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post #1 of 63 (permalink) Old 11-13-2001, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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Arrow 11/13/01 - Is Harley V-Rod a sportbike?

Do you consider the Harley V-Rod to be a sportbike?

This question was suggested by Grok. Thanks for the suggestion!

Nope, I don't think it's a sportbike but a viable cruiser by today's cruiser standards. Nice to see HD create something new for a change. From what I hear, problem is that most hardcore Harley fanatics don't like them, but that's par for the course.
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post #2 of 63 (permalink) Old 11-13-2001, 09:59 AM
 
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I never really ever considered owning a hog, but the new bike is really a noce looking bike. They are building them here in KC so I hope to take a spin on one sooner or later. I think it will help the sales of the younger folks that want a harley. One thing that gets on my nerves is when people say 'they just turned to the Japanese for help, that's all'. I wasn't aware that Porche was Japanese.
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post #3 of 63 (permalink) Old 11-13-2001, 10:11 AM
 
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I wouldn't consider the V-Rod a sportbike but as far as cruisers go it is pretty cool. I still would not own one though. If I wanted a cruiser I could get more bike for less money from either Honda or Yamaha. I hear that Yamaha overhauled one of their cruisers so that it rides more like a sportbike and added more power. I was in drooling over an R6 and the sale guy was saying how great it was suposed to be (he has cruisers).
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A local newspaper reporter/biker had one for a review. I kinda' like it BUT... it has forward controls with no apparent way to move them back under you because the exhaust is in the way. It's a shame because it appears to have promise otherwise. It put out over 100 horse at the rear on a local dyno (I think it was 107, might have even been 115, but don't remember for sure). A lot of unique, nice, finishing touches. Those who rode it complained of the peg placement but said it really goes!

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post #5 of 63 (permalink) Old 11-14-2001, 02:46 PM
 
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Sportbike? No way. But I can hardly wait to see what Eric Buell can do around that motor.
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post #6 of 63 (permalink) Old 11-15-2001, 01:49 AM
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Nope. Not a sportbike. But if it runs well and doesn't act like a Harley, it's a pretty cool bike!
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post #7 of 63 (permalink) Old 11-15-2001, 05:00 AM
 
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Definitely not...

Definitely not a sportbike. Too much rake, too long of a wheelbase, too heavy, and forward peg placement. However, it is definitely the sportiest a cruiser has been built as of yet. Seems to be very well tested 'n tried.
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post #10 of 63 (permalink) Old 11-16-2001, 08:36 AM
 
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I think a quote in Cycle World said it best..."Harley has finally jumped ahead to 1985"


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