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Harley-Davidson Street 750 – Road Test Review

Snapshot: We take the Street 750 out on a ride and find out if it really has what it takes to be true to the roots, or if it's just a cut corners job.

A few years back, Harley-Davidson came up with a motorcycle specifically built for a market like ours. Creating ripples like a stone thrown into a silent lake, the bike immediately caught attention and took no time to become the best-selling Harley in the country. The 'made-in-India' tag brought the legendary American brand in an affordable range to many. Being built on a completely new platform the bike shared none of its details with other bikes from Harley's line-up and so came out to be a completely unique product from the skin to bone. Now it was time to put Street 750 to test and explore what India’s best selling Harley has to offer.

Design -

At the first glance, it looked bigger than it does in photographs. While taking a second opinion, many suggested that it is just the right sized cruiser one would want to ride on a day to day basis. From head to toe, it looks designed in a manner not too loud or bold but still impressive.

Starting from the front, it houses a smart looking black cowl at the headlamp that adds to the character of Street 750. Few people said they wouldn't mind taking it off, but if it was my own bike I'm never touching it. From there, the teardrop fuel tank looks broad and aggressive, especially after one is saddled up. It has a lockable fuel filler cap on the right side which looks great with Harley-Davidson stamp on it. The rear end on Street 750 is as imposing and well-made as on a much premium bike. The paint quality, fit, and finish on the bike is stunning while the switch gears are averagely made.

Talking about the meter console, it has a simplistically designed console housing an analog speedometer, digital dual trip meters, ODO, low-fuel warning light, clock and more such stuff. Overall, Street 750 is a not too gigantic or not too small, it is perfectly sized for an average Indian rider. It looks impressive and has far more road presence than other bikes in its price range.

Rating - 4/5

Engine and Performance –

This is exactly the department in which the Street 750 gets down to brass tacks and is my personal favorite department when counting the Street 750.

Street 750 has a 749cc liquid-cooled, Revolution X V-twin engine that delivers 59Nm of peak torque at 3,750rpm. The bike accelerates fiercely at the drop of a hat and the initial pull from the engine is very much like from a bigger engine. It is fun because it's intense but at the same time it's very much manageable. The rear end constantly provides enough feedback to the rider to understand how much further the bike can be pushed.

When the throttle is cracked open, the bike opens up smoothly and triple-digit speeds are achieved in a blink. Surprisingly, there aren't any vibrations at all even when the engine redlines. Also, the handlebar doesn't shudder when the bike is left at idle.

It sounds gorgeous when blipping the throttle at lower revs and you will end up doing the same time and again, just because it sounds good. While when pacing up on the higher range, the sound gets a bit mixed up.

Engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox which is smooth to use but can be certainly made more precise as I sometimes had glitches while shifting gears up.

With big engines comes big heat, the bike heats up pretty fast and that initiates the radiator fan time and again, this might get a bit uncomfortable in choked up traffic but is unavoidable as almost all big engines radiate an enormous amount of heat.

Rating - 4.4/5

Ride and Handling –

Street 750 is a very proficient handler and demands no extra effort even after being in the cruiser class. It feels light on its feet as soon as it gets moving and maneuvering this 233kg brute is a child’s play. The good part is it doesn’t feel this heavy, it is only when you have to take a U-turn that it shows the heavy side of it. The handlebar is wide and placed in accordance to give the rider a strong hold on the bike. The front suspension is a bit on the stiffer side that works wonders when taking it on winding roads, while the rear is on the bit softer side. The front doesn’t dive in whenever the brakes are applied and hence this doesn’t make the rider uncertain on uneven turns.

This setup feels at home on twisties but on rough patches, it should be tuned up to soak heavier bumps as it tends to deliver some of them to the upper body. It comes with 2-piston floated front and rear brakes that work as knee jerk. The brute can be brought to the halt using a single tap on the brakes and at the same time, these MRF tires provide all the traction you need without being at risk when cutting down the high speeds.

Rating – 4.3/5

Verdict-

There isn’t anything about the Street 750 that can be criticized, from an impressive engine that shoots up furiously to a setup that is as precise and nimble as it can be, Street 750 is a fun and responsive machine. Harley-Davidson has hit the nail on the head with the Street 750. It is rightly priced, impressively poised and is perhaps one of the best things since sliced bread.

Overall – 12.7/15

Photography - Mohd. Nasir

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