Just like the Street 750, the Street Rod is also a made-in-India product and hence priced well
The Harley-Davidson Street Rod borrows the 749cc V-twin Revolution X engine from the Street 750, but it's re-tuned to rev higher and deliver more power and torque. The Rod's engine runs at a higher compression of 12:1 compared to the Street 750's 11:1 ratio and the redline is pushed by 1000rpm to 9000rpm. The Rod's makes 62Nm of torque at 4000rpm compared to the 750's figure of 59Nm at 3750rpm. Harley-Davidson hasn't disclosed its peak power figures, but various independent dyno tests of the Street 750 put it around the 55PS mark. According to the bike maker, the Street Rod makes peak power at 8250rpm, and it's said to be 11 per cent more than the 750. So, it should deliver around 60PS of power. The 6-speed gearbox, however, remains unchanged.
The Street 750's braking performance was nothing to write home about, and the Rod improves upon it by offering dual 300mm discs at the front and making ABS part of its standard equipment list. The Rod absorbs bumps with 43mm inverted forks at the front and a pair of reservoir suspensions at the back. Suspension travel at the back is vastly improved, and they can compress by as much as 117mm; up from 89mm on the Street 750. It has wider tyres too; 120/70 R17 at the front and 160/60 R 17 at the back. Flat, drag bars with bar end mirrors not only look stylish but also make for an aggressive stance while a sharper 27-degree rake angle at the front makes it agile.
With a 145mm ground clearance and a 1520mm wheelbase, the Street 750 was a handful to manage on rough city roads. The Rod's wheelbase is 10mm shorter while the clearance underneath is up by 60mm and now reads 205mm. With a ground clearance like that, this Harley can handle more than just highways. That rise has resulted in a higher seat height, which has gone up but at 765mm, it remains manageable for the Indian riders. These changes allow the bike to lean further without dragging footpegs. According to Harley, the Street Rod can tilt 37 degrees to the left and 40 degrees to the right, which is considerably more than the 750's 28.5-degree lean angle.
The new bike is easier to live with on a day-to-day basis so commuting on the Harley could be on the buyers' agenda. That brings us to its weight. The Street 750 wasn't light, to begin with, and at 238kg, the Rod is heavier still by five kilogrammes. While manoeuvring the Rod is far easier while on the move, it's the crawling traffic that takes a toll on the rider if the bike is heavy.
Looking at the upgrades it offers over the Street 750, it's safe to say that the Street Rod is not just 'Made in India', but 'Made For India'. Its price tag is Rs 95,000 higher than the Vivid Black Street 750 seems a little high but still a reasonable premium to pay for the Street Rod. You can book the Street Rod at a Harley-Davidson dealership starting today, but the test rides are still some time away and will commence on April 21, 2017. The Harley-Davidson Street Rod carries a price tag of Rs 5.86 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the Vivid Black shade. Charcoal Denim and Olive Gold are the other two hues on offer.
The Street Rod competes with the Street Twin, which costs Rs 6.99 lakh in Delhi before registration and insurance come into play. The Twin has a 900cc parallel-twin engine that makes 55PS of power at 5900rpm and 80Nm of torque at a lowly 3230rpm and comes paired with a 5-speed gearbox. The Street Twin makes city riding fun in its own unique way by offering a simple timeless design that blends in rather than standing out and an engine with massive bottom end torque to go with its relaxed riding position.