2011 Stryker Press Quotes
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Star Motorcycles recently hosted the Motorcycle Press in Austin, Texas to evaluate the all-new Stryker. As reviews roll in, we'll keep you posted with excerpts from the press. Excerpts used by permission of the publications and websites.

Roadbike Magazine Cover Story from January/February 2011 - Love Struck, Baby –Star’s New Midsized Custom Strokes The Right Chord

“Kudos to Star designers and engineers for really paying attention to what custom builders have been doing to high-end custom cruisers for years. For a fraction of the price, Star’s gone further than most one-off customs you see parked at the local watering hole. The new Stryker is a real-world, factory custom motorcycle for real riders.”

“The Stryker’s tank is sculpted in a slight arch, with a new instrument dash located in the center of the handlebar. The bike works the custom styling with chopped metal fenders that fit as tightly as possible to low-profile tires, and showcases a riding position that has the rider sitting “in” the bike, with feet forward and arms out in front, at one with the motorcycle. Stying details focus on muscular, machined and sharp features, which give the bike a modern look and feel.”

“The raked-out look is achieved with 41mm fork tubes and newly designed raked triple clamps and 6 degree yoke. Slow speed maneuvers are surprisingly easy, and I was particularly impressed with the extreme degree of the fork’s turning radius, which definitely make tight U-turns quick and simple.”

“Star gets two thumbs up for including a “select” switch on the right handgrip control. The switch toggles the LCD readout between an odometer, two tripometers, clock and fuel gauge, so you don’t have to take your hands off the grips.”

“But the Stryker’s strong suit is surely the bike’s ability to deliver an easy, relaxed ride. Most of our press ride was spent rolling through Texas’ desolate ranch country on long, slow sweepers. The Stryker was right at home here and cruising to the mesmerizing V-twin pulse reminded me why cruisers are still the most popular motorcycles out there.”

Rider Magazine, Cover Story January 2011 - Stryke Force

“While Star’s independent GKDI styling group worked to give the Stryker its own character, many of the Raider’s dimensions are carried over because they work.”

“Like the Raider, the Stryker’s rider sits down low in the bike, with “fists punching the wind” gripping the tall handlebar. Rider footpegs are well forward, hand grips and levers beefy. Six-gun revolver style slits dress up the chrome instrument pod on the handlebar, chrome tank nacelle and rear fender support, and the radiator is tucked between the front downtubes to make it disappear in profile.”

“Not so the liquid cooled, 1304 cc 60 degree V twin from the V Star 1300, which sits low but prominently in the Stryker’s tubular-steel double-cradle frame. Its cooling lines are routed internally and oil filter tucked underneath to keep the look clean and uncluttered. For a good pulse feel and sound the forged connecting rods ride on a single crankpin, but the rigid-mounted engine has dual gear-driven counterbalancers to keep the vibes to a minimum. In the top end, roller rocker arms riding on single overhead cams actuate four valves per cylinder with lengthy 16,000-mile adjustment intervals.”

“You can swing either leg over the Stryker’s low rear fender and passenger seat from either side and settle down onto its ground hugging 26.4-inch-high, wide and fairly comfortable seat. With my 29-inch inseam I fit the bike about perfectly, arms hung straight out but relaxed on the grips and legs bent at the knee, my back resting comfortably against the generous lumbar support on the seat. Taller riders should find the bike a good fit, too.”

“As with most Star motorcycles, the Stryker invites customization with features like sculptable steel fenders, belt final drive that allows easy wheel changes and single-disc brakes that show off more of the wheels (and some gorgeous billet hoops are two of the more than 60 accessories styled by the same U.S. –based team that designed the Stryker.)”

“The Stryker is pretty easy on the eyes-everywhere you ride the bike it garners admiring looks, and living with it on a daily basis is pretty easy, too.”

“I liked being able to see the analog speedo at a glance in its elevated position on the handlebar, and scrolling and resetting the digital display on it with fuel gauge, two tripmeters, clock and odometer readouts is easily done with buttons on the right bar.”

“Star Motorcycles says that among midsize cruisers, “custom” models with chopped fenders, low-profile wheels and tires and a sit-in riding position are the highest sellers. The Stryker fills that niche in Star’s lineup with a well-made, nicely finished, solid performing bike with beautiful styling.”

cycleworld.com, October 2010

"Looks are what it's all about in this class, and the Stryker comes through with a Yamaha-quality level of paint, fit, finish and a lack of plasticity that few other manufacturers can match."

"Decent cornering clearance and reasonable brakes mean hustling the Stryker through curvy roads and around town is fun as well as fashionable."

motorcycle-usa.com, October 2010

"The way the seat scoops down low is cool, too. Its stock cast wheels look more custom than factory and it has metal fenders, which may be a trivial fact, but it adds worlds to the Stryker's fit and finish, especially considering its $11,240 MSRP."

"The Stryker is planted as we hit a series of sweepers and 35 mph turns. Star made a smart choice in only going 210mm-wide on the rear. It gives the bike the custom look Star was hoping for without totally sacrificing handling."

"Acceleration is snappy for a 1300 and the bike overall feels lighter than is claimed 646-pound running-order. Gearing is fairly tall and power delivery is even throughout the powerband."

motorcycle.com, October 2010

". . .the Stryker should otherwise turn heads with a base MSRP $2K cheaper than the 2010 Fury. . ."

"Lending greatly to the Stryker's pleasant ride is a well-balanced suspension package that offered better-than-expected damping from both the shock and fork."

"Along with perceived higher quality offered from the metal fenders, I also appreciated the LCD selector and reset button located in one spot."

". . .Star has a well-heeled, sufficiently powered, all-around good performer in the new Stryker."

ultimatemotorcycling.com, October 2010

"First gear is nice and low, allowing for whatever slow speed needs you have, and second is also low enough that it can pull away from a stop without so much as slipping the clutch."

"In a straight line, the long wheelbase and raked front end feel perfect. There is no hint of wandering or instability. Take it up to 100 mph and the Stryker still feels confident."

"Corners are stable, with the Stryker having a nice, predictable turn-in."

"Transitions in switchbacks are predictably relaxed, and ground clearance is good. Your boot heels will be the first to touch down."

motorcycledaily.com, October 2010

"The 80 cubic inch twin really has a more than adequate amount of power, with a decent low end and a strong mid that opens with a kick to the power delivery curve that extends well into the top. It really revs out quite nicely for a cruiser. Applying a healthy dose of throttle was a satisfying experience on every occasion.”

"The Stryker offers metal fenders, a low maintenance shaft drive, a more muscular appearance, and a base msrp of $11,000--that's $2,000 less than the Fury. And it's that tiny detail at the end there that will probably make a big difference."

"All in all, the bike handles very well, and is a blast to ride."

about.com, October 2010

"With a seat height of 26.4 inches--the lowest in the Star lineup--Stryker doesn't feel intimidating to swing a leg over. . ."

"The light clutch lever works progressively. . .gear changes are positive with an easy-to-find neutral."

"Star's Stryker is a solid performer and a great value. . ."