Stop light to stop light between a Vrod and Magna the results would be extremely close. Highly likely, the Vrod would win. Take both stock bikes on the Tail of the Dragon, the Magna is highly likely to smoke the Vrod after 300+ turns! Besides, it took HD the assistance of Porsche, quite a few Japanese parts, and a price tag some some 2.5X more to produce the Vrod. Consider 748cc vs 1600cc?
Owning a '94 Magna, I completely agree with statements and comments. This bike is a great balance of cruiser and sport. It will, indeed, blow most Harley's out.
Don't get me wrong, Harley's - and any other brand for that matter - have their place (I live in Harley country and am a Harley fan). The power to weight ratios of most Harley's just don't make them an all-around bike.
And then consider the cost! I recently heard a comment that they are "an expensive way to turn fuel into noise, without the byproduct of horsepower". I assume that comment was made comparing equivalent engine sizes.
Harley's are in their element on the interstate, but around town you have to really pull them around. They're just not nimble.
This "balance" of highway to commuter is one of the main reasons I looked at the Honda Magna - and a few others - instead of a Harley. I expect I'll ride my Magna until I can't get my legs over the seat any longer!
To the above comment, the V-rod is only 1100 cc, not 1600.
I ride a 1999 Magna v4-750cc.
My buddy has a 2008 HD FLHX with a 96 cubic inch (at least 1600cc) s&s motor with a 6 speed tranny and a high performance fuel mapping chip.
My other buddy rides a Honda VTX 1800cc with all sorts of custom parts for his fuel delivery system.
My Magna has cobra jets and cobra pipes with no baffles (sounds great). My bike literally owns theirs in a straight line or in the curves. There is no doubt about it, the Magna puts out some serious power. Obviously if the road is straight enough for a long enough time, they can beat me after the 1/4 mile, but the Magna wins in any other circumstance.
The Magna is a great bike. I just bought a 96 with 5700 hundred miles on it, and am laughing every time I ride the thing, well until I have to stop for gas at about 80 miles. I'm working on the right hand control, but darn this thing is fun! Handles very well also.
Great bike, I get about 107 miles out of a full tank, which is decent, and it handles great. I've built a custom 96 Magna to race with at the strips, and so far I beat all but one v-rod. And mines is a 750, I have videos doing that.
Hey guys, I own a 96 Magna. It is one of the most powerful bikes out there if you compare the size of the engine because it has only 750 motor, but it outputs many bike cc.
Just to let everyone know that if you want it to go faster, just throw in the VFR 800cc motor in it then your Magna will be the top of the line. What really makes this thing really powerful is the motor, which belong to a street bike called VFR or Interceptor. Throw that 800 cc motor in it, and you will make it 11.2 second quarter mile or even lower depending on the rider. That is what I have in my 96 Magna. Now it has six gears baby and the motor cost less than 800 hundred. My next plan is supercharge or turbo.
Best bike I ever had, and I have had lots and lots of bikes.
I have a 74 Sportster 1000. It is fast, but not as fast as my Honda 750. Love it, great bike.
Man who had a VFR800 engine in a Magna. Contact with me please. I am thinking about it 2 years. Just write me. firstname.lastname@example.org
The perfect all around motorcycle. Comfortable enough to ride for hundreds of miles. The handling in curves gives confidence like no other cruiser.
The power of course is nice to have and fun too.
The stock seat for me may be the most comfortable seat I've had on a bike out of the 6 bikes I've owned. On one bike, a 1200 Sportster, I put a Saddleman gel seat on and it wasn't any better than the stock seat. I'm bringing this up due to so many complaints about the seat, so don't assume it will be uncomfortable for you either.
This 2001 starts instantly once it has been woken up from hibernation. However starting it for the first time after a few months, you have to let it crank a good ten seconds, which is actually good. This motorcycle is the most enjoyable motorcycle I have ever owned, and it cost way less than two of my other motorcycles.
I straddle a 2001 VF750C Honda Magna. Comfortable with a Mustang seat, Progressive fork springs & 440 rears. Metzeler tires front & 170/80 15 rears with Cycle-istic brake stay mod. Beautiful bike, can get a 6 gallon tank for a grand$.
The only problem I have encountered is I can't stop putting on more & more chrome & mods other than VFR 800 engine. Trying the Dyna IGN, coils, & 7mm wires first. This bike is way fun, & the passion to bleed your pocket book for mods, but you're still spending less than most other bikes are, so Rock On!
What would be a fair price to pay for a 1996 Magna VF750C with 6,000 miles on it and a quick release wind shield? The bike is in excellent condition. I've searched online, but am not finding an accurate resale estimate.
I've been planning on putting a 94-97 VFR750 Interceptor motor (gear driven cams etc) in my 96 VF750 Magna (with Magna head though) as I know it can be done (my mate did it). I didn't know if the VFR800 would fit in the Magna '96. Also, I assume you had to re-wire the whole bike as the 800 is fuel injected. Can you send me some pics of your bike? Please send to email@example.com
My 96 VF750 Magna has chromed CBR900 wheels and running gear, Harley back end, fully rebuilt engine and aftermarket everything. Can send pics if you'd like a look.
I prefer to buy American, but I also want to win. I've owned Chargers, Roadrunners, Corvettes etc. But bikes; I get them from Japan. I've been saying for years that Harley needs to come up with a completely different engine, not just make it a V-rod. They can continue making the current motor for people that like it. Myself, I don't like the sound or much about it. I rode my Yamaha plenty of times to rescue my friend, as his Harley was always breaking down. Instead of wanting to stick with tradition, they should do both, old motor and a completely new motor. I now have a 750 Magna, but it needs performance mods, as I was used to the performance of my 1100 Yamaha. Man, that thing was fast, reliable and got 40mpg.
I first fell in love with a 96 Magna that sat for pretty much all of its first 8 years. It now has been modded and has all the comforts that I can add, and I love it every time I ride it. I then bought a 94 that needed some TLC, and I turned that into a wonderful bike in 9 months.
So yes I have a Magna addiction, so much so I purchased a 1988 Super Magna. I have also turned this one into a pretty bike. It handles a bit better than my third gens, and it moves as well. These bikes are totally the most bang for your buck. Get a lightly used one for under 3 grand, and you will totally enjoy it.
Check out the details of my Magnas: http://nebular10.tripod.com
Do you have any build threads? Are you on v4musclebike.com?
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