The facts are in
Now that I has been out a while some misconceptions can be cleared up. Three magazines have dyno tested the V-Rod and gotten around 108-109hp at the rear wheel, which is about as good as any other modern v-twin. The engine, by the way, is a 60 degree design, like the Aprilia. I have ridden it. It is very smooth, with rubber mounts AND counterbalancers. And the controls feel very refined. The riding position sucks in my opinion. I am far too used to the Cafe Racer crouch. So far, except for the recall mentioned above, which was brief and applied to only a few bikes, most of which hadn't been sold yet, they have been reliable.
They are not by any definition a sport bike. However, rumor has been rife about a naked bike version with better suspension, an upright riding position, and possibly more power. This is the one I have been waiting for. The current version is not selling as well as hoped. The first ones out the gate sold for huge markups, but events have proven those buyers were hasty. Production is already meeting demand, they are starting to sit on showroom floors, and most are now selling for list, which is just under $18,000 this year.