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gotta say i like the vrod

so over at brandons house last night and a buddy showed up on his limited edition screaming eagle vrod...gotta say i was impressed with it...i have nver really been a fan of harley except for the fatboy...this has actually moved up to my #1 spot...he let me take it out for a spin..it is a heavy bike for sure, but once u get to 5 mph its like no weight on it at all...

few things i notice is that his throttle had at lest a 1/4 inch play in it until the cable actually moved and started moving the throttle...then it also needs heatshields cause my right calf woulda been burned if i didnt have jeans on...

but i really like this thing...it is sweet...

...plus my gf was with me saying "omg slow down, slow down" and I was thinking "Lose annoying squalk box in passenger seat, afford more mods and have less weight in the car and on the back of the bike"...so i dumped her and I'm single again as usual...HERE KITTY KITTY!!!
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Fast in a V MAX kind of way

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That's a good point they are about the same money as the new V-max.



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I've ridden a friend of mines NightRod and kind of liked it. It is a bit difficult to turn being so raked out, but it is great in a straight line. It is stupid esy to scrape pegs though. It was also a bit awkward reaching for the forward controls, but I've never ridden with them before.

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A better comparison would be the 1985 V-Max.
In every measure of performance, the new V-Max would eat the
V-Rod for LUNCH!

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Those things are insanely uncomfortable to ride, IMO.

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I rode a vrod with a turbo once. It was fun slamming third and having the ass end of the bike kick out.
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If you get one, opt for the mid-controls. Trust me.
what at mid controls? I don't know squat about harleys

...plus my gf was with me saying "omg slow down, slow down" and I was thinking "Lose annoying squalk box in passenger seat, afford more mods and have less weight in the car and on the back of the bike"...so i dumped her and I'm single again as usual...HERE KITTY KITTY!!!
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forward controls put the pegs in front of you, (most of your weight is on your spine).

mid-controls put the pegs closer to beneath you, (can support more of your weight with your legs)

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ah ok got ya now..

...plus my gf was with me saying "omg slow down, slow down" and I was thinking "Lose annoying squalk box in passenger seat, afford more mods and have less weight in the car and on the back of the bike"...so i dumped her and I'm single again as usual...HERE KITTY KITTY!!!
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IMHO, the only reason Harley got something right with the V-rod is because Porsche designed the engine and trans (water cooled motor!), it uses French heads, and Japanese parts spattered about.

Harley couldn't have come up with this without outside help. They were too busy putting chrome on 50 year old designs and selling it at a premium under the guise of nostalgia. The only plus for them is that they are making the frames in house on very modern equipment.

This is all IMHO of course...granted, I could listen to the HD guys all day tell me about how they smash 'busas left and right because of their screaming eagle exhaust...it makes me smile.

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I rented this from Woodstock harley over the weekend and liked it too. Never rode or liked Harleys before but it was a pretty fun ride. Definitely scraped the pegs a few times.harley2.jpg
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As an ex-Vmax diehard, I found it interesting to see the design similarities when the Vrod first hit the streets. Found it more interesting when i saw one of these : http://thekneeslider.com/archives/20...idson-v4-nova/

..at the Trev Deeley motorcycle museum in Vancouver. Unsubstantiated, but the museum curator at the time told me that the design was sold to Yamaha.

Who knows if that story is true, but dollar for dollar, the Vmax is a much better bike, IMO. Goes around corners too!

But the Vrod is definitely a nice machine to look at.
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I don't think I could ever get one for the sole reason that it's not really, to me, a Harley.

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I have a night rod special and love it, but I have a different view of street riding then a lot of people. I'm not a fan of pushing it crazy hard on the street. I save that for the track. So the rod makes a great street bike for me. I still love riding good back roads, and have never had a problem hanging with any of my sportbike friends. Once you get used to the forward controls they are fine. It's more comfortable then most sportbikes I've been on. People don't look twice at most sportbikes, but the night rod special gets tons of attention where ever I take it. I've had people follow me into gas stations to find out what it is.

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Nice bike for sure. When I bought my Warrior I was debating a new Street Rod. Just couldn't justify the extra money and I bought a used Warrior with low mileage and a few extras to save even more money.

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My friend has a vrod and that thing is fast and damn loud without baffles.
I don't like the steering on it.
Recently I got Yami Warrior with forward controls,
and on the beginning I was lost, alway was looking for pegs behinde me. I bet people
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I like the entire V-Rod family. I once rode a SE V-Rod. The thing was $26k. Ouch. However, it had a 240 tire, big bore kit, HD's racing orange paint job, and lots of chrome. I also once rode a Street Rod (now discontinued; this one had mid-mounted foot pegs/controls.) I liked it, too.

Yesterday I went to the HD museum in Milwaukee. Within a couple days I'm gonna be posting pics/videos. The pics I took focussed primarily on HD's and Buell's racing side.
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according to the plaque, this 1903 HD is the oldest Harley in existence.




a twin engine dragster.




that's a Buell doing an endo. the two bikes to the right look like the kind they use to race up hills /rugged terrain. the one on top obviously a stunt bike.









this is a prototype of the very first V-Rod. the brown you see was clay (so they could form and shape it.)









the paint job on this one reminds me of a Duc.




i forget what this one was called, but it was small.




i don't plan on joining a biker gang any time soon, but somewhere i read that many of them require you to own either a Harley or Indian. if i brought this one to my initiation party, i get the feeling i'd get kicked out right away.




the bikes from the movie Easyrider.



here's me checking out an exhibit on an engine utilizing a single-pin crankshaft. we're living in the 21st century and i can't believe some motorcycle manufacturers still use these (and no, it's not just Harley. Honda uses it on the VTX1300 and Kawasaki and Yamaha use it on virtually all the cruisers in their current lineup.)

p.s. yes, i know they give a cooler-sounding rumble. they're still incredibly inefficient, though.




did you know Harley partnered with Porsche back in '79 to develop water-cooled engines? i didn't either. according to the plaque, they shelved the entire project before a single engine went into production. what a shame. notice the lack of push rods (overhead cams! woohoo!). i'll bet it had a dual-pin crankshaft, too.



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Saw a tricked out one of these at The Full Moon this morning and it was fucking bad ass

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Victory makes nice cruisers.They kind of pricey.
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I would def get a VMax instead. The Harley looks a bit nicer, but its super uncomfortable. I sat on one at a dealership and tried out the controls. I wanted to get off after 10 seconds. It was supposed to be one of the few Harleys that I liked. However that one Harley that isn't sold in the US looks really nice XS1200 or something
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I think krukster may be talking about the XR1200, which is a bad ass ride.

The V-Rod you should be looking at is the "muscle" - new for 2009, and bad ass too!

I actually work for a Harley dealer, and I get to ride most of the bikes here, although I do not own a Harley, if I had the cash I certainly would get one - but it would have to be a 2nd bike

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