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I came across a 2004 VRSCA (have not seen it in person yet), but the photos look pretty good.
I have become such a VROD fan since my muscle, I have been thinking about starting a collection. Can anyone tell me if there is anything in the 2004 VRSCA that I should be cautious of/look for when considering this?
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They are all good. The more you get, you'll notice they all ride a little different. Wheel size, Motor size, shock set-up and so on.
 

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I came across a 2004 VRSCA (have not seen it in person yet), but the photos look pretty good.
I have become such a VROD fan since my muscle, I have been thinking about starting a collection. Can anyone tell me if there is anything in the 2004 VRSCA that I should be cautious of/look for when considering this?
thanks
Pitted rims, often neglected by previous owners, pita to polish out.. +
crappy neck bearings?
Good luck with collection! :)
 

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Pitted rims, often neglected by previous owners, pita to polish out.. +
crappy neck bearings?
Good luck with collection! :)
Thanks I don't know what neck bearings are but it sounds like it could be a serious problem . I found a post on this forum from 2005 That discussed the problem . I think I'll steer clear of this
 

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I have a 2004 VRSCA I bought it last year from a guy who parked it in his garage after only putting 1200 miles on it. No joke. I bought it for 7k after taking to my local Harley Dealer. They went through the entire bike. Changed out all the seals and parts that don't age well. New tires and Harley parts and labor payed by previous owner. I still have to pinch myself everytime I look at it. Rides like a dream.
I can't comment on what the bike will be like after some serious years of steady riding but I can tell you that there are some great deals out there if you look hard enough.
 

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Thanks I don't know what neck bearings are but it sounds like it could be a serious problem . I found a post on this forum from 2005 That discussed the problem . I think I'll steer clear of this
Do not let a pair of neck/tree bearings in a unknowned condition kill a sweet deal.
The age does not destroy the bearings, lack of lube & water does.
 

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have a 04 myself and the neck bearings where not a problem in these days. only newer models had this problem. even had it with my 14 muscle. my 04 was fine when I took the triple tree off.
Have to say the early bikes where put together well. mine never gave a problem. still have it. basically not that much different. engine is 1130 vs 1250 and the frame is more narrow cuz it started with a 180 rear tire.
 

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2004 was the year they had issues with the cam chain triple sprocket coming loose which results in loss of oil pressure and loss of the water pump pumping coolant. Not all 2004s did it . Easy fix, pull the alternator cover, remove the bolt, put on some red locktite and reinstall, good to go. If not fixed they would spin the rod bearings if run very hard.


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This last December 2019, in MN I got a 2004 VRSCA with 8000k, one owner, lots of chrome, some "Willie G Skull" accessories like pimped foot pegs & lug covers, & a thunder-stroked after market chrome "Bubs Jug Huggers" 2 to 2 exhaust system for $6800 from a local HD dealership. Cripes, everything BUT curb-feelers on this ride. This is my first Harley Davidson. I have owned Hondas, a Yamaha & Kawasakis sport-race bikes which I modded to be even tighter & faster. My 2004 VRSCA is neither.

It depends on how on how you ride. How HARD you ride. Thumping around the neighborhood or commuting to work, with no serious engine, gear, or electric issues a decent stock 2004 VRSCA should be a great around-town ride. I ride everything HARD. I have "totaled" 1 car, 1 truck & 2 motorcycles. Statistically, I should be good. I like HP. I like SPEED. Handling must be present for both.

No offense intended to anyone on these boards-- the VROD VRSCA at stock is a fun "sport cruiser". A 2004 VRSCA is no "stock sport-race bike". Serious blood, sweat, tears & a lot money will be needed to upgrade the performance of my $6800 VRod to be considered an "above-average" sport-race bike. With the factory parts on my current 15 old gently rode-ride, I would lose my title to a distracted soccer mom in an undercharged Prius.

I really dig the concept, engineering & history of my VRod, but currently the performance, for me, is lacking. My VRod feels as responsive as riding an unbalanced woman on an unbalanced washing machine. Sorta Fun... … yet VERY unnerving at the same time. I have some serious garage work ahead of me.

Hit 95 MPH today on a "fair" straight away. While the throttle still had twist and the VRSCA's engine/gears were performing flawlessly, as stated above; at this speed, the bike lifted slightly and the both the steering & front fork really felt mushy/sloppy.

While I really wanted to see my 2004's VRSCA's unmodded top speed, ----my Chesapeakes needed to be fed, my mortgage needed a payment, and most importantly I still had 4 ice-cold GrainBelt long necks left in the fridge ---so I backed off. My estate will = 0. Brakes on the 2004 are ok; not great, with some sharp fork drop , on mine, at hard stops.

Any VRod you get will be fun. Modding it will be fun. A 2004 VRSCA V-Rod that runs good will be a great around town ride

Since I ride hard, my $6800 VRSCA will be hours & dollars to get it to the performance & handling I want/need. My VRSCA when done will rock too. My guess all said & done $9000 more. Still under a 2019 HD pricetag. We will see. My VSCRA ---Price = A+ Style = B-, Engine = B, Steering & Suspension C-, Brakes = C.
 
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