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Old 12-05-2012, 12:12 AM   #1
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Ride From California to New York on VRSCR

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I have always wanted to ride a motorcycle across the US so this May I am going to do just that. I have a VRSCR that has only around 4500 miles on it because the seat is so uncomfortable to be on for any length of time. I really want to ride my Street Rod on the trip, but everyone keeps telling me I am crazy. My thoughts are to change the seat to a corbin. Take the back seat off and fabricate a rack to hold bags ( It seems saddle bags are kind of out.) somehow move the handlebars back and last but not least find someone that makes a good windscreen. So far the stealer is telling me to get a road king and everyone else is telling me to get a BMW GS. Any advise would be great. I don't want to sell my bike but there are some very serious obsticles to overcome to make the trip. If you have pictures of mods I would also appriciate that allot. Thanks i advance.

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Old 12-05-2012, 01:31 AM   #2
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Well, moving the handlebars back is as simple as putting new bars on. Figuring out the ones you actually want will be the hard part. And if you move them back far enough you will need longer cables for every thing!

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Old 12-05-2012, 01:41 AM   #3
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I can relate. I rode a VRSCF up the PCH this summer 3600 miles from San Diego to Astoria/Portland, OR and back, something I always wanted to do. Your thoughts about changing the seat, bars, and adding a custom rack are some of the exact things I did. Swapping bars for you would be even easier than it was on my F, and that was easy.

I haven't gotten around to writing a real trip report, but check out a few pics from my trip here. See pics of my mods here.

I don't know why saddlebags are out for you. Dig around and you'll find VRSCR's like this. I'm sure you could figure out how to incorporate some "throw-over bags" as an option. Search around, find some inspiration and have at it!

Just my from an owner of the "other bastard V-Rod"... the F! We don't get any respect around here!
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:19 AM   #4
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You can definitely ride the VRSCR cross country with the proper setup. I've done 600 miles days on mine with no problem. Better seat is a must along with a good windshield. Givi makes some universal models that will fit the VRSCR like the A602, http://www.twistedthrottle.com/givi-...universal-a602. Instead of the rack, consider strapping down a dry bag on the back seat like this Givi Weatherproof Rollbag, http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...-Roll-Bag.aspx. Kriega also makes some nice bags with a good strap down system for motorcycles.

Sounds like a hell of an adventure. Good luck.




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Old 12-05-2012, 07:25 AM   #5
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Floow the link, there are two V-Rod tabs, one of which is a Street Rod. Day-Long, you can't do any better.
http://www.day-long.com/gallery_Harley_davidson.html
As for a Windshield, take a look at Memphis Sahdes, and use some decent throw over sport bags. They'll hold all you need.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:28 AM   #6
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On the seats, consider sending them to an upholsterer like Mean City to replace the foam with medical gel or memory foam. I had a Corbin on my Street glide and it was OK. I don't know if I want to go cross country on one.


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Old 12-05-2012, 08:49 AM   #7
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i would consider installing a 5 gallon tank.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:01 AM   #8
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R's already have large tanks.

or so i thought????
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:33 AM   #9
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If you want to change the bars to a more comfortable setup, here's a one-stop solution that includes the required lines.

http://www.v-mod.com/shop/viewProduc...s.asp?PID=3529

Or, you can do what I did. Sell the R (sigh) and buy and F. And start modding again from scratch. NOT the most cost effective solution.

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Old 12-05-2012, 10:49 AM   #10
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Hello,

I have always wanted to ride a motorcycle across the US so this May I am going to do just that. I have a VRSCR that has only around 4500 miles on it because the seat is so uncomfortable to be on for any length of time. I really want to ride my Street Rod on the trip, but everyone keeps telling me I am crazy. My thoughts are to change the seat to a corbin. Take the back seat off and fabricate a rack to hold bags ( It seems saddle bags are kind of out.) somehow move the handlebars back and last but not least find someone that makes a good windscreen. So far the stealer is telling me to get a road king and everyone else is telling me to get a BMW GS. Any advise would be great. I don't want to sell my bike but there are some very serious obsticles to overcome to make the trip. If you have pictures of mods I would also appriciate that allot. Thanks i advance.

-Rob

I have a spitfire windshield, workds great on my R. The longest I have gone is 300 miles from Monterey to LA via hwy 5. The cross winds were brutal. That said, I was still in better shape than my friends who rode on naked sport bikes sans windshield. The only other mod i did was i got new footpegs. I got "beefier" ones from AVON. So you can really put your wait on them and have plenty of room to move your foot around.

I also have a corbin seat- it worked out great. for my bags I useda a cortech setup.. but i was not very happy, to hard to install with the corbin seat. I took them off after the trip.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:33 PM   #11
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R's already have large tanks.

or so i thought????
Correct, the R already has the 5 gallon tank. It was the first model fitted with the 5 gallon tank, and the other models followed suit in 07..
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:57 PM   #12
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I called Day long. They say their seats are designed for Iron butt riders. I will probably ride up to Redding and have them do my seat. Does anybody have experience with these seats? Also if you goto their website the R has some pretty nice big bags mounted. Has anybody seen these before? I am figuring on 300 miles/day. I take it that everybody on this board would trust the R to make it with no problems? It seems like the drive train is pretty bullet proof. Thanks again for everyone's input.
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I called Day long. They say their seats are designed for Iron butt riders. I will probably ride up to Redding and have them do my seat. Does anybody have experience with these seats? Also if you goto their website the R has some pretty nice big bags mounted. Has anybody seen these before? I am figuring on 300 miles/day. I take it that everybody on this board would trust the R to make it with no problems? It seems like the drive train is pretty bullet proof. Thanks again for everyone's input.
300 mile days.. corbin seat or equivlent. A good windshield. New footpegs, and the proper luggage system. Yes this is very doable. I have personally doneit. That said, before oyu leave make sure you bike gets a full check up by a professional mechanic!
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:17 PM   #14
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The R doesn't use true rear sets, so the mid pegs are fine for distance. Worst case, mount some pegs on the down tubes.

I too would run either a Sundowner or Corbin. A windscreen is a must as well.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:23 PM   #15
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I have a Day Long on my Suzuki V-Strom and it is the most comfortable seat I've ever ridden.
The bags pictured are HD factory bags for the R model. If you can find R brackets then you can probably mount some of the current available bags.
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