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HeHeHeHeHeHeHeHeHeHeHe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
 

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OK guys -I think we have enough local technical xper-tease to make one helluva hot rod 'Lusia. Picture this: Stroked and punched to 1000cc, heads ported and polished, Wiesco cam, dual Mikuni carbs w/nitrous OR an RC Components turbo, Revera clutch and primary drive, HK big 3's, P.M. wheels front and rear all riding rrrrrreal low on a narrowed frame and front end. Humma humma... I'm drooling already. I bet we kin get 120 ponies out of this EASY! :mrgreen:

Waddaya think?
 

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Now you're talkin Hank !
After reading alot of articals in alot of rags , I have not really seen to many "hot-rodded" water cooled bikes . Do you think there is a reason for this ? I couldn't say myself . What I do know for sure is , when I find another Vol , (maybe a new green one) to ride full time . I'm grabbing the wrenches and going after this with a plan . And , I still have (in the back o my head) a strong desire to build a 1400 ! An older 4sp . There is a guy in town with a newer 1400 , that is really hot stuff . I've seen him whip the pants off just about everything in his path !!! I even saw him destroy an LC ! I've always liked working on bikes in the 650 to 900 cc displacment range . I like the looks of our bikes , that's why I think we could really have a cool "hot-rod" here .
 

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Now you're talkin Hank !
After reading alot of articals in alot of rags , I have not really seen to many "hot-rodded" water cooled bikes . Do you think there is a reason for this ? ...
No reason other than for the most part they are "undesireable" Japanese bikes or maybe too new (relatively speaking) for any serious experimenting. It seems to me that a liquid cooled motor would be superior to air cooled given the operating temperatures these motors see. Further opinions on this?

It's going to be interesting to see what performance parts become available for the V-Rod keeping mind that it too is water cooled.

It's about time to start doing some serious research here.
 

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Serious it will be , this winter ! :applause:
I plan on taking the motor out of the frame , for a start .
I keep my scoot down in my basement in the winter , full workshop , tunes , beer , what else could a guy ask for ? :wink:
 

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Serious it will be , this winter ! :applause:
I plan on taking the motor out of the frame , for a start .
I keep my scoot down in my basement in the winter , full workshop , tunes , beer , what else could a guy ask for ? :wink:
Foil hats and cardboard boxes. :wink:
 

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I'm coming to your house Bluto. Can I bring my toys too? Maybe we can convince Blair to conjure up a special potient to envoke the spirits of creativity and success? :wink:


BTW..I e-mailed the guys at RC asking what they may have for the 'Lusia. Haven't heard anything yet but will let everyone know what they say.
 

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Blair , I have to keep the foil hats and "racing" boxes , in the other part of the basement this year . 8) The area where I keep my scoot will be like the "secret" testing lab of some mad scientist ...hehehe :twisted:
People started showing up last winter , I didn't even really know that well , and a lot of the things I did to the bike, started showing up ALL OVER TOWN !! So , this year it's a closed door affair , except for you guys of course . :lol: 8) :lol:
 

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RC Components? Here is what they say.....

----- Original Message -----
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 6:13 AM
Subject:Volusia performance accessories

At this time, we have no plans for any accessories for the Volusia. That model has a rear drum brake wheel instead of a disc and we only make disc brake wheels. Since wheels are our top product, we usually don't make anything for a bike for which we cannot produce wheels. I'm sorry we couldn't help you.

Thank You
RC Components

How about that? :roll:
 

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I've read this over again , and think it's time we started a petition for more performance parts ! Just look at the response Wiggo got on his Hypercharger . You know , most HD parts can be made to fit our bike , with only a small modification . The reason I use HD as a referance , is , there are so many of them out there . (HD parts that is)
Every mod I did on my scoot last winter , I bought , as HD !
I just did a little modification to them and put them on the bike . It's not that I wanted to make my bike more like an HD , it is just easier to find those kind of parts if you look for them in a HD catalog .
I think if a company started offering "adapters" for the Volusia , they could have a "best seller" .
 

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Hot-rodding water cooled bikes, eh? The dyno shop that played with my Vol has a Hayabusa: 1600cc, nitrous injected and a turbo from a 3-litre car. Makes 422.7bhp at the wheel. For some reason, they were insistent about the .7
 

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I just got back from the local bike wizard's custom shop today . I printed out all the specs on the Volusia . He took a look at everything I had , then took a look at the bike . This guy rides and builds HD's for a living . BUT , he also built the hottest 1400 I've ever seen . So , he will build anything for a price .
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So he looks over my scoot , stops to jot down some notes , turns and says he can get 75 - 80 ponies out of it ! It all depends on how "street worthy" I want to keep it . Now I would love the "most radical" Volusia on the street BUT , will I be able to enjoy it ? He told me , if I like the way it is now , not to change it , but instead , get a different bike for this , and keep my Volusia for the longer trips . He also brought up the fact that , this fuel delivery system would have to be changed , meaning , fabricating a manifold , to put a different carb on . He said , in all reality , the Volusia does have somewhat of an "oddball" carb system on it . I don't know how "oddball" it is , but I do know it's a pain in the shorts when you have to remove the tank to get to it ! :roll:
 

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Bluto said:
Now you're talkin Hank !
After reading alot of articals in alot of rags , I have not really seen to many "hot-rodded" water cooled bikes . Do you think there is a reason for this ?
I thought it was due to the thinner cylinder wall of the water cooled engine. Boar one of those out and you might puncture the water jacket = Game Over.
 

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IMO, the biggest downside to 'rodding a Volusia is the brakes, which are barely adequate as it is. No matter what you do to your engine, you still only have that single l'il disk up front and drum in the rear. There's a reason sport bikes have big, powerful dual front disks and a disk in the rear. What would it take upgrade the brakes to dual front/single rear hydraulic disks?

As much as I love my Vol, I'm going to save all the money I'd spend on performance parts to do a half-a$$ed hot-rodding job on it, and buy a sportbike as a second ride to satisfy my performance desire when the mood strikes. If I'm going to have a bike that accelerates, I want it to turn and stop too. :wink:
 

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Interesting, I've never heard a complaint about the effectiveness of the brakes. Sure, a rear disc would be cooler, but the drum has no problem locking the rear end up at will, so I guess it has all the braking ability it needs. The front brake will definitely completely compress the front end also with no problem, something I usually have to do several times a week. If you're thinking maybe you could pull off a stoppie with dual discs up front, I can almost gurantee that you would lock up way before the rear tire came off the ground.
Handling is the same, You will scrape pegs well before you reach the limits of traction, which isn't really a bad thing.
What I do agree with you on is buying a sport bike for the weekends.
 

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All good points, and the same ones I've used to defend the Volusia's brakes, too! But I don't think they have much in reserve, if you know what I mean. Make the bike too much heavier or too much faster, and your stopping ability is going to suffer.

Forget doing a stoppy; I think no matter what you had for brakes, you'd skid the front tire before lifting the rear wheel. The Volusia is just too darned long and low to ever do a stoppy (a Good Thing in my book)!

But I'm skeptical that the front brake is even capable of locking up the front tire on dry pavement. I've had hasty stops too where I've fully compressed the forks with the brake fully applied, and it didn't seem like it was anywhere near the limits of front tire adhesion. That tells me there is some stopping potential that we're missing out on. But in a way, this too is a Good Thing that makes the Volusia a really sweet, forgiving bike. The fairly weak front brake is not at all grabby, and you're not going to tuck the front and high-side in a panic stop.

So what do you like for a weekend sport bike? My two favorites are the 'zuki SV650S and the Honda Interceptor. Maybe some day...
 

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All good points, and the same ones I've used to defend the Volusia's brakes, too! But I don't think they have much in reserve, if you know what I mean. Make the bike too much heavier or too much faster, and your stopping ability is going to suffer.

Forget doing a stoppy; I think no matter what you had for brakes, you'd skid the front tire before lifting the rear wheel. The Volusia is just too darned long and low to ever do a stoppy (a Good Thing in my book)!

But I'm skeptical that the front brake is even capable of locking up the front tire on dry pavement. I've had hasty stops too where I've fully compressed the forks with the brake fully applied, and it didn't seem like it was anywhere near the limits of front tire adhesion. That tells me there is some stopping potential that we're missing out on. But in a way, this too is a Good Thing that makes the Volusia a really sweet, forgiving bike. The fairly weak front brake is not at all grabby, and you're not going to tuck the front and high-side in a panic stop.

So what do you like for a weekend sport bike? My two favorites are the 'zuki SV650S and the Honda Interceptor. Maybe some day...

I'm not sure why your front brake won't lock up. I locked mine twice this week on the interstate. I have noticed it happens more often since I installed new levers. They seem to give better mechanical advantage with less squeeze. You may want to check into that.
 

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The front brake lever is adjustable. There's a knob with numbers from 1 to 5. I've never played with it, or read in the manual what direction I would want to turn it. Where it is at is good for me, shuts me down in a hurry when I need it to.

And my favorite sport bike... I'm in the market for '87 or '88 Honda Hurricane 1000. It was my dream bike in college. I just lost out in an auction on E-Bay last weekend on one... I was soooo pissed.
 
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