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Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod

Harley Davidson VRSCR Rod – Sport Cruiser Resurrected

by Neil Johnston on Wednesday, 10 2005 One Comment

This is not how it be, no, not at all. This is a Harley and frankly I’m shocked.There is no hint of an carved from cast and suspension made of tree this is not the “resist-all-change” response to that HD has become known This is good, really

Not “good… for a cruiser”, not “it’s and different” good, but stylishly, good.

It’s the Harley VRSCR, aka Street Rod, and the foot-pegs up and bars down amount to so much more the V-Rod hiking up its skirt and you it really can dance. It’s piloting a fast freight or a ship – a big one, with of power and guns, the HMS Invincible The power is there, implacable of torque, and it’s firm, planted and it knows where to go.

any doubts that in the right the V-Rod could diminish the ego of the sportbikes were extinguished snapper Kevin applied logic – up against a Honda VTR fully sorted Bitubo and aftermarket exhaust, through a of uphill corners and sweepers.  we did say in the right hands, Editor failed to meld with bike in such a leaning-ful Still if you’ve never a cruiser give a sportbike a run for its this was a sight well the price of admission.

In the corners it’s firm, and unflustered with the right settings.  Harley, it seems, has in springing its bikes for the lighter us, and improperly set the rear has a tendency to out for a coffee mid-corner.  Set right the Rod powers through the corners a force, driven forward by and 80ft-lbs of torque both at 7000 rpm (claimed).

  With sort of output it flies sheer brute motivation.

this driving force is a injected 60 degree twin, one gives lovely long-legged and with an amazing smoothness.  is probably one of the best tuned we’ve been on, with fuel injection mapping.  smooth for the cruise, and then, past about 5,000 it a madly satisfying adrenaline

  To take advantage of this impetus a few changes needed to be from the V-Rod.

Everything has been raised its V-Rod sibling.  For the chassis, has been reduced from 34 to 30 that should have in a fair shorter wheelbase but not so The neck of the frame has been forward to ensure there’s no between the radiator and the front

  That means a negligible in the wheelbase of 1¾ cm (¾ inch) to a long (66.8 inches).

To make it the corners to the tune of 40 degrees the VRSCR was essentially lifted on the raising clearance and allowing for travel – 207mm front and Up front the forks are 43mm Showa units, but a disappointment is a lack of adjustment unexpected on a brand bike with a onus.  In the rear, preload is available.

  Additionally, the footpegs moved mid-ship, bringing back and up versus the V-Rod’s foot-forward position.  All this nip and tuck has done one thing, lean angles approaching possible.

The entire face-lift has resulted in a 30 inch seat surprisingly tall for a “cruiser”. left photographer Kevin, at hard pressed to truly foot the Street Rod comfortably.   Johnston was right at home

The new wheels are an open spoked alloy design, a vast over the solid disc of the handling windgusts. Hauling the “Rod” from speed are four-post calipers up front mated to discs.  Surprise is that in the sits the same 300mm The works is tied together steel braided lines for a solid stopping experience.

  The aim we were told was to reduce the lever travel for braking, the news is that it worked, and the bad is that it worked.  The rear seems a bit easily locked.  may actually be an ergonomic issue as the lever feels high, and is not

  Given the amount of fork though, using the front alone isn’t necessarily the strategy.

Fit and finish detail is quality itself.  Everything has a well thought out feel, and nothing has escaped the touch of a team… save the silly signal lights.

There are oddities of design such as the sidestand that allows the to roll forward against it, the first time this my pulse spiked as my brain want to allow it, it felt unnatural.

The ignition switch has been from under the seat to the of the bike, this is an improvement the positioning on the V-Rod but still a bit Somewhat more disturbing is possible to run the bike without the barrel key in place, leaving the “now where did I put that prone among us at risk. The gas itself is found underseat, but unusual.

  On the plus side the has been bumped to 19 litres US gallons), so suddenly range is not a big issue.  This means the Rod can out cruise the cruisers.

For those this express after a at Beemer station, will be comfortable with the signal gear.  Left is on the left, and is on the right, and auto-cancel kind-a-sort-a-works.  it’s tied to speed, but the are a bit lacking.

   First miss of the left signal switch reward you with a good The horn has been liberated a mid-70’s Caddy we suspect and capable of putting the alternator to the one of the most satisfying audio the Street Rod offers.

Out on the highway, the Street Rod proves at a legal pace.  Much 140kph however and the windblast the stylish instrument cluster near unbearable.  In the twists all about the muscle.

  The Street long wheelbase and relatively bars along with the 30 rake means heavy with a lot of input required.  The here is that there is no of nervousness taking the bike to limits in the corners, just a solid cardio workout navigating tight turns in One irritating niggle is that to put the of your feet on the pegs strafing the twisties, your will contact the swing arm as it around the pivot end.

  An odd to be sure.

In 2001 the V-Rod hit the and its footpegs hit shortly thereafter.  The world looked at this and said, “Oh, my, what a smooth and brilliantly styled Meanwhile the Harley faithful much looked away it was uncle Charlie dressed in for Halloween.

The bike’s point hopefully to appease the faithful so much as the drive for brand conversion.

The Rod is different though, it’s the of a previously extinct breed – a Mid-80’s bikes like V45 Magna ruled the roost both output and handling into a cruiser package.  then the market did a collective and we’re hoping that happen again.  This is a good package, the comfort of a and handling that when lets you hang with sportbike mates.

  This is far than a V-Rod in a party the Street Rod is a new take on an extinct executed with exquisite Now about that naming

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