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2017 - 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Rod

2017 - 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Rod
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  • Harley-Davidson Street Rod
  • Year:
    2017- 2018
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  • Engine:
    V-Twin
  • Displacement:
    46 cubic inches
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    8699
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Harley’s Hot Little Urban Commuter

Traffic-carving performance isn’t the first thing I think of when hearing the name Harley-Davidson, but the MoCo is going about changing that perception with the new-from-2017 Street Rod 750. While it is, in fact, based on the current Street 750, multiple changes in the setup and equipment turn it into another animal entirely. Shorter steering geometry, a more aggressive rider triangle and a more powerful engine come together in H-D’s most decisive push so far into the sport-standard market. A bold move to be sure, and as Harley enters territory traditionally dominated by the Asian and European manufacturers, it won’t enjoy the same name power that it does in the cruising and touring sector. With all that in mind I want to take a look at this ambitious ride today to see what’s new and how well it stacks up to its entrenched competition. I think it’s safe to take it as a given that the MoCo has its work cut out for it, to say the very least, so let’s get started.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Street Rod.

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2017 - 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Rod

2017 - 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Rod

Harley’s Hot Little Urban Commuter

Traffic-carving performance isn’t the first thing I think of when hearing the name Harley-Davidson, but the MoCo is going about changing that perception with the new-from-2017 Street Rod 750. While it is, in fact, based on the current Street 750, multiple changes in the setup and equipment turn it into another animal entirely. Shorter steering geometry, a more aggressive rider triangle and a more powerful engine come together in H-D’s most decisive push so far into the sport-standard market. A bold move to be sure, and as Harley enters territory traditionally dominated by the Asian and European manufacturers, it won’t enjoy the same name power that it does in the cruising and touring sector. With all that in mind I want to take a look at this ambitious ride today to see what’s new and how well it stacks up to its entrenched competition. I think it’s safe to take it as a given that the MoCo has its work cut out for it, to say the very least, so let’s get started.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Street Rod.

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Harley Davidson commissioned these Street Rod Snow bikes

Harley Davidson commissioned these Street Rod Snow bikes

To haul riders around the Winter X Games

In its recent adventures, Harley Davidson has been seemingly busy with increasing involvement of snow and ice competition. Recently, the Milwaukee brand entered the Snowquake 2018, a snow dirt event in the Italian Alps, and then started the Snow Hill Climb, its own event at this year’s Winter X Games where riders drag up the hill on purpose-built Snow Hill Climb Sportsters.

For the same event, Harley came up with an ingenious idea and teamed up with Aaron and Shaun Guardado from Suicide Machine Company to build two snow bikes with skis and belts from a Street Rod 750. These bikes would act as safety vehicles for the event, and to haul athletes around between events.

Now that’s a phenomenon.

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Harley Davidson enters the Snowquake 2018

Harley Davidson enters the Snowquake 2018

Donates 8 Street Rods to the Snow Dirt event

What it is, is a Dirt Quake on Ice. As simple as it sounds, the dirt track race bikes challenge each other on Europe’s finest snow and ice race track in the Italian Alps.

For 2018, the event is in its third edition and has managed to grab a few eyeballs already. Including the folks of Harley Davidson, who have committed to giving 8 ice track-spec Street Rod 750s. They have invited journalists along with ex WSBK and MotoGP rider, Ruben Xaus to take their chance at each other on the ice.

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2016 - 2018 Harley-Davidson Street 500 / Street 750

2016 - 2018 Harley-Davidson Street 500 / Street 750

A No-Nonsense Approach To A Bar-Hopping Café Racer

If you remember back in the 1990s, Harley-Davidson offered the "49-95" Sportster. It was a no-frills entry-level bike priced affordably at $4,995 — hence the clever in-house nickname — and it let a lot of folks stick a toe in the water, as it were, into the motorcycle scene. The Street 500 and Street 750 are the new generation of that concept. The cost is little more than $4,995, though in today’s market, $6,899 is still considered affordably priced. The Streets have that same no-frills, no-nonsense approach to an entry-level bar-hopping café racer. Powered by a Revolution V-twin engine, the bikes are premium Harley. Just because the price is low doesn’t mean they skimped on quality. The Street siblings come with a steel teardrop tank and fenders covered in the deep, rich color and flawless finish that long ago made Harley-Davidson the benchmark for premium paint on a motorcycle. The cherry on top is the chrome tank badge — not a decal, as you might expect in a budget-minded bike, but a three-dimensional tank medallion — as Harley’s pledge to you that you are riding a premium quality machine.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Street 500 and Street 750.

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Harley-Davidson Unleashes New Street Rod 750

Harley-Davidson Unleashes New Street Rod 750

Not too long ago, Harley-Davidson execs stated that The MoCo planned on releasing 50 new models over the next five years. It was assumed that many would be based on existing platforms, and some of the more cynical of us posited that it would likely be nothing more than minor differences in trim packages on just the “traditional” Harleys such as the FL, FX and XL variants. Well, both groups were partly right so far, anyway. H-D’s new model is a quite heavily modified Street 750, definitely not one of the old-school families, and definitely not just a minor trim package.

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2015 Harley-Davidson Street 500

2015 Harley-Davidson Street 500

Striking a balance between tradition and innovation can be difficult and expensive for a motorcycle manufacturer, and given the recent strides in technology coupled with increasingly stringent EPA regulations, this has never been truer than it is today. Harley-Davidson proves, once again, that it is possible with the release of its Street 500, which borrows from the XL (Sportster) and earlier K-Model, with strong echoes of the Cafe Racer.

The Street 500 provides an entry-level bike for performance-minded and budget-conscious riders looking to break into the brand that has defined American-made motorcycles for generations, without breaking the bank as well. While it lacks the longer legs, comfort and cargo capacity of the cruisers and touring-bikes on the highway, it is perfectly suited as an around-town bike (read: barhopper), and the rider never has to feel like he is wrestling a WWE star when maneuvering at low speeds, looking for that elusive ’safe’ parking spot.

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