Motorcycle Types Cruiser 2012 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle | Preview

2012 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle | Preview

2012 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Due 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.
  • Black frame.
  • 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.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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