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Old 06-05-2019, 04:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Aloha. Introduced myself via the welcome mat a few days ago. Jeff from Sk, Canada.

I wasnt going to buy a bike this year, and then one day on Kijiji I saw a used '07 Warrior for a price that seemed to good to be true. After inspecting and testing, I bought it. 3800$ cdn (roughly 2800 usd at the time of writing). Came with a spare corbin seat and a new belt. Condition was exceptional for a 12 year old machine. Had 12,000km (roughly 7400 miles) Clean title, no accidents, no issues, new tires.I couldnt pass it up, and since I was the first to message him I got the deal. Bike had original pipes, but some sort of aftermarket slip on. Sounds great, and I couldnt find a logo but I assume its a cobra or VH slip on. Not overly loud, but barks when cranked. Also had a windscreen that I assume is OEM. Not overly big, but will take the chest blast away a little.

Previous bikes owned (Suzuki GS-350, Kawasaki Z1000, Honda CBF1000, Kawasaki Vulcan 900, Honda Stateline, Suzuki M109r, Yamaha Stryker)
I had dumped a lot of money into the Stryker to get it where I wanted. (Ivans flash, exahaust, intake, bags, windscreen) But it had one thing that got to me. The roads here in Sask, Canada are abysmal. We have a huge area, but not enough tax money to keep all of our roads in decent shape. When I drove the Stryker around town it punished my spine. To get it improved would have required going to a custom air suspension .

Anyhow, bought the Warrior, and drove it home where it was parked while I could get a new filter/oil. Picked up a KN filter and some AMSOIL synthetic 10-40. Followed a youtube video and got everything topped up nicely.

The first evening, we had idea weather and I spent a good hour riding the machine. I actually had multiple smiles at various points. The low end torque and pickup was great, and when I got into some corners I loved how effortlessly it handled and felt nimble. Plenty of clearance to get in a decent angle. Suspension wise it is world more comfortable then the Stryker. It soaks up bumps nicely.

I wish I could post photos but since I am a new user, it is not letting me!

I tossed on the windscreen and tried out the OEM seat vs the Corbin.The corbin is a nicer contour, however it felt that I was sitting further back, and I felt my seating position was somewhat uncomfortable in that I had to hunch forward to get to the bars. I am 6'2. This is my one complaint about the bike that I might address. I put on the OEM seat with an Air Hawk pad and that helped me move up while having decent comfort. I would however like to pull the handlebars back an extra 2 inches so I am not in that seating position. It gets fatiguing on the highway. I have the config that would require buying some new bars as well as a riser, so its a fairly expensive move.

Compared to my previous M109R, its similar in its low end pull. The m109r revs out higher and has some more legs once you get up there in speed, HOWEVER the Warrior destroys it in handling and daily driving. I had my M109r fully loaded and it was a heavy bulky beast. The warrior is much more commuter friendly to me. Truthfully, I also like the fact that my Warrior gets less attention then my yellow M109r as well. Police might not notice me so quick!

Normally I am rarely happy and always looking to do some mods, but this Warrior that I got for a great deal has me smiling. I actually want to keep this machine and ride the snot out of it.

So my next goal is improving the ergo's slightly. I would like opinions on the best bar setup for a guy who is 6'2, and wants a little adjustment. I would also like to add some bags so I can store my tarp and a sweater or two for when the weather changes. The current slip on exhaust end is smaller then the OEM rocket launcher, but I realise there ISNT a ton of room. Can someone recommend a good solution for some bags?!

I think I am going to sell the Corbin to finance bags/a bigger windscreen. How are the Memphis slims on these bikes? Better options?

I cant complain about the speed or fueling. On my Stryker, the Ivans ECU was pretty much mandatory to get rid of low speed surging, but the Warrior doesnt give me any issues. After conversion Ivan costs me around 500$ so I dont have a need for it at the moment unless someone tells me it will change the bike completely with a new air intake.

Anyhow, long story short, I think the Warrior is a fabulous value/machine. It is plenty fast. It is easy to handle. It can be driven slow and tame easily, and it feels stable and manageable when moving along quickly. I think it is a keeper and I look forward to doing some light mods and then sharing some pictures.

Would appreciate any advice on previous questions. Any other Warrior owners from Saskatchewan here?!

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Old 06-05-2019, 04:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Jeff,
Many thanks for sharing your experiences.Sounds someone else fell in love ......
It was a pleasure to read.

I am not a specialist nor a technician and I do not use saddle bags or cases that often, and I am not a fan of big wind shields (just me) .... so I cannot help with your questions .... but I am smiling all the time when running that bike. So finally, she got me as well.

Ride safe.
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Old 06-05-2019, 05:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the family. Enjoyed reading your post and seeing some of the differences between some of these other muscle cruisers and your input. Ivans tune for these bikes only runs about 375, I think, and makes the bike a lot better in my opinion. For the cash, one of the best mods you can do. Reduces engine braking, sets the Rev limiter higher in all gears, makes a smoother transition on and off the throttle, etc... Have a video k made over what all it does, check it out if you'd like. As for the bags, I have never done a set myself, but many have and I'm sure they'll chime in shortly.
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome from SoCal..Ride safe and post some pics.. When u can..

Great buy for a warrior with that lil miles.

I'm 6' 2 also and I had to shave my seat cause I was so high up and and to Forward n not comfortable..

And the stinger seats usually push u forward..

So dont see how that is.
You can losen the the bar clamps and move the bars closer to you and see it that helps.

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Great review. Thanks for posting it!

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