2012 Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special | First Ride

New and improved nasty

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Nelson

Tech Spec

The liquid-cooled bad boy gets a mild restyle, more compact ergos and a few chassis upgrades.
Suzuki Boulevard M109R, Ducati Diavel, Star VMAX

A fast, fashionable power cruiser that's out-handled by the Diavel and out-shifted by everything else.

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H-D needs to put the Revolution engine in the XR1200 - then they would have an excellent heavy standard.

Of course, it would still be sold at H-D dealerships, with all the negative baggage that brings for those not wanting to join the H-D "Lifestyle".
A successful diet perhaps?
Price $15,299 black/$15,609 colors
Engine type l-c 60-deg. V-twin
Valve train DOHC, 8v
Displacement 1250cc
Bore x stroke 105.0 x 72.0mm
Compression 11.5:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission 5-speed
Claimed horsepower 125 bhp @ 8250 rpm
Claimed torque 85 lb.-ft. @ 7000 rpm
Frame Tubular steel double cradle
Front suspension 56mm Showa fork
Rear suspension Dual Showa shocks with adjustable spring preload
Front brake Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 300mm discs, optional ABS
Rear brake Brembo four-piston caliper, 300mm disc, optional ABS
Front tire 120/70ZR-19 Michelin Scorcher
Rear tire 240/40R-18 Michelin Scorcher
Rake/trail 34o/5.6 in.
Seat height 26.7 in.
Wheelbase 67 in.
Fuel capacity 5.0 gal.
Claimed curb weight 670 lbs.
Color Vivid Black, Sedona Orange, Black Denim
Available Now
Warranty 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact Harley-Davidson Motor Company
3700 W. Juneau Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53201
VERDICT 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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