Harley-Davidson V-Rod VRSCA

Harley-Davidson V-Rod VRSCA review

The Harley-Davidson VRSC (V-Twin Racing Street Custom) is a model of cruiser motorcycles, produced by Harley-Davidson.The original VRSCA V-Rod had a 1,130 cubic centimetres (69 cu in) Revolution Engine, producing a claimed 115 horsepower (86 kW) at the crank. The V-Rod had 49 mm forks and a 180 mm rear tire, with solid disc wheels. The VRSCAs were all factory equipped with 3.7 US gallons (14 l; 3.1 imp gal) fuel tanks. In 2006 the VRSCA was equipped with Brembo Brakes. The VRSCA was only offered with forward controls. 2003 models were included in the 100th anniversary edition.

The Revolution engine is very similar in principle to the VR 1000 engine, using an intermediate shaft in the valley between the cylinders to drive the water pump and four cams via chains. In the V-Rod, those chains have hydraulic tensioners (as in a Boxster engine) instead of manual adjusters.

By stroking the crank to 2.83 inches and boring the cylinders to 3.94 inches, the engine's displacement was increased from 996cc to 1131cc.

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The result is performance of a wholly contemporary kind. Although the exhaust note still reflects the slightly uneven firing order of a V-twin, even this is not similar to the company's air-cooled models. In another big departure from the usual Harley practice, the V-Rod has two tuned downdraft induction stacks between the vee, and these protrude upward into an airbox where one would normally find a fuel tank. Thus, the V-Rod has a dummy fuel tank, sans fuel-filler cap, and actually stores its fuel in a container beneath the seat. To fill up, you flip the seat on a hinge and then watch the reactions of people around you.

At more dignified speeds, the V-Rod steers easily and accurately, and its low center of gravity makes it tip effortlessly in response to slight pressure at the bars for predictable changes of direction. The upright riding position becomes tiring on long, fast trips, but the seat is pretty comfortable. Besides, there's a windscreen among the many accessories Harley offers in support of the V-Rod.

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Harley-Davidson V-ROD VRSCA specifications

General information
Length: 2375.6mm
Seat Height: 26.0 in.
Ground Clearance:
Rake: 34.0 degrees
Fork Angle: 38 degrees
Trail: 99mm
Wheelbase: 67.5 in
Tires:Radial D207
Front: 120/70ZR-19
Rear: 180/55ZR-18
Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gal.(15.1 L)
Reserve Fuel Capacity No reserve due to fuel injection
Oil Capacity 4.5 qts.(4.3 L)
DryWeight 595.7 lbs.(270.4 kg)
Vehicle Weight In Running Order: 615.5 lbs.(279.4 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1022.4 lbs.(464.2 kg)

Engine and transmission
Engine Revolution - liquid-cooled, V-Twin
Valves Direct acting double overhead cam, chain driven with hydraulic tensioners,inertial automatic starting; compression release on each exhaust cam
Bore x Stroke: 3.94x2.83 in.(100 x 72 mm)
Displacement: 1130 ccm
Compression Ratio 11.3:1
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Downdraft intake - hidden
Ignition Barrel Keyed
Lubrication System Gerotor, wet sump, four quart capacity

Primary Drive High contact ratio spur gear, 64/117
Final Drive Ratio 30/72
Gear Ratio:
1st 10.968
2nd 7.37
3rd 5.901
4th 5.094
5th 4.563

Frame Steel perimeter upper frame w/hydroformed main
rails and bolt-on lower frame rails
Swing Arm Cast aluminum polished
Front Fork Wide 49 mm custom fork
Wheels 19-inch (48.26 cm) x 3.0-inch (7.62 cm)
cast disc front wheel;18-inch (45.72 cm) x 5.5-inch
(13.97 cm) wide cast disc rear wheel
Wheel Bearings Dual-sealed,automotive-style, ball-type
Brakes: Caliper type Four-piston front and rear Rotor type (diameter x width): Patented, One piece floating rotor (front),
Uniform Expansion Rotor (rear)
Front (Dual) 11.5 in.x .20 in.(292.1 mm x 5.08 mm)
Rear 11.5 in.x .23 in.(292.1 mm x 5.84 mm)
Suspension travel:
Front Wheel: 100 mm
Rear Wheel: 60 mm

Engine Torque 74 [email protected] 7000 rpm (100.33 nm @7000rpm)

Battery: Sealed,maintenance-free, 12-volt,
12 amp-hour, 200 cca (per Battery Council International rating)
Charging: 38-amp permanent rare earth magnet
alternator with solid-state 3-phase regulator
Starting: 0.9 KW with direct drive engagement and slip clutch
Headlamp: Reflector optics 55 watt low beam,60 watt high beam
Tail/stop lights: 8w/28w reflector optics (5w/21w)
Turn signal lights: 28w self-canceling (21w)
Running lights: Front turn signals (except where prohibited by law)

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