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  • Yamaha Warrior

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I just sold my 99 GSX-R 750. I loved that bike but my wife and my back couldnt take the ride anymore. There were no long trips for me. My problem is, I want a Bike with power, some handling (i will compromise, its going to be cruiser), and it must have looks. I have boiled myself down to two motorcycles. The Yamaha Warrior and the Kawasaki Mean Streak. I have yet to ride these bikes but if you have some imput or another choice, please let me know.
 

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I can easily understand your frustration with the GSXR. I have ridden just about everything on two wheels at one time or another. The GSXRs are great bikes, but I can't ride one for more than a few miles without wishing I was back home. I think you jumped into the sportbike 'thing' without doing your homework first, and now your planning on making the same mistake again. The more aggressive sportbikes and the cruisers are both about as uncomfortable a bike as you can find. The GSXR has your chin on the gas tank and the cruiser has you sitting on the floor touching your toes. These are both exaggerations, but they do outline the basic problem.

For me, the cruisers are all about style and nothing else. Riding a cruiser is about the same thing as driving a school bus, except the school bus handles and performs a little better. You're overlooking a couple dozen bikes that would provide far more comfort and performance too. For example, my 170 hp ZX-11 has incredible power and I've ridden it over 121,000 miles. With just a few comfort changes, it is a comfortable as anything I've ever ridden. The magazines regularly downplay some of the best bikes, often for some very silly and easily correctable problem. At the same time, they rarely even look into any of the important servicing issues. Most of the cruisers appear to be easy to work on, but the truth is very different. For example, I just repaired a leaking valve cover gasket on a Vulcan and while this is a fairly simple job on any sportbike, it required complete removal of the engine, radiator, electrical and coolant connections, etc. Talk about pathetic engineering. Here again, it's style over function. An $8.50 gasket cost him $250.00.

I have many times seen people reject a particular machine because the seat was too hard or for some other minor thing. But when the bike is fundamentally uncomfortable, as nearly all cruisers are, you'll be stuck again. Many cruiser buyers are impressed with the showroom 'comfort', and sitting position but after riding one for a few hours at 70 mph, a different realization emerges. Riding the Mean Streak or any Harley, for that matter is like being in a parade, everyone will wave and give you the thumbs up, but personally I think there’s more to motorcycling than just that. So, look before you leap.

So many bikers these days rarely go ‘riding’ anyway. They just go ‘stopping’. I’ve tried riding with some of my Harley friends, but it’s frustrating beyond words. They stop for everything and then do everything possible to extend every stop. They routinely spend all day and barely get out of town. They are simply compensating for an incredibly uncomfortable ride, but none of them will ever admit it. You are one of the few that has been able and honest enough to critically evaluate his current ride.
 

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RE: Cruiser choices

I was in a similar position as you, though I was keeping my ZX9R. I was down to the 2 choices you listed: Warrior or Mean Streak. Everyone has something that will inevitably make the choice for them, power, looks, features etc. For me it was the looks and wifey said it was more comfy for her than the Warrior. The Warrior has more power but the Streak has looks, handling(real susp.) and wicked brakes. Can you guess which one I have? :D I have attached a pic, now mine has been customized so take that into account when comparing! ;)
 

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Re: RE: Cruiser choices

Hypurone said:
I was in a similar position as you, though I was keeping my ZX9R. I was down to the 2 choices you listed: Warrior or Mean Streak. Everyone has something that will inevitably make the choice for them, power, looks, features etc. For me it was the looks and wifey said it was more comfy for her than the Warrior. The Warrior has more power but the Streak has looks, handling(real susp.) and wicked brakes. Can you guess which one I have? :D I have attached a pic, now mine has been customized so take that into account when comparing! ;)
So what do you think of the handling on the Mean Streak? I know its no sportbike but does it do riding the justice it deserves?

DaveL, just to let you (not being an ass or anything), I did all my research on the sportbike thing before I jumped into it. I rode near every sportbike out there. I found the GSXR (at that time) to be the bike for me. But now its a time for change. Im looking for a cruiser that gives me the thrill of riding and more comfort. I have ridden the Iron Butt on a road king. It was the most comfortable ride ever. Riding position and all. I have a few harley rider friends who do the same thing, stop every where. I personally feel they are just afraid of riding. They all have air-suspension seats and Evolution motors. They are just wimps...:D anyways, thank you all for your opinons.
 

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I've got an '02 Mean Streak and love it. For a Cruiser, I think it's pretty comfortable. I think it handles well also. Even the magazines rate the handling as good and the brakes are real good. One of the magazines (Motorcycle Cruiser) just named it as the overall cruiser of the year.
In its stock form, it's not real fast. But I'm not drag racing so it's OK. I just added a V&H Propipe and made some air and fuel adjustments and it is now faster. I added the pipe for a little more sound, not because it wasn't fast enough.

Hope you find what you're looking for.
 

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Mean Streak

>>So what do you think of the handling on the Mean Streak? I know its no sportbike but does it do riding the justice it deserves?<<

To put it simply, "Hell YES"! Better than any other cruiser you're gonna find. After you get used to the limited ground clearance and adjust your lean to such, you can really superbike it thru the turns. I hate the dunlops that it came with but I'm just about ready to get my Metzelers!! You will probably end up like me and upgrade the suspension even more, 'cause you can! :D The brakes are second to none in the cruiser category and it has stump pulling torque. I can ride it all day and when I get home, I'm ready to go again! Enjoy whatever you get. :cool:
 

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I picked the warrior just cause I like the giant torpedo tube on the side:D :D
 

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i do not know why you kinda limited yourself to those two bikes but here's my input.

i have been shopping for a while for a new bike and i sat on the warrior in the showroom and i did not find it comfortable at all. with the long wheel base, they didn't compensate for those of us with shorter arms and legs. it was far from comfortable and after sittling for just 5 minutes, my back began to hurt from stretching.

i have sat on a few bikes and rode a few bikes. I do like the comfortablity of some curisers and for each bike, there are different seats you can get to adjust the butt comfort too. Some Harley seats can make you feel like your in a Lazy boy recliner while others can make your ass hurt after 20 minutes, like what DaveL said.

want my :2cents: ? check out the new suzuki intruders 1400 and 1500. they have comfort, styling, and can be customized pretty good.
 

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i have ridden my father v-star 1100 and i feel that it isnt as safe as my cbr and is more uncomfortable....thats because i have disc problems in my back and with the sportbike there isnt the pressure put directly on my spine like the upright position of the cruiser would...my 2 cents
 

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Re: Cruisers

bkjl92 said:
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Have you seen the New Honda Valkyrie Rune.....
That is one BADASS Looking Bike!!
:D
I got to take one for a test ride and I thought that that bike is pretty bad azz. It is also pretty comfortable but very heavy. I like all the chrome
 

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I like cruisers

I like cruisers. I had a full dress tourer and loved it. I have friends who ride Harleys. Most ride for riding, not for "stopping". I agree that the perception of cruiser riders can be mistaken by observing some who seem to "stop more than they ride", but most of the friends of mine who have Harleys or other cruisers do like to ride with friends and will use any excuse to use their bike. I see them riding in weather that sport bike riders generally avoid, so although one of the writers here seems to dislike cruisers for personal reasons, I disagree with his perceptions about cruiser riders in general, as my experience is completely opposite to his.

In any event, it seems to me that such negative commentary on cruisers is irrelevant to the question of this thread and does not assist this person in resolving their dilemma.

My choice would be the Mean Streak. Rider Magazine tested that bike last year and they loved it. As I recall they compared it to the Warrior and even the Harley whatchamacallitV1000POS and they picked the Mean Streak over all the other competitors. One reason was the suspension. Another was the brakes. Another was the motor. Although the motor is not as "powerful" as the VRodPOS or the Warrior, it has a flat powerband that is useable over a good rpm range, and the shaft drive means no drive line maintenance. This year they made the motor bigger and changed the cam and intake for even more power. The brakes are sportbike brakes and the fork tubes are what you see on sportbikes, not cruisers. You can lean it over farther than any other cruiser before the fireworks start.

I like the Vulcan 2000. I want one but I would like to have a cross country tourer like my old Venture Royale, and I am expecting Kawasaki to turn out one with the Vulcan 2000 mill since they got rid of the Voyager the same year they introduced the Vulcan 2000. And right now I have only one arm due to major surgery on the other one so I can't ride until next year sometime anyway.
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