What do you associate a Harley-Davidson with? Strong brand identity, potato-potato sound, heavyweight motorcycles that have the ability to cruise endlessly, and high sticker price. Anything other than that and, in all probability, it is not a Harley! But soon you will have to get used to a Harley that is small, doesn’t sound like one, and is ‘affordable’. Is that good news?
It’s not that ‘small’ Harleys don’t exist. The Iron 883 is a sub-1,000cc Harley but even that motorcycle can be intimidating for a less experienced rider; in India, it costs over Rs 6 lakh. So as to attract a new group of buyers who don’t have deep pockets, the iconic American motorcycle company has developed cheaper and relatively more urban motorcycles. The result is the Street series with two engine options—a 500cc and a 750cc. The larger of these—the Street 750—has been launched in India. It is also the first Harley-Davidson to be made in India.
The Street 750 is well build and the quality of switches is first-rate. Large tear-dropped fuel tank attracts attention, as does the headlamp cowl—but the cowl has a love-me-or-hate-me look. The fuel-lid is lockable, something that isn’t found on most other Harleys. A low seat height of 25.4 inches ensures you have both the feet flat on the road while waiting at the traffic junction. The frame is narrow, which makes getting on and off the motorcycle easy. The instrument panel is simple—there is a speedometer, an odometer and a fuel indicator.
However, there is no tachometer or a clock. The rear seat is small and this means your companion will have to stick to you—necessary too, because there are no grab-rails for the pillion rider. Like all Harleys, the Street 750 too gets daytime running lights. Two things riders may find fault with are small rear-view mirrors and the fact that there is some visible loose wiring, and these should be immediately sorted out. Overall, the Street 750 is a compact attention-grabber.
The Street 750 is 2,225 mm long and has a wheelbase of 1,535 mm. Its tall ground clearance (145 mm) ensures it doesn’t scrape most Indian speed-breakers. At 222 kg, it is a relatively light Harley. The front tyre size is 100/80 (17-inch) and the rear is 150/70 (15-inch).
Both the wheels are equipped with disc brakes, but there