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2009 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle Preview


by Pascal Bastien ,

For 2009, the leader in mechanical thrills is offering an all-new variant of its VRSC, motivated by a singular liquid-cooled V-twin. The lineup receives a good dose of muscle with the killer-looking and appropriately-named V-Rod Muscle.

The extremely well-executed design of the V-Rod Muscle makes it a pretty unique machine.

Extremely stylish
The Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle is about style, first and foremost. Witness the sport front fender mounted underneath a brushed aluminum, upside-down fork, the LED turn signals integrated to the mirror mounts, the truncated rear fender with integrated brake light and turn signals, the two-piece, two-up textured seat, the twin air intake, the dual side pipes, the plate mount on the left side and the 5-spoke aluminum wheels that were specifically designed to fit the VRSC frame.

More muscle?
From a mechanical standpoint, there are no changes to report about, except for the new limited-slip clutch. The engine and transmission are the same as other V-Rod models. The riding position seems to be a little less stretched than the Night Rod Special's courtesy of an integrated riser bar. The new 2009 V-Rod keeps a slender profile thanks to a 34-degree fork angle -- a typical attribute of all V-Rods.

One of the most attention-grabbing features is undoubtedly the internal cable that goes through the handlebars for a cleaner, sleeker look. Note that every variant of this magnificent cruiser can be optionally equipped with ABS brakes.

The well-executed design of the V-Rod Muscle makes it a pretty unique machine. Too bad the engine is not a tad more powerful than other V-Rods. Oh well, the already high-performing 1,250-cc Revolution engine and exceptional styling of this new steed are sure to please cruiser enthusiasts looking to make a statement.

Photo Credit : Harley Davidson