I OWN ONE TOO!
I SWEAR, I didn’t set out to buy a VN SS. Like a lot of people I was of the opinion that the VN was a flawed design. I guess it still is, but in an age where cars physically steer you between the white lines, tell you how far back to stay from the car in front and car-makers tell you CVT transmissions are good for you, the VN in SS form is a breath of fresh, analogue air. And then I tripped over the advert for this one and couldn’t resists a look-see. Naturally, I bought it. Mine’s done about 103,000km from new and it’s a manual, so I guess that makes it special in and of itself. But that didn’t stop me modifying a few bits and pieces and adding some others. Originality is over-rated sometimes.
I had to replace all the bushes and the fuel pump, which is par for the course for these things, but it never fails to make me giggle when I plant the boot and that old Iron lion gets out of bed. And our bond was completed a year or so ago when a galoot in a mobile-chicane peoplemover sped up as I was overtaking him. I dropped a cog and booted the SS out of his way just as a stickered-up Land Cruiser came over the hill. I still don’t know if it was a police car, but I never saw it again. That’s love, right there.