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"113 CUBIC INCHES OF RAW ATTITUDE" - www.starmotorcycles.com
Many Roads Still Ahead - Ken's 2008, Paris, KY
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Yamaha called it the first "modern performance custom"; the Raider from Star Motorcycles/Yamaha broke new ground in styling, performance, power and handling upon its introduction in 2008. During an unprecedented 10-year model run, the Raider exhilarated its owners, defeated all competition, and inspired a fierce and loyal following, winning awards and accolades along the way.
2018 is the first year in a decade that there is no Raider model in the Yamaha line-up. While most motorcycle models run on for 4, 6, or even 8 years, the Raider held on for 10, with minimal changes along the way; it's longevity a testament to it's design, engineering, and incredible performance, the core of which is the amazing XV1900 113 C.I.D. powerplant.
That 1900cc heart continues to beat, in somewhat altered form, in the new Yamaha Transcontinental Touring bikes, the Voyager and Eluder. Perhaps due to the changing trends towards touring- and bagger-type motorcycles, these full-dress rigs are a far cry from the lean, custom hot-rod machine that the Raider exemplifies, so the Raider remains a very unique bike, even in pre-owned form.
While the Raider is no longer a "new" model, 10-years of production and ownership mean that there are thousands of Raiders and Raider-enthusiasts out there. Original and 2nd (and 3rd) owners like Paul in the photo above continue to get the most out of this motorcycle. From the beginning, the Raider has proven to be a phenomenal customization platform, and modified and personalized examples continue to be loved the world over. As long as there are Raiders on the road, and owners that want to ride them, Raider Performance will aim to help them get the most out of this incredible machine and serve as a community for all Raider owners and riders.
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We've made a major improvement and added an on-line catalog feature to our Aftermarket Section. In addition to our research and reviews, we are now able to provide a direct connection to our partners that allow you to purchase many of the name-brand products that we discuss at discounted prices, including FI modules, handlebars, exhaust, etc. If you see this graphic , it indicates that we've personally installed, tested and used the item.
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Check out what we're doing on our Raider. Yamaha is a very rare bike manufacturer in that they go out of their way to promote customization, and we thank them for that.
Unique, Special and Hard-to-Find parts and accessories specifically for the Raider, direct from our supplier & manufacturing partners.
What we've found and what we have to say about the latest aftermarket products. Where to get unique parts and accessories, and links to our trusted vendors.
A quick, unbiased (you'll like this) look at how this bike stacks up.
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A continuously growing collection of information regarding the care and maintenance of the Raider, as well as information on popular modifactions and accessory installation, geared towards those owners interested in doing the work themselves.
The Original Raider Back Patch for sale.
A compilation of answers to common Raider-related questions and issues
Our Directory of Raider Riders and Owners from around the country and the world
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