A co-worker of mine bought a Harley recently, and the shop gave him a free rental coupon in the deal. He passed it along to me, so I rented a Vrod for the day. Frankly, it's the first big cruiser I've ever ridden. Now I know why people like them--I had a lot of fun. It's moderately fast, super smooth, has surprisingly good brakes, does slow, tight turns (e.g. parking-lot u-turns) easier than my bike, and it doesn't look bad either. My only real complaints are that the seat sucks, the optional windscreen sucks, and the range sucks. It desperately needs a larger fuel tank. I couldn't help but notice that 95% (I made that number up) of the Harley riders I passed waved at me. When I'm out on my bike, it's more like 5% (another fake statistic). All I could think was: "You poseurs. If you knew this bike was rented, you wouldn't give me the time of day." Oh well, I guess I'm a cynic.