The 2013 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle is one of the strongest players in its segment as its classy design language, modern technologies and the capable engine help it deliver first class performances.
The motorcycle can be easily recognized thanks to its drag-style handle bars, dual exhaust with satin chrome finish, fat rear tyre and the unique radiator design.
Power comes from a 1.247 cc Liquid-cooled, Revolution, 60° V-Twin engine which develops a peak torque of 115 Nm at 6,500 rpm and offers an average fuel consumption of 6.3 l/100 km.
The capable engine is paired with a modern ’slipper’ clutch which provides smooth, high-power handling in turns or whenever you downshift by reducing clutch friction.
As far as technologies go, the Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle is equipped with H-D Smart Security System, Brembo Brakes with Standard ABS and a dual side exhaust system.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle.
The 2013 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle VRSCF power motorcycle is full of power cruiser style, performance and ride enhancement features including a ’slipper’ Harley clutch. The ’slipper’ motorcycle clutch (’slip and assist’) is a unique Harley clutch that provides smooth, high-power handling in turns or whenever you downshift. By reducing clutch friction, the V-Rod Muscle slipper clutch helps keep your rear wheel at a controlled clip. The Harley slipper clutch also comes on the V-Rod Night Rod Special H-D power motorbike. In addition to the slipper clutch, the V-Rod Muscle features satin chrome, dual side exhaust with turnout mufflers. Jetting out past the rear axle, these dominating motorcycle pipes add to the fierce, beefy look of the bike. This Harley V-Rod Muscle motorcycle exhaust system proves that a performance exhaust can still be a beautiful set of pipes. The 240 mm wide tyre in back also enhances the fat custom look of this power motorbike. Check out another Harley V-Rod model, the Night Rod Special, which is also a power motorcycle cruiser. While you’re at it, learn about features on a few of the other new 2013 Harley-Davidson, like the chopper-inspired Sportster Seventy-Two, the bare-bones bobber Softail Slim, and the all-new CVO Breakout custom.
Drag-style Handle Bars with Instrument Cluster
Take to the streets in an aggressive power cruising position. With its aluminum shell cast over steel 1-inch tubing and internally-routed wiring, this angular drag-inspired bar comes on with a clean, mean and meaty attitude. The attached triple gauge cluster—bold, sleek and and easy-to-read mph, rpm and fuel gauges—is our distinct take on custom performance.
Dual Exhaust with Satin Chrome Finish
The V-Rod Muscle® motorcycle proves that a performance exhaust can still be a beautiful set of pipes. Satin chrome, dual side exhaust with fat turnout mufflers combines the style of a muscle car with top-of-the-line Harley-Davidson performance at every twist of the throttle. Jetting out past the rear axle, these dominating pipes add to the fierce, beefy look of the bike.
Fat Rear Tyre
Behold an ultra-fat, 240mm rear tyre for a powerful, no-nonsense look and added grip. Harnessing explosive, off-the-line power, the rear tyre on the V-Rod Muscle® motorcycle enhances the pure dragster look with the sticky, high-performance tread you need for staying glued to the pavement.
Air Box Cover
Matching the color and angular design of the V-Rod Muscle® model bodywork, the air box cover incorporates side scoops covered with woven wire mesh for a meaty, powerful race bike look. You can’t help but think about the Detroit muscle cars from back in the day.
Mirror Turn Signals
Adding to the clean, streamlined design of the V-Rod Muscle® model are the front LED turn signals. Integrated into the stems of the mirrors, these bright functional indicators are smartly combined with the mirrors to help shore up the front end for a clean, custom look.
LED Stop-Turn-Tail Lights
Bright, highly visible LED lights in combined stop-tail-turn signals are integrated into the rear fender of the V-Rod Muscle® model. Hugging and accentuating the massive rear tyre, the design of the combination lights match other angular shapes of the bodywork for an impressive, consistent look from wheel to wheel.
Every inch of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle is created to sync up with the bike’s overall look and performance. The V-Rod Muscle® model is no exception. As the very first water-cooled Harley-Davidson, we turned to styling to make sure the radiator on the V-Rod models became part of the design instead of an interruption to the flow of the eye.
Race-inspired, 43mm inverted forks help reduce unsprung weight and increase strength and rigidity of the assembly. They add to the wide look that flows all the way through to the tail of the V-Rod Muscle® motorcycle. Strong and sporty—the front end is a testament to the dominating look of a modern muscle car.
Up to two times thicker than the competition, custom quality paint comes standard on all Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Clearcoat layering up to five mils deep. Bigger metal flakes. Unique effects. Skimping simply is not in our vocabulary.
Revolution® Engine Heritage
From the Strip to the Street. Harley-Davidson has a passion for performance that is rooted in decades of racing and winning championships. So when The Motor Company set out to produce a high-powered, liquid-cooled engine, it began with the VR1000 superbike engine. Its performance is inspired by American-style, big, powerful torque coupled with high-end horsepower. The Revolution® engine is the heart of a machine that attracts a new breed of riders who are fascinated by the heritage and mystique of Harley-Davidson and the power of a high-end street performance motorcycle.
Revolution® Engine Innovation
Through a partnership with legendary automaker, Porsche, and their world-renowned team of engineers, Harley-Davidson created a revolutionary engine. The final result was something uniquely Harley-Davidson, the industry’s most perfect blend of torque and horsepower in the high revving V-Twin Revolution® engine. Fuel injection. Dual overhead cams. Liquid cooled. Massive, brute power behind pure Harley-Davidson innovation.
Pure Harley-Davidson Styling
Feast your eyes on the Revolution® engine and there’s no mistaking its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson® style through and through with an attention to detail you won’t find from any other motorcycle company. The unique, platinum finished Revolution® engine features polished cylinder heads and rocker covers for a one-of-a-kind look, while the machined cooling fin tips give it a stripped down metal finish. It’s a jewel machined out of metal. Pure. Dripping with power. From the classic edge of the cooling fins to the clean lines of cases and covers—the Revolution® engine makes an ironclad statement to holding on to what’s right and staying true to what satisfies the rider.
Custom Power and Performance
Tuned to produce 122 horsepower, the 1250cc Revolution® engine on the V-Rod Muscle® model is one of Harley-Davidson’s highest horsepower engine to this day. With dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, it provides 86 ft. lbs. of torque at 6500 rpm, while feeling refined and velvety smooth all the way up to the redline.
High Marks for Durability
The Harley-Davidson Revolution® engine is an extremely durable motorcycle engine. It survived the most brutal and aggressive durability test in the industry: the Dusseldorf Test. Simulating a grueling trip along Germany’s notorious Autobahn, the engine endured a wide range of performance tests. From idle states to city speeds, to wide-open throttle and mountain climbing torque, the Revolution engine surpassed the goal of 500 hours of non-stop performance.
H-D® Smart Security System
The factory-installed next-generation security system features a hands-free fob that automatically arms and disarms the vehicle electronic security functions as you approach and walk away from the bike. Stick the fob on your ignition key ring and let it do all the work. It’s this attention to details and security that make Harley-Davidson® motorcycles unique.
Harley-Davidson’s Chief Styling Officer Emeritus, Willie G. Davidson, asked for a frame so beautiful it could sit in a museum. And that’s exactly what the Harley-Davidson team of engineers created. Using an innovative process called hydroforming, they were able to form unconventional angles and apply fewer welds by bending and shaping metal pipes with high-pressure water. The result: a sturdy chassis with improved rigidity. To date, The Motor Company is the only major motorcycle manufacturer to use hydroforming to construct frames.
Hand controls on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle are incredibly intuitive. The turn signals are self-canceling and, based on the speed and angle of the motorcycle, they know how long to stay on. Engaging the controls quickly becomes second nature so you can focus less on turning off your signal and more on basking in the freedom of the ride.
Artfully Hidden Technology
Harley-Davidson leverages the latest in technology without compromising style and function. That means we hide electronics. The whole wiring harness is skillfully routed behind the jewels of the bike—the tank, engine and all the other eye-popping features you want to see. It’s just another way The Motor Company goes the extra mile to give its bikes that premium, top-of-the-line fit and finish.
Brembo® Brakes with Standard ABS
Increased confidence. Control. High-performance Brembo® dual-disk brakes offer consistent stopping power at every leg of your journey. Plus, the standard Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) helps reduce the chance of wheel lock-up if you need to brake suddenly. And since we hid the speed sensor, the bike maintains its clean, slick look. Performance without sacrificing style. That’s what The Motor Company is all about.
Taken from the racetrack to the world of custom. This model features a ’slipper,’ (or ’slip and assist’) clutch that provides smoother, high-power handling in turns or whenever you downshift. By reducing clutch friction, the slipper clutch helps keep your rear wheel at a controlled clip.
Michelin® Scorcher™ Tyres
The Michelin® Scorcher™ tyres provide the superior performance, sensational grip, impressive durability and excellent handling expected on a race-bred bike. The exclusive deep-cut tread design improves grip and water evacuation capability. Grip performance and durability is also enhanced by the tyre’s rubber compounds, which use the latest generation of Michelin synthetic polymers. Under the rear rubber, aramid belts are used to stabilize your ride, which helps inspire confidence in handling.
Tuned to Be Ridden
Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are different from any other bike out on the road. There’s a balance to them. The steering, the maneuverability—it’s all in concert. And each Harley-Davidson® model is tuned differently to create a unique riding experience for each individual no matter which bike they swing their leg over. Let’s face it, we didn’t get to where we are by being like everyone else.
With the custom forward-mounted controls on this model, you can kick back a little and stretch your legs for the ultimate power cruise through town or across the state line. It’s time to take in the open road the way you were meant to—on a two-wheeled machine that’s built to outmuscle the rest.
Seat Engineering and Design
The seat is home for Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders. They want a seat that has unique style without sacrificing comfort. Because of that, Harley-Davidson invests a lot of time in researching, designing and testing seats so that every bike has just the right saddle.
|Engine||Liquid-cooled, Revolution®, 60° V-Twin|
|Fuel System||Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)|
|Seat Height, Unladen||705 mm|
|Ground Clearance||105 mm|
|Rake (steering head) (deg)||34|
|Tyres, Front Specification||120/70ZR-19 60W|
|Tyres, Rear Specification||240/40R-18 79V|
|Fuel Capacity||18.9 l|
|Oil Capacity (w/filter)||4.7 l|
|Weight, As Shipped||292 kg|
|Weight, In Running Order||307 kg|
|Primary Drive Gear,||117/64 ratio|
|Gear Ratios (overall)||1st 10.969|
|Gear Ratios (overall)||2nd 7.371|
|Gear Ratios (overall)||3rd 5.9|
|Gear Ratios (overall)||4th 5.095|
|Gear Ratios (overall)||5th 4.563|
|Gear Ratios (overall)||6th N/A|
|Exhaust||Satin chrome, dual side exhaust system with black end caps|
|Wheels, Optional Style Type||N/A|
|Wheels, Front Type||Black, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum|
|Wheels, Rear Type||Black, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum|
|Brakes, Caliper Type||4-piston front and rear|
|Engine Torque Testing Method||EEC/95/1|
|Engine Torque||115 Nm|
|Engine Torque (rpm)||6,500|
|Lean Angle, Right (deg.)||32|
|Lean Angle, Left (deg.)||32|
|Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy||6.3 l/100 km|