Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Key West/Nokomis, FL
Rep Power: 1
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.