Built on a completely new platform, the new Street 750 is the smallest Harley Davidson till date. When I went to collect the Street 750 for review from the Two Rivers dealership in Pune, I was surprised to see that how small the Street looked when parked in front of other Harley Davidson motorcycles on display.
The first impression was of a little surprise, like is this really a Harley Davidson? Small tyres, small tank, small headlights, small handle bars, everything looked small. But this doesn’t matter cause there were about 7 Street 750 motorcycles inside the showroom, and all of them had a ‘SOLD’ tag on them!
Soon the key to a ‘stock’ Street 750 was handed over and without wasting any more time, I started the bike. Well, the Street doesn’t sound like a Harley at idle. That was a bit disappointing! Anyways, now into first gear and at the slightest pull of the accelerator, the Street jumps forward! That was a surprise, considering my first impressions.
The engine of Harley Davidson Street 750 is an all-new 749 cc liquid cooled 60 degree V Twin named Revolution X. As is the norm, Harley Davidson has not revealed the power output of this engine, but they did reveal its torque, which peaks at 4,000 rpm delivering 60 Nm. From the response the engine delivers, one can expect the power output to be easily over 50 PS.
Soon, I was out on the road with the Street 750 and obviously craving for some attention. And again, I was surprised not to find much of it. I was not sure who to blame, the not so Harley type sound of the Street, or its smaller body.
Now out on the road, in the middle of city traffic, the engine started heating my thighs, and I had hardly ridden it for a few minutes! But this was not a surprise. I somehow expected it. Manouevering is much easier compared to other Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
Speaking about ride comfort, for the rider there isn’t much to complain. Built for the city, the Street 750 ticks all the right boxes as far as riding comfort is concerned. Be it potholes or speed bumps or smooth tarmac, the Street will take care of you. But, its long wheelbase of of 1535 mm and ground clearance of 145 mm is sometimes not enough and you will scrap the bottom regularly.
Another thing I didn’t like was the positioning of rider’s footrest. I expected them to be a little in the front, after all this was a cruiser. But soon I realized how wrong was I. With so much power at hand, the Street accelerates incredibly well. And considering Indian roads, where potholes and bumps crop up anywhere, the footrest helps you take the weight of your spinal cord. A blessing in disguise!
After a pleasing performance in the city, I took the Street 750 on the highways and this is where it really shines. The six speed gearbox of this Harley is commendable. You dont need to change gears much often. Right from as low as 30 kmph, you can take the Street to its top speed, all in the same gear. Harley Davidson has not revealed the top speed of Street 750, but the speedo stops at 180 kmph. The way this bike keeps going, something tells me that this HD will cross that mark on an open road. The engine is crisp and delivers power in a linear manner. But as it redlines at 8000 rpm, you are left wanting for more.
Even on the steep slopes you don’t need to change much of its gears. The Street can easily tackle the ghats of Lavasa and Aamby Valley in third gear, and that too with a pillion. Yes, we also tested the bike with a pillion.
Speaking about pillion comfort, though the seat is comfortable for long journeys for the rider, it is not the same for pillion. Over long distance rides on this Harley, the pillion easily gets more tired as he/she has to stay on the edge all the while. Pillion needs to extra careful as there is no back support, and the positioning of footrest doesn’t help either.
Another thing to be spoken here is that the Street 750 is not made for taking on the curves. I dont mean that the motorcycle is not stable while banking, it is very stable. But the thing is, if you become a little more adventurous while banking, you will start scraping the side stand very easily. Also, I didn’t find the braking impressive, this was probably because of the stock MRF tyres which are offered in India, and not the Michelin tyres which are offered as stock on export variants.
Verdict: Even with all the cost cutting issues like exposed wiring, minimalistic handlebar design, and missing features like no on-off switch for headlight, tachometer, fuel meter, Harley Davidson Street 750 offers much more than its price tag of about Rs 4.67 lakhs, on- road Pune. The thing is, once you start riding the Street 750, you will not remember these issues.
A 0-100 in less than 6.5 seconds, a top speed of over 170 kmph, mileage of 25+ kmpl, and not to forget, the Harley Davidson tag! There are chances you might get sidelined or looked upon with this Harley by fellow HOG members who have bigger Harley’s. But the point is – Street 750 is a Harley Davidson Motorcycle after all.
Why would you buy Harley Davidson Street 750
– Stability, no vibrations/wobbling even at high speed
– Nothing else in the segment
– Huge list of accessories on offer – from pillion support to Xenon headlights, to customized colours to exhaust which will offer you an aggressive and raspy sound from your motorcycle
– Above all, its a Harley Davidson and that too under Rs 5 lakhs!
Why would you not buy Harley Davidson Street 750
– Small fuel tank of just 13 litres
Tech Specs of Harley Davidson Street 750