Ultimate Motorcycling online describes the Harley Davidson Night Rod as a “gunfighter for the road,” a bike with modern street attitude. With a powerful V-twin engine, strong steel chassis, modern suspension system and triple-disc brakes, this bike offers performance and power, according to Motorcycle Advice USA’s website. Motorcycle.com rates the 2010 Harley-Davidson VRSC Night Rod Special number 21 out of 58 2010 sport bikes.
The Harley Davidson Night Rod is powered by a liquid-cooled Revolution V-twin engine. It is rubber-mounted. The Night Rod engine has two cylinders and offers 122 horsepower at 8,250 rpms and 85 foot-pounds at 7,000 rpms of torque. The fuel capacity is five gallons. This bike has a manual five-speed transmission. Its EPA mileage is 34 urban mpg and 42 highway mpg. Harley Davidson recommends premium gasoline.
The Night Rod has a steel black frame with bolt-on lower frame and hydro-formed main rails. The power train is black and powder-coated with black covers. Harley Davidson chose a stainless steel low-rise drag-style handlebar for the Night Rod. The Night Rod has three two-tone color options: vivid black and mirage orange with pearl racing stripe, black denim and brilliant silver with denim racing strip, and vivid black and brilliant silver with pearl racing stripe.
Wheels, Tires and Brakes
The Night Rod rides on Dunlop tires. The wheels are slotted-disc cast-aluminum and have an orange pinstripe. The front brake is a dual hydraulic disc, and the rear brake is a hydraulic disc. Telescopic-fork front suspension and twin-sided swing-arm rear suspension make for a smooth ride.
The Harley Davidson Night Rod comes with a 12-volt battery that provides 19 amps per hour. The bike’s headlamp uses quartz halogens lights, 55 watts for the low beam and 60 watts for the high beam. Stop lights and taillights use reflector optics, and the turn signals are self-canceling. The Night Rod comes with indicator lamps for low oil pressure, turn signals, high beam, neutral, low fuel warnings, engine diagnostics, coolant temperature–and also for the optional security system.
Night Rod’s distinguishing features include a race-bred assist and slip clutch, Brembo triple-disc brakes, reflector-optic headlight, 240mm wide rear tire, and forward-mounted controls and foot-pegs. Under its seat, this bike has an electric power accessory connector. Optional safety features include Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Harley-Davidson Smart Security System. The alarm system comes with hands-free security fob.