Skip to content

Harley Davidson NIGHT ROD Custom Motorbike Review

Find By Make/Model

1 of 15
Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod motorcycle review - Riding
Click to enlarge
Previous image Next image

MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Harley-Davidson Night Rod is the third derivative of the controversial (but undeniably modern) Harley-Davidson VRSC V-Rod family is for those who like their bikes hot-rod style – and black. In practical terms it’s halfway between the laid back Harley-Davidson V-Rod and semi-sporty roadster Harley-Davidson Street Rod. And that’s no bad thing: a modern Harley with style and ability.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Jury’s still out on Porsche-designed, liquid-cooled Revolution’ V-twin in the Harley-Davidson Night Rod. Harley purists hate it for not being an antique, non-partisans are usually impressed with its potency and flexibility. Heavy, though…

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Harley-Davidson Night Rod is arguably the best compromise of laid back comfort/style and tarmac carving effectiveness, of any Harley yet. Semi-laid back riding position and highway pegs (there are rear-sets, too) deliver cruising comfort, decent, adjustable suspension and brakes go some way to overcome the motorcycle’s bulk and deliver fun.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Harley-Davidson Night Rod has most of the bits you want in most of the places required (and some spare ones, too – namely the two sets of footpegs) as long as you like ’em black. Nose fairing, plush seat and half-decent instrumentation allude to distance ability (although this is no tourer), but brakes and suspension components are good on the Harley-Davidson Night Rod.

Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod (2006-current)

Detail Value
New price £13,745
Used price range View Harley Davidson NIGHT ROD bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1130 cc
Power 115 bhp
Top speed 144 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Like before with earlier V-Rod’s, the Harley-Davidson Night Rod is a modern Harley so you can’t really go wrong. Build quality includes the thickest paint and chrome in motorcycling, engineering is by Porsche but on the conservative side. The Harley-Davidson Night Rod is definitely reliable.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Harley-Davidson Night Rod's whopping great initial purchase price shock is counteracted by incomparable residuals, healthy reliability and priceless (well, it is to some) ‘lifestyle’ buying a Harley brings. Whether all that’s worth it, is up to you. Find a Harley-Davidson Night Rod for sale.

 

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

Compare motorcycle insurance quotes now

Model History

2006: Harley-Davidson Night Rod introduced.

Other Versions

None

Specifications

Top speed 144 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.5 secs
Max power 115 bhp
Max torque 95.6 ft-lb
Weight 276 kg
Seat height 660 mm
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Tank range 137 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1130 cc
Engine specification 8v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel twin spar type
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 2 x 300mm discs
Rear brake Single 300mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 19
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 18

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(2 reviews)

  • 2007 Nightrod

    Benw3

    Average rating rating is 5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    I have recently bought myself a 2007 Nightrod. Not because I wanted to partake in the Harley lifestyle, but simply because when I saw the bike I had to own it. It was not a rational or wise decision; it was decision based on pure lust. It had 106 miles on it the day I picked it up and I did 350 miles on it straight off. It is utterly addictive. The surge of power you get when you wind the throttle open is incredible and just keeps me grinning non stop. I rode her through the wind and rain on sunday night for 3 hours until I couldn't feel my sodden feet or fingers anymore. This is what biking is all about. This machine is pure, unadulterated, raw biking pleasure. Try saying that of a Japanese plastic Fireblade.

    20 November 2007

  • 2007 VRSCD Night Rod

    sam4aac

    Average rating rating is 3.5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    Lets start with what I was expecting: a laid back, encourage me to take it slower, licence and life saving bike that will still respond to my needs when the devils horns come out. It has met those expectations. Added bonuses are a fairly sensible bunch of HOG members that are very accepting of the new line. The handling is good now that I have uprated the front springs (easy and cheap) to stop bottoming out in braking and chatter in corners; and the rear suspension changed for WPs. The original seat is plush but the wrong shape for anything but Sunday mornings, the Sundowner has less padding and supports the lower back making it a 500 miler. Overall quality is good but you do have to keep an eye out for the odd area, usually bolt heads, that can rust as you look at them. Minor problems over the last 6000 miles only, fixed with a smile and excellent service that you expect from Harley. On the Value aspect I am still not certain. It compares with the suzuki, honda, bmw (Harley heated grips are the best) and I can now afford a Harley. However, value for money, maybe, by another, yes. Finally, the engine. I see that the 2008s will have the 1250 engine. Not needed. An overdrive or 6th gear to squeeze more mpg in cruising mode would be good. Having said that I get 40mpg, nearly 200 miles to the tank and still use all 9000 rpm occasionally. If the Harley officianados don't like a high revving engine that you have to knock down a gear or 2 for a great overtake, don't get the Rod, get an air cooled tractor (sorry).

    18 August 2007

Page

Discuss this

Add your comment
swallow1

User's Badge

swallow1says

Had the pleasure

of a quick ride on one of these beasts only once Handling was great, power was immense, and the pleasure of the ride far outweighed the embarrasment of being the butt of oh so many jokes for being caught dead on a Harley. If you get a chance, go for broke! I know the owner is still happy with his and hasn't changed a thing on it yet, but the paint job!

01 March 2008 19:00

Most popular

Rate my bike