I'm an extremely happy owner of an '08 Raider. Thanks so much for all the positive remarks and comments on my photos! I can't respond to each one but they are all well received. Anyhow, I'm a cross country riding fool, and a full time crane operator for Crane Rental Corporation. I love my family, exotic pets, photography, golf, my career, my dressed out '08 Candy Red Raider and my sexy wife but not exactly in that order. As a diehard Harley rider for 22 years, my first ride across America was in '82, with my Air Force NCO on our rigid Panheads, to Thunder Bay Canada from Florida. I also rode on the island of St. Croix from '92 to '93 and toured Maui in '99. I often noticed tho that all the metric bikes were so much more reliable and better built so I asked, dug and researched enough to decide that it might not be a bad idea to consider leaving the dark side for a Japanese bike. Our '99 Muai vacation made up my mind completely with a free test ride of a new '99 Kawasaki Drifter. So when we returned stateside I sold my '70 FLH and my '57 Panhead after 13 and 22 years of ownership repectively. Then I bought a new 2000 Drifter 800. It was so sweet! 51,000 miles later I bought an '02 Warrior, which I rode across America 3 times, including 3 Saddle Sore Iron Butt rides and a 2nd roundtrip ride to Canada in '07 to tour Quebec. I put 68,000 trouble free miles on it. Then I read about the 'Star Raider' and had an instant attraction to it. So in late '08 I upgraded to this Candy Red 'S' model and have been blown away by the total package! Rideability, power, handing, performance, braking, styling and comfort. This is the bike that I use now to see the rest of the North American Continent, hence the dresser and touring upgrades. Presently I only lack Vermont as a mainland state that I have not ridden to, roundtrip from Florida. I will hit Vermont in the summer of '13 when we tour Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. By then I will have all the mainland states 'and' all of Canada from St. Johns Newfoundland to Alaska on my m/c's. No regrets except that Yamaha didn't build a Raider much sooner!
If you see my bike on a trailor call 911
Tower crane and large crawler crane operator
Crane Rental Corp.
Miami Carol City
Interest and hobbies:
First and foremost is cross country riding, custom bikes then amatuer photography, painting, drawing, exotic pets, movies, scuba diving, snorkling, family reunions, fitness training, and sky diving [only have 4 free falls tho].
I would like to meet:
Barrack Obama, Jackie Chan, Jet Li and that CM hottie Faith Hill.
My passion to be the best professional crane operator that I can be every day that I'm at the controls.
My tendancy to show anger at the ignorance of those that think the left lanes on our countries hiways are the slow lane! If your not passing then move the f.... over!
Favorite bands and musicians:
Black Foot, AreoSmith, ZZ Top, Stray Cats, Big Gituars From Memphis, Kenny Loggins, Bob Seager, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, George Thorogood, Jim Thackery and the Drivers, Van Halen, Scorpions, G n R, Iron Maiden, Def Lepord, the great Satchmo, Nat King Cole, Heart, and last but not least my son Jason who taught himself to play over 100 different exotic and domestic instruments.
1941, Top Gun, Rudy, Second Hand Lions, disaster films, the Blade trilogy, all the Pixar films, most blockbuster martial arts films by Jet Li, Van Damme, Jackie Chan and Tony Ja.
Favorite TV shows:
Enginneering Tomorrow, Discovery, Science, True TV, Reality TV, TLC, History, SciFi, Travel, UFC bouts, PBS minus the constant begging for money, documentaries, Funniest Home Videos [except that they reward snotty little kids for misbehaving],
Favorite books, magazines, and writers:
International Cranes, American Cranes and Transport, Lifting International, Cranes Today, MC Cruiser,
Favorite blogs and websites:
cruiser customizing.com raiderperformance.com mybikeforums.com roadstarraider.com facebook.com
Favorite games, sports, and teams:
Golf, UFC, platform and spring board diving, gymnastics, boxing, hockey, MC drag racing, extreme stunts,
Utah, Colorado, Canada, California coastline, Wyoming, Oregon, Arizona, South Dakota,
Vintage from creativegraphx.com
Custom parts for my Raider!
Old and slow reacting people at the wheel of a 4000+lb vehicle and they don't know which pedal to use or which lane to be in.
Furby DingleBerry Fuzzbutt, 11 yr Pom