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850 V7 test drive

aproud1

Tuned and Synch'ed
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Oct 4, 2019
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79
Location
Cincy, OH
Definitely more get up and go that the V7iii. No lugging at lower RPM's, rear suspension is greatly improved, clutch is much lighter. Gear box feels the same.

That blue paint is stunning in person.
 

Miguel Gomes

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Mar 23, 2020
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Portugal
Definitely more get up and go that the V7iii. No lugging at lower RPM's, rear suspension is greatly improved, clutch is much lighter. Gear box feels the same.

That blue paint is stunning in person.

I agree on the better rear suspension and that the blue is very nice.

But I did not find the cluch lighter than the V7 III, felt the same to me. And I found the gearbox a bit different, more clunky and easier to find neutral. Also, I was expecting a bit more acceleration, by looking at the power and torque increase. Based on what I felt, having 52 hp or 65 hp is almost irrelevant for this type of motorcycle... It felt like it. Oh, and I could feel the weight increase.
 

foggy95

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May 24, 2010
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37
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Chester County, PA USA
Only downside I can report thus far with my V7 850 ... the fueling is not as crisp and consistent as my V7III, so far anyway .. at 200 miles.
Especially at a constant, light throttle speed, an occasional 'hiccup' or 'cough' ... never felt with my V7III.

No mods so far with my 850, evap equipment still in place because they've added an electrical sensor to the system that, if disconnected, will undoubtedly trigger a MIL code to the dash if left open.

I also had the well documented rear diff leak on my new 850 ... so far all I've done about it is drain the rear diff and carefully refilled it with the correct amount and grade of oil. Haven't had the chance to test the results yet - grand kids had me busy last few days and am now looking at three days of rain in the forecast ..... oh well. I guess I'll go out to the garage and wax her again .... and polish those pretty aluminum wheels!
 

Louisv97

Cruisin' Guzzisti
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Jul 24, 2019
Messages
265
Location
Orange County
I agree on the better rear suspension and that the blue is very nice.

But I did not find the cluch lighter than the V7 III, felt the same to me. And I found the gearbox a bit different, more clunky and easier to find neutral. Also, I was expecting a bit more acceleration, by looking at the power and torque increase. Based on what I felt, having 52 hp or 65 hp is almost irrelevant for this type of motorcycle... It felt like it. Oh, and I could feel the weight increase.
is it me or does it feel like a bigger bike size wise? I felt the weight as well. I also did not like what they did with the friction zone, it feels real sloppy.
 

sib

Cruisin' Guzzisti
Joined
May 12, 2013
Messages
328
Location
Providence, RI
is it me or does it feel like a bigger bike size wise? I felt the weight as well. I also did not like what they did with the friction zone, it feels real sloppy.
For me, the 850 Stone doesn't feel bigger than my previous V7II, but it definitely feels heavier. The curb weight (with all fluids) spec of the V7II was 436 lb and the new 850 Stone is 481 lb, that's 45 lb heavier. For me, the new clutch is easier and also, when adjusted to spec, has most of the action near the top of the lever travel. I'll probably increase the free play by a mm or 2, to get the action closer to the middle of the lever travel. The throttle feel is a bit sloppy, but I think that's because the throttle cables have too much slack. I'll tighten them up a bit and see if it makes any difference. I have not experienced any hiccups in the engine. Nor any hesitation on a cold start.
 

john zibell

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For me, the 850 Stone doesn't feel bigger than my previous V7II, but it definitely feels heavier. The curb weight (with all fluids) spec of the V7II was 436 lb and the new 850 Stone is 481 lb, that's 45 lb heavier. For me, the new clutch is easier and also, when adjusted to spec, has most of the action near the top of the lever travel. I'll probably increase the free play by a mm or 2, to get the action closer to the middle of the lever travel. The throttle feel is a bit sloppy, but I think that's because the throttle cables have too much slack. I'll tighten them up a bit and see if it makes any difference. I have not experienced any hiccups in the engine. Nor any hesitation on a cold start.

Free play specification for the clutch is 2mm, don't make it any more than that.
 
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