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2017 Harley-Davidson Street 750 - Road Test Review - The Urban Legend

2017 Harley-Davidson Street 750 - Road Test Review - The Urban Legend

Snapshot: So what is the new Street 750 all about? Is it just the same old bike with added ABS or is it any different?

It was not long back since we tested the earlier Street 750 and then Harley-Davidson announced that they are bringing in a newer version of one of the highest selling Harleys. The 2017 Street 750 though looks like the previous model but as soon as we started rolling on it, we pinned down quite a few obvious upgrades brought to the new one. So what do all the new upgrades result into? Is it just the same old bike with added ABS or any different?

Looks:

The bike gets a new two-tone paint scheme for 2017. Its’s true that Harley-Davidson does a fabulous job when it comes to motorcycle paint and detailing on the new Street 750 is no exception. There are hints of the new two-tone paints on the tank as well as at the rear fender. While rest of the design stays the same. The wide teardrop fuel tank makes the bike look bulkier in the flesh than it does in pictures. The front cowl remains the best-designed bit on the bike, and I’ll stick to my earlier verdict on it that says it gives the bike a certain appeal, a special character. You might not find anything new if you peek into the looks department of the 2017 Street 750, but wait till you ride it.

Rating - 4/5

Engine and Performance:

So the company thought, ok we did a new paint job on the bike and we added ABS now what? Let’s make the engine better and they did. The 749 cc Liquid-cooled, Revolution X V-Twin produces the same 59Nm of peak torque at 3,750rpm. The output might be same but the delivery is now more creamy and refined. It has always been the heart of this bike that makes it such a charm to ride and now it’s even better.

The bike accelerates nicely from the word go and will prove you wrong if you think cruisers are lazy, or less intuitive to ride. The Street 750 is fast for its engine size and even after being a 233 kg bike, it goes in a drop of a hat. The vibrations are now less significant, or perhaps non-existent in the average riding conditions and that’s also one of the reasons why Street 750 is one of the nicest Harleys when it comes to sheer riding pleasure. Just avoid red lining it, perhaps just cruise being easy on the gas and the Street will make sure that you have one of the best times on a motorcycle. Talking about the transmission, it feels a bit nicer too and has been certainly smoothened for precise and easy shifts. So over all the Street 750 has been fairly worked upon the overall engine and transmission department.

Rating 4.5/5

Ride and Handling:

The bike has been engineered to conquer the urban jungle, it is supposed to be at home in streets and that is the whole idea behind it. The whole concept of Street 750 revolves around how easy it is on daily city roads, unlike traditional cruisers. In simple words, it does the job pretty well. It can be ridden to the office every day, the only thing that concerns me is the heat from the big V-Twin. If that’s least of the issues for you than Street 750 is the best affordable everyday premium cruisers you can buy in India today. Its friendly riding dynamics also makes it a perfect big cruiser for lady riders looking forward to entering this segment.

To make the package even better, it now comes with standard ABS which makes sure to keep the bike planted even on the trickiest surface conditions. The ABS kicks in just at the right time, sometimes the intrusion is not even felt but its working right and hence the bike stays upright even under panic braking.

The stock Street 750 rides on the MRF tires, though these tires have decent grip but it has been adapted primarily to make the product cost effective. It does provide enough support even when braking hard but a set of better tires takes the riding to a whole different level. So perhaps a better set of rubbers can be shod on its wheels to make it safer as it is not a lightweight bike by any standards and better quality rubber will only make the rider feel more confident.

4.3/5

Verdict:

The new Street 750 comes out to be an undefeatable package that is offered at a very reasonable price. It doesn’t just provide a top class ride but its ABS safety net makes sure that even inexperienced riders can feel confident on this machine. It is more than a perfect partner for newcomers and at the same time much fun for the experienced ones.  

Overall rating: 12.8/15

Photography: Mohd. Nasir

Also read: What we said about the 2016 Harley-Davidson Street 750.

 

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