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2011 Harley-Davidson® Motorcycles

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About Harley-Davidson VRSC™ Night Rod® Special

The 2011 Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special VRSCDX is an imposing high performance ride. This power motorcycle cruiser has a drag style low rise handlebar that places you in an aggressive power cruiser riding position. The H-D Night Rod Special exhaust has dual Harley mufflers with black end caps. Exhaust shields are also found on the VRSCDX Harley exhaust. This motorcycle muffler system proves that a performance exhaust can still be a beautiful set of pipes. In addition to the beautiful Harley exhaust, the Harley Night Rod Special VRSCDX has an ultra wide rear tire – exactly what you want on the back of your power motorcycle cruisers. Check out the pictures of this power cruiser and to discover why this power motorcycle cruiser stands out from the rest. Also take a look at the other VRSC power motorbike, the V-Rod Muscle. Learn more about other Harleys such as the Softail Fat Boy Lo, one of the other custom Harley motorcycles.

2011 VRSC™

Night Rod® Special

Starting at $14,699

Paint & Wheels

Key Features

AUTHENTIC STYLING

Blacked-Out Look

Night Rod® Special

Pitch black and sinister as hell, the Night Rod® Special model is aggressively styled from the front end to the back. Engine, wheels, forks, triple clamps, swingarm—they're all blacked out and thick with uncompromising, drag strip attitude.

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Double-Barrel Exhaust

Night Rod® Special

The Night Rod® Special motorcycle proves that a performance exhaust can still be a beautiful set of pipes. The double-barrel exhaust features brushed finish dual mufflers, black end caps and exhaust shields. Performance and bold style erupt with every crack of the throttle.

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Fat Rear Tire

Night Rod® Special

Behold an ultra-fat, 240mm rear tire for a powerful, no-nonsense look and added grip. Harnessing explosive, off-the-line power, the rear tire on the Night Rod® Special motorcycle enhances the pure dragster look with the sticky, high-performance tread you need for staying glued to the pavement.

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Race-Inspired Graphics

Night Rod® Special

Cutting across the top of the air box and the rear fender of the Night Rod® Special model are two beefy racing stripes that offer killer styling and a race-bred look. The racing stripes on the orange, silver, and yellow color options feature new ghost flame detailing for an extra custom look.

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Low-Rise Handlebar

Night Rod® Special

Reach and grab the slammed stainless steel, drag-style handlebar for an aggressive riding position—it's a comfortable, slightly forward position reminiscent of tearing up the racetrack. With a speed screen visor that envelops the headlight and the bike perfectly matches the color of, you can't help but want to smoke everyone out on the road.

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Radiator Design

Night Rod® Special

Every inch of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle is created to sync up with the bike's overall look and performance. The Night Rod® Special motorcycle is no exception. As the very first water-cooled Harley-Davidson, we turned to styling to make sure the radiator on the VRSC models became part of the design instead of an interruption to the flow of the eye.

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Premium Paint

Night Rod® Special

Up to two times thicker than the competition, custom quality paint comes standard on all Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Clearcoat layering up to five mils deep. Bigger metal flakes. Unique effects in the denim and pearl colors. Skimping simply is not in our vocabulary.

ICONIC ENGINE

Revolution® Engine Heritage

Night Rod® Special

From the Strip to the Street. Harley-Davidson has a passion for performance that is rooted in decades of racing and winning championships. So when The Motor Company set out to produce a high-powered, liquid-cooled engine, it began with the VR1000 superbike engine. Its performance is inspired by American-style, big, powerful torque coupled with high-end horsepower. The Revolution® engine is the heart of a machine that attracts a breed of riders who are fascinated by the heritage and mystique of Harley-Davidson and the power of a high-end street performance motorcycle.

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Revolution® Engine Innovation

Night Rod® Special

Through a partnership with legendary automaker, Porsche, and their world-renowned team of engineers, Harley-Davidson created a revolutionary engine. The final result was something uniquely Harley-Davidson, the industry's most perfect blend of torque and horsepower in the high revving V-Twin Revolution® engine. Fuel injection. Dual overhead cams. Liquid cooled. 125 horses. Massive, brute power behind pure Harley-Davidson innovation and style.

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Pure Harley-Davidson Styling

Night Rod® Special

Feast your eyes on the Revolution® engine and there's no mistaking its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson® style through and through with an attention to detail you won't find from any other motorcycle company. Deep black cylinders and rocker covers complete the dark look, while the machined cooling fin tips on the cylinder heads give it a stripped down, raw metal finish. It's a jewel machined out of metal. Pure. Dripping with power.
From the classic edge of the cooling fins to the clean lines of cases and covers—the Revolution® engine makes an ironclad statement to holding on to what's right and staying true to what satisfies the rider.

Custom Power and Performance

Night Rod® Special

Tuned to produce 125 horsepower the 1250cc Revolution® engine is Harley-Davidson's highest horsepower engine to this day. With dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, it provides 85 ft. lbs. of torque at 7000 rpm, while feeling refined and velvety smooth all the way up to the redline.

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High Marks for Durability

Night Rod® Special

The Harley-Davidson Revolution® engine is an extremely durable motorcycle engine. It survived the most brutal and aggressive durability test in the industry: the Dusseldorf Test. Simulating a grueling trip along Germany's notorious Autobahn, the engine endured a wide range of performance tests. From idle states to city speeds, to wide-open throttle and mountain climbing torque, the Revolution® engine surpassed the goal of 500 hours of non-stop punishing performance.

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TECHNOLOGY

Hydroformed Frame

Night Rod® Special

Harley-Davidson's Chief Styling Officer, Willie G. Davidson, asked for a frame so beautiful it could sit in a museum. And that's exactly what the Harley-Davidson team of engineers created. Using an innovative process called hydroforming, they were able to form unconventional angles and apply fewer welds by bending and shaping metal pipes with high-pressure water. The result: a sturdy chassis with improved rigidity. To date, The Motor Company is the only major motorcycle manufacturer to use hydroforming to construct frames.

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H-D® Smart Security System (Optional)

Night Rod® Special

The factory installed next-generation security system features a hands-free fob that automatically arms and disarms the vehicle electronic security functions as you approach and walk away from the bike. Stick the fob on your ignition key ring and let it do all the work. It's this attention to details and security that make Harley-Davidson® motorcycles unique. Offered as a part of the "Security Package" (which includes Anti-Lock Brakes).

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Artfully Hidden Technology

Night Rod® Special

Harley-Davidson leverages the latest in technology without compromising style and function. That means we hide electronics. The whole wiring harness is skillfully routed behind the jewels of the bike—the tank, engine and all the other eye-popping features you want to see. It's just another way The Motor Company goes the extra mile to give its bikes that premium, top-of-the-line fit and finish.

Intuitive Controls

Night Rod® Special

Hand controls on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle are incredibly intuitive. The turn signals are self-canceling and, based on the speed and angle of the motorcycle, they know how long to stay on. Engaging the controls quickly becomes second nature so you can focus less on turning off your signal and more on basking in the freedom of the ride.

HANDLING

Brembo® Brakes with Optional ABS

Night Rod® Special

Increased confidence and control. High-performance Brembo® dual-disk brakes offer consistent stopping power on every leg of your journey. Plus, the optional Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) helps reduce the chance of wheel lock-up if you need to brake suddenly. And since we hid the speed sensor, the bike maintains its clean, slick look. Performance without sacrificing style. That's what The Motor Company is all about.
The Anti-Lock Brakes are offered as a part of the "Security Package" (which includes the H-D® Smart Security System).

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"Slipper" Clutch

Night Rod® Special

Taken from the racetrack to the world of custom. The Night Rod® Special motorcycle features a "slipper," (or "slip and assist") clutch that provides smoother, high-power handling in turns or whenever you downshift. By reducing clutch friction, the slipper clutch helps keep your rear wheel at a controlled clip.

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Michelin® Scorcher™ Tires

Night Rod® Special

The Michelin® Scorcher™ tires provide the superior performance, sensational grip, impressive durability and excellent handling expected on a race-bred bike. The exclusive deep-cut tread design improves grip and water evacuation capability. Grip performance and durability is also enhanced by the tire's rubber compounds, which use the latest generation of Michelin synthetic polymers. Under the rear rubber, aramid belts are used to stabilize your ride, which helps inspire confidence in handling.

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Tuned to Be Ridden

Night Rod® Special

Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are different from any other bike out on the road. There's a balance to them. The steering, the maneuverability—it's all in concert. And each Harley-Davidson® model is tuned differently to create a unique riding experience for each individual no matter which bike they swing their leg over. Let's face it, we didn't get to where we are by being like everyone else.

COMFORT

Forward-Mounted Controls

Night Rod® Special

With the custom forward-mounted controls on the Night Rod® Special model, you can kick back a little and stretch your legs for the ultimate power cruise through town or across the state line. It's time to take in the open road the way you were meant to—on a two-wheeled machine that's built to outmuscle the rest.

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Seat Engineering and Design

Night Rod® Special

The seat is home for Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders. They want a seat that has unique style without sacrificing comfort. Because of that, Harley-Davidson invests a lot of time in researching, designing and testing seats so that every bike has just the right saddle.

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Specs & Pricing

Pricing 1

MSRP

Vivid Black N/A
Color Option $14,699
Two-Tone Option $14,999
Custom Color Option N/A
Special Edition Color Option N/A
Security Option Only offered as part of Security Package
Wheel Option N/A
ABS Option Only offered as part of Security Package
Reverse Option N/A
Cruise Control Option N/A
California Emissions $100
Freight $335
Power Pak™ (103 engine, Security, and ABS) N/A
Security Package (Security and ABS) $1,195

VRSCDX Night Rod® Special

Night Rod® Special

U.S. Units Metric Units

Dimensions

Length 94.4 in. 2,398 mm

Seat Height

Laden 2 25.2 in. 640 mm
Unladen 2 26.3 in. 668 mm
Ground Clearance 4.2 in. 107 mm
Rake Steering Head 34 ° 34 °
Trail 4.5 in. 114 mm
Wheelbase 67.2 in. 1,707 mm
Fuel Capacity 5 gal. 18.9 l
Oil Capacity 5 qt. 4.7 l

Weight

Dry Weight 643 lbs. 292 kg
Running Order 676 lbs. 307 kg

Luggage Capacity

Volume N/A N/A
Weight N/A N/A

Powertrain

Engine 3 Liquid-cooled, Revolution®, 60° V-Twin Liquid-cooled, Revolution®, 60° V-Twin
Displacement 76.28 cu. in. 1,250 cc
Bore x Stroke 4.134 in. / 2.835 in. 105 mm / 72 mm
Engine Torque J1349 J1349
Engine Torque 4 85 ft. lbs. @ 7000 rpm 115 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Fuel System 5 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Compression Ratio 11.5:1 11.5:1
Primary Drive Gear, 117/64 ratio Gear, 117/64 ratio

Fuel Economy

Fuel Economy City 6 34 mpg 6.92 l/100 km
Fuel Economy Hwy 6 42 mpg 5.6 l/100 km

Gear Ratio (Overall)

1st 11.752 11.752
2nd 7.898 7.898
3rd 6.322 6.322
4th 5.459 5.459
5th 4.899 4.899
6th N/A N/A

Wheels / Tires

Wheels

Front 7 Black, Slotted Disc Cast Aluminum Black, Slotted Disc Cast Aluminum
Wheel Option 7 N/A N/A
Rear 7 Black, Slotted Disc Cast Aluminum Black, Slotted Disc Cast Aluminum

Tire Size

Front 120/70ZR-19 60W 120/70ZR-19 60W
Rear 240/40R-18 79V 240/40R-18 79V

Electrical

Instruments 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 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
Indicator Lamps 8 High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, security system (optional), coolant temperature, low fuel warnings High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, security system (optional), coolant temperature, low fuel warnings

Chassis

Brakes 4-piston front and rear 4-piston front and rear
Parking Brake N/A N/A
Lean Angle 32 / 32 ° 32 / 32 °
Exhaust System Straight-shot exhaust with brushed finish dual mufflers; black end caps and heat shield Straight-shot exhaust with brushed finish dual mufflers; black end caps and heat shield

Color Options

Color Options Brilliant Silver Pearl / Black Racing Stripe with Ghost Flames
Chrome Yellow / Black Racing Stripe with Ghost Flames
Sedona Orange / Black Racing Stripe with Ghost Flames
Black Denim / Sedona Orange Racing Stripe
Brilliant Silver Pearl / Black Racing Stripe with Ghost Flames
Chrome Yellow / Black Racing Stripe with Ghost Flames
Sedona Orange / Black Racing Stripe with Ghost Flames
Black Denim / Sedona Orange Racing Stripe
  • 1

    Prices listed are the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices exclude dealer setup, taxes, title and licensing and are subject to change. Dealer prices may vary.

  • 2

    Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.

  • 3

    Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.

  • 4

    Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.

  • 5

    Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.

  • 6

    Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.

  • 7

    Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

  • 8

    North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.

  • 9

    See motorcycle owner's manual for complete details.

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Vehicles depicted may differ from vehicles manufactured and delivered. Specifications and prices listed may differ from specifications and prices of vehicles manufactured and delivered. All product descriptions (including depictions, specifications, dimensions, measurements, ratings and competitive comparisons) are based on available information at the time of publication. Although such descriptions are believed correct, errors and changes can occur and complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Harley-Davidson may make changes at any time to prices and specifications, and may change or discontinue models, without notice and without incurring any obligation. Attention: Vehicles in the configurations shown and many of the accessories described in this catalog may not be available for sale or use in some locations. Please check with your dealer for complete product details and the latest information. All models feature 6-speed transmission (VRSC™ models and Sportster® models are 5-speed) and carbon fiber belt final drive; multi-plate clutch with diaphragm spring in oil bath; and 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.

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