keel hauled ?

John Soliday johnsoliday at
Mon Jul 13 13:47:40 PDT 2009

The deletion of the mid-controls on all the VRODs is an ongoing dialog on  I believe the "D" was the only other VRSC with them but all "R"
models have them, along with less rake and the Showa inverted forks.  For a
big heavy bike (like the GPZ is lite!) it does pretty well.  I haven't taken
the VRSCR to the strip yet but hope to yet this year.  My butt tells me it's
probably ~ fast as the GPZ but probably a lot quicker off the line.  As far
as comparing further to the GPZ it's a ongoing conversation going on in my
head.  The GPZ is quick, practical, nice looking, etc.  The VRSCR is quick,
not so practical (all that chrome) and has a unique "grin factor".  I left
my GPZ stock on the engine but the VRSCR has the Thundermax closed loop fuel
injection and a Rinehart 2:1 drag pipe.  I don't need a laptop and a serial
port to "tune" the GPZ but it sure is handy on the VRSCR.  I figure right
now I'm in toy-mode with the "R", like I was when I got my GPZ a few years
ago.  My GPZ has a corbin, stainless lines, muzzy advancer, stainless engine
and fairing hardware, and a Givi tail trunk, so I went nuts buying
everything I could for it when it was "new" back in 2006 when I got it.

I think both bikes serve a unique purpose and given that I tried to sell my
GPZ when I got the R and had the similar luck of others on the list, I'll be
keeping it.  



-----Original Message-----
From: keelhauld [mailto:keelhauld at] 
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2009 2:10 PM
To: John Soliday; corbie at; gpzlist at
Subject: Re: keel hauled ?

I have an '08 D, I needed the mid controls, which they have since 
discontinued. I thought about this bike for years before buying one. I like 
the R as well which I believe has less rake and the inverted forks. I have 
heard the R handles very well. How do you like yours compared to the GPz?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Soliday" <johnsoliday at>
To: "'keelhauld'" <keelhauld at>; <corbie at>; 
<gpzlist at>
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2009 3:41 PM
Subject: RE: keel hauled ?

> What kind of VRSC do you have?  Mines an "R", 06.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: gpzlist-bounces at [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at] 
> On
> Behalf Of keelhauld
> Sent: Monday, July 13, 2009 1:05 PM
> To: corbie at; gpzlist at
> Subject: Re: keel hauled ?
> Hey Bill it was good to meet you as well. I have been off and on the list
> (wasn't off very long I recall) since '96, although I don't post often I
> still read all the e-mails. I used to ride with the GPz and ZRX folks 
> pretty
> often, a bit too often according to my wife. Either they started riding
> faster or I got real old real quick so I'm mostly solo with the wife on 
> the
> back nowadays. I haven't talked to another person who loves the GPz in a
> while, made me remember how much I enjoy it. I do love the V-Rod though,
> this is a quick bike and a blast to ride.
> Thanks again for the conversation, perhaps I'll see you around.
> Bill
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <corbie at>
> To: <gpzlist at>
> Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2009 7:36 PM
> Subject: keel hauled ?
>>I was out riding on the Nighthawk with the Lake Shawnee club and we 
>>at a dam at Greenwood Lake.
>> There were several motorcycles in the small parking lot including a sweet
>> looking Harley VRod.
>> When the owner finally appears , we start to chat and I find that he is
>> Keelhauler a lister of many years.
>> Good to meet you Bill. when are you going to let me ride the harley ??
>> on another note , when I had the GPZ listed on Craigslist over the years
>> for $2200-2500 I got a few half interested calls. Now that it needs work
>> and it's listed for $750 I got 15 replies on the first two days. go
>> figure.
>> Bill M in NJ
>> -- 
>> --
>> you @
>> is available and 170 other free domains.
>> Sign up at

More information about the GPZList mailing list