I'll admit it. I always had an affection for the V-ROD. It may an overpriced under performing cruiser compared to some others, but I always liked the look. It's a polarizing machine in the Harley community and elsewhere. It's often found in the "Best Looking Bikes" and "Ugliest Looking Bikes" threads of many message boards. But no one argues that its Porsche-born Evolution engine can get up and go.
My wife was brought up with Harleys. She has recently confided that she has always wished I owned a Harley. The V-ROD is the only HD I'd ever consider owning. It's had me thinking that maybe I've been a bit selfish over the years, always owning bikes that only interested me. There isn't a single bike I've owned that she likes, except for the Wing. And it's rare that we ride the big GL, having only put 4000 miles on it since purchase in 2004.
So along comes this email recently from one of our local Harley dealers. Slashing prices on the VRSC models and the Glides. Already reduced by thousands, they want offers. I guess between the economy and that the riding season is nearly at the half way point here in the NE, they need to get rid of inventory.
I'm not seriously considering a move. Just out doing some research, reading, and getting a feel for this machine. They have made improvements to it in the last couple years -- 5 gallon tank, re-located the ignition, Brembo brakes with ABS, slipper clutch, etc. So I thought I'd throw it out here for the masses to poke fun of me, or the V-ROD, or Harley, or good, bad, and ugly about this Harley model. 125HP, 84 ft lbs, 600 pounds, 67" wheelbase, 34° rake, 4.5" trail.