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Old 03-26-2007, 08:06 AM   #11
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Default Re: Roehr Motorcycles V-Rod Powered V-roehr 1130 Sportbike

Indeed, and 425 lbs for $40K or whatever it was would be much less if it were to be mass produced. Hell, less than 425 would viable if it were mass produced and it would be cheaper.



Like I said, I have nothing wrong with 425lbs, it's a good 175lbs less than what I'm riding now.
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Old 03-26-2007, 08:06 AM   #12
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Look at how far back the rear sprocket is (and therfore how short the swingarm is).



And it looks like they had to go with side mounted radiators (which SUCK SUCK SUCK!)

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Old 03-26-2007, 08:07 AM   #13
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I'm not saying that these guys have to beat the Japs/Italians at their own game, that's too much to ask. But for $40K, 425 claimed dry weight compares poorly with a ZX10R's claimed dry weight of 385 and a price tag of $11K.

You're going to have to want the kitsch of an American sportbike to drop that kind of dough. Looks like a beautiful bike (didn't see how it was suspended), but I'd probably get more out of the high end Ducati 1098 and save $10K or so.

I like Fischer's approach to the American Sportbike, at least it's affordable, it's competitive, and it's got appeal to the everyday rider.
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Old 03-26-2007, 08:08 AM   #14
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Yeah well don't forget that Big4 dry weights are notoriously false. Dry weights are apparently figured out in the advertising division.
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Old 03-26-2007, 08:10 AM   #15
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Yeah but Bimota puts out horrendously expensive air-cooled sportbikes and gets nothing but praise. Go figure.
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What's wrong with side radiators? Honda's used the quite successfully for a decade now.
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Old 03-26-2007, 08:14 AM   #17
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Okay, first, what's with the shameless ripoff of Ducati? I mean, even the typeface and location of logos is pretty similar. The bike's shape doesn't look much like a Duc, but they obviously tried. It does look quite a bit better than the God-awful prototype.



Interesting thing I read from Mr. Buell recently: He claims that the Revolution was originally a Buell-intended project. Then H-D took it over and decided that the motor needed to work visually in a big cruiser. By the time they were done with it, Erik said that the thing was just too big and heavy to work well in his sportbike. So, it is possible that once you make some serious modifications, the motor might be significantly smaller and lighter. But at what cost?



And I'll believe the 425 lb. claimed weight when someone actually weighs one. Let's also remember that this bike probably has a fair amount of unobtanium to compensate in the weight department.



All that said, I'd love to see this thing actually work well and maybe even become a respectable success. Tough road, though.

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Old 03-26-2007, 08:16 AM   #18
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And they're also always about to to out of business.
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Old 03-26-2007, 08:22 AM   #19
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The front is too reminiscent of a Cushman scooter.



A lot of people've been saying that all they are waiting for is an American sportbike with a "proper" engine. Think you'll see the money being put where the mouth is?



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"The price is very reasonable"

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