Review – Harley Davidson Street 750

Posted on: Apr 29, 2014 - 10:07am IST

The Harley Davidson Street 750 is completely new, right from the platform to its design to its execution. As the first new platform developed by the legendary American manufacturer in 14 years, the Street 750 is at times shockingly good to ride and at other times quite disappointing.

Harley Davidson Street 750 side

Harley says that this bike is aimed at the youngsters, probably referring to those for whom the mention of the word Harley brings the image of a few leather-clad gentlemen riding around on massive bikes with their beards flowing behind them. On the other hand, one look at the Street 750 and it screams modernity. It is this meeting point of nostalgia and new-age that the Street 750 intends to tread.

Harley Davidson Street 750 headlamp cowl

Build-wise, the bike is rather well-made. Quality of switches is top-notch and so is the seat positioning. Ergonomically speaking, the ride position is apt for urban riding and short-distance touring as well. Speaking of the design, the flat teardrop fuel tank immediately attracts attention. So does the cowl for the headlamp. However, irrespective of the body colour, this cowl is available only in black, which is a bit disappointing. On the other hand, a windshield is available as an optional accessory.

Harley Davidson Street 750 front wheel

The solitary part digital part analog instrument panel is as simple as it is functional. It packs in a central speedometer and a digital trip meter and fuel indicator. However, the bike solely misses an odometer.

Harley Davidson Street 750 rear section

The Street 750 derives its power from an all-new liquid-cooled V-Twin engine called the Revolution X. Traditionally, Harley doesn’t disclose power output, but a short ride on this bike indicates an output in the range of 65-70 hp. The 749 cc engine is connected to the bike via a belt drive that draws power from a six-speed gearbox. Peak torque rests at around 60 Nm at 4,000 rpm.

Harley Davidson Street 750 front shock rubber guard

The ride is startlingly good. For a decently powered vehicle that has its gear ratios split well for urban conditions, the torque is available pretty much throughout the band. At low-revs in city traffic conditions, the bike is more than willing to crawl slowly. Equally willing is the bike to simply bolt away from the stop line at a signal. The availability of a chunk of the torque towards the low-mid end of the rev band makes it an ideal bike for city conditions.

Harley Davidson Street 750 front three quarter

That said, the Street 750 can easily be ridden on the highway too. Slot it into fourth gear from around 100 kph and it will willingly glide to 140 kph when fifth is available. The bike can hit a top-speed of around 170 kph. Windblast at anything above 120 kph is disconcerting, but the optional windscreen should take care of this.

Harley Davidson Street 750 belt drive

Stopping power comes from twin piston caliper disc brakes at both the front and rear. The Street 750 is a bit reluctant to come to a standstill. Brakes feel weak and ABS is sorely missed. Speaking of missing equipment that the bike desperately needs, apart from the ABS and an odometer, a pass-light is definitely needed. However, topping this list is a soundtrack. Despite hitting the higher bands, the exhaust note is patchy at best and disappointing at its worst. A silent whirr is all that the bike emanates. The fact that the bike has a belt drive system, rather than a chain drive, aids in reducing vibrations massively. However, this coupled with the silent exhaust makes for an uninspiring soundtrack. Accessories are, thankfully, available to spruce up the sound.

Harley Davidson Street 750 engine cover

The bike’s wheelbase stands at 1,734 mm. Riding around the streets of New Delhi and Gurgaon, the bike doesn’t feel cumbersome at all. In fact, the Street 750 can be swung around corners and counter-camber patches with ease and there’s not much resistance from the frame either. A low-centre of gravity and the 220 kg weight plants the bike rather well on the ground. Specially developed tyres from MRF also help the cause. However, don’t go around attacking corners like you would in a lighter bike. The Street 750’s wide body, at 815 mm, is wide enough to not throw around a corner and expect to come out the other side standing.

Harley Davidson Street 750 V-Twin engine

The bike sports standard telescopic suspension at the front-end and gets a box section swing arm with dual shocks at the rear. The front suspension is covered with rubber boots to cover them from the dusty city environs, which is rather helpful in the long-run. The Street 750’s suspension has been tuned perfectly for urban conditions. The front suspension is neither too stiff on a speed breaker, nor too soft on a highway to make the front-end unsteady. The rear suspension can handle a city’s bumps. However, given how forward the rider is seated, the odd deep pothole can be unsettling.

Harley Davidson Street 750 fuel tank matt finish

The Harley Davidson Street 750 is pretty much the perfect way to enter the Harley family. Priced reasonably at Rs 4.1 lakh, the bike is built in only two locations in the world – USA and India. Though Harley officials won’t confirm the localisation levels, it is evident that most of the crucial powertrain parts are still imported, while the body panels, lights and other body parts are localised.

Harley Davidson Street 750 exhaust detail

The Street 750 offers a chance to not be limited by experiences from riding other Harley products. For its target market, this very well could be the first Harley and it bodes well for the company that they have started off with a pretty good benchmark.

Harley Davidson Street 750 – Image Gallery

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5 thoughts on “Review – Harley Davidson Street 750

  1. bharat says:

    The ninja 650 and street 720, both, fit needs and wants – for 50/50 city/highway riding.

    However, if one has to select only one, then what would be your expert recommendation?

    Thanks,
    BS

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    1. bharat says:

      Dear Karthikji,

      Can you please share your expertise and help with my query?

      BS

      Reply
    2. Karthik H says:

      Hello Bharat

      The Street 750 and Ninja 650 are wholly different bikes that are made for different purposes. The Street has excellent road presence, is superb for both low speed crawling and high speed riding. However, the Ninja 650 is a lot more practical bike, it gets ABS, pass lights, odometer and is also good fun to ride.

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      1. param says:

        Dear karthik_ i.booked a harley street 750 denim black but am still soo muchh confused between the colours glossy black nd denim black.could u please suggest me which one looks more attractive nd which is the better one by comparing the both in every manner..thanxx

  2. Puneet says:

    Bike is good but comes with Indian vendors. Brake fluid reservoir mentioned Endurance and even Shocks are from Endurance with all that wiring mess. Add to that brakes of Harley Street 750 are poor and pale when compared to substantially cheaper RE Continental GT. When bikes like KTM Duke 390, RE Continental GT, Honda CBR250R comes shod with Metzeler,Pirelli and Continental Tyres why we have to tolerate MRFs on Harley Street 750. Moreover Harley people quoting Rs 20000 for a pair of MRFs these are not cheap. Michelin Pilot range of tyres are priced around same and are much superior.

    Honda Cbr250R comes with Nissin brakes on combined ABS models and ProLink suspension and RE Continental GT coming with Brembos and Italian Piaoli shockers and KTM has WP Shocks though made by Endurance but to name Shocks WP means those Shocks would have all patented technologies of WP and better quality adhering to quality standards of WP as compared to shocks branded Endurance that Harley Street 750 comes with.

    And these bikes are less than half the price of Harley Street 750!

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