First Impression Harley Davidson Street Series: Street 750 & Street Rod 750
By Dibesh Dangol
HARLEY DAVIDSON STREET 750
The Street 750 can be considered as a stepping stone into the Harley Owners Group because it is the most affordable motorcycle in Harley’s line-up priced at Rs. 23 lakhs. The motorcycle has been launched under Harley’s Dark Custom motorcycle moniker and has been specifically made for beginner Harley-Davidson owners. The design of Street 750 is like a traditional cruiser with sweptback handlebar, mid-mounted instrumental panel and round headlamp. The entire motorcycle, except the rear shocks and front forks which are garnished in chrome, gets a matte black paint. Onto the riding position, you feel the comfort of an upright riding positioned. The foot-pegs are placed very comfortably and a handlebar is nice and wide, but is not too wide which makes it easy to steer the motorcycle in tight city streets. The Street 750 is powered by a liquid-cooled 749cc V-twin engine which the company calls ‘Revolution X’ engine which produces 47bhp and 60 Nm of torque. The motorcycle has a six-speed gearbox with belt drive which is some of its strongest plus-points. It has a narrow and lean chassis which has been built for agility. Seat height is one of the important aspects for any motorcycle buyer here in Nepal and with a seat height of just 710mm it can be ridden by average height Nepali riders. For braking, Harley has mounted a new rear brake setup and ABS in Street 750 along with the Harley Davidson’s Smart Security System.
HARLEY DAVIDSON STREET ROD 750
The Street Rod 750 might be based on Street 750 but there are plenty of differences between the two models. Though the Street Rod 750 is also inspired by Harley’s Dark Custom motorcycle range, the new drag-style handlebars with foldable bar-end mirrors are the most noticeable change in an instance. The motorcycle also gets split seats while the real part has been shortened maintaining the drag-style design theme. The seat height is also taller than Street 750 by more than a 100mm at 757mm. The red coated rear suspensions give an ideal contrast to the motorcycle. Ergonomically, the slightly lower handle bar, bit shifted rear foot pegs and improved ground clearance than Street 750 gives riders more aggressive riding position and lean angle turns while riding Street Rod 750. The motorcycle does borrow the 749cc, 8-valve liquid-cooled, V-Twin, Revolution X engine from the Street 750. The bore and stroke are also identical but the Street Rod has a better fuelling system with twin-port injection instead of single-port of Street 750. Also, the motorcycle has a larger throttle body. Because of these engine twigs, the compression ratio has been raised to 12.0:1 resulting in 70bhp and 62 Nm of torque. The suspension is also a major change the motorcycle gets a 43mm inverted front fork setup and twin piggyback shock absorbers at the rear. The wheelbase is also a tad bit shorter than Street 750 which allows Street Rod 750 riders to change direction quicker. The motorcycle has dual 300mm discs upfront and a single 300mm disc in the rear, both with their respective two piston callipers, and ABS is also offered as a started in Street Rod 750 which is priced at Rs. 27 lakhs.