Harley-Davidson Nepal has introduced the Street Rod 750 and the Street 750 in Nepal for a price of Rs 2,700,000 and Rs 2,300,000 respectively. These bikes are from the Harley Davidson Street family and are entry level bikes.
The Street 750 is the most affordable motorcycle in Harley’s line-up and is also the stepping stone into the Harley Owners Group. It is part of the Dark Custom motorcycle range and has been specifically made for first-time Harley owners. It gets traditional cruiser design cues like a sweptback handlebar, mid-mounted instrumentation and a round headlamp with bikini fairing. Except for the rear shocks and the front forks, which are garnished in chrome, the entire motorcycle gets a matte black theme.
The Street 750 is an easy to ride bike and is suited for short riders (and not tall ones). It’s easy to manoeuvre and the steering is light too. In fact, it is the lightest Harley, with a weight of 218 kg. Coming with a seat height of just 710mm, it is accessible for most riders in Nepal.
The Street 750 is powered by a liquid-cooled V-twin engine which the company calls the ‘Revolution X’. The engine delivers 47bhp and 59Nm of torque and is mated to a six-speed transmission with belt drive. Braking has always been the Street 750’s Achilles heel, though this has been mitigated with a new rear brake setup and ABS. Dual 300mm-diameter front disc brakes deliver confident stopping power. It also gets the company’s proprietary smart security system and a proximity key-fob.
The Street Rod is the Street 750’s evil twin: it’s got more power from a re-worked engine, and better braking from twin discs upfront. Not only this, it looks significantly different, and the chassis has also been reworked to change it from a lazy cruiser into a street bike with sporty intent: the seating is more like a street bike than a cruiser, the suspension travel is higher, the cornering clearance greater and even the engine revs about 1000rpm higher.
Street Rod styling highlights include a new color-matched speed screen, a short aggressive street fighter-inspired tail, and all-new LED tail lamp and turn signals with a Street Rod signature look. A flat, drag-style handlebar puts the rider in a fist-forward posture on the bike. The Street Rod also features new forged foot controls and aluminum foot pegs that are positioned for a comfortable seating position, which also makes it easy for the riders to get their feet down on the ground at stops.
The Street Rod is agile, powerful and tuned for maneuvering through traffic and congestion. The increased ground clearance and new 17-inch wheels give it an intimidating stance. Finally, a supercharger-inspired air intake and the deeper growl of the exhaust note draw attention to the High Output Revolution X engine.
The compression ratio has been bumped up from 11.0:1 to 12.0:1. In this guise, the engine delivers 70bhp and 62Nm of torque, up from 47bhp and 59Nm in the Street 750. The Street Rod gets a 43mm inverted front fork setup, tuned to offer a stiff ride, and dual 300mm discs upfront and a single 300mm disc at the rear. It will come with a wheelbase of 1,510mm and measures 2130mm in length with a ground clearance of 205mm. The fuel capacity, meanwhile, is 13 liters. This is a baby Sportster. If you’re not comfortable with the cruiser format and still want a Harley, the Street Rod is probably your answer.