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2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special
2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special

2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special
2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special

2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special
2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special

2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special
2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special

2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special
2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special



2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special Review

2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special

Massive power meets cutting-edge technology for a nimble ride that takes dark to pitch black...

The Night Rod® Special features a tapered tail section, lighter-weight wheels, and improved ergonomics with reduced reach to both the rider footpegs and handlebar. Inverted front forks and retuned rear suspension enhance ride and handling. This is a blacked-out, dark and sinister power cruiser that's at home in a back alley.


 

 

2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

NEW Standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
NEW Paint color
• Lighter-weight Black Split 5-spoke Cast Aluminum wheels with pinstripe accent
• Tapered tail section with flush-mount LED taillight
• Pull-back handlebar places controls three inches closer to the rider
• Reduced reach, forward-mounted rider footpegs
• Inverted front forks
• Two-up seat with custom stitching
• Stylized black speed screen visor
• Slim design, center-mount license plate
• Straight-shot exhaust with brushed finish dual mufflers; black end caps and exhaust shield
• Black powder-coated engine with black covers
• Blacked-out frame, handlebar, front fork, triple clamps and covers
• Racing stripe on airbox and tail section
• Sport front fender with painted brace supports
• 240 mm wide rear tire
• Rubber-mounted, liquid-cooled 1250cc Revolution® V-Twin engine with dual overhead camshafts, four-valve cylinder heads and
Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI); 125 hp @ 8,250 rpm; 85 ft. lbs. torque @ 7,000 rpm
• Race-bred clutch with “slipper” action helps ease drive train effort during downshifting
• 5-speed transmission
• High-performance carbon-fiber drive belt.
• Brembo® triple-disc performance brakes
• Michelin® Scorcher® radial tires
• Round reflector-optic headlight
• Electric power accessory connector under seat

 

 

2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Fastback Tail Section

The Night Rod® Special model's tail delivers even more drag-strip performance and attitude. The chopped down and aggressively tapered fender shows off that fat rear tire, while the slimmed down center plate mount and flush-mounted the low-maintenance LED tail-lamp creates a streamlined impression that lasts.

Fat Rear Tire

Behold an ultra-fat, 240mm rear tire for a powerful, no-nonsense look and added grip. Harnessing explosive, off-the-line power, the rear tire on the Night Rod® Special motorcycle enhances the pure dragster look with the sticky, high-performance tread you need for staying glued to the pavement.

Low-Rise Handlebar

Grab the slammed blacked-out drag-style handlebar for an aggressive riding position—slightly forward and reminiscent of tearing up the racetrack, but easily within reach for plenty of riding comfort along with that attitude.

Cast Aluminum Performance Wheel

When the rubber meets the road, it’s your wheels that make the difference. Inspired by performance sports car design, these split 5-spoke wheels flash heavy-weight attitude, but do it at a full 3 pounds lighter than earlier generation V-Rod® motorcycle wheels, which means you roll with tighter handling and smoother suspension response.

Radiator Design

Every inch of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle is created to sync up with the bike's overall look and performance. The Night Rod® Special model is no exception. As our very first liquid-cooled rides, 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.

Streamlined Front End

With its color-matched speedscreen pared down to bare performance minimum, its sleek headlamp and slotted-bracket sport fender, the Night Rod® Special comes on strong with an aggressive race-inspired, power-first front profile.

Blacked Out Look

Pitch black and sinister as hell, the Night Rod® Special model is aggressively styled from the front end to the back. Engine, wheels, forks, triple clamps, swingarm—they're all blacked out and thick with uncompromising, drag strip attitude.

Double-Barrel Exhaust

The Night Rod® Special motorcycle proves that a performance exhaust can still be a beautiful set of pipes. The double-barrel exhaust features brushed finish dual mufflers, black end caps and exhaust shields. Performance and bold style erupt with every crack of the throttle.

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 punishing performance.

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. Deep black cylinders and rocker covers complete the dark look, while the machined cooling fin tips on the cylinder heads give it a stripped down, raw 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.

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 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. 125 horses. Massive, brute power behind pure Harley-Davidson innovation and style.

Custom Power and Performance

Tuned to produce 125 horsepower the 1250cc Revolution® engine is Harley-Davidson's highest horsepower engine to this day. With dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, it provides 84 ft. lbs. of torque at 7000 rpm, while feeling refined and velvety smooth all the way up to the redline.

H-D® Smart Security System (Optional)

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.

Inverted Forks

Grab on and feel the total command delivered by this precision-engineered front end assembly. The performance-tuned front end assembly features inverted forks and a low-angle rake that keep the Night Rod® Special's unsprung mass low and its turning tight, for a nimble and responsive ride at every speed.

Michelin® Scorcher™ Tires

The Michelin® Scorcher™ tires 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 tire'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.

"Slipper" Clutch

Taken from the racetrack to the world of custom. The Night Rod® Special motorcycle 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.

Brembo® Brakes with ABS

Increased confidence and control. High-performance Brembo® dual-disk brakes offer consistent stopping power on every leg of your journey. Plus, the 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.

Two-up Bucket Saddle

Settle in and experience the confident connection you get from the deep rider bucket. We designed it to hold you close, low (25.6 inches) and in control, even when you throttle up fast. Just like all Harley-Davidson® seats, it's built with the premium material, custom stitching and the attention to detail that mark the work of motorcycle makers who’ve been putting their own seats in the saddle for over a hundred years.

Enhanced Ergonomic Controls

Confidence is critical when you're performance riding. That's why we designed the Night Rod® Special model's control placement for comfortable access that doesn't compromise its aggressive stance. The handlebars and rider foot pegs are placed so you ride low and mean, but with the controls close and comfortably in reach.


 

 


 

2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special - Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: Vivid Black $16,249; Color Option $16,574 USD


DIMENSIONS

Length - 96.1 in.

Seat Height, Laden 7 - 25.6 in.

Seat Height, Unladen 7 - 26.6 in.

Ground Clearance - 4.5 in.

Rake (steering head) (deg) - 34

Trail - 5.6 in.

Wheelbase - 67.1 in.

Tires, Front Specification - 120/70ZR-19 60W

Tires, Rear Specification - 240/40R-18 79V

Fuel Capacity - 5 gal.

Oil Capacity (w/filter) - 5 qt.

Weight, As Shipped - 637 lb.

Weight, In Running Order - 666 lb.

Luggage Capacity -Volume - N/A

ENGINE


Engine 1 - Liquid-cooled, Revolution®, 60° V-Twin

Bore - 4.13 in.

Stroke - 2.835 in.

Displacement - 76.1 cu in

Compression Ratio - 11.5:1

Fuel System 3 - Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

DRIVETRAIN


Primary Drive - Gear, 64/117 ratio

Gear Ratios (overall) 1st - 11.752

Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd - 7.897

Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd - 6.322

Gear Ratios (overall) 4th - 5.459

Gear Ratios (overall) 5th - 4.889

Gear Ratios (overall) 6th - N/A

CHASSIS


Exhaust - Straight-shot exhaust with brushed finish dual mufflers; black end caps and exhaust shield

Wheels, Optional Style Type 9 - N/A

Wheels, Front Type 9 - Black, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Orange Pinstripe

Wheels, Rear Type - Black, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Orange Pinstripe

Brakes, Caliper Type - 4-piston front and rear

Parking Brake - N/A

PERFORMANCE


Engine Torque Testing Method - J1349

Engine Torque 2 - 83.4 ft-lb

Engine Torque (rpm) - 6,750

Lean Angle, Right (deg.) - 32

Lean Angle, Left (deg.) - 32

Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy 5 - 37 mpg

 

PRICING 6


Vivid Black$16,249

Color Option$16,574

Two-Tone OptionN/A

Custom Color OptionN/A

Hard Candy Color OptionN/A

Security Option$395

Wheel OptionN/A

ABS OptionSTD

Cruise Control OptionN/A

Freight$390

Security Package (Security and ABS)N/A


ELECTRIC


Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 8High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, security system (optional), coolant temperature, low fuel warnings

Gauges - 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


1Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.

2Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.

3Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.

4See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.

5Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.

6Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices exclude dealer setup, taxes, title and licensing and are subject to change. Dealer prices may vary.

7Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.

8North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.

9Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

 

 


 

2014 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special - Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: Vivid Black $ 18,579; Color Option $ 18,949
CDN

DIMENSIONS

Length - 2,440 mm

Seat Height, Laden 6 - 650 mm

Seat Height, Unladen 6 - 675 mm

Ground Clearance - 115 mm

Rake (steering head) (deg) - 34

Trail - 142 mm

Wheelbase - 1,705 mm

Tires, Front Specification - 120/70ZR-19 60W

Tires, Rear Specification - 240/40R-18 79V

Fuel Capacity - 18.9 l

Oil Capacity (w/filter) - 4.7 l

Weight, As Shipped - 289 kg

Weight, In Running Order - 302 kg

Luggage Capacity -Volume - N/A

ENGINE


Engine 1 - Liquid-cooled, Revolution®, 60° V-Twin

Bore - 105 mm

Stroke - 72 mm

Displacement - 1,247 cc

Compression Ratio - 11.5:1

Fuel System 3 - Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

DRIVETRAIN


Primary Drive - Gear, 64/117 ratio

Gear Ratios (overall) 1st - 11.752

Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd - 7.897

Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd - 6.322

Gear Ratios (overall) 4th - 5.459

Gear Ratios (overall) 5th - 4.889

Gear Ratios (overall) 6th - N/A

CHASSIS


Exhaust - Straight-shot exhaust with brushed finish dual mufflers; black end caps and exhaust shield

Wheels, Optional Style Type 8 - N/A

Wheels, Front Type 8 - Black, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Orange Pinstripe

Wheels, Rear Type - Black, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Orange Pinstripe

Brakes, Caliper Type - 4-piston front and rear

Parking Brake - N/A

PERFORMANCE


Engine Torque Testing Method - J1349

Engine Torque 2 - 113 Nm

Engine Torque (rpm) - 6,750

Lean Angle, Right (deg.) - 32

Lean Angle, Left (deg.) - 32

Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy 5 - 6.3 l/100 km

 

PRICING


Vivid Black$ 18,579

Color Option$ 18,949

Security Option$ 450

ABS OptionStandard

 

ELECTRIC


Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 7High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, security system (optional), coolant temperature, low fuel warnings

Gauges - 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


1Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.

2Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.

3Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.

4See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.

5Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.

6Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.

7North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.

8Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.


 

Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. Information from Total Motorcycle.com; All information correct as of posted date.


 

 

 

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