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2008 Harley-Davidson VRSCAW/A V-Rod
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2008 Harley-Davidson VRSCAW/A V-Rod
2008 Harley-Davidson VRSCAW 105th Anniversary V-Rod

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2008 Harley-Davidson VRSCAW/A V-Rod
2008 Harley-Davidson VRSCAW/A V-Rod

- 2008 Harley-Davidson VRSCAW/A V-Rod

2008 Harley-Davidson VRSCAW/A 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.

 

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/A 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



SPECIFICATIONS:

2008 harley-davidson® SPECIFICATIONS1 vrsc® VRSCAW V-Rod®

DIMENSIONS
Length 94.40 in. (2397.76 mm)
Overall Width 34.50 in. (876.30 mm)
Overall Height 47.70 in. (1211.58 mm)
Seat Height:
- Laden2 26 in. (660.40 mm)
- Unladen 27.10 in. (688.34 mm)
Ground Clearance 5 in. (127 mm)
Rake (steering head) 34°
Fork Angle 36°
Trail 4.50 in. (114.30 mm)
Wheelbase 67.20 in. (1706.88 mm)
Tires (Dunlop® Harley-Davidson® Series, radial blackwall front and rear):
- Front – D208F 120/70ZR-19 60W
- Rear – D419 240/40R-18 79V
Fuel Capacity (warning light at approximately 0.5 gal.) 5 gal. (18.93 L)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 4.50 qts. (4.26 L)
Coolant Capacity 2.50 qts. (2.37 L)
Weight:
- As Shipped 637 lbs. (288.94 kg)
- In Running Order 670 lbs. (303.91 kg)
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1075 lbs. (487.61 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating:
- Front 377 lbs. (171 kg)
- Rear 698 lbs. (316.61 kg)

ENGINE
Engine3 Liquid-cooled, Revolution®, 60° V-Twin
Valves Overhead cam, 4 valves per cylinder,
solid tappet with shim-under-bucket lash adjustment
Bore x Stroke 4.13 in. (105 mm) x 2.84 in. (72 mm)
Displacement3 76.28 cu. in. (1250 cc)
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Fuel System4 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Down draft intake
Lubrication System Wet-sump, integrated with powertrain crankcase

DRIVETRAIN
Primary Drive Gear, 117/64 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 72/28 ratio
Clutch 9-plate, wet, A&S (Assist & Slip)
Transmission 5-speed
Gear Ratios (overall): U.S. HDI JPN
1st 11.752 10.969 10.969
2nd 7.898 7.371 7.371
3rd 6.322 5.900 5.900
4th 5.459 5.095 5.095
5th 4.889 4.563 4.563

CHASIS
Frame Steel perimeter upper frame with hydroformed main rails
and bolt-on lower frame rails; MIG welded
Swing Arm Polished, one-piece cast aluminum
Front Forks Wide, 49 mm custom
Rear Shocks Preload adjustable
Wheels5
- Front Brushed, Profile Laced Aluminum
19 in. x 3 in. (482.60 mm x 76.20 mm)
- Rear Machined, Slotted Disc Cast Aluminum
18 in. x 8 in. (457.20 mm x 203.20 mm)
Brakes:
- Caliper Type 4-piston front and rear
- Rotor Type (diameter x width): Patented, one-piece floating rotor (front),
uniform expansion rotor (rear)
- Front (dual) 11.81 in. x .20 in. (300 mm x 5 mm)
- Rear 11.81 in. x .28 in. (300 mm x 7 mm)
- ABS Option Available
Suspension Travel:
- Front Wheel 4 in. (101.60 mm)
- Rear Wheel 4 in. (101.60 mm)

PERFORMANCE
Engine Torque6 (per SAE J1349):
- North America 84 ft. lbs. @ 7000 rpm (113.90 NM @ 7000 rpm)
- World 84 ft. lbs. @ 7000 rpm (113.90 NM @ 7000 rpm)
- France opt. Germany 80 ft. lbs. @ 6500 rpm (108.48 NM @ 6500 rpm)
- Japan 77 ft. lbs. @ 7000 rpm (104.41 NM @ 7000 rpm)
Lean Angle (per SAE J1168): Right: 32° Left: 32°
Fuel Economy7 (EPA urban/highway test): 34/42 mpg (6.92/5.60 L /100 km)

ELECTRIC
Battery Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 19-amp/hour, 270 cca
(per Battery Council International Rating)
Charging Three-Phase, 38-amp system
(439W @ 13V, 2000 rpm, 489W max power @ 13V)
Starting 0.8 kW electric with direct drive starter motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation):
- Headlamp (quartz halogen) 55-watt low beam, 65-watt high beam
- Tail/Stop Lights 8W/28W reflector optics (5W/21W)
- Turn Signal Lights 28W (21W) self-canceling
- Indicator Lamps High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals,
engine diagnostics, coolant temperature, low fuel warnings,
security system8 (optional)

STYLING/CONVENIENCE
Engine Trim Two-tone silver and charcoal powder-coated engine
with chrome treatment covers
Exhaust System Chrome, slash-cut exhaust with dual mufflers
Fenders and Supports
- Front Sport fender with chrome brace supports
- Rear 240 low profile fender
Foot Supports and Controls
- Rider Forward-mounted footpegs with brake & shift levers
- Passenger Standard footpegs
Handlebar Style Stainless steel, pull-back
Seat Type and Style Two-piece, two-up textured vinyl with flip-up fuel fill access
Fork Lock Common with ignition key
Hazard Warning Integrated into turn signal controls
Smart Security System Next-generation hands-free security fob;
operates based on proximity to vehicle

COLORS10
Vivid Black, Black Pearl, Pewter Pearl, Dark Blue Pearl (new), Candy Red Sunglo (new),
Pacific Blue Pearl/Vivid Black (new), Copperhead Pearl/Red Hot11 (new), Golden Glow/
Black Glow11 (new), Purple Haze11 (new), Anniversary Copper Pearl/Vivid Black (new)

WARANTY
Warranty9 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter
1 Vehicles depicted may differ from vehicles manufactured and delivered. Specifications and prices listed may differ from specifications and prices of vehicles manufactured and delivered. All product descriptions (including depictions, specifications, dimensions, measurements, ratings and competitive comparisons) are based on available information at the time of publication. Although such descriptions are believed correct, errors and changes can occur and complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Harley-Davidson may make changes at any time to prices and specifications, and may change or discontinue models, without notice and without incurring any obligation.

Attention: Vehicles in the configurations shown and many of the accessories described in this catalog may not be available for sale or use in some locations. Please check with your dealer for complete product details and the latest information. All models feature 6-speed transmission (VRSC™ models and Sportster® models are 5-speed) and carbon
fiber belt final drive; multi-plate clutch with diaphragm spring in oil bath; and 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.
2 Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
3 Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
4 Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country and region.
5 Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region. Standard 105th Anniversary wheel for FLHTCU, FXDL, XL1200L, FLTR and FLHX models is Gloss Black Painted Cast Aluminum.
6 Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
7 Estimated 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.
8 North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
9 See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
10 Availability of colors may vary from dealer to dealer, and is subject to change without notice.
11 Limited availability. See your dealer for details and available colors.

 

Media Release

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


 

 

 

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