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Old 02-15-2013, 07:21 AM   #1
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My riding history has included a 07 cbr600 sold, 08 cbr1000, and a 05 gsx750 for the track.

My old man got a bike again, and there are alot of people from work that ride cruisers. What I want is some type of bike that still handles well but is less radical than my cbr 1000 for when I ride with cruisers but still has power when I want it.

Does anyone currently have or rode these bikes (more than once or twice). I would like some something that I can't still put thru curves and can keep up with some of the quicker bikes but can still put put around on. I also do not want a bike that is super heavy, around 650 pounds seems like a good number. Any suggestions? Thanks for your help.
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My riding history has included a 07 cbr600 sold, 08 cbr1000, and a 05 gsx750 for the track.

My old man got a bike again, and there are alot of people from work that ride cruisers. What I want is some type of bike that still handles well but is less radical than my cbr 1000 for when I ride with cruisers but still has power when I want it.

Does anyone currently have or rode these bikes (more than once or twice). I would like some something that I can't still put thru curves and can keep up with some of the quicker bikes but can still put put around on. I also do not want a bike that is super heavy, around 650 pounds seems like a good number. Any suggestions? Thanks for your help.
V-max and V-rod are my 2 favorite muscle cruisers. I have seen V-max's on youtube running 8 second quarters with a few mods. I wouldnt buy a Vmax prior to 2008 cause the older bodystyle just doesnt do it for me.

The V-rod can hang with the rockets, cruise with the cruisers, and tour with the harleys. That makes it a very flexible bike. The best selling point for me is 110hp of American steel.

The Vmax however is too expensive for my blood, used v-rods I see on craigslist all the time dipping as low as $6k. Traditional harley riders dont like the Rod. Even though its the best most technologically advanced bike harley has ever made, it has the second lowest resale next to the sportster. All this makes the vrod a win/win/win for me.

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I saw that last night looking around. Looks to be a little out of my price range. Thanks for the response though.
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V-max and V-rod are my 2 favorite muscle cruisers. I have seen V-max's on youtube running 8 second quarters with a few mods. I wouldnt buy a Vmax prior to 2008 cause the older bodystyle just doesnt do it for me.

The V-rod can hang with the rockets, cruise with the cruisers, and tour with the harleys. That makes it a very flexible bike. The best selling point for me is 110hp of American steel.

The Vmax however is too expensive for my blood, used v-rods I see on craigslist all the time dipping as low as $6k. Traditional harley riders dont like the Rod. Even though its the best most technologically advanced bike harley has ever made, it has the second lowest resale next to the sportster. All this makes the vrod a win/win/win for me.

Get this one, its on craigs right now.
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How do the vrods handle compared to the sport bikes. I have rode a couple of Harley's hence me knowing they don't have enough power for their weight. Never rode a rod though.
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How do the vrods handle compared to the sport bikes. I have rode a couple of Harley's hence me knowing they don't have enough power for their weight. Never rode a rod though.
I cant compare to a crotch rocket cause I have never ridden a rocket :x

But I can say that I travel alot from Kingwood to Sugarland on 59. On the way south to downtown right before you get to minute maid park, 59 has two relatively big curves. I have taken those curves on my rod at 120mph.

Does it handle well compared to a rocket? I think probably not.

Does it handle well compared to other cruisers? A definate yes.
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I cant compare to a crotch rocket cause I have never ridden a rocket :x

But I can say that I travel alot from Kingwood to Sugarland on 59. On the way south to downtown right before you get to minute maid park, 59 has two relatively big curves. I have taken those curves on my rod at 120mph.

Does it handle well compared to a rocket? I think probably not.

Does it handle well compared to other cruisers? A definate yes.
Yes sir. I understand that it's no rocket and speed is not really a big deal thru sweepers. We ride up around Toledo ect. And I was wondering how well they handle tight curves at a controlled pace. Also how is the braking.
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Yes sir. I understand that it's no rocket and speed is not really a big deal thru sweepers. We ride up around Toledo ect. And I was wondering how well they handle tight curves at a controlled pace. Also how is the braking.
I have the older rod with 180 rear tire, I hear the newer rods with wider tires dont handle as well. I can grind my pegs on turns, doesnt feel wobbly or unstable. It is my first bike so it was heavy for me and I could barely turn it when I first got it.

Brakes suck on models 2002-2005, I believe in '06 or '07 they got brembo brakes standard from the factory. Also in '07 they bumped the 3.5 gallon gas tank to a little over 5 gallons.

3.5 gas tank sucks, I have to put in gas twice a day when riding. There is a gas tank upgrade kit for the older rods but its $500 just for the kit not including installation. :x
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I have the older rod with 180 rear tire, I hear the newer rods with wider tires dont handle as well. I can grind my pegs on turns, doesnt feel wobbly or unstable. It is my first bike so it was heavy for me and I could barely turn it when I first got it.

Brakes suck on models 2002-2005, I believe in '06 or '07 they got brembo brakes standard from the factory. Also in '07 they bumped the 3.5 gallon gas tank to a little over 5 gallons.

3.5 gas tank sucks, I have to put in gas twice a day when riding. There is a gas tank upgrade kit for the older rods but its $500 just for the kit not including installation. :x
Lots of good info there. I will be looking for 08 or later now for sure. I want the larger tank and the better brakes. I have about a 4 or so gallon tank on my sport bike. So I know how the multiple fill ups suck.
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I wonder if you could get a rear wheel and tire from the older rod and put on the newer. Sounds like that would be the perfect combo.
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I wonder if you could get a rear wheel and tire from the older rod and put on the newer. Sounds like that would be the perfect combo.
Yea I'm sure you can, the newer rods have a wider swing arm and narrow belt/pulley system that can be installed on the older rods.

I'm sure the older swingarm and narrow tire would bolt up to a newer one.

You might even be able to use the same rim, and/or same swingarm with spacers. I'm not positive on which year they switched to wide swing arms with narrow belt and pulley though.
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I saw that last night looking around. Looks to be a little out of my price range. Thanks for the response though.
You can afford a VMax but not a Diavel?

Also the weight you want is not The VRod which weighs in around 673 Pounds and the Vmax weighs in at 683 pounds.
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You can afford a VMax but not a Diavel?

Also the weight you want is not The VRod which weighs in around 673 Pounds and the Vmax weighs in at 683 pounds.
The weight thing is a round about number. Another words I do not want a 800+ pound bike.

I will more than likely end up buying used and I don't think there are very many used diavels out there. If you know of any please let me know. My budget more than likely is around 10 ish.
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I understand this. Just want something with a little get up in it.

Why not a naked sportbike?

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Best handling VRod is the VRSCR Street Rod. HD only made it for 2years (06-07). Comes with USD forks, brembos, mid controls, and has the best bank angle of all VRods. Even then, if you are used to CBRs and Gixxers, even the best power cruisers are still gonna feel like dragsters.

Diavel is a different animal all together. It isn't a cruiser in my book. More like a rogue son from the Ducati family that quit sportbike school, ran away, joined a street MC, dyed his hair black, got a bunch of ink and piecings, and grew an attitude the size of Montana. But the son's still got Ducati sporbike DNA.
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Are most of these still to fast to ride with Cruisers? I like the cb1000 the way it feels but I think it would still be like riding a sport bike.
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Are most of these still to fast to ride with Cruisers? I like the cb1000 the way it feels but I think it would still be like riding a sport bike.
A bike is only too fast to ride with cruisers if the rider loves to pull back on the throttle and get in the 80+ range the entire time

I used to have that issue when riding with my Dad (He rides a 08 Streebob), but I just learned to relax the throttle, short shift and keep the RPM's down and cruise. Any of those naked bikes I imagine would be a lot more comfortable on a long trip, Naked bikes are indeed sport bikes but with a more comfortable up-right position.
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