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Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod

Milwaukee goes after new with a V-Rod that life beyond Main

This is our kind of Harley.

In this motorcycle is the gleam we saw in the of our testers back in 2000, after they climbed off then-all-new V-Rod. The first out of their mouths was what a leap forward this represented for Harley—followed closely by and aahs about how freakin’ it was.

But it wasn’t long we were yakking about we’d do differently. If you pulled in the end, we enthused at the V-Rod’s launch, and gave it more ergos, this thing rock! When Harley’s and product planners heard us thusly, their demeanor from thoughtful absorption to listening and nodding.

It was hard to if they were nodding in (and thinking about exact machine, then in or just politely dismissing us.

with the release of the ’06 Street Rod, we know the

If you consider the Motor Company’s with departures from cruiser chic, you can see why Milwaukee have minimal interest in a sporty V-Rod. Such XLCR Cafe Racer of the the XR1000 of the ’80s and the Sportster of the ’90s—haven’t resonated particularly with buyers, and generally collector’s items years the fact. So when the ’04 and new-model intros came and with no hint of a more ‘Rod, we began to lose

But we weren’t looking at the bike Harley’s eyes. The V-Rod, hasn’t broken any sales in the States, has quietly become one of the top sellers in other countries. importantly, it attracts riders who traditional H-D customers. Roughly of V-Rod buyers come competing brands, almost the average for other Motor models.

This is key because the was bred and built to help the gap between traditional H-D customers and of Japanese and Euro brands. thinking goes like If U.S. riders weaned on marques aren’t willing to technology and function for the traditional of Harley ownership, maybe a version of H-D’s most bike will sway Harley is betting such a will convince even riders to make the jump.

The Street Rod is the marker for that It’s a heavily revised of the V-Rod cruiser series, visually and technically it’s a family member. The 1130cc is status quo, but a host of changes gives the Street Rod handling performance and more via less-radical ergonomics, which the bike from the cruiser into what Harley the roadster genre.

It’s not the Harley living at that the Sportster 1200R also the Roadster name.

Leading the variations is the front which features a 43mm fork set much more than the raked-out conventional of the A- and B-model V-Rods. Those have a 34-degree steering that combines with the to kick the fork out 38 degrees vertical. The Street Rod’s steering-head angle and more (and pretty) triple hold the angle to 32 degrees.

the fork angle has taken an inch from the bike’s inches compared with the 67.5-inch span. New fenders hug 10-spoke wheels, which been V-Rod options last fall. These look lighter than the solid disc hoops yet the same Dunlop D207

Up top is a flatter handlebar and a restyled—and readable—instrument cluster. Complementing the are footpegs mounted significantly rearward, which alter the position from straight-legged and out to bent-knee and comfortably aggressive. also reconfigured the frame to room for a larger underseat tank, which holds a 5.0 gallons in place of the V-Rod’s tank.

Longer shocks more travel raise the to provide additional cornering though they also up seat height by 2.9 inches the low-cut V-Rod’s. The seat has recontoured to suit and is followed by a tailsection.

The Street Rod’s liquid-cooled 60-degree eight-valve engine, in conjunction with Porsche, is what you’ll find in the V-Rod. It uses the same fuel induction with its intake inhaling through an beneath the dummy tank. But to a less-restrictive exhaust, the Street powerplant makes about 3 horsepower than the V-Rod’s, the likely rear-wheel bhp number to steam.

The exhaust is also upswept at the rear, giving the added cornering clearance. It sounds throatier than

The bike feels faster the 3 added ponies might though a lean spot off idle on the preproduction machine we might explain why. is more of a power spike idle and, say, rpm than on the standard V-Rod. there to the engine’s 8500-rpm power is smooth, plentiful and

Clutch pull remains compared with non-Harleys, engagement is progressive and controllable. bike shifts better any other V-Rod we’ve and nicely by any standard, so we were when Harley reps us to ignore its shifting because it gotten the improvements production-spec will get.

The chassis add up quickly on the road. H-D’s Rod offers more responsive and much more feedback up The V-Rod’s tendency to fall corners abruptly, which you can by maintaining power all the way through the is virtually gone.

Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod

Added travel allows the to more fully absorb which enabled engineers to spring and damping rates offer increased compliance and control. V-Rods work on bumpy roads than cruisers, but the Street Rod makes seem almost like in comparison. By cruiser standards, have above-average cornering but the Street Rod gives you an additional 8 before hard parts dragging.

That’s a big difference, and the Rod employs it with grace, accurately through corners and your confidence even as you to metal-scuffing angles. It’s no but the Street Rod is plenty sporting for a heavy at 645 pounds—standard-style roadster.

more comfortable than the too, even though cruiser riders believe bike’s stretched-out seating most of a rider’s weight on his optimum comfort. The Street more conventional ergos you forward some 30 degrees with the V-Rod’s, so your can absorb more of your

The seat-to-peg span doesn’t your legs as tightly as a though those sparse of might feel a bit unsteady the additional 2.9 inches of (unladen) height compared with the Leaning forward toward the reduces the need to counter pressure with your and the pedestal-style instruments provide a break from windblast. the Street Rod’s standard-style lets you relax much than a V-Rod cruiser’s.

The Street Rod’s flatter provides more flexibility and to squirm than the V-Rod’s saddle, too. Ours had padding, and though we weren’t to complain, Harley says the seat will be even plush. Passengers don’t get of a break, however; the pillion is and slopes slightly rearward.

Not to if a passenger figures prominently in plans, Harley’s accessory is sure to take care of It offers six different saddles and two pads for V-Rods, and the aftermarket even more. We’re this motorcycle will the same treatment as well.

it’s time to slow the Street Rod is ready and willing, powerful, easy-to-modulate Brembo four-piston calipers up front and discs all around. This is the time Milwaukee has embraced the maker’s product, and they wonderfully. And because of the ‘Rod’s grips, you’ll get a firmer on the bar when you squeeze that

Riders with small or hands will wish for an lever, and they’re sure to the two-button turn-signal system when braking and downshifting a turn. Yet overall it’s a extraordinarily competent machine to day in and day out, and an exciting one to boot.

Target buyers for this rider coming from brand—are surely going to to adjust to the many facets of the Way. There are bazillions of and aftermarket-sourced options to choose to make the bike look and fit right, and there’s also the price Harleys command. had no MSRP at press time, but likely to be in the $16,000 range of the V-Rods, and there’s always the profit some dealers on, at least initially.

Based on the of back-road and inner-city romping we did on the Street Rod, we’re buyers who do cough up the asking will get much more a unique, aesthetically pleasing They’ll also get a powerful and functional Harley-Davidson.

And that’s a that will definitely a gleam in your eye into a on your face.

Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod
Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod


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