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.