Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special

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Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod

2009/2010 Harley-Davidson Night Rod (VRSCDX)

By Chuck Hawks

courtesy of Carlton Harley-Davidson, OH.

Harley-Davidson’s wicked looking Night Rod Special is a carry-over from 2009. It is available in variations of black finish: Denim with Silver racing stripe, Vivid with Silver Pearl stripe and Vivid Black Mirage Orange Pearl stripe. I prefer the latter and is the color scheme I chose to ride for this review.

The Rod Special is a modern, very styled machine; this is not father’s Harley-Davidson. What to be the gas tank is actually the air box cover and the gas tank (fuel cell) is the hinged seat. Very low with a raked-out front this street racer of its drag bike heritage.

The are black, cast aluminum, discs and the bike comes tubeless radial tires. The color matched speed surrounding the headlight looks and is a great finishing touch. I the Night Rod Special extremely perhaps the best looking of all the street racers and power

Nor is the aptly named Revolution 60-degree, internally counter DOHC, 4-valve/cylinder, V-twin plant traditional Harley Instead, it sounds and performs like a Porsche engine, makes sense, as it was a joint project of H-D and Porsche. The red line is at RPM and the power really comes on 7000 and 9000.

This performance is very different H-D’s TwinCam V-twin its bags of low-end torque we all know and love.

The Night Rod Special, like VRSC (V-Rod) models, is all the 1250cc Revolution motor. the slipper clutch and smooth transmission are outstanding and perfectly the powerful motor. Clutch is the lowest I’ve ever and the transmission shifts precisely, and without a trace of clunk.

final drive is by silent, free, Kevlar composite This is an outstanding drive

The black, straight shot, 2 1 into 2 exhaust pipes on the right side incorporate silver mufflers with caps. Some staff found these mufflers but I thought they looked Nevertheless, I would probably freer flowing Vance replacement mufflers if I owned bike, along with a Eagle low restriction air filter and a fuel injection module.

Not the Night Rod Special really more horsepower, but these are so easy to make that it a shame not to take advantage of availability.

The VRSC frame is a perimeter type, very from previous H-D frames. It is and does its job well, as does the arm, controlled by dual absorbers that are adjustable for Front suspension is provided by forks that perform if not exceptionally.


Suspension wise, the Rod Special is equipped with cruiser fare.

The tires, on the hand, are race bred 207’s. The sidewalls of the tires are by a very nifty looking stripe. Why road-racing tires chosen for what is essentially a or stoplight Gran Prix with only 4.2 of ground and a maximum 32-degree lean I cannot imagine. The rear is a very wide 240mm, further compromises the bike’s in corners.

Altogether, the choice of tires rather schizophrenic. Higher cruiser type tires seem more appropriate for motorcycle.

The brakes are outstanding triple discs with piston calibers that plenty of stopping power. but included on our test bike, is excellent ABS system ($845), in NOT linked. The front the rear are completely independent, as preferred by motorcycle riders.

This is the best motorcycle braking available today. Our test was also supplied with the security system ($370), I completely ignored. (I prefer to my own .38 Special security system.)

are the specifications for the VRSCDX.

2010 $16,699 (basic bike), $335 freight charge; as tested (with ABS and security Length: 94.4 Seat 25.2 (laden), 26.3 Ground clearance: 4.2 Lean 28-degrees/32 degrees Rake head: 34-degrees Trail: 4.5 67.2 Fuel capacity: 5 Mileage: 34 MPG city, 42 MPG highway Oil 5 quarts Engine type: 60-degree, DOHC V-twin 76.28 cubic inches Bore x …: 4.134 x Compression ratio: 11.5:1 85 ft. lbs. (at crankshaft) Horsepower: 120 (at Fuel supply: Electronic port fuel injection drive: gear, 117/64 Gear ratios (overall): 1st = 2nd = 7.898, 3rd = 6.322, 4th = 5.459, 5th = Wheels: cast aluminum disc type, 19 front 18 rear rim Tire sizes: 60W front, 240/40R-18 79V Indicator lights: high beam, low oil pressure, high coolant low fuel, turn signals, diagnostics, security system Brakes: Brembo triple with 4-piston calibers

To start the Night Rod Special you use a security key to unlock the three rotary switch located at the right side where the members meet. Once the is unlocked, the key is removed and plays no part in operating the motorcycle. The position is run.

Click the mounted rocker kill to run, wait until the light goes out and hit the starter the Revolution motor burbles to

The Night Rod Special’s riding is unusual and not particularly comfortable, due to a of low handlebars, forward foot and a very low seat height. I heard it called (derisively) a position. It actually isn’t bad for short rides.

However, for rides the accessory reduced foot pegs, which the rider’s feet back and up an coupled with the reduced VRSCDX handlebar that an extra 1.5 of rise and 4 of pull compared to the stock handlebar, provide a more upright and riding position for most I was able to try a bike with pegs and bars; they are a improvement in comfort.

Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod

The stock is satisfactory for riding around but I would recommend the optional (touring) seat and the associated Look Touring passenger if you plan to hit the highway on a Night Rod Other worthwhile tour accessories include the sharp Compact Mid Sport Windshield, Black Luggage Rack, Black Low Sissy Bar Upright Smooth Look Compact Backrest Pad and nylon VRSC Saddlebags. These accessories the Night Rod Special a far more sport-touring bike.

At very low speed, as in parking or pulling away from a in town, the extended front give the front wheel a feel and a tendency to fall in the of a turn. Otherwise, the bike’s low of gravity, ultra-smooth clutch, and motor make city easy. The roughly 25 seat allowed me to easily put both flat on the ground at stoplights, and I am 5’9 tall with a 30

It is only when parking or at walking speed that you the bike’s substantial weight. fork rake would be desirable at slow speeds. parked, the side stand is to deploy and works fine; is no center stand.

When windy roads, the forward controls, long wheelbase, rear tire and limited angle combine with the fork rake to make the Rod Special less than Get a little wild with the and the powerful Revolution engine can exceed the bike’s cornering However, if you stay at or below the limit, you should have no it is not a difficult bike to ride at speeds.

On a freeway, the Night Rod is in its element. There is tremendous power on tap and the powerful, anti-lock are reassuring. That is a good because at an indicated 135 MPH the bike was accelerating!

Static stability is good. The handles high-speed sweeping well. The bike runs quietly and feels rock H-D’s excellent self-canceling signals are appreciated, as is the logical control layout.

The mirrors are at speed, if not overly generous in I wish the mirror stalks a bit longer to give a better astern.

The large, centrally speedometer is easily read, as is the odometer/trip counter/clock at the bottom of the face. (The odometer’s LCD can also display the time of The usual motorcycle warning are located in the face of the speedometer in an arc the needle’s pivot point. the small, crescent shaped to the left of the speedo leaves a lot to be It is slow to respond and very to read.

To the right of the speedometer is the gas a great convenience on any street This instrument cluster is and correctly located directly the top of the triple clamp, but it is less than a traditional, separate and speedo mounted in the same

I did not find the Special particularly to ride, despite the forward controls that I don’t and am not used to. It would be nice if the Rod Special at least maintained the 5 clearance of the standard V-Rod. fork rake and taller shocks would make a big in the bikes handling and also it a safer ride. As it stands emergency avoidance maneuvering is limited, which is not a good

On the other hand, an experienced who habitually plans ahead riding should be fine. situational awareness is important riding any motorcycle, especially a like the Night Rod Special, its combination of great acceleration and top but limited ground clearance and angle.

On the plus side, the has plenty of grin factor, the has proven very reliable and the looks great. The price is given the quality of the motorcycle. The anti-lock brakes are a big safety Harley-Davidson is the oldest motorcycle in the world and they have a thing or two about building

The VRSCDX is handsome, reliable and hold its resale value far than power cruisers other manufacturers. As with all motorcycles, the Motor Company a plethora of accessories that the owner to personalize his or her bike and it for any reasonable purpose.

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

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