The American motorcycle maker, Harley-Davidson has finally introduced the 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod in the country priced at INR 5.86 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Based on the Street 750, which is Harley India’s most popular offering, the 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod offers a modern, aesthetic looking motorcycle coupled with a more powerful engine.
The hardware on the Street Rod has also seen a massive improvement over the standard Street 750. The 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod is targeted at a young and urban demographic. The 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod is available in 3 Colours – Vivid Black, Charcoal Denim & Olive Gold. Booking for the Harley-Davidson Street Rod has commenced while prospective clients can test ride the new bike from April 21 onward.
2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod Design:
The styling of the new Street Rod is similar to its sibling but it gets a redesigned headlamp screen and tail section along with new colours to distinguish itself. Also, the revised cycle parts endow the bike with a low-slung stance. The new cruiser looks sportier with the flat, drag-style handlebar which makes for an aggressive riding position and new foldable bar-end rear-view mirrors.
The overall design takes inspiration from Harley’s older XR1200X, while the blacked-out theme gives it a menacing appeal. Compared to the Street 750, the Street Rod also gets a new seat shape to hold the rider firmly, while the seat height has been raised to 765 mm for a better view.
2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod Mechanicals:
The new Harley-Davidson Street Rod also gets more sophisticated hardware with 43 mm USD forks up front with the fork rake tightened from 32-degrees to 27-degrees for quicker steering. The new rear twin shock absorbers feature an external reservoir to increase fluid capacity and maintain damping consistency. They now offer an increased travel of 117 mm, up by 31 per cent. The swingarm is slightly longer as well to accommodate the taller shocks.
You also get increase ground clearance of 205 mm, while the 17-inch front and rear alloy wheels feature a new design. The Street Rod rides on 120/70 front and 160/60 rear MRF tyres, while the braking setup has seen a massive improvement with 300 mm discs brakes at both ends with the front getting dual-piston calipers. ABS is offered as standard on the Street Rod.
2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod Engine:
With respect to power, the new Street Rod 750 uses the 749 cc liquid-cooled, single OHC, 8 valve, 60-degree V-Twin High Output “Revolution X” engine that produces 11 percent more horsepower and 5 percent more torque than the Street 750. Harley says that peak power arrives at 8250 rpm while peak torque of 62 Nm is available at 4000 rpm. The motor is said to offer a strong mid-range with the surge available between 4000 and 5000 rpm. While the bore and stroke are similar to the Street 750, the new Street Rod is 5 kg heavier.
2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod Conclusion:
The Street 750 is Harley-Davidson’s bestselling model in India and in fact, commands nearly 60 percent of the brand’s total sales with around 180-200 units sold every month. The 2017 Street Rod then, is expected to bolster that success further and will contribute to the volumes of the brand. The latter also improves on the Street 750’s shortcomings, like its brakes, but there is a nearly ₹ 80,000 price difference between the Street 750 and the Street Rod. With more premium motorcycle brands entering the Indian market, Harley-Davidson is certainly doing everything necessary to retain its market leadership.
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