2007 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special

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Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special
Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special

Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod -Black as night, mean as

Harley-Davidson continues to develop its Revolution range and the latest is the Night Rod Special. It’s lower and meaner looking anything else out there. the closest thing to a road drag bike without the bar fitted.

Words: Tor Sagen/Pictures: Mainx

Night Rod was launched in and the new Special is all dragged-out with a 240mm rear tyre, handlebars and forward-mounted foot This doesn’t happen often, but as soon as I first saw it in the it was love at first sight. the Street Rod and Night Rod had to grow on me, but the is truly special.

Some of the from when I first sat my on the original V-rod come Night Rod Special is just of everything in a single minded, black way.

I attended one of the many Euro the best, as the one I attended included a out with Bill Davidson and partying in the Harley village at the Bike week in Austria. involved plenty of picturesque roads in Austria, Slovenia and Not exactly the ideal environment for the low and Night Rod Special.

I savoured my ride on the Night Rod Special the latter half of the day, and I the right choice as it rained the few hours we were out riding. And I got to the turbo-like acceleration above rpm on the motorway just at the end of the long

Riding the brutal VRSCDX is easy nor difficult, but certainly not It is easy enough to have a sit and straight on as the jumbo rear and mile-long wheelbase makes the Special is stable as a mountain in a line. The trouble comes in the there’s no ground clearance and did not intend it to be so either. But we are in the Alps remember? So the Night Rod Special a bit like a fish out of water, and I in advance to be cautious.

So corner speed is sacrificed for ‘ish entries and early openings. The double four pot brakes are reassuringly strong, but I had to myself that the 240mm tyre kept pushing the so I could not go that fast the corners. What I could do was to give it all it had as soon as I was halfway the corners.

It does not matter sort of lean you have, are still a massive patch of rubber touching the tarmac at all The rubber is Dunlop’s and there is not to say apart from the fact much of it! The rear is a D240 and the front a comparatively tiny 120/70ZR-19. Feels like a bit of a but then again this was never designed to corner the Street Rod or even the Night

Night Rod Special is pure in the Alps and I like it!

Cruising from the mountain passes and the motorway finally gave me the to let the Revolution engine breath The Special features the most version of the 1130cc Revolution and Harley claims 121hp and Above 6000rpm the liquid-cooled revs in a delightful fast and way.

This is what all rubber is there for and I played on/off sharp throttle to get that acceleration again and From standstill the initial few rpms fail to impress, but again you can just dump the with literally full opening as there are some heritage on the Special. If you do the same, but the front brake lever you a nice and scary burnout

Scary because there is no way you can comfortably on the forward pegs one and that 240mm rear really does grip.

Slow speed manoeuvres are a bit too because if you don’t allow space at the right angle turning you might get stuck for someone to push you out. I saw it to a journo colleague and I could why. Some of the facts make the Special such a to handle at low speed are: rear tyre, 1715mm 36-degree fork angle and the rear suspension. Whilst on the the Night Rod Special does not particularly soft.

Up front is a with 49mm stanction that feels good braking. As mentioned earlier, I not challenge the handling capabilities than I did due to health and safety tattooed to my brain. Common I believe it’s called.

The height is a low 640mm combined the drag style handlebar and foot peg position. This of squeezes your abdomen and stretches your back so that you turn into a clamshell. I would have to get Gordon Ramsey’s comment on the position.

Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special

I believe it would involve the F and W

All the 2007 VRSC models now a 19 litre petrol tank and new that now includes a clock and trip-counter. If you live either in The Middle east or in Africa you get new smart security system It is very peculiar to use, and when swapping bikes other journalists at a launch as you now can both key and alarm fob in your

And it stays there as the system when you are within a certain and disarms or arms automatically on how close you are to the vehicle. This is one you to get used to and if you don’t keep fob in a safe place whilst you will not be able to start the again if you have lost the fob.


After riding the Rod Special I didn’t really to ride any of the other Harleys. It is as peculiar and attractive to a motorcycle as a honey pot to a hungry bear. I it and could not bring myself to it for its downsides.

There are downsides to though as you have to be very the first few days not to make The dark evil Night Rod will not forgive any mistake. So you watch out…

If looks kill…

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Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special


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