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Greetings,

I am new to this site,seems very nice and I appreciate the opportunity to ask the membership about owning a Warrior.

I currently own a Ducati Multistrada-S which I bought new in 2006. I cannot comfortably ride this bike any more as I have bad arthritis in my right knee. To continue riding I need a motorcycle that has a lower seat height (currently 33" on the Duke) and need to position my feet in front of my knees. The bike will be a daily commuter (37 miles each way)in Western New York where I live in a very urban area and ride predominantly open roads. I like to ride all year round as long as the roads are clear.

There are many things that I like about the Warrior but have a few question:

1, Long term ownership costs

2, For the cold weather, are there any fairings or windscreens that work well.

3, Are there any decent floor board fitments of additional foot peg placements as an option to move my legs around so that they do not stiffen up.

Comparisons in owning a Warrior vs. a Kawasaki Meanstreak

Thanks for the advice.

Tom......
 

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Welcome to the 4M

Long term ownership costs are nill, except for the mod bug $$$$

Can't advise on the windsheild and floorboards.

No comparison between a Warrior and a Meanstreak.
 

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1. My Warrior has been very reliable and easy to maintain. The only thhing that surprised me a bit was replacing the rear tire. I only got 4000 miles out of it. I've got a different brand now hoping for longer wear. It also runs best with regular gas no premium needed. I will admit it has cost me a few thousand last year in mods.
2. I've seen some fairings on the site, you might try a search on that subject. I haven't seen one that I really like, but that is personal taste. I have the Boulevard windshield, but it is small and doesn't work as well as a fairin.
3. I have the Yamaha Mini Floorboards which work well, very comfortable, even when I put on 500 miles or more in a day.

I don't know much about the Meanstreak, but the reviews I have read rate the Warrior better in every way. The Warrior has more power and better looks.
 

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Hey Tom,welcome to the site!I can't really give you a comparison between the Meanie and the Warrior because I have'nt owned a Meanie.

1.Long term cost are low,mostly maintainence which you can do yourself and save a bundle.If you have a twitchy wrist rear tires can be pretty costly.[/emoticons/emotion-4.gif]

2.Memphis Shades Big Top.

3.Plenty of different variations just check out the gallerys.

I to have bad knees and I'm 6'4" with the Lightning Performance 3" extentions and have no problem doing 300-500 miles a day.Good luck in you quest for a Warrior!
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quote:Originally posted by Schutzhund

Greetings,

I am new to this site,seems very nice and I appreciate the opportunity to ask the membership about owning a Warrior.

I currently own a Ducati Multistrada-S which I bought new in 2006. I cannot comfortably ride this bike any more as I have bad arthritis in my right knee. To continue riding I need a motorcycle that has a lower seat height (currently 33" on the Duke) and need to position my feet in front of my knees. The bike will be a daily commuter (37 miles each way)in Western New York where I live in a very urban area and ride predominantly open roads. I like to ride all year round as long as the roads are clear.

There are many things that I like about the Warrior but have a few question:

1, Long term ownership costs

2, For the cold weather, are there any fairings or windscreens that work well.

3, Are there any decent floor board fitments of additional foot peg placements as an option to move my legs around so that they do not stiffen up.

Comparisons in owning a Warrior vs. a Kawasaki Meanstreak

Thanks for the advice.

Tom......




Tom,

First off, welcome to the forums!

I'll try to answer your questions to the best of my ability. Or at least give you my honest opinion...

1. Long term ownership costs...Basically like anything else, it all depends on how you care for the it. Preventative maintenance is always a BIG issue. But you can save a lot of money by doing preventative maintenance. I can't say that I have spend a lot of money per say to fix any problems on the Warrior. It seems to be a very good bike and appears to be quite reliable. I'm sure there are some out there that would disagree, but they probably don't own a Warrior. Other then the expense of mods, the cost of ownership (for me) has been quite low.

2. Fairing or windscreens...Ok...I'm NOT a BIG fan of fairing or windscreens especially on the Warrior. She's a beast...Not a touring bike...But I can understand your wanting some wind protection during the cold weather season, especially living up north. There are a few options out there, as for windscreens or windshields. But you're kind of limited on fairing...I know there is some available so you'd have to search around.

3. Floorboards and peg placement...Yup! There's a lot of choices...Lots of different styles, as well. You can relocate the pegs and move them farther forward or just find some floorboards that will feel comfortable to you. I have the Yamaha mini-floorboards on my Warrior. At first I thought I wouldn't like them, but I found that I love them.

Compare a Warrior to a Mean Streak...That's up to you...It's all what your looking for...I looked at a Mean Streak when I was looking to get a bike...Heck! I looked at a lot of different bikes before I finally decided on the Warrior. It really only took me to decide after I test rode the Warrior that I wanted this bike.

Mark aka Mad Man
 

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Tom,

Welcome to the forums from me too!


1. I agree with what Madman has to say on that! You might even notice even the first generation warrior seems to be holding pretty good resale value.

2. Fairing or windscreens...I have a Yamaha boulevard windshild on my warrior. I thought I would only put it on for long trips but got use to the comfort and decided to leave it on. I think it flow nicely with the lines of the bike. I hear you might get some buffering in the helmet for tall riders but you can buy a new taller glass for that.

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3. Floorboards and peg placement...Yup! There's a lot of choices...Lots of different styles, as well. You can relocate the pegs and move them farther forward or just find some floorboards that will feel comfortable to you. I have the Cobra floorboards and a heel toe shifter from a Roadstar on my Warrior. Being a short rider, this was a necessary for me to comfortably reach the controls.
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Compare a Warrior to a Mean Streak...That's up to you...Its a matter of preference. The warrior was love at first site. A lot of the cruisers looked alike when I was looking at a new bike but the warrior stood out which caught my eye.
 

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Okay here is my take.

1. Long term costs. My bike is 5 years old nearly 19k on the clock. Besides normal things like tires, plugs, oil changes. I bought a battery, and a fuel filter.

2. I have a memphis shades **** cat windshield. It will deflect all but the big bugs, and keep a lot of cold air off your chest, but my head is still in the cold air. I am 6'2"

3. I have ridden with a buddy that has a mean streak. I did not ride his bike, but I think I am quite a bit faster. I suspect the meanie will give you great service also. Kawasaki builds good bikes.
 

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Welcome to the site Tom, you've got some pretty detailed answers up there so I won't waffle on any more, would just like to wish you luck with your decision.
 

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I appreciate all the responses, Once the weather breaks up here I plan to visit my local dealer who sells both the Warrior and the Mean Streak and ride both bikes. The reading I have done tells me that the Warrior is superior to the Mean Streak, I just want to visit all options. After reading many of the posts on this board, I feel comfortable should I choose the Warrior that the people on this board will become an asset. I have not found a Mean Streak owners web site or board so that seems to be another advantage of owning a Warrior. The seat of my pants will bring closure to my choice. Thanks again for the feedback,

Tom......
 

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Yeah, this forum is great. I didn't realize how many mods I desired till I joined. Every question I ask gets a quick answer. If your still looking at bikes you better take a look at the Raider too.
quote:Originally posted by Schutzhund

I appreciate all the responses, Once the weather breaks up here I plan to visit my local dealer who sells both the Warrior and the Mean Streak and ride both bikes. The reading I have done tells me that the Warrior is superior to the Mean Streak, I just want to visit all options. After reading many of the posts on this board, I feel comfortable should I choose the Warrior that the people on this board will become an asset. I have not found a Mean Streak owners web site or board so that seems to be another advantage of owning a Warrior. The seat of my pants will bring closure to my choice. Thanks again for the feedback,

Tom......
 
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