The brilliant red Royal Enfield motorcycles, which were once ridden by Kolkata Police for decades are being phased out and in its place, they are buying the Harley Davidson Street 750. These new Harley Davidson cruiser bikes will be used by the cops in the city to escort VIPs and for use during other special occasions. 12 such Street 750 cruiser bikes have already been inducted into the fleet while more will be added in due course.
Royal Enfield, used by the Kolkata Police was getting too expensive to maintain due to lower fuel efficiency even as availability of spare parts was also getting difficult. This is the main reason they have decided to shift to Harley Davidson and TVS Apache.
Design elements include a swept back handlebar, mid mounted instrument cluster, rounded headlamp and extensive use of chrome. Set to be used by the Kolkata Police, the Street 750 will also be fitted with hard saddle bags, flashers on both sides and sirens.
Distinctive chequered graphics on its body will also be evident. The Harleys will also receive in-built radios and antenna so as to stay in touch with police control room and the visor will sport the Kolkata Police emblem.
These Harley Davidson Street 750 motorcycles are the new 2017 version. It is priced at INR 5,05,000 in India (ex-showroom) and offered in Standard and ABS variants. Street 750 is powered by a 749cc Revolution X, liquid cooled, V-Twin engine offering 47 bhp power and 59 Nm torque. With this engine, the Street 750 can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 6.17 seconds, which took 16 seconds with the Royal Enfield. They also have a much higher top speed of 160 kmph.