Street to take over from V-Rod?

2016 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle air-cooled

This is the last year for the Harley-Davidson V-Rod models, dealers were told at the recent international conference in Boston.

Now the rumour mill is starting to churn about what will replace the water-cooled muscle machine and we believe it could be the water-cooled Street family.

Harley has successfully returned to the AMA Pro Flat Track championships this season with its XG750R and fellow American Indian Motorcycle will debut their Scout FTR750 at the Santa Rosa race on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

The highly anticipated showdown on the track could lead to new production models from the two American manufacturers; a smaller Scout and a larger Street.

Indian FTR750
Indian FTR750

Currently, Australia only gets the Street 500, not the Street 750, but that could change when the V-Rod disappears from the line-up.

And there could be bigger engine capacities to come in the Street family in future to replace the 1250cc V-Rod, while Indian could feasibly produce a smaller-capacity Scout.

The VRSC V-Rod family was launched in 2002 as the Milwaukee company’s first completely new road model in 50 years.

The bike was developed in conjunction with Porsche, but was not widely appreciated by traditional Harley fans, mainly because it was water-cooled.

While it has never performed well in America, Australia has been one of the biggest markets in the world for the muscle cruiser, attracting a new type of Harley customer.

The Night Rod Special and Muscle models have been particularly popular with younger riders on the Gold Coast and Sydney.

Harley-Davidson Australia marketing director Adam Wright confirms model year 2016 will be the last for the V-Rod family.

“The VRSC family has certainly been an innovative product that has added diversification to our model line up over the years,” he says.

“However we are now focusing our strengths and leadership on delivering powerful cruiser and touring models like the all new Milwaukee Eight to the market place.”

Until a replacement comes for the V-ROd, Adam believes there are several current models that will attract former V-Rod customers.

“We have also recently had some great cruiser motorcycles added to the line-up such as the CVO Pro Street Breakout as well as the all new Dyna Low Rider S model which have been welcomed additions,” he says.

They could also gravitate toward the Fat Boy S and Slim S Softails with the 110 Screamin’ Eagle engine.



  1. Harley Davidson is losing me as a customer. The Breakout is the only thing with enough ass to stand up to the V-Rod until you get to 80MPH, after that it’s done. Stick a fork in it. While you shift into 5th or 6th I will be leaving you behind at the top of 2nd. Plus the Breakout is almost twice as much money completely stock. Harley must be getting its reports from the Democrats because there is nothing to take the place of the V-ROD no matter how big you make your OIL COOLER.

  2. They don’t have anything close to the VROD. The Milwaukee 8 is junk compared to the VRod motor. I have yet to meet a bagger or Dyna that can keep up, hell I could have a passenger and still beat single riders on there 113 or 110 POS.

  3. If Harley think the Street (even in a 750 configuration) would be a replacement for the big (albeit a little heavy) brawny VROD then they are dreaming. i can’t believe ANYONE except total noobs go for the Street anyway. Largely indistuingishable from a Yamazuki HD clone of any sort I find it embarrassing for the poor sod that pulls up next to me at the lights. Think I’d rather be seen on my wife’s Aprilia scooter.

  4. So Sad.
    I have been on two wheels for over 50 years and had many bikes in that time.
    The two that impressed me the most were a XS650 Yamaha and a Honda VFR750.
    Both these machines had one thing in common – they were engineered to a very high standard .
    Now I have the pleasure on owning a Street Rod which has joined the two above.
    Really such a well made and reliable machine.

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