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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-27-2006, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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V-Rod or R1

I already know what I'm getting for x-mas; a motorcycle, but I'm debating if I should ask Santa for V-Rod or R1.
I've been riding sportbikes and no experience riding a cruiser bike like the V-Rod. I'm in the late thirties and my friends are telling me that I should start riding the right motorcycle for my age(if ya'll catching my drift). So, if I'm going to ride a cruiser, V-Rod is the only choice for me, but I still have this itch (or mid-life crisis) to ride a sportbike. Decisions decisions.
What do you think peeps?
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R1, but I have a feeling most of the responses on this site will be biased (:cough 1000RR cough)
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Do you like cruising or riding?

I am 45 and spend my weekends doing slow circles on the track, forget the age crap. What kind of riding do you like? Or hell, get a track bike!

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How about the Street Rod then? It's got the "normal" foot peg position, not forward controls like the Vrod, sits a little higher, and is more sporty. It's Harley's version of the naked sport bike.

If it were me, I'd get a Tuono!!!

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Go for a sport bike. Age is highly overrated, unless you think your body in that bad of a shape. Couple weeks ago I met a guy in his 60s (I think) who still rides sport bikes (SV1000, Duc 999, & FJR).

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How about the Street Rod then? It's got the "normal" foot peg position, not forward controls like the Vrod, sits a little higher, and is more sporty. It's Harley's version of the naked sport bike.

If it were me, I'd get a Tuono!!!
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How about the Street Rod then? It's got the "normal" foot peg position, not forward controls like the Vrod, sits a little higher, and is more sporty. It's Harley's version of the naked sport bike.

If it were me, I'd get a Tuono!!!

+1, check this out old man, ChicagoFactory posted it a few weeks back:
http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=99248

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I already know what I'm getting for x-mas; a motorcycle, but I'm debating if I should ask Santa for V-Rod or R1.
I've been riding sportbikes and no experience riding a cruiser bike like the V-Rod. I'm in the late thirties and my friends are telling me that I should start riding the right motorcycle for my age(if ya'll catching my drift). So, if I'm going to ride a cruiser, V-Rod is the only choice for me, but I still have this itch (or mid-life crisis) to ride a sportbike. Decisions decisions.
What do you think peeps?


Neither, You can't ride either in Taiwan..... Try a Sanyo 150.
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Neither, You can't ride either in Taiwan..... Try a Sanyo 150.
LOL, I had enough of Taiwan, I'm heading back to the US this spring.
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It all depends on what kind of riding you like to do, my dad (46) loves saddle time on his herritage springer, so if you like putting on 250-500 miles in a weekend and taking in the scenery thats one way to go. If you want to blast through those same backroads or evan better get on the track than go for the sportbike, evan if it has to be a R1
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Get an R1 and with the money saved from getting a V-Rod you can dump some mods into the bike and go to a ton of trackdays. Good luck with your decision!

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Thanks for all the suggestions guys, I have 3 weeks to make up my mind and I'll let you guys know.

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Thanks for all the suggestions guys, I have 3 weeks to made up my mind and I'll let you guys know.
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I had my 2005 R1 Raven for all of a month and 1,000 miles. It ran way way too hot for my taste. It sucked ass as a street bike. Cruising in traffic, the fan kicks in and your lower body feels like it is being burned alive. Other than that, it was a great bike.

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Im biased as hell but R1. Noticed Maoisn's problem but I dont ever plan on going cruising in traffic and have only gotten stuck in it once and yeah... your legs roast!

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if you wanna go have a good performing machine,
R1

if you wanna look good
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How about an M109. It's likes gixxer meets harley and of course it more on the refind side since it's a suzuki. Good luck in whatever you choose. A bikes a bike so you can't go wrong, at least you'll have something to ride.
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The V-Rod is a decently-powered cruiser, although you'll find it very easy to drag hard parts. Smooth power delivery and respectable brakes. Very sexy-looking as well. You'll have to make some mods right away to make it tolerable for long days in the saddle tho. Ditch the forward controls and go with a different seat (the stock seating position puts all of your weight squarely on your tailbone). The gas mileage isn't the greatest but the new models have a 5-gallon fuel tank so you'll at least have decent range. As nice as the R1 is, inline-4 sportbikes are a dime a dozen and you really can't use it to its potential on the street.

Why not do both? Go used for the sportbike.

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I've driven the V-Rods and I'm not too impressed with them. Comfortable rides but they just don't compare to a sport bike. Plus, the earlier models had plenty wrong with them (as all new things do). I know a lot of things have been corrected over the years (like the larger gas tank) but things are still more expensive in the Harley world. Any little thing will cost you $100 or more! I'm not too sure about the newer ones but I know the older ones haven't kept their value too well. There's too many factors, what it comes down to is what you like, to each their own.
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age dont mean shit...im 38 and have a 900RR right now...and want to pick up at least a 1000 now...im not comfy on a harly...i hate it when you hit it up to 55 mph and you get the wind starting to pull you off the bike...im a speed freak, and will not be getting a harley for quite a few years

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Yeah, my '02 was the first one to arrive at the dealership and it has depreciated markedly. That's what often happens when you have to be the first kid on your block with anything tho. Lots of quality issues as relates to fit/finish as well, particularly with the chrome. They've had enough time to work the bugs out.

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How about the Street Rod then? It's got the "normal" foot peg position, not forward controls like the Vrod, sits a little higher, and is more sporty. It's Harley's version of the naked sport bike.

If it were me, I'd get a Tuono!!!

+1 on the Street Rod. I liked the higher seat and the mid controls much better. But this is just from planting my ass on the seat in the showroom.

But get a sportbike. You know they're more fun



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Lots of good info on the V-Rod at vrodforums.com
actually that's the only reason why I know so much about them is because I ride or have ridden with a lot of guys from that site.

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