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Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod

2006 VRSCR Street

A hot Harley for the next generation

By Andrews, photos by Brian J.

In 2001, Harley-Davidson shocked the world with the introduction of the Motor Company’s first motorcycle. As momentous as that for Harley it was simply the first to get the riding public ready for the VRSCR Street Rod, a un-Harley-like Harley.

At first it may be difficult to see the numerous changes have been implemented to the Street Rod from the starting of the V-Rod. But look a little These subtle differences come together to create a new riding experience.

We’ll get to the in a minute, but first take a at the visuals. The flatter and lower are adorned with the smaller-diameter handgrips. The V-Rod’s instrument styled like a prop an old Mars Invades the Earth movie, has been shortened and

The only downfall is the new angle it difficult to see, especially the more aggressive riding

The black, barrel-lock ignition has been moved from the lose-the-keys-in-the-exhaust position on the V-Rod, to a user-friendly location on the top of the right downtube. It looks like the switches on the air-cooled Harleys, the only family resemblance find on the Street Rod.

there are the parts that performance, as well as appearance.

The and foot controls have moved to a more standard position. This change provides better cornering over the V-Rod which, its forward controls, used heel as the warning that you about to drag hard

To get even better cornering the entire bike has been a little more than an The seat has also been and is now 31 inches high, which it in the sportbike and standard neighborhood, of the cruiser world’s dimensions.

Maybe the most noticeable upgrade from the V-Rod is the new fork, held together by a set of “aero-cut” triple clamps. As as the Street Rod may be for Harley, some as beautiful styling— never

Those inverted forks are 32 degrees, compared to the V-Rod’s 38 Despite that change, actually increases from the 3.9 inches to 4.3 inches on the Street but only because the bike higher.

New Brembo four-piston grab larger, dual rotors, which are attached to aluminum wheels with 10 spokes.

With the gas tank located under the seat, the new height allowed room for a fuel tank, 1.3 gallons than the V-Rod’s.

The engine untouched except for the new freer dual straight-shot exhaust which freed up five according to company spokesmen, a jump from 115 hp to 120 hp.

The company bills the Street Rod as a Rod Roadster.” Yep, it sure is.

I got on the bike and pointed it down a mountain road, I immediately out how different two bikes can feel if they have identical and similar looks. The Street Rod fills in all the performance and handling that hamper the V-Rod.

The position is slightly forward your legs tucked The right peg is extremely close to the so the company put a heel stop on the With your foot in an riding posture, meaning the ball of your foot on the the heel rests on the stop.

On the though, if you wish to hook a on the peg, you risk leaving a on the pipe.

The riding style is to allow you to … curves full abandon. I lean a turn and am impressed when touches. The Motor Company the Street Rod has a 40-degree lean before soft contact, and inspecting the tires, I’m pretty I used just about all the there is.

Push harder in the turn and the remains solid, unchanged and The Street Rod is well connected to the and there are no surprises. When you into a turn, the bike commands without complaint.

The Rod does feel a tad heavy, but actually a compliment considering its 650 claimed running weight. At weight, it should feel a lot than it does.

Despite the the VR engine launches you out of a turn and you with the grunt that is the new standard from the Motor Power builds steadily all the way up to the rpm redline where the peak out. Don’t be surprised if you off the rev limiter up there as you keep even more.

There’s only one way to experience power in a bike straight the Harley factory. If you’ve the CVO V-Rod, with its 1,250cc of the five-horse increase on the Street Rod be that impressive of a leap, as good as it is. (Can anybody to have too many horses?) But Harley’s history of producing Eagle performance upgrades for all its hope remains eternal the factory will eventually a … performance kit every Rod will have to have.

it comes time to stop all momentum, you’ll be happy to the new Brembo brakes. The Street Rod the joys of two-finger stops to the world. Feel and feedback good, and fade is a non-issue, after repeated braking.

To sum up the Rod in a word, it’d be “aggressive.” a bike designed to be ridden and look grand doing it. The and performance are so un-Harley-like, one has to look way to the 1950s to find a time H-D actually did battle with the of the world in that arena.

No, the Street Rod isn’t attempting to in the incredibly competitive racer-replica world. Instead, the company is to draw new and younger buyers the Harley fold by carving out a new that balances higher with the attention to styling the Company is already well for.

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