If you think all the blacked-out metal looks sinister, you’ve got the right idea. The Night Rod® Special motorcycle is pure aggression from fast back tail section to streamlined front end, built around a liquid-cooled 60° V-twin engine stuffed full of racing-derived serious business like dual overhead cams, 4-valve heads and velocity stacks feeding its double barrel exhaust. In other words, things happen when you twist the throttle. Better if it all happens under the cover of darkness.
Take a good, long look at a V-Rod motorcycle. Massive rear tire. Low, aggressive profile. Dragstrip-inspired handlebar. If you have a hard time figuring out where the performance leaves off and pure style begins, you’ve got the right idea. The V-Rod family was our first line of liquid-cooled motorcycles, and when we experienced the explosive power of the Revolution engine we knew we had something very good on our hands. So we went deep into our racing heritage for the fire-breathing looks. The big 240mm rear tire enhances the dragster styling. It’s also the only way you’re going to harness all the off-the-line power. The pipes are a big part of the performance equation. They’re also proof that a performance exhaust doesn’t need to look like it’s welded out of coffee cans. Notice how even the radiator is styled to become part of the design instead of an interruption to the flow of the eye. Speed bumps, even of the visual variety, are not allowed.
Like everything on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, there’s a story behind the 1250cc Revolution engine powering the bikes in our V-Rod series. This one starts on the racetrack, with the company’s VR1000 superbike engine. Watching it roar around the track got the gears turning on a way to bring the same sort of high-end performance to the street. So the story takes us to Germany, and a unique collaboration with legendary automaker Porsche and their world-renowned team of engineers. The final result? Dual overhead cams. Four-valve heads. Liquid cooling. A velvety smooth delivery of power all the way up to redline. In short, the industry’s most perfect blend of torque and horsepower in a revolutionary high-revving V-Twin design. There couldn’t be anything more uniquely Harley-Davidson than that.
A machine like a V-Rod motorcycle doesn’t happen without putting massive amounts of technology into the effort. As you might guess, we do it our own way. The Revolution engine itself is not only a marvel of modern engineering and metallurgy, but of grueling performance tests. That’s how it delivers the ironclad durability and low-maintenance worthy of a Harley-Davidson V-Twin. The performance Brembo brakes also include an Anti-Locking (ABS) system. But we stylized the sensor, so you see the clean lines of the bike. With all that comes with a V-Rod motorcycle, you may want to take technology even further and add the optional H-D Smart Security System. Stick the fob on your ignition key ring and it arms and disarms the electronic security system automatically. One more example of the attention to detail that makes Harley-Davidson® motorcycles unique.
With all the power exploding out of the Revolution engine you expect a long list of enhanced handling features. And that’s what you get. It starts at the front end of your V-Rod motorcycle, with inverted forks. This is a racetrack inspired design that reduces the unsprung weight of the bike and keeps turning tight and responsive. Scrubbing off speed comes courtesy of high-performance Brembo brakes. For added good measure, you also get an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) that helps reduce the chance of wheel lock-up. Also taken from the racetracks of the world, a "slipper" clutch that provides smoother high-power handling in turns and during downshifts. Connecting you to the pavement is a set of Michelin Scorcher™ tires. If you know your rubber, you know that means you’re riding on the latest generation of compounds, plus an exclusive deep-cut tread design that improves grip and water evacuation capability. In other words, everything you’d expect on a race-bred bike.
Riding a performance machine is all about confidence and control. They come a lot easier when you’re comfortable in the seat of your machine. That’s why we’ve made the feeling of being astride a V-Rod motorcycle unlike anything most riders have ever experienced. The seat itself is a deep bucket design, derived from what we’ve learned keeping riders glued to their machines at the blinding speeds of the racetrack. We set the seat low, which further adds to the feeling of certainty and control whether you’re throttling up or slowing things down. The handlebars and rider foot pegs are placed so you ride low and mean, but with the controls close and comfortably in reach. Whether you’re aiming for the quarter mile mark or a fast road out of town, you can kick back into an easy riding posture for the ultimate power cruise.
|Model||VRSCDX Night Rod Special|
|Laden Seat Height||25.6 in|
|Unladen Seat Height||26.6 in|
|Ground Clearance||4.5 in|
|Rake Steering Head||34|
|Front Tire Size||120/70ZR-19 60W|
|Rear Tire Size||240/40R-18 79V|
|Fuel Capacity||5 gal|
|Oil Capacity||5 qt|
|Weight Shipped||637 lb|
|Weight Running Order||666 lb|
|Engine||Liquid-cooled, Revolution®, 60° V-Twin|
|Displacement||76.1 cu in|
|Fuel System||Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)|
|Primary Drive Train||Gear, 64/117 ratio|
|1st Gear Ratio||11.752|
|2nd Gear Ratio||7.897|
|3rd Gear Ratio||6.322|
|4th Gear Ratio||5.459|
|5th Gear Ratio||4.899|
|Exhaust||Straight-shot exhaust with brushed finish dual mufflers; black end caps and exhaust shield|
|Wheel Option||Black, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Orange Pinstripe|
|Front Wheel Type||Black, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Orange Pinstripe|
|Rear Wheel Type||Black, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Orange Pinstripe|
|Caliper Type||4-piston front and rear|
|Brake||4-piston front and rear|
|Engine Torque Testing Method||j1349|
|Engine Torque||83.4 ft-lb|
|Engine Torque RPM||6,750|
|Lean Angle Right||32|
|Lean Angle Left||32|
|Fuel Economy||37 mpg|
|Electric Lighting||High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, security system (optional), coolant temperature, low fuel warnings|
|Electric Gauges||Electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock on odometer, dual tripmeter, fuel gauge with low fuel warning light and countdown feature, low oil pressure indicator light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights, tachometer|