V-Rod Road Test - Vision Blurring Acceleration
Turbo V-Rod welds to the moment with serious focus
Go from comfort cruising machine to vision burring acceleration
An easy upgrade to serious fun
Performance is a Phoenix based company, well known in the performance
world, for building extremely fast bikes.
to Charlie Mitchell and Nick Trask for letting me test drive one
of their Turbo V-Rods.
brought my old buddy Jerry,
along with his stock V-Rod for a basis of comparison. Charlie and
Nick provided a thorough walk-around and technical explanation of
the test bike---- utterly stock except for Turbo
Legend air ride shocks. Included with the kit is a high-performance
clutch. Not withstanding Charley and Nick’s exceptional courtesy
and patience, we were there to ride, not look. So ride we did.
through town, it occurs to the rider that there is really nothing
different about the bike from an ordinary V-Rod; not a bad thing
in itself. There’s nothing to indicate this is a beast other
than the hissing sound of the blow off valve on the surge tank when
you let off the throttle. It sounds like a miniature version of
the sound that a semi makes when the brakes are applied; and disappears
from the consciousness after a few minutes. Even the lever effort
for the heavy duty clutch was, if anything, a little lighter than
turning on the I-17, I eased the throttle on in third gear at about
50 mph. The response was very fast. It was not a delayed response
but a very reassuring continued concrete grabbing thrust that makes
you sit up and pay attention.
riding for awhile and not having any traffic around we were able
to simulate a passing test to see the performance compared to a
stock V-Rod. We simulated three different situations. One simulation
from each gear; 3rd gear, 4th gear and 5th gear from about 50mph.
the first test I rolled on the throttle at about 50mph in 3rd gear
as did Jerry. I checked the mirror and thought that maybe he decided
not to go for it. Too noisy to talk, so I signaled him to come up
again and this time I held out four fingers and we downshifted to
fourth and we hit it again. This time I let him hit it first to
make sure that I did not get the jump on him. Again, it looked like
he was not trying. Not sure what to think now. But one thing I know
for sure… this is one screaming machine. You go from the comfort
cruising machine to a serious holding on and vision burring acceleration.
One that grabs a hold of all the ADD that I have and welds it to
the moment with serious focus. Damn, that is some powerful medicine.
easing on to a side road someplace north, Jerry looked at me and
said, “That just isn’t fair. You just disappear. That
Turbo brings to life a completely different dimension of acceleration
rode several V-Rods in the past and loved the acceleration that
the stock ones have. The V-Rod weighs around 625 pounds. Add a 150-pound
driver and that brings the package to around 775 pounds. Now you
take the stock V-Rod with around 105HP and you get 7.3 pounds per
HP. That is good for about a 12 to 12.5 second quarter mile run.
That is pretty respectable for a bike out of the box. Now you add
60 HP to that and the math comes out to 4.7 pounds per HP. If you
check Valerie Thompson’s (vtracegirl.com)
times on her Turbo V-Rod you will see that they are in the low 10’s
and about 135 MPH in the quarter. Now, that can explain some of
the disparity of the two V-Rods. The visuals of the two paired off
really revealed the differences. It just didn’t seem possible.
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for the last simulated pass test in 5th gear. We were going about
50 MPH and did a roll on to full throttle. I made sure he got the
advantage so we could be side by side for a short time. I wanted
to do this because at that low RPM there is not a lot of boost and
the horsepower range is about the same. It worked this time. Just
for a short hesitation, we were side by side. Then I stared to pull
away, then run away, then I was off to the races leaving Jerry to
be just a little image in the mirror.
I have to ask you. Do you need it? No. Do you have to have it? That
is up to you. Do you want it? Yes! It is like having a fist full
of money. It is always in the bank and you do not have to spend
it, but the temptation is there. It is like having a docile bike
on steroids. And I am sure abusing the steroids is not associated
is a true find. A very easy upgrade to serious fun without the hassles
of rebuilding and milling and a lot of bolt on extras. Still runs
on pump gas and the Turbo Kit can easily be taken off if you decide
that you don’t need it or upgrade to a new V-Rod or maybe
sell it on eBay.
Nick and Charlie. You have put together a great package.
P. S. They told me that they can put a Turbo on just about any Harley
If you have any question about the Turbo Call Nick or Charlie at
or use the ask Nick a tech
question email support link