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Rick’s Motorcycles Harley-Davidson V-Rod

German-engineered custom V-twin radness

The Harley-Davidson V-Rod enjoyed a lot more popularity in Europe than it did domestically during its nearly two decades in production. Rick’s Motorcycles in Baden-Baden, Germany, made a name for itself customizing ’Rods in the mid-2000s. Rick (actually called Patrick Knörzer) has always been a passionate biker who, early on, did a lot of work himself at his garage. Through his day job he was able to produce sidestands and Z-bars and later widened Fat Boy wheels up to 200 at his own metalworking lathe. This was a milestone in his career and people got to know the Rick’s name for the wheel widening.

At this point, he began to use not the original inner part of the wheel but his own CNC-machined inner parts (discs and later on other designs), all with TÜV approval. Patrick also started to produce his own 9 x 15-inch wheels, and as of 2000 he was fabricating his first rear and front fenders as well as the matching pulleys and brake rotors for the various wheel designs. His shop does work with the V-Rod’s air-cooled cousins, but we wanted to show you something in a Revolution platform.

Harley-Davidson V-Rod

This V-Rod sports Metzeler rubber of the 280mm width.

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Harley-Davidson V-Rod seat

The clean, minimalist solo seat and back fender are just enough coverage.

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Harley-Davidson V-Rod tire

Performance Machine calipers in red to match the striping.

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Harley-Davidson V-Rod gas tank

Gauges relocated to the top of the airbox make for cleaner bars.

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Harley-Davidson V-Rod

Rollin’ fat: The back caliper is done up in red also, of course.

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Harley-Davidson V-Rod

In 2011, Rick’s Motorcycles became a official Harley-Davidson dealer.

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Harley-Davidson V-Rod headlight

The ventilated airbox cover not only looks good, it lets in more oxygen with which to breathe.

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Harley-Davidson V-Rod exhaust

Remus mufflers, not cluttering up the side view of the back wheel and brake rotor.

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brake rotor

The dark gray and black are pretty industrial looking, making the V-Rod appear nice and evil.

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