Harley Davidson Street Rod First Ride Review at RevZilla.com

Harley Davidson Street Rod First Ride Review at RevZilla.com

Harley Street Rod First Ride Review

For the re-invention of the Street Rod, Harley kept a keen ear tuned on the feedback from the bike’s predecessor (the Street 750… not the old V-Rod that went by the same name), and expertly improved on many of the original’s pain points. From a notably nicer fit and finish, to upgraded mirrors and brakes, the Harley Street Rod took a quantum leap forward in both attitude and aptitude for riders looking for a relatively light, nimble, and ridiculously fun addition to the HD lineup. More power. More comfort. More style. There really isn’t much to be upset about with the Harley Davidson Street Rod. In this first ride review Lemmy headed down to Florida to get a gander at this hugely anticipated model from Harley, and to see what all of the hype was about.

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  1. Probably just gunna buy a street 750 with better exhaust customizations. Performance wise u may do better on this bike but i simply just cannot say no to both front and rear shokes. that is optimum comfort for a bike and its a damn shame that is so rare to find.

  2. so 750 is not worth a buy anymore? in my country they dont have street rods yet and i was going to buy a 750 ( now im hesitant

  3. A number of other reviewers noted a high heat output that can be uncomfortable around the thigh area. Is that something that can be fixed or adjusted without negatively affecting the performance of the bike or would anyone who buys this bike just be stuck it?

  4. Guys you have to keep in mind that stylistically not everybody wants a crotch rocket. yes a honda or suzuki may perform better but its not all about performance for some people. this is probably why i myself will be buying one of these. Still it is a good bike and u could ride it like a sport bike.

  5. As a young rider, I can't see myself picking this over something like a FZ-07 or the new Kawasaki Z650. If HD is aiming this sort of bike towards the younger generation, they might want to get back to the drawing board.

  6. Do you guys have a smaller rider on your team that can review these bikes geared towards smaller riders?

  7. I thought dropping Buel was a bad move, too… Buel was bringing out the performance in HD, again… That was a good thing…

    In my opinion, HD should make Cruisers, Touring Bikes, Road Racing Sport and Super Sport and Bikes, Drag Bikes, and Dirt Track Bikes.

    In the old days, back in the 50's and 60's, Harley and it's Owners were always involved in Racing; that's why the Sportster was created. It wasn't a "Beginner" Bike, it was a "Super" Street Bike. The first Sportsters were the first American, Motorcycle, "Street-Rods." They were created in response to the British Bikes that were dominating the "Street Scene," when it came to speed in the 50's and 60's.

    The original Sportsters were used for Road Racing, Drag Racing, Dirt Track Racing, Hill Climbing, Street Racing, Setting World Land Speed Records, Stunts, and Jumping (Evel Knievel). That's what "Us," the "Old Timers," know about the HD Sportster Series, that the majority of the new Millennials don't know about the Sportster's History and Pedigree. They think everyone always liked "Baggers" and Super Heavy Bikes. And, that the Sportster is a beginners bike.

    In my day, the cool Bikes were chromed and custom painted works of stripped down and light weight art. In the old days, if you wanted to go faster, one of the ways to do so, was to make your ride lighter. Baggers were for those that didn't care about going fast, "Old Folks." 🙂

    Personally, I love the lighter weight, more agile, nimble, and aggressive feel of the Sportster, when riding in the City or on winding roads over any of the heavy HD's. But, the big bikes are nice on the Highways and Freeways and any long distance rides. Especially, one's that you need to pack extra necessities or a passenger. And, that's cool; that's what they were made for… 🙂

    So, I like the new "Water-Cooled" Street Model. And, with the introduction of the Street Rod, I think HD is moving in the right direction. But, I would like to see a bigger 900cc version, also… Bigger meaning the size of the entire bike, chassis and displacement… 🙂 The Street is too small, to me, too. It would be nice to see a 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, or "1300" offered with a larger chassis. But, retain the same look and style of the Street Rod; I'd buy one…

    I live in CA. I ride a 05 Sporty, that I purchased in 07 and built in 09, everyday, weather permitting. In heavy traffic, during hot days, if I don't split lanes, my Bike will get very hot. Often, I have wished it was water-cooled. Though, I love the way I have set up my Bike for myself; this one's a keeper. I'm 5'11" and weigh 220 pounds. I'd love to have a second HD that's cool looking and has more of a "Cafe" Style and is "Water-Cooled," to deal with those hot summer days…

    My Sporty is my third since my first in 1982, a 1979, 1000cc, Iron Head, Roadster. I have also owned two FXR's and one Dyna. I work on my own Bikes and I never leave them stock. I would love to see HD make a water-cooled or at least a oil-cooled, twin-overhead camshaft performance v-twin engine and put it into a lightweight, fully cradled, twin down-tube, lightweight but strong, old school style, steel swing-arm frame. "A water-cooled Roadster?" Would be perfect for the Hot CA Summer Days…

    Wouldn't you, Guys and Gals that like to really ride HD's, like to see a New Bike with the style of a New HD Roadster or Street Rod? One that's "Water-Cooled" or "Oil-Cooled" that has a displacement of 900cc -1300cc and puts out 80-130 hp and matching range for foot pounds of torque? And, fits Larger and Taller Riders but still has a wet weight of less than 550 pounds or so? Wouldn't that be a great Bike for HD to make?

    So, I hope they keep moving in this direction, myself… 🙂 What do you think?

    Peace, Stiletto 🙂

  8. HD's financial problems have nothing to do with young riders not "understanding the brand" they have everything to do with Americans no longer wanting to settle for HD's BS. The list of grievances against HD the last decade could be a mile long and their attitude in return ranges from devil-may-care to out right contemptuous. Wrapping themselves in the flag and standing atop their brilliant history simply isn't greasing the skids like it did 10 years ago, the gimmicks have run their course.

  9. LOSE WEIGHT. You lose credibility being so out of shape. You'll feel better, you will ride better and you will last longer.

  10. Hello guys, Nice bike ! But is this street rod is okay with tall guy ? (I'm french so forgive me for my english)

  11. They should have came out with a Scrambler looking bike like Ducati has because that sells like hotcakes and has brought in a lot of new blood to bikes. I was reading about their sales numbers and it is just crazy how those scramblers sell and to whom— younger first time riders and 2nd bike riders.

    This design is sucky.

  12. nice one bro…. subscribed already… looking forward to see more and more cruiser content in future… keep it up

  13. I think the bike is OK, but it does not bring a whole lot of WOW to the crowd. When I am on my Buell or EBR people always come up and want to know about the bike. However, most people, even motorcycle riders have never heard of this brand and this was the downfall of Buell and EBR. It had nothing to do with the bike, but all to do with marketing. If HD manage to market this bike they might be able to sell it to new riders and maybe female riders looking for a lighter bike.

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