It is all Desert Tortoise's fault... After reading his posts about the Street Rod, I happened across one for sale locally, so thought I would check it out.
It was at a camper/atv dealer, so I called and found out it only had 4200 miles. Asking price of $6495, so I looked up NADA book value which is $8900, and thought it would be the deal of the decade.
So I hop onto my Sporty and ride the 40 miles to the dealer. Then they expect me to buy it without riding it. Um, I don't think so. So a phone call by the sales guy, and he gets a dealer plate. I am pretty excited, thinking that I was going to own a Street Rod shortly.
I sit on it... sits quite high compared to what I am used to, but that is ok. I take off and find the footpegs (so-called mid controls,
but I beg to differ, closer to rear controls as far as I am concerned)... and made up my mind before I made it out of the parking lot that this bike is not for me.
I don't like riding while leaned forward and my feet shoved up my anal appendage.
I don't ride sport bikes for a reason, and this is it. I literally was experiencing hip cramps before making it 200 feet across the parking lot. The bike ran good, braked good, and was pretty smooth across some rail road tracks, but no way could I ride in that position any length of time.
I had intended on offering $6k for the bike, but after riding it, decided to walk away. They were basically begging me to buy it at $6k, I didn't have to make an offer. I really wish the riding position would have been more to my liking, because I love the sound and the looks of the Street Rod, and it would have been a more than fair deal.
Just goes to show, we all have differences of opinion. What works for one, doesn't work for all. Now if only I can find a reasonably priced VRod with forward controls, I think that would be more to my liking.