Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle Ash On Bikes

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Harley-Davidson VRSCAW V-Rod

Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle

By Ash

It-s something of a shock to that the V-Rod has been us for eight years now, as as anything because it-s a dramatic sight when you see one on the like an escaped show or weird special of some Another factor is that the is more of a rarity than would have liked, it-s sold well to be kept in production for all this and it has helped bring new riders to the marque.

Click on image for There-s a surprise too when you a leg across the low, low seat of take on the performance cruiser it-s still a fine Of course it has its own set of limitations as much as it has its own but it does what it-s to do supremely well. At the heart of the is the Porsche-designed Revolution engine, now across the current 3-bike range (the new V-Rod siblings are V-Rod and Night Rod but aside from the 120cc from the original V-Rod not changed a great deal, than regular refinements of the management to improve rideability and new emissions regulations over the

It-s really not needed any change either. In fact the is an absolute peach: up to 5000rpm or so it away with all the punch and of a conventional Harley, oozing, er, and guts and purring with a and bubbly note that-s sophisticated and stirring.

At this for air-cooled Harleys it-s all and well past gearchange but the Muscle instead assumes a new and kicks in with a flood of power and the best part of 5000rpm to come. At 644lb dry this is one heavy mutha of a but still it flies when the given free reign.

The top of around 140mph (230kph) is no restricted by aerodynamics, and probably the to bolt the rider to the bike but up to 100mph (160kph) it-s quick indeed, as well as crisp and flawlessly if thirstily Use a 1250 hard and consumption drops as low as 34mpg (12km/l, 8.3 28mpg US)which in theory the 4.2 gallon (18.9 litre) runs dry too early for serious distance use. In practice you ride that hard for long, but still if you plan on places, you-ll do best if not too far away.

This is all known quantity, so the Muscle difference? Primarily styling, the Muscle defined by a angular look in contrast to the of the V-Rod. All of the bodywork is new, the radiator shrouds to airbox to the chopped back rear wide and tight against the 240mm rear tyre.

markets have to worry fitting a licence plate in ways: in the US it-s carried on a on the left side by the wheel but in most other countries an arm holds the plate centrally the tyre, which does at stop some of the road drawing a line up your Harley knows about and says yes, but if it-s you-re going to get wet anyway, and it looks cool.

The seat is new too, very and low but it does support you well the rear in hard acceleration, the footrests are forward set and the bars and pulled back, sitting you in Harley calls a clamshell that-s surprisingly comfortable, and it feel too clumsy in low speed either. There are some geometry changes: while the head angle is the same as the at 34 degrees, the forks on the Muscle are now with this, where on the they-re set at 36 degrees.

Harley-Davidson VRSCAW V-Rod

A change of trail comes this, up to 141mm from alterations made to help the with the 240mm tyre When I rode a CVO V-Rod two ago with 240 rubber it was markedly to change direction, and when it did the didn-t like to steer you were pointing it. The Muscle is steering slowly, inevitably, but naturally, and it-s a lot more for that reason.

The huge incidentally (1700mm) in combination the fat rear rubber is responsible for the lean angles you need to relatively modest changes in and when you-re trying the bike does ground although it-s footrests rather than radiator as on the original V-Rod. In fact heels scrape the ground then.

The exhaust system down next: the Muscle-s is to both V-Rod-s and Night Rod featuring long, … silencers which in the US are slash cut but in other markets are finished due to regulation differences. The look has kept clean by the wiring in the handlebars and the same philosophy is to the brakes. All V-Rods now use Brembo and they-re pretty good the monster mass they to haul up.

They come with ABS (an in some markets, standard in although you-d hardly rather than have a disc sensor system other bikes, in this a sensor is mounted on the wheel themselves and measures wheel from these — all you can see is a coming up from the wheel

Another modern feature is the clutch, although quite you need this on any V-Rod is — of more use is its self-servo under load, which the springs can be lighter and the lever is easier.

The Muscle is not a sports in the usual sense but it is satisfying to along rapidly, it’s and like all Harleys it feeds senses with its seductive dramatic looks and the shuddering of torque as it pulls from low Know what it can-t do, be agile, cruise at high or cover long distances, and if okay with that you can how it does the rest in exceptional

Harley-Davidson VRSCAW V-Rod
Harley-Davidson VRSCAW V-Rod
Harley-Davidson VRSCAW V-Rod
Harley-Davidson VRSCAW V-Rod

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