HARLEY-DAVIDSON'S Street 750
supplies two reasons why the machine will sell.
Reason number one is the price. At £5,795 on the
road, it’s £1,700 less than the Iron 883. Reason
number two is that the Street 750 doesn't feel
too much like a the bigger Harleys.
is liquid-cooled, and is only the second bike
Harley-Davidson has made liquid cooled, the
first was the V-Rod. The Street 750’s engine is
quieter and has higher revving than other
Harleys. The old school Harleys are famous for
their distinctively loud engines. You won't
recognize this from the quieter 750.
has a fairly natural riding position, with your
back straight, not bent forward to reach the
bars. The pegs are placed a short distance ahead
of the seat, not way up in front. It feels
smaller and much lighter than other Harleys.
hounds love the machines for their distinctive
personality and know exactly what they’re
getting when they buy one. Non-Harley lovers who
do not know any better and simply want a
motorcycle better not get on this one because on
this occasion a solid motorcycle is exactly what
Harley has built.
Street 750 was introduced in Italy, Spain and
Portugal in 2015, and is only now due to go on
sale in the UK. It reaches the UK with a round
of minor updates for 2016, the most significant
being a new Brembo front brake caliper on a
slightly bigger disc, up from 292mm to 300mm.
It instantly feels like a more accessible
prospect for those who are no already Harley
converts. At 229kg wet, it’s the lightest
machine in the US marque’s range and I daresay
it’s probably the easiest to ride.
the way it changes direction, I’d have guessed
it was lighter still. It pitches quickly and
easily into corners, more so than the two
updated models which Harley launched alongside
it in Barcelona, the Iron 883 and Forty-Eight.
engine is punchy. In Barcelona's busy traffic, a
small blip of throttle sent it shooting through
gaps like Arnie past the lorry in Terminator 2.
Most of the fun to be had is from this mid-range
wallop, with peak torque at 4,000rpm. But it
does keep pulling as revs climb in quite an
un-Harley-like way, until it hits a rev-limiter.
There’s no rev-counter and this is one Harley
that might benefit from one.
Stopping at lights, it sometimes proved tricky
to get into neutral, going straight from first
to second instead. This could be one traditional
Harley trait that has been retained.
Accelerating, it felt stronger than the 883cc
Iron and a simple motorway test suggested it
was. Rolling on the throttle at about 60mph, the
Street 750 pulled away from the bigger capacity
air-cooled machine. Both were in top gear (sixth
on the Street, fifth on the Iron).
seat is low, at 710mm, soft and large, with an
ass-friendly concave profile. Short riders
should have no trouble getting both feet flat on
pegs are widely spaced in typical cruiser style
and the distance between them and the seat is
small. As I said in my first impressions of the
bike, the position is not entirely unlike
squatting on a low toilet, with knees bent at an
comfortable most of the time but the position
did seem to cause me occasional spasms of cramp,
which I could only relieve by standing up at
traffic lights. I suspect six-footers may crave
a bit more legroom.
lean angle is 28.5° according to Harley. That’s
a tiny bit less than the Iron 883, which manages
29° on one side and 30° on the other, but still
a lot more than some Harleys. Take the Softail
Breakout, which touches down at 23.4°.
possible to enjoy cornering the Street 750
without constantly worrying about running out of
clearance, but optimum lean angle is within
reach and the sound of scraping pegs is the
reward for getting there. Except it's not pegs
that are scraping.