Harley Davidson VRSCR Street Rod

 

 

 

Make Model

Harley Davidson VRSCR Street Rod

Year

2006

Engine

Four stroke, 60° V-twin, DOHC, 4 valve per cylinder

Capacity

1130 cc / 59 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 100 x 72 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio 11.3:1
Lubrication Gerotor, wet sump

Induction

Sequential Port Electronic fuel injection with 53mm throttle bodies

Ignition 

Sequential, single fire non waste spark, coil on plug
Battery Sealed,maintenance-free, 12-volt, 12 amp-hour, 200 cca (per Battery Council International rating)
Starting Electric

Max Power

121 hp / 89 Kw @ 7000 rpm

Max Torque

108.3 Nm / 80 lb-ft @ 7000 rpm
Clutch Nine plate wet pressure fed with integral compensation

Transmission 

5 Speed 
Final Drive Belt
Gear Ratio 1st 11.752 (10.969)
2nd 7.898 (7.371)
3rd 6.322 (5.900)
4th 5.459 (5.095)
5th 4.899 (4.563)
Frame Steel perimeter upper frame w/hydro formed main rails and bolt-on lower frame rails, MIG welded

Front Suspension

Huge 49mm telescopic forks
Front Wheel Travel 100 mm / 3.9 in

Rear Suspension

Dual coil over adjustable shock
Rear Wheel Travel 70 mm / 2.7 in

Front Brakes

2x 292mm discs 4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 292mm disc 4 piston caliper

Front Tyre

D207 120/70ZR-19

Rear Tyre

D207 180/55ZR-18
Rake 34°
Fork Angle 38°
Trail 100 mm / 3.9 in
Dimensions Length 2375.6 mm / 93.6 in
Wheelbase 1713 mm / 67.5 in
Seat Height Laden2  762 mm / 30 in
- Unladen 787 mm / / 31 in
Ground Clearance 142 mm / 5.6 in

Dry Weight

281 kg / 618 lbs
Wet Weight 297 kg / 655 lbs

Fuel Capacity

18.9 Litres / 5.0 US gal

Standing ¼ Mile  

12.5 sec

Top Speed

228 km/h

Feast your eyes on the new roadster-inspired VRSCR Street Rod.™ Consider yourself tempted. Now get ready to unleash 120 horses on some winding asphalt. Crack the throttle up to the retuned Revolution® engine’s 9,000-rpm redline and you get deep into one of motorcycling’s most satisfying powerbands. Hairpins are equally satisfying on a bike this agile. Inverted fork with sculpted triple clamp. Steep rake, cornering clearance and straight-shot dual pipes for 40° worth of lean. Mid-mount controls. Brembo® brakes. Staggered 10-Spoke wheels. And a big 5-gallon tank. Because for all its curb appeal, the Street Rod is built to be ridden long and hard, far from any curb.

 A high-performance roadster, the new VRSCR Street Rod combines an upright seating position, a 40-degree lean angle and retuned suspension to create a motorcycle that marries custom styling with a new level of cornering agility. Mid-mount foot controls, shorter handlebar risers and a taller seat move the rider forward into a more aggressive position, ready to attack the curves. Fork angle is reduced from 38 degrees to 32 degrees, and the Street Rod wheelbase is 66.8 inches, 0.7 inches shorter than the VRSCA V-Rod. The 43mm inverted forks and rear shocks have a performance calibration to help deliver a performance-oriented ride. A retuned silver-and-black Revolution V-Twin engine with straight-shot dual exhaust pipes is pumped up to make 120 hp and 80 ft. lbs. of torque. A new, five-gallon fuel cell offers extended range. Staggered 10-Spoke Cast Aluminum wheels wear ZR-rated Dunlop performance tires. Offered in Vivid Black with a black frame and in four additional colors with a silver-leafed aluminum frame. A security system is optional.

VRSCR Street Rod features:

Liquid-cooled, 1130cc Revolution V-Twin engine
120 hp @ 8250 rpm/80 ft. lbs. torque @ 7000 rpm
Two-tone silver-and-black powder-coated engine with polished covers
Chrome straight-shot dual exhaust pipes
32-degree fork angle
43 mm inverted forks
Brembo triple-disc brakes
Braided brake lines
Powercoated hydroformed frame
Adjustable handlebars
Mid-mount foot controls
30-inch seat height
Staggered 10-Spoke Cast Aluminum wheels, 18-inch rear/19-inch front
Five-gallon under-seat fuel cell
Aluminum radiator shroud with twin vortex air scoops
Teardrop reflector-optic headlight
New clock and dual tripmeter
Improved side stand

Review

Harley-Davidson has a well-established tradition of creating bikes that are stylistically and aesthetically unparalleled. However, performance hasn't been one of H-D's bragging points since the days of the wood-planked racing ovals when its rivalry with Indian ruled the two-wheel kingdom.

Yet, just three years ago, Harley-Davidson made a giant performance leap forward when it introduced the high-performance, competition-based Revolution V-Twin in the radical V-Rod. With an engine boasting a racing pedigree it was tough to argue with 110 ponies of straight-line performance at the rear wheel. However, as quick as the V-Rod is on the drag strip, it was clear that knee-sliders weren't going to make their way into the Genuine Harley-Davidson accessory catalogue.

But get ready for the possibility of chrome knee sliders and full-racing leathers. Harley-Davidson has introduced the first truly sporting Harley-Davidson since 1957 when they welcomed the Sportster line to the H-D family. Introducing, the VRSCR Street Rod.

Maybe I'm getting a little ahead of myself with the call for chrome knee sliders. After all, Harley-Davidson went to great lengths to avoid the dreaded "S" word at the Street Rod introduction in San Diego last month. The Street Rod isn't an attempt at a sportbike, if you listen to the H-D spin, and it's not a sporting cruiser. Bill Davidson likes to call it simply a "Roadster," a machine inspired by Harley-Davidson's rich heritage in drag racing. Could've fooled me; I've yet to see a drag-racing motorcycle that can corner like this one can!

I'm not sure what I expected when I first mounted Harley-Davidson's newest models, but what I got was an adrenaline-injected dose of American thunder. No, it's not a sportbike, and it's not a cruiser either. Yet the Street Rod unravels twisty roads remarkably well and it appears as though H-D is about to gather up a new legion of H.O.G owners with an affinity for performance.

In fact, H-D makes no bones about its desire to attract a new customer to the legendary brand. It's no secret the orange-and-black loyalists are an aging group of baby boomers, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. But with a high price point and performance stats that pale in comparison to that of many European and Japanese manufacturers, H-D needed a weapon to attract potential buyers who are younger and interested in performance as much as style. Without question, H-D is banking on the Street Rod to attract some new, younger riders.

H-D coaxed five more ponies out of the Revolution Twin thanks to fuel remapping and a new set of pipes.
The original V-Rod, while powerful, certainly wasn't able to rail corners like H-D's newest model, the Street Rod.
I can hear you right now, "So what's so different about it, it looks virtually the same as the standard V-Rod?" Well, yes and no. The changes aren't visually significant, but when you're mounted up and ripping through sinuous country roads, the changes are instantly perceptible, subsequently transforming Harley-Davidson's new-wave cruiser into a true standard with remarkable performance capabilities.

Nestled in a hydro-formed, tubular perimeter frame sits the 1130cc, 60-degree Revolution V-Twin engine. It's largely unchanged, but Harley claims a better exhaust and remapped fuel injection boosts power to 120 horsepower at 8500 rpm, five better than it claimed for the original V-Rod Twin. We haven't dynoed it yet, but let's just say that it's enough to get your heart racing and the adrenaline flowing with a ham-fisted twist of the throttle.

The Street Rod has enough chutzpah to get your heart racing on public roads. A twist of the wrist doesn't immediately jerk the bike forward like many of today's oversized cruisers. In fact, the hit off the bottom is rather mild when compared to a Vulcan 2K or a Rocket III. However, once the needle on the tach rises to 5000 rpm, the power comes on strong and gets the 650-pound steed moving in a hurry.

While I was expecting more grunt off the bottom, the power curve seemed to be perfectly suited for aggressive riding. With more ponies available at the top of the rpm range, the Street Rod seems to be a Standard dressed in excessive chrome.

The thrill of the Street Rod isn't so much in any new internal workings but in the redesign of the overall chassis. Its more upright riding position allows for aggressive jaunts through the countryside thanks to a new set of suspenders and a change in the fork angle, down to a reasonable 32 degrees instead of the chopper-like 38 degrees on the V-Rod. The fork is upgraded to a 43mm inverted unit instead of the V-Rod's 49mm conventional fork, and it absorbs bumps and dips nicely while providing impressive stability in the twisties. Finally, the wheelbase was reduced by 0.7 inch to make for more maneuverability.

I wouldn't go as far as to say the bike can be flicked into and out of corners, but this ain't a traditional H-D, that's for sure. It takes a little muscle to get it leaned over, but when it gets there the Street Rod stays planted. The suspension changes allow for 40 degrees of lean angle (up from 30), at which point the pegs drag. Unfortunately, you've only got another two or three degrees before the hard parts start to hook up with the concrete. However, for most mortals not named Duke Danger, 40 degrees of lean angle is plenty on an H-D.

The Street Rod offers up 40 degrees of lean angle before the pegs touch down.
The Street Rod's V-Twin is largely unchanged, however H-D remapped the fuel injection and added a new set of pipes, giving the VRSCR a five pony boost.
Bringing the Street Rod to a stop is a set of improved binders. While Hayes discs graced the original V-Rod, Harley-Davidson upgraded to a set of Brembo 4-piston calipers in the front which bite dual 300mm discs up front and a single 300mm rotor out back. The upgrades pay huge dividends on the road and provide ample stopping power. Lever feel is excellent, and even when riding aggressively the brakes perform wonderfully and they never faded during jaunts up and down Mt. Palomar at high speeds. The binders require more than just one-finger pulls, especially when you need to get the big Twin stopped pronto. However, they do a good job for real world riding, and if the speedo stays below triple digits, even the gentlest individuals can comfortably stop the Street Rod.

One gripe that seemingly types itself when reporting on H-Ds is the clunky transmission. However, I was thrilled at the Street Rod's press intro when I explored the five-speed transmission and found it to be buttery smooth. No audible clunks here just smooth shifting. While the tranny was great, the clutch lever still requires a strong hand to hold in at stop lights. Maybe I'm just soft from riding the latest motocross and sport machines, but I could stand to see a bit easier pull on the clutch lever.

Ergonomically, the Street Rod is very comfortable. Arms are splayed out in front at very reasonable position, which allows the rider to either hunch forward when playing sportbike rider or you can sit back and enjoy the scenery. Feet rest comfortably on the pegs, directly below the hips and a bit behind the knees.

The saddle feels rather firm at first touch down but is remarkably comfortable when riding for long periods of time. The seat position is much more 'on top' of the bike than its cruiser cousin, which allows a rider to climb around the saddle to adjust weight and balance for those sharp blacktop benders. Look underneath the lockless seat and you'll find the 5.0-gallon fuel cell, up significantly from the pitifully puny 3.7-gallon tank in the V-Rod.

Of course, the Street Rod wouldn't wear the Harley-Davidson badge without flawless fit and finish. Like all things H-D, the Street Rod is a beautifully executed slice of working art, thanks to ample chrome and an attention to detail. H-D has put together a beautiful machine right down to the welds, something that Kevin Duke noticed was lacking when the original V-Rod was introduced back in 2002.

H-D offers the Street Rod is five different colors.
Harley-Davidson offers up the Street Rod in a rainbow of colors, although Vivid Black is the only version that is offered with a black frame.
But therein lies one of the enigmas of Harley-Davidson; it will up the performance ante, but aesthetics are of paramount importance. The Street Rod adheres to that theory, so there are no weight-shaving efforts here. The 19-inch, 10-spoke cast-aluminum alloy wheel up front, and the 18-inch rear are beautiful replacements for the discs which graced the V-Rod, but they undoubtedly add unnecessary weight to a bike with, dare I say, sporting potential.

Harley-Davidson took a chance with the V-Rod, and now it has pushed the proverbial envelope even further with a more performance-based design. However, as obvious as it is to Joe Motorcycle that the Street Rod is a step in the sporting direction, H-D is quick to avoid such terms, instead utilizing verbiage which would be acceptable to the H.O.G. faithful. H-D may be willing to take chances to attract new buyers with the V-Rod family especially with a reasonable price tag of $16,495. But it seem The Motor Company is a bit hesitant to alienate any existing customers with a machine that would make it look as though it is committing the ultimate sin and offering a—gasp!—"sporting" model.

For those with more interest in performance than labels, the Street Rod is a triumphant blend of Harley-Davidson styling and adrenaline injected, blood-pumping performance. Harley, you can call it what you want. I'll just call it a rip-snortin' good time.

Source MotorcycleUSA