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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-13-2001, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Now before you all flame me for merely mentioning a Harley...

Saw the new V-Rod today at Reno HD. Very interesting looking machine. Parked, it's different, certainly an aquired taste, however when it's moving, it really takes on a different appearance. Willie G & Company really did an amazing job on that bike. The fit & finish are superb and there is an obvious attention to detail. Sounds pretty good, but with stock pipes, it was too subdued. My friend who works there said the SE pipes really do the trick and that they got 107 hp on the dyno with one (pipes & aircleaner only...5,000' elevation too).

Here's what REALLY amazed me. They have sold their entire '02 allocation....for MSRP, no mark-up. 3 have gone out the door so far, with a couple more next week. The owner's stated that "I want customers next year too". Refreshing, I'd say.

I was also told to expect some nice variations on the theme for next year, in particular in a sport touring configuration. I will say this, Harley sure took a major gamble with their current customer base with this bike. Local opinion among the faithful is about 70% negative....probably a good sign!

I always appreciate "out of the box" thinking and I'm glad Harley built this bike, and glad there's a dealer who doesn't rape his customers. Nice change indeed.

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I'm not ashamed to admit I'd like to buy one if I could afford it.

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It's still too long and don't have enough cornering clearance for me.

At least HD is making an effort to do something different.

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I'm with Robert. If I could afford a V-ROD, I'd buy one.

I think Harley did a great job on the bike. I was sorry to read reports of the "Harley faithful" ragging on the bike. Williie G. did a good thing when creating the V-ROD.

Incidentally, I've heard dealers around my way will charge up to $27,000 for the bike! "No thanks! Just looking."
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Incidentally, I've heard dealers around my way will charge up to $27,000 for the bike! "No thanks! Just looking."
That's why I brought up the point about Bud (owner of Reno HD) selling them for sticker. I really appreciate a business owner who recognizes the need to keep his customers satisfied for a longterm relationship, rather than to simply maximize profits for the next quarter.

I'm lusting after what's been rumored to be a Sport Touring model with the new powerplant and the chassis concept from the XB9R...due in '03, along with a bunch of other models around that new engine, remember, '03 is the 100th anniversary.

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I have heard the same about dealer markups being around $10,000. Personally I can't wait till Buell gets ahold of that engine. Personally I think a sport tourer from Harley would be something along the lines of what they currently call their sport tourer, the Dyna Glide Sport. They'll slap some bags and a sheild on a Vrod and that will be their sport tourer.
But I'm with everyone who says if I could afford it, I would buy one.

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Local dealer here in Huntsville asking $26,000...
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hmmmm,build a bike around an engine with 20th place finishes.if it finished at all.i'll admit that's original!
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hmmmm,build a bike around an engine with 20th place finishes.if it finished at all.i'll admit that's original!
It's worse than that.

I understand that the VR100 motor was not used. The V-rod motor was sourced out to Porsche for R&D with Willie hisself giving input on aesthetics. Apparently he wanted it to have cooling fins even though it is water-cooled and wanted some coolant hose routed some wierd way to make it look more harley-like.

Imagine the frustration the German engineers must have felt. "If vee do it zat vay, it vill over heat, you dumbkopf!!! " Well too bad, you kraut, but hey it's O.K. if it leaks a little"

I bet no V-rod ever leaks.

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While i do have a buddy who has one i will never buy one. Any harley product for that matter. There customer base seeems about 85% middle age snobs who make too much money and don't wave back at me when i wave at them.

And why the hell can they get away with running straight pipes? I suppose they need squeeze every bit of horse power out of the engines to make those heavy bikes go.
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