First, the new VR-powered model is apparently simply a rather minor change to the V-Rod, not a significantly new model. Some of the slick (and expensive) polished and plated parts of the original V-Rod have been replaced by paint or other lower-cost finishes. The basic bike -- ergonomics, chassis details, etc. -- are apparently unchanged except for a handlebar, but you will have a color choice and, we assume, pay less for this variation. When the VRSCA V-Rod was introduced for 2002, it was obvious that the engine would be used in additional motorcycles, and we have been waiting for a machine that uses the impressive liquid-cooled 1130cc engine in a better handling, more ergonomically friendly application. There was lots of speculation about a touring model for 2004, and we have some reliable reports that a shaft-drive version is in the offing, but neither of those possibilities are reality yet.