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Posted on Tue, Apr 05, 2005 18:37

Hi everyone! Soon I'll be shopping for a brand new Harley. Anybody have some feedback or opinions on V Rods and the new Street Rod? I like the V-Rod but I've heard it has some weird handling characteristics. The new Street rod Seems more appealing to me though I havent seen one yet. Also saw one good review and one bad in magazines. Thanks!

  


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Posted on Thu, Jul 07, 2005 19:29

Well I finally got down to my local HD dealer and looked around. The Street rods exhuast pipe has that upward bend right in back of the footpeg. They had to put a little plate on the exhaust pipe! I think with my big feet I'd melt the heel off my boot! And the V rods brake and clutch levers need to be lower for me. Engineers must have been little fellas with short legs. So now I am looking at the heritage softtails and fatboys. Cant see spending 15 to 20 thou on a brand new bike that I have to modify just to ride comfortably?



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Posted on Sun, Apr 17, 2005 23:23

Sidecar on a V-Rod????? I've seen Rod trikes, but not sidecars. To each their own I guess. If you had a turbo V-Rod with a sidecar, boy you have my props cause it'd prolly be kick @$$, but I wouldn't do it, lol.



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Posted on Sun, Apr 17, 2005 23:23

Sidecar on a V-Rod????? I've seen Rod trikes, but not sidecars. To each their own I guess. If you had a turbo V-Rod with a sidecar, boy you have my props cause it'd prolly be kick @$$, but I wouldn't do it, lol.



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Posted on Sun, Apr 17, 2005 16:01

Hmm , I dont even have the bike yet and I'm changing this and changing that etc. LOL. But I do figure if I get the saddle bags,fairing and windshield I'll need a bit more power. All that extra weight. Oh yeah and it needs a better seat. Got to have a sissy bar to so my kids dont fall off the back! Wonder what it would look like with a sidecar? I havent seen that done yet.



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Posted on Sun, Apr 17, 2005 09:39

The 1250cc kit only ups maybe 20 hp. And for $4500 installed is pointless. May as well leave your engine the way it is and slap a turbo on, or just go big bore all together.



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Posted on Fri, Apr 15, 2005 21:11

So Possum... What protruding parts of yours were hitting something and where? lol



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Posted on Fri, Apr 15, 2005 21:10

Sounds like the turbo kit may be the way to go then. It's a bolt on. The 1250 screaming eagle engine should make 180 with the turbo kit. One thing I dont like about the V-rod is the stock exhaust pipes. They stick out to far to the side. Dont want to burn my leg all the time. My ex looked at the V-rod with me and that was the first thing she said when she sat on it. Whoever designed those pipes should be smacked with them! Anyway around it,stock Revolution engines make about twice the power of stock Evos or twin cams. If I need to go that much faster I'll get a Hayabusa as a second bike.



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Posted on Wed, Apr 13, 2005 23:16

Hey HarleyDragon

I'm curious what your take is on the vrod as I know you lean more towards the vintage bikes?? Just curious, I'm kinda on the fence, besides the fact that I'd look like I was crapping a bike if I rode it. I'm spacially challanged!!! Yea that's it!!



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Posted on Wed, Apr 13, 2005 21:44

fishinbiker: The kit is from Falicon, and they have different size kits, but they all require mill work.

speedy: The V-Rod already has an excellent oiling system. Piston squiters stock (as do the twin-cam), and oil coolers stock, which is normally reserved only for boosted engine's. They can take a lot of abuse, even the tranny. Falicon is the co. that makes the stuff for the SE drag race team.



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Posted on Wed, Apr 13, 2005 08:55

Had an oppertunity to take the new v-rod for a spin the other day. I have no idea whether it was simply dynamics but as a woman iy felt a bit uncomfortable, have always been more relexed on some of the older classics. But since you may not have the same protruding parts as me............



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Posted on Wed, Apr 13, 2005 07:52


TheBossZZ4 write:
The 1550 kit is as much as the turbo, and puts out 180rwhp.



How often you reckon it's gonna need a teardown and bearings after that?



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Posted on Wed, Apr 13, 2005 07:17

They make that for the Revolution engine? Where did you see that? How much does that cost?



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Posted on Tue, Apr 12, 2005 20:47

The 1550 kit is as much as the turbo, and puts out 180rwhp.



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Posted on Mon, Apr 11, 2005 16:31

I'm more inclined to the older V-rod myself. Although my old honda 400 (first bike) was no speed demon, I liked taking it on hilly,twisting roads as fast as I could. I dont like the upright ,feet under you posture though as seen on the new Street Rod. I DID see some very interesting accesories for the V-Rod converting it into a full dresser,AKA The Road Rod! Also there is a Turbo kit for 5Gs that boosts it up to 160 horsepower,112lb ft torque. Hows that for a next bike?



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Posted on Sun, Apr 10, 2005 22:33

My next bike...



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Posted on Sun, Apr 10, 2005 19:04

I been eyeballin a new FXDI for about a year now, ain't never had no Harley. I think everyone has to own at least one of them in their life sometime, don't they?

  


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Posted on Sun, Apr 10, 2005 17:28

Thanks for the input. Since every dealer I've been to around here wont let you test drive I figure I might have to rent one for the day to see if it's the bike for me.



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Posted on Wed, Apr 06, 2005 06:42

I will be test riding one soon for my column (yeehah!!) and I can tell you this much ... if you like getting it on a little in the twisties you're going to love this bike. It's no Ducati but I'm no Kevin Swantz either. B)



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Posted on Tue, Apr 05, 2005 22:53

VRod and Street Rod
not backwards compatible..
similar drive train
but a 5 gal tank compared to 3.5.
Given that it is listed at 37mpg on a light throttle the VROD typically had a range of 75 to 100 miles before a cautious rider would need to refuel.
The additional fuel gives it a greater range which is important in the West.
However, just like a plane with extra fuel it will handle differently with more fuel weight and I have yet to see exactly how they changed the frame to support the new tank but I know the new tank won't work in the old VROD because it did involve a frame change.

That is what I know



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