notchy side. The disc brakes, which are strong at speed, aren't too touchy at crawling speeds.

Instrumentation is basic yet efficient. The chromed handlebar-mounted instrument features an analog speedometer, digital odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel gauge, fuel reserve tripmeter, clock, and a range of warning lights and self-diagnostic functions. Instrument functions can be tabbed through and re-set using the handlebar switch gear, allowing you to change instrument meter functions without taking your hands off the bars.

Not only does the Stryker have that hard-tail look, but it also has that hard-tail ride...

the many gawkers that our test bike attracted.

The motor hardly breaks a sweat when cruising along in top - overdrive - gear. It's perfectly content humming along at 80 mph, but 75 mph seems to be the sweet spot. The fuel tank contains a generous four gallons, giving it decent range. We averaged roughly 42.5 mpg of mostly highway riding on the Stryker.

For such a big motorcycle, stop-and-go riding is remarkably simple. It's well balanced and isn't in any hurry to tip over when you come to a stop. Throttle response is crisp, clutch action is smooth, and neutral is easy to find. But shifting is a little on the

When it comes to colors, the Stryker is offered in three variations: Impact Blue, Reddish Copper, and Raven black. The blue and copper will cost you slightly more than the all-black, $11,240 versus $10,990 MSRP.

Overall, we enjoyed riding the Stryker, and felt quite comfortable with its styling. It seems to us that if you're a fan of choppers but are afraid to admit it, and perhaps a machine like the Fury is just too extreme for your taste, then the Stryker just might be the right bike for you. It has that bad-boy chopper edgy look to it but can easily be passed off as simply a cruiser - one that offers solid performance and, perhaps best of all, good looks. CN

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