Originally Posted by pgilliam1
Other than a poor suspension and a few external bits, would you care to elaborate on your justifications (just the facts please)???
Here's a quick, dirty and incomplete list. While a few of these are specific to the older v-rods (like the tiny tanks and ignition placement) they were issues for YEARS before they were addressed.
- Quality issue with electronics - I went through 3 different instrument consoles installed by 3 different dealers the first year I had the bike.
- Quality issue with factory trained mechanics. I had my bike blow oil all over me on a ride immediately following servicing. Also had the coolant tank explode. (different days) Never did figure out the cause of that one.
- I hate the way the floating brake sounds - even knowing there's no problem there I still always get the feeling something is about to fall off when I hear it.
- Foot pegs spark like mother****ers in the twisties. I'm on my 3rd set now and I just dont think pegs should be a consumable item.
- Stock passenger pillion is less than worthless.
- 3.5 gallon tank. If you ride with anything besides other v-rods, you quickly become known as the annoying guy that has to stop for gas every 100 miles.
-Ignition placement in relation to the pipes is absurd. Especially considering how the key has a tendency to fall out when you open the seat to fill up. I know I'm not the only guy who's been cooked by their hot pipes trying to fish the key out or the only guy who has a partially melted FOB as proof of the ordeal.
-No storage area for registration, insurance etc.
-Difficulty of (or even gaining access to the leads on) a battery.
- Worst value of any bike I can think of. If I ever sell, I'd be lucky to get back even 30% of what the bike originally cost STOCK, in spite of an extra 10k or so worth of upgrades.
- Compared to just about any other bike in or around it's class, on the real world performance is abysmal; at the end of the day it's not about how big your engine is or how loud your pipes are. I honestly cannot think of another bike outside of choppers that handles worse than a v-rod on a windy road. It's fine on on freeways and straightaways, but who wants to take a long ride down one of those?
-HD dealers (I think we all can agree on this one)
At the end of the day, about the only thing I've not had issues with is the engine. I'm guessing I've got Porsche to thank for that.