This is HD's idea of making a sport bike. They moved the foot controls and raised the seat and changed the handlebar and fork angles.ppark said:Looks nice and the new 5 gallon tank is great but why did they make the seat so high?
I did not realized that V-rod wasn't selling well. I think the V-Rod looks cool and seems to be well engineered. If I were to but a Harley, it would be V-Rod.Mr_Lycos said:Because nobody is buying the V-Rod. Making minor changes to footpeg placement and calling it "All new" is a way to sell the same engine & chassis (the expensive parts to engineer). Since they doubtlessly sunk tens of millions into R&D of the V-Rod, they aren't about to scuttle the product just because nobody wants it.
Thats just it Steve, If harley was capable of performance then why was porshe brought in ?Thats one thing I don't understand , why couldn't the HD engineers figure it out?Do they even have any engineers anymore or are they just paint an accessory disigners?Thats about all that changes on there other bikes.SteveA said:As I recall, wasn't the V-Rod motor Porsche inspired/designed? Nothing wrong with that! It shows HD can put together a performance bike. I saw a pic of the new hot rod a few days ago & it looks great, except for that turtle shell tank structure (tank is under the seat). I guess the upshot is that Harley wanted this as their "halo" bike, just like Ford makes the GT, Dodge makes the Viper, etc. It is important to have a wicked fast bike (or car) in the stable in order to show consumers that you are capable of performance.
Now, if they could only sculpt the turtle shell into something similar to the Yamaha Warrior tank....
ispeed77 said:i personally think the V-Rod is the ugliest bike in the HD lineup, but that's just me. it also seems to me like they came up a little short on the power. all the money that they put into designing the motor and they ended up with something a little bigger than a 1200, i think, and from what i understand, its quick but not fast. i don't know, seems like a lot of wasted R&D money to me, especially seeing the sales numbers. to each their own. if you like the V-Rod, then maybe you'll like the new one, i'll stick to my Nomad.