BARF - Bay Area Riders Forum

Go Back   BARF - Bay Area Riders Forum > Moto > General


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-29-2006, 06:21 PM   #1
uhmeebuh
Ginger Ape
 
uhmeebuh's Avatar
 
Contributor

Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: where it's winter half the year
Motorcycles: are dangerous
Name: Brandon
Post Test Rode an HD Street Rod

So, I'm starting to look for my next bike and I've decided that I didn't need a supersport so I expanded my horizons a bit. I've always like the Street Rod and today I took one for a spin while...ummm..."working from home"

For those of you that don't know I sold my 06 GSXR1000 so that'll be my primary reference point. Obviously, they are very different beasts...

The sales guy starts her up and it doesn't sound that impressive - muted but with a pleasing sound. I hop on, adjust the mirrors, get situated and notice that, much like BMW, the turn signals are controled on each side. The left hand controled the left signal and the right hand controled the right. Kinda cool but what was even cooler was the automatic cancelling.

I left the dealership (SJ HD) and hopped right on 280 during rush hour. Brilliant, huh? But I'd use the bike to commute (among other things) so it seemed appropriate. It's a hectic on ramp and someone pulled in front of me without noticing I was there and I pulled a handfull of brake. WOAH! Holy shit - these Brembos actually stop this 650lb behemouth QUICKLY! I was impressed and felt much better about mixing it up with traffic knowing I could stop better than any cruiser I've ever been on.

A few moments later I decide to see what the street rod will do. So, I roll on and nothing happens. WTF? I turned the throttle the same as my gixxer - what gives? Well, unlike a gixxer, it takes more rotation to get to the throttle stop on the street rod. So, a little re-grip and the engine comes to life! It doesn't match the obscene thrust of the gixxer but it impressed me anyway. Plenty to get out of the way in a hurry. And the stock engine sounds nice in the higher revs - nothing like a "standard" HD. Since it is a porsche designed engine it sounds more like a german car than a Harley. No potatoe-potatoe here. I'm in lust with the sounds but I'll still take the Triumple sounds anyday.

Out on the freeway the ergos are fine for a sportbike (but the cruiser crowd complains of the tight ergos). I'd compare the ergos to pretty much any standard out there. I'm 6'2 and of a larger frame size than most and I found it more comfortable than my gixxer.

The suspension is great at soaking up big bumps but it gets unsettled with too much rough stuff. Pretty disconcerting for a bike this size. But given it's intended use I guess it's OK. Not sure if I could do anything about it...I'd have to see if Rob at Evolution Suspension could help out a cruiser rider

I finish up my freeway ride and cruise come city streets. It becomes painfully obvious that the bike wants to go straight. But the specs help tell the story -- the wheelbase is a foot longer than an SV650 (66.8 vs 56.5)! So a little hip swing is required to initiate a turn. But once in a turn it holds it line well and isn't as scary as I expected. Not sure I'd want to take it up HWY 9 but it could probably do it and not drag too many hard parts.

I pull in the parking lot after my 20 minute ride and try to walk it backwards into a parking spot. "Not so fast, He-man" says Mr Street Rod. 650 lbs doesn't move so well with leg power. It is (in my book) still a cruiser.

One thing I noticed on this bike that rarely happened on the Gixxer was the attention. Everyone noticed this thing. I even got a thumbs up from a cager (which I suspect was a HD employee designed to make me buy one!).

If I were to get a Harley - this would be the one.

Pros:
Thrust
Looks
Brakes
Sound

Cons:
Weight
Length
Soft Suspension
Price ($16.5k MSRP)

Here's a crappy phone pic of me so you can see the ergos.

OK - that's enough Feanor impression for a while.


Last edited by uhmeebuh; 01-02-2007 at 10:34 AM..
uhmeebuh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 06:31 PM   #2
planegray
Redwood Original
 
planegray's Avatar
 
AMA #: 2815981
BARF Moderator
Contributor

Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Charming
Motorcycles: bitchin trike with oxygen
Name: Piney
well, from the pic it looks like it fits..........sounds like it might be a tough move from a sport bike though ! (mmmmmm.....handling....mmmmm.....feels soooo good !)
__________________
Don't take life too seriously...you'll never get out of it alive ! Anarchists Unite !
Honorary Member TMU Local 925 : "There he is, get 'em"
"In Lerdo, respect, is obligatory" (seen on a street corner in Mexico)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Burning1 View Post
But ducky, massive government subsidized projects to rebuild our failing road infrastructure is socialism!
planegray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 06:34 PM   #3
stan23
Veteran
 
stan23's Avatar
 
Contributor +

Join Date: May 2004
Location: San Jose
Motorcycles: 2019 KTM 690 SMC-R
Name: .
cool bike, but if I were you, I would get a Tuono pronto!

I know you complained it doesn't fit you well, but with different bars and rearsets -- maybe?
stan23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 06:47 PM   #4
Eisernkreuz
unteroffizier
 
Eisernkreuz's Avatar
 
Contributor

Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Sacramento Valley
Motorcycles: BMW R1100S
Name: Miran
Street Rod gets a big thumbs up for me, though I'd go with the original V-Rod if I were getting one It seemed super-low, and I'm not that tall (barely 6'1, if that). I didn't ride one though, I just sat on it at the airshow

Eisernkreuz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 06:49 PM   #5
weak_link
Hugh Jasole
 
weak_link's Avatar
 
Mod Alumni
Contributor +++

Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Brentwood
Motorcycles: Multistrada 1200S Touring
Name: Eric
That's not the one dood.

Have you ridden the ktm 950? I haven't just curious if you have?
__________________
"WOW! This crash is going awesome!"---our very own Liam

Save the ta-ta's
weak_link is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 06:57 PM   #6
TheRobSJ
Mecanico El Supremo
 
TheRobSJ's Avatar
 
Founding Member
Contributor

Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Santa Clara
Motorcycles: 2016 H-D FLHTK
Name: Rob
This is the V-Rod for the sportbike crossover customers. They've taken a Night Rod and jacked it up a bit to give it more lean angle than anything else in the VRSC lineup. Probably better than any other cruiser off the showroom floor I'd say. The side effect however, is the center of gravity goes up with it as well. Sitting on my V-Rod vs. the Street Rod and just simply straightening it up off the kickstand you can feel the difference. My V-Rod is actually very easy to get leaned into a turn...despite the trucklike wheelbase and steering rake. A little too easy for my tastes actually. Just based on my showroom floor sit test, I can imagine the Street Rod doesn't want to lean in as easy.

It's kinda hard to feet my feet on the foward mount pegs on mine when I'm winding out the first couple gears. The mid mount foot pegs aren't half a bad idea on the V-Rod since it pulls pretty hard. Though I find the heel of my size 13s would be something I'd have to constantly be aware of not resting on the heat shield.

The muted stock exhaust sucks. My "off road only" Screaming Eagle pipes really makes the V-Rod motor sound awesome to rev out. And it's never as obnoxiously loud as the Evo, Twin Cam 88, or any other typical HD motor.

The V-Rod realllly needs a 6th gear. Typical fast lane cruising speeds on the highway has me turning close to 5000 rpms all the time.

Price? $16.5k must mean that one has some extra stuff on it. I believe the Street Rod starts a full grand under that and the Night Rod is the cheapest of them all at $14,995.
TheRobSJ is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 07:43 PM   #7
ChuckBecker
Veteran
 
ChuckBecker's Avatar
 
1% Contributor

Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: On the gravy train
Motorcycles: FZ-07
Name: Chuck
Great writeup, thanks. Don't overlook the social issue. Maybe you're immune, but this was my experience when I had a Sportster. The H-D guys will shun you because you're on a waterpumper. The V-Rod guys will shun you because you're on a Street Rod. The sportbike guys will be ambivalent tending toward hostile. The metric cruiser guys will ignore you because you're on something faster than their Warriors, which they bought because they're faster than H-D's. It just goes on and on, any time you get associated with an H-D product.

But not to worry, the Triumph guys (well, except the 675 crowd) will give you a hug. All three of us...
__________________
We have enough youth, how about a fountain of smart instead?
ChuckBecker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 07:54 PM   #8
wazzuFreddo
WuTang is 4 the children
 
wazzuFreddo's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: norte del Rio Bravo
Motorcycles: mulletmobile
Name: bobesponja
You gearing up for the next Hawthorne run?
__________________
Don't Try

Support bacteria, itís the only culture some people have.
wazzuFreddo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 08:10 PM   #9
Kestrel
CAPTAIN VOLVO
 
Kestrel's Avatar
 
Contributor

Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: NC
Motorcycles: DR350-SM/Dirt
Name:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LO87AwwSyk

Now that's interesting. More go than I thought =O

And believe it or not - the engine & exhaust don't sound like shit. I like it.
Kestrel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 08:19 PM   #10
ChuckBecker
Veteran
 
ChuckBecker's Avatar
 
1% Contributor

Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: On the gravy train
Motorcycles: FZ-07
Name: Chuck
Quote:
Originally posted by Kestrel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LO87AwwSyk
Priceless! Damn, standup on a V-Rod, who'da thunk?
__________________
We have enough youth, how about a fountain of smart instead?
ChuckBecker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 08:22 PM   #11
Ironbutt
Loves the anecdotal
 
Ironbutt's Avatar
 
AMA #: 2880504
Barf Roadside Angel

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Oakland, Ca
Motorcycles: Yamasaki
Name:
Don't dooooooo it.. You will regret it.. Nevermind being shunned for riding what you want. your "settling" for the performance this bike will give you.. Quite opposite on a Japanese bike..
__________________
D36# 136C
Ironbutt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 08:31 PM   #12
184
Rookie
 

Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: peninsula
Motorcycles: HD Street Rod
Name:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by TheRobSJ
[B]This is the V-Rod for the sportbike crossover customers. They've taken a Night Rod and jacked it up a bit to give it more lean angle than anything else in the VRSC lineup. Probably better than any other cruiser off the showroom floor I'd say.

Well, not quite. The street Rod has it's own frame. Different than the night rod with a five gallon fuel tank steeper steering angle and showa inverted forks. The Street Rod was out a year before the Night Rod.
The Street Rod leans over 43 degrees before the folding foot pegs scrape.
The exhaust can be modified in less than one hour by removing the baffles. It still has a deep sound, not high-pitched because the cans/mufflers have fiber glass around the inside wall that muffles the tone. If you do this mod you can get a power camander or get a Gil's box which is what I got, for about $150.00. You have to do something to feed the beast more fuel. They come lean to start from the factory and you lean it out more by modding the exhaust. I also put a K and N filter on and got rid of the Plastic box that is around the filter. By the way, the air cleaner is under what you think is the fuel tank and the fuel tank is under the seat.
The post down from here that says every body will dis you is right on the money. A Street Rod is a real black sheep. Good thing I don't give a crap about what others think.
I love my Street Rod, had all jap bikes before and fancy my self a performance type rider. I havn't had any trouble keeping up with any body yet on 35, 9, 84 and the like. Just turned over 10k miles and no problems yet. Three rear tires and two front ones. Thats one draw back the 19 inch front wheel limits your tire choices.

Cheers

Phil
184 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 08:42 PM   #13
mikev
ĽĽ───knee───►
 
mikev's Avatar
 
Contributor + +

Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: .
Motorcycles: .
Name:
I want one of these.
__________________
posted via BARF Mobile App

lying on the stones on the shore. in the dark. muscles torn. bones broken. heart aching. waiting for the tide to rise and take you into sweet oblivion. and then dawn breaks. and the glow flows over you. and you open a swollen eye, and cry at the beauty of the sun on the horizon. and think maybe...maybe you can pull yourself up - and make it one more day. maybe. one more day. and you rise.
mikev is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 08:49 PM   #14
TheRobSJ
Mecanico El Supremo
 
TheRobSJ's Avatar
 
Founding Member
Contributor

Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Santa Clara
Motorcycles: 2016 H-D FLHTK
Name: Rob
Quote:
Originally posted by 184
Well, not quite. The street Rod has it's own frame. Different than the night rod with a five gallon fuel tank steeper steering angle and showa inverted forks.
I believe the entire VRSC line has the big tank now. I checked out the Night Rod Deluxe at the show, and the key cylinder was moved up front just like they did on the Street Rod.
TheRobSJ is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 08:53 PM   #15
TheRobSJ
Mecanico El Supremo
 
TheRobSJ's Avatar
 
Founding Member
Contributor

Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Santa Clara
Motorcycles: 2016 H-D FLHTK
Name: Rob
Quote:
Originally posted by ChuckBecker
The H-D guys will shun you because you're on a waterpumper. The V-Rod guys will shun you because you're on a Street Rod.
While I agree that many of the died in the wool HD guys feel that the air cooled, antique-tech, motor is the only thing that should be in anything wearing the Harley name...I don't think we have VRSC "cliques" than shun the variant that was actually meant to carve. I see a V-Rod, any version, and I like it. THough some of the two tone color schemes don't work for me.
TheRobSJ is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:45 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.