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Old 05-25-2014, 10:54 AM   #1
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New Harley-Davidson V-Rod owner -- any others?

I recently lucked into acquiring a 2004 H-D VRSCB V-Rod.



My daughter attends a charter school for the arts up in Santa Fe. A generous patron donated the bike as the grand prize for their fund-raising raffle. I bought ticket #096 for $100 and discovered two days later to my (and my daughter's) delight that I had won the bike.

With less than 7000 miles on the clock it is basically a garage/trailer queen, one of 200 that year with a factory "custom" flamed paint job. It wears Screamin' Eagle pipes and a short windshield.

Initial impressions:

The seat sux. I'm buying a used Sundowner touring seat off the 1130cc.com forum.

The SE pipes are too damn loud. I have noticed tinnitus after my rides. Next forum move will be to look for someone with stock pipes to trade.

Gas tank is way too small. Stock is only 3.something. Aftermarket ~5 gal. tanks are available but pricey. Once the ergos are sorted this will become a higher priority.

Bike wears solid disc wheels. Not a good idea for windy New Mexico. It will take ~$1K to replace with cast spokes. Priority but will have to wait for $.

This is my first H-D 'ownership experience.' Cruisers were never a purchase priority compared to ADV, D/S, sport-tourers, dirt bikes, or trials bikes. I love the torque of the engine. I will keep the bike at least for awhile to honor my daughter's school and turn the bike into more of a custom bagger. I've seen interesting pictures on the 1130cc.com forum of "Road Rods" -- V-Rods wearing Road Glide fairings and hard bags.



Something like this looks like it could be a lot of fun, though a bit pricey to put together.

Any other V-Rod owners out there? Your thoughts and experiences?
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Old 05-25-2014, 11:54 AM   #2
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I like the VROD Street Rod, mid controls and a bit taller rear suspension I believe... I wonder if the mid controls can be put on any VROD?

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Old 05-25-2014, 12:01 PM   #3
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Good question. New V-Rods appear to only come with the forward controls stock. The mids were an H-D marketing experiment that didn't pan out, I think.
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Old 05-25-2014, 02:49 PM   #4
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Congrats on the bike, I've always wanted to take a V-Rod out for a ride.
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Old 05-25-2014, 05:09 PM   #5
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Good question. New V-Rods appear to only come with the forward controls stock. The mids were an H-D marketing experiment that didn't pan out, I think.
I've often wondered who wins those raffles. Now I know. You do! Congrats.

I'm pretty sure the HD catalog sells mid control kit for all vrod years.

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Old 05-25-2014, 05:53 PM   #6
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Congrats on the Win!

I want to like them. but I just don't fit them. The Roadster (06-07) has it's own sub forum on 1130 forum, in a nut shell had Brembos, different geometry and forks, 5 gallon fuel tank as well as different wheels, peg placement. Later years for the other models got the bigger fuel tank, Brembos and a few with mid pegs.

Good luck!
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:18 PM   #7
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I had a Street Rod. They were introduced in 05 as an 06 model and carried over to 07. Sales were terrible. The regular V Rods are slow sellers but the Street Rod was worse.

It was a great motorcycle. The thing was tuned a little different from a V Rod, had a different frame, larger tank, upside down forks, rear oriented pegs and was tall with good ground clearance.

I had a custom exhaust fabricated for mine, even lower handlebars and a touring windshield made by Gustafsson Plastics in Florida. Mine was set up for sport touring with factory-specific saddlebags and a custom seat. I made a couple of long trips with it.

I loved it. Compared to my European bikes, it held its own. It did very well on curvy roads but the wheelbase was very long and it was not quite as flickable as shorter bikes.

You see them from time to time but few people know what they are.




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Old 05-26-2014, 08:11 AM   #8
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I had a custom exhaust fabricated for mine, even lower handlebars and a touring windshield made by Gustafsson Plastics in Florida. Mine was set up for sport touring with factory-specific saddlebags and a custom seat. I made a couple of long trips with it.

I loved it. Compared to my European bikes, it held its own. It did very well on curvy roads but the wheelbase was very long and it was not quite as flickable as shorter bikes.
Nice! The low bars look a little brutal to me, but YMMV. So did that come with the 180 rear tire still?
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Yes, wide rear tire.

I'm 6-2 with long arms and used to riding eurobikes. I like the low bars.

That was a runnin sumbich
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Good question. New V-Rods appear to only come with the forward controls stock. The mids were an H-D marketing experiment that didn't pan out, I think.
Mid Control Kit $499.95

2007 through 2014 Specials.
Link in side bar.



http://www.harley-davidson.com/store...ntrol-kit#tabs


http://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2012...d-control-kit/




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Old 07-10-2014, 08:54 AM   #11
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I rented one in Vegas to try it out and spend some real time with it...

Seat blows, rear seat really blows. GF doesn't hate much, but she hated that bike. Form over function at it's best.

Great engine, great tune, exactly the performance I was expecting in the engine. They need to think about putting this in a touring rig...a real one.

Shit frame/layout. It doesn't do anything well. The straight line runs were fine. Anything that involves turning was a chore. Stuff scraped quickly. Suspension was horrible at best. Brakes were typical HD, maybe slightly better. Mid controls would be a major improvement if the seat wasn't so damn low.

Now, a V-rod like that one given to me? Well, I'd be making some changes (mids, seat, etc) and ride it. I don't think I could get over the lack of cornering performance. I guess the forward controls were holding the bike back...a lot.
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:36 PM   #12
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Nice story about the V-Rod when it first came out

http://www.motorcycle.com/features/s...#disqus_thread
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Nice story about the V-Rod when it first came out

http://www.motorcycle.com/features/s...#disqus_thread
Good story.




Another story

http://whitenoise.gizmodo.com/my-day...cle-1551299059

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Old 07-11-2014, 01:47 AM   #14
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As a limited factory special I wouldn't change it at all. Someone somewhere will want to buy it if it's factory original.
Change it around and it ten years it worth 10 bucks.
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:45 AM   #15
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As a limited factory special I wouldn't change it at all. Someone somewhere will want to buy it if it's factory original.
Change it around and it ten years it worth 10 bucks.
The great thing about HD is, when done properly, you can transform a bike with factory parts and transform it back without issue. The parts catalog is 4" thick for a reason. One of the few MFGs that really know their customers.
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