Some, not all, European markets received 105 horsepower bikes. The difference is velocity stack diameter and mapping.
Most riders take the stock exhausts off their bikes and replace them with something louder. This provides many opportunities to buy clean used stock exhaust system parts very inexpensively. Keep an eye on the classified ads on this discussion board, and start looking for sources of used parts in Europe. Get the word out what you are looking for by using the want ads part of our classfieds. I have purchased complete R exhaust systems for as little as $300, less than the list cost of a single muffler. I just bought a third volume for $60. They list for over $450. I have spares in case I screw up and bin it.
Btw, the R is easily the best V-Rod, and a darn good bike by any standard. If you ever see one of these engine's apart you will be impressed. Car parts. Big, durable car parts. It looks like a well made Toyota engine inside. Nothing cheap or flimsy, it's built to last.
The pilot is always the first person at the scene of the crash.
Was a Sporty guy forever...until I drove the R...No goin back...If you just like a Sporty feel but with amazing handling for Harley....thsi is your bike...BTW...the only pipes that should ever go on this machine are these....
Wicked Loud...look good....Lose a little HP...but well worth the sound and the safety...knowing u will scare the SHIT outta people with the noise...Need to buy a Fuelpak to adjust fuel maps with...SERT or PC III would do as well i suspect...I just used Fuelpak and used the BUB Jug Huggers setting...works perfect...
7th: Assuming the bike is a "Euro" model it was probably rated at 105hp; if a US model it would have been rated at 120hp. I think the only difference was a restriction in the "3rd volume" (collector) in the exhaust system. Reinstallation of mufflers/cans is easy.
Never heard of that before, and I've successfully privately imported a US model to the EU - both have the exact same ratings and specs.
Care to share any references to back that up?
VRSCR '06 Brandy-Wine
200 rear, PCIII, 4 red Competition Footpegs, Front Mirror Signals, Custom Tacho Faceplate, Headlight Visor, Amsoil Air Filter, Topless, X-Screen, Slipper Clutch, 26T pulley, Kuryakyn chromed spider hand grips, chromed slotted HD levers, Works Progressive Chromed Street Tracks, Heavy Duty front fork oil, gel padded seat, radiator grills, Custom Dynamics red accent lights, chromed horn cover
Cortech Sports bags (x3), Axio Tailbag, Tankbag
The economic conditions contribute, I'm sure. But, the R is low on the demand list.
I have almost 26,000 miles on my '06 R. The only thing I've replaced due to part failure is the rear brake switch assembly. It's plastic and sits very close to an exhaust pipe. The plastic finally fell apart and leaked. I did the valve lash adjustment at 22,000 miles. I'm on my third set of tires (Avon Cobras are GREAT!). I still have the original battery. The motor fires right up every time. Many R's have the front end "clunk" because of loose seating of the stearing head bearings. Do the fallaway adjustment to clear that up.
The R has the most lean angle of the VRSC line. That might come in handy with your roads in Italy!
Good luck with your decision!
I just read your review of the "r". I just got my R and went for my first real ride. Like you stated, I heard the front clunk. Thanks for pointing it out. Now I know what to look for, so I can fix it.
im just guessing ,but could your bike have been "down" seen it a few times now,when i got mine i nearly downed it twice,these are big heavy machines and take time to get used too.the 'R' HAS FANTASTIC FRONT BRAKES,but it takes "f@#kall to get the back wheel tucking under with fast halts,i love everything about my R,warts n all.