Again in 2001, Harley-Davidson launched its VRSC “V-Rod” to the motorcycle world to compete with each imported and domestic (U.S.) muscle bikes. The manufacturing facility teamed up with Porsche to design the aptly-named “Revolution” engine to energy this new drag bike, and the evolution of the “Revolution” has continued ever since. One must look no additional than the new, 2015 V-Rod Muscle to understand how the Automobile and Powertrain Operations manufacturing unit in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, has spent the final 14 years. This drag bike maintains the design ideas of the unique VRSC, with the delicate enhancements that one expects given the recognition of the bike and the ever-growing strides in expertise over the previous decade and a half.

2015 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle Review
2015 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle Review

2015 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle Review

The unique VRSC was primarily based loosely (learn: very loosely) on the VR-1000 superbike design, although visually the 2 bikes are as totally different as chalk and cheese, although that is also mentioned of the distinction between the VRSC and some other Harley road mannequin. In a pointy departure from conference, Harley used a 60-degree, water-cooled V-twin engine (versus the standard forty five-diploma, air-cooled engine). The “gasoline tank” atop the engine is definitely the airbox, and the true gasoline tank is positioned beneath the rider’s butt the place you would possibly usually look forward to finding the oil bag. Personally, I don’t like this explicit design philosophy, but it surely does have some advantages, particularly a decrease heart of gravity. And let’s be trustworthy, no person misses that vast ham-can air clearer in the fitting knee! The low strains alongside the highest of the airbox meet an abrupt kink on the rear of the seat. Little doubt that is essential to preserve the rider’s backside contained whereas on a 1/4-mile strip, or extra probably throughout holeshots out of your favourite inexperienced mild. A molded, all-in-one LED cease/flip/taillight tucks away underneath the rear fender, and the entrance flip indicators are built-in with the mirror standoffs, leaving the bike trying clear and easy.

2015 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle


The V-Rod Muscle backs up the unstated claims implied by the design with a VR-1000-impressed engine. Punched out to 1,247 cc, the Revolution engine has a 4.13-inch bore, 2.835-inch stroke and a comparatively excessive compression ratio at eleven.5 to 1. This mill cranks out a beneficiant 119 horsepower, backed up by a pucker-inducing 87 pound-toes of torque at 6,750 rpm, which is sufficient for the streets, and a great start line for the observe. Talking of the monitor, the “slipper” clutch makes the transition from race observe to avenue within the Muscle, offering the bike with smoother dealing with within the corners when downshifting, in addition to rear-wheel hop prevention.

2015 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle Review


You will get the Muscle in Vivid Black beginning at $16,149, or you possibly can spring for the Mysterious Red Sunglo, Sand Cammo Denim or the new for 2105 Black Quartz for an additional $350. In case your self-importance actually will get the higher of you, then you possibly can select one of many Two-Tone Choice colours for $16,699. The safety possibility will set you again $395 – low-cost insurance coverage, for those who ask me – and the California Emissions package deal will add one other Franklin to the invoice.

2015 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle Exterior
2015 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle Exterior


Engine: Liquid-cooled, Revolution®, 60° V-Twin
Bore: 4.13 Inches
Stroke: 2.835 Inches
Displacement: 1,247 cc
Compression Ratio: 11.5 to 1
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Engine Torque Testing Method: EEC/95/1
Engine Torque: 87 Pound-Feet
Engine Torque (rpm) : 6,500
Lean Angle, Right: 32 Degrees
Lean Angle, Left: 32 Degrees
Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy: 37 mpg
Primary Drive: Gear, 64/117 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st: 10.969
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd: 7.371
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd: 5.9
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th: 5.095
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th: 4.563
Exhaust: Satin chrome, dual side exhaust system with black end caps
Wheels, Front Type: Black, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Wheels, Rear Type: Black, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Brakes, Caliper Type: Four-piston front and rear
Length: 94.9 Inches
Seat Height, Unladen: 27.8 Inches
Ground Clearance: 4.1 Inches
Rake (steering head) : 34 Degrees
Trail: 5.6 Inches
Wheelbase: 67 Inches
Tires, Front Specification: 120/70ZR-19 60W
Tires, Rear Specification: 240/40R-18 79V
Fuel Capacity 5 Gallon:
Oil Capacity (w/filter) : 5 Quarts
Weight, As Shipped: 640 Pounds
Weight, In Running Order: 673 Pounds
Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps: High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, security system, coolant temperature, low fuel warnings, ABS
Gauges: Electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock on odometer, dual tripmeter, fuel gauge with low fuel warning light and countdown feature, low oil pressure indicator light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights, tachometer


2015 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle