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Old 11-13-2012, 10:27 AM   #16 (permalink)
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They can be modified...I knew a guy who made bolt-in frame pieces to chop it and went 11 over on the front.When it was doen,it looked a lot like a conventional bike and ran really well!
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:57 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I think it is more basic than most of the comments here. Whether you are an old-school Harley rider or not, the fact is that the VRod is currently a niche bike designed for short rides. Considering Harley sells a bunch of Touring bikes, I don't find the low VRod sales a surprise at all.

Personally, I would love to have a Vrod, but as a second bike... it could never replace my Road King.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:58 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Put that motor in a good stiff Sportster chassis and you'd have a Sporty that actually has some "sport" in it. There'd also be one of those in my garage and it would get ridden regularly.
Couldn't agree more. Also in the XR1200 chassis.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:43 PM   #19 (permalink)
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If I were to own several bikes, there would probably be a vrod in the garage along with the fxr and a few other bikes.
I agree.. But we ride FXR 's .. they where not liked all that well by some? But I LOVE MINE! I do not want a street glide...
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If your not riding a bagger, your not really riding a harley-davidson..............................
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:35 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:49 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Forward controls. Raked front end... Fugly and weird.
I agree. HD spent a lot of money developing a pretty good engine but it is a bit too high reving and gets poor mpg. Then they placed it in a bar hopping platform rather than a convertible or tourer. It's a wonder it even sells as well as it does IMO.
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Whoops, sorry . . . . . BTW, I also ride, gasp, a Japanese bike as well as my roadglide. Better for local road bombing, RG better for road trips. Don't think I'd ever have a v-rod though, even though it has that marvelous motor. When I see a v-rod rider I always think there is something wrong with the riding position ergonomically for the size/look of the bike. Just looks wrong to me.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:14 AM   #27 (permalink)
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VRod Red Headed Step Child?

I take offense to this topic.

I happen to have a "thingy" for red-heads...

I think the Vrod engine was a good move for the moco, however as others said the looks and riding position is a "turn-off". I think a big mistake was having them just in silver the first year(s). The black ones made them not as "different" looking...

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Whoops, sorry . . . . . BTW, I also ride, gasp, a Japanese bike as well as my roadglide. Better for local road bombing, RG better for road trips. Don't think I'd ever have a v-rod though, even though it has that marvelous motor. When I see a v-rod rider I always think there is something wrong with the riding position ergonomically for the size/look of the bike. Just looks wrong to me.
The stock riding position is bad on the V-Rod. I'm tall 6-2, I added the reach bars, and now ride in an upright position with the forward controls.
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Put that motor in a good stiff Sportster chassis and you'd have a Sporty that actually has some "sport" in it. There'd also be one of those in my garage and it would get ridden regularly.
What about the XR 1200? Not sporty enough for you?
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I think the engine was designed by PORCHE not HD. Water cooled does not seem to be a real HARLEY. It"s more of a foreign bike thing.The heat is part of the Harley charm & you figuring out how to cool it down...oil cooler ,engine wrap etc. Each his own.
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