2012 New Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle Review

Friday, February 3rd 2012. | Harley-Davidson

2012 New Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle Review
The fast, powerful and aggressive V-Rod Muscle™ motorcycle is built for riders who want a little extra beef with their horsepower. Big meaty air scoops, muscle-bound mufflers, 240 mm rear tire, fastback-style tail section and massive airbox compliment the power of the 1250 cc liquid-cooled Revolution engine. Ride the V-Rod Muscle™ and experience the true definition of “power cruiser.” This brawny beast is for performance enthusiasts who crave power and control, with a dash of intimidation, in a package that is all Harley-Davidson.

2012 Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle Review

The menacing look of a raging bull with the brute power of 122 thoroughbreds

The fast, powerful and aggressive V-Rod Muscle™ motorcycle is built for riders who want a little extra beef with their horsepower. Big meaty air scoops, muscle-bound mufflers, 240 mm rear tire, fastback-style tail section and massive airbox compliment the power of the 1250 cc liquid-cooled Revolution engine. Ride the V-Rod Muscle™ and experience the true definition of “power cruiser.” This brawny beast is for performance enthusiasts who crave power and control, with a dash of intimidation, in a package that is all Harley-Davidson.

DUAL EXHAUST WITH SATIN CHROME FINISH
The V-Rod Muscle® motorcycle proves that a performance exhaust can still be a beautiful set of pipes. Satin chrome, dual side exhaust with fat turnout mufflers combines the style of a muscle car with top-of-the-line Harley-Davidson performance at every twist of the throttle. Jetting out past the rear axle, these dominating pipes add to the fierce, beefy look of the bike.

FAT REAR TIRE
Behold an 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 V-Rod Muscle® motorcycle enhances the pure dragster look with the sticky, high-performance tread you need for staying glued to the pavement.

AIR BOX COVER
Matching the color and angular design of the V-Rod Muscle® model bodywork, the air box cover incorporates side scoops covered with woven wire mesh for a meaty, powerful race bike look. You can’t help but think about the Detroit muscle cars from back in the day.

PREMIUM PAINT
Up to two times thicker than the competition, custom quality paint comes standard on all Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Clearcoat layering up to five mils deep. Bigger metal flakes. Unique effects in the denim and pearl colors. Skimping simply is not in our vocabulary.

V-Rod Muscle®

This power cruiser is a brawny beast for performance enthusiasts who crave power and control, with a dash of intimidation. Styling features include a wide airbox cover, side cover scoops, and dual exhausts in satin chrome with fat, turn-out mufflers. An abbreviated tail section and chopped rear fender expose the 240mm rear tire. A deep seat holds the rider firmly in place against the thrust of the Revolution V-Twin engine.

INSTRUMENT CLUSTER AND CAST, ONE-PIECE BAR
The triple gauge cluster reflects Harley-Davidson’s take on custom performance —bold and sleek, illuminated in yellow, orange and red for a distinct look. Including easy-to-read mph, rpm and fuel gauges, the instrument cluster is built onto an internally wired, meaty 1.5′ angular cast handlebar.

INVERTED FORKS
Race-inspired, 43mm inverted forks help reduce unsprung weight and increase strength and rigidity of the assembly. They add to the wide look that flows all the way through to the tail of the V-Rod Muscle® motorcycle. Strong and sporty—the front end is a testament to the dominating look of a modern muscle car.

RADIATOR DESIGN
Every inch of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle is created to sync up with the bike’s overall look and performance. The V-Rod Muscle® model is no exception. As the very first water-cooled Harley-Davidson, we turned to styling to make sure the radiator on the V-Rod models became part of the design instead of an interruption to the flow of the eye.

REVOLUTION® ENGINE HERITAGE
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 new 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. 122 horses. Massive, brute power behind pure Harley-Davidson innovation.

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. The unique, platinum finished Revolution® engine features polished cylinder heads and rocker covers for a one-of-a-kind look, while the machined cooling fin tips give it a stripped down 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 to holding on to what’s right and staying true to what satisfies the rider.

CUSTOM POWER AND PERFORMANCE
Tuned to produce 122 horsepower, the 1250cc Revolution® engine on the V-Rod Muscle® model is one of Harley-Davidson’s highest horsepower engine to this day. With dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, it provides 86 ft. lbs. of torque at 6500 rpm, while feeling refined and velvety smooth all the way up to the redline.

HIGH MARKS FOR DURABILITY
The Harley-Davidson Revolution® engine is an extremely durable motorcycle engine. It survived the most brutal and aggressive durability test in the industry: the Dusseldorf Test. Simulating a grueling trip along Germany’s notorious Autobahn, the engine endured a wide range of performance tests. From idle states to city speeds, to wide-open throttle and mountain climbing torque, the Revolution engine surpassed the goal of 500 hours of non-stop performance.

HYDROFORMED FRAME
Harley-Davidson’s Chief Styling Officer, Willie G. Davidson, asked for a frame so beautiful it could sit in a museum. And that’s exactly what the Harley-Davidson team of engineers created. Using an innovative process called hydroforming, they were able to form unconventional angles and apply fewer welds by bending and shaping metal pipes with high-pressure water. The result: a sturdy chassis with improved rigidity. To date, The Motor Company is the only major motorcycle manufacturer to use hydroforming to construct frames.

H-D® SMART SECURITY SYSTEM (OPTIONAL)
The factory installed next-generation security system features a hands-free fob that automatically arms and disarms the vehicle electronic security functions as you approach and walk away from the bike. Stick the fob on your ignition key ring and let it do all the work. It’s this attention to details and security that make Harley-Davidson® motorcycles unique.
Offered as a part of the ‘Security Package’ (which includes Anti-Lock Brakes).

ARTFULLY HIDDEN TECHNOLOGY
Harley-Davidson leverages the latest in technology without compromising style and function. That means we hide electronics. The whole wiring harness is skillfully routed behind the jewels of the bike—the tank, engine and all the other eye-popping features you want to see. It’s just another way The Motor Company goes the extra mile to give its bikes that premium, top-of-the-line fit and finish.

INTUITIVE CONTROLS
Hand controls on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle are incredibly intuitive. The turn signals are self-canceling and, based on the speed and angle of the motorcycle, they know how long to stay on. Engaging the controls quickly becomes second nature so you can focus less on turning off your signal and more on basking in the freedom of the ride.

BREMBO® BRAKES WITH OPTIONAL ABS
Increased confidence. Control. High-performance Brembo® dual-disk brakes offer consistent stopping power at every leg of your journey. Plus, the optional Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) helps reduce the chance of wheel lock-up if you need to brake suddenly. And since we hid the speed sensor, the bike maintains its clean, slick look. Performance without sacrificing style. That’s what The Motor Company is all about.
The Anti-Lock Brakes are offered as a part of the ‘Security Package’ (which includes the H-D® Smart Security System).

‘SLIPPER’ CLUTCH
Taken from the racetrack to the world of custom. The V-Rod Muscle® motorcycle features a ‘slipper,’ (or ‘slip and assist’) 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.

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. Under the rear rubber, aramid belts are used to stabilize your ride, which helps inspire confidence in handling.

TUNED TO BE RIDDEN
Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are different from any other bike out on the road. There’s a balance to them. The steering, the maneuverability—it’s all in concert. And each Harley-Davidson® model is tuned differently to create a unique riding experience for each individual no matter which bike they swing their leg over. Let’s face it, we didn’t get to where we are by being like everyone else.

FORWARD-MOUNTED CONTROLS
With the custom forward-mounted controls on the V-Rod Muscle® model, you can kick back a little and stretch your legs for the ultimate power cruise through town or across the state line. It’s time to take in the open road the way you were meant to—on a two-wheeled machine that’s built to outmuscle the rest.

SEAT ENGINEERING AND DESIGN
The seat is home for Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders. They want a seat that has unique style without sacrificing comfort. Because of that, Harley-Davidson invests a lot of time in researching, designing and testing seats so that every bike has just the right saddle.

In just 10 years, the Harley-Davidson V-Rod family grew to include a number of new models. V-Rod took to the track as the basis for the 2007 Custom Vehicle Operations V-Rod Destroyer, an eight-second factory drag racer. It was also the inspiration for the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines V-Rod, a four-time world champion in Pro Stock Motorcycle professional drag racing. For 2012, Harley-Davidson V-Rod models continue to serve up explosive performance and urban-cool styling for riders seeking a singular power-cruiser experience.

All 2012 V-Rod models are powered by the latest version of the Revolution engine, a 1250cc liquid-cooled V-Twin with dual overhead camshafts, four-valve cylinder heads and Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). The powertrain is equipped with an Assist and Slip clutch, five-speed transmission and high-performance carbon-fiber drive belt. Tires are Michelin Scorcher radials, including a 240mm rear. Brembo® triple-disc performance brakes are available with optional factory-installed anti-lock braking system (ABS). ABS is part of the optional Security Package that also includes the Smart Security System with proximity-based, hands-free security fob.

2012 New Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle Pictures

2012 Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle Model Highlights

NEW V-Rod® 10th Anniversary emblem
– Rubber-mounted, liquid-cooled, 1250 cc Revolution® engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI); 122 hp @ 8,250 rpm; 86 ft. lbs. @ 6,500 rpm. Satin chrome dual exhaust with turn-out mufflers.

– Security Package option including factory-installed Harley-Davidson® Smart Security System with hands-free fob and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
– Michelin® Scorcher® tires
– Platinum powder-coated powertrain with polished covers
– Satin chrome dual exhaust with turn-out mufflers
– Silver, Five-Spoke Cast Aluminum wheels
– Sport front fender with black brace supports and blacked-out rear section
– Polished aluminum handlebar with integrated riser
– Polished forged aluminum triple clamps
– Chopped rear fender
– Angular airbox with side covers
– Color-matched radiator shrouds
– Satin black headlamp bucket
– LED front turn signals integrated in mirror stems
– LED combined stop/tail/turn light integrated within rear fender
– Side-mounted license plate
– 43 mm inverted forks
– Stylized rear shocks with black springs
– Black frame
– Deep, drag-style two-up seat

2012 New Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle

2012 Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle Features and Benefits

– High-performance Brembo® triple-disc brakes with available ABS
– Race-bred slip and assist clutch helps ease drive train effort during downshifting
– 240 mm wide rear tire
– Forward-mounted footpegs and controls
– Teardrop reflector-optic headlight
– Electric power accessory connector under seat

Specifications
US MSRP Price: Vivid Black $14,999, Solids $15,309 to $15,509 USD

Dimensions
Length 92.8 in. (2357 mm)
Overall Width 40.2 in. (1021 mm)
Overall Height 45.7 in. (1161 mm)
Seat Height:
– Laden2 25.6 in. (650 mm)
– Unladen 26.7 in. (678 mm)
Ground Clearance 4.8 in. (122 mm)
Rake (steering head) 34°
Fork Angle 34°
Trail 5.6 in. (142 mm)
Wheelbase 67.0 in. (1702 mm)

Tires (Michelin® Scorcher® “11” front and rear):
– Front – Scorcher® “11” 120/70ZR-19 60W
– Rear – Scorcher® “11” 240/40R-18 79V
Fuel Capacity 5.0 gal. (18.9 L) (warning light at approximately 0.5 gal.)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 5.0 qts. (4.7 L)
Coolant Capacity 2.5 qts. (2.4 L)

Weight:
– As Shipped 640 lbs. (290.0 kg)
– In Running Order 673 lbs. (305.0 kg)
– Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1075 lbs. (488.0 kg)
– Gross Axle Weight Rating
– Front 377 lbs. (171.0 kg)
– Rear 698 lbs. (317.0 kg)

Engine
Engine Liquid-cooled, Revolution®, 60° V-Twin
Valves Overhead cam, 4 valves per cylinder, solid tappet with shim-under-bucket lash adjustment
Bore x Stroke 4.134 in. x 2.835 in. (105 mm x 72 mm)
Displacement 76.28 cu. in. (1250 cc)
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Fuel System3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Down draft intake
Lubrication System Wet-sump, integrated with powertrain crankcase

Drivetrain
Primary Drive Gear, 117/64 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 72/28 ratio
Clutch 9-plate, wet, A&S (Assist & Slip)
Transmission 5-speed
Gear Ratios (overall): U.S.
– 1st 11.752
– 2nd 7.898
– 3rd 6.322
– 4th 5.459
– 5th 4.899

Chassis
Frame Steel perimeter upper frame with hydroformed main rails and bolt-on lower frame rails; MIG welded
Swingarm Polished, one-piece cast aluminum
Front Forks 43 mm Inverted
Rear Shocks Preload adjustable
Wheels4: Black 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
– Front 19 in. x 3 in. (483 mm x 76 mm)
– Rear 18 in. x 8 in. (457 mm x 203 mm)

Brakes:
– Caliper Type 4-piston front and rear
– Rotor Type (diameter x width): Patented, one-piece floating rotor (front), uniform expansion rotor (rear)
– Front (dual) 11.81 in. x .2 in. (300 mm x 5.1 mm)
– Rear 11.81 in. x .28 in. (300 mm x 7.1 mm)
– Anti-lock Braking System: Available

Suspension Travel:
– Front Wheel 4 in. (102 mm)
– Rear Wheel 2.9 in. (74 mm)

Performance
Engine Torque5 (per J1349):
– North America 86 ft. lbs. @ 6500 RPM (117 Nm @ 6500 RPM)
Lean Angle (per J1168):
– Right 32°
– Left 32°

Fuel Economy6 (EPA urban/highway test) 37 mpg (6.3 L/100 km)

COLOR OPTIONS
Solids
– Vivid Black
– Black Denim
Two-Tones
– Chrome Yellow featuring Black graphics

U.S. MSRP
Vivid Black $14,999
Solids $15,309
Solids $15,509

Electric
Battery (per Battery Council International Rating)
Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 19-amp/hour, 270 cca
Charging Three-phase, 38-amp system (439W @ 13V, 2000 rpm, 489W max power @ 13V)
Starting 0.08 kW electric with direct drive starter motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation):
– Headlamp (quartz halogen) 55-watt low beam, 65-watt high beam
– Lights, Turn Signal Integrated LED
– Rear Tail/Stop/Turn Signal Lights Integrated Dual Color LED
– Indicator Lamps: High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, security system7 (optional), coolant temperature, low fuel warnings

Warranty
Warranty8 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval9 First 1000 miles (1600 km), every 5000 miles (8000 km) thereafter

2012 New Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle Review

 

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