Of course, for most cruiser riders, looks are a much more important factor than kinetic issues. Fortunately, the Night Rod has powerful visuals. The engine is blacked out with polished fins, and ours was brightened with a $495 chrome-cover kit. The frame is also black, but there are plenty of nicely polished and chrome bits on the bike. It retains the V-Rod's long, low profile, with distinctive features such as a drag-style headlight fairing. It wears new slotted wheels, too (in the same sizes and with the same tires as the other Rods). The red/black color scheme on our bike was the finishing touch in what virtually everyone who saw it called a gorgeous motorcycle.