2017 VRSCDX NIGHT ROD SPECIAL Corona Yellow Pearl. The Night Rod® Special model takes the V-Rod to a darker place with blacked out styling across its streamlined front end, cast aluminum wheels, low rise bars and fastback tail section. At its center, you’ve got the performance of the liquid-cooled Revolution® V-Twin engine and the confidence that comes from Brembo® dual disc brakes. Bring out your dark side.
The Night Rod® Special model is a sinister-looking machine with a Revolution® engine that delivers a V-Twin growl and massive power. It’s styled for performance-minded enthusiasts who like a blacked-out, no-hassle ride, and an aggressive, drag-inspired riding position.
The VRSC motorcycle features sleek, radical drag-bike styling powered by a liquid-cooled 1250 cc Revolution® engine producing 125 horsepower transmitted through a massive 240 mm rear tyre. The range comes with factory-installed ABS and hydraulic clutch control with a slipper clutch.
- HARLEY-DAVIDSON Cast One-Piece Luggage Rack $184
- HARLEY-DAVIDSON Cast Upright and Backrest Pad $179
- TAB PERFORMANCE Turn Out Exhaust Pipes $339
Parts total $702
Labor total $380
Total added value $1082
Liquid-cooled 1250cc, 60 degree V-Twin engine
Dual overhead cams, four valves per cylinder
ESPFI (Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection)
Fuel tank under the seat
Hydroformed perimeter frame
MODEL UNIQUE FEATURES
• Platinum powertrain with polished covers
• Satin chrome, dual side exhaust system with turnouts
• Black, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum wheels with Machined Highlights
• Wide, angular airbox cover with unique airbox side covers
• Integrated front and rear turn signals
• Unique, fastback-style tail section
• Blacked-out frame
• Chopped rear fender
• Inverted forks
• Stylized rear shocks
• Integrated LED stop/turn/tail lights
• Side-mounted license plate
• Satin chrome headlamp mount
• Satin black headlamp bucket
• 240 mm rear tire
• Aggressive, power cruising riding position with drag bar and forward-mounted rider footpegs and controls
• Standard passenger footpegs
• Unique seat design with integrated rider backpad and passenger pillion
• Low 25.6-inch seat height
• 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
• Hazard warning integrated into self-canceling turn signal controls
• Start, engine cutoff, left/right turn signals, horn, hi/low beam hand controls
• Electric power accessory connector under seat
• Barrel key frame-mounted ignition; fork lock common with ignition key
• Michelin® Scorcher® tires
• Rubber-mounted, liquid-cooled, 1247 cc Revolution® engine
• Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) with heated O2 sensors
• 123 hp @ 8250 RPM; 87 ft. lb. @ 6750 RPM
• Inverted front forks
• Dual front Brembo® disc brakes
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)1, standard
Features and Benefits
Take a good, long look at a V-Rod motorcycle. Massive rear tire. Low, aggressive profile. Dragstrip-inspired handlebar. If you have a hard time figuring out where the performance leaves off and pure style begins, you’ve got the right idea. The V-Rod family was our first line of liquid-cooled motorcycles, and when we experienced the explosive power of the Revolution engine we knew we had something very good on our hands. So we went deep into our racing heritage for the fire-breathing looks. The big 240mm rear tire enhances the dragster styling. It’s also the only way you’re going to harness all the off-the-line power. The pipes are a big part of the performance equation. They’re also proof that a performance exhaust doesn’t need to look like it’s welded out of coffee cans. Notice how even the radiator is styled to become part of the design instead of an interruption to the flow of the eye. Speed bumps, even of the visual variety, are not allowed.
Like everything on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, there’s a story behind the 1250cc Revolution engine powering the bikes in our V-Rod series. This one starts on the racetrack, with the company’s VR1000 superbike engine. Watching it roar around the track got the gears turning on a way to bring the same sort of high-end performance to the street. So the story takes us to Germany, and a unique collaboration with legendary automaker Porsche and their world-renowned team of engineers. The final result? Dual overhead cams. Four-valve heads. Liquid cooling. A velvety smooth delivery of power all the way up to redline. In short, the industry’s most perfect blend of torque and horsepower in a revolutionary high-revving V-Twin design. There couldn’t be anything more uniquely Harley-Davidson than that.
With all the power exploding out of the Revolution engine you expect a long list of enhanced handling features. And that’s what you get. It starts at the front end of your V-Rod motorcycle, with inverted forks. This is a racetrack inspired design that reduces the unsprung weight of the bike and keeps turning tight and responsive. Scrubbing off speed comes courtesy of high-performance Brembo brakes. For added good measure, you also get an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) that helps reduce the chance of wheel lock-up. Also taken from the racetracks of the world, a “slipper” clutch that provides smoother high-power handling in turns and during downshifts. Connecting you to the pavement is a set of Michelin Scorcher™ tires. If you know your rubber, you know that means you’re riding on the latest generation of compounds, plus an exclusive deep-cut tread design that improves grip and water evacuation capability. In other words, everything you’d expect on a race-bred bike.
Riding a performance machine is all about confidence and control. They come a lot easier when you’re comfortable in the seat of your machine. That’s why we’ve made the feeling of being astride a V-Rod motorcycle unlike anything most riders have ever experienced. The seat itself is a deep bucket design, derived from what we’ve learned keeping riders glued to their machines at the blinding speeds of the racetrack. We set the seat low, which further adds to the feeling of certainty and control whether you’re throttling up or slowing things down. The handlebars and rider foot pegs are placed so you ride low and mean, but with the controls close and comfortably in reach. Whether you’re aiming for the quarter mile mark or a fast road out of town, you can kick back into an easy riding posture for the ultimate power cruise.
Pitch black and sinister as hell, the Night Rod® Special model is aggressively styled from the front end to the back. Engine, wheels, forks, triple clamps, swingarm—they’re all blacked-out and thick with uncompromising, drag strip attitude.
Streamlined Front End
With its color-matched speedscreen pared down to bare performance minimum, its sleek headlamp and slotted-bracket sport fender, the Night Rod® Special motorcycle comes on strong with an aggressive race-inspired, power-first front profile.
Grab the slammed blacked-out drag-style handlebar for an aggressive riding position—slightly forward and reminiscent of tearing up the racetrack, but easily within reach for plenty of riding comfort along with that attitude.
Pure Harley-Davidson Styling
Feast your eyes on the Revolution® engine and there’s no mistaking its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson style through and through with an attention to detail you won’t find from any other motorcycle company. Deep black cylinders and rocker covers complete the dark look, while the machined cooling fin tips on the cylinder heads give it a stripped down, raw metal finish. It’s a jewel machined out of metal. Pure. Dripping with power. From the classic edge of the cooling fins to the clean lines of cases and covers—the Revolution® engine makes an ironclad statement about holding on to what’s right and staying true to what satisfies the rider.
Cast Aluminum Performance Wheel
When the rubber meets the road, it’s your wheels that make the difference. Inspired by performance sports car design, these split 5-spoke wheels flash heavy-weight attitude, but do it at a full 3 pounds lighter than earlier generation V-Rod® motorcycle wheels, which means you roll with tighter handling and smoother suspension response.
Fat Rear Tire
Behold the ultra-fat, 240mm rear tire for a powerful, no-nonsense look and added grip. Harnessing explosive, off-the-line power, the rear tire on the Night Rod® Special motorcycle enhances the pure dragster look with the sticky, high-performance tread you need for staying glued to the pavement.
The Night Rod® Special motorcycle proves that a performance exhaust can still be a beautiful set of pipes. The double-barrel exhaust features brushed finish dual mufflers, black end caps and exhaust shields. Performance and bold style erupt with every crack of the throttle.
Fastback Tail Section
The Night Rod® Special model’s tail delivers even more drag-strip performance and attitude. The chopped down and aggressively tapered fender shows off that fat rear tire, while the slimmed down center plate mount and flush-mounted low-maintenance LED taillamp creates a streamlined impression that lasts.
From the Strip to the Street. Harley-Davidson has a passion for performance that is rooted in decades of racing and winning championships. So when The Motor Company set out to produce a high-powered, liquid-cooled engine, it began with the VR1000 superbike engine. Its performance is inspired by American-style big, powerful torque coupled with high-end horsepower. The Revolution® engine is the heart of a machine that attracts a breed of riders who are fascinated by the heritage and mystique of Harley-Davidson and the power of a high-end street performance motorcycle.
Revolution® Engine Innovation
Through a partnership with legendary automaker Porsche and their world-renowned team of engineers, Harley-Davidson created a revolutionary engine. The final result was something uniquely Harley-Davidson, the industry’s most perfect blend of torque and horsepower in the high revving V-Twin Revolution® engine. Fuel injection. Dual overhead cams. Liquid cooled. 125 horses. Massive, brute power behind pure Harley-Davidson innovation and style.
Custom Power and Performance
Tuned to produce 125 horsepower the 1250cc Revolution® engine is Harley-Davidson’s highest horsepower engine to this day. With dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, it provides 84 lb-ft of torque at 7000 rpm, while feeling refined and velvety smooth all the way up to the redline.
Brembo® Brakes with ABS
Increased confidence and control. High-performance Brembo® dual-disc brakes offer consistent stopping power on every leg of your journey. Plus, the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) helps reduce the chance of wheel lock-up if you need to brake suddenly. And since we stylized the speed sensor, the bike maintains its clean, slick look. Performance without sacrificing style. That’s what The Motor Company is all about.
Grab on and feel the total command delivered by this precision-engineered front end assembly. The performance-tuned front end assembly features inverted forks and a low-angle rake that keep the Night Rod® Special motorcycle unsprung mass low and its turning tight, for a nimble and responsive ride at every speed.
Assist & Slip Clutch
Taken from the racetrack to the world of custom. The Night Rod® Special motorcycle features a Assist & Slip clutch that provides smoother, high-power handling in turns or whenever you downshift. By reducing clutch friction, the slipper clutch helps keep your rear wheel at a controlled clip.
Two-up Bucket Saddle
Settle in and experience the confident connection you get from the deep rider bucket. We designed it to hold you close, low (25.6 inches) and in control, even when you throttle up fast. Just like all Harley-Davidson® seats, it’s built with the premium material, custom stitching and the attention to detail that mark the work of motorcycle makers who’ve been putting their own seats in the saddle for over a hundred years.
Engine 1 Liquid-cooled, Revolution®, 60° V-Twin
Bore 4.13 in.
Stroke 2.835 in.
Displacement 76.1 cu in
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Fuel System 3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Primary Drive Gear, 64/117 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 11.752
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 7.897
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 6.322
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 5.459
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 4.899
Exhaust Straight-shot exhaust with brushed finish dual mufflers; black end caps and exhaust shield
Wheels, Front Type 9 Black, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ machined Pinstripe
Wheels, Rear Type Black, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ machined Pinstripe
Brakes, Caliper Type 4-piston front and rear
Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
Engine Torque 2 83.4 ft-lb
Engine Torque (rpm) 6,750
Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 32
Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 32
Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy 5 37 mpg
Length 96.1 in.
Seat Height, Laden 7 25.6 in.
Seat Height, Unladen 7 26.6 in.
Ground Clearance 4.5 in.
Rake (steering head) (deg) 34
Trail 5.6 in.
Wheelbase 67 in.
Tires, Front Specification 120/70ZR-19 60W
Tires, Rear Specification 240/40R-18 79V
Fuel Capacity 5 gal.
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 5 qt.
Weight, As Shipped 637 lb.
Weight, In Running Order 666 lb.
Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 8 High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, security system (optional), coolant temperature, low fuel warnings
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
1. Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
2. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
3. Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
4. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
5. Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.
6. Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices exclude dealer setup, taxes, title and licensing and are subject to change. Dealer prices may vary.
7. Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
8. North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
9. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.