2007 VRSCAW V-Rod®
By Kirk Johnson
2007, the V-Rod® sports a thinner drive
belt with a wider tire
and a frame that holds a 5 gallon fuel tank.
About the Bike
improvements for 2007 will please the daily rider immensely.
First and foremost, one of the biggest
the older V-Rods® was the 3.7 Gallon fuel tank capacity. Now,
with the wider frame they are able to put a full 5 gallon fuel
tank in the frame without increasing ground clearance like they
did with the Street-rod®. With the wider frame they are now
able to replace the 180 mm rear tire with nice fat 240
mm asphalt grabbing rear tire. Looks great!
also moved the ignition switch from under the right leg to a
very accessible place just ahead of the forward
you don’t have to worry about the dreaded dropped key that
2007 they replaced the small battery that the V-Rod® had
with a bigger Dyna™ battery by moving the ECM to under the
rear seat and moving the coolant reservoir aft of the air box.
there are 5 Rods®: the Night Rod™, Night
Rod™ Special, Street Rod™, VRSCX or the Screamin’ Eagle®,
and of course the standard V-rod® or the VRSCAW. For 07 they
all have a new thinner carbon-fiber belt final drive, plus a five-speed
tranny with a multi-plate clutch with diaphragm spring in oil bath.
Here is a Dyno
Chart that Buddy Stubbs ran for this bike from
their Dyno room. As you can see it produced 100.47 Max Horse Power.
Not bad for a bike off the showroom floor without any tuning or
after market goodies.
you have read any of my past test rides, you know I’ve
spent a fair amount of time on different V-Rods®. I like them
a lot. I was not sure of what to expect with the new 07 model.
It seemed like most of the improvements were with people friendly
appointments. Not that this is bad; I think it is a great idea
to clean up some of the shortcomings from the older models. As
for handling and performance the only real change was rear tire
and a wider frame. I had two different people tell me about how
that 240 rear was going to affect the ride. Interestingly, they
both had completely different ideas about how it would affect the
was a very cold day here in the valley. I grew up in Iowa and
used to cold weather. It’s cold in Iowa
when it gets down to below zero and when it does, you know it
is cold. Now when it
gets below 60 here in the valley, it is cold. Today it was below
cold so I only spent about an hour on the bike but loved every
minute of it.
I headed north out of Buddy Stubbs and headed to Cave Creek. It
was about 10 a.m. so there was only mild traffic. With that little
100 hp mill warming up I played with the traffic for a little bit
to get comfortable with the new ride. So far, I was unable to tell
any difference with the new 07 from the older models.
several miles being northbound on Cave Creek road, I decided
to take to the side roads and play with the new
thing out of the box was the passing test. Just what you would
expect, it was quick and quiet. Silently you speed down the asphalt
on a very stable machine. About the only thing that I can tell
you about this ride and most of the V-Rods® that I have been
on is that they are very obedient, trustworthy and dependable.
Although there is no roaring thunder from the v-twin, you can
appreciate the slight exhaust noise and the sound of the mechanics
from the engine laboring underneath you. The thrill of the acceleration
and how fast it stops with ease is amazing. The best part about
it is that every time you do it, it is just as much fun. Of course
you always want just a little more.
to play with the new 240-rear tire. From a standing start, you
can still smoke the rear tire. That did not surprise me at
all. Now for the turning characteristics,
how will this affect the ride? First, I just turned real slow in
a circle on a two-lane
road to see if tight turning was affected. To me, it did not
seem to affect the ride much at all. Leaned over as far as I
and still on a tight turn, the rear seemed to take a shorter
path than the front. That would seem normal for a wider tire.
is a lot of difference from the 240 on this ride than there is
when you get up to the more radical 300 and 340 tires.
Performance for the high-speed turns, at least to me, was not
really affected. It may be my skill level, but for a daily rider,
the performance and agility of the bike was not affected. If you
want to make a run up the back way to Prescott that might be a
different story. The only real difference with this tire as opposed
to the 180 is when you are on very uneven, tired asphalt that has
depressions where the tires ride, you get a feeling that the bike
is being pushed to one side or the other, depending on what side
of the depression you are on. That is the only real negative to
the larger tire; the meatier tire definitely looks great under
V-Rod® is a great machine and a great ride. There are
a lot of user-friendly improvements for 2007. The new 5-gallon
fuel capacity is a real biggy. Now you can go more than 100 miles
before you have to refuel. What a drag that was. As you can see
from the Dyno chart, this is no slouch. Right out of the box you
get 100 hp – nice! The relocation of the ignition switch
may seem like a little thing. Just ask any V-Rod® owner about
what a great and needed improvement that is. The great looks of
the new 240mm rear tire adds a look of being a more serious machine
and the riding and handling of the V-Rod® has always been there.
This is a great bike.