HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET ROD (2005-2012) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"A sports version of the Harley-Davidson V-Rod"

Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod motorcycle - Riding

"A sports version of the Harley-Davidson V-Rod"

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

‘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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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…

Engine 3 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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…

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 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 group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 2 out of 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.

 

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET ROD (2005-2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET ROD (2005-2012)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 3.7 out of 5
5 out of 5

Modern Jota!!

18 July 2009 by harleydude63

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,... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Wowwaweewa

15 February 2009 by jdavies123

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

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Big, Brash American Bruiser

27 April 2006 by Gromit

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.... Read more 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...

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Read all 3 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £10,995
Used price £6,300 to £7,000
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 120 bhp
Max torque 95.6 ft-lb
Top speed 144 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Tank range 137 miles
Specification
Engine size 1130cc
Engine type 8v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 660mm
Bike weight 293kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 2 x 300mm discs
Rear brake Single 300mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 19
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 18

History & Versions

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.

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