New 2009 V-Rod Muscle

The 2009 VRSCF V-Rod Muscle has, as Harley-Davidson states it, a “broad-shouldered presence” with gaping air scoops, sweeping side-pipe exhaust and a big 240 mm rear tire spinning under a new rear fender. The combination stop/tail/turn LED light is tucked under the edge of the rear fender, and the side-mount license plate leaves the fender surface smooth and uncluttered. A look to mean urban sense of style and performance. The radiator shrouds are restyled and color-matched to the rest of the bodywork, while the new airbox side covers incorporate air scoop inlets covered with woven wire mesh. The silver five-spoke cast aluminum front and rear wheels are a new design for the V-Rod line. Key Features includes a 1250cc Revolution liquid cooled V-Twin Standard- like on all 2009 VRSC models- with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), dual overhead cams, four-valve heads, and a five-speed transmission. The engine is rubber-mounted in a hydroformed steel perimeter frame. A shell covers the large-volume airbox located over the engine. A five-gallon fuel tank is located below the seat on all VRSC models. Each VRSC model is available with optional, factory-installed Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) designed to work in conjunction with high-performance Brembo triple-disc brakes. The Muscle features forward foot controls, and a new handlebar with internal wiring. The long profile of a 34-degree fork rake is stretched visually by new “sidepipe” dual exhausts in satin chrome with fat, turn-out mufflers exiting behind the rear axle. The V-Rod Muscle is available in Vivid Black, Brilliant Silver, Dark Blue Denim and Red Hot Sunglo.

18 Responses to “New 2009 V-Rod Muscle”

  1. 1 Westside Willie Jul 23rd, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    I want to like these V-Rods. But it looks like they’ve made that radiator even uglier.

  2. 2 a 1 cycles Jul 23rd, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    as a tuning shop with a dynojet 250I,i have had the opportunity to work on and ride many of the v rod models, i have come to really like the v rod, it runs really strong and has a unique sound and look, they produce ample power but the riding posistion is a little much for anyone over 5′ 10″ , i am 6 foot and its like a drag bike, its an around town power cruiser, they really do impress after you get to ride a few different models

  3. 3 rodent Jul 23rd, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    When are they going to put the V-Rod motor in a real motorcycle?

  4. 4 Simon Jul 23rd, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Too late the Hero.. the V Max has stolen a march on the ‘Power cruiser” niche again.
    as for the ugly duckling Suzuki it has a Busa engine but hit the Ugly tree hard on the way down.
    Watch out Harley for the new Triumph big twin cruisers due out this year, rumour say two models, one a 1400cc the other an 1800cc or bigger with torque to shred the back tire.
    One can hope the recent purchae of MV Augusta will breathe some interesting new ideas into Harley.
    How about a vincent styled machine based on the dyna engine ?.
    I for one love Harleys, they have a unique style and niche in Motorcycling and I hope they ride out the economic hiccups we are having, but they have to appeal to a wider market to survive.
    Triumph has done it why cant Harley?.

  5. 5 Sheridan Jul 25th, 2008 at 4:27 am

    Simon, don’t worry about the new 1600cc Triumph Thunderbird for 2009, it looks like a Honda VTX with a Triumph badge on it. Google it and have a laugh 🙂

  6. 6 J Jul 26th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Ya, well this doesn’t look too far removed from the Yamahondasuki musclebike image lately….

    I would have liked to see a V-Rod dresser this year, but I suppose with dealers up to their eye teeth in ’08’s, the entire HD ’09 lineup looks to be more about inventory cleanup…….

  7. 7 Dave B Jul 27th, 2008 at 8:05 am

    I think the time has come for the aftermarket to introduce an attractive frame and body work for Harley’s ugly duckling. Perhaps a better looking swingarm/suspension configuration, maybe tucking that gigantic exhaust between the rear wheel and back fender, allowing a decent looking frame while maintaing a low seat height, pull those forward controls in just a bit so your back won’t cramp after 30 minutes in the saddle, and look into a smaller (perhaps fan-cooled) radiator… God knows that is the ugliest radiator in the industry. Maybe the guys at Augusta will be allowed to knock some of the ugly off the V-Rod, (if they are interested). If not, maybe someone could smuggle some sketches of a not-so-ugly V-Rod platform design into the H-D r&d department!

  8. 8 Tom W Aug 1st, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    I’m really sick of all of the “v” bashing I’ve heard from people who have never even rode it. As far as it being ugly, Stfu and ride, only pretty boys worry about how pretty thier bikes are. I call those guys “polishers” or “posers” while you’re polishing your bike, I’ll be out riding mine! I don’t mean to offend anyone with this, but I think the vrscf looks friggin great! Also, the Suzuki that is this bike’s comptition is the M109r, not the B-king with the Busa motor. This bike does have muscle too. You can launch one of these at redline and not worry about looping it at all. In stop light to stop light drags, this bike will dominate almost all wheelie prone sportbikes no matter what cc the engine is on the sportbike. the 2003 v-rod ran the quarter mile in 11.3 secs. I know there are bikes that are alot faster thfough the quarter mile, but not from stop light to stop light!

  9. 9 B-rad Oct 8th, 2008 at 4:54 am

    I love Harleys too but dont you think the Muscle looks like yamahas old warior

  10. 10 VRSCFCO Mar 12th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    You can have all the cc you want on your VMax(which did not rate high even with the added cc) Untill you throw your leg over this machine you do not know what you are missing. This is a very incrediable machine you can hit 50mph and only be at 4500rpms in first gear at 80 mph crusing speed just crack the throttle and your gone no need to down shift. I have yet had a v twin or croch rocket keep up with me. Them talk about a mountain machine the vrod handles lifh a highly tune sports car in the curves with very little rider input. In a very long discussion with a very good source this is HD motor of the future there will be major improvements but this motor can go 100,000 miles with just routine maintance.

  11. 11 Arturo Mar 25th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Well, I have read all the comments and can’t believe what I see. I had a 04 night train and loved it. I really did not like the V-rods before but when I saw the Muscle I could not believe my eyes. This machine has smooth lines. Everything looks like it belongs together. But when I sat on it I knew I had to own it. By the next week I did. The moment I drove off the lot I knew I had made the right decision. The Muscle feel like a bike should feel. Everything is in the right place. When you excelerate you feel it. Taking a curve has never felt better. I rode for four hour and never any disconfort. When I drove up on Bike Night everbody was around my bike with questions and excitment. I own one of the few around here. This bike is perfect for me.

  12. 12 William Osborne Jul 30th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    i do not like the 09 v rod come on guys u can do better than this???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  13. 13 William Osborne Jul 30th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    its not that i am unhappy i love my 03 v rod its the loudest and fasted v rod in sc just came off 950 mile ride in 2 days i could not see myself riding the 09 on that ride not sure what the HD guys were thinking.

  14. 14 kristian Jan 21st, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Its loud , its nice to ride its not too expensive. I like this bike , HD its not only for big and old styles, in my 30 ages its nice to ride… my black destroyer

  15. 15 Steve Mar 14th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    V-Max, M109 and others are great machines but what does that take away from the Muscle? Similar looks? They’ve all been copying HD’s style for 25 years! I think HD has to think of the future. Boomers wont be there to buy bikes forever. Keeping the spirit of HD and combining this with new tech. They are on the right track with this bike! Please, keep them coming.

  16. 16 Anton May 2nd, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I have 2000 miles on my 2009 Muscle. A lime green Kawasaki Ninji threw down the gauntlet today in front of my Harley Davidson Dealership. We were at a stop light, he was a car length ahead of me, to the left of the lane, I was to the right. When the light went green, he went full throttle…what was I to do? My days of stop light to stop light muscle car racing days are fond memories of the past. I grew up in a time when the great muscle cars of the past were just old used cars and could be bought cheap and raced hard, which I did. Now I am 47 years old, sitting on a bike that makes me feel nastalgia for the past in front of my Harley dealership wearing a black shirt with the dealerships on logo on the back. I did what any proud Harley owner would do, old school or new school,(muscle). I went full throttle, a hearbeat later I was looking at 7500 rpms, shifing into second and finding myself foot pegs to foot pegs with this young man, having front sets myself and he rear, he was still ahead, but I was still gaining. About now he did a quick glance around, his head stopping abruptly, halfway in its turn, surprised I was about to pass him. He flinced and let off the throttle, vering slightly to the right. 8 guess I am a bit full of myself now when I say, a man’s just got to know his limitations. The Harley Muscle Power Cruiser, what quality time stop light to stop light was meant to be.

  17. 17 stocks22 Sep 23rd, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Osborne, what kind of motorcycles do you sell?

  18. 18 G-man Feb 1st, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I just bought a ’12 muscle..I LOVE IT!!! I’ve ridden a lot of sport bikes and when I rode my 1 st ’06 vrod, I was in love. I would never ride anything but an HD!

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