The Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod, launched in 2001, has received 13 awards internationally, making it the most applauded motorcycle in the 100-year history of the manufacturer.

The Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod, launched in 2001, has received 13 awards internationally, making it the most applauded motorcycle in the 100-year history of the manufacturer.

According to , to date, the V-Rod has been named best cruiser by ; motorcycle of the year by magazine; cruiser of the year by ; one of the top six bikes of 2002 by magazine; bike of the year by German publication and cruiser of the year by the England's magazine. The V-Rod was also honoured by , listed as the best of what's new by popular science and was included on the list of "95 Perfect Things".

It was also the top-selling Harley-Davidson model in Europe in 2002. The V-Rod represents the first member of a new family of Harley-Davidson motorcycles - the performance custom. From its all-new liquid-cooled V-Twin Revolution powerplant to its long, low dragster inspired looks, the V-Rod is pure American muscle in a raw, pavement-devouring package.

First introduced as a 2002 model with an anodised aluminum finish, 2003 model V-Rods include special identification to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the legendary motorcycle manufacturer.

"We're thrilled that the V-Rod has inspired so much enthusiasm among riders and the press, winning so many awards," said Willie Davidson, Harley-Davidson's vice president of styling. "When we designed the V-Rod, we knew it would be a special machine. And I'm proud that others like it as much as we do."

Commenting on the prestigious 2002 Motorcycle of the Year Award from magazine, the editors explained, "You still can't ride a V-Rod anywhere without drawing a crowd. No V-Twin cruiser is quicker. Better yet, there's no mistaking the V-Rod for anything else on the road, custom or production.

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