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Harley-Davidson VRSCDX V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition

2012 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Anniversary Road Test

H-D is with a 10th Anniversary of its hot-rod, drag-styled V-Rod, an engine The Motor Company to as the Revolution, a play on the earlier air-cooled Big Twins.

Photo Kevin Wing


March 1, 2012

I’ll forget the first time I a Harley-Davidson V-Rod . It was in the summer of just after the 2002 had been introduced. I had ridden it up to Barbara, California, and was just along a surface street a motor cop on a Harley dresser, the other way, made a and lit me up. Oh man, what had I done But instead of asking for license and the cop started asking, “Hey, is the new V-Rod? How long have you had it?

How do you it?” Turns out he was a big enthusiast and was about Harley’s revolutionary new bike.

It’s now 10 years and H-D is celebrating that fact a 10th Anniversary Edition of its drag-styled V-Rod, with an The Motor Company refers to as the a play on the earlier Evolution Big Twins. Granted, V-Rod’s numbers may not have exactly set ablaze, but as I learned from contact with the motor it certainly brought a lot of attention to the as well it should.

What distinguishes the Anniversary from other 2012 is that it’s styled a tiny cast “speedscreen” up above a redesigned headlight. ergonomics include a polished, handlebar, while the reach to the rider footpegs has been It also features a chromed with a platinum crankcase and and a sport front fender.

Its five-spoke wheels are not only to the silver body paint but are a claimed three pounds than previous V-Rod The fork, clamps and handlebar are and that convoluted exhaust with its covers are chromed. there’s that “V-Rod 10 logo on the motor covers.

The V-Rod shines on the roadside.

from the side, it’s that the V-Rod’s motor is its Framed by the radiator shroud up the lean “tank” cover on the seat and those curvaceous the motor is the star of this It’s based upon the that was developed for the VR1000 racer of the ’90s, and was designed the help of those good from Porsche in Germany.

As a its power characteristics are quite from those of any air-cooled model, as it was meant to attract a more performance oriented

Rather than attempting to it, H-D chose to incorporate the radiator as a styling element. In the rear, as all three 2012 V-Rod the Anniversary model rides on a 240-series tire. And as with the of the H-D line, its power reaches the wheel through a belt drive.

This V-Rod carries the sort of motor as the original, a 60-degree V-twin with overhead cams and four per cylinder that originally 1,130cc, but in more recent now displaces 1,250cc. With a and … of 4.13 by 2.84 the bike is a revver, redlines at rpm, and our test bike was putting out 69 horsepower and 72 lb-ft of at 5,000 rpm on the Jett Tuning

It peaked at a heady 119.7 at over 8,000 rpm, more than 80 lb-ft of at above 7,200 rpm. very un-Harleylike performance has the bike to many performance who pulled for this American to kick tail. Compression is 11.5:1.

V-Rod’s great is fun in the curves, even if it can be a handful at times.

Like its big-inch the V-Rod can be started without a key its ignition switch, located on the right side toward the has been unlocked. What to be the fuel tank is actually a steel cover that the fuel injectors, air box and battery, the which is up there near the head. The V-Rod carries its gallons of fuel under its padded and quite comfortable seat; however, you’ll to entice a passenger onto its rear portion.

The rider’s feet are carried which means the legs be used to minimize the effect of or road irregularities; this makes the seat’s comfort all the important. With a 26.7-inch height, the rider has the sensation of very low to the pavement. Out front that futuristic-looking instrument a circular central speedometer by a 10,000-rpm tachometer on the left and the gauge on the right.

Thanks to its sequential port fuel the bike starts easily, and its counterbalancer is quite smooth. pull is moderate, and shifting and precise, belying the size and of the bike it serves. Though Big Twins went to six-speed several model years the V-Rod continues with its as the engine turns an indicated rpm at 65 mph in high gear.

The fact it has a 9,000-rpm redline could the impression that the V-Rod is a sportbike, but in all-round riding I that I spent the vast of my time trolling around 3,000-5,000 rpm. Heck, 50 horsepower and 70 lb-ft of torque available at 3,800 rpm, you can the throttle at any time above point and this V-twin a snarl and a kick in the pants any air-cooled bike in the Harley The motor generates an abundant of torque (it peaks at 81.4 at 7,200 rpm), which you can ride it any darn way you please.

Harley-Davidson VRSCDX V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition
Harley-Davidson VRSCDX V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition

Muscular style unique to the line is enhanced by the special of the 10th Anniversary Edition.

The rides on a male-slider fork is noticeably refined and, in with the pair of shock delivers almost a luxury plush yet well controlled. The is nonadjustable except for shock but the solo rider is not likely to for much more adjustability.

Our bike was equipped with the Package, an $1,195 option includes both anti-lock and an anti-theft system. The latter a key fob that automatically arms the electronic security system it is carried out of range—just a few feet prevents the bike from started without it. Return a few feet and the system disarms.

The lock provides an additional of theft deterrence.

H-D has given the plenty of stopping power a pair of Brembo discs up and a single in the rear, each by a four-piston caliper. The ABS system effectively releases and immediately either brake as it approaches meanwhile delivering a type of feedback at the lever or pedal it does so. It works well and save your hog’s in a chancy situation.

The graceful steel frame is a process in which its gentle and angles have been through the use of high-pressure water. backed by an aluminum swingarm shares its curvy lines. the fork out at a 34-degree angle establish the V-Rod’s longish wheelbase with 5.6 inches of and these factors conspire to a machine that is very at highway speeds but that is to change direction quickly.

The initiates a turn, but as the bike to lean it comes up against 9-inch-wide, 240-series rear Scorcher tire, which inhibits that instinct and in rather lazy steering To complete any type of aggressive the rider must now force the over, which means riding the V-Rod on a twisty requires smoothness and some ahead.

Huge 240-series tire is stylish, but hampers

And herein may lie one reason why its sales have never really fire. To me, the V-Rod has always a conundrum, a puzzle that the question, “What’s a beautiful like you doing in a frame this?” On the one hand you have a V-twin that revs to rpm, and generates so much that it can very satisfactorily the great majority of its time below 5,000 rpm. On the hand you have stuffed superbike-based sporty motor a chassis with a long wheelbase, a lazy 34-degree and a whopping 5.6 inches of trail, by a 240-series tire that doesn’t want to change anytime soon, and essentially the part of its nature is fighting the part anytime the road and zags.

The silver Anniversary Edition’s is $15,999, and the Security Package it to $17,194 with ABS. If you motoring on a Harley-Davidson, appreciate its (now 109 years) but don’t to spend the extra it will to make an air-cooled version run strong, well, you’ll get the from the V-Rod’s motor—along a righteous kick in the tail.

Harley-Davidson V-Rod 10th Edition

Harley-Davidson VRSCDX V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition
Harley-Davidson VRSCDX V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition
Harley-Davidson VRSCDX V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition
Harley-Davidson VRSCDX V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition
Harley-Davidson VRSCDX V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition
Harley-Davidson VRSCDX V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition

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