It’s no secret the V-Rod has not broken any sales records, but most everyone would agree the engine is a pretty nice piece of engineering. The Harley faithful keep pushing it away but everyone else keeps trying to fit it into a bike unlike the V-Rod Harley produced.
This concept called the Brawler, is the latest work of Travis Clark. We’ve seen more than a few attempts to frame the V-Rod engine into something a bit more sporty, but it looks like Travis did his homework here and things fit together better than some of the other concepts.
The Brawler has leading link front suspension in the high end V-Rod powered model while the base model has inverted forks and an 88 cubic inch air cooled V-Twin, pretty interesting.
Travis’ idea here is to appeal to younger riders with a Sportster appeal and V-Rod power. As noted recently, Harley is actually doing better with a young crowd by pushing the Sportster in several variations, maybe a high power option would fit. Would something like this work? Possibly. More importantly, would the Motor Company be willing to try it?
Link: Travis Clark