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Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod (2005-2012)



Detail Value
New price £10,995
Engine size 1130 cc
Power 120 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 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 3

‘Designed for Europe’  Harley-Davidson Street Rod is a sports version of the Harley-Davidson V-Rod. So while the engine remains the same as its cruiser cousin, the Harley-Davidson Street Rod's chassis has been modified to turn it into a handler. It works, too, delivering a much more invigorating ride – still no Suzuki GSX-R1000, not by a long chalk.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Harley-Davidson Street Rod is unchanged from the revolutionary, Porsche-designed, liquid-cooled V-Rod unit. That means its modern (shocking itself for a Harley), free-revving and 120bhp potent. Sounds awesome, too. On the downside, the Harley-Davidson Street Rod is far too heavy to rival genuine sports V-twins like Ducatis and Aprilias, nor is it the real Harley old school McCoy.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

TheHarley-Davidson Street Rod has sharper steering, four-piston brakes made for Harley by Brembo, new upswept exhausts for extra ground clearance, and a revised riding position makes this a Harley like no other – one that attacks corners with glee. Albeit one in a 1930 Bentley blower sorta way…

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

As the Harley-Davidson Street Rod is a supposed sportster, you’d be forgiven for not expecting much in the way of frills, and you’d be right. The Harley-Davidson Street Rod has a cut down seat, nothing by way of rider luxuries and a performance focus. And not a lot else.

 

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Harley-Davidson Street Rod have a reputation for being so solid it’s as if they’re made out of cast iron and with super-thick paint and metal finishes – and it’s well deserved. Harley-Davidson Street Rods last forever, don’t go wrong, don’t become obsolete or depreciate, don’t go out of fashion and, with the Street Rod, there’s even less that can go wrong in the first place…

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Like other Harleys the  Harley-Davidson Street 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 Street Rod for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2005: Harley-Davidson Street Rod launched.
2006: Now with new Harley security system, larger 18.9 fuel tank and different colours.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 144 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.5 secs
Max power 120 bhp
Max torque 95.6 ft-lb
Weight 293 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 Tubular steel double cradle
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(3 reviews)

  • Modern Jota!!

    harleydude63

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've owned a lot of bikes in my 29yrs riding, The Street Rod always brings a smile everytime I ride her. With a set of aftermarket end cans to replace the original abortive behemoths, she snorts and growls through everything I chuck at her with ease, sure, she is no RSV factory, but still handles and goes as fast as My needs dictate, she reminds me of my old 180 Jota, full of character with performance to match her looks. Excellent value 2nd hand after someone else took initial depreciation hit, and build quality to shame some of it's rivals. Try one and judge for yourself.

    18 July 2009

  • Wowwaweewa

    jdavies123

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Great engine, huge torque. Looks incredible. Brakes warp due to wheel problem. overall a great bike

    15 February 2009

  • Big, Brash American Bruiser

    Gromit

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've owned far too many bikes over the last 25 years or so, but rarely one which has been as much sheer fun to ride as this one. It's long, fairly low and extremely heavy with slow & stable steering which needs a bit of body English to turn. However, this translates into excellent stability and with sweetly neutral steering makes the bike a pleasure to ride at speed. The motor matches this handling ability with a surprisingly revvy (for a Harley) nature, with bags and bags of character. It booms and growls when opened up and has a pleasingly high rev ceiling to explore when on the open road; it also goes pretty damn well too! Fortunately the Brembo brakes do their job with excellent power and great feel - including the rear which is worth mentioning as being a very useful item - rare on modern bikes. All in all I love the bike - I've done 3350 miles in the month I've owned it (total of 5750) and enjoyed every one. The seat really could be a bit better though! Strengths: That fabulous motor (come on Erik - give us a Buell chassis with this fitted!) with its noise, character and sheer go, surprisingly fit handling, superb brakes. Excellent finish on paint & alloy parts. Loads of alloy to polish on a rainy sunday afternoon. Weaknesses: Front brake discs have warped (replaced no probs under warranty), seat is not really up to 400 mile days but is easily changed by raiding the HD parts catalogue. V small quibbles: Front 2 exhaust heat shield screws keep falling out (try to keep a few spare in my pocket!). Loads of alloy to polish on a rainy sunday afternoon...

    27 April 2006

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Brakes!

Check the discs arent warped. I had to get 2 sets of front discs over 500 miles as they warped so quickly!

17 March 2008 18:40

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