2017 Harley-Davidson® VRSCDX Night Rod® Special

$17,849.00


Availability
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Year
2017
Manufacturer
Harley-Davidson®
Model
VRSCDX Night Rod® Special

Overview

Description

The dark horse always has the most mystique.



If you think all the blacked-out metal looks sinister, you’ve got the right idea. The Night Rod® Special motorcycle is pure aggression from fast back tail section to streamlined front end, built around a liquid-cooled 60° V-Twin engine stuffed full of racing-derived serious business like dual overhead cams, 4-valve heads and velocity stacks feeding its double barrel exhaust. In other words, things happen when you twist the throttle. Better if it all happens under the cover of darkness.

Overview
  • Authentic Styling: 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.
  • Iconic Engine: 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.
  • Handling: 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.
  • Comfort: 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.
Authentic Styling
  • Blacked Out Look: 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.
  • Low-Rise Handlebar: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Double-Barrel Exhaust: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Iconic Engine
  • Revolution® Engine: 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.
Handling
  • Michelin® Scorcher™ Tires: The Michelin® Scorcher™ tires provide the superior performance, sensational grip, impressive durability and excellent handling expected on a race-bred bike. The exclusive deep-cut tread design improves grip and water evacuation capability. Grip performance and durability is also enhanced by the tire's rubber compounds, which use the latest generation of Michelin synthetic polymers.
  • 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.
  • Inverted Forks: 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.
  • 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.
Comfort
  • 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.
Dimensions
  • Length: 96.1 in. (2,440 mm)
  • Seat Height, Laden: 25.6 in. (650 mm)
  • Seat Height, Unladen: 26.6 in. (675 mm)
  • Ground Clearance: 4.5 in. (115 mm)
  • Rake (steering head) (deg): 34
  • Trail: 5.6 in. (142 mm)
  • Wheelbase: 67 in. (1,702mm)
  • Tires, Front Specification: 120/70ZR-19 60W
  • Tires, Rear Specification: 240/40R-18 79V
  • Fuel Capacity: 5 gal. (18.9 L)
  • Oil Capacity (w/filter): 5 qt. (4.7 L)
  • Weight, As Shipped: 637 lb. (289 kg)
  • Weight, In Running Order: 666 lb. (302 kg)
Engine
  • Engine: Liquid-cooled, Revolution®, 60° V-Twin
  • Bore: 4.13 in. (105 mm)
  • Stroke: 2.835 in. (72 mm)
  • Displacement: 76.1 cu in (1,247 cc)
  • Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
  • Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Drivetrain
  • 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
Chassis
  • Exhaust: Straight-shot exhaust with brushed finish dual mufflers; black end caps and exhaust shield
  • Wheels, Front Type: Black, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Orange Pinstripe
  • Wheels, Rear Type: Black, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Orange Pinstripe
  • Brakes, Caliper Type: 4-piston front and rear
Performance
  • Engine Torque Testing Method: J1349
  • Engine Torque: 83.4 ft-lb (113 Nm)
  • Engine Torque (rpm): 6,750
  • Lean Angle, Right (deg.): 32
  • Lean Angle, Left (deg.): 32
  • Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy: 37 mpg (6.3 l/100 km)
Electric
  • Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps: 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
NOTES:
Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2. Fuel Economy 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. Engine torque values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region. Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region. North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren. Seat Height measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.

Specs

Engine

Engine Type
Revolution®, 60 deg. V-Twin
Displacement
76.1 cu in. (1,247 cc)
Bore and Stroke
4.13 in. (105 mm) x 2.835 in. (72 mm)
Cooling
Liquid
Compression Ratio
11.5:1
Fuel System
Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

Chassis

Front Brakes
4-piston
Rear Brakes
4-piston
Front Tire
120/70ZR-19 60W
Rear Tire
240/40R-18 79V

Dimensions

Wheelbase
67 in. (1,702mm)
Seat Height
Laden: 25.6 in. (650 mm); Unladen: 26.6 in. (675 mm)
Rake
34 deg.
Trail
5.6 in. (142 mm)
Fuel Capacity
5 gal. (18.9 L)
MPG
37 mpg (6.3 l/100 km)
Dry Weight
637 lb. (289 kg)

Transmission

Transmission
5-speed

General

Colors
Black Denim; Velocity Red Sunglo; Crushed Ice Pearl; Corona Yellow Pearl; Crushed Ice Denim

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