January 27th, 2005 20 Comments » | View blog reactions
There are a lot of different opinions on the V-Rod design and until I rode it the first time I didn’t think much of it either. But when you first sit on the bike it’s like putting on a glove handmade just for you. Everything’s where it should be, forward controls, handlebars, clocks, it all just fits (at least for me). And it rides, you bet ya it rides. You instantly feel the 23 horses it’s got more than the Yamaha Road Star Warrior. It didn’t feel like revs were the favourite diet, but you don’t expect that from a cruiser anyway, and it has all the torque you can handle.
I was surprised how good it handled in the corners, of course it’s no sports bike, but I bet you won’t find any other cruiser that handles corners like the V-Rod. The bike I tried where fitted with Screaming Eagle cans and let’s just say the sound is NICE, before I start drivelling on my keyboard. This must be the coolest of the so called Power Cruisers and now you can even get it in all black instead of the “Starship Enterprise” all silver that were the single option when first introduced.
There are only a few drawbacks on this magnificent machine. First: riding two up is not an option with the standard seat, did it once with my girlfriend and now she won’t let me have one. Second: the price, and make sure you’re seated; In Denmark, the price in 2005 for a new VRSCA V-Rod, no accessories, no extras, standard colour, just the bike off the factory floor is (and I kid you not) 67,540 USD (378,225 Danish kroner). Yes! 67,540 U.S.dollar.