2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Meet Your Two-Wheeled Equivalent
September 18, 2009
Sometimes I play a mental game when I get stuck in traffic. As I migrated down Santa Monica Boulevard at a glacial pace last night, the game was afoot. The question posed from one brain hemisphere to the other (yeah, I've got two hemis!) was, "What is the motorcycle equivalent to the Challenger?"
Previous mental meanderings concluded that a Ford Mustang = Ducati Monster, Nissan GT-R = Honda RC-51, BMW M3 = BMW K1300S. Our Challenger's equivalent came to me fairly quickly and allowed me the rest of my drive home to ponder the reasonings.
Dodge Challenger = Harley-Davidson Vrod
1. Both sound great in stock form. A low burble at idle, a loud, brash burst low in the rev range and a muscular chorus higher up.
2. Every time the light turns green, my impulsive little brain stem turn it into a brief drag race, just to feel the initial hit of torque.
3. Both seem to be made for older, bigger pilots. Their seating positions are nearly identical.
4. Both have soft floaty suspensions and low handling limits. Still, they're fun up to, and just past those limits.
5. Long sweeping curves are better than tight twisties in either vehicle.
6. Other drivers seem to give either a bit more respect. I get cut-off a lot less.
7. Both look and feel pretty long.
8. Hundreds of miles in either seat would be no problem.
9. Both represent something unique to their respective brands. The Challenger is the first real retro-styled model for Dodge. The Vrod is Harley's modern interpretation of its past.
10. Both will go through rear tires and fuel like the State of California goes through cash.
Have you got any auto/moto equivalents?
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 11,117 miles