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More Performance, Better Handling, and Sexy to Boot!
Last week Harley Davidson introduced what some are saying is the most exciting new motorcycle Harley has produced in a long time. The Street Rod is an interesting departure from what most of us think of when we hear Harley Davidson. And this is a good thing
If the Street Rod name sounds familiar it’s because it harkens back to a Harley that was produced in 2006 and 2007. This moniker was for one of the few true sporting bikes that Harley has sold in recent memory, the V-ROD VRSCR. At the time, many felt it was the sportiest version of a V-Rod, because it featured improved suspension and brakes, increased horsepower over the stock V-ROD and best of all, an 8 percent increase in available lean angle due to increased ground clearance.
This new version of the Street Rod seems to be following in its predecessor’s footsteps. Based on the Harley Street 750 and featuring a tuned High Output Revolution X750 engine bred from the same stock as the engine built for the XG750R flat track racer, this XG750A produces more torque through the mid-range and revs higher. Harley is stating that this engine produces upwards of 18 percent more horsepower and 8 percent more torque over the stock Street
Seventeen inch front and rear wheels should produce faster, more responsive steering and an all new chassis geometry will improve the handing. Dual discs up front will improve stopping ability. New piggy-back shocks, 43 millimetre Upside Down forks with a tighter rake, a purported new lean-angle; increasing from 29 degrees to 40, and a raised seat height to over 29 inches complete this transformation of the lacklustre stock Street 750.
The styling seems to be taking its cues from the Cafe Racer / Scrambler / Tracker / Naked popularity these days and with the just over $10,000 CAD price tag, could be direct competition for the Ducati Monster or Scrambler, BMW Nine T, or the Yamaha FZ-7 or XSR900.
All in all, I like what I see with the direction that Harley is going with this bike. They seem to have listened to customer feedback and taken notice of what customizers have been doing with the Street 750 to come up with a cool bike that would be awesome for both city riding, and ripping through the twisties. As I am currently in the market for a new bike, having just sold my Road King, I can’t wait for spring and for it to show up in dealerships so that I can go take a look, and take one for a demo.