2008 Harley-Davidson VRSC Night Rod

Motorcyclist Online helps you research the used 2008 Harley-Davidson VRSC Night Rod before buying this Sport bike. The 2008 VRSC Night Rod is made in USA. Harley-Davidson first introduced the VRSC model in 2006. With front Dual Disc brakes that ...     read more
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2008 Harley-Davidson VRSC Night Rod

Model Overview:

2008 VRSC Night Rod

Bodystyle Sport
Warranty 24 months
Manufacturer Country USA
Introduction Year 2006
Displacement (cc) 1250
Engine Type V Twin
Nextstep Bg

2008 Harley-Davidson VRSC Night Rod


Harley-Davidson introduced the VRSC Night Rod in 2006 and then made a few changes for the 2008 model year before discontinuing it that same year. Its companion model, the Night Rod Special, is still in production. Harley introduced the V-Twin Racing Street Custom, known as VRSC, in 2001 when it was known as the V-Rod. Harley designed the motorcycle to compete against Japanese muscle bikes. The V-Rod featured the Revolution engine that Harley developed with Porsche. The engine also is significant in Harley’s manufacturing history because it marked the first time the American manufacturer made a motorcycle with overhead cams and a liquid-cooled engine. The V-Rod also differs from other Harleys because the gas tank is located under the seat instead of in front of the driver. You’ll still see a ""tank"" there, but it is just an element to hide the frame. This motorcycle is made for drag racing, hence the ""rod"" in its name.

Harley increased the size of the Revolution engine from 1130 cc to 1250 cc for the 2008 model year in both the Night Rod and Night Rod Special. The Wisconsin manufacturer also replaced the old clutch with a slipper clutch and added factory-installed anti-lock brakes (ABS) as an option. The 2008 Night Rod Special has drag bars as well as more parts powder-coated in black than the basic Night Rod. The Special also has painted racing stripe graphics. Additionally, the Special has a 25.2-inch seat, which is the lowest of any of the VRSC models.

New For 2008
  • Revolution engine size increased from 1130 cc to 1250 cc
  • Slipper clutch
  • Optional factory-installed anti-lock brakes
  • Brushed aluminum laced front wheel
  • Special color combinations to commemorate the 105th anniversary of Harley-Davidson‘s first motorcycle

2008 Harley-Davidson VRSC Specs

  • Model: VRSC Night Road
  • Engine Type: Revolution V-twin, four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 104.9 mm x 71.9 mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.5:1
  • Valve Train: Double overhead cam
  • Induction: Electronic sequential port fuel injection
  • Ignition: Electronic
  • Transmission: Manual, five-speed
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: five gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 42 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Brembo dual disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Brembo single disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin sided swing arm; aluminum/steel
  • Wheelbase: 57.2 inches
  • Rake: 34.0°
  • Trail: not available
  • Seat Height: 27.1 inches
  • Curb Weight: 637 pounds
  • Tires (Front): Dunlop 120/70 ZR19 60W
  • Tires (Rear): Dunlop 180/55 ZR18 74W


  • Rubber-chrome hand grips
  • Chrome low sissy bar upright
  • Document holder
  • Factory-installed security system
  • Touring passenger pillion
  • Touring luggage system with day bag
  • Nylon saddlebags
  • Commemorative medallion plates for police and fire bikes

Key Competitors For The 2008 Harley-Davidson VRSC

  • 2008 Suzuki Boulevard S83
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