update it taking what's cool about the fatboy shape it emulates and improve upon it.  I also think aluminum frame update like the other bikes.. So it's a fatboy/heritage copy with fat front tire, but handles more like the strat/RL/raider.  That would be a great offering.   NOPE.. I'm still getting a raider! :)  Nice red retrobike eye candy in the pics though..
(http://www.starmotorcycles.com/assets/products/mcy/general/media_content_unit01893b6379.jpg)

One thing about it.. Warrior being the prime example.. Star has a cruiser for all.. The warrior (also with modern aluminum frame) is a completely different animal.. That thing sits like a sport bike, to me.  Not my style but still a fan.  Love the tank.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Jun 02, 2011, 04:33:12 pm
Raider all the way and you will never regret it!!!!!!!!!!! It's not the only great bike out there, and Yamaha isn't the only brand that makes good m/c/s, but the Raider is one you WILL love from the moment you let the clutch out.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Jun 02, 2011, 06:22:03 pm
Man, do I ever agree with you! The Raider is one  :awesome:


BTW I traded an 07 Roadie in for my Raider.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 02, 2011, 09:33:58 pm
I just prefer the looks of the Road Star over the Stratoliner and Roadliner.  I just don't go for the art deco styling of those two.  I like the Road Star's fatter front tire, the rounder headlight bucket, the smaller, smooth side covers, and the staggered exhaust.  I would bet that the Road Star gets more "oh it's a Yamaha" than any other Yamaha Star.

Yeah I have to agree.. Those fenders are truly not for everyone.  I'm a little surprised I haven't seen more aftermarket replacement fenders for it, though granted they're a small market.

On the RoadStar.. I'm hoping for an update to that bad boy. It's time i think.. A nice "classic"-styled cruiser filling the gap between the 1300's and the big boys 1900 scoots.  An unbalanced 1700 is no slouch.. I'm told that engine is impressive.  That one shot of the red one on the star website I think sums it up.. Love the classic look but it's too close to home. They need to update it taking what's cool about the fatboy shape it emulates and improve upon it.  I also think aluminum frame update like the other bikes.. So it's a fatboy/heritage copy with fat front tire, but handles more like the strat/RL/raider.  That would be a great offering.   NOPE.. I'm still getting a raider! :)  Nice red retrobike eye candy in the pics though..
(http://www.starmotorcycles.com/assets/products/mcy/general/media_content_unit01893b6379.jpg)

One thing about it.. Warrior being the prime example.. Star has a cruiser for all.. The warrior (also with modern aluminum frame) is a completely different animal.. That thing sits like a sport bike, to me.  Not my style but still a fan.  Love the tank.

Lots of places for fenders, you just gotta be creative...LA Choppers and Demon Cycle are good places to start looking
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Jun 02, 2011, 10:10:37 pm
Raider all the way and you will never regret it!!!!!!!!!!! It's not the only great bike out there, and Yamaha isn't the only brand that makes good m/c/s, but the Raider is one you WILL love from the moment you let the clutch out.

Oooookaaay..., someone take away Rays pills, he needs to come down and back to reality. Other great bikes besides the Raider are all Yamahas, others are good, but lets face it if you want great you go Yamaha. ;D  Never mind I guess that is what he said.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: wyldfyre on Jun 03, 2011, 04:09:10 am
I was fueling up my Raider the other day. I put my helmet on and this guy comes blazing over ,pulls on my shoulder and starts telling me how hot my HD is. It took me a solid minute to get the guy shut down to tell him It was a Yamaha Raider. He looked like I had slapped him. I showed him the Yamaha decal on the fender. He was stunned. I rode away with a big ole smile. :D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Jun 03, 2011, 05:24:06 am
Of all the model bikes out there JP Cycles put a Raider on their newest Sizzling Summer Savings Flier that is out now. A Raven one like Wylfyre's too. :D :raider:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ohyeahfriday on Jun 03, 2011, 08:35:35 am
Having owned a Raider for all of 3 days now, I can see how this thread has grown to 76 pages...  At this point I think everyplace I have stopped at where people saw me with the bike I get questioned.  I just had a guy this morning asking what kind it was, then what size.  He figured 1200 or 1400, when I said 1900 his eyes about came out of his head.  He said he had a Boulevard before, but in his words it was "no where near as sharp as this monster."  He was pretty impressed with the stock paint job, styling, and of course the stock 210 out back caught his eye.  Needless to say, by the end of the conversation I was giving him the name of the salesman at the dealership I got mine from and he wanted to know if they had others on the floor ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jun 03, 2011, 09:14:02 am
Having owned a Raider for all of 3 days now, I can see how this thread has grown to 76 pages...  At this point I think everyplace I have stopped at where people saw me with the bike I get questioned.  I just had a guy this morning asking what kind it was, then what size.  He figured 1200 or 1400, when I said 1900 his eyes about came out of his head.  He said he had a Boulevard before, but in his words it was "no where near as sharp as this monster."  He was pretty impressed with the stock paint job, styling, and of course the stock 210 out back caught his eye.  Needless to say, by the end of the conversation I was giving him the name of the salesman at the dealership I got mine from and he wanted to know if they had others on the floor ;D

Change to a rear 240 and they'll be even more amazed.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Jun 03, 2011, 09:40:20 am
The force is strong with you ohyeahfriday!  ;)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 03, 2011, 10:11:26 am
Went to Dulono's pizza bike night on Thursday.  I didn't even have all of my gear off before I had a couple asking questions about the raider...of course the classic "That's a Yamaha!"  The couple both rode Ducati's and were extremely impressed with the raider saying that if they ever switch to cruisers the raider is now going to be the one.  They left and an old guy and his 20's something son came up to chat they rode Triumph Rocket III's and a ZX14.  Both were impressed by the raider.  In all my first 40 minutes were spent chatting about the raider before I even got out of the parking lot to get some pizza
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Jun 03, 2011, 10:26:45 am
From what I've seen in the 2.5 years of getting out there on the Raider, and most of you know I GET OUT THERE, is that we get more attention, questions and compliments about our bikes when we're in the same herd as a bunch of Harleys. The HD's have all been nice, clean, well painted and blinged out bikes, but generally had little in the way of factory styling cues that set them aside from the rest of the bikes in the group. They just are boring too look at and boring to ride. Not so with the Raider. JMO tho! The custom Harleys that have rakes, nice wheels, fancy bars and front ends with big rears and right side drives usually get my attention, but I could do all that with the 113" too and have the best of both worlds. So why settle?  ???
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ohyeahfriday on Jun 03, 2011, 12:20:03 pm
Yeah, I kicked myself after I was on my way Ares; I forgot to tell him that you could swap the 210 out for a 240 with no modification.  That would probably have had him cross eyed and ready to start signing.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: relic rider on Jun 05, 2011, 04:04:15 pm
while out on a loal charity run yesterday i had the only RAIDER thereso most people didnt know what kind of bike it was . When we first pulled in one of the organizers comes running over to me and says i should park over with the rest of the customs  when i tell him its not a custom but a yamaha all he could say was ' SHIT". All day long there was always someone looking at my bike. My wife said she heard all kinds of people trying to figure out what kind of harley it is  ,  after a while we stoped telling them and left them to think it over(https://www.roadstarraider.com/gallery/2056-040611183253-86701842.jpeg)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Jun 06, 2011, 02:57:38 am
^
nice! Saw a silver today on a run. Looked sharp and tried to steer him to this site. Guess we'll see if someone near Boise signs up.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Scoob on Jun 06, 2011, 05:26:29 am
Went on a fun run Saturday and I walked out of the bar and there was 5 Harley guys standing by my bike checking it out and one of them yells at me "this bike has a 113 in it?" and I said why yes it does and he reponds "this thing must really fly" and I said of course it does. Most of the HD guys were guessing that it was a Victory most of the time and were surprised when I told them it was a Yamaha.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: babs on Jun 06, 2011, 01:07:55 pm
See I'm good with the 210.  My list of gotta-have mods on the bike (I don't own yet) is pretty darn short.
Debeavertail that rear end, extend the forwards, investigate a moderate 2into1 exhaust, fill the tank and go. :)   NOT in that order. LOL!

Unless I get silly and Oops (I think is the name) gets some blanks in again for a Gangster front/rear fender kit.  $2500 to go from stock to trophy-winner.  That setup is the hottest thing I've seen on ANY production bike.  Hope he's doing better by the way.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Jun 06, 2011, 07:00:33 pm
Dogone babs you forgot the real hard to do and expensive mods. ???

Gas tank sticker removal and reflector removal. :P
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Jun 07, 2011, 04:05:14 am

Gas tank sticker removal and reflector removal. :P

Something I still need to figure out huh!  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: zslow6 on Jun 07, 2011, 09:39:05 am
Went on a fun run Saturday and I walked out of the bar and there was 5 Harley guys standing by my bike checking it out and one of them yells at me "this bike has a 113 in it?" and I said why yes it does and he reponds "this thing must really fly" and I said of course it does. Most of the HD guys were guessing that it was a Victory most of the time and were surprised when I told them it was a Yamaha.

when we ride to poopys in savannah il just on the iowa border i always have a couple people that say "nice bike its a victory right?" "nope yamaha" "oh wow that motor is huge!"
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Scoob on Jun 07, 2011, 10:13:17 am
Its amazing how many people "assume" that since its such a nice bike that it either has to be a Harley or a Victory
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Jun 09, 2011, 02:20:07 am
I met a guy today who in 1970's rode for Team Yamaha on the first 250 enduro but he said he got hurt and quit the circuit after his 3rd season. he said Yamaha has always had great machines but quit riding when the machines went to over the $2000 price tag for small dirt bikes.  I then told him how much paid for my Raider and he about had a cow, until I explained what all I had on it and the size of the engine.  He said he had never heard of it and would have to make trip to the dealer and check it out.  The Raider with all I have into it is still less than half price of a road king with a weak 96 in it. 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jun 09, 2011, 10:10:13 am
We were staging for Rolling thunder and a Full dresser hardly somthing was just over from me.  My friend is telling the guy with the full dresser hardly how nice his bike looked and yadda yadda yadda. I started telling my friend about a full dresser yamahamma vulcan?  I think its called, at the local dealership. Somehow my friend gets on the subject of cost for the full dresser hardly and the guy tells him a new one is 27k.. stripped.. DOH!!! I piped up and said you can buy two of the LOADED Yamaha's for that price. The guy said the only thing he could think of.. But their not harleys.. .. :o

ahhh... My young padawan.. The force is weak with you..
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: demash on Jun 09, 2011, 10:25:39 am
We were staging for Rolling thunder and a Full dresser hardly somthing was just over from me.  My friend is telling the guy with the full dresser hardly how nice his bike looked and yadda yadda yadda. I started telling my friend about a full dresser yamahamma vulcan?  I think its called, at the local dealership. Somehow my friend gets on the subject of cost for the full dresser hardly and the guy tells him a new one is 27k.. stripped.. DOH!!! I piped up and said you can buy two of the LOADED Yamaha's for that price. The guy said the only thing he could think of.. But their not harleys.. .. :o

ahhh... My young padawan.. The force is weak with you..

why is that always their only argument point??? its funny to me
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Jun 09, 2011, 10:29:08 am
It was a Yamaha Venture that you were thinking of. The big Vulcan is and always will be a Kawasaki model line. They have many Vulcans in their cruiser list of bikes. Still a good story tho.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jun 09, 2011, 10:32:59 am
OH yes.. your right it was a cow.. DOH!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: SLK on Jun 09, 2011, 11:55:10 pm
I had several of the "Oh it's a Yamaha" moments today. all were positive.  The first was a guy who asked me where my harley was today.  I told him I don't own a harley I have a Yamaha.  Are you sure he asked yes I replied.  He was amazed so i told him all the benefits and he said he was going to have to go to the Yamaha shop.  The second started the same way.  His response was so traded in you last harley for this cool yamaha, No I sold my last bike another Yamaha to my daughter and son-in-law and bought this Yamaha.  He said wow, both were Yamahas that is cool, my last bike was a Yamaha, I am going to have to go to the Yamaha dealership.   Then at the post office an older couple parked next to me, the lady who was driving just kept looking at the bike and grinning, gave me a thumbs up and a smile and waved as I left.  Never said word to me nor I to her.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 10, 2011, 09:15:16 am
I had several of the "Oh it's a Yamaha" moments today. all were positive.  The first was a guy who asked me where my harley was today.  I told him I don't own a harley I have a Yamaha.  Are you sure he asked yes I replied.  He was amazed so i told him all the benefits and he said he was going to have to go to the Yamaha shop.  The second started the same way.  His response was so traded in you last harley for this cool yamaha, No I sold my last bike another Yamaha to my daughter and son-in-law and bought this Yamaha.  He said wow, both were Yamahas that is cool, my last bike was a Yamaha, I am going to have to go to the Yamaha dealership.   Then at the post office an older couple  parked next to me, the lady who was driving just kept looking at the bike and grinning, gave me a thumbs up and a smile and waved as I left.  Never said word to me nor I to her.

Wow... just how does someone have to be for Santa to consider them "an older couple"?    ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: blaine563 on Jun 15, 2011, 11:12:51 am
Rolled in to have a coffee at a local bike spot. Got talking with a little guy that walked over to eyeball my bike. He says, what is that? I tell him. He says, Oh a "Yammer", how much did you pay for that? Irritating, but I tell him. Then he blurts out that he only paid $10,500 for his bike. I look over at his filthy 10 year old flat black Sportster, look back at him, see the belligerent look in his eyes, see that he has no less than 3 HD pins on the front of his vest and 2 HD patches, a HD head scarf, and HD belt buckle.  Asked him if he liked his bike? He loves it. Keeps yapping about it. He tells me he's put 4500 miles on it with no problems. Talked about his Harley for a few more minutes, finished my coffee and took off. Couldn't resist and let her rip a bit as I left the parking lot. Broke the rear tire loose and barked the pipes a little. ;D ;D ;D

WTF? How do you talk to someone like that?  :wtf:

Anyway, to each his own. I'll keep my "expensive" Yamaha, thanks!!! :) :raider: :)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jun 15, 2011, 11:17:31 am
WTF? How do you talk to someone like that?  :wtf:

I would've mentioned the almost 40,000 miles I have on my Raider.  Close to 10 times what he has on a 10 year old bike.

I'm kind of suprised he was so proud of a Sporty.  The only people that ride them in my local group are women.  I have yet to find a guy on a Sportster.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 15, 2011, 12:23:43 pm
I probably would have started out with looking at his bike and saying something like....  "Oh.. isn't that just the cutest little thing but... somebody saw you comng if you paid anywhere near that much for that thing". 

Then find out he has put on a whopping 4.5K miles on it I would probably have said something along the lines of... Oh, so you bought an ATB? (Around-The_Blocker). That kinda makes sense... that way, when it breaks down... you don't have far to push it home.     
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Sandbox on Jun 15, 2011, 12:33:53 pm
WTF? How do you talk to someone like that?  :wtf:

I would've mentioned the almost 40,000 miles I have on my Raider.  Close to 10 times what he has on a 10 year old bike.

I'm kind of suprised he was so proud of a Sporty.  The only people that ride them in my local group are women.  I have yet to find a guy on a Sportster.

Only guys I see on Sportsters are guys that buy them as their first bike.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: WilCon on Jun 15, 2011, 12:46:16 pm
No offense but Sportsters rock. They are agile, quick and loads of fun. Anyone who knocks them probably has issues with their manhood.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Sandbox on Jun 15, 2011, 12:53:13 pm
No offense but Sportsters rock. They are agile, quick and loads of fun. Anyone who knocks them probably has issues with their manhood.

I don't know if this was directed at any one specifically but, I wasn't knocking them. In fact, I've never ridden one. I have sat on several though and personally, I find them very uncomfortable. And every dude I've spoken with that rides a Sporster, it is either his first bike or a cheap way for him to get on a HD. And no, I have no issues with my manhood :-*
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: blaine563 on Jun 15, 2011, 01:09:39 pm
This guy reminded me of one of those yappy little dogs that won't shut up no matter what you do. All those thoughts ran through my head at the time like  - Really, you're comparing your little sporty with my ride? - but when I figured out that he wasn't going to let me get a word in edgewise, and when I looked at his rattle can paint job and month old bugs, I realised it just wasn't worth it. In the end we parted with him feeling justified and happy about his bike, and me too. I did catch him looking a little green when i sparked up the Raider. The only F#$% off I needed to say was said with my back tire as I left.

Good fun really!!! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: shadowrider43 on Jun 15, 2011, 01:18:20 pm
I have been amazed by how many guys around here are driving around on sportys they must have had a clearance sale this year.  I usually start my conversations asking if there bike is in the shop and when asked why do I ask I'll end with why else would you be riding around on your wife's bike.  I myself have been challenged by a few not so educated challengers and they all end in embarassment.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: bravo364 on Jun 15, 2011, 01:32:50 pm
No offense but Sportsters rock. They are agile, quick and loads of fun. Anyone who knocks them probably has issues with their manhood.

Must be presonal preference. I transported one for a friend as she bought a bike and had never ridden one before and I found it extremely uncomfortable, under powered and top heavy. The minute I went into a turn it felt like the fuel tank wanted to take a dive at the ground. the factory positioning of pegs and seat made me feel like I was on a moped...

Maybe it was the fact that I was stuck riding in basketball shorts and tennis shoes that made me feel more like a tool than the bike itself?!?  :P...Na! It was the bike!  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 15, 2011, 01:53:55 pm
No offense but Sportsters rock. They are agile, quick and loads of fun. Anyone who knocks them probably has issues with their manhood.

I rode one... granted, many years ago but, it was a POS.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: shadowrider43 on Jun 15, 2011, 02:06:01 pm
No issues with manhood here!  In my experience everyone and I mean everyone that I have met with a Sporty first usually had a bad attitude toward metric bikes to start with, always thought because they rode an HD they were a BAD ASS Biker even though this one was probably their first bike lastly always ended in a challenge against my metric bike, and ALWAYS ended in embarrassingmoment for them.  No I have nothing against Harley riders to each their own I choose to ride what I choose to ride based on my likes or dislikes, I do not like riders with attitudes especially ones who think they are better than others because of their brand.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 15, 2011, 02:23:55 pm
No offense but Sportsters rock. They are agile, quick and loads of fun. Anyone who knocks them probably has issues with their manhood.

I don't know if this was directed at any one specifically but, I wasn't knocking them. In fact, I've never ridden one. I have sat on several though and personally, I find them very uncomfortable. And every dude I've spoken with that rides a Sporster, it is either his first  bike or a cheap way for him to get on a HD. And no, I have no issues with my manhood :-*


No issues with manhood here!  In my experience everyone and I mean everyone that I have met with a Sporty first usually had a bad attitude toward metric bikes to start with, always thought because they rode an HD they were a BAD ASS Biker even though this one was probably their first bike lastly always ended in a challenge against my metric bike, and ALWAYS ended in embarrassingmoment for them.  No I have nothing against Harley riders to each their own I choose to ride what I choose to ride based on my likes or dislikes, I do not like riders with attitudes especially ones who think they are better than others because of their brand.


Taken from an article written in 2009...
"Of the 57,000 or so Sportsters sold last year, 75 percent of them were sold to buyers who were purchasing their first Harley-Davidson".
http://www.baggersmag.com/features/0406hrb_2004_harley_davidson_xl1200c_sportster/index.html
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Sandbox on Jun 15, 2011, 02:46:47 pm
Alot of young military guys buy them after a tour in a warzone tour through mlitary sales too.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jun 15, 2011, 02:51:05 pm
I'm confused... That article states at the tope "From the February, 2009 issue of Baggers Mag", but they're reviewing an '04 Sportster.  Why?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Tail dragger on Jun 15, 2011, 02:57:00 pm
I have a friend with a Sportster (very low miles and is a 2006) and I don't like it at all.  Vibrates too much, hard clutch with bad release, top heavy and with those mid pegs, eats my legs up everytime I put my foot down.  I know that I am used to the Raider but to me there is just no comparison.  Have to admit they do look good, but I want something that is a pleasure to ride and the Raider is that and more.  Just my 2 cents worth.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ron505 on Jun 15, 2011, 03:05:17 pm
It had been a few years since I was on a Sprotster, so when my neighbor bought one last year, I had to check it out.  I could not believe how small it felt.  Maybe it's because of my 6'2" frame, but they seem like toys, as do alot of other bikes, not just Sporty's.  Heck, even my buddies Duece Screamin Beagle feels tiny.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 15, 2011, 03:07:38 pm
I'm confused... That article states at the tope "From the February, 2009 issue of Baggers Mag", but they're reviewing an '04 Sportster.  Why?


It took them that long to find one that was still in working order?    :shrug:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jun 15, 2011, 04:32:51 pm
I'm confused... That article states at the tope "From the February, 2009 issue of Baggers Mag", but they're reviewing an '04 Sportster.  Why?


It took them that long to find one that was still in working order?    :shrug:

That was good. I actually chuckled out loud (at work).
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jun 15, 2011, 04:35:46 pm
It had been a few years since I was on a Sprotster, so when my neighbor bought one last year, I had to check it out.  I could not believe how small it felt.  Maybe it's because of my 6'2" frame, but they seem like toys, as do alot of other bikes, not just Sporty's.  Heck, even my buddies Duece Screamin Beagle feels tiny.

That's how I felt about my wife's V-Star 650.


So reading all these comments about the Sportster makes me realize how many guys with manhood issues there are.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 15, 2011, 07:00:15 pm
Had a new XLC years ago...not a fan.  One of the happiest days of my lilfe was the day that POS was stolen.  If only there was a raider back then.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Jun 15, 2011, 08:35:44 pm
My first HD was a fully chopped and custom '57 XL. I was sooooo proud of it that I couldn't wait to see the reaction of all the other tired iron bikers in the hood when they finally saw it. Well I got a real surprise when one of them walked over too it, while I wasn't standing by it, and whipped it out and **** in the new Corbin seat that it had on it.  :o It was his way of saying 'Why didn't you get a real Harley you wuss!' I found out that it was him so I opened up the door to his brand new truck, that he drove up in that night, when he wasn't standing close by and peed all over his nice fresh new interior starting and finishing at the drivers seat. Amazingly he took it as a gesture that I wasn't intimidated by him or his bigger bike and we eventually became very close friends. Funny thing happened a few years later tho at a big rally that had mostly armed and dangerous 1%er's in attendance. He [same guy, nicknamed Garbage] unloaded his sidearm [at least 6 shots] straight up from the front row at a strippers dance show on the outdoor stage, and each bullet missed me by only inches as I layed as narrow as possible and screamed at the top of my lungs from the tree branch over his head. He didn't know I had climbed up there to avoid the biker magazine photog's that kept putting my picture with all the nude girls in in their rags 3 years in a row. I could feel the air blasts when each bullet flew past my body.  :whew:  I should have had a Raider!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jun 16, 2011, 08:46:38 am
YIKES!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jun 16, 2011, 09:55:24 am
Damn Gostr8r!  I would love to just sit down over some beers and listen to some of these stories. Though I may have nightmares after some of them. You definitely haven't lived a boring life.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jun 16, 2011, 10:05:08 am
Damn Gostr8r!  I would love to just sit down over some beers and listen to some of these stories. Though I may have nightmares after some of them. You definitely haven't lived a boring life.

Word of advice, you will want to have more than a few. It's worth a week of beers to hear this man's stories!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jun 16, 2011, 10:13:27 am
Damn Gostr8r!  I would love to just sit down over some beers and listen to some of these stories. Though I may have nightmares after some of them. You definitely haven't lived a boring life.

Word of advice, you will want to have more than a few. It's worth a week of beers to hear this man's stories!  :cheers:

I can imagine.  Maybe I'll just order a couple kegs. 
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Capt_Zoom on Jun 16, 2011, 12:33:40 pm
In the hours I rode and chatted with Ray when he rode through Minnesota we heard a lot of his stories.  I gotta say he could write a couple of books about the crazy sh$% he's seen.  Good stories.  ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 16, 2011, 12:41:04 pm
In the hours I rode and chatted with Ray when he rode through Minnesota we heard a lot of his stories.  I gotta say he could write a couple of books about the crazy sh$% he's seen.  Good stories.  ;D

Maybe Ray should start a thread.... "Story's by - Ray". 

I'm serious.... so many of us will never have the oportunities to hear them in person (2363 and growing).

C'mon Ray... how bout it?   
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Jun 16, 2011, 01:23:11 pm
 :o..... **** I could have fun with that ;) ;) Oh and to AresX, just for the record I quit drinking and smoking on when I graduated from the 6th grade so I have a Arnold Palmer with extra lemons. ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Jun 16, 2011, 01:31:06 pm
We sure had some real belly laffs at Chilli's that day didn't we Dreadly?                                                                             
**** Gostr8r!  I would love to just sit down over some beers and listen to some of these stories. Though I may have nightmares after some of them. You definitely haven't lived a boring life.

Word of advice, you will want to have more than a few. It's worth a week of beers to hear this man's stories!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jun 16, 2011, 01:34:15 pm
AresX, just for the record I quit drinking and smoking on when I graduated from the 6th grade so I have a Arnold Palmer with extra lemons. ;D ;D

Hey!  Whatever it takes.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Jun 16, 2011, 01:38:17 pm
I'm up for the thread idea, but need to think about how poorly I write and if I need to change some names to protect the guilty/innocent if you know what I mean? I do have material tho. :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 16, 2011, 02:59:29 pm
I'm up for the thread idea, but need to think about how poorly I write and if I need to change some names to protect the guilty/innocent if you know what I mean? I do have material tho. :rolleyes:


 :yay:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Jun 16, 2011, 04:07:53 pm
Done but wasn't sure how to name the thread so went with memories. That's might cover most of the topics and back and forth. I'll try to stay up in the reply's but have more than the usual list of Honey Do's now being home and not working.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 16, 2011, 04:13:20 pm
Done but wasn't sure how to name the thread so went with memories. That's might cover most of the topics and back and forth. I'll try to stay up in the reply's but have more than the usual list of Honey Do's now being home and not working.

I was kinda hoping on.... "Ray's Verboseness"    :rotfl:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: A.T. on Jun 16, 2011, 05:30:46 pm
Done but wasn't sure how to name the thread so went with memories. That's might cover most of the topics and back and forth. I'll try to stay up in the reply's but have more than the usual list of Honey Do's now being home and not working.

I was kinda hoping on.... "Ray's Verboseness"    :rotfl:

Maybe gostr8r should be renamed TheR8RBard
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Jun 16, 2011, 06:52:40 pm
I've been called many things and most don't even make any sense at all to me. I'm just not edumicated enough to know somethings, which is why my life is a comedy on the verge of tragedy. But I do know I'm smart enough to own a Yamaha Raider :raider: ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jun 17, 2011, 09:31:13 am
I'm just not edumicated enough to know somethings

It's funny you say that because your posts are always well thought out, well written, correct spelling (except when you misspell on purpose, like "edumicated"), proper punctuation and grammar.  Some posts on this forum can be almost painful to read at times.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Jun 17, 2011, 10:47:01 am
Well thank you AresX, It's only because I go back and reread and correct these things time and time again. I get that detail thing from my son Jason. I want to be just like him when I grow up too! You see it's not in my nature [pecking at the keys] to do it right the 1st time. However I did start off with a metric cruiser and was pulled to the darkside by forces I could not overcome. That is until I saw the light during the next 22 years that truly changed my heart and opinion that HD's were the only real m/c's and only bike that real bikers rode. Raiders ROCK! That's my story and I'm sticking to it! :raider: ;)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jun 17, 2011, 11:15:33 am
So I'm coming out of the grocery store last night (same one I met Text Earnhardt at) and this older guy is circling my bike and really looking it over.  As I get a closer I yell to him "It's pretty dirty" and he looks back and tells me he's trying to figure out what it is.  I told him "Raider" and he walks over and gets real close and tells me he's never heard of that. So I explain it's a Yamaha and it's only been aout a few years. He just raves and raves about it and how the saddlebags follow the lines so well and how it all looked so nice together.  He never once made a negative comment and two my surprise, the word "Harley" was never mentioned.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: gostr8r on Jun 17, 2011, 11:37:22 am
Damn! That's refreshing!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TheGhostRaider on Jun 17, 2011, 12:09:03 pm
Most people I run into already know what it is. Perhaps it because they have been beaten by one already. Hell I didn't know what a GTO Judge was until one kicked my but around the block.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jun 17, 2011, 01:18:12 pm
Most people I run into already know what it is. Perhaps it because they have been beaten by one already. Hell I didn't know what a GTO Judge was until one kicked my but around the block.

I got a year on ya, so I was hoping to educate the masses so you could ride in peace - just enjoy the ride.  ;D 8)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Ares X on Jun 20, 2011, 10:36:24 am
Was coming out of a grocery store yesterday morning and there was a guy standing about 10 feet from my Raider as I walked over to it.  Right away "What is that?"  I told him and he started complimenting on it.  Then he came over and really started looking it over.  He asked the price, which I told him and the price of upgrades and he said "It sure beats $28,000". He said a buddy had one of the biggest Kawasakis made and ended up trading in for a Harley and he said that was the worst thing he could've ever done.  I guess it was in constant need of repairs.  The guy talking to me told me he used to be a Harley guy, but with age he got smarter and decided he's going to ride what makes him happy. He never did mention owning anything currently though.

One of his comments after I told him it is just about to hit 40,000 miles was "Do you wash it every day?". I get asked that a lot.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: varaven on Jun 20, 2011, 01:52:12 pm
My buddy has a 2008 fatboy. He got his bike 2 months before I got the 2008 raven. He swears that I wash the bike 2 to 3 times a week. I just always look at him and grin
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jun 23, 2011, 01:14:47 pm
My buddy has a 2008 fatboy. He got his bike 2 months before I got the 2008 raven. He swears that I wash the bike 2 to 3 times a week. I just always look at him and grin

I keep my bike pretty clean. I've even been known to get up around 5'ish in the morning to give it a wash or quick touch up before going to work.  ;D

So on year 2 two of owning this bike and yesterday, I was yet again entertaining an onslaught of questions from two german fellows. I swear we were talking for 15-20 minutes. Thankfully, theGhostRaider pulled in and they then had questions for him  ;D
The one fellow said he's buying a Raider after talking to me and the other will buy a Raider if/when the time comes for him to have a bike. (Both guys rolled into the Timmies parking lot on homebuilt, almost identical, trikes)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jun 23, 2011, 02:18:09 pm
had my own moment ... walking around at lunch, saw a Silver Raider racing down the street. Love the Silver Raider.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: XMan on Jun 23, 2011, 02:46:16 pm
My brother-in-law was telling one of his co-workers that I have a Raider.  His co-worker's immediate response was, "that thing is a Harley killer".  He went on to say, you'll pay a fortune to get a Harley that compares to a Raider.  His co-worker is evidently a pretty intelligent person.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 23, 2011, 04:05:12 pm
My buddy has a 2008 fatboy. He got his bike 2 months before I got the 2008 raven. He swears that I wash the bike 2 to 3 times a week. I just always look at him and grin

I keep my bike pretty clean. I've even been known to get up around 5'ish in the morning to give it a wash or quick touch up before going to work.  ;D

So on year 2 two of owning this bike and yesterday, I was yet again entertaining an onslaught of questions from two german fellows. I swear we were talking for 15-20 minutes. Thankfully, theGhostRaider pulled in and they then had questions for him  ;D
The one fellow said he's buying a Raider after talking to me and the other will buy a Raider if/when the time comes for him to have a bike. (Both guys rolled into the Timmies parking lot on homebuilt, almost identical, trikes)


And of course you told them about this forum... right?    ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jun 23, 2011, 04:47:23 pm
My buddy has a 2008 fatboy. He got his bike 2 months before I got the 2008 raven. He swears that I wash the bike 2 to 3 times a week. I just always look at him and grin

I keep my bike pretty clean. I've even been known to get up around 5'ish in the morning to give it a wash or quick touch up before going to work.  ;D

So on year 2 two of owning this bike and yesterday, I was yet again entertaining an onslaught of questions from two german fellows. I swear we were talking for 15-20 minutes. Thankfully, theGhostRaider pulled in and they then had questions for him  ;D
The one fellow said he's buying a Raider after talking to me and the other will buy a Raider if/when the time comes for him to have a bike. (Both guys rolled into the Timmies parking lot on homebuilt, almost identical, trikes)


And of course you told them about this forum... right?    ;D

Opps LOL
Too busy playing 21 questions.  ;D
I see them quite often so I'll point them this way. I should have asked GhostRaider if he had his cards on him
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TheGhostRaider on Jun 23, 2011, 11:19:37 pm
My buddy has a 2008 fatboy. He got his bike 2 months before I got the 2008 raven. He swears that I wash the bike 2 to 3 times a week. I just always look at him and grin

I keep my bike pretty clean. I've even been known to get up around 5'ish in the morning to give it a wash or quick touch up before going to work.  ;D

So on year 2 two of owning this bike and yesterday, I was yet again entertaining an onslaught of questions from two german fellows. I swear we were talking for 15-20 minutes. Thankfully, theGhostRaider pulled in and they then had questions for him  ;D
The one fellow said he's buying a Raider after talking to me and the other will buy a Raider if/when the time comes for him to have a bike. (Both guys rolled into the Timmies parking lot on homebuilt, almost identical, trikes)


And of course you told them about this forum... right?    ;D

Opps LOL
Too busy playing 21 questions.  ;D
I see them quite often so I'll point them this way. I should have asked GhostRaider if he had his cards on him

Never leave home with out them
A person can never have too many friends ;)
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Unchained V-Twin on Jun 24, 2011, 08:08:16 am
Not a Raider story, but worth a chuckle...

A long-time friend of mine was riding his Yamaha Warrior with his girl on the back in FL.

At one point during the ride, another couple (on an HD) drove up next to them on the highway.

The woman (on the back of the HD) waved to my friend and his gal.

My friend looked over at them and noticed (from the 'motioning' of the guy driving the HD)

that he was 'scolding' her for her inability to tell that my buddy was not riding an HD!


Too funny!


Marc


Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Veego on Jun 24, 2011, 02:06:33 pm
Got to telling my cousin's husband about the Raider and showing pictures and he's definately interested. I told him about our website so he might show up. He was surfing the Star page looking at the new Raiders so he might be be hooked.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dreadly on Jun 24, 2011, 02:13:29 pm
My friend looked over at them and noticed (from the 'motioning' of the guy driving the HD)
that he was 'scolding' her for her inability to tell that my buddy was not riding an HD!

Too funny!
Marc


Of all the stories told, I think I've encountered all except this one  - but I hope it happens as it would make my day! LOL
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Mr. T on Jun 24, 2011, 03:37:47 pm
My friend looked over at them and noticed (from the 'motioning' of the guy driving the HD)
that he was 'scolding' her for her inability to tell that my buddy was not riding an HD!

Too funny!
Marc


Of all the stories told, I think I've encountered all except this one  - but I hope it happens as it would make my day! LOL

Tech Connect -   No worries buddy.... based on the thread title... it fit just fine.  :thumbs:   ;D
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dickster on Jun 24, 2011, 06:37:30 pm
I had a friend stop by who has a cross bones and he absolutely loves my bike. He did not know what it was and first thought it was a victory. I personally was looking for a Harley but could not find anything that caught my eye, then I saw the Raider. I am very happy with it so far. My only dislike is that the exhaust is too quiet but that's an easy fix.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: wyldfyre on Jun 25, 2011, 01:03:58 am
Well, I think you guys are going to love this. I was on my big adventure to Gillette Wyoming. I had stopped for my second tank of fuel at a truck stop off of I80 in Rawlins Wyoming. They have motorcycle parking in the front of the Truck stop. There was no other bikes parked there at the time. I went in for a few minutes. I come back out to find my Raider surrounded by HD's. There are four guys circling my Raider. They start talking to me about my bike and all the questions we have heard before. It was really cool to hear the HD riding, HD clad guys telling me how awesome my bike is and how hot it looks.
 It was a great feeling to ride away on the largest bike in the parking lot.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: Madcow on Jun 25, 2011, 07:21:42 am
I had a friend stop by who has a cross bones and he absolutely loves my bike. He did not know what it was and first thought it was a victory. I personally was looking for a Harley but could not find anything that caught my eye, then I saw the Raider. I am very happy with it so far. My only dislike is that the exhaust is too quiet but that's an easy fix.

I drilled 6 holes out of each back plate. As I dont like it TOO loud, it gives it just the right amout of grumble for me.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: jim on Jun 25, 2011, 12:05:30 pm
I had a friend stop by who has a cross bones and he absolutely loves my bike. He did not know what it was and first thought it was a victory. I personally was looking for a Harley but could not find anything that caught my eye, then I saw the Raider. I am very happy with it so far. My only dislike is that the exhaust is too quiet but that's an easy fix.

I drilled 6 holes out of each back plate. As I dont like it TOO loud, it gives it just the right amout of grumble for me.

I did 8... before i changed the exhaust completely
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: ground pounder on Jun 26, 2011, 01:09:21 pm
Had a guy walk up to me and tell me how sweet my bike was. He asked me if it was a custom orange county choppers bike. He thought it kinda looked like a bat man bike! I love it!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: LostDog on Jun 26, 2011, 01:24:45 pm
I'm thinkin that guy may be a little outa touch. :rotfl:

I had a guy remodeling a house ask me if I had built it myself :o it's pretty well stock too. :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: dickster on Jun 26, 2011, 05:33:44 pm
I had a friend stop by who has a cross bones and he absolutely loves my bike. He did not know what it was and first thought it was a victory. I personally was looking for a Harley but could not find anything that caught my eye, then I saw the Raider. I am very happy with it so far. My only dislike is that the exhaust is too quiet but that's an easy fix.

I drilled 6 holes out of each back plate. As I dont like it TOO loud, it gives it just the right amout of grumble for me.

I did 8... before i changed the exhaust completely

I thought of that but are you getting any popping. I was going to go ahead witht the fuel pak first and thought about drilling my pipes out to see if I like it. I do like the looks of the stock pipes.

Thanks
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: RangerRick on Jun 26, 2011, 05:51:40 pm
I had a friend stop by who has a cross bones and he absolutely loves my bike. He did not know what it was and first thought it was a victory. I personally was looking for a Harley but could not find anything that caught my eye, then I saw the Raider. I am very happy with it so far. My only dislike is that the exhaust is too quiet but that's an easy fix.

I drilled 6 holes out of each back plate. As I dont like it TOO loud, it gives it just the right amout of grumble for me.

I did 8... before i changed the exhaust completely

I thought of that but are you getting any popping. I was going to go ahead witht the fuel pak first and thought about drilling my pipes out to see if I like it. I do like the looks of the stock pipes.

Thanks

Here is what I posted awhile back.

 "I went through various stages of mods to the stock muffler, I bought off of e-bay by drilling holes till I finally gutted them completely. They definitely were louder by that time, but for me they did not have the deep sound that baffles can accomplish. So after I realized how the stock Mufflers are made. I put my original stock one back on and then took a long 1/4 inch steel rod that would reach the back end of the tip on each muffler and using a hammer I knocked the spot welded plug out in the back. It's held in by two welds 180 degrees apart. So one weld breaks first and you can push the plugs open like a door, and then I can see the cats beyond. It gave the bike a nice deep mellow rubble at just off idle,  as in crusin around at 10 mph, in the park. I definitely see people looking as I cruise by. It still makes a bit of noise on hard acceleration also  So for me that's the best I have heard so far after all I have done, to the stock exhaust"
Title: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: EZRaider on Jun 26, 2011, 06:36:32 pm
Oh, it's a Yamaha!

Where's the punch line?
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: TRaider_John on Jun 26, 2011, 06:43:06 pm
Meanwhile, back at the reason for this thread...

I rode my Raider to church today but stopped for a biscuit breakfast at Bojangles'.  I parked in the first space outside the exit and sat where I could keep an eye on the Raider.  Halfway through breakfast one of the customers took his Togo bag and headed toward his pickup.  He stopped and walked around Zippy studying everything.  He took cellphone pictures the second time around. 

The third time around he finally spotted the Raider shift linkage and took a step backwards with surprised expression on his face.  After stopping to look back two more times he got into his pickup and drove off.

Darn, that biscuit tasted good.
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: firer8r on Jun 26, 2011, 07:13:19 pm
"Darn, that biscuit tasked good."

Nothing like good entertainment and a good meal to boot!
Title: Re: Oh It's A Yamaha
Post by: seventhLetter on Jul 01, 2011, 03:07:20 pm
Boy have I got one for ya...

OK, first off, I was working 19 hour days due to a really intense project. The deadline was looming, and there was a period toward the end of the project that I arrived at work at 6:45 am on a Tuesday and did not go back home until 7:00 pm Thursday.   :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

OK, so anyway, the internal client that this project was for was visiting from the D.C. office.  He had gone to the bathroom just before leaving for his flight and had left his iPad and iPhone laying on the counter in the bathroom!  (who does that?)  We tried to get in touch with him, but that proved to be difficult since he did not have his phone (we had it).  So I strapped on a backpack and put his gadgets in it and flew like a bat out of hell to get it to him at the airport.  Just one problem:  I had no idea what airline or where he was. 

So I pulled into the departing flights drop-off area, and looked for him.  Too late.  He was already inside.  It would take forever for me to park the bike in the parking lot and hike back up to the departing flights area, so I pulled way up to the end of the departure drop-off area and parked in a yellow striped zone.

There I am, motorcycle in a restricted zone, with a backpack on and texting on my phone. I had turned the bike off and was just leaning on it trying to text back to the office to get the low-down on where I could find the guy I was looking for.  After a few minutes had passed, someone from airport security was approaching and yelling, asking me something.  I couldn't understand him due to the motor noise of cars, busses, etc. He was getting closer and raising his hand to get my attention. Right about that time two unmarked black cars came zooming up to me really fast.  One parked front left the other back left.  They had me pinned in.  The driver of the back vehicle got out and flashed his badge