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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-29-2005, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Street Rod vs. V-Rod

I might be joining the darkside. I alwys like the V-Rod, but was initially turned off by it's *reported* tendancy to want to fall over in slow turns (steep rake ont he fork, what do you expect), and its short operating range (3.7 g tank). But its almost as if Harley read my mind because the new Street Rod variant decreased the front rake, it turns sharper now, the tank is almost 5 g, it's got Brembos on it and the exhaust has been let out a small amount, maybe +3HP I read. I also really like the pegs got moved under the saddle.

Anyway, I know a few here actually ride the V-Rod already. What are their impressions of the Street Rod? IMO the V-Rod does look slicker, for sure, but the Street Rod might be more practical...?
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I am extremly happy with what they did this year by bringing out the street rod. With the lower bars, the mid mount (almost rear mount) pegs change the riding position dramaticly, it is much more like an FZ-1 riding position combine that with the steeper rake and increased lean anngle and you have your self one great bike. I do think they need to fire up the marketing machine a bit more for this bike, Most people dont even know its different from a v-rod, I know I didnt and I ride a harley, I went to sit on it and was instantly shocked by what I was feeling. here I am leaqning over the tank to grab the bars and my knees are bent to put my feet on the pegs. major change and a great shove int he right direction for the v-rod line.




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Yeah, the bike mags (for what they're worth) all laud the changes as well. I read in the vrodforums that Milwaukee took the design and tweaked it for practicality, removing the disc rims (they look cool, nicer on the fatboy though, IMO) and giving it spokes. It actually weighs 20 or lbs more than the V-Rod, but you'd never guess it because the lack of chrome. I like the displays too, easy to read. I went to the Harley dealer on North Ave and saw one/sat on it and felt right at home.

Interesting you said it resembles the FZ stance, that's actually the "other" bike I've been looking at for the past 2 years.

Has anyone heard about the depreciation of the V-Rod line? Do they deprecate faster than the other Harleys? I went to Kellybluebook.com and looked up what a 2002 V-Rod would trade in for, and it didn't appear take a steep dive compared to your runofthemill FLHRI. The reason I say this: I'm not as insterested in HD's image/mystique as I am in owning something that will actually be valuble. Otherwise, it just might be an FZ1 for me.
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How bout some pictures??? I've been looking at a VTX or a Yamaha Roadstar Warrior.
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I would go talk to Sam over at IL harley, I thnk he may have one of those available for test riding, but I'm not positive.

Harleys have historicly held thier value better than most bikes out there. I cant be sure what the future will hold since they have upped thier production a lot which means more bikes to fill the demand. But, I can tell you that I dont regret making the jump from japanese to american one bit. The main thing is you have to like the bike your riding, If you like the bike the value of it doesnt mater that much, after all its a toy, not an investment. So go take one for a ride and see what ya think.




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How bout some pictures??? I've been looking at a VTX or a Yamaha Roadstar Warrior.
Harleys flash wont let me steal pics, go HERE and scroll down to the black Street rod banner and click it. Very cool site for the bike.




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Me too!!

As soon as I can find a new home and appease the wife, I think I'm going to get a Roadstar Warrior. I also love the new Street Rod and the Victory Hammer, but the Warrior seems to be the best of both worlds between a cruiser and a sportbike, and at a good price. It has R1 forks and brakes.

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I just really really like that bike.

Tony, the N Ave HD will take foreign bikes (assuming I don't FSBO mine), as well as grant rentals. Having said that, I've been to the big HD shop on Ogden and was not too happy - they weren't jerks or anything - but the place offered no rentals and didn't let you sit on a bike without a sales guy present. The N Ave. one did.
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Me too!!

As soon as I can find a new home and appease the wife, I think I'm going to get a Roadstar Warrior. I also love the new Street Rod and the Victory Hammer, but the Warrior seems to be the best of both worlds between a cruiser and a sportbike, and at a good price. It has R1 forks and brakes.

However, If I could get a deal on a Street Rod, I may have to consider it.

+2 I'm eyeing those two as well. More the Warrior than the Victory Hammer. That bike just looks too damn hard to turn. I like the Victory 8-Ball as a whole, but don't like the fact that it is only available in black. Maybe this year it will come out in lots of colors.

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This is a good write up at mcnews.

http://www.mcnews.com.au/Testing/HD/...-rod/page1.htm

At least, they're graphics prove to readers the bike can do rather, unconventional things for a cruiser. It's a naked bike really, a naked bike with a 5 speed (dammit). That doesn't really bother me though.
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Yeah, it is a good looking bike. Not crazy about the huge painted fins that surround the radiator.
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All I can say is...WOW!

Id like to ride one, I rode my stepmoms vrod down from mt rushmore to sturgis, and I had 5 issues with it:

Steering rake, lean angle, rearset position, brakes, and the disc wheels...(they are a serious bitch in heavy crosswinds)..........all have been addressed......also, if youve never ridden one, you may be surprised by how steady and smooth the powerband is on these(the one I was on was screamin eagle equipped)......................Kudos to HD for listening to the skeptics and addressing the concerns of current owners....

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If it wasn't for the 17k price tag, it wouldn't be such a bad deal.......but you could get 2 jap bikes for that kinda coin!

HD will impress me when they can price match for what kinda technology they offer..........until then, you'll not see me owning one AND see shitloads of them for sale in the paper.
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The price is a prohibiting factor, but unfortunatly we have things like unions here which jack the cost of production up here, I dont think we can compete in that market pricewise unfortunatly unless we start hiring 15 year olds for 3 dollars an hour. Buying american does cost a little more but I didnt mind doing it.




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I'll stick with the V-Rod But seeing as I can't afford 1 I'll take the VTX1300R HOPEFULLY before summer is over. ALready found a great deal on one

I don't care for the StreetRod


PLUS the maintinence on them are like every 5000 miles I was told from a dealer


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I love my Warrior !

I know its no sportbike , but it handles pretty well.
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But seeing as I can't afford 1 I'll take the VTX1300R HOPEFULLY before summer is over. ALready found a great deal on one
there are still 2003 VTX 1800 available at HUGE discount. you might as well get a better ( then VTX 1300) bike for almost the same money:
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If it wasn't for the 17k price tag, it wouldn't be such a bad deal.......but you could get 2 jap bikes for that kinda coin!

HD will impress me when they can price match for what kinda technology they offer..........until then, you'll not see me owning one AND see shitloads of them for sale in the paper.
Like what was said earlier, when american workers will put a HD together for $3 an hour you'll see a cheap HD. BTW, $17k will get you a pretty nice HD. Many of the models go for much less ($7k - $14k) The top of the line stock HD bike goes for $21k which is less than a new Gold Wing comparably equipped. What is the price of a BMW cruiser comparably equipped? The fact that you see "sh!tloads" of them in the paper isn't a negative thing. It just means that they are a big part of the american market. IMHO, I don't see anything wrong with the HD technology. My 2k1 Fatboy has 25k miles on it, doesn't leak and doesn't break down. I've done road trips that exceed 6k miles and I have absolutely NO use for the HP available on some of the foreign bikes. My 70hp gets me to where I want to go as fast as I want to go there. All in all a good deal I'd say.

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Like what was said earlier, when american workers will put a HD together for $3 an hour you'll see a cheap HD. BTW, $17k will get you a pretty nice HD. Many of the models go for much less ($7k - $14k) The top of the line stock HD bike goes for $21k which is less than a new Gold Wing comparably equipped. What is the price of a BMW cruiser comparably equipped? The fact that you see "sh!tloads" of them in the paper isn't a negative thing. It just means that they are a big part of the american market. IMHO, I don't see anything wrong with the HD technology. My 2k1 Fatboy has 25k miles on it, doesn't leak and doesn't break down. I've done road trips that exceed 6k miles and I have absolutely NO use for the HP available on some of the foreign bikes. My 70hp gets me to where I want to go as fast as I want to go there. All in all a good deal I'd say.
Ya my dresser was only 15,000 waaaay cheaper than the comparable goldwing or bmw.




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I just wen to the North Ave. Harley dealer, and they didn't have any Street Rods to look at. When I asked the sales guy they said they'll get one, at the end of June. He said it's because they're slowing production. I asked if I could order one, and he said I'd still have to wait.

Slowing production? I thought HD was doing more business now than ever. I don't think so.
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I just wen to the North Ave. Harley dealer, and they didn't have any Street Rods to look at. When I asked the sales guy they said they'll get one, at the end of June. He said it's because they're slowing production. I asked if I could order one, and he said I'd still have to wait.

Slowing production? I thought HD was doing more business now than ever. I don't think so.
There are three places immediately near me. If you really want one, and they have one, set something up. The places are Toledo H-D, Signature H-D, and Napoleon H-D. Check with Toledo and Napoleon first, I've dealt with them and they're good peeps. I have not dealt with Signature so I have no useful information. Then, if you do the deal and you need a place to hang as you pick up the bike I'll have a place waiting for you.

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Thank Bill. Thanks guys. I'm gonna start calling around tomorrow. I'll check with Sam here on the boards also.
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I rented and rode the V-Rod a few weeks ago. In my opinion, it was a great bike. Very smooth, easy to ride, etc. I did however notice how awkward it was on low speed turns. I put almost 400 miles on it in 2 days, and wasn't noticeably fatigued. BTW, I'm 6'4", and it fit me pretty comfortably. I'll have to see if I can rent a Street Rod...
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