There’s something about seeing Mercs and Porsches making way for you as you cruise at 120 kms/hour in the Capital. In short, it makes you feel superhuman. That’s precisely what Harley Davidson has been doing to men (these are not toys for boys) all around the globe.
Tame the beast
A spin on the 2010 Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special, or simply the VRSCDX, on a Sunday morning is tempting. One look at the black beast and the hunter within you wakes up. We do a sort of parikrama of it, as if to take a better look before starting to tame it. The huge 5-gallon fuel cell, brushed finish dual mufflers, the forward-mounted footpegs, two orange strips running from front to the rear, metal finishing leave you awestruck. But it is time to hit the road.
The ‘run’ switch lets out a gushing sound, quite similar to a raging bull before a fight. And the ‘start’ switch unleashes the power of the 1250 cc V-Twin engine — we’re now ready to go on our conquest on this 300 kilo-Harley. The one-up first gear tells you of what you should be expecting. On the next four-down gears you elevate yourself from the state of mere mortality.
Having ridden quite a few heavy-duty bikes, acquaintance with speed wasn’t a factor. But just like travelling on an aircraft is different from travelling on a missile going at the same speed, this one was a ‘missile’ among other heavy-duty bikes.
‘With great power comes great responsibility’ — those are precisely the words that echo through one’s mind as this beast muzzles its way through Shantipath. You realise why buying one of these is not like buying any other super bike; it’s also about being part of a culture — the Harley Davidson culture.
* The VRSCDX has a top-speed of 240 kms/hr. It is the only one in the HD family to have a liquid-cooled engine.
* Five models of Harley Davidson start rolling out of the showroom from next month.
* The bikes range from Rs 6.5 lakhs to over Rs 30 lakhs. EMI schemes available.