I bought this new in November of 2008. I had been considering another brand until I rented one. Even with a windshield, the other brand had a rough, windblown ride above 65 mph. The vibrations felt in sixth gear at the foot pegs were very uncomfortable for my passenger.
The Raider, on the other hand, allows me to cruise at 80 mph without a windshield and it feels very comfortable and controllable. It has a smooth ride and tremendous power. I added a set of Cobra dragsters, power commander and a K&N air filter. The bike now has even more power and great throttle response. I have to watch my speed when getting on a freeway. It effortlessly will hit 85-90 and still be on the on ramp. Passing a car just requires a small twist of the throttle, just hold on tight.
The bike gets a lot of compliments, both on looks and exhaust note, even from riders of other brands.
Cornering on this bike does take some getting used to. It feels like you have to force it through the corner. With a little more throttle, it is not a problem.
The only thing negative that I can say about this bike is the tank should be bigger. Four gallons doesn't get you very far down the road. I get about 35 mpg on average. I maybe could get higher mileage if I rode it more sedately, but that isn't why I bought it.
You can't go wrong with this bike. Get one and ride it like you stole it.