Neither sportbike, nor cruiser. Neither Harley, nor Porsche. The Street Rod is a conundrum of a motorcycle. Original V-Rod owners and fans wailed about the suspension, both front and rear, and the V-Rod's unsporting handling, particularly in corners. Say what you well about Harley-Davidson's creative and marketing departments but these guys know exactly what they're doing and they know how to take a hint.
The Street Rod was born. A Harley-Davidson with a Porsche co-developed V-Rod engine, 43mm inverted forks, improved rear suspension, and sportbike-like ergonomics and handling. Upper body angle is 20 degrees further forward while feet come 60 degrees closer in for a more tucked position. The Street Rods lean angle is 8 degrees tighter, and with better suspension to cut those corners with.
For 2006, the V-Rod's fifth anniversary year, Harley-Davidson offered the Street Rod in a custom Screaming Eagle Edition paint job. Only 150 models came in the scheme you see in the photos. A Harley-Davidson emblem on the lower right corner of the tank indicated this is #2 of 150. I took a few pictures at Studio Cycle Group of this stunning 2006 Harley-Davidson V-Rod VRSC Street Rod.
Little known fact: Both Dave and Dennis Heilman at Studio Cycle Group are experienced Porsche mechanics and are always excited to see a V-Rod in the shop.
2006 Harley-Davidson V-Rod VRSC Street Rod Specifications:
Engine Type: V Twin
Engine Stroke: 4-Stroke
Cooling: Liquid Valves: 8
Valves Per Cylinder: 4
Compression Ratio: 11.3:1
Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
Primary Drive: Belt
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR19 60W
Rear Tire: 180/55 ZR18 74W
Front Brakes: Dual Disc
Rear Brake: Disc
Wheelbase: 66.8 in / 1696.7 mm
Fuel Capacity (gal/l) 5 / 18.9
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So what is it? Sportbike or cruiser? Harley or Porsche?