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Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle
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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

Harley’s cruiser V-Rod has been about since 2001, and the new Muscle is… is just another styling exercise to bolster what is arguably a tired range. The Muscle is essentially a reworked V-Rod with design touches (muscular, flowing lines) to front it up as a serious boulevard traffic light blaster. Except it isn’t that muscular – 12.25sec standing quarters anyone?

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

A water-cooled V-twin with 120bhp and a house full of torque is not to be sniffed at. But when it’s anchored by 307kg of metals and plastics it is hard not to ask yourself where has all the go gone? Never mind. The engine is super smooth with a precise throttle delivery everywhere. And the gearbox isn’t too clunky. In all a muscle cruiser of the relaxed kind.  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

You have to remember the bike is a straight line performer and corners get in the way of the footpegs and exhausts. Short-legged people will find the bar position and stretch to the footpegs a hip-straining effort. The length, weight and raked forks conspire to cause understeer through faster corners, but who cares when the sun is out, the roads are dry and you’re not in a hurry with denim cut off blowin’ in the wind…

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Chrome, sumptuous paint, polished bits and more chrome, wide profile rear tyre, big engine and more chrome – and all standard issue. The accessory catalogue has more of the same. Compare and buy parts for the Harley V-Rod in the MCN Shop.

Harley-Davidson VRSC V-Rod Muscle (2009-current)

Detail Value
New price £13,845
Used price range View Harley Davidson V-ROD bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1250 cc
Power 109.2 bhp
Top speed 145.1 mph
Insurance group 16 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 3
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Absolutely no qualms here – part of the bike’s initial launch was a day at an American drag strip, where wooden-fingered journalists spent all day trying to kill tyres, clutches and other internal components to no avail. Every bike stayed the course without a problem.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The majority of Harley-Davidsons retain a high resale value and the V-Rod range is no different – mainly because they aren’t a big seller in the UK where the preference is classic air-cooled H-D machinery. If it’s a well presented, cool-looking Harley your after then £13,500 isn’t a lot of money. But, as the saying goes, alternatives are available eg Triumph’s Rocket III Roadster at £10,949. Find a Harley-Davidson V-Rod for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 16 of 17

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Model History

2001-2007: VRSCA V-Rod
2003-2005: VRSCB V-Rod
2006-Current: VRSCAW V-Rod

Other Versions

2005-2007: VRSCR Street Rod
2005-2007: VRSCD Night Rod
2005: VRSCSE2 Screamin’ Eagle V-Rod
2006-current: VRSCD Night Rod Special
2009-current: VRSCF V-Rod Muscle introduced

Specifications

Top speed 145.1 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 109.2 bhp
Max torque 77.19 ft-lb
Weight 307 kg
Seat height 705 mm
Fuel capacity 18.9 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 16 of 17
Engine size 1250 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, 60° V-twin four-stroke. Five gears
Frame Tubular steel, twin spine
Front suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Spring preload
Front brakes 2 x 320mm disc with 4-piston calipers
Rear brake 316mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Front tyre size 150/80 x 17
Rear tyre size 240/50 x 16

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(2 reviews)

  • Surprisingly good

    t72bogie

    Average rating rating is 4

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    great cruiser, surprisingly good, looks and sounds great on Vance and Hines pipes, a remap really livens it up love it :)

    06 April 2012

  • C'mon MCN

    Cornerthief

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Ok so MCN hates harley's but you can't give the equiptment 3 stars. There's tons of equip for the v-rod. If it was British built it would get 5.

    13 November 2009

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