Kawasaki Motorcycle Forums banner

1 - 20 of 21 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Now I know I'm probably in a minority here (and very bias) but does anyone else think the Meanstreak looks better than a V-Rod? I was looking at a V-Rod at the weekend and for me it looks a touch too glitzy and cheesy. Almost everything's silver, and I'm sure if those boys at Milwaukee could make silver tyres they'd be on. The solid wheels also look a bit daft to me...and where’s the upside down forks?

£22k? Pah!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,352 Posts
re

oh boy-here we go :lol: - a great debate in the making :lol:

i love harley's,have owned them for years,even with h/d's departure with the vrod i still
love them.i don't like the silver one either,but i have seen a few in orange,yellow,and a few other colors that looked sweet :shock: - i like the bike,i like the way it rides-its fast,but
its hard to mod,nothing else looks like it though.would i buy one?-i doubt it

i love the meanie :lol: - looks wise its pretty sharp,and the looks can be improved upon
very easily-performance should better imo but for the price difference you can't complain
i've seen many more better looking meanies than vrods
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
837 Posts
8) ditto...a lot more better lookin meanies than vrods.the meanie is next on my list... 8)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
41 Posts
Even though I own a Mean Streak, I think it's nearly a toss-up if you're going strictly by looks (although I HATE those solid disc wheels on the V-Rod). If all I cared about was sheer speed, I'd buy a V-Rod (well, I would if I could afford one :p ). But the V-Rod is not touted for its handling capabilities or its comfort, and those are the main reasons I bought the Mean Streak. And I've not been disappointed in either arena.

So, bottom line, I find the Mean Streak much more attractive because it's an all-around more capable machine, and it costs a buttload less than a V-Rod!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
65 Posts
Screaminmeanie said it all for me too.
I ride a 04 Mean streak yet love the looks of the V rod especially in colours other than silver.
But I went for comfort , handling and those big brakes.
I think the Meanie looks pretty cool too.
Couldn't justify the price difference or the compromised range due to a small fuel tank.
Cheers
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
I ride with a V-rod in the group. The only advantage I have found him to have over my new '04 mean streak is how easy it is to get aftermarket items. But with payments and parts, I look better and better each month and he just looks poorer.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
137 Posts
Hmmm..... I guess the V-rod proves that with enough money and highly skilled marketing you could sell just about anything. Can't stand it, but that is just MHO :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
Solid wheels. Now there's a good idea - look silly, cos more, and threaten to blow you off everytime someone breaks wind nearby.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
I just spent a few hours in a Harley dealership today. I want to be absolutely sure I pick the bike that's right for me. So far, I'd been to every metric brand's dealership, and the Meanie/Marauder wins hands down. There's very little I don't love about it.

I remembered seeing the V-rods when they first came out, though and thought I'd give them another look. Everybody else here seems to hate the silver. Maybe it's just me, but I thought the silever anniversary edition 2003 v-rod was one of the most beautiful bikes I've seen. I checked out a few, and the one that had the screaming eagle pipes seemed about perfect for me. It wasn't ovely loud, but my girlfriend got wet just listening to the idle. I didn't know a Harley could be that silky-smooth.

It's been a good decade or so since I've ridden a bike, and I'm no gear-head. The only thing I didn't like about the bike (which I haven't ridden yet) is the fact that it seems to be geared toward higher revs, and I'm just not going to be near the redline... ever. Also, I'm a bit concerned about the rake of the forks since most of my riding will be at suburban speeds.

I saw this thread and just wondered if anyone had anything else to say that hasn't already been said. I'd especially appreciate any input from those who have experience riding a v-rod.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
87 Posts
I test-rode a V-Rod before I bought my '04 Mean Marauder 1600. Handling was similar, comfort was similar, very good on both bikes. Handling is very important to me, but I'm 6'4" with bad knees, so I need a large bike. These two have the best handling of any 600 pound bikes out there.

Engine characteristics are very different, though. Believe it or not, the V-Rod only makes around 75 lb-ft of torque, while the Meanie makes almost 20 ft-lb more- about 94 ft-lb. I got these figures on the web. The V-Rod figures are from the H-D website. The V-Rod makes a lot more horsepower, but it's not real obvious unless you really rev the motor. I like the Meanie's torque better, anyway- it sounds and feels like a '60s V-8. To me, anyway.

I chose the Kawasuki over the V-Rod for several reasons.

1) I really don't like Harley's belt drives. I've had four shaft drive bikes, and I prefer that. It's much cleaner looking visually, and makes more sense mechanically. I was really surprised, given Porsche's involvement, that they didn't do a shaft on the V-Rod.

2) I prefer a conventional instrument cluster- round tach, round speedo, placed next to each other. The V-Rod's funky "pod" is ugly and hard to read.

3) I don't care for the V-Rod's solid wheels.

4) Placed next to each other, the Mean Marauder has a better look than the V-Rod. I know it's subjective, but there you are... Ironically, most H-D traditionalists hate the exposed frame on the V-Rod, but that was one of my favorite things about it. Go figure. Anyway, the Mean Marauder passes what I call the Garage Test: after a ride, do I want to have a beer and sit there looking at it? Yes. Yes. Yes! 8)

5) Cost was not a factor; at my age I can afford what I want, but I really hated the Harley dealer's arrogant attitude. I know that's not the bike's fault, but I'm not buying from someone I don't like. I went back to my old buddies at Midway, in Thomasville N.C., who I've dealt with for almost 30 years. I'm happy.

You can see my Marauder on the "show pix of your ride" page.

I hope this helped.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
I was wondering about the torque figures. I assumed the meanie was higher. I just didn't know by how much. Everyone seems to love the engine in the v-rod, but I'm just not going to be revving it too high. I'll take the torque any day.

I've saat on a good two dozen bikes in the past month, and the meanie and v-rod FEEL the smallest for their rather hefty weight. I had also heard that the meanie tends to handle better, yet have heard from several meanie owners that they would have bought the v-rod if it weren't for the price difference.

You're right, of course, a lot of this stuff is subjective. I myself, for instance, prefeer the instruments on the v-rod. To me it's a "cleaner" look. **** shame about the wheels, though. No excuse for that lack of judgement.

I'll probably only own one bike for the next 5-10 years, so I'm more concerned with making sure it's the right one than I am with price (within reason).

Thanks for the input. Anyone else?

Oh... and I was thinking that I might like the belt drive better. Any specifics on why you prefer one over the other?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
458 Posts
I can see that you are being very careful in your decision about which bike to buy. It's good to do that, especially if you plan to keep it several years.

Aside from looks and handling, which I am sure you have read about. One consideration might be maintenance and associated costs. The Meanie maintenance is pretty simple. If you can turn a wrench you can do it yourself. On the other hand I read in one of the Motorcycle Magazines that V-Rods maintenance costs are quite high. Sorry I forget which magazine.

The claim was that owners were shocked at the cost of the 1st scheduled maintenance. Something on the order of $700. I'm not sure what's included, but even if you let the dealer do the 600 mile on a Meanie the highest I have heard is $250. I did it myself for about $35 or so. It's mostly changing the oil and filter and checking all the nuts and bolts are tight.

If money is no object, the V-rod might be okay. I can't say as I haven't riden one. If I had loads of cash I would probably have one parked next to my 1600 Marauder.

Which one today? Red or Black? What a dilema. :lol: :lol: :wink:

Good luck.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
60 Posts
Meanstreak vs V-rod

I purchased an 04 Meanstreak in August after looking at this website for info and visiting the local dealerships. The Meanstreak had all the features that I was looking for- styling, power, reliability, and great value. After 10 minutes into my test ride, I knew this was the bike I was looking for.
In the two months I have owned it, I've put almost 2000 miles on it and have loved evey minute of riding the bike. The handling is what originally sold me on this bike. I ride with friends that own Harleys and have ridden their bikes, and I can say that the Meany feels lighter, stops better and gets through the turns with more control than the H bikes.
Also, my 600 mile check cost 88 dollars for fluid changes and wheel to wheel inspection.
Oh yeah-- my Harley friends have admitted to really liking the looks of the Meany.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
Oh, I don't think there's any comparasin whatsoever between the meanie and a typical (older style) Harley. I've always loved the Fatboy look personally, but I tried riding one and I could have sworn I was piloting a tugboat. I'd love a full dresser heritage softail if I was going on a long trip, but I want to have some fun around town. Maybe it's me personally too, but I want something a little radical. Half of what I love about the v-rod is just what a freakshow it is. I don't see many of them on the road and people ****-sure take notice.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
87 Posts
^The 600 mile service on my Marauder 1600 was $190. Not bad.

My wife commented on that, but I reminded her that my next service on my previous bike was going to be about $300. End of discussion... :lol:

ithinktherefore said:
"
Oh... and I was thinking that I might like the belt drive better. Any specifics on why you prefer one over the other?
On that subject, I gave my reasons above: "It's much cleaner looking visually, and makes more sense mechanically."

All I have to do is like it. It's subjective... :wink:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
87 Posts
^ You mean, as far as comfort? Smoothness? I found them to be rather similar. I'm not real sensitive to that; I tend to turn up the suspension preloads as stiff as I can...

Comfort, to me, depends more on the bar/seat/peg relationship than on ride quality.
 
1 - 20 of 21 Posts
Top