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Wow wwooww wwwoooooooowwww!!

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  1. Squando
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    Can you say finally warm enough for a test drive? OMG!!!!

    I've been smiling and laughing out loud for no reason ever since. I took a well travelled road home and got 10 miles off track before I realized what was up. That was so fun. I won't doubt you guys again.

    I swear I don't understand dealerships though. I put down a down payment a few days ago and they said the bike on the floor isn't mine because that's their 'demo.' Fine, I guess I'll have to wait for a brand new one. But then I pull out on the highway and the odometer, no not the trip meter(s), reads 0. So, I'm not sure what's going on but I put the very first 6 miles on the demo. It would have been more fun but we didn't go over 65 because there was still plenty of gravel and wet patches on the road.

    At first I was worried because the biggest bike I'd actually taken for a ride before was my Steed 600 but I was soon rolling around on it like it was my old baseball mit or something. While I remember thinking, "This is so coooool" a lot, I did manage to make 3 observations.

    1. I'm 6'1" but I still seem to be leaning forward a bit. So, no need for a seat with a driver backrest.

    2. I think I would like the foot controls a bit farther forward so I'm going to get the forward control brackets that have several positions to evaluate how far forward I would like the controls to be. That's is also a security feature by the way, there are very few Filipinos that can ride my Steed because of the forward controls.

    3. My left hand is going to get a lot stronger pulling that clutch. I know the Harleys have a cheater wheel you can install to ease clutch operation but I don't think that'll help with a hydraulic clutch. I'll get used to it of course. City driving will be painful for a while but I'll get used to it.

    Well, I'm feeling so excited and young I think I'm going to go take a bath with some Mr Bubble and toy boats. I'll make motor sounds and pretend they are Raiders, of course.

    TJ

  2. havkvilt65
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    Man, you got it bad. LOL. Just one year ago I was flying as high as you are now. I to am thinking about repositioning my forward controls about 3”. I’m 6’ tall. I Like to stretch out abit. Enjoy your new ride, and ride safe.

  3. kman
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    I know what you mean.

  4. TrojRaiter
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    Wait until you get to really crank on it. Then you'll really go WOW!

  5. retzdaret
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    I don't know about you but if I'm going to pay full price, I would want one that others have not demo'ed. Congrats on a killer choice. Enjoy and ride safe!!

  6. Vindakecar15
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    Great, we've lost another one.
    They'll never get that shit-grin off his face now.......!

  7. retzdarraiter
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    sounds like you have complaints about the RAIDER. well, we'll have none of that here! controls arent right,blah, blah, blah!shut up and be grateful or keep riding your silly little steed!

  8. zaldjtok36
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    When I took the RedRaider out on my first test ride I came back . Now how are ya gonna negotiate and talk the price down with a face like . I guess ya could test ride one somewhere and then buy one somewhere else. My problem is when I just see my RedRaider I look like . Oh well, lucky for me, I bought my RedRaider with 1900 miles on it.

  9. Squando
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    I don't know about you but if I'm going to pay full price, I would want one that others have not demo'ed. Congrats on a killer choice. Enjoy and ride safe!!
    That's just it. I started the demo ride with 0 miles on it. It's been too darned cold to ride for quite a while here. But if they want to designate that one as a demo and give me another then I get to relive those miles over again.

  10. Squando
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    When I took the RedRaider out on my first test ride I came back . Now how are ya gonna negotiate and talk the price down with a face like . I guess ya could test ride one somewhere and then buy one somewhere else. My problem is when I just see my RedRaider I look like . Oh well, lucky for me, I bought my RedRaider with 1900 miles on it.
    I guess I lucked out there by negotiating the price before the test ride. The test ride was just to confirm what I already knew.

  11. THUNDER160
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    Nothing wrong with a little heaven on earth..........

  12. SLK929
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    Can you say finally warm enough for a test drive? OMG!!!! I swear I don't understand dealerships though. I put down a down payment a few days ago and they said the bike on the floor isn't mine because that's their 'demo.' Fine, I guess I'll have to wait for a brand new one. But then I pull out on the highway and the odometer, no not the trip meter(s), reads 0. So, I'm not sure what's going on but I put the very first 6 miles on the demo. It would have been more fun but we didn't go over 65 because there was still plenty of gravel and wet patches on the road. TJ
    Actually here the states it is common practice for many of the dealers who offer test rides to put out the first one they get as demo bike. They will then sell a lot of bikes off those test rides. I went into the dealership in Anchorage, Alaska and they had a Vstar 1300, a Roadliner, and a Raider that were demo bikes. While I was waiting my turn to take a test ride on all three I saw an interesting phenomanon. Three guys ahead of me went out on test rides on all three bikes. 2 of the three originally had come in looking to buy the 1300 Vstar and the 3rd was interested in Royal Star. 1 left after making a deal for A Stratoliner, and the other 2 made a deal for Raider. I was looking at getting a Stratoliner and ended up eventually getting a Raider. Now if you wanted to wait until the end of the sales season and buy a used a demonstrater you can usually get a good deal saving $3,000 or more. But it will be a bike with some miles on it, or you can look at it as being already broke in.

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