2015 Harley-Davidson Street
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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2015 Harley-Davidson Street
Engine:Liquid-cooled, Revolution X™ V-Twin
Torque @ RPM:44
Energy:Mikuni Single Port Fuel Injection
The bike looks like a quintessential Harley-Davidson, which is to say it looks every bit the part of a man’s ride. The front end of the bike is painted with blacked-out, Dark Custom style and attitude. Black is literally everywhere in this bike, including the pullback handlebar, the fork gators and lowers, and the café inspired windscreen. It’s only right that Harley’s complementing all that black with shiny chrome details, specifically the new Harley-Davidson tank medallion, a three-dimensional steel badge that really pops out and screams for attention.
One of the more important characteristics of the Street is its low seat height. At just 25.4 inches off the ground, even shorter riders can comfortably sit in the bike with their feet firmly planted on the ground. I personally understand the plight of the short rider as I am a little vertically challenged myself. So I appreciate that I can be comfortable sitting on the bike and the low center of gravity on rides means that it’s easier to balance the machine at low speeds. Going lock and step with the seat height are the pullback handlebars, another important feature that lets people like me to hold it comfortably without actually trying to reach for it. The handlebar is also where you’ll find a 4-inch electronic speedometer that displays a variety of useful information and features, including odometer, trip meter and the LED indicator lights.
It’s also nice to see Harley putting a premium on giving its customers what they want. Instead of shortcutting materials, the company decided to use full on steel for the teardrop fuel tank and fenders, ensuring that Harley’s unmistakable pursuit of high quality bikes remain true on this one.
At the back, the Street comes standard with a custom-style LED tail light and mini-bullet turn signals.
|Seat Height, Laden||654 mm|
|Seat Height, Unladen||709 mm|
|Ground Clearance||145 mm|
|Rake (steering head) (deg)||32|
|Trail 115 mmWheelbase||1,534 mm|
|Tires, Front Specification||100/80 R17|
|Tires, Rear Specification||140/75 R15|
|Fuel Capacity||13.1 l|
|Oil Capacity (w/filter)||3.1 l|
|Weight, As Shipped||206 kg|
|Weight, In Running Order||222 kg|
|Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps||High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning|
|Gauges||3.5 inch electronic speedometer with high beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, blade key ignition and fork lock, and locking gas cap|
The Street’s overall riding characteristics owes itself to what I can best describe as an intimate attention-to-detail of what makes a cruiser perform the way it does. The frame and suspension system on the bike is what you’d expect from Harley, but it’s the black cast aluminum wheel that really stands out here. Measuring 17 inches in the front and 15 inches on the rear, the skinny set of runners are protected by single disc brakes with a dual piston caliper, ensuring enough braking power to keep you safe on the road.
|Wheels, Front Type||Black, 7-Spoke Cast Aluminum with Machined Rim Highlights|
|Wheels, Rear Type||Black, 7-Spoke Cast Aluminum with Machined Rim Highlights|
|Brakes, Caliper Type||2-piston floated front and rear|
For all the talk about the Street’s incredible looks and impressive riding dynamics, the heart and soul of this leathery cruiser is its new 749 cc liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-valve Revolution X engine. More than just producing the typically stout (for a cruiser) output numbers of 54 horsepower and 48 pound-feet of torque, the Revolution X engine accomplishes Harley’s goal of fitting the cruiser with a powertrain that can freely accelerate at any time, whether its from a standstill or when riders decide to twist the throttle using midrange torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels courtesy of a six-speed gearbox. Switching gears is actually pretty easy as the bike moves from one gear to another without the tendency of coughing up in between.
Don’t expect to be setting any land speed records, though, because the Street isn’t cut out for that kind of ruthlessness. But where it lacks in streak-like speed, it more than makes up for in comfortable riding in any kind of road environment, be it in city streets or in open highways.
|Engine||Liquid-cooled, Revolution X™ V-Twin|
|Fuel System||Mikuni Single Port Fuel Injection, 38 mm bore|
|Engine Torque Testing Method||J1349|
|Engine Torque||59 Nm|
|Engine Torque (rpm)||4,000|
|Lean Angle, Right (deg.)||28.5|
|Lean Angle, Left (deg.)||28.5|
|Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy||4.7 l/100 km|
|Primary Drive||Gear, 36/68 ratio|
|Gear Ratios (overall) 1st||14.25|
|Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd||10.07|
|Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd||7.45|
|Gear Ratios (overall) 4th||5.99|
|Gear Ratios (overall) 5th||5.04|
|Gear Ratios (overall) 6th||4.53|
|Exhaust Black||Two- into-one exhaust|
The Harley Davidson Street 750 is priced at $7,499.
“Even for those of us who came up on Japanese bikes, the new Harley-Davidson Street 750 – the Motor Company’s first new model since the V-Rod of 2001 – is perfectly acceptable. All six gears click in and out with nary a bang, and you don’t even need the light-pull clutch past about third. Steering’s quick and light, and ergonomics are really close to standard if you’re not tall. Nobody expected a drag racer, so nobody should be disappointed, but the new liquid-cooled V-Twin runs great, with no stumbles or flat spots, right from idle – and it’s flexible enough to pull from 35 or 40 mph in top gear no problem.” ----- motorcycle.com
“The Street 750 is based around the all-new Revolution X, a single overhead cam, four valves per cylinder, 60-degree V-twin. The engine is backed by a 6-speed constant-mesh spur gear manual transmission and belt final drive. Fuel is handled by a Mikuni single port (38 mm bore) fuel-injection system. It displaces 749 cc (46 ci), and rated to achieve 41 mpg in combined city and highway riding. Harley won’t disclose horsepower figures yet, but peak torque is quoted at 44 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm and we predict horsepower in the low 50s range. The engine is styled to look like it’s a member of the Harley family - with the familiar cooling fins, a black wrinkle finish and black rocker covers. The radiator is tucked in front between the frame downtubes and gets a plastic shroud that sort of blends in with the shape of the bike. It looks good, it looks mean and it looks like you would think a Harley should.” ----- Ride Apart