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Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod

Harley’s More Muscular

Harley-Davidson introduced the V-Rod in to appeal to younger riders, and the power cruiser featured first water-cooled engine, was co-designed by Porsche. The controversial has gone through a number of over the years, and the V-Rod (starting at $17,199) is the Motor latest attempt to attract a crowd that might not be in their Sportsters.

The Goods

The of the V-Rod is its water-cooled, 60 degree V-twin powerplant. which was from 1,130cc to 1,250cc in The 2009 V-Rod Muscle’s produces 122 horsepower and 85 ft-lbs of and it’s mated to a clutch has a slipper function. Air is fed through a air-intake, and as with all V-Rods, the is equipped with a 5-speed

A steel perimeter upper with hydroformed main holds the V-Rod Muscle’s together, and a polished, one-piece aluminum swingarm and preload shocks meets an 18 inch wheel shod with rubber. Up front are 43mm forks. and four-piston front and brakes are responsible for stopping ABS is a $795 option, and cool LED-equipped mirror stalks and lamps add a premium look to the Muscle’s outward appearance.

All in the V-Rod Muscle weighs in at 673 lbs (in order.) Fuel capacity is 5 a significant improvement over versions of the V-Rod- and the seat is inches high without a and 25.6 inches laden. lean angle is 32 degrees on side, and EPA fuel economy 34 city, 42 highway.

Swing a Leg Over

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The V-Rod Muscle aggressive, and swinging a leg over its intimidating appearance: it’s wide, and- at 673 lbs- heavy to lift off its side Leg position is classic cruiser, means the feet-forward posture feel perfectly normal for fans but disorienting for most riders. The thick tank some hip opening and the seat abruptly at the rear (which can some discomfort if you tend to sit the back of the saddle), but the reach to the isn’t too much of a stretch, and the for my 5’10” frame felt but manageable during several of riding.

The cockpit view reveals new wired 1.5 inch cast handlebars with integrated A simple, three-gauge cluster front and center. At rest, it a bit of maneuvering to get your boots those fat, satin exhaust pipes. but the problem itself once you’re in

On the Road

Fire up the V-Rod V-twin, and its exhaust note up to its name. The sound is mean and with an edge that’s a bit polished than the typical Harley burble. The shifter nicely into gear, and the throttle produces serious from the torquey V-twin.

Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod

If you enough space to exercise the there’s a nice rush of with a bump in the torque at around 5,500 rpm. is at 9,000 rpm, and the engine’s and powerband make it easy to good for whipping through the bad for those trying to preserve driving record.

When it comes to handling, the Muscle is a mixed bag. On the one the suspension firmness coupled the low center of gravity produces dynamics and a feeling of connectedness the road. But on the other hand, the long wheelbase and relatively low can make aggressive turning a bit

It was easy to joust through traffic along LA’s Wilshire Boulevard, but it took a bit attention to maneuver the V-Rod on twisty canyon roads.

But the V-Rod Muscle is surprisingly considering its weight, and actually fun to through traffic. And just as as the engine’s tremendous torque is the of the brakes to bring the Muscle to a with skid-free deceleration confidence-inspiring braking. Die hards may ABS, but it won’t be too long anti-locks become a normal of the motorcycle landscape.

The Bottom

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The V-Rod controversy when it came on the and not all spinoffs of the water-cooled bike been commercially successful the Street Rod?) But the V-Rod takes another stab at the cruiser genre, and succeeds in a fast, powerful ride serious road presence. The on this bike- including its price and limited ground may keep it from being but the V-Rod makes no bones being a motorcycle that’s … than it is practical. And it comes to …, the Harley-Davidson Muscle just works.

Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod
Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod
Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod
Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod
Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod

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