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post #1 of 18 Old 11-01-2011, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings all! I just wanted to introduce myself. Iím a firefighter/paramedic here in Florida, and get to ride all year.... about 15km miles or so. My primary bike is a 2005 Harley Davidson V-Rod VRSCA.

I came to the forum via another Social Knowledge Community (Cruiserís Forum) where Iím currently on-staff as a moderator. Iíd have a tough time deciding which is my favorite pastime; sailing or biking!

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post #2 of 18 Old 11-01-2011, 04:46 PM
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Hello and welcome! I wonder how the 919 would fare against a V-Rod...

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Welcome Cap...V-Rods are cool

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Hello and welcome! I wonder how the 919 would fare against a V-Rod...
me too

Welcome to WT, I'm jealous of your year round riding season.

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post #6 of 18 Old 11-01-2011, 09:29 PM
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Welcome. V-Rods are pretty sick. My boss has one with the early 1130cc (?) motor and it can scoot. PowerCommander and Rinehart pipes... she'll throw down with the 919 pretty easy. The best bike Milwaukee never built. Enjoy the site.

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Welcome ,pull up a chair and enjoy the ride


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post #8 of 18 Old 11-02-2011, 01:50 AM
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Howdy, yerself.

Here's an interesting few pages of bike comparison data....

http://www.mcnews.com/mcn/technical/200801perfindex.pdf

...for those wondering what-if questions..

Best wishes from the South Pacific!

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post #9 of 18 Old 11-02-2011, 05:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!
The V-Rod (A model) is quick out of the hole, but tops out really quick aerodynamic wise at about 115. Above that there is quite a wobble. BUT I'm an old fart, so I top out at about 90, making the V the perfect bike FOR ME, which is what it's all about, no? With just a few mods, the V is able to run with any bike 0-90.

The downside to the V is crap lean angles. The "R" and "D" models are better than the "A's", but just about any performance bike can out-turn a VR. The fork rake is a bit long as well, which helps keep the front end down, but also makes tight quarter maneuvering tough. A "U" turn in an ordinary residential street is doable, but takes practise.

That all said, the V-Rod is (IMHO) the perfect bike, for balancing power, comfort, and durability. I can ride thousand mile days without being crippled, it will go 7500 miles between oil changes without using any, starts and runs every time, and never breaks down. The bike I'm on now has 50k miles... hard miles... And other than normal maintenance, tires etc, she has required no repairs. I have a buddy in Cali who is approaching 150k on an '03.... Again with nothing more than normal maintenance! Harley started with a clean sheet of paper when designing the VR, and contracted Porsche to design the engine.

Thanks again for the warm welcome, and I look forward to contributing around here.

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...and contracted Porsche to design the engine.

...IMO what they should have done AGES ago. And why your V-rod is still going strong at 50k miles.

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post #16 of 18 Old 11-02-2011, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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...IMO what they should have done AGES ago. And why your V-rod is still going strong at 50k miles.
True that.... If you think about it, the rest of HD's drivel are chunks of 100 year old radial aircraft engines. We're it not for the 1130/v-rod I would not own a Harley.... But Willy G et al hit a homer with this bike...... And they want to discontinue it! Go figure

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Harley Davidson - old school looks, old school technology at an extremely overinflated price.

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agreed, the vrod is one of the only harleys id own, its got a much better powerplant than the rest, and those performance numbers are pretty gnarly!

Welcome aboard, and welcome to the madness. And really like you said, as long as YOU like the bike you ride thats all that matters

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