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Posted on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 18:13

My new bike, one of the vaunted revolution equipped V-Rods is getting a refit. It has puffed oil on start up, even after the breakin was complete. So the dealer says, "bring it in, no need to schedule an appt." They found trouble, and have decided to replace everything on top, rods pistons rings, sleeves and all seals and whatever else they may find. (glad its under warranty) I'll find out the particulars once its been stripped and inspected. I do like the bike, nothing quite like it, lots of power, and handles very well for a 600# bike.


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Posted on Tue, Jul 01, 2008 19:04

Update, I visited my bike today, the engine is out, stripped completely, and when one more part arrives, they will begin the re-assembly.I am hoping that this will at last cure the smoking issue.


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Posted on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 23:21

A new one would be nice, but they dont make the street rod anymore, a new engine might make me smile tho,,, As to reliability, some are, some are not. The VRSC family has as many problems as any new bike might, I bought mine thinking that 4 yrs of them being on the road would be long enough to winnow out the bugs, but not so. I agree that it is a complex engine, and its not difficult to mix up a matched set of parts. I will be posting the results of the tear down inspection,(they have said it may be a mismatch of piston and sleeve, V-Rods do not use typical cylinders) I will say that when its good, its very very good, and when not,,,,,. Buells are faster, quicker, and handle far better than the V-Rod, but lack the one thing I demand of a bike. A place for a honey on the back.


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Posted on Sun, Jun 15, 2008 14:30

geesshhh! Sorry to hear that. After all that, screw the fixing and replacing,I should think the right thing to do is that they give you a whole new bike.


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Posted on Sun, Jun 15, 2008 07:25

Good luck.


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Posted on Sun, Jun 15, 2008 05:45

The Revolution engine is one heckuva powerplant. I think it was in development and testing for over 5 years, and it's very reliable to boot. That's especialy amazing when you consider that you've got parts in that sucker that are made all over the world: Germany, USA, Mexico, Italy, Japan, BRazil... Occasionaly though, as with any manufacturing process, things can go wrong. As you said, be glad it's under warranty. And it sounds like the dealer is taking care of it the right way. I'd be interested to hear what the actual problem was. I've done a valve lash adjustment on one that already had been removed from the frame, but other then that haven't worked on them.


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