V owner in Montana
Howdy all!!! I've actually had my V since late June 08, but just recently found this forum, what an awesome place!!!
I'm still a young pup (28), just got married, actually just a few weeks before I got my V (call it a wedding present).
I've been riding, however, since I was in my early teens, beginning on the dirt and trails and actually picking up some of my best early experience ice racing in MN with my old Honda 125.
For High School graduation, I treated myself to an 87 Honda Hurricane (CBR600) for $1000 from my friend, and thus began my lust for street!!!! I loved that bike, even though it was a giant piece of junk.
Had a couple of other bikes of no real consequence, until I bought a used CBR 929 (as you can probably tell, my loyalties pretty much ran for team red.) from a young guy who raced bikes in Brainerd. That thing was just silly how fast it was. Of course the guy hadn't done much to it after getting his new racer, but put the mirrors and street tires back on.
It was actually too fast/too dangerous (at least for my driving record) for me to keep. I met my future wife before I got a new bike, and I forgot about riding... for awhile.
Last Spring I got the bug again, and knew gas prices were only going way up, so the little lady and I went out and bought Vera, a Genuine Blur 150 Scooter to rip around town with. Don't get me wrong, I like that little thing, but it wasn't enough. This is now what my wife (I successfully converter her) is now learning to ride on. We'll probably get her a Suzuki Burgman or other Maxi Scooter in a couple of years as she really likes the CVT Tranny.
A couple months later I found a deal on a 79 Yamaha XS 750 Special. It even came with an airbrushed Pegasus on a Teal tank!!!! I took to calling it the mullet machine and had some good times on that, but noticed quickly that it just was no fun in the twistys. The bike was not happy unless it was going straight on a flat road.
And then I picked up Viggo, my V. Let me start by saying, I may not have bought my V, if the Honda and Yamaha dealers around here weren't jerks. The guys at Kawi were great, so that's where I bought. It was between either the V or an 06 Z1000 with Full Acropovich Titanium System and fully mapped Power Commander. I remembered that having all of that power ultimately leads to me using it, so I jumped at the V.
To be honest, I think it's one of the ugliest bikes I have EVER seen. I think I would really like the look better if the headlight were more traditional looking, or if they'd have worked out a Buell type design. BUT, the ride and practicality of the bike were too good for me to pass up. I slapped on a couple of the Kawi/Givi side bags, the vario windscreen, and a small Cortech tank bag and haven't looked back.
Last week, after reviewing some threads in this wonderful forum, I debadged my V, cut and trimmed off the rat tail, and put the stock potato chip back on, after flipping it upside down. I'm currently saving up my money to buy a Corbin Saddle. And waiting to see if anyone will figure out a center stand for the V. If it's not in production by this winter, I'm going with an exhaust system, either Muzzy or Acropovich.
Anyway, if you're running through Missoula on any of your trips, get ahold of me, would love to take a ride with a fellow V owner. Sorry for the long post, I get long winded when I'm excited about something! Here's a quick picture of Viggo and Vera in their stable for the night for putting up with the long story. Will post better shots of both when I'm not riding!