Read about Harley Davidson Street 750. Know its details like engine & performance, price, ride & handling, mileage etc.
Before the advent of the ‘Street’ series of entry level cruisers, Harley Davidson were famously known only for big, extra large cruisers bathed in blingy chrome. However, it all changed when Harley Davidson showcased a glimpse of the Street siblings, Street 500 and Street 750 at EICMA a few years ago. Needless to say, they were meant specifically for the emerging markets, with India being at the top of the list. And when Harley Davidson announced Street 750 for the Indian market, it obviously created a lot of anticipation, as the Street 750 was a win-win situation for both customers as well as the company itself.
With the Street 750, more and more customers became members of the Harley family, and at the same time, Harley expanded its reach throughout the country. The motorcycle has been recently given a mild makeover, which has seen a couple of major additions to it.
Looks and design
Being an entry level model of Harley Davidson, the Street 750 might look a bit dwarfed in front of its siblings as far as size is concerned. However, in terms of design and overall appeal, it carries that Harley Davidson essence, with its beautiful blend of retro and modern design ethos.
Starting from the front, the Street 750 comes with the traditional round headlamp encased within a simply styled café racer like cowl with a tapered design. Continuing the familiar feel of other Harleys are the amber colored round turn indicators. As compared to the chrome bathed feel of other high-end Harleys, the Street 750 comes with matt black theme for its alloy wheels, exhaust pipe and engine, thus signifying the dark appeal of the motorcycle. However, this time around, the alloy wheels get pin striping job around them.
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The Street 750 has a low slung appeal when viewed from sideways. The highlight of the side profile of the motorcycle continues to be the curvaceous and elongated fuel tank, which now gets optional dual tone paint job apart from the standard monotone finish, with the fontal logo of Harley Davidson sitting proudly on it. However, we would have like the logo to be the chrome-embossed one. The radiator grille placed ahead of the engine adds in some visual appeal of the overall motorcycle. The casual appeal of the motorcycle is further added by the simply designed side body panels and rear cowl, with the curvy single piece seat being accommodating enough for two persons. The sloping tail piece at the rear ends up in a rectangular LED tail lamp at the top of a short rear fender.
The Street 750 shares its instrument console from the other entry level range Harleys like the Iron 883 and Forty Eight. The simply designed single pod unit encases an analog dial for speedometer, and digital readouts for odometer, trip meters and clock. The handlebar as well as switchgear look simple and do lack the finesses and fit and finish of other models from Harley family. The overall build quality of the Street 750 has seen a slight improvement than before, but still, it is lacks that top-notch premium feel of its other siblings.
Engine and performance
It was the Street 750 which premiered the new-age Revolution X family of engines, which was a totally new powertrain in many years before the last engine broke the covers. The new Street 750 continues to source its power from the same four stroke, twin cylinder, 749cc RevolutionX V-Twin engine with which it debuted. Harley Davidson hasn’t carried out a single change to this engine, with the mill still churning out a maximum torque output of 59 Nm. As before, the engine comes mated to a six speed gearbox.
Like all the other engines from the Harley family, this 750cc engine impresses with its notable strong mid range and punchy top end power, however, in terms of aural appeal, it somehow feels slightly muted in comparison. Nevertheless, the engine packs in adequate punch for its size and feels equally powerful in both city peripherals as well as highways.
Ride and handling
Given its ‘smaller’ dimensions (smaller in comparison to other Harleys), the Street 750 feels a nimble to ride, all thanks to an impressive power to weight ratio. The compact dimensions give the Street 750 an agility which no other Harley can match. The Street 750 comes equipped with an old school setup of telescopic hydraulic forks at the front and twin hydraulic coil springs at the rear, which are tuned at a perfect balance – they are neither too stiff nor too softly sprung.
Talking about the braking setup, the Street 750 comes fitted with a single disc brake at the front and a single disc brake at the rear, but the biggest welcoming addition here happens to be the addition of ABS as standard, which was absent on the previous model.
With these minor changes, Harley Davidson has bumped up the price of the Street 750, as the motorcycle now carries a price tag of Rs. 5.25 lakh.
The new Harley Davidson Street 750 will now be available in Vivid Black, Black Denim, Wicked Red and Bonneville Salt Pearl, as well as a choice of three dual tone paint schemes, Vivid Black Deluxe, Wicked Red Deluxe and Bonneville Salt Pearl Deluxe.
At this price point, the Harley Davidson has a direct competitor in its crosshairs in the form of the new Kawasaki Vulcan S. Just like the Street 750, the Vulcan S too has a dark appeal in its overall low slung design with blackened cycle parts. As compared to almost half a decade old design of the Street 750, the Vulcan S looks and feels fresher in comparison.
As opposed to 750cc twin engine of the Street 750, the Vulcan S sources its power from a rather smaller 649cc parallel twin, which produces almost similar numbers as Street 750, with a peak torque output of 63 Nm. The motorcycle carries a slight premium over Street 750, but then, it is mechanically superior of the two, considering the Vulcan S gets some modern touches like part digital meters, monoshock at the rear and better brakes.
With the Street 750, Harley Davidson intended to find new and more homes, an attempt in which it has succeeded as well, all thanks to its friendly nature, adequate performance and pocket friendly price. The motorcycle has a design and performance which is best suited for all those who wish to upgrade from quarter liter performance motorcycles. And considering the brand royalty which Harley Davidson enjoys in the country, it guarantees attraction, despite being an entry level model. The overall appeal and set of mechanicals may be simple, but considering its price point, it rounds up as a good overall package.