The H-D/Buell dealer where I moonlight just got their 1st V-Rod in 2 days ago. I have to say that the bike is MUCH more impressive in person than it is in pictures. Even the Hell's Angels guys think it's awesome.
They really did their homework with this one. What a looker! Now, if only they'd stick that motor in a Buell chassis.....
YAWN......pleeeeeeze. If this was a Honda, no one would give a rat's a$$ about it's debut at the stealer. Just another overpriced boat anchor to make noise with for those with large bankrolls. Its not original it is just a worldwide shocker that H/D created something "new". Ever seen a VMAX? wow what a stretch, how ingenious, a V-twin VMAX...oooh...that's inginuity. Just the fact that the VROD doesn't look like a 50's antique is a stretch in and of itself. Welcome to 1985....it's a bit late but at least you showed up.
Exactly! I'll bet that after it's all done with, none of those guys spent $25k on thier respective bikes. I am halfway there and I am in for about $10k. This includes the bike, usd forks & triples, NOS, custom 17in wheels and radial rubber, misc. body parts, exaust, tuning,and paint. As well as a wealth of other mods that will make it a show piece. One cany even buy a decent H/D w/o spending $10k just for a bare bones ride. Sorry I aint buyin' it.
What you say may be true, but what is the resale value on your bike say 20 years after it was made? The average retail listed by the AMA and NADA books listed my 1984 Softail at $500 ABOVE what I paid for it in 1984.
oh yeah while I'm at it, how much effort went into copying the MAX? They couldn't even give the thing an original name..."VROD"...hmmm...how creative. Hey Willie G, I've had numerous H/D riders ask me if in fact my silver MAX was the "new" Vrod, How's it feel to know that a bike who's design is 16 years old is mistaken for your latest greatest acheivement. This is despite the big 2"x6" Yamaha logo on the scoops. Don't rely on an educated consumer base do ya? That explaines a lot.
There are a whole lot of '85 Maxxes out there selling for around what was paid in '85. I'll conceed that the resale is contingent on modifications. A bone stock 85 v-max is worth about 5k if it's in good condition. I bought mine in 99, it was 2 yrs old with 5k mi. on it. I payed $7200. If I had done nothing to it I could sell today for about the same. It is heavily modified now so this is moot. 12k and it's yours. Dealer wants $10,500 for an '01. That is it in a nutshell, for less than $10,000, one can buy, ride, customise, and own one of the baddest bikes out there, why spend more for less? Unless you're into throwing money away. Throw some my way so I can finish my....hmmmm.....need a name......ok....VMAXROD....sounds original huh?
However, I do wonder that if it had any other name on the tank, in the same spec and at the same price, whether it would appeal as much?? As a bike, including all style and 'feel good' stuff, could it compete if it didn't come from Milwaukee?
What do others think?
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