2009 Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle Thunder Press

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Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle

2009 Harley-Davidson VRSCF Muscle

Terry Roorda

18, 2009

Muscling the miles

looks can take you a long way

of what style of motorcycle you and what your reasons for choosing that style, inevitable that sooner or the urge to do some serious work will come you, and unless you’ve for that eventuality by buying a you’ll be obliged to address the of packing some gear on the A bunch of it. Even the most high-powered barhopper will be at some point to haul at least the groceries.

Some of machine are more amenable to indignity than others, and those others are the breed of dubbed the “power cruiser.” And the power cruisers least towards that kind of is the VRSCF V-Rod Muscle.

The resistant to the idea, and why shouldn’t it be? as close as Milwaukee’s ever to producing a pure cutting-edge, fashion statement, and if a quick at the bike’s extreme muscle styling is insufficient to convince you of the you need look no further the advertising campaign that the beast, featuring it-girl Marisa Miller draped over the machine. With an like that, the Muscle can be for copping an almighty attitude.

the Muscle into touring is sort of like putting a on a thoroughbred, or maybe press-ganging a horse into the Pony but that’s exactly the kind of sacrilege we here at Thunder feel perversely compelled to do in the of fleshing out the entire range of for any configuration of machine. It’s a of ours that extends so far as to call upon the debonair to pull off a six-day, 1,500-mile to the Laughlin River Run.

As unlikely a proposition as it may seem to up the model for the undertaking, it can definitely be and that’s due entirely the fact in anticipation of just such an The Motor Company engineered—and I do engineered—a set of hard bags for the (91172-09 Rigid Saddlebags,

These bags are not quick-release. not even slow-release. They’re meaning that in installing you’re committing to the creation of a model of V-Rod altogether.

it the VRSCFLH, perhaps, or for you anatomy the Mio Glide. Regardless, making transformation is the only feasible of bagging up the boldly unique and rear end of the Muscle. Realizing the Harley designers went to lengths to fashion a setup not only brings some carrying capacity to the bike, but complements its design beautifully.

get to the functional details of what created forthwith, but first we to install the things.

To make happen, we turned to master-wrench Roy at Cycle Works in Santa California. We hadn’t intended to. We had to do the deal ourselves, ripping the shipping carton, extracting the DIY instructions—which, in our experience with other Harley accessories, are thorough and amateur-friendly—and having at it.

We in and were actually doing well until we actually the first step of the procedure said to remove the main by following the directions in the V-Rod service manual. Like we one of those.

Step 2 called for us to consult the text to guide us through the of the seat and pillion, and reading on there we came to understand this procedure would entail dismantling a goodly of the Muscle’s hind quarters, relocating the side-mount license frame and installing a gas shock under the seat. At that we decided that the simpler to all of this was to punch seven into the keypad of the phone and get involved.

We dropped the bike and into his lap and a few hours later the was complete, including the affixing of a Release Detachable Mid-Sport (57610-09, $334.95), and we got the bike along with some of advice from Rich: try this at home.” He said other colorful stuff,

The load-in

The saddlebags are a pleasant Despite their form-fitting and appearance, they actually a respectable capacity, including pockets on the inside for storing the essentials you need to get your on without a lot of digging. The double-zippered peel back to expose the interior, making packing and convenient, and the lids have embedded in the ends to snap shut even when

That feature offers peace of mind for the absent-minded us (guilty) who occasionally space out things shut.

While the hold a fair amount of enough for solo overnights or to the convenience store at the end of the day for provisions—they’re not for a six day trip, and thus we need to a duffel bag on the bike with a of bungee cords. That its own challenges, since finding bungee hook-up points some searching.

The default bungee points on all Harley models are passenger and the rear turn signal the Muscle has the former but not the latter, to the uber-cool rear light embedded in the fender tip that the indicators. So that’s out. out is another common bungee site on bagged bikes, the of the saddlebag mounting brackets. The of these bags is so tightly into the bodies that no opportunity exists.

After inspection and doubt, we end up hooking the to the lower shock absorber and that works out well. The stretch straight up to the pillion and forward to the footpegs providing a ideal placement, and one that flawlessly for the duration of the journey. The also don’t obstruct the open of the seat when the gas tank.

The same can’t be for the left saddlebag, however, explains that gas shock included in the saddlebag installation Since the front of the left impinges ever so slightly on the in its open position, the seat stay open while the bike without a touch of assist. The strut works

I told you this setup was

And down the road we go

The riding aboard the Muscle is, by design, The bike’s seat is positioned rearward than other models, and the handlebar doesn’t back much from the head. The ergos, in other are better suited to the stoplight than the horizon dash.

back in the saddle, or even, for riders, sitting bolt are not options except as “Look Ma, no moments. Still, as is the case virtually any configuration of mount, time and miles, experimentation and assimilations, comfortable comportment

And though we weren’t optimistic that happening on this machine, it did, though it longer than usual. at first 150 miles seemed an ordeal, a couple of 300-mile came without undue or discomfort and then a 400-miler was a in the park. Surprisingly, it’s the Spartan-appearing seat that enables that outcome.

a wide perch, and it’s not notched like the conventional seat. It facilitates skootching glutes around and relieving points over the long

Also worth pointing out is that when we first met the at its launch last summer, the of the exhaust headers in relation to the operator footpegs was cause for It appeared that sooner or your boots would end up on or pushed up against then. It appeared that heat become a comfort issue there. That proved not to be the at all.

Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle
Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle

There was no noticeable issue even in 90-degree and after 1,500 miles, no marks on the pipes.

Touring in

The rewards of having morphed the into a mule come the flick of the throttle on the open The 1250cc Revolution motor is potent, producing something on the of 121 horsepower and 86 pound of torque. a high-revving brute and the real game starts up at about rpm, but there’s neck-snapping on tap at virtually any speed.

It’s a on the highway, capable on a whim of past vehicles blocking passage, pulling off passes on roads in crazy-short distances. habit forming, and the Muscle bring out the mischief in you. It changes the way you think about developing dicey situations in

While the Muscle we’re is equipped with the optional and that’s in addition to the industry-standard triple discs, it’s not the you come to rely on when evasive action decisions are for. It’s the throttle. bike will squirt out of trouble at least as effectively—and more so—than slamming on the and pulling up short.

That’s a option to have.

The Muscle proved itself a stable holding its line and soaking up the on even beat-up stretches of ably. In high winds it flinches, even in the 40 mph gusts over Altamont Pass on the leg of the journey. It’s just as through the twists and turns, and its beefy 240mm rear the Muscle flicks around relative eagerness.

You can scrape parts, but it takes conviction.

And you you had a drinking problem

Suitably and with some acclimating on the of the operator to the bike’s unorthodox the Muscle has proven an able runner, but it has an irritating drawback in kind of duty, i.e. the economy is poor. Really A better term might be extravagance, since over the of the Laughlin trip the bike an average consumption of just mpg. Yow.

On the low extreme was the run over Altamont Pass at an average speed of 70 mph, the sucked down a gallon 28.4 miles. My Buick can do It’s likely that we can those bleak numbers to the fact that at 70 mph in 5th gear the turning at about 4700 There is no 6th gear.

There should be.

Equally is the misinformation about remaining and range-to-empty that the Muscle’s light and odometer provide. The all contemporary V-Rods—are equipped 5-gallon tanks, which under the worst case should be good for 150 miles.

So for example, the low fuel light on at 102 miles, and the odometer screen up a range to empty of 31 miles, the is already off, and if you figure on an 34 mpg, it’s off by a full In places like the Mojave where fuel stops are few and far that uncertainty becomes an worry worm in your brain.

Still and all…

The a good road buddy. as stink and game for any adventure, and the beauty of it in this application is when you get to where you’re and that place happens to be like the Laughlin River you’re riding a machine some serious boulevard an exotic head-turner—and the damnedest anyone’s ever seen.

Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle
Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle
Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle
Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle
Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle
Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle
Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle
Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle
Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle
Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle


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