Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?
The beginning of this century saw the world views changing gradually towards climate change and the need to preserve the environment. This, along with stringent policies, has forced the manufacturers to develop motorcycles that can run cleaner fuel and extract the maximum economy from it, sometimes even at the cost of performance.
Bad news for people who seek the element of thrill, but a pretty good one for someone living in urban jungles where folks prefer commuting on a motorcycle rather thank a car for its practicality and frugal fuel-efficiency. Then there are us few who love the idea of putting serious miles on two-wheels and living the adventure.
We here have compiled a list to give you the best available tools for such situations and save some money on gas while at it.
2017 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Street Rod
Traffic-carving performance wasn’t the first thing I think of when hearing the name Harley-Davidson, but the MoCo started changing that perception with the new-in-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 decisive push into the sport-standard market.
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Street Rod.
Production ready Harley Davidson LiveWire in the flesh
The Milwaukee brand will enter a new phase in 2019 with its brand new “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022. Harley Davidson has showcased multiple concepts under the LiveWire bandwagon including the 2019 production ready LiveWire motorcycle.
The production-ready model is out and we have the flesh sleaze of images in a bright orange getup. And honestly, this is arguably the most forward-thinking machine to have ever come out of the gates by Harley. A huge leap into the unknown for a brand with 115 years of vintage heritage.
2016 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Street 500 / Street 750
Powered by a Revolution V-twin engine, the Street 500 and 750 are premium Harley-Davidson even though they’re geared toward the budget-minded, entry-level crowd. 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 an economy-priced 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.
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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The Harley-Davidson Street is the youngest motorcycle in the Harley lineup. It was first introduced at the 2013 EICMA show in Milan, becoming the first all-new model to come out of Harley since 2001.
Believe it or not but the Street is also the first lightweight motorcycle Harley has built since 1974, a clear indication on the direction the company has taken since that time.
But with demand for lightweight bikes growing, Harley looked for the perfect opportunity to enter the growing market. All it needed was to build a lightweight motorcycle that could answer all the cursory requirements riders had for their vehicles.
Right now, the Street comes in two unique configurations: the 500 and the 750. Both models come with Harley’s all new Revolution engine, appropriately dubbed Revolution X.
They have two different displacements - the 500 with a 494 cc while the 750 with a 749 cc - although both bikes do serve their purpose in leading Harley’s charge towards becoming a contender in the lightweight motorcycle segment.
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Harley Davidson revealed their new Street 750 at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.
The motorcycle is a completely new model aimed at the emerging markets. The bike is built in India and is powered by a 749 CC liquid cooled revolution X engine which is kept in leash by a six speed transmission. The engine breathes through a 2 into 1 exhaust and needs to deal with a wet weight of 480 lbs.
In terms of design the 2014 Harley Davidson Street 750 comes with a tasty blackout style, a café style windscreen, an aggressive slash on the tail and a round headlight.
It is also worthy of being that the 2014 Harley Davidson Street 750 rides on a pair of 17” front and 15’ rear wheels.
The 2014 Harley Davidson Street 750 features a low seat height, smooth suspensions, premium brakes and broad handlebars.
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Former 250 racer Roland Sands recently finished work on his latest café racer, one that originally started life as a Harley-Davidson XR1200.
The bike looks miles away from the production version and considering the multitude of upgrades and modifications, it’s hard to find the best starting point. Probably the Ohlins forks, radial brakes and the front billet aluminum wheel from Performance Machine might represent just that, but it is a long way to the Ducati-like tubular single-sided arm and Ohlins shock at the back.
You’ll find that Roland Sands’ Harley-Davidson XR1200 cafe racer features clip-on handlebars and rearsets, a 2-1 from Vance and Hines as well as chain drive, just to mention a few of its unique features. Furthermore, the single seat behind the standard tank is what gives the bike that café racer look.
With a black-out chassis and a pentagram RSD logo and a 666 number over the matt black paint, this also qualifies as Satan’s machine. So what do you think about it?
Take a look at what the guys over at Adrenalin Moto in the UK did to a Harley-Davidson XR1200. It looks neat and fast to us and, if you can believe it, this is actually a café racer. Harleys are probably the last bikes you’d want to modify in such a way, but the XR1200 model loves being fitted with parts such as the Ducati 900SS fairing, projector headlight, carbon fiber side panels and a high level two-into-one stainless steel exhaust system, just to mention a few.
While overall weight is reduced with no less than 83.8 lbs, the XR1200 Café Racer gets a paintjob replica of Cal Rayborn’s XR750TT racebike. The only thing we don’t like as much about it is the fairing, which kind of makes the bike look dated. Most likely a bikini fairing would have looked better, but I guess they needed wind protection.
Clearly, those brits can transform any motorcycle into a café racer. Sadly, this one is not for sale.
Australia-based tuner Deus Ex Machina has turned the Harley-Davidson Nightster into a café racer that they call the Deus Special. The original 1200cc V-Twin motor was kept, but the bike now offers a completely different riding experience and the muscular looks are sure to indicate that from the very first glance.
Deus told hell for leather magazine they’ve used modified Yammy SR400 tank, quick release strap, new taps etc.
custom fender’ectomy....warren got handy with the drill bits
custom 2 into 1, retuned fuel maps to suit
single saddle conversion
kept the belt drive, chains look nicer but the customer wanted his pants to stay up.
What’s not to like about this custom motorcycle?