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Old 01-24-2005, 09:58 AM   #1
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Default Re: The V-Rod for the rest of us!

To see the new V-Rod, go to www.harley-davidson.com and look at the top of the page. They have a picture and some Flash movies available for viewing. Looks pretty cool, but I'll stick with that new Triumph Speed III, I think.
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:14 AM   #2
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Default Re: The V-Rod for the rest of us!

I'm not so sure I like the GSX-R styling on the tank, but it looks like there's yet another cruiser that can handle better than I can.



I do like the mid-mount foot controls. I've never understood how anyone could have as much control or feel from the bike with the forward controls. Maybe it's just because I've got short legs, but I prefer the mid-mount or feet-up-under-the-bootyhole control placement.



Good for Harley-Davidson for trying something a bit different.



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Old 01-24-2005, 10:15 AM   #3
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I don't understand the devotion to 19" rims. With most sport(ing) bikes sporting 17" rims, I think they missed a little with that decision. I wonder what an after market set of rims (17") would do to the styling and performance. Definatly be tough to get uglier than the factory rims it comes with.
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:17 AM   #4
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Gasp: Controls under your feet! Wheels that don't get blown around! Real brakes! A less-raked-out front end! An end-can which doesn't compromise cornering so much! (Lean angle claims of 40 degrees vs 31 for the normal V-rod and 32 degrees for the sportster)



It actually looks to be a rideable MOTORCYCLE! GASP! SHOCK!



Seriously, this is the FIRST Harley I could actually see riding. Well, if it didn't cost over 2x what a CBR-600-RR does...
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:24 AM   #5
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Default Re: The V-Rod for the rest of us!

THE 883R is back as well...anyway VRSCR is 16-17k ...cool idea though
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:34 AM   #6
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Could we be seeing the end of the stupid feet-in-front-of-the-front-wheel "custom" look? Note: If everybody has it, it's not custom.



The 883R looks sweet. Now HD just needs to come up with a cafe variant. Put some life into the cafe class along with Triumph.



I see on some hop-up Sportster pages that an 883 with 1200 jugs gets better power due to a better cylinderhead shape than the stock 1200s. Cheaper, too.
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:56 AM   #7
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It was bound to happen eventually ... The Motor Company finally made a bike I'd like to own...
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:59 AM   #8
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Default Re: The V-Rod for the rest of us!

Veeerrrryyy interesting!



As a motorcyclist, "what took so long?"



As a businessman, "looks like the cruiser growth curve has either already started sagging or the marketing folks can see it coming out on the horizon."



In either case, good for them and good for us!



Looks like the first Harley I'd consider since the XLCR.
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Old 01-24-2005, 11:03 AM   #9
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I would love to see a V-Rod-based cafe racer. Bring it on.
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Old 01-24-2005, 11:13 AM   #10
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IÂ’m impressed! Glad to see that The Motor Company is doing something worthwhile with those record profits. Now, what are the odds IÂ’ll be able to demo one?
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