2017 Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special

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If your tastes run to high-end horsepower served with a big meaty powerband and a seriously demented topping of black paint, get ready to dig in

The dark horse always has the most mystique.

The Night Rod® Special model takes the V-Rod to a darker place with blacked out styling across its streamlined front end, cast aluminum wheels, low rise bars and fastback tail section. At its center, you’ve got the performance of the liquid-cooled Revolution® V-Twin engine and the confidence that comes from Brembo® dual disc brakes. Bring out your dark side.

Authentic Styling

  • BLACKED-OUT LOOK: Pitch black and sinister as hell, the Night Rod® Special model is aggressively styled from the front end to the back. Engine, wheels, forks, triple clamps, swingarm—they're all blacked-out and thick with uncompromising, drag strip attitude.
  • STREAMLINED FRONT END: With its color-matched speedscreen pared down to bare performance minimum, its sleek headlamp and slotted-bracket sport fender, the Night Rod® Special motorcycle comes on strong with an aggressive race-inspired, power-first front profile.
  • LOW-RISE HANDLEBAR: Grab the slammed blacked-out drag-style handlebar for an aggressive riding position—slightly forward and reminiscent of tearing up the racetrack, but easily within reach for plenty of riding comfort along with that attitude.
  • PURE HARLEY-DAVIDSON STYLING: Feast your eyes on the Revolution® engine and there's no mistaking its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson style through and through with an attention to detail you won't find from any other motorcycle company. Deep black cylinders and rocker covers complete the dark look, while the machined cooling fin tips on the cylinder heads give it a stripped down, raw metal finish. It's a jewel machined out of metal. Pure. Dripping with power. From the classic edge of the cooling fins to the clean lines of cases and covers—the Revolution® engine makes an ironclad statement about holding on to what's right and staying true to what satisfies the rider.
  • CAST ALUMINUM PERFORMANCE WHEEL: When the rubber meets the road, it’s your wheels that make the difference. Inspired by performance sports car design, these split 5-spoke wheels flash heavy-weight attitude, but do it at a full 3 pounds lighter than earlier generation V-Rod® motorcycle wheels, which means you roll with tighter handling and smoother suspension response.
  • FAT REAR TIRE: Behold the ultra-fat, 240mm rear tire for a powerful, no-nonsense look and added grip. Harnessing explosive, off-the-line power, the rear tire on the Night Rod® Special motorcycle enhances the pure dragster look with the sticky, high-performance tread you need for staying glued to the pavement.
  • DOUBLE-BARREL EXHAUST: The Night Rod® Special motorcycle proves that a performance exhaust can still be a beautiful set of pipes. The double-barrel exhaust features brushed finish dual mufflers, black end caps and exhaust shields. Performance and bold style erupt with every crack of the throttle.
  • FASTBACK TAIL SECTION: The Night Rod® Special model's tail delivers even more drag-strip performance and attitude. The chopped down and aggressively tapered fender shows off that fat rear tire, while the slimmed down center plate mount and flush-mounted low-maintenance LED taillamp creates a streamlined impression that lasts.

Comfort

  • TWO-UP BUCKET SADDLE: Settle in and experience the confident connection you get from the deep rider bucket. We designed it to hold you close, low (25.6 inches) and in control, even when you throttle up fast. Just like all Harley-Davidson® seats, it's built with the premium material, custom stitching and the attention to detail that mark the work of motorcycle makers who’ve been putting their own seats in the saddle for over a hundred years.

Handling

  • BREMBO® BRAKES WITH ABS: Increased confidence and control. High-performance Brembo® dual-disc brakes offer consistent stopping power on every leg of your journey. Plus, the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) helps reduce the chance of wheel lock-up if you need to brake suddenly. And since we stylized the speed sensor, the bike maintains its clean, slick look. Performance without sacrificing style. That's what The Motor Company is all about.
  • MICHELIN® SCORCHER™ TIRES: The Michelin® Scorcher™ tires provide the superior performance, sensational grip, impressive durability and excellent handling expected on a race-bred bike. The exclusive deep-cut tread design improves grip and water evacuation capability. Grip performance and durability is also enhanced by the tire's rubber compounds, which use the latest generation of Michelin synthetic polymers.
  • INVERTED FORKS: Grab on and feel the total command delivered by this precision-engineered front end assembly. The performance-tuned front end assembly features inverted forks and a low-angle rake that keep the Night Rod® Special motorcycle unsprung mass low and its turning tight, for a nimble and responsive ride at every speed.
  • ASSIST & SLIP CLUTCH: Taken from the racetrack to the world of custom. The Night Rod® Special motorcycle features a Assist & Slip clutch that provides smoother, high-power handling in turns or whenever you downshift. By reducing clutch friction, the slipper clutch helps keep your rear wheel at a controlled clip.

Iconic Engine

  • REVOLUTION® ENGINE: From the Strip to the Street. Harley-Davidson has a passion for performance that is rooted in decades of racing and winning championships. So when The Motor Company set out to produce a high-powered, liquid-cooled engine, it began with the VR1000 superbike engine. Its performance is inspired by American-style big, powerful torque coupled with high-end horsepower. The Revolution® engine is the heart of a machine that attracts a breed of riders who are fascinated by the heritage and mystique of Harley-Davidson and the power of a high-end street performance motorcycle.
  • REVOLUTION® ENGINE INNOVATION: Through a partnership with legendary automaker Porsche and their world-renowned team of engineers, Harley-Davidson created a revolutionary engine. The final result was something uniquely Harley-Davidson, the industry's most perfect blend of torque and horsepower in the high revving V-Twin Revolution® engine. Fuel injection. Dual overhead cams. Liquid cooled. 125 horses. Massive, brute power behind pure Harley-Davidson innovation and style.
  • CUSTOM POWER AND PERFORMANCE: Tuned to produce 125 horsepower the 1250cc Revolution® engine is Harley-Davidson's highest horsepower engine to this day. With dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, it provides 84 lb-ft of torque at 7000 rpm, while feeling refined and velvety smooth all the way up to the redline.

Pricing

  • California Emissions Fee - $100

General Information

Manufacturer Harley-Davidson
Model Year 2017
Model Night Rod Special
Model Code NIGHTRODSPECIAL
Color Black Denim

Brakes/Wheels/Tires

Brakes Front / Rear - 4-piston
Wheels Front / Rear - 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Wheel Colors Black
Tires

Front - 120/70ZR-19 60W

Rear - 240/40R-18 79V

Dimensions

Length 94.9 in.
Weight

As Shipped - 640 lb.

In Running Order - 673 lb.

Ground Clearance 4.1 in.
Wheelbase 67 in.
Seat Height

Laden - 25.6 in.

Unladen - 27.8 in.

Electrical

Lighting High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, security system (optional), coolant temperature, low fuel warnings

Engine

Engine Revolution X™ V-Twin
Horsepower 120
Displacement 76.1 cu. in. (1,247 cc)
Bore x Stroke 4.13 x 2.835 in.
Torque 87 ft.-lb. @ 6,750 rpm
Fuel Capacity 11.5:1
MPG Rating Combined City / Hwy - 37
Cooling Liquid
Exhaust Satin chrome, dual side exhaust system with turnouts
Gear Ratio

Overall

1st - 11.752

2nd - 7.897

3rd - 6.322

4th - 5.459

5th - 4.899

Operational

Oil Capacity With filter - 5 qt.
Primary Drive Gear, 64 / 117 ratio
Rake Steering head (deg) - 34
Trail 5.6 in.
Instrumentation Electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock on odometer, dual tripmeter, fuel gauge with low fuel warning light and countdown feature, low oil pressure indicator light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights, tachometer

Other

Additional Colors

Black Denim

Velocity Red Sunglo

Crushed Ice Pearl

Corona Yellow Pearl

Crushed Ice Denim