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2006 Harley-Davidson
VRSCR Street Rod

The Harley Davidson Street Rod is a sturdy, righteous motorcycle aimed at bike lovers eyeballing those submarine-sized cruisers in the window of their local Harley shop, but who don’t feel like negotiating all that tonnage.   It’s a cruiser to be sure, but smaller and sportier than the usual hog, and you can corner, turn around, back up and dodge potholes as though riding a Sportster.  Also, unlike the teeth-chattering rides Harleys were previously known for, the Street Rod provides a smooth-as-butter experience, with a snorting, guttural engine to match. 



Our test took us through upstate New York, through twisty forested roads and down through urban areas after a solid day of riding.   Usually a bike does well either with city riding or country cruising, but the Street Rod handled both like a 618 pound ballerina, there was no jerking when accelerating as in some older Harley models, and the clutch is butter-smooth.  The futuristic, gleaming instrument cluster features a two-segment speed and RPM display, and the vented grill design on the new Brembo brakes follows through on the drive train cover and fuel tank  In short, she’s a beaut. 

The Street Rod is the third model in Harley’s VRSC family, which includes the popular V-Rod introduced in 2001.  The bikes are similar lookswise, though the Street Rod is notably taller than the V-Rod and has better ground clearance, so if you’re on the short side, get used to saddling up with some effort.  The good news is the taller dimensions meant Harley had more room for a bigger, 5-gallon gas tank, which means less frequent stops.   The tank’s under the seat, which conveniently flips up and locks back in snugly without a key.  A gauge saves you from trying to remember the last time you visited the pump.  (No joke – some manufacturers don’t supply this.)

The engine roar is loud but not window-rattling; aftermarket accessories can be added if you want to announce your arrival wherever you go.  As with every Harley, the Street Rod works both as a machine and a work of art to be admired.  It’s all gleaming pipes, carved corners, and a blast to drive. 
About Josh Max
Josh Max is a freelance writer and automotive enthusiast.

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