2011 Harley-Davidson Rocker C Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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Harley-Davidson FXCW Rocker Classic

2011 Harley-Davidson Rocker C |

2011 Rocker C

Some motorcycles are made to be ridden, and are made to be seen. Without a the 2011 Harley-Davidson Rocker C is a that is a looker.

Riding with the Scarlet Red Deluxe scheme, it is impossible to avoid thumbs up signals from the guy in a moving truck saying bike” at a stoplight, an old guy in a beat-up giving a knowing wink as we for it to turn green–it goes on and on, all day in neighborhood after neighborhood.

In a metropolis like Los Angeles people typically avoid eye when driving, that’s

There is plenty to be said for the Rocker C’s appearance, from raked front end to the tire-hugging fender. There are definitely a of sleights of hands with the C. What looks like a seat almost floating in also has a passenger seat underneath that can be installed tools in less than a

The Softail mirage is especially thanks to a rear fender moves with the rear just as we’re used to up front. Add to that the eye-catching (I wonder if I would have the same number of unsolicited had I not been on the Scarlet Red version), and you a motorcycle that demands and attention.

Usually, the motor the eye of on-lookers, but in the case of the Rocker C, the Cam 96B is relegated to simply being a performer. Gobs of torque from every pore of the air-cooled, pushrod wonder.

There’s no traditional tach, and you need one. Torque at just over 92 ft/lbs at rpm, so if you’re hitting the rev you’re doing something Shift the six-speed transmission and twist the thick throttle for quick strikes between

The 240mm rear Dunlop is ensconced on the ground, so none of the big balanced power pulses are

Bikes such as the Harley-Davidson C encourage me to make end-to-end on some of the iconic streets in Los In one case, that meant Monica Boulevard from the beaches at the west end to the gritty Junction to the east.

With the of a few almost-imperceptible bends along the the former US Route 66 (and California Highway 2) is a straight for about 15 miles. Lots of means weaving through texters, cellphonies and various people who are paying no attention to the

None of the lights are synced, so is the name of the game. The balanced is quite agreeable at a red light, along nicely instead of the Watusi that the unbalanced Cam engines are famous for. Up at the vibration remains and the pulses are enjoyable.

This suits the C just fine. Plenty of means lots of face for bored spectators at lights. The pull back nicely and are not wide, so sliding in-between trucks and SUVs is simple.

The are minimal, but still manage to a fine view of the road you–not that anyone is on you.

As a machine for doing battle in environment, the Rocker C is outstanding. It to roll straight and the only you notice the narrow and raked end is when you’re pulling a gas station or restaurant. So, it seems the C is the perfect town bike–and it may be.

However, some of us have ideas for motorcycling.

Take the Rocker C onto the freeway and attitude changes quickly. In the seating position of choice is straight upright with a bit of in the arms, or leaned back a bit the arms fully extended.

way, the forward-mounted footpegs with the seat and bars to you a nicely aggressive attitude. the Rocker C is a “sit on” rather “sit in” kind of motorcycle.

means that you get a serious at freeway speeds. It’s not to blow you off the solo seat, as as you keep a good grip on the as your body does an of a kite.

The Rocker C has the classic Cruise Drive, but you’ll ever want to ride it far at 70+ mph to actually get much use out of the over-drive 6th Click up to sixth any sooner and feel like you’re the motor, even thought it still have enough for no-downshift passes.

I rarely myself out of 5th on the freeway, which that I had lots of passing whenever I needed it. Be wary of the at speed, also. Neither the nor the back brakes have any of serious slowing capabilities, but the nod has to go to the

Plan accordingly.

In the Santa Mountains, rather than on Monica Boulevard, the Rocker C tackles the canyons. The front end to flop into turns if not fully attentive, and the big rear makes it want to stand up on

The aforementioned brakes also anything but the most relaxed The Rocker C I was riding has the ABS option, but I imagine locking up either the or rear disc. Speed lose their meaning, as you encouraged to go fast enough to them.

Cornering clearance is so you won’t be dragging often, is welcome.

The suspension works at neutral throttle–when you’re on the gas or it seems to load the suspension and less compliant. Just back and take it slow, that out in the boonies, there’s no one to appreciate your Scarlet Red you, of course.

Harley-Davidson has a few new features to the Rocker C, but they affect the ride. There’s a new Package that includes the Smart Security System, I find annoying more than not–of course, not my bike.

Harley has eliminated a few on the bars, and there’s a new odometer switch and hazard warning Also, the odometer readout is and there’s supposedly a gear and rpm I have to tell you–I the bike a number of times and noticed.

But, I can report that are there, but I have no idea why would use them.

The rpm readout is to read (though easily from a left thumb and wholly superfluous. As far which you’re in, I can’t imagine who care. Also, a little “6″ lights up when you’re in if you couldn’t figure it out on your

In my case, I can ride all day without at the speedometer or any of the information surrounding it and do fine.

The 2011 Harley-Davidson C is a great bike, as long as you its place. Keep it on the urban where people can appreciate it and you can the best aspects of its handling, and power delivery.

Sure, you can it out of its element for short bursts, but it register its disappointment in you. is a bike for hanging out at clubs and your bling. Rock on.

Riding Apparel

Helmet: V2

Eyewear: 7EYE Bali

Tour Master Magnum Jacket

Gloves: Tour Custom Midweight Glove

Cortech Mod Denim

Boots: Walter

2011 Harley-Davidson C | Motorcycle Specs



Overall Width…35.1 in.

Overall in.

Seat Height:

Laden…25.2 in. mm)

Unladen…27.4 in. (696 mm)

Ground in.

Rake (steering head)

Fork Angle…37°

Trail…6.2 in.

Wheelbase…69.2 in.

Tires Harley-Davidson Series, bias front and radial blackwall

Front…D408F 90/90-19


Fuel Capacity…4.9 gal.

Oil (w/filter)…3.5 qt.

Transmission Capacity…1.0 qt.

Chain Case Capacity…1.0 qt.

As Shipped…686 lbs.

In Running lbs.

Gross Vehicle Rating…1175 lbs.

Gross Weight Rating:


Rear…760 lbs.


Twin Cam 96BTM

Valves…Pushrod-operated, valves with hydraulic, lifters; two valves per cylinder

x Stroke…3.75 in. x 4.38 in.

Displacement…96 cu. in. cc)

Compression Ratio…9.2:1

Fuel Sequential Port Fuel


Air Cleaner…Paper, washable

System…Pressurized, dry-sump


Drive…Chain, 34/46 ratio

Drive…Belt, 32/66 ratio


Transmission…6-Speed Cruise Drive

Ratios (overall):


Harley-Davidson FXCW Rocker Classic






Frame…Mild tubular frame; rectangular backbone; stamped, cast, and junctions; forged fender MIG welded

Swingarm…Mild steel, tube sections, forged MIG welded

Front Forks…49 mm

Rear Shocks…Hidden, horizontal-mounted,


Polished, 5-spoke Aluminum

Front…19 in. x 2.15 in.

in. x 8 in.


Caliper Type…4-piston and 2-piston rear


Front…11.5 in. x .2 in.

Rear…11.5 in. x .23 in.

Option…Anti-lock System

Suspension Travel:

Wheel…5 in.

Rear Wheel…3.1 in.

Engine Torque…92.2 ft. lbs. @ RPM

Lean Angle:


Fuel Economy…35/54 mpg (EPA test)


Battery…Sealed, 12V, 19-amp/hour, 270 cca

Charging…Three-phase, system (439W @ 13V, RPM, 489W max power @

Starting…1.2 kW electric with shift starter motor


Headlamp… 55-watt low 60-watt high beam halogen)

Stop/Turn/Tail Lights…Integrated LED

Signal Lights…28W (21W)

Indicator Lamps… High neutral, low oil pressure, turn engine diagnostics, security (optional), 6-speed, low fuel


Warranty…24 months mileage)

Service Interval…First miles (1,600 km), 5,000 miles (8,000 km)


Vivid Black Scarlet Red Deluxe, Cool Pearl Deluxe, Black Deluxe

MSRP…$19,499 (Vivid $19,874 (others)

Harley-Davidson FXCW Rocker Classic
Harley-Davidson FXCW Rocker Classic
Harley-Davidson FXCW Rocker Classic
Harley-Davidson FXCW Rocker Classic


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