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Hi Everybody,

Just spoke to a friend who works at at Warr's HD in London. He was commenting on the number of Roadkings that he sold last year, (1) when he quipped:

" Yep, the Vrod saved us last year"

I was pretty surprised at this, there certainly are a lot of unqualified horror stories concerning unsellable vrods on the VROD Yahoo group and in the various magazines etc. Probing a bit deeper he indicated that the Vrod Outsold all other harleys in 2003.

Cant really say whether every other dealership in the UK saw the same thing, however it wouldnt be too surprising. The Vrod gets a pretty consistent reaction over here; people love it.

Rodman


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vroddrew said:
I stopped by Warrs when I was in London over the holidays - (they have a dealership a little south of Earls Court) - the one V-Rod they had on the floor had a list price of 14,000 British Pounds. To put that in perspective, at todays exchange rate that is more than $27,000. Of course, a cotton T-shirt at their "boutique" clothing store in the Kings Road cost more than $45 (I passed...)
It is a shame how much American stuff costs over here. I've been in Europe for 5 years- brought my other bike with me too. Gotta remember that the price includes taxes - That alone runs up to about 21% including VAT and Duty. The first service is included as well - I've seen some guys pay big dinaros for that...(why???)

Add that to the very weak US dollar and the real pain begins... luckily I bought my Vrod when the USD was stronger.

But hey that's the magic if arbitrage! Different things cost different amounts in different places and at different times.

Still - the money thing is a downer :eek:fftopic: and not why most of us ride anyway- the VROD is a total ass kicker over here! I'm sure that plenty if new riders in USA are also turned onto the rod...no?

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Guys, Don't get me started on VROD Cleaning!!!!

I can totally understand the BIKE magazine fixation with cleaning. It's not over the top no in the UK or Ireland.

I was horrified to see my VRODs wheels visibly oxidizing after it's first rain storm. Now I live near the coast, but Harley just arnt trying hard enough to provide a bike with a durable finish :spank: . The joke amongst riders around here is that the wheels are:

'water soluable'

The local dealership sent a pair of returned, corroded VROD wheels to Dymag - a racing wheel manufacturer. The guys at Dymag couldnt believe it.

In winter, it rains fpretty much every day and whenever the weather even hints at getting chilly they dump enough salt on the roads to give you high blood pressure.

So for me the Rod has spent most of the last few months snug under a cover, I have an appropriatedly chromed and painted Roadking that ferries me across the muddysaltwaterrivers that pass for roads.
 
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