Demographics are destiny. For old age entitlements that is certainly the coming future where there aren’t enough young workers to support the old pensioners. For products of youth that can also be the case. For Harley-Davidson, the greying of its customer base has been a concern for a number of years. This has lead H-D to try different designs outside of their tried and true
throwback traditional bikes. Find this 2006 Harley-Davidson Night Rod for sale in Puyallup, WA for $7,500 via craigslist.
The V ROD or V-twin Racing Street Custom is Harley’s attempt to compete with the Japanese and American street muscle bikes and entice younger buyers into the dealerships. It was launched in 2001 and was the first H-D to feature overhead cams and liquid cooling. The engine was developed with help from Porsche and is called the Revolution due to its break from tradition. This example is the 2006 model year Night Rod version of the V-Rod, so it is powered by the
1,250cc 1,130cc version of the Revolution, putting out 125hp 120hp at the crank.
This example looks like it has seen a few road trips, with 33K miles on the clock, but still looks like it rolled off the showroom floor. It features a bullet list of 14 items that have been replaced with chrome versions, but I’d have to say it looks tastefully done (if you can say that about chrome). Also, the tank has been replaced with a larger, 5.3 gallon one for even more road trippy-ness.
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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent. His idea of a motorcycle road trip is down to Menchi’s and back.