2012 Harley-Davidson MotorcycleDue to its popularity within the Harley-Davidson community, the Motor Company released three versions of the V-Rod for 2012 – the 10th Anniversary, the Night Rod and last but not least, the V-Rod Muscle.
The V-Rod Muscle is the ultimate power cruiser, flexing much muscle through the Revolution engine, a 1250cc (76 ci) liquid-cooled V-Twin with dual-overhead camshafts, four-valve cylinder heads and Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI).The 122 horsepower from the V-Twin is transferred through an Assist and Slip clutch, five-speed transmission, and high-performance carbon-fiber drive belt out to a massive, 240mm Michelin Scorcher tire. Doing the stopping is a triple-disc Brembo braking system.The V-Rod Muscle, available in Vivid Black, Black Denim and Two-Chrome Yellow shown above, features all the items that help define the muscle bike – a wide airbox cover, side cover scoops, and dual exhausts in satin chrome with fat, turn-out mufflers. The Muscle also features the abbreviated tail section, chopped rear fender and deep seat.2012 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle Key Features
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.
NEW V-Rod 10th Anniversary emblem.
Black, 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.
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 front forks.
Stylized rear shocks with black springs.
Deep, drag-style two-up seat.
2012 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle Colors/MSRP:
Vivid Black / $14,999
Black Denim / $15,309
Two-tone Chrome Yellow / Black Graphics / $15,509
For specs on the 2012 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle, click here.
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In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
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