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First Ride: 2008 Star Raider

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I'll balance things up:

YUCK!

Damn, looks like they forgot to put the shock(s) on the back. How can it move with the subframe sitting on the rear wheel?
They had to economize somwhere.....

That's a superior design with a long and fabled history! Who could remember waaaaay back in 2006 when Eddie "the Banana" Smith rode his 'ol Star from the Comet all the way to the Lockspot in one day?, all the way around Lake Union, cross the Fremont bridge and everything...I tell ya', that Eddie was bonkers! But that ol' Star of his just kept on choog-a-looging, dam* near had to pry ol Eddies hands off the bars and lift him outa' the seat but dang if he didn't do it !!
 

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Hey, it's no 61 cube knuckle, with exposed valve springs, but it'll do.
 

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You guys are too harsh.

I too like the Yamaha and would like to join the group of people who have the Yamaha at the top of the list of motorcycles they would most likely never buy.
 

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Pretty much says it all when two guys that would never buy a cruiser decided that the one they would most likely never buy would be this one. Snicker Snicker.
You must not be referring to me. I've had my share of the cruiser market. But my all time favorite ride was a 1971/69 Rat Triumph rigid with a 650 tiger motor. Man, that thing beat you up but it was fun.
 
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