Does anyone know why they quit making the 2000.
Which stats would that be?It is extremely popular to those who ride the bike, but never gained a lot of traction outside a select few. The stats on paper scare people away.
NO basically its kinda like druggs, they sold a few of us some really killer mojo and then they took it away.. NOTHING else is gonna compare. folks 'round here think that we are just boasting when we go on and on about this MOTOR forget the bike chassis its sitting in. Its the MOTOR that has gott us hooked.Which stats would that be?
I'm fortunate enough to have a friend who doesn't mind if I take his 04 out any time I please. I had a little over 3000 mile of seat time on it. When I compare it to my 06 nomad, I would have to say that fit and form feel almost like the same machine. The v2k is slightly longer requiring more effort in slow speed manuvering but honestly doesn't feel much different to me. Until I hit the throttle that is. I honestly have no idea why they would quit producing such a smooth and powerful engine. It even gets better fuel economy than my 1600 despite making almost twice the power.
All my wants and needs would be taken care of if I could get one in my nomad. I can't think of a better combo than the two. Next question is. Will there be an equivelent replacement in the future to satisfy the riders who currently own v2k's and undoubtedly will not be satisfied with anything else the two wheel market has to offer as a factory production powerplant in a basic cruiser platform?
10yrs behind, Kaw finally woke up and switched production to Baggers as the market had turned away from Cruisers. Butt heads followed the hardley crowd with a Me Too solution taking their small v15-16 and making a "smooth=boring" wimpy motor v17. Instead of being Leader in this industry they chose to follow.Sorry for the stark view, but it's all about the bottom line.
If they were making sales and margin targets there'd still be VN2Ks coming off the production line.
Yeah go and find that old computer, get that stuff off it, (I have asked before) I want to see it.Im gonna hafta break down and go dig that ol PC out of the warehouse with all the data and pix of this v2k motor. when you see this thing broken down into its pieces then you will understand ALL that Kaw put into this work of art.
its NOT just that this thing is a whopping 125ci.. its HOW this thing is a whopping 125ci..
First, its got BIG ASS 4" Bores
Dos, its got BIGGER ASS 5" Strokes.
Cee, its got 22lb Fly Wheel
then, its got 2 humongous counter balancers, 1 front 1 back.
It is a semi-dry sump config meaning the Crank and Flywheel sit LOW in the cases.
It has 4 valve heads with YES! push rod activation. minimize all that overhead valve train-weight.. dont give me that shit about OHC and DOHC's. that bs is for small bore small stroke motors that NEED to spin fast to squeak out mouse farts..
this Monster makes more Tork at Idle than those lil motors do wailing at red line.
And it makes a Ton of Tork climbing straight up to 2k rpm 125ft/lbs, then levels off thru 3k rpm where its pumping out 145ft/lbs, is more than your John Deer.
So it never NEEDs to Spin fast to make power, but only just shovels it out in bushels while still in sleepy mode. Those with the idea that they have to spin their motors faster and faster are just blowing noise in the wind.
Sixth, speeds.. who needs it? if you use the right gear spacing = WIDE and Tall aka Eurogears, 5 is plenty... and with this motor output its not like your gonna be doing a whole lot of shifting anyway.
but for the skeptics and naysayers out there, they dont ride this motor (fear), so they wont ever KNOW what why it is the best dam thing Kaw ever did. rite before they went and skrewed the pooch v17. poncho