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Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod

Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod

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For the most part, we at C/D have the Harley-Davidson phenomenon as being rather than technologically So imagine our surprise at seeing the newest ride, the V-Rod, with a liquid-cooled DOHC V-twin developed in partnership Porsche Engineering.

This was compounded on our first ride. 74 pound-feet of torque at the rear by dyno tests conducted by our publication Cycle World and an flat torque curve, the pulls hard in almost any from almost any revs. It spins up to a 9000-rpm redline and out 115 crankshaft horsepower at 8500

All fairly unheard of in any stock motor.For this new so-called engine, Harley started the basic architecture of its VR 1000 engine used in its now-discontinued AMA campaign. This engine has a vee, as opposed to the 45-degree found in the rest of the air-cooled line, and it has overhead cams and cylinder heads.

The Revolution is very similar in principle to the VR engine, using an intermediate in the valley between the cylinders to the water pump and four via chains. In the V-Rod, those have hydraulic tensioners (as in a engine) instead of manual

By stroking the crank to 2.83 and boring the cylinders to 3.94 the engine’s displacement was increased 996cc to 1131cc.

All the engine’s changes were based on modeling, and all spark and fuel was handled in-house. Final was done on a back-and-forth operation, and participation was primarily focused on issues, as well as input the liquid-cooling system.

The result is of a wholly contemporary kind. the exhaust note still the slightly uneven firing of a V-twin, even this is not to the company’s air-cooled models. In big departure from the usual practice, the V-Rod has two tuned induction stacks between the and these protrude upward an airbox where one would find a fuel tank.

Thus, the V-Rod has a dummy tank, sans fuel-filler and actually stores its fuel in a beneath the seat. To fill up, you the seat on a hinge and then the reactions of people around

With the front forks out to a 38-degree angle and styling loosely on Harley drag-racing the V-Rod has a long, 67.5-inch and a low, 26.0-inch seat Harley’s design department the most of the low-slung profile, the engine with a fat hydroformed frame and draping it with aluminum bodywork and a contoured Solid disc wheels are but they carry through the motif to great effect.

Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod

Harley’s design staff has excelled at making great statements, so the real surprise is how well the bike works. off, it’s fast, quarter-mile times in the mid-11s at 116 mph and out at about 135 mph. Second, it well.

Once one becomes to the peculiar feet-first cruiser position, one’s confidence in the dynamics grows with new twist in the road.

The foot are the first things to brush the folding upward as you ask for more angle. Eventually, though, metal bits start the asphalt, calling a halt to silliness.

At more dignified speeds, the steers easily and accurately, and its low of gravity makes it tip effortlessly in to slight pressure at the bars for changes of direction. The upright position becomes tiring on fast trips, but the seat is comfortable. Besides, there’s a among the many accessories offers in support of the V-Rod.

We the first batch of V-Rods is out, and we can understand that. At (if you can find one at list), we think the is a serious threat to its own stablemates as as to cruisers from other It’s that good.

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