Chris Martin of AMA Pro Road Racing took on a seemingly impossible task: ranking the top 10 AMA Superbike champions of all time. And with that kind of responsibility comes an unenviable task — leaving some deserving members off the list. In the near 40-year history of AMA Superbike racing, many great racers — and […]
Top 10 Affordable Modern Classics
8. Harley-Davidson V-Rod
“Harley have just done the improbable, nay, impossible by producing a (gasp) water-cooled motor…” is what we wrote in 2002 (has it really been that long?) when Harley-Davidson introduced the VRSCA V-Rod. The thought of H-D producing a thoroughly modern engine astonishes many today just as it did back then.
Of course, Porsche had a significant role in designing the engine, but the fact it exists at all is mind blowing. Look past the motor, which, admittedly is hard to do, and you’re left with a motorcycle that complements the Revolution engine. It’s a capable cruiser able to turn heads down the boulevard, while also carving a canyon at a respectable clip. And it does this with enough muscle to spin the rear tire on command.
The V-Rod is cool, it’s significant and it’s affordable.