I ride 2 up probably 60 - 70% of the time and my wife even commented on how much better the bike felt with the 28T. She noticed the extra mechanical advantage translated into being pushed back into the back (butt) rest harder, especially in the higher gears. Probably one of the reasons I like it is because it makes the bike feel lighter when I ride 2 up. With her, me and some gear we're probably 330 lbs.
You're right John, the bike loves RPMs. 4000 rpm in the 65mph range is very smooth, 5000 rpm in the 80mph range is almost electric smooth and the roll on acceleration .
BTW, <1/4" chicken strip and I still haven't scraped anything..... Took some nice switchbacks yesterday 2 up in 3rd working between 4000 - 8000 rpm and not a scratch. Maybe I have the "extra ground clearance" version or maybe the bike isn't as leaned over when you're taking a 30 mph turn at 70 Shocked a couple of crotch rockets when they didn't pull away from me through the turns or on the straight. Keep the V-Rod above 5000 rpm and the bike will stay with almost anything in short spurts. Of course it they know what they are doing and/or don't get caught off guard you're toast
I will say that I've noticed the new belt is louder than the original. Maybe they changed the construction or it just takes some time to break-in but the belt whine get's loud some times. There's nothing wrong with the tension or alignment, I've checked about 5 times
I guess if we actually had some twisties and/or canyons around here... And I seem to remember a MonsterMax thread where he was thinking the 30 tooth might be better on the Dragon as he wouldn't have to shift as much. My limited exposure there confirms that.
I have a 2003 VRSCA with 22K on the dial. I have been having an issue that when the bike is all warmed up and I am going to 5th gear and cruising in the country when I have to come to a stop and downshift I often get locked in 3rd and sometimes 2nd. The bike doesn’t want to downshift to 1st. I...
I had to avoid a pedestrian (and swerving car) last weekend and ended up laying my '09 NRS down on the right side. I walked away with cuts and a separated shoulder...the bike on the other hand absorbed some significant damage.
In assessing the fixes required, I noticed the right side rear...
Greetings and thank you for your help.
My '03 with 12K miles is barely running after storage. It started this spring and idled somewhat ok at first but at some point it died and now it runs very poorly (on one cylinder) for a few seconds than than cuts off. That happened same time as I replaced...
Hi, Looking for a recommendation for a place that works on vrods, in the Milwaukee, WI area. I know dealers will service them, but I am looking for a place that really knows vrods, as we know they are not typical Harleys
My 2006 vrscd need some maintenance, and a new clutch.
Thanks in advance