I had the chance to ride one of the prototypes. Coming from a Revolution engine (I ride an '06 Night Rod), I can tell you it's got tons of torque. I didn't miss the rumble as much as I thought I would. It's got a distinct sound - reminds me of one of the X-fighters from Star Wars.Interesting, indeed. I wonder if that is a picture of the new Livewire (and not a pic of the 2014 one)?
I want one. However, I'm sure it'll be priced out of reach. I love my DX, but it's not a great commuter bike in Chicago.
I don't know that I could have said it any better myself. I've tried to upgrade multiple times, and I can't bring myself to do it. Every time I get on my '06 Night Rod and crack the throttle, I smile.Just got a test ride on the FXDRS and I definitely will not be trading in my VRSCF.
When I sat on the new bike it felt a lot like the VROD as the seating position, foot controls and bar angles are virtually identical. At 5'9" my legs were touching the very hot primary and the muffler when I stood up. This was really quite annoying and forced me to sit way up on the airbox.
At low speed the FXDRS felt a lot lighter than the V. The V is much less agile and harder to maneuver. Handling is superior on the DR.
The M8 114 engine has a huge amount of torque and pulls like a beast in any gear.The 6 speed tranny shifts nicely and is a big improvement on the V.
But, after 5 years my VROD is still a thrill of a ride every time. The racing idle, the super high redline , the high compression downshifting and the sweet drone of the engine over 5000 RPM are all missing from the M8.
My VROD, with V&H pipes is an awesome machine that may not beat the FXDRS in performance and handling but it still is the best Harley out there . It is affordable,reliable, original, and has all the best qualities of a sport bike and a Harley cruiser.
The FXDRS is an impressive and bold new bike. It is a fitting tribute to the FXR and will likely be successful as a successor to the FXR crown.
The revolution engine is what makes the VROD king and until it is brought back or reworked into a new Harley the V retains its throne.
Simple reasoning there--one less engine to build/maintain/sustain parts for.Why didn't they just give the Vrod a Makeover, you know, up the performance, new styling etc... hell put the motor into a lighter frame and tweek it a bit for more power. I think that would have worked. one of the big bitching points I hear all the time from non Harley types is that the bikes they build are antiquated tec. the V Rod was going in the right direction I think it just needed less weight and better handling and I think it would have won more people over. This seems like something the V rod should have EVOLVED from, not something it DEVOLVED into..
What!! Factory trailer queens!!So: Went to the local bike night last night. One of the local dealers brought a bunch of sales staff and bikes. Sure enough, once the bike night was winding down they broke out the truck and trailer, putting the latest HD bikes back in their natural habitat. I wouldn't waste my gas money fueling one of those pigs. All the torque talk is code for slow as hell and sucks.
I'm 6'1", sat on one a couple of days ago and it felt rally cramped compared to my VRSCA. The salesperson offered to let me take it out, I had zero interest.I sat on an FXDRS at the 115th party in Milwaukee a couple weeks ago - foot controls seemed a little closer on the FXDRS to me (I'm also 5' 9") than on a V-Rod, but that might have been skewed by having to "bow my legs to get around the extra stuff on the FXDRS.