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Old 10-02-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
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Talking OK, I tanked some more Kool-Aid, 2012 Nightrod

I was week, it was alluring and I fell for it.


2012 Nightrod

After putting 500 miles on it, ready for the first oil change (by me), I LIKE it. At first I thought the forward controls will be something that I can not live with, but I was wrong. I rode out a full tank without any discomfort or gripes.
As to the millage, with a new motor, I got three different milages from full to the brim to fuel light on: 142 miles, 139 miles and 119 miles. Now, I do not have the gallons loaded, so this is not a good indicator of millage but as of now the 'magic' millage from full to idiot light on seems to be 130 miles average. Since my XR's magic number is 140 this is not so bad of a range - with more fuel mind you. Oh well, I did not get the bike because of fuel economy; besides that, until it get's over 2k I will not even think about getting a true average. Right now I will just treat it like a new girlfriend, get the most I can get away with.




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Old 10-02-2011, 02:01 PM   #2
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Looks gorgeous. I like that for 2012, HD quietly stepped up the rideability.
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Old 10-02-2011, 02:04 PM   #3
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That's real nice. I need one.
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Old 10-02-2011, 04:03 PM   #4
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Congrats! She looks sexy. I read HD made some ergo changes to them, what exactly were the modifications?
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Old 10-02-2011, 04:52 PM   #5
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Congrats! She looks sexy. I read HD made some ergo changes to them, what exactly were the modifications?

check cycle ergo's here.... http://cycle-ergo.com/
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:08 PM   #6
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Thanks for the link, but it doesn't cover the 12 MY yet. In the past there have been mid and forward controls, different platform on the Street Rod, etc. I was curious as to what components were used to make the changes. It is something I can research n their site, I was more curious to discuss them with a real owner/rider.

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Old 10-02-2011, 06:42 PM   #7
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Ergos

What HD did with the 2012 was to move the forward controls back about 1.25" and made the bar risers angle back also around a 1" to 1.5". This let's the rider sit comfortable without the stretch needed on the pre 2012 models.

As I noted, I rode out several full tanks in one sitting without any complaints; mind you I am 6'3".
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:51 PM   #8
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Beautiful bike and I hate you! I loved the VRod but the forward controls were always a bit too forward, I had no idea they moved them back. Now it's back on the shopping list.
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:19 AM   #9
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Beautiful bike and I hate you! I loved the VRod but the forward controls were always a bit too forward, I had no idea they moved them back. Now it's back on the shopping list.
I was in the same boat. Before 2012 the V-Rod's where a non-issue; to much stretch and the Roadrod had the mid-pegs to high for my frame. Now, well needless to say it works; DARN! LOL!!! A slug of change later I love it. I have a strange feeling that I will be putting down a lot of miles that would have gone to my 1150GS.

As of right now, the bike is bone stock. I am waiting for the windshield and shop manual. Once all that is in, the bike will be tested on my 500 mile test run; find out what I need to hammer in place to make it mine. I know that it will get some Powerlet outlets (found the switched connectors already, will share the info if requested), some bags (the HD sport bags look nice and are around $200 cheaper at Zanotti Motor, good reputation and is a web order setup), set of Avon Airgrips and that should do it.

I thought of this post as a "bragging" post but from the looks of it, it might change into a setup posting; hope so.

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Old 10-03-2011, 06:23 AM   #10
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Thanks for the information. I always liked the concept of the Rods and hoped they would continue developing at least one of the models into a potential "comfortable sport/tourer". Instead they focused on the more extreme ergonomics that resulted in a "clam shell" posture for me, but this may be a compromise that is doable. Please post your findings as you set her up and get a few more miles on her.

TIA and Safe travels!

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Old 10-08-2011, 05:12 AM   #11
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Rudolf35, just wondering if you could comment/describe how the Vrod is in the corners. I looked at it in the showroom, but seems lacking in ground clearance. They are the best looking Vrod so far.
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:30 AM   #12
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Funny thing about the V-Rod is that the most of the HOG crowd shuns that bike because it's "not a Harley".

I guess that comes from the fact it has a radiator and you don't have to look like a pirate to ride one

The forward controls and lack of lean angle still do nothing for me though. One day Willie G will figure that out and they will have a really nice bike.
The V-Rod Muscle really looks nice, but the seat is the most God-awful thing they have put on a bike in a long time.
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Old 10-08-2011, 06:00 AM   #13
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Rudolf35, just wondering if you could comment/describe how the Vrod is in the corners. I looked at it in the showroom, but seems lacking in ground clearance. They are the best looking Vrod so far.
Thus far I did not have a chance to take the V-Rod on a extended twisty runs. On the county road sweepers it does fine. I do notice the wide tire though. It has to be "muscled" into corners v.s. simply sweeping into corners. I was/am looking into getting a earlier V-Rod rim with 180 capabilities.

I love the motor though. As things stand now, the V-Rod will be my long range tour bike with my GS.
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Old 10-08-2011, 06:08 AM   #14
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Funny thing about the V-Rod is that the most of the HOG crowd shuns that bike because it's "not a Harley.
I am double WTF'ed! Between the V-Rod and the XR1200 the pirate crew has no clue. Not a pice of chrome in sight and non to be had.

What is even funnier, is the fact that the Sport Bike crew, are the only ones who acknowledge the two ani-Harleys; but who cares? I like them and that is what counts!
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:46 AM   #15
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I am double WTF'ed! Between the V-Rod and the XR1200 the pirate crew has no clue. Not a pice of chrome in sight and non to be had.

What is even funnier, is the fact that the Sport Bike crew, are the only ones who acknowledge the two ani-Harleys; but who cares? I like them and that is what counts!

Hell, most of ADV isn't even pro-Harley, regardless of the model.

Any bike is a great bike as long as it brings you smiles.

I'd love to see what that V-Rod motor would do in an XR1200 frame.
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