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Hi and all the formal stuff! I would like some of your thoughts on the following questions please. I test rode a Vrod a few years ago and was impressed and I am now looking to buy a new bike and I am strongly concidering the Vrod. Can anyone commment on passanger ride comfort? How about vibration and it's effect after a few hundred miles. What types of mods are normally needed to make the bike really roadworthy? How does it handle with a full windshild and a full load (Tbag, camping gear, exc)? Has anyone had any problems with the stock bike? Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
 

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FXRP said:
Hi and all the formal stuff! I would like some of your thoughts on the following questions please. I test rode a Vrod a few years ago and was impressed and I am now looking to buy a new bike and I am strongly concidering the Vrod. Can anyone commment on passanger ride comfort? How about vibration and it's effect after a few hundred miles. What types of mods are normally needed to make the bike really roadworthy? How does it handle with a full windshild and a full load (Tbag, camping gear, exc)? Has anyone had any problems with the stock bike? Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
:vrodforu: First of all congrats at being savvy enough to find this center of knowledge for all things VROD! Your questions are subjective of course but valid if you don't have one yet. I love the bike - never have ridden one that is as smooth. As for comfort - I ride with the stock pad and don't complain one bit. Many found it torturous so like I said - subjective. The passenger seat - although my wife doesn't complain about it being uncomfortable, would probably appreciate a better seat. I mean just look at it!!
 

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The sundowner combo (front and back) is a must. The touring shield needs the lowers (IMHO) to contro upblast, and vibration is nill.
 

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You can get on and ride it as is, and love it.

If you are planning 2 up riding, you will need to change the seat. HD do a couple, as do Corbin and others. Preferences are mixed, but you will find one you like very easily. Search on seats and you'll get heaps of info. Pipes I reckon should get a look too. The stockers are just too quiet. Even the "civilised" upgrade to SE slip ons is a big improvement, or there are the V-Mods that Chopper steve can do - but it depends on what look and sound you want - watch out for pipes that drop your power though, there are a few of those. Once again, do a search, read it all and make an informed decision.

Touring would be more comfortable with a big shield and lowers and I have seen heaps of luggage options, from HD and others - everything from day trips to extended touring.

Everything else is primarily cosmetic - chrome do-dads, LED light kits, different bars, lowering, wheels, wider tires - the list goes on, and on, and on.........

Welcome to the crew - and one bit of advice we all here will agree on - buy the v-rod!!!
 

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Welcome to the forum.
Always room for more !
Read,look around,this scoot is more in line with a Softail duece than a bagger.
But much faster. Lots to consider.
BobT
 

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FXRP buy the V-Rod and welcome.

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FXRP,

I have had no problems with the bike since day one, and it is a very smooth ride. I'd recommend going with a different passenger seat for two-up riding. Anything after that is purely cosmetic, because it is a solidly built machine. I agree with our friend from Down Under though - the stock pipes sound like a friggin' Volkswagen, not a Harley. Pick up the bike and look into an alternate exhaust (several threads on that), as well as a lift (long story). Welcome aboard!
 

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Thanks for all the replies. I am down to either a RK or V-Rod. Both are smooth, the RK is ready to tour out the door but I think with a little work I can set up a "V-Rod Bagger" that won't look like everyone elses RK. I hope this is not concidered sacrilegious, but I think the vrod will make a nice platform for a dresser and besides, I can't ride a stock bike.. A few more questions please. Will a standard bike lift work for a V-Rod? Are the nuts & bolts metric or standard? Does anyone know of aftermarket pipes that exit on both sides of the bike? Thanks again for a pretty cool site.
 

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Nuts and bolts are a mixed bag. Larin lift fits under, Craftsman doesn't. No aftermarket pipes yet but V-Mod is working up a set, Chopper Steve told me when I was up there last month. I really like the 16ga SE's. Send pics when you are done.
 

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Welcome!!

This was my first Harley, had ridden Yamaha's and Suzuki's and had always heard that HD's were oil dripping, vibrating POS's, but I am here to tell you they are NOT. Well, at least the VRod as this is my only HD. But it is a outstanding ride and you will not regret it. Your wife might with all the mods you will want to buy!! :)
 

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WTF?! You are all welcoming someone who joined and posted as a FNG in February of 2004!!! Wow - I know we had a domain name change today - did we pass through a time warp too?!? Why is this old thread getting resurrected?:confused:
 
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