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Old 04-22-2012, 08:41 AM   #41
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Perhaps a bit biased but...VROD!!!!

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!! That looks very nice!! I really like them but the price is still out of my league.
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Search for my m109 review. I wasn't impressed....

I'm also leaning towards a cruiser but don't want to spend Harley money. The triumph thunder bird is def at the top of my maybe list.... Get one and tell me if it's as good as I hope it is plz

The Triumph Thunderbird Storm is my favorite in the Thunderbird range and came very good in the reviews.

New website gallery image Thunderbird Storm 3 717x477
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The Triumph Thunderbird Storm is my favorite in the Thunderbird range and came very good in the reviews.

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!! That looks very nice!! I really like them but the price is still out of my league.
I know what you mean, just take your time and shop around. i got a killer deal on mine. 6k below what anyone else quoted me. Check out cycle trader, that's where i found mine.

Either way, i hope you find something you and missus likes. That thunderbird is a VERY nice bike indeed.
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I have always thought the m109 is a sick bike. If you really don't wanna let go of the sport bikes get a zx14. It's a sport bike with a relaxed sitting position just like the cruisers and carries a passenger very well.
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I know what you mean, just take your time and shop around. i got a killer deal on mine. 6k below what anyone else quoted me. Check out cycle trader, that's where i found mine.

Either way, i hope you find something you and missus likes. That thunderbird is a VERY nice bike indeed.
DANG IT!! I just found out that the V-ROD is only 1,250 cc (76 cu in)

I was pretty sure that it was like 1600cc or 1700cc

Any opinions about the power and acceleration?

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Keep in mind that even though its only 76cc its a water cooled cruiser. It puts out 125 hp at the crank, rear wheel @117 or so. Power and acceleration are on tap. I have no complaints. I used to have a R6, and a TL1000R before and it suits me just fine.
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Don't get too hung up on the displacement. Even though it's only a 1200, the Ducati Diavel is arguably every bit as fast as the GenII Vmax. Otherwise, The Triumph Rocket's 2300cc triple will trump everybody else. And it does not.

Most of these big power cruisers will have straight line acceleration that compare very favorably to your Speed Triple. Handling is whole 'nother matter. You should really try to test ride a couple of big cruisers, just to see if they are really your cup of tea. If you are used to the Triple, most big cruisers will feel like an elephant. Not saying it's a terrible thing, but you need to convince yourself it'll work for you.

If this cruiser is going to replace the Triple as your main mode of transportation, I would highly recommend you look at a Tourer instead. Power cruisers may be sexy to look at and have explosive acceleration, but they might not be easy to fit good-size saddlebags. Day-to-day, a bagger is a lot easier to live with. Get one with dedicated saddlebags and a windscreen, plus a sissybar and package shelf for another luggage bag, for times you go on longer rides. Something like the VTX, Vulcan, or VStar tourers all have big engines that'll give you satisfying acceleration. And used ones can be had at very reasonable prices:

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After some research I'm now really digging any of the V-ROD's!! Found some on-line at the Stubbs Web site. Now I'm more confuse then ever... I want them ALL!!!!! I guess it will be cheaper if I can buy from a private party. The saga continues...
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Keep in mind that even though its only 76cc its a water cooled cruiser. It puts out 125 hp at the crank, rear wheel @117 or so. Power and acceleration are on tap. I have no complaints. I used to have a R6, and a TL1000R before and it suits me just fine.
Pardon my ignorance but water cooled is supposed to be better than air cooled? Mostly all HD cruisers are air cooled with the exception of the V-ROD line.
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Pardon my ignorance but water cooled is supposed to be better than air cooled? Mostly all HD cruisers are air cooled with the exception of the V-ROD line.

That is correct.

The engine on the VROD is engineered by Porsche for HD.
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I think I'm going with the V-ROD. I really like the looks, second option will be the V-Star Warrior (on the fence due to be discontinued) and last option the M109R

By the way I found more V-RODS available for sale than Yamaha V-Star Warriors but Dealerships are asking higher prices than KBB.
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Go to 1130cc.com and search in their classifieds, most of those people baby their vrods and usually have a better idea on what the bike actually is valued at miles and model year-wise.

Never get a used harley from a dealership. They seem to think of Harleys as wine or single malt scotch (the older the better/more expensive).
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I went to look at a yellow V-Rod, '06 Street Rod I think, at Pasadena Cycles last year and the previous owner must have parked it outdoors. Great bike and low miles, but there were rust spots everywhere. The guy must have been military, because there was a base parking sticker on one fork. He must not know anything about bikes because he put the sticker on the fork slider. There was even some wear marks on it from the fork seal hitting it repeatedly.

No biggie. Just Caveat Emptor.
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How about a Honda ST1300? Lots of power...seats two comfortably...lots of luggage. Tires...front 16K and rear 11K. I came from big cruisers aI wish I had gone to sport-touring years ago.
^^This, or a Kawi Concourse. All day riding on the Connie, plenty of luggage options, and you can still pull the front wheel if you want to.

As for the cruisers on your list, dig deep on reviews for the Warrior. I'm not overly impressed with it, and I've talked to two guys that sold theirs because the ride was horrible. I would definitely take a Stryker over a Warrior.

As previously stated, don't get hung up on displacement. My Sabre 1100 will outrun my brother's Vulcan 1500 and a friend's VTX1300 any day, and it handles much better than either of them.

Look for something that catches your eye, but also look for accessory options. Won't do you any good to have a bike you're in love with if you can't mount luggage to it. Yamaha has some massive hard leather saddlebags for their bikes and they look great (around 2800 cubic inches per bag). Closest I can find aftermarket are by Cycra (2400ci per bag).
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.... and rear shocks to progressive or air ride if you have the budget.

Once again congrats, and stay away from 1130cc, you will be spending a lot of money just by seeing the amazing stuff you can do to that bike.
The GF is in the "chunky" side. How do I adjust the rear suspension? In the speed triple had to go to max the suspension and the bike was still feeling very heavy. I already found and download the service manual but can not find the owners manual. What's the advantage or "air ride"? How easy is to install? For my first mod I will like to do the drag bar. Where you buy yours?
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Congrats man, that's a steal. The stock pipes on those don't sound too good
(or look good). I can't speak for the pros or cons for stock vs aftermarket--just going by sound and looks
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