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Funkletrumpet
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Re: Harley discontinues the V-Rod [Re: outerbanks]
      #663996 - 01/21/17 01:09 AM

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I test rode a V-Rod Muscle and couldn't get past the riding position ...




I've sat on one but never ridden one. I didn't like it either.
I was at a bike shop last August picking up my new (new to me) bike and a V-Rod pulled up.
Bloke gets off. He's 76 yrs old! I was talking to him for a while.
He said, and I kid you not, "it's the most comfortable bike I've every owned".
As he had no doubt been riding longer than I've been walking, I didn't ask him wtf have YOU been riding all your life?!!

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outerbanks
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Re: Harley discontinues the V-Rod [Re: Dwight]
      #664024 - 01/22/17 07:05 AM

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I guess you two have forgotten about the short-lived "Street Rod" version of Harley's VRSC line up, and which featured mid-mounted foot controls.

But true to form, because mid-mounted foot controls don't say "cruiser" to the Harley faithful, this model failed to sell in comparison to even the rest of the slower selling V-Rod line, and thus was dropped after only two years of production in 2007.

(...the Street Rod and the also short-lived flat track inspired XR1200 being the only two Harleys that would intrigue me enough to consider their purchase for a while, btw)




By the way Dwight Harley Davidson knows some V-Rod owners might prefer mid controls and like most of their bikes they offer kits to install either mid or forward controls whichever the rider prefers. Not many motorcycle manufacturers offer this flexibility.
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Dwight
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Re: Harley discontinues the V-Rod [Re: outerbanks]
      #664053 - 01/22/17 06:08 PM

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Quote:

I guess you two have forgotten about the short-lived "Street Rod" version of Harley's VRSC line up, and which featured mid-mounted foot controls.

But true to form, because mid-mounted foot controls don't say "cruiser" to the Harley faithful, this model failed to sell in comparison to even the rest of the slower selling V-Rod line, and thus was dropped after only two years of production in 2007.

(...the Street Rod and the also short-lived flat track inspired XR1200 being the only two Harleys that would intrigue me enough to consider their purchase for a while, btw)




By the way Dwight Harley Davidson knows some V-Rod owners might prefer mid controls and like most of their bikes they offer kits to install either mid or forward controls whichever the rider prefers. Not many motorcycle manufacturers offer this flexibility.
FACTORY KIT




I have to admit that that's another good point, OB. Yep, H-D's in-house accessory catalog is quite extensive.

This is the very reason I had to design and fabricate my own mid-mount foot controls for my BA a few years back, as not even the aftermarket ever supplied what I was looking for in this regard.

Just got tired of sitting on my tailbone and not having my legs help support my torso and help cushion the jolts one receives from riding over patches of rough and irregular roads. To say nothin' about the idea that it never really felt "right" having my feet forward while riding "spiritedly" through the twisties.

Guess I never was a true "cruiser guy", still however I kept the forward pegs and occasionally fold 'em down to act as "freeway pegs" and another place to locate my feet on long straight smooth and "boring" stretches of highway, though.

(...and with all the other customizing I've done to it over the years such as cutting down the fenders and many other things, my '02 BA now resembling much more the classic Britbike look and less the American-style cruiser it started out as)

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chyAdministrator
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Re: Harley discontinues the V-Rod [Re: tinmantwo]
      #664058 - 01/22/17 06:40 PM

I liked them for the fact that Harley did something a bit different... always a bit too streamlined, I guess would be the word. Kinda like why I really never cared for Victorys I guess... I won't miss them either.

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Re: Harley discontinues the V-Rod [Re: outerbanks]
      #664380 - 02/02/17 05:41 AM



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mag10
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Re: Harley discontinues the V-Rod [Re: Greybeard]
      #664527 - 02/07/17 05:56 AM

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Maybe they are smart enough to save the engine and gearbox. With just a little wider spread in the gears, this would be great for a sports 3 wheel. Might even be they are thinking of reviving the Tri-hawk with this engine.




there is a local company here in WI that makes a front wheel trike type conversion out of V rods. Not sure why they picked the V-rod but so far as I know its the only 3 wheeler they do.

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PES
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Re: Harley discontinues the V-Rod [Re: chy]
      #664528 - 02/07/17 06:45 AM

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I liked them for the fact that Harley did something a bit different... always a bit too streamlined, I guess would be the word. Kinda like why I really never cared for Victorys I guess... I won't miss them either.




+1 I liked that they had the water cooled Porsche designed engine I thought would be silky smooth. When I finally got to test ride one for 30 minutes I go WTF it vibrates like the other Harley's. Plus it was one of the most uncomfortable bikes I've ever ridden. I was never so happy to get back on my TBA.

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Ryk
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Re: Harley discontinues the V-Rod [Re: PES]
      #664531 - 02/07/17 09:27 AM

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Quote:

I liked them for the fact that Harley did something a bit different... always a bit too streamlined, I guess would be the word. Kinda like why I really never cared for Victorys I guess... I won't miss them either.




+1 I liked that they had the water cooled Porsche designed engine I thought would be silky smooth. When I finally got to test ride one for 30 minutes I go WTF it vibrates like the other Harley's. Plus it was one of the most uncomfortable bikes I've ever ridden. I was never so happy to get back on my TBA.



I thought it had a BMW designed motor, no? German engineering is generally pretty good either way. Harley probably had to specify an out of balance design to stay Harleyesque.


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The_Dog33
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Re: Harley discontinues the V-Rod [Re: Ryk]
      #664532 - 02/07/17 10:07 AM

I thought it was a porsch design.

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findlay13
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Re: Harley discontinues the V-Rod [Re: The_Dog33]
      #664534 - 02/07/17 12:17 PM

I had heard Porsche too.As Ryk said, either way.

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