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Thinking of purchasing a v2k. Can you tell me if there are any major differences in the year models and what to look for?
 

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I was there a year and a half ago, from the answers I got I definitely was shooting for a 2007 or newer, seems any kinks had been fixed by then, not that there were many of them. By that year there were 3 model to choose from, the regular VN2000, the classic and the classic LT (or as Ponch called it, the lettuce and tomato model). The regular model has the big "Bug Eye" head light and the "nacelle" chrome headlight wraparound that gives it that heavy front look. It also has a slender passenger seat (it is said very uncomfortable) that gives it a slender sporty look in the back, kinda like a Vulcan Mean Streak on steroids. This is the model I ended up getting ad it had to do with the headlight that I like a lot and the heavy front look it comes with.
The classic has a smaller, more typical round headlight with no nacelle, a wider rear seat and (I believe) comes with a windshield.
The classic Lt takes things further with more accessories, rear passenger backrest, passenger floorboards, leather like saddle bags, etc.
Not really sure where the classic ends and the LT begins cus' I just had to have that bug-eyed model.
Never found a 2009 with the big headlight and I'm almost sure they did not make it in 2010 (the last year for the Beast).
This is NOT a thorough description by a long shot, just trowing what little I know out there to get things started, hope it helps.
 

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The older models, like my 04 had a weak bearing in the rear drive vibration damper. I think that the hub was changed to accept the dual bearings 06 and up models. I changed out my drive hub and have not had a problem since. I have the big nacelle which makes finding windshields and other accessories a pain. Plus, if you catch a rock, the bug-eye lens is expensive to replace. However, the gut wrenching torque is worth any of the issues.
 

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Pulley splines stripping is a problem. Mine stripped at 15k and again at 30k. Yes, greased with the proper moly lube. This happens often enough that you can consider it a known problem, and it's major. Luck seems to be the cause - many bikes never strip the pulley shaft splines.

Water leaks at the little hoses are common, but very easily fixed. It's not the head gasket.

HLA wear is common if the bike has been run with thick oil designed for air cooled Harleys.
 
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