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Old 12-03-2012, 12:22 PM   #1
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should I trade in my 2012 Streeb Bob for a Vrod?

I have had my 2012 SB now for over 6 months and love it, but have always had eyes for the look of the Vrod. Im 5'6 and not sure if the Vrod would be as comfy of a ride for long distance riding with my 2 brothers. I do know they make a touring fuel cell for the Vrod so you dont have to stop as much to fuel up. Just in a pickle and since I live in Washington its been raining to much to go test ride on. I might have to wait till spring to do so. Any help or suggestions would be nice.

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Old 12-03-2012, 12:59 PM   #2
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I just traded a Roadglide for a 2012 anniversary model V. Based on what little I've ridden it, I made the right choice. Smoothe, quiet, and quick. Good luck, and ride safe.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:12 PM   #3
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Take one for a test ride and decide then.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:19 PM   #4
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might have to just get on one asap and try it out.

thanks for some in site i know a test ride will make up my mind. Its just bad weather here in WA lots of rain and big puddles everywhere.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:29 PM   #5
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Head down to cali for a test ride.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:34 PM   #6
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Yes trade up for more comfort would suggest the A model you'll have a more upright riding position be sure to get a newer one with the 5 gallon tank


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Old 12-03-2012, 03:30 PM   #7
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You will find the pegs and bars an uncomfortable stretch.
Sad but true
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:38 PM   #8
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12s and up have improved ergonomics that suits shorter people , I'm 6'2 and thinking about drag bars or something for a better reach . Idk, ur bike is bad ass too, so..test drive it is.

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Old 12-03-2012, 04:45 PM   #9
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I HAVE a 2012.
My opinion is a 5-foot-6 rider will not be happy.
I am 5-foot-9 and the riding position is barely tolerable. In fact, it's still verging on being a deal breaker for me.
The earlier versions are torture racks not meant for normal size humans.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:56 PM   #10
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I HAVE a 2012.
My opinion is a 5-foot-6 rider will not be happy.
I am 5-foot-9 and the riding position is barely tolerable. In fact, it's still verging on being a deal breaker for me.
The earlier versions are torture racks not meant for normal size humans.
I disagree wholeheartedly. My 04 A with a Sundowner is very comfortable except for the reduced reach bars. I plan to put the stockers back on so I don't feel as cramped. Oh and I'm 5'10 after an hour on the inversion table.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:17 PM   #12
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I traded My FLD for a '12 VRSCF this past summer.

They are totally different animals.

The FLD is a LA-Z-Boy recliner compared to the F. From the comfy seat to the full size floorboards the FLD is cushy. Easy to strip the bags and screen off. Decent torque in the 103". It even corners pretty easy and confidently.

But that wasn't good enough for me. Oh, No.

Ignored it for awhile, but I just could not stop from bouncing it off the rev limiter: at 5200 rpm. Yes 5200.

Which coincidentally is right about where the F starts to really haul the mail.

More room in the saddlebags, but they don't come with them, and they take 20x longer to remove. Windscreens are equally as easy to remove.

Seat is, to me, good for the long haul. I miss the floorboards, but you can up for pegs that flip heel supports out. To switch up on a long day I can also put my feet on the rear pegs for a break.

It does not corner as well as the FLD. In fact it is a little odd at first having the wheel fight you as you lean on it, but you get over it.

Gas tank is about the same size and the F is really not that much thirstier than the FLD it's just that with the F you find yourself doing 'The Ton' a lot more.

I started calling the FLD the 'Road Queen' because it looked a little wimpy and the bags were too small. When the speed was up it felt like you had to make the FLD work a lot more than the F to get to and maintain speed.

I miss the floorboards and the torque, but that's it. The F often draws people to it. It is comfy enough to ride 400 miles in a day. Has a definite giggle factor when it comes to speed. And it looks a lot more butch than the FLDRQ.

My jean leg is 32. I don't mind the stretch at all.

Love the VRod.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:20 AM   #13
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I have had my 2012 SB now for over 6 months and love it, but have always had eyes for the look of the Vrod. Im 5'6 and not sure if the Vrod would be as comfy of a ride for long distance riding with my 2 brothers. I do know they make a touring fuel cell for the Vrod so you dont have to stop as much to fuel up. Just in a pickle and since I live in Washington its been raining to much to go test ride on. I might have to wait till spring to do so. Any help or suggestions would be nice.

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Old 12-04-2012, 05:43 AM   #14
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You will find the pegs and bars an uncomfortable stretch.
Sad but true
Yes but that is fixable. Reduced reach pegs and seat for starts


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