I've been thrashing about on a 2002 Titan Phoenix ZRM Custom for near on two years now and clocked up around 7,000 miles. For me this bike represents the essence of what a pro-street custom v-twin should be. It's fast yet sure footed - powerful but smooth. It's loud without being obnoxious and understated good looks make this a stand-out ride. I've ridden this bike pretty much everywhere - and in every type of weather. From long hauls to bar hopping - I'd have to say that for a US bike (that's probably never seen hours in torrential rain and third world tarmac), it's stood up exceptionally well to our inclement Kiwi conditions. Reliability is what you would expect from a high performance machine. I've replaced the crane ignition with a Dyna 2000i and attended various electrical components to keep it on the road, but overall it's happy enough as a daily runner. Handling benefits from a reduction in rear tire size from the factory 180 to a 160, but apart from that - nothing else need be done. Let's face it - it's already got all the good gear from the get go. Highly recommended if you're a little tired of the comparatively anemic, cookie cutter Harley-Davidsons and/or need something to pull the boat out of the lake!
- Cam, Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
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