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Old 12-10-2012, 04:36 AM   #1
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Hello dear friends
As a new member here I have a (dumb) question!
I'm riding for more then 20 years now on the road and 30+ off road
I have now the sportster 48 2011 for a year and a half
Modifeid to the bone (exhaust,air filter ,pcv,suspension,seat,drag bar and more)
I'm thinking of buying a night rod !
Every one tells me that I wont like it as the sportster
I'm a little guy 168cm
I like the power that the rod offer and the 240 wheel but? Will I get along with the weight and the fact that it is longer ?
Will it turn as the sportster??
It's going to be a weekend bike city and open road trips
Help needed and appreciated
Thanks
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:10 AM   #2
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I went from a sporty to a Vrod because it has the higher rpms (my fav part about the sporty) and was ready for something "better". I also really liked the looks.

I bought mine used from a little guy. He had reduced reach seat, pegs and handle bars. I'm a big guy so I had to change it back. The seat height is low on most models.

It has the weight low. The sporty is not what I would call "balanced". Stand straddled over the bike seat and let it rock back n forth between your legs. The pressure you feel on the inside of your legs is how I judge the balance. My Vrod feels more balanced than my sporty did.

I have seen a few smaller chicks riding the Vrod so I would have to guess it is manageable for smaller people.

Last point, I love my bike and so glad I went from sporty to Vrod. It isn't a plush ride like many cruisers (stock) but it has a fun factor the other Harley models do not (sporty is old tech fun).


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Old 12-10-2012, 12:52 PM   #3
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Thanks

Thanks for the reply
People tell me " the handling is terrible "
I know that I will need to test ride before I get one
I sat on one and liked it it seems that I hugs you
If I buy one I know that I will need mid controls or something
Start digging in to have more stuff and angels
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:10 PM   #4
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Check out this little lady! That's her Screaming Eagle!! And she's about your height and maybe 100#! Handles it like a pro!!

You can do it!!

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Old 12-10-2012, 06:16 PM   #5
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My 2006 has mid controls and I like em. I have front pegs to stretch. Not sure when they stopped with mids. I don't think new ones have the option.

Not sure what would be cheeper, mid control conversion on a newer bike or 5 gallon tank conversion on an older bike with mids already.


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Old 12-10-2012, 07:00 PM   #6
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Thanks doc
The prob is not my hight it is if I will like it and will it be for me that kind of bike
I went from ducati and that kind of bikes to the sportster
Will the rod be for me or not will I feel comfortable on it ? Can I ride it as I ride the sportster (sideways most of the time)?
That was the question
Budki say I will as you do but looks like I need to have a good ride on one to understand that or to feel if I can adjust to it or it to me
Keep on writing
Love to hear good things in favor of the rod
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:30 AM   #7
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The night rod will not corner like a Sporty and is not as nimble. It is longer and has more rake to the front end. However it handles very nicely once you figure it out and I do not consider myself handicapped in the twisties - just run what you brung type thing. Any comfort issues can be modified as in all bikes.
The V-Rod will be night and day power wise, launch wise and top-end wise, although my sporty could launch with the best of them. I can not say enough about the Revo.You will probably never want to go back to an oldazzz air-cooled.
The weight is a non factor. At speed they all weigh the same and I see women running 800# dressers so you might want to back off that one.
Oh yea, no more worries about heat and keeping the heads cool in traffic.
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:36 AM   #8
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Back in the day i flat tracked sporties, I just bought a 2012 NRS, did the stage 2 upgrades right out the box, it will be a little slower in the corners (havn't upgraded the suspension) but it will flat out kick the shit out of most of the other bikes out there and look way good doing it! P.S. still own a 93" hot rod shovel ,took off the nitrous after blowing the front cylinder again. I don't need it to be fast anymore as the NRS does a decent job of feeding my need 4 speed.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:28 PM   #9
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Hello dear friends
As a new member here I have a (dumb) question!
I'm riding for more then 20 years now on the road and 30+ off road
I have now the sportster 48 2011 for a year and a half
Modifeid to the bone (exhaust,air filter ,pcv,suspension,seat,drag bar and more)
I'm thinking of buying a night rod !
Every one tells me that I wont like it as the sportster
I'm a little guy 168cm
I like the power that the rod offer and the 240 wheel but? Will I get along with the weight and the fact that it is longer ?
Will it turn as the sportster??
It's going to be a weekend bike city and open road trips
Help needed and appreciated
Thanks
Find an 06 STREETROD- best VROD ever
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:30 PM   #10
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Hello dear friends
As a new member here I have a (dumb) question!
I'm riding for more then 20 years now on the road and 30+ off road
I have now the sportster 48 2011 for a year and a half
Modifeid to the bone (exhaust,air filter ,pcv,suspension,seat,drag bar and more)
I'm thinking of buying a night rod !
Every one tells me that I wont like it as the sportster
I'm a little guy 168cm
I like the power that the rod offer and the 240 wheel but? Will I get along with the weight and the fact that it is longer ?
Will it turn as the sportster??
It's going to be a weekend bike city and open road trips
Help needed and appreciated
Thanks
Just saw that you live Israel- you sure you dont want to buy an up armored vehicle, bit work out better in the that part of the world.lol lol
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:05 PM   #11
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That's why i'm going for the rod so I can out run the missiles
As you suggested the 2006 I think it will be difficult to do I don't think we had one
My options seems to be 2007 or 2009 night rod
Will try to fit mid controls if possible so I can feel on it !
And for the remark on the situation here in Israel that's life for us
But what you see or hear is far from the truth
Things are not like that
Wish we had some more people that like Harleys and not guns but then we would have a war zone on the street not that we don't have it now
Still wating for a test ride on one maybe this week if no rain
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:23 PM   #12
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My options seems to be 2007 or 2009 night rod
Will try to fit mid controls if possible so I can feel on it !
H-D offers a midmount kit for '07 & later DX models.

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Old 12-11-2012, 06:58 PM   #13
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Aksl,

One twist of the throttle and you will forget that you ever owned a Sportster. Next thing you know you will be modding it to fit you body and riding style. Enjoy!
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:08 PM   #14
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Greyman
That's why i'm going for the rod so I can out run the missiles
As you suggested the 2006 I think it will be difficult to do I don't think we had one
My options seems to be 2007 or 2009 night rod
Will try to fit mid controls if possible so I can feel on it !
And for the remark on the situation here in Israel that's life for us
But what you see or hear is far from the truth
Things are not like that
Wish we had some more people that like Harleys and not guns but then we would have a war zone on the street not that we don't have it now
Still wating for a test ride on one maybe this week if no rain

I agree man! Well the VROD well certainly out run those rockets! I also agree, if you we passed out motorcycles to both sides, they would forge the rhetoric as they would both be busy customizing their rides and after too busy riding them to worry about anything else!!

cheers man
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:11 PM   #15
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Greyman
That's why i'm going for the rod so I can out run the missiles
As you suggested the 2006 I think it will be difficult to do I don't think we had one
My options seems to be 2007 or 2009 night rod
Will try to fit mid controls if possible so I can feel on it !
And for the remark on the situation here in Israel that's life for us
But what you see or hear is far from the truth
Things are not like that
Wish we had some more people that like Harleys and not guns but then we would have a war zone on the street not that we don't have it now
Still wating for a test ride on one maybe this week if no rain
Geez, your 5 foot 6 inch! That not that short. I'm 5'11" and straddle my NRS with no prob. The NRS is made for you. There are handlebars like mine that will reduce reach and let you sit upright. I personally like this one. Reduced reach saddles and custom seats are a plenty. There are also reduced reach front pegs. Then there is the mid-mount controls. Plenty of people of lesser stature have handled the VRod models including the NRS extremely well. Like everyone else says...take it for a ride. Get to know it first, then start your modding according to what makes you the most comfortable. It's a 715 lb Harley with a 34 degree front rake, 93.1 length and 35.6 seat height. You'll do just fine if you can make it thru the first month of getting used to it. Do you know I chased down a BMW 1000R sport bike in the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California. This bike is going to be the best fun you can have with your pants on!?!



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