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Harley-Davidson V-Rod Street Rod

2006 Harley-Davidson V-Rod VRSC Street Rod

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
Cams: DOHC
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

Check out the 2003 Harley-Davidson Sportster 100th Anniversary Edition and our home page for more stories.

So what is it? Sportbike or cruiser? Harley or Porsche?

Editor’s note: This 2006 Harley-Davidson V-Rod VRSCD Street Rod had a special limited edition paint trim that’s pretty rare. Click here if you’re interested in learning more about limited edition Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and how to tell real ones from fakes.

About Adrian from YouMotorcycle

I started riding motorcycles in 2007, founded YouMotorcycle in 2009, and was working in the motorcycle industry by 2011. I've worked for some of the biggest companies in motorcycling, before going full-time self-employed in the motorcycle business in 2019. I love sharing his knowledge and passion of motorcycling with other riders to help you as best I can.

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