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    SteveyMC Guest

    Any information and problems

    Dear all,

    I am very close to purchasing a 2012 V Rod - Night Rod Special and would love to know if there are any problems, reliability issues or corrosion problems to be aware of before I part with a lot of money. I have also never owned a Harley before but have always fancied the V Rod and especially a large V twin.

    Any information will be very welcome.

    Many thanks,

    Steve.

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    Hi Stevie

    Hav'nt heard of anything really problematic with them, but not many people clock up large mileages on them and ownership is low within the club.
    I've got 2005 StreetRod (ex Warrs demonstrator) 1130cc engine, covered 50,000 trouble free touring miles. Can't say that about my Sportster.
    Just the usual consumables, filters, oil, tyres etc. Belt been adjusted twice! Thats jap bike kind of reassurance.
    But lets be honest, the engine was designed by Porsche!
    The only fly as it were, on my model is the rear indicator assembly (plastic). I've lost several push fit lens covers and now tape them in place!
    And no matter what the detractors may say..... it's still a f**king HARLEY DAVIDSON.
    Go for it.

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    Re: Any information and problems

    Somehow posted this twice

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    Re: Any information and problems

    I had a 2006 street rod for 2 years, never let me down, plenty of go and brakes to match.
    If you can live with the riding position, go for it.
    The engine is great, reliable and grunty over 6k.......

    Looks great in glossy black.....


    The only real issues were speedo fogging up a bit, as per usual unsealed Harley kit and the saga of
    the wandering fuel gauge.... Not the most accurate on mine

    Good luck
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    SteveyMC Guest

    Re: Any information and problems

    Just to say thanks guys!

    I've heard some people say it's not a real Harley, but they live in caves and grunt a lot.

    I think the V-Rod just looks absolutely awesome, but having never owned a Harley I am interested to find out as much info as possible before I jump in with both feet.

    My last two bike have both been BMW's, the first a brand new RT which broke down three times in it's first year - twice at wrong ends of the country.
    The second bike was a GS adventurer, reliable but also with a wandering fuel guage, which caught me out on one occassion when I ran out of fuel.

    I have been test riding a few bikes recently and really enjoyed the Suzuki M1800RZ which I test rode for a few hours, but thought I would just have a quick look at the V rod and it was love at first sight. I am waiting for the dealer to get one in for me to have a thorough test ride.

    I am pretty sure I will be taking the plunge and getting the V-Rod next month hopefully, but till then please feel free to add any information/problems that might be of interest.

    Many thanks,

    Steve.

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    Re: Any information and problems

    I have a copy of American V Magazine's December 2011/January 2012 (No. 49) edition which covers a road test of the 2012 Night Rod Special and contains many references including the pro and cons of V-Rod ownership, past and present, within this article. Could prove an usefull read!
    It appears to be available as a back issue on their website too. :wink:

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    stevel Guest

    Re: Any information and problems

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveyMC View Post
    Dear all,

    I am very close to purchasing a 2012 V Rod - Night Rod Special and would love to know if there are any problems, reliability issues or corrosion problems to be aware of before I part with a lot of money. I have also never owned a Harley before but have always fancied the V Rod and especially a large V twin.

    Any information will be very welcome.

    Many thanks,

    Steve.
    Reliability is fine - there's a UK member on 1130cc that's clocked up 100k , and a US member is over 150k now.
    Only real problem is peeling paint on the trees and master cylinder caps.Annoying but not a deal breaker.

    Steve

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    SteveyMC Guest

    Re: Any information and problems

    Just to let you know I have ordered a 2012 Night Rod Special, very excited and looking forward to a few rides out:60277EB7B04744289C0.

    Regards,

    Steve.

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    Good Luck. Nice bike to ride. Maybe we will see you at a Rally on it soon.

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    Re: Any information and problems

    I'am sure you will find the v rod reliable,from what ive heard there bullet proof if somewhat thirtsy

    Dont worry about the VRod not being a real Harley thing,people were saying the same thing about the Evo's when they were the new boys on the block, and there's Evo boys now say the Twinkies are not proper Harleys.

    Get yourself along to a local meeting,the clubs full of characters who love a laugh ,you will be given a warm welcome
    "Tune in turn on and drop out"

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