Harley-Davidson lately wooed its fans with the biggest ever update in its history by presentation a totally overhauled Softail lineup. Meanwhile, the Dyna family was dropped as most of its roots were based on the former class. However, not many noticed the fact that this also meant the end of the road for the Harley-Davidson V-Rod, as it too belongs to the Dyna series. The Harley-Davidson V-Rod was among the most unique motorbikes in Harley’s portfolio but it faced a big hurdle: it does not comply with the new Euro 4 norms. Also, the fact that sales for the bike have witnessed a drop in the past few years spurred the American bike maker to end its production run. Designed and engineered to rival high-performance motorcycles, the power cruiser made its debut back in 2001. It was also the first bike that looked completely unique when compared to the long history of bikes made by Harley-Davidson. The 1130cc Revolution engine used in the V-Rod was developed in partnership with German car manufacturer Porsche and produced 100 Nm of peak torque at 7000rpm. The V-Twin engine’s cylinders were angled at 60 degrees and the engine was derived from the VR-1000 Superbike. In addition, the engine also received liquid-cooling and used double overhead cams, making it the most modern motor in its portfolio.
The V-Rod has been a very special bike even for Harley, as every detail was carefully looked into. For example, the V-Rod’s low-slung profile was achieved with the help of a big rake up front, a hydro formed frame, and by repositioning the fuel tank, which was placed under the seat. Yes, the cover that simulated a fuel tank on the V-Rod was actually a covering for the airbox, which was not attached in the traditional manner, as seen on the side of the engine on all Harley motorcycles. Over the years, the American manufacturer did update the V-Rod with the updates it deserved. These updates included Brembo brakes, a redesigned rear for accommodating a wider tyre, a larger 1247cc engine, blackened frame, slipper clutch and ABS. Harley, later on, also introduced two new variants like the Night Rod Special and the V-Rod Muscle. The V-Rod has been in production for sixteen years now and even though it’s not the classic Harley that every cruiser fan is fond of, it has managed to create its own fan base. Let’s not give up on the V-Rod though. A special bike like this does deserve a place in the Harley-Davidson lineup, and we hope that the Milwaukee based manufacturer will introduce something equally unique. After all, we do need something to challenge another well-known motorcycle, the Ducati X Diavel.