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Old 10-13-2008, 04:51 AM   #11
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Early model Max's have smaller forks than the ones made from around
'93 and up. You'll need a fork brace on either so start there. Brakes could use an upgrade and for the most part it depends on how far your willing to go. Braided lines are a must. Try to find one with the stock pipes. They hold their value better (you can still change the exhaust- just don't sell the original). Check the 2nd gear shift dog on the test ride. The rods will bend on a bad shift and you have to crack the case to fix it. If you want to be different and just go big power- swap to downdraft carbs and a V&H exhaust. You loose the v-boost feeling, but you'll gain insane low-end power.
There's your start.
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Old 10-13-2008, 05:25 AM   #12
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A V-Max is a motorcycle that handles, stops and rides like it's 1985. I owned one for 2 years, and to sum it up, it has average brakes, soggy suspension, a flexy flier chassis, gets horrible gas mileage, a small gas tank for no range, has terrible handling fast or slow, and a terrific motor. It's a fun bike for ripping around town, but that's where it begins and ends, and if you rip around enough and open that V-Boost often, you get all of 25 mpg to boot. It makes a nice second or third bike, but I'd look elsewhere for what you want.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:21 AM   #13
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All of these Cruisers mentioned turn quite well and handle curves great "for a cruiser" with the exeption of the sporster, vrod? Imo.

But one not mentioned I think rails corners is the Mighty M109R. Service manager owned one at my shop and regularly drags his footpeg bracket mount bolt, and aftermarket exhaust on the right.

The bike is balanced much better than most think, you'll have to test ride one for the proof, dont deny yourself the pleasure if you get the chance cause the 240rear wont hinder the curves a bit.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:24 AM   #14
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Early model Max's have smaller forks than the ones made from around
'93 and up. You'll need a fork brace on either so start there. Brakes could use an upgrade and for the most part it depends on how far your willing to go. Braided lines are a must. Try to find one with the stock pipes. They hold their value better (you can still change the exhaust- just don't sell the original). Check the 2nd gear shift dog on the test ride. The rods will bend on a bad shift and you have to crack the case to fix it. If you want to be different and just go big power- swap to downdraft carbs and a V&H exhaust. You loose the v-boost feeling, but you'll gain insane low-end power.
There's your start.

Or if you have 18k burning a hole in your pocket avoid the add ons and get the new one(VMAX), that thing is awsome!!!
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:47 AM   #15
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The Sportster Sport and the Roadster version are pretty good handling bikes for their size as is the Street Rod, I wouldn't count them out.
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:12 AM   #16
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A V-Rod has a dry weight (according to H-D) of 637 lbs. If you're actually considering that bike, you should also check out the Victory Hammer S, which is a very well-balanced bike. Take some test rides. And if you can test ride a Yamaha Warrior you just might change your mind about that bike, too.
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