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    Motorcycle gurus: Some advice needed

    So, I am looking at bikes. Right now, I have found a new 2009 Yamaha Raider listed at 11K. I have also found the 2012 Triumph Thunderbird listed at 14-15K. I like both and have to chack on some things like warranty, but I know nobody with the Triumph bike. My dad has the Raider and loves it. Right now, I am leaning heavily toward the Raider because the price seems fantastic. Just wondering if anyone has any input.

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    Re: Motorcycle gurus: Some advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Tre4ISU View Post
    So, I am looking at bikes. Right now, I have found a new 2009 Yamaha Raider listed at 11K. I have also found the 2012 Triumph Thunderbird listed at 14-15K. I like both and have to chack on some things like warranty, but I know nobody with the Triumph bike. My dad has the Raider and loves it. Right now, I am leaning heavily toward the Raider because the price seems fantastic. Just wondering if anyone has any input.

    (Please don't give me any Harley talks. I don't care about the image)
    Is this your first bike?



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    Re: Motorcycle gurus: Some advice needed

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    Is this your first bike?
    No. First cruiser, yes.


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    Re: Motorcycle gurus: Some advice needed

    2 things

    I would have no problem buying any triumph. They make good bikes. With that said, I'd make a b-line for Baxter cycle. Small town dealer but known throughout the country as a great Triumph dealer. Although you're not going to have problems with the Yamaha either.

    If you ever owned a sport bike I would think twice about a cruiser. If you've never owned a sporty bike than you should be fine. I owned a cruiser for about 6 months and was bored out of my mind but that's just me.



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    Re: Motorcycle gurus: Some advice needed

    I don't know anyone who has a Triumph, but its one nice looking bike. I like the triple, and how they made their own cruiser without going v-twin. Just guessing, but I bet the Raider is faster.

    I'm betting the Triumph is more expensive to work on, and harder to get parts for. Yamaha dealers are all over, but I don't know about parts for the Raider.

    If it was me I would get the Triumph just because it is a little more unique. I haven't read or heard of anything wrong with quality on their newer bikes. If it were from the 60-70s that might be different.

    Really, I guess I have nothing to help add to your decision making. If you do get a cruiser and are thinking of going dark side on the rear tire, I would highly recommend it. I did it about 10000 miles ago and normally would have had to replace a tire, but this one isn't even hardly worn. No changes in handling as far as I could tell either, but cruisers are just that, cruisers.



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    Re: Motorcycle gurus: Some advice needed

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    2 things

    I would have no problem buying any triumph. They make good bikes. With that said, I'd make a b-line for Baxter cycle. Small town dealer but known throughout the country as a great Triumph dealer. Although you're not going to have problems with the Yamaha either.

    If you ever owned a sport bike I would think twice about a cruiser. If you've never owned a sporty bike than you should be fine. I owned a cruiser for about 6 months and was bored out of my mind but that's just me.
    I thought the same thing after going from by CBR1000 to my VTX. And if there were twisties on the way to work I would have never gone to the cruiser. 95% of my riding is all on the straights, because I live in Central Iowa. I need to ride around 1 hour to find maybe a couple of corners and even then they suck. My wife also enjoys riding on the back of the VTX a lot more too.

    Really, everyone should have two or three different bikes in their garage.



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    Re: Motorcycle gurus: Some advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    2 things

    I would have no problem buying any triumph. They make good bikes. With that said, I'd make a b-line for Baxter cycle. Small town dealer but known throughout the country as a great Triumph dealer. Although you're not going to have problems with the Yamaha either.

    If you ever owned a sport bike I would think twice about a cruiser. If you've never owned a sporty bike than you should be fine. I owned a cruiser for about 6 months and was bored out of my mind but that's just me.
    Had an R6. It was a lot of fun, but doesn't fit what I want to do. I just wasn't comfortable. I sat on an FZ8 and just didn't really like it. If I lived in a city and was doing a lot of short rides, I would have a sport bike but the plan is a little longer rides and I need somethign a little more comfortable. Baxter is the place I would go.

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    I don't know anyone who has a Triumph, but its one nice looking bike. I like the triple, and how they made their own cruiser without going v-twin. Just guessing, but I bet the Raider is faster.

    I'm betting the Triumph is more expensive to work on, and harder to get parts for. Yamaha dealers are all over, but I don't know about parts for the Raider.

    If it was me I would get the Triumph just because it is a little more unique. I haven't read or heard of anything wrong with quality on their newer bikes. If it were from the 60-70s that might be different.

    Really, I guess I have nothing to help add to your decision making. If you do get a cruiser and are thinking of going dark side on the rear tire, I would highly recommend it. I did it about 10000 miles ago and normally would have had to replace a tire, but this one isn't even hardly worn. No changes in handling as far as I could tell either, but cruisers are just that, cruisers.
    Yeah, all things equal, the Triumph would be what I would get but Baxter is the closest and it's a long ways away. That's why I'm leaning toward the Raider. Parts and such are a half hour away.


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    Re: Motorcycle gurus: Some advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by VTXCyRyD View Post
    I thought the same thing after going from by CBR1000 to my VTX. And if there were twisties on the way to work I would have never gone to the cruiser. 95% of my riding is all on the straights, because I live in Central Iowa. I need to ride around 1 hour to find maybe a couple of corners and even then they suck. My wife also enjoys riding on the back of the VTX a lot more too.

    Really, everyone should have two or three different bikes in their garage.
    The VTX 1300 is another option.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tre4ISU View Post
    The VTX 1300 is another option.
    I'd get something bigger. That's what I'm riding now, and the frame is full size and really the engine is plenty, but sometimes you want more.

    My in my previous post I thought the Thunderbird was a triple. Its a parallel twin.



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    Re: Motorcycle gurus: Some advice needed

    Check on that Raider. If you plan on changing your own oil, I know some yamaha's you need to take the down pipe of the exhaust off to change the filter. I don't know if the raider is the same way or not.



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    Re: Motorcycle gurus: Some advice needed

    Look and see what the Triumph can do



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    Re: Motorcycle gurus: Some advice needed

    What about a triumph tiger?



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    Re: Motorcycle gurus: Some advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Tre4ISU View Post

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    I did read this part so don't flame me yet. If your willing to spend 15k on a bike I think you should look at a Harley. The resale on Harley's is much better than on most other bikes. I came from motocross and sportbikes, I'm now on my second Harley and love it.



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    Re: Motorcycle gurus: Some advice needed

    What kind of riding do you want to do? That's always my first question.

    I owned street bikes all my life until I bought a used Electraglide in 2007. After riding that I wished I had bought a touring bike sooner. I just traded that Electraglide in on a Road King so I consider it the best of both worlds. I can take off the windshield and it is like owning a big street bike. Pop the windshield on and attach a backrest and luggage rack via the quick release system and now I have a touring bike. All ready for the long haul.


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    Re: Motorcycle gurus: Some advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by jrcisu79 View Post
    I did read this part so don't flame me yet. If your willing to spend 15k on a bike I think you should look at a Harley. The resale on Harley's is much better than on most other bikes. I came from motocross and sportbikes, I'm now on my second Harley and love it.
    I'm not spending 15K. 15K would get me a 4-5 year old bike if I were getting the actual bike I wanted. To me, that's ridiculous. I can buy a the best 2012 Cruiser Yamaha makes for that and IMO it's just as good, if not a better bike. Yes, I've ridden a Harley. I'm also not concerned about resale.


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