Shhhhh!!!!!!! its a secret dont tell anyone!!![/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]Dont know why more people dont buy them maybe they are scared away by the water heater. I think if yamaha just out a better looking pipe on it and alittle more advertising their sales would go up 20% .I just had the same disscusion on the royal star venture site which yamaha dosent avertise at all.Most of the people think the only full dresers are made by harley THis is yamahas second secret SHHHHHHH!!! Dont tell anyone about this one either[/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]
I believe it is because it is a hybrid of two styles. The cruiser and the sport bike. Most people who shop for bikes see themselves falling into one of those groups. Much like HD riders. They limit themselves to a style or a name. Only the true free spirits see the advantages of blending the styles and not classifying themselves. We are the free thinkers and we are few.[8D]
Remember back to when you were jumping from one seat to the other in the show room, you plopped down in this seat and said...WOW, this one fits, everything seems to be right where it needs to be. Then you look at the lines and thought this isnt like all the others. The dealer didnt sell you anything...You sold yourself. Sounds like the best marketing I have ever heard of. /emoticons/emotion-1.gif
The first time I ever saw a warrior at the dealership I couldn't get past the **** coffee can and I thought it was ridiculous -- then a few years later I saw a picture of the midnight when I was in the market to sell my R6 and I loved the way it looked (from the side with out the muffler) looked in my local cycle trader and found a 2002 with aftermarket pipes with only 750 miles on it for $8400 - I think I knew I was going to buy it the minute he started it... after a nice hard ride and that lovely torque I put a deposit down and came back 3 days later with cash and drove it home.. That was 2 years and I love this bike not because it does one thing extremely well but that it does everything for me... oh and the torque.
People ask me all the time what kind of bike is that or who makes that bike. Most of the time they are surprised when I tell them that it's a YAMAHA. They all seem to think that the Japanese can't build a bike that looks and sounds so good. You'll find a lot of people think that the so-called "rice burner" companies can only build crotch rockets or dirt bikes. Cruisers are supposed to symbolize an American style or bike...
You can go back to the early days of Harley-Davidson or Indian, and you'll see where the cruiser symbolized the American bike.
I have found that a person's perception is what determines what they see and most people see what they want to see. And not what is actually reality...
You can look at ALL the cruiser bikes that are out on the market and most people will confuse them with Harley-Davidson. The Japanese makers knew what they were doing when they started to give their bikes the look and sound of the so-called American bike. Again people are almost always surprised to hear me say that my bike is a YAMAHA. I've even had people come up and ask what kind of Harley is that...When I tell them it's a not a Harley, they always have that surprised look.[:0] So you can see that people see and hear something that looks and sounds like a Harley, and they automatically assume that it is a Harley.
I will get it to most of the people that walk up to me asking about my bike. That once they realize that it isn't a Harley, that they are impressed just how nice the bike looks and sounds being that it is a YAMAHA. Of course then I get the usual flurry of questions about how it rides, is it easy to work on, is it reliable, durable, what is the maintenance like. And so on and so on...
As for why the Warrior is a little know bike...I guess the best things are kept secret. [/emoticons/emotion-5.gif]
The Warrior is definitely a niche bike. It is directed at one particular audience and that is those of us that want a cruiser, but doesn't want to just "cruise." Those are the ideals of the Warrior... a powerful, nimble, light (for a cruiser) bike with beautiful lines, and a bad ass attitude. [}/emoticons/emotion-1.gif] All of these, plus great aftermarket support. While it's something that WE all want in a bike, it's definitely not for everyone.
I bought my 03 Warrior about a month ago. I'd never seen one until I noticed my bike along side the hiway with a for sale sign on it. It looked good from a distance and looked better when I got closer. It already had the Vance and Hines Big Shots. The original garbage can exhaust is pretty disgusting, but since it was gone it looked great. Did a short test ride, dickered on the price and bought it right then. Winter is arriving so I would ride almost every day. With each ride I love this bike more.
I showed the bike to a friend of mine who owns a Kawasaki Vulcan. He did a test ride and said he liked this bike. He said it was great looking, comfortable and had alot more power than than his Vulcan.
I was able to ride with the CMA group (Christian Motorcyclist Assoc.) last Saturday. I got several questions about what kind a bike it was and everyone was quite impressed. One guy was riding a brand new APC, now that is a nice looking bike, but it cost him $26000.00. His comment was "Your bike is one of the best values in a bike that looks that good and has that much power.
I bought the bike for $7600.00, then purchased new tires and a Boulevard windshield. Mods are on the agenda and this site has been very helpful demonstrating the mod possibilities.
I love my bike and this site is great. How much should I send in for site support?
We all love the Warrior, but we own it too. But since everyone we show it to loves it as well, I figure it is most like a Corvette in the car world. Everyone loves to look at them, and sit in them when at the dealership, but then gets all practical when purchasing and goes home with a grocery-getter or soccer-mom-van. They all love the muscle, but it isn't as practical. The warrior isn't an old guys touring bike and it isn't a young guy's sportbike, but it is a bad-ass cruiser for us mid-lifers who love torque!
Well, if you consider 10k warriors on this 4um "little known", ok.
I agree, ya don't see lots of us around town generaly, however, as soon as someone who is bike shopping sees one of these modified sitting around somewhere with say a 210 or 240, nice pipe, and a little bling...drag handel bars....they start asking questions right away. I fell in love the very 1st moment I saw my modified warrier.
How bout this thougt! How bout the performance of the warrior vrs. say the silverado! differant bike for differant purposes? ...race bike vrs. cruise bike. You can cruise with the race bike, butcha can't race with the cruise bike ??
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