The Star Stryker is the latest entry into the metric chopper-style cruiser market.
Honda might have struck first with the Fury, but Star Mo- torcycles, a subsidiary of Yamaha, has certainly struck back with
the Stryker – its entry into what could
be the onslaught of an all-out war for
supremacy when it comes to metric
cruiser-styled choppers, a new segment of cruisers that seems to be taking root.
While the skin-and-bones Fury has
a more hard-core chopper appearance, the muscular Stryker takes
on a more conventional approach in
that it still looks closer to a traditional
big-bore cruiser than it does a full-fledged chopper. And that’s despite
the Stryker having a more stretched-out rake than the Fury, thanks to its
40-degree fork angle.
Unlike the new-from-the-ground-up
Fury, the Star Stryker has close ties
to an existing model - the Star Raider,
but there are significant differences.
Compared to the Raider, the Stryker
has an all-new steel frame, a smaller
1304cc-displacement motor, and is
water rather than air-cooled (don’t let
the fake cylinder fins fool you). And,
of course, the Stryker has a severely
raked-out front end - its most distinguishing feature.
The Stryker is a big motorcycle.
It weighs more than 645 pounds, is
over eight feet long and has 68. 9
inches of wheelbase (which is about
two inches shorter than the Fury). But
it doesn’t feel so big once you climb
on board and ride away. A super-low