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Harley-Davidson VRSC Platform Muscles Up for 2008

1250cc Revolution V-Twin with Slipper Clutch on All Models, ABS Now an Option

MILWAUKEE (July 9, 2007) – The Harley-Davidson family of VRSC premium power cruisers will pack more muscle in 2008. All three VRSC models are powered by the 1250cc Revolution liquid-cooled V-Twin engine, a powertrain originally developed for the Screamin’ Eagle V-Rod and now tuned to crank out up to 125 horsepower and 85 ft.-lbs. of torque. To help harness this new-found power, a new slipper clutch is part of the powertrain. And, for the first time, all VRSC models will be available with optional Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS).

As the only Harley-Davidson platform powered by a liquid-cooled V-Twin engine, the VRSC family offers sleek, drag-bike styling and the performance of high-revving horsepower. A low seat height, stretched-out profile with 36-degree fork angle, wide rear tire and premium components like Brembo triple-disc brakes and 49 mm forks, are characteristics of each VRSC model. These are power cruisers that share the performance and technology legacy of the Screamin’ Eagle / Vance & Hines drag racing team, three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champions.

NEW ON VRSC FOR 2008


1250cc Revolution V-Twin engine: Originally designed for the CVO Screamin’ Eagle V-Rod, bore is increased to 105 mm from 100 mm, boosting displacement from 1130 cc to 1250 cc. This engine is tuned to produce up to 125 hp at 8250 rpm and up to 85 ft-lbs. of torque at 7000. The 60-degree Revolution V-Twin engine 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 hydroformed steel perimeter frame. A steel shell covers the large-volume airbox. A 5-gallon fuel tank is located below the seat on all VRSC models.

Slipper Clutch: All 2008 VRSC models have a new clutch with race-bred “slipper” action that helps mitigate drivetrain strain and rear-wheel lock-up during downshifting. Integral with the new clutch design is an assist feature that reduces clutch-lever effort by more than 20 percent.

Optional ABS: For the first time, each VRSC model is available with optional, factory-installed Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). Designed to work in conjunction with the high-performance Brembo brakes on all VRSC models, this is the most advanced braking system offered on any power cruiser. ABS is designed to help the rider maintain control during emergency stopping situations, especially those that happen in less than ideal conditions. The components of the Harley-Davidson ABS have been designed and packaged to be virtually invisible, preserving the clean custom styling of the area around the wheels. Unlike many motorcycle ABS, Harley-Davidson ABS is a manual, independent system, meaning the rider maintains full, independent control of how much of each brake is applied.

105th Anniversary Edition: A limited-edition, serialized VRSCAW V-Rod 105th Anniversary Edition will be available in 2008 (see separate release for details on the 105th Anniversary package).
VRSCAW V-Rod
Descendant of the original V-Rod that helped launch the power-cruiser segment, the VRSCAW V-Rod rolls on a huge 240 mm rear tire, with forward controls and pull-back welded handlebar. The new 1250cc liquid-cooled Revolution V-Twin engine sends 121 peak horsepower and 84 ft.-lbs. of peak torque to that brawny rear tire in 2008. The Brushed Aluminum Profile Laced front wheel is new for 2008.

VRSCAW V-Rod features:
NEW Liquid-cooled, 1250cc Revolution V-Twin engine
NEW 121 hp at 8000 rpm/84 ft. lbs. torque at 7000 rpm
NEW Slipper Clutch with reduced lever effort
NEW optional ABS
NEW Brushed aluminum Profile Laced 19-inch front wheel
Machined Slotted Disc Cast Aluminum 18-inch rear wheel
Two-tone silver and charcoal powder-coated cylinders with chrome covers
Chrome Slash-cut Dual exhaust pipes
240 mm wide rear tire
Forward controls
Black hand controls
Silver-leafed frame with clear coat
Welded pull-back handlebar
Teardrop reflector-optic headlight
26-inch seat height
Optional Smart Security System

VRSCD Night Rod
New Black Five Spoke Cast Aluminum wheels reinforce the dark theme of the VRSCD Night Rod, which features a black powdercoated 125-hp Revolution V-Twin engine with highlighted fins and polished covers, black frame, mirrors, hand controls, and other components. Mid-mount controls and highway pegs offer the rider cruising options.

VRSCD Night Rod features:
NEW Liquid-cooled, 1250cc Revolution V-Twin engine
NEW 125 hp at 8250 rpm/85 ft. lbs. torque at 7000 rpm
NEW Slipper Clutch with reduced lever effort
NEW optional ABS
NEW 18-inch Black Five Spoke Cast Aluminum rear/19-inch front wheel
Black powder-coated engine with highlighted fins and polished covers
Chrome, Straight-shot Dual exhaust
180 mm rear tire
Mid-mount controls with highway pegs
Black mirrors, hand controls and springs
Black powder-coated frame
Adjustable handlebar
Round reflector-optic headlight
Color-matched speed screen visor
26-inch seat height
Optional Smart Security System

VRSCDX Night Rod Special
The VRSCDX Night Rod Special is even darker and nastier than the Night Rod. Features include drag bars and forward controls, an all-black 125-hp Revolution V-Twin engine and more blacked-out components, including the fork legs and a wide swing arm supporting a beefy 240 mm rear tire. Brushed Straight-shot Dual mufflers have black end caps and heat shields. A contrasting racing stripe paint scheme traces the length of the bike. The 25.2-inch seat height makes Night Rod Special the lowest VRSC model.

VRSCDX Night Rod Special features:
NEW Liquid-cooled, 1250 cc Revolution V-Twin engine
NEW 125 hp at 8250 rpm/85 ft. lbs. torque at 7000 rpm
NEW Slipper Clutch with reduced lever effort
NEW optional ABS
Black powder-coated engine with highlighted fins and black covers
Brushed Straight-shot Dual exhaust with black end caps and exhaust covers
240 mm wide rear tire
Forward controls
Blacked-out mirrors, rear shocks and controls
Black steel frame
Drag-style handlebar
Round reflector-optic headlight
Color-matched speed screen visor
Black Machined Slotted Disc Cast Aluminum 18-inch rear/19-inch front wheels with orange pin striping
Contrasting racing stripe paint scheme
25.2-inch seat height
Optional Smart Security System

Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.
 

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I would take my 05 CVO and the 08 Dx, yup I would be very happy with both. They boys with R got themselves a nice rare bike.
 

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Thanks X1 Mike for the update.

Looks like a lot of fun!
 
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