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Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod

Harley Davidson Night Rod Review

Thunder In The Night

To the 10 th year of its production, Harley have launched a new Night Rod alpha went for a ride.

in 2002, the original V-Rod a new era for Harley -Davidson, and a bold to broaden its product range from the iconic air-cooled engines. The V-Rod was an uncompromisingly machine, with an engine by Porsche, no less, and with concession to tradition. Its 1130cc Revolution ® V-Twin engine was the Harley-Davidson production engine with overhead cam shafts and cooling, and came with a 9000-rpm redline.

Fast 10 years, and feast your on the 2012 Night Rod Special. all 2012 V-Rod models, it is by the latest version of the Revolution now taken out to 1250cc, liquid-cooled and dual overhead camshafts, cylinder heads and Electronic Port Fuel Injection Helping you get that power on the road is an ‘Assist and Slip’ five-speed gearbox and a high-performance drive belt.

Tyres are Michelin Scorcher including a massive 240mm rear. Brakes are Brembos, anti-lock braking system fitted as standard. There’s a Smart Security System means you can leave the key fob in your

New for 2012, Harley have the Night Rod Special a new tapered section, lighter wheels, and ergonomics which mean of a stretch to both the rider and handlebars. Inverted front and retuned rear suspension ride and handling.

One thing you can ignore is the length of the V-Rod’s The bike is 2.44 metres and the front forks are kicked out a way forward for improved straight stability. This has an interesting in the bends – coupled with massive rear tyre, the bike seems to pivot, not the tyre contact patch at the of the wheels, but from an imaginary through the steering head and

It takes some getting to, but when you do, given a degree of the V-Rod will corner as as you dare to push it. It’s not a sports bike, for sure, but like their car-making America seems to have corners.

Partly this is due to the forward riding position. For me, the were still quite a and took a while to become but again, there’s no question their effectiveness when you to pull out and pass someone. instant grunt all the time that potent engine, and it is the pressure of the wind on your that reminds you just how much poke this has got.

Not much will with it in a straight line, for sure.

What Harley have never lost of is the very direct and mechanical of the experience. Despite the fact the engine is rubber mounted, and the use of a drive belt, you can feel single beat of the engine the handlebars, seat and footpegs. The little nacelle over the is there for mainly decorative so you feel the full force of the in your face.

The 72-degree angle of the V retains trademarked rumble, and the twin mask nothing of the punch of the Riding the V-Rod is a visceral, onslaught to all your senses, one continuous explosion of noise and punctuated with the heat of the sun and the of the desert.

It is thrilling and totally and the world shrinks around you as and more of the trivialities and worries are away, fluttering in your like discarded tissues. nothing exists but you, the and the road. The noises in your are … out by the noises around your mind empities in to concentrate completely on the here and

All that matters is the next the next bend, the next

Of course, it is also a relief to and catch your breath. of the bikes we are riding with fashionable peanut tanks, but only hold enough for a hundred kilometres or so, and stopping is a necessity, a chance to take head out of the goldfish bowl and to some blood back your vibrating white God, I had forgotten how intense can be.

But that is the attraction. Few enough ever experience the rawness and of a long ride, and fewer do so in company. It is the camaraderie of shared that bonds all motorcyclists, and it was a for me to represent alpha in such

The V-Rod is very far from a traditional Harley Davidson, but it has all the power and performance to fully its position as a modern version of the

Time, cars, mortgages and may well change your in life, but this remains Once you become a biker, you are a for life. No matter how long it is you last went for a ride, you forget.


Harley V-Rod Night Rod Special

liquid-cooled, 1250 cc Revolution® with Electronic Sequential Fuel Injection (ESPFI); 125 hp @ RPM; 82 ft. lbs.(111 Nm) @ 7,250

Straight-shot factory exhaust brushed finish dual black end caps and exhaust

Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod
Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod

Black, split five-spoke aluminum wheels are 1.4 kg lighter previous wheels.

Tapered section with flush-mount LED light.

Pullback handlebar controls three inches closer to the rider.

Reduced forward-mounted rider footpegs.

Inverted front forks.

seat with custom

Stylised black speed visor.

Unique graphics, V-Rod 10th anniversary

Black powder-coated engine black covers.

Blacked-out handlebar, front fork, clamps and covers.

Racing on airbox and tail section.

front fender with brace supports.

240 mm wide tyre.

Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod
Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod
Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod

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