Ten Years After The Revolution, The V-Rod® Motorcycle Powers Onward

Concord, Ontario (July 20, 2011) - V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition and Updated Night Rod® Special Motorcycles Launched for 2012

Harley-Davidson Motor Company celebrates a decade of pavementpounding performance with the V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition motorcycle, one of three models in a 2012 V-Rod® line that also includes an updated Night Rod® Special motorcycle and the V-Rod Muscle® motorcycle. Introduced as a 2002 model, the original V-Rod® motorcycle ushered in a new era of Harley-Davidson® motorcycle performance. Its 1,130 cc 60-degree Revolution® V-Twin engine was the first Harley-Davidson® production engine equipped with overhead camshafts and liquid cooling, and it came with a high-winding 9,000 rpm redline. Inspired by drag racing bikes and monster-motor customs, the V-Rod® motorcycle debuted with aluminium disc wheels, a raked out chassis, fast-back seat, and anodized aluminium bodywork – a new styling direction for Harley-Davidson.

In just ten years, the Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® family grew to include a number of new models. The V-Rod® model went to the track as the basis for the 2007 Custom Vehicle Operations™ V-Rod® Destroyer™ motorcycle, an eight-second Factory drag racer. It was also the inspiration for the Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines V-Rod® motorcycle, a four-time world champion in Pro Stock Motorcycle professional drag racing. For 2012, Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® models continue to serve up explosive performance and urban-cool styling for riders seeking a singular power-cruiser experience.

All 2012 V-Rod® models are powered by the latest version of the Revolution® engine, a 1,250 cc liquid-cooled V-Twin with dual overhead camshafts, four-valve cylinder heads, and Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). The powertrain is equipped with an Assist and Slip clutch, five-speed transmission, and a highperformance carbon fibre drive belt. The tires are Michelin Scorcher radials, including a 240 mm wide rear tire. Brembo triple-disc performance brakes are available with optional Factory-installed anti-lock braking system (ABS). ABS is part of the optional Security Package that also includes the Smart Security System with proximity-based, hands-free security fob.

Night Rod® Special Motorcycle
Dark and sinister, the restyled Night Rod® Special motorcycle has a suggested Canadian Retail price of $16,789 and features a new tapered tail section, lighter-weight wheels, and improved ergonomics with reduced reach to both the rider footpegs and the handlebar. Inverted front forks and retuned rear suspension enhance ride comfort and handling. This is a blacked-out, dead-on power cruiser that is at home in a back alley.

Key Night Rod® Special Motorcycle Features: 
  • Rubber-mounted, liquid-cooled, 1,250 cc Revolution® engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI); 125 hp at 8,250 rpm; 85 ft. lbs. of torque at 7,000 rpm. 
  • Straight-shot exhaust with brushed finish dual mufflers, black end caps, and exhaust shield. 
  • NEW Black, split five-spoke cast-aluminium wheels are three pounds lighter than previous wheels. 
  • NEW Tapered tail section with flush-mounted LED tail light. 
  • NEW Pullback handlebar places controls three inches closer to the rider and optimizes overall feel with a low, wide position. 
  • NEW Reduced reach, forward-mounted rider footpegs. 
  • NEW Inverted front forks. 
  • NEW Two-up seat with custom stitching. 
  • NEW Stylized black speed screen visor. 
  • NEW Slim design, centre-mounted licence plate. 
  • NEW Graphics options include Sedona Orange or Vivid Black with new perforated graphics on the side of the air box and tail section, and Denim Black with orange racing stripes. 
  • Black powder-coated engine with black covers. 
  • Blacked-out frame, handlebar, front fork, triple clamps, and covers. 
  • Sport front fender with painted brace supports. 
  • 240 mm wide rear tire. 

V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition Motorcycle
A tribute to the original V-Rod® motorcycle that will be offered only in 2012, its Brilliant Silver Pearl bodywork with colour-matched frame is exclusive in the V-Rod® line. Extra chrome and polished surfaces dazzle on the engine, exhaust, and speed screen. This special edition comes with a suggested Canadian Retail price of $17,559 and features all of the new additions made to the Night Rod® Special motorcycle for 2012.

Key V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition Motorcycle Features: 

  • Rubber-mounted, liquid-cooled, 1,250 cc Revolution® engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI); 125 hp at 8,250 rpm; 85 ft. lbs. of torque at 7,000 rpm. 
  • NEW Straight-shot exhaust with dual, chrome slash-cut mufflers and chrome exhaust shield. 
  • NEW Split five-spoke cast-aluminium wheels with diamond cut highlights. 
  • NEW Pullback handlebar with polished finish. 
  • NEW Inverted front forks in silver and polished finishes. 
  • NEW Stylized, chrome speed screen visor. 
  • NEW Graphics include V-Rod® 10th anniversary emblem. 
  • NEW Chrome powertrain with platinum crankcase and heads. 
  • 240 mm wide rear tire. 

V-Rod Muscle® Motorcycle
This power cruiser is a brawny beast for performance enthusiasts who crave power and control, with a dash of intimidation. Tagged with a suggested Canadian Retail price of $16,459, its styling features include a wide airbox cover, side cover air scoops, and dual exhaust in satin chrome with fat, turn-out mufflers. An abbreviated tail section and chopped rear fender expose the 240 mm wide rear tire. A deep seat holds the rider firmly in place against the thrust of the Revolution® V-Twin engine.

Key V-Rod Muscle® Motorcycle Features: 

  • Rubber-mounted, liquid-cooled, 1,250 cc Revolution® engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI); 122 hp at 8,250 rpm; 86 ft. lbs. of torque at 6,500 rpm. Satin chrome dual exhaust with turn-out mufflers. 
  • NEW V-Rod® 10th Anniversary emblem. 
  • Black, five-spoke cast-aluminium wheels. 
  • Sport front fender with black brace supports and blacked-out rear section. 
  • Polished aluminium handlebar with integrated riser. 
  • Polished forged-aluminium triple clamps. 
  • Chopped rear fender. 
  • Angular airbox with side covers. 
  • Colour-matched radiator shrouds. 
  • LED front turn signals integrated in the mirror stems. 
  • LED combined stop/tail/turn light integrated within the rear fender. 
  • 43 mm inverted front forks. 
  • Stylized rear shocks with black springs. 
  • Black frame. 
  • Deep, drag-style two-up seat. 

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