The 2009 Harley-Davidson muscle bike lineup is more diversified than ever before thanks to the addition of the all-new V-Rod Muscle while also carrying on the base V-Rod model and the Night Rod Special. It is what we like to call “Harley’s VRSC magic triangle” simply because you won’t get out of it on your feet, but on two wheels.
With sculpted bodywork stretched taut over a powerful new physique, the 2009 VRSCF V-Rod Muscle rides its way onto the Power Cruiser scene with a broad-shouldered presence. Gaping air scoops, sweeping side-pipe exhaust and a huge rear tire spinning under a clean, clipped fender speak to a contemporary, urban sense of style and performance. The Muscle pushes the Harley-Davidson V-Rod platform into a new turf, where it aims to hold its ground.
VRSC Key Features
Standard on all 2009 VRSC models, the 60-degree Revolution 1250cc V-Twin is liquid-cooled and features Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), dual overhead cams, four-valve heads, and a five-speed transmission. The engine is rubber-mounted in a hydroformed steel perimeter frame. A shell covers the large-volume airbox located over the engine. A five-gallon fuel tank is located below the seat on all VRSC models. The engine is tuned to produce up to 125 hp at 8250 rpm and up to 85 ft-lbs. of torque at 7000 rpm.
Each VRSC model is available with optional, factory-installed Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). Designed to work in conjunction with high-performance Brembo triple-disc brakes, this is the most advanced braking system offered on any power cruiser. ABS is designed to help the rider maintain control during braking events, especially those that happen in less-than-optimal conditions. The components of the Harley-Davidson ABS have been designed and packaged to be virtually invisible, preserving the uncluttered styling of the area around the wheels. Unlike many motorcycle ABS, Harley-Davidson ABS is not a linked system, meaning the rider maintains full, independent control of both front and rear brakes.
Harley-Davidson first introduced the VRSCA V-Rod in 2001 as a 2002 model year and the new model had little to do with the original image of the American brand. The fact is that there was more to it than just the unique looks. Inspired by the VR-1000 racing motorcycle, the V-Rod remains Harley-Davidson’s first motorcycle to combine fuel injection, overhead cams and liquid cooling, and to deliver 115 horsepower.
The Night Rod was launched in 2006 and the Night Rod Special followed a year later.
In 2008, we could already talk about an entire VRSC lineup (a series of Screamin’ Eagle models have also been manufactured) which featured an upgraded engine displacement from 1130cc (69ci) to 1250cc (73.6ci), a slipper clutch as standard equipment and optional ABS.
Initially launched as an American alternative to Japanese muscle bikes, the VRSC lineup now leaves riders with no better, but definitely bigger, alternative than its three 2009 models. Suzuki’s brand new 2009 Boulevard M90 is considered a direct competitor for the Harleys despite the significantly bigger engine and so are the two Star Warrior models, the simple and the Midnight Warrior .
New V-Rod Muscle
The wide, angular air-box cover and chopped tail section look as solid and smooth as billet and give the new V-Rod Muscle lines that are clean and powerful. The size of the massive 240 mm rear tire is accentuated by the new broad, clipped and clean rear fender. The combination stop/tail/turn LED light is tucked under the edge of the rear fender, and the side-mount license plate leaves the fender surface smooth and uncluttered. Front-end styling balances the rear, with a trimmed fender that’s blacked out behind satin-finished inverted forks and LED turn signals integrated into the mirror stems. The radiator shrouds are restyled and color-matched to the rest of the bodywork, while the new airbox side covers incorporate air scoop inlets covered with woven wire mesh. The silver five-spoke cast aluminum front and rear wheels are a new design for the V-Rod line.
A new deep seat holds the rider firmly in place against the thrust of the Revolution V-Twin engine. The Muscle features forward foot controls, and a new handlebar with internal wiring. The handlebar is 1.5-inch cast aluminum with tubular steel ends and integrated risers. Bold polished forged aluminum triple clamps secure the inverted forks and frame the distinctive V-Rod teardrop reflector optic headlamp, housed in a satin black bucket.
The long profile of a 34-degree fork rake is stretched visually by new “sidepipe” dual exhausts in satin chrome with fat, turn-out mufflers exiting behind the rear axle. The V-Rod Muscle is available in Vivid Black, Brilliant Silver, Dark Blue Denim and Red Hot Sunglo.
The evolution of the original Harley-Davidson power cruiser continues in 2009. The V-Rod rolls on a fat 240 mm rear tire. The sweeping exhaust ends in bright chrome slash-cut mufflers. A scooped seat cradles the rider just 26 inches off the pavement. Welded pull-back handlebar frame the clamshell instrument pod and teardrop reflector optic headlamp. Raked out to 36 degrees, 49 mm forks hold an anodized aluminum Profile laced front wheel. The V-Rod is available in six production color combinations, including new Red Hot Sunglo, Flame Blue Pearl, Vivid Black/Pewter Pearl, Flame Blue Pearl/Pewter Pearl and three new Custom Color combinations: Black Ice/Blue Ice, Light Candy Root Beer/Dark Candy Root Beer, and Big Purple Flake/Brilliant Silver.
Night Rod Special
An all-black Revolution V-Twin engine, fork legs, swing arm and other blacked-out components give the VRSCDX Night Rod Special a raw, street-tough attitude. A nacelle surrounds a round reflector-optic headlight. The brushed aluminum Straight-shot Dual mufflers have black end caps and exhaust shields. Drag bars and forward foot controls put the rider in a stretched-out posture. A contrasting racing stripe paint scheme traces the length of the bike. Black Slotted cast aluminum wheels have a fine orange stripe on the rim. A seat height of just 25.2-inches is the lowest of any VRSC model. This last is available in Black Denim with a Vivid Black stripe, in Vivid Black with a Pewter Pearl stripe, or in Vivid Black with a Mirage Orange Pearl stripe.
The 2009 V-Rod Muscle comes with pretty decent starting prices for a new addition - $ 17,199 (Black) or $ 17,504 (Color). The standard V-Rod starts at $ 14,999 (Black), $ 15,304 (Color), $ 15,469 (Two-Tone) or $ 15,639 (Custom) while the Night Rod Special has a $ 16,699 MSRP.
Introduced to make a difference on the newly spotted market, the very first V-Rod model ended up developing a whole new model range. In 2009, the VRSC lineup is a great muscle bike supplier and the best about the three models is that they come straight from the source, unlike their Japanese contenders which do get their fair share of the market anyway.
Engine and Transmission
76.28 cu. in.
Liquid-cooled, Revolution®, 60° V-Twin
Bore x Stroke:
4.13 in. x 2.83 in.
86.00 ft lbs @ 6500 rpm (V-Rod Muscle) / 84.00 ft. lbs @ 7000 rpm (V-Rod) / 85.00 ft. lbs @ 7000 rpm (Night Rod Special)
Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Miles per Gallon:
42 hwy / 34 city
Gear, 117/64 ratio
Gear Ratio (overall)
Chassis and Dimensions
Brakes: 4-piston front and rear
Parking Brake: N/A
Lean Angle (per SAEJ1168):
32° / 32°
Exhaust System: Satin chrome, straight-shot side pipes (V-Rod Muscle) / Chrome, slash-cut exhaust w/ dual mufflers (V-Rod) / Brushed, straight-shot exhaust w/ dual mufflers; black End Caps & shield (Night Rod Special)
Front Wheel: Black, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum (V-Rod Muscle) / Brushed, Profile Laced Aluminum (V-Rod) / Black, Slotted Disc Cast Aluminum (Night Rod Special)
Rear Wheel: Black, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum (V-Rod Muscle) / Machined, Slotted Disc Cast Aluminum (V-Rod) / Black, Slotted Disc Cast Aluminum (Night Rod Special)
Wheel Option: N/A
Front Tire: 120/70ZR-19 60W
Rear Tire: 240/40R-18 79V
Length: 92.8 in. (V-Rod Muscle) / 94.4 in. (V-Rod and Night Rod Special)
Seat Height: 25.6 in. (laden) / 26.7 in. (unladen) - V-Rod Muscle; 26.0 in. (laden) / 27.1 in. (unladen) - V-Rod; 25.2 in. (laden) / 26.3 in. (unladen) - Night Rod Special
Ground Clearance: 4.80 in. (V-Rod Muscle) / 5.00 in. (V-Rod) / 4.20 in. (Night Rod Special)
Rake Steering Head/Trail: 34° / 5.60 in. (V-Rod Muscle) / 34° / 4.50 in. (V-Rod and Night Rod Special)
Wheelbase: 67.0 in. (V-Rod Muscle) / 67.2 in. (V-Rod and Night Rod Special)
Track Width: N/A
Fuel Capacity: 5.0 gal.
Oil Capacity: 4.5 qt.
Dry Weight: 640.0 lbs. (V-Rod Muscle) / 637.0 lbs. (V-Rod) / 643.0 lbs. (Night Rod Special)
Running Order: 673.0 lbs. (V-Rod Muscle) / 670.0 lbs. (V-Rod) / 676.0 lbs. (Night Rod Special)
Instruments: Electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock on odometer, dual tripmeter, fuel gauge with low fuel warning light and countdown feature, low oil pressure indicator light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights, tachometer
Indicator Lamps: High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, security system (optional), coolant temperature, low fuel warnings