• Jul 23, 2008
Click above for more shots of the 2009 VRSCF V-Rod Muscle

Harley-Davidson, the definitive American motorcycle manufacturer, has released its 2009 models, and there are a few surprises to take note of, including the introductions of two brand new bikes. The VRSCF V-Rod Muscle (above) builds on the same liquid cooled platform of past VR models and adds a new rear fender design, dual side exhaust pipes and revised bodywork to the wide 240 mm rear tire that some models already feature. The second new bike is The Motor Company's first trike, the Tri Glide. Using a brand new rear differential along with air suspension in back, Harley looks to capitalize on the growing three-wheeler trend in the states.

In other news, HD has also revised the frame of all its '09 Touring models, and we recently got the chance to feel the new, more solid-feeling frame ourselves. It's a definite improvement, especially important since the revised Tour-Pak is capable of holding even more gear and weight. Nearly all new Duna and Sportster models feature a new front fender said to more closely follow the contour of the front wheel, improving the appearance of the bikes in the process. Take a closer look at the two completely new models here:

[Source: Harley-Davidson]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I definitely like the V-Rod.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love the V-rod as well. I have never been a fan of trickes, but I guess there must be a market for them out there.
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      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks nice. I'd still buy a Yamaha or a Honda though. HD is overpriced.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You think they're overpriced when you buy them... try owning one. Reliability hell. haha

        I've known enough dudes with Harleys. They still love them - but none of them can really ever tell me why short of "it's loud" or "it's American."

        I'll be happy with my 1300cc Yamaha sport tourer for the rest of time - slick, reliable, functional, very powerful (150hp) and not really cheap ($14,000'ish) but IMO I got everything I paid for.

        That being said I'm not really a fan of Harleys. Read some Harley forum sometimes and you'll see some of the stuff those guys don't want you to know... it's pretty funny, actually. Always an entertaining read if you're bored. :-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool I Love Harleys !!! i Love the V-Rod too...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sexy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "is The Motor Company's first trike, the Tri Glide."

      First Trike??? Where have you been??? You never see the SERVI-CAR???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pretty cool for a HD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The V-Rod Muscle looks pretty sweet. The Tri-glide, well its a trike that looks like just about every Harley trike that modders have made.

      I know some people like trikes but they just scream, I'm too fat and lazy to put my feet down, to me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        or
        "I'm handicapped and still enjoy riding"
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have long been a Harley enthusiast and rider. I have studied Harley history over the many years. One of the most important thing I've learned is that to stay prosperous in the motorcycle business Harley has made some excellent business decisions. But now I am clueless to the lack of Harley not reintroducing a Harley scooter or small bike to the market. Do they think now they are better than GM and Chrysler.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love this bike.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have to agree with previous comments regarding the new VMax. Flippin' awesome...even at the price Yamaha (Star) is asking. As far as comparisons with the VRod and it's variants, the VMax is the winner. I have ridden an HD Street Rod and I do like the Revolution motor...it is sweet and sounds great through an aftermarket exhaust. Harley needs to ring up Porsche again and see about a Vfour...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Harley is going through serious identity crisis. On the one hand, you have the V-Rod, a sexy, powerful 21st century iteration of what a Harley should be. On the other hand, you have the hideous trike thing that looks like it time warped from a cheesy 1974 biker road trip movie. It looks completely retarded, like it was put together in someone's garage from a kit from the back Popular Mechanics. Harley should just accept it's 2008 and continue in the direction of the V-Rod, and keep demonstrating that American bikes can look and feel American without being outdated anachronisms.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, HD should abandon what has made them the most the one of the best brands (for anything) in the world. The company makes great profits and is continually growing. There is no identity crisis any more than Yamaha has by building different types of bikes for different customers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually Chopper, even though I won't say I'm any kind of expert on bikes, I do know squat having grown up with two motorcycle aficionados and one bike mechanic in my family. Just because I don't share your taste or opinions does not make me ignorant. Hey, I too like a lot of eccentric machinery that are/were admittedly flawed, and ultimately it doesn't matter. You buy what you want and like, but I don't understand in the least how any HD die hard is not gagging over the silliness and ugliness of the trike. Then again, if they can sell them, more power to them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You obviously know squat about bikes.

        Stick to cars sweetheart.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I never liked Harleys; always thought of them as under engineered and anachronistic vibrators on wheels that sound like lawn mowers, at least with the silencers removed. Historically, they handled like crap, were overweight and underpowered like American cars used to be, and would get their asses handed to them by any 'furrin' bike with half the displacement. However, I do understand their appeal. Even though I would never buy one, I concede they have made some good looking machines. The V-Rod makes no excuses and brought HD into the present. I could understand if they decided to make it along side the more traditional models so as not to alienate loyalists, but the trike is just plain embarassing, and dilutes HD's heritage.
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