Harley-Davidson is set to introduce a new entry-level hot rod using a tuned version of the watercooled 750cc ‘Revolution X’ engine from the Street 750.
Costing £750 more than the base version, at £6745, the dark and moody Street Rod’s engine features new camshafts, gasflowed cylinder heads, a larger airbox, plus new 42mm throttle bodies. With the compression ratio raised from 11.0:1 to 12.0:1, and the redline up 1000rpm to 9000rpm, the iconic American manufacturer is claiming 20% more power and 10% more torque than the standard model. In real terms, that means 70bhp at 8750rpm and 65Nm of torque coming at 4000rpm and driving through a six-speed gearbox with belt final drive. Harley says that the StreetRod has been tuned to deliver its performance between 4000-5000rpm, and has also tweaked the Street 750’s chassis to give it sharper geometry for a more sporty and agile feel.
Up front, there are 43mm upside down forks and the steering angle has been sharpened up from 32° to 27°, which should mean that the Street Rod turns more quickly than the Street 750 upon which it is based. The rear shocks are also longer and feature an external reservoir for improved damping. As a result, the Street Rod has a good 10° more lean angle on both sides.
The newly shaped seat is slightly higher but still accessible at 765mm, compared to 720mm for the Street 750, while the footpegs, levers and drag bars are also new and contribute to a completely new riding position. It also features the fashionable underslung rear view mirrors, which add another premium touch to the Street Rod.
Wheels are 17” cast alloys front and rear and come shod with new Michelin Scorcher 21 radial tyres, sized 120/70 R17V front and 160/60 R17V rear. Stopping power comes courtesy of two-piston calipers and 300mm front disc brakes with ABS, while Harley-Davidson’s Smart Security System is standard fitment.
Colour options are Vivid Black, Charcoal Denim and Olive Gold.
Overall, the new Street Rod would appear to occupy a unique spot in the marketplace. On paper, at least, it looks tougher and should provide a more engaging ride while remaining friendly enough for new and returning riders. At less that £7000, it’s competitively against bikes like the new Triumph Street Cup, as well as more traditional cruiser style bikes from Japanese brands.
We can’t wait to try it out when it arrives in showrooms later this year. Insure your Harley Davidson through Carole Nash.