2003 Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod

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2003 Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod
2003 Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod


– 2003 Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod

Introduced in the 2002 model line-up, the V-Rod motorcycle represents the first member of a new family of Harley-Davidson motorcycles – the performance custom. A tightly refined package of pure custom Harley-Davidson style and attitude backed with the performance of the liquid-cooled, 60-degree, Revolution engine, the V-Rod plays to your senses and your soul.

Key characteristics of the VRSCA V-Rod™ motorcycle

-115hp @ 8250rpm
-74ft.lb. torque @ 7000rpm
-Aluminum bodywork
-Cosmetic, silver painted hydroformed frame
-18-inch disc rear wheel, 19-inch disk front wheel
-Triple-disc brakes
-Braided brake lines
-Under seat 3.7-gallon fuel tank
-Aluminum radiator shroud with twin vortex air scoops

Dragester-inspired styling:
– 38-degree fork angle, 34-degree steering head angle
– 49mm forks
– Aerodynamic, reflector optic headlight
– 180mm wide rear tire
– Low 26-inch seat height
– Shaved engine fins



2003 Specifications1 VRSCA V-Rod™

Length 93.6 in. (2377.4 mm)
Seat Height (measure laden w/ 180 lb. rider) 26.0 in. (660.4 mm)
Seat Height (unladen) 27.1 in. (688.3 mm)
Ground Clearance 5.6. in. (141.0 mm)
Rake (steering head) 34.0 degrees
Fork Angle 38.0 degrees
Trail 3.9 in. (99.1 mm)
Wheelbase 67.5 in. (1714.5 mm)
Tires: Radial
Front – D207 120/70ZR-19
Rear – D207 180/55ZR-18
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal. (14.0 L)
Reserve Fuel Capacity No reserve due to fuel injection
Oil Capacity 4.5 qts. (4.3 L)
Dry Weight 595.7 lbs. (270.4 kg)
Vehicle Weight In Running Order (unladen) 615.5 lbs. (279.4 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1022.4 lbs. (464.2 kg)

Engine 60º Liquid-cooled V-Twin Revolution™ engine
Valves Direct acting double overhead cam;
four valves per cylinder; chain driven w/ hydraulic tensioners
Bore x Stroke 3.94 x 2.83 in. (100 x 72 mm)
Displacement 69 cu. in. (1130 cc)
Compression Ratio 11.3:1
Fuel System3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Downdraft intake – hidden
Lubrication System Wet-sump, integrated w/ powertrain crankcase

Primary Drive Double row chain, oil bath,
mechanical tensioner, 117/64 ratio
Final Drive Gates carbon fiber reinforced
polychain belt, 72/30 ratio
Clutch 9-plate, wet
Transmission Five-speed
Overall Ratio:
1st 10.969
2nd 7.371
3rd 5.900
4th 5.095
5th 4.563

Frame Steel perimeter upper frame w/ hydroformed main
rails and bolt-on lower frame rails
Swing Arm One piece cast aluminum polished
Front Fork Wide 49 mm custom fork
Wheels 19-inch (48.26 cm) x 3.0-inch (7.62 cm) cast disc front;
18-inch (45.72 cm) x 5.5-inch (13.97 cm) wide cast disc rear
Caliper type Dual-piston front and rear
Rotor type (diameter x width): Patented, One piece floating rotor (front),
Uniform Expansion Rotor (rear)
Front (Dual) 11.5 in. x .20 in. (292.1 mm x 5.08 mm)
Rear 11.5 in. x .23 in. (292.1 mm x 5.84 mm)
Suspension Travel:
Front Wheel 4.0 in. (101.60 mm)
Rear Wheel 4.0 in. (101.60 mm)

Engine Torque (per SAEJ607)2:
World 74 ft. lbs. @ 7000 rpm (100.33 NM @ 7000 rpm)
France (opt. Germany) 70 ft. lbs. @ 6100 rpm (95 NM @ 6100 rpm)
Lean Angle (per SAEJ1168):
Right 32.0 degrees
Left 32.0 degrees

Battery Sealed, maintenance-free, 12-volt,
12 amp-hour (per Battery Council International rating) 200 cca
Charging 37-amp rare earth magnet alternator
solid-state regulator (481w @ 3000 rpm, 494w peak)
Starting 0.8kw electric Bendix-type engagement
Lights: (As per country regulation)
Headlamp Quartz Halogen 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam
Tail/stop lights 8w/28w reflector optics (int’l: 5w/21w)
Turn signal lights (self-canceling) 28w (int’l: 21w)
Indicator lamps High beam, neutral, oil, turn signals, engine
diagnostics, security system (optional)4, cooling temperature, low fuel

Engine Trim Powdercoated platinum silver crankcase,
Silver cylinder heads and chrome-plated covers
Exhaust System Highly stylized 2 into 1 into 2
Ignition Barrel Keyed, right side under seat
Seat 2-piece textured vinyl w/ flip-up fuel fill access
Passenger Backrest Available Genuine Motor Accessories
Foot Supports Forward
Rear Fender Supports Internal to rear fender w/ included
P&A saddlebag mounting points
Instruments Electronic speedometer w/ odometer and
resettable tripmeter w/diagnostic capabilities and
solid state tell-tale indicator module; tachometer
Hazard warning Integrated into turn signal controls
Fork Lock Barrel Key, common w/ ignition key

Two-Tone Sterling Silver and Vivid Black, Anodized Aluminum

Warranty6 12 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval First 1,000 miles (1,600 Km);
every 5,000 miles (8,000 Km) thereafter.
— Inspections of certain systems and components are required at 2,500 mile (4,000 Km) intervals —

1Harley-Davidson reserves the right to discontinue models or change specifications at any time without incurring any obligations. Vehicle specifications may vary from country to country depending on local laws, andsome models are not available in certain countries. All models feature 5-speed transmission and carbonfiber belt final drive; 40 mm constant velocity carburetor with enrichner and accelerator pump (except Electronic Sequential Pat Fuel Injection Models); and multi-plate clutch with diaphragm spring in oil bath.
2Values are nominal. Performance varies by country.
3Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
4North American security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer & siren.
5Availability may vary from dealer to dealer, and is subject to change without notice.
6See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.

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