2012 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition

The Harley-Davidson VRSC (V-twin racing street custom), or V-Rod, is a line of V-twin cruiser motorcycles made by Harley-Davidson from 1999 until 2017. They are often called muscle bikes for their relatively high power output. The V-Rods are the first street motorcycles made by Harley-Davidson with overhead camshafts and liquid cooling.

The VRSCDX is marketed as the factory made custom version of the standard Night Rod and is also part of Harley-Davidson’s “Dark Custom” series. In addition to a 240 mm wide rear tire, most of the chrome components of the VRSCD were replaced with black. The wheels were replaced by black slotted disk wheels, with dark orange pin striping. The Straight shot dual exhaust produced a claimed 120 hp (89 kW) at the crank.

The motorcycle is powered by a liquid-cooled, Revolution, 60° V-Twin engine with a displacement of 1250 cc. The engine puts out 125 hp @ 8,250 rpm and 85 ft.lbs of torque at 7000 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheel through a five speed gear box and the fuel consumption is rated at 37 mpg (city/highway).


A 5-gallon tank was standard. The DX also include racing stripes. In 2008 the VRSCDX Night Rod Special’s Revolution was increased from 1,131 to 1,247 cc (69.0 to 76.1 cu in), producing claimed torque of 85 lbf⋅ft (115 N⋅m) @ 7,000 rpm, and peak power of 125 hp (93 kW) at the crank, a slipper-clutch was also added, as was an ABS option.

For the 2012 model year, Harley-Davidson launched a tenth anniversary version of the Night Rod Special. This model had a straight-shot exhaust with dual, chrome slash-cut mufflers and chrome exhaust shield; split five-spoke cast aluminum wheels with diamond cut highlights; pullback handlebar with polished finish; inverted front forks in silver and polished finishes; stylized, chrome speed screen visor; graphics, including V-Rod 10th anniversary emblem; and chrome powertrain with platinum crankcase and heads.

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