Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod review — Custom — Motorcycles — Visordown

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Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod

Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod

Street Rod, psycho son of Well, it is amazing how something as as footpegs and bars can transform a cruiser into a street-brawling But then if Street Rod is psycho, was always schizo.

The V-Rod is the Harley launched in 2001 a radical and brave departure for the It was the first time in 98 years they had built a V-twin other than at 45. It was a 60, fuel-injected sports motor — not an Aprilia — designed some technical pointers Porsche. All very un-Harley.

And styled it as a cruiser, giving it an garde look bearing no to anything they had ever before and a bit of a contradiction in itself. motor, laid-back ride.

For a whose clientele are happy to the brand name onto bodies to show their you have to ask why? Why take a deviate from what risk offending such a following? Well, I had to ask anyway.

At the launch of the Street Rod in San Diego, recently, I found myself the bar up next to Bill Davidson. As in (Harley-) Davidson. He’s the grand nephew of co-founder and Director of Motorcycle Product at H-D.

How great and grand is The most famous motorcycle in the world is still a family — and the main man bought me a

Bill explained the V-Rod out of Harley’s shelved superbike project VR1000 of 10 years ago and of the to broaden their market “Harley-Davidson’s racing genes are in the new Rod,” said Bill. Yes, last year a bike won the American NHRA Pro Championship. It did. Harley has its own unique corner of the market for the 20 years.

But increasingly it’s found painted into that while the Japanese nibble at its market share with Harley clones aimed at discerning laid-back dudes. to fight back.

So the Street Rod is a shot at the XJR13, MT01, Honda CB1300 and the like. And for Harley, it’s the first they’ve built for decades designed to get the adrenalin going. So we about the motor — a

8-valve, DOHC, 120bhp revvy twin. The chassis is long and low, but much so than the V-Rod. Ground is enough to have the bravest rider swallowing hard; are Brembo squeezing 300mm discs; forks are upside-down and tyres are 120/70-19 front, rear.

All you need to go fast: brakes, suspension, rubber.

So, 5483 miles from my I stepped out into the cold and thought about that little oversuit-in-a-bumbag I’d underneath it. Of course I wouldn’t it in sunny California. Buh-guh. around the bike (avoiding the wet for now) you’re struck by the and detail. Chrome is deep, are neat.

I loved the triple and the view over the clocks, the headlamp to the front tyre. said, the clocks could do being six inches further But then it’d ruin look and that view.

comfortable and natural to sit on, and the grips and unusually light for a Harley.

riding impressions arrived a rush-hour on shiny wet streets by honking Peterbilt monster and impatient commuters. For me, this was the I wanted the V-Rod to be. Perfect, riding position for a motor you on to rev it higher. But in less-than ideal The feedback became more as I struggled through my first two in the wet on the Street Rod.

Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod

It said a lot for the bike that I have to think to ride it. too busy staying alive. But the cleared and I enjoyed another ripping the pavement and canyons of

For me, this motor was always for The rush kicks in at 5000rpm the motor really begins to right round to the 9000rpm Below this it’s but torquey as you’d expect such a big twin. And happily, it

The Street Rod works brilliantly on sweeping roads. I’d say you can flick it; the weight’s low and it’s balanced. But it’s still a bike, with 30 of rake (a might typically have 24 of And it’s heavy too — more than a Yamaha R1.

But what it lacks in sportsbike it makes up in steering accuracy and It makes you try, all the same.

I well unstuck chasing a and a ZX-6R over Mount (a dream biker road) wide on a couple of tightening Until that point, been right on them, the twin and speed of the bike the image in their mirrors. Yes the was indeed closer than it

I think I gave us all a bit of a shock one way or the But it proved a point.

Flat out the is as fast as the V-Rod, topping out at and bouncing the limiter in top. But to do on a V-Rod is akin to crucifixion; on the Rod it’s a hoot. So Harley-Davidson is in new and it has a very interesting and valid for those who like the idea of the badge, but don’t want the thing. It comes at a price — about four more than the aforementioned

But it’s a quality bike and the you stand and stare at it, the wider wallet opens.

Grant — Launch report


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