Are you wondering where you can get a classic, V-twin motorcycle from? Now that Buell have been shut down and Hesketh are making vehicles that not everybody can afford, Harley Davidson comes with the release of a new motorcycle, called Street Rod.
Harley Davidson already had a vehicle for younger riders, namely Street 750. Now it announced the release of Street Rod. You may wonder what is special about it. Harley Davidson tried to create something that is not necessarily a cruiser, but rather a standard naked bike that is perfect for riding on busy streets.
In terms of aspect, it is similar to Street 750 and is powered by a similar V-twin but if you put both motorcycles side by side and look at them closely, you can spot the differences.
First of all, the two bikes have different proportions. Street Rod has a different rake angle, it is higher, and more compact. More precisely, the height of the new model’s seat is 765 mm, as compared to Street 750, which had a seat of 710 mm.
The ground clearance on Street Rod is 205 mm, and it grew from 145 mm on Street 750. Not everything got bigger on the new bike. For instance, the rake angle measures 27 degrees, while that of Street 750 was 32 degrees.
The wheelbase is also shorter, namely by 25 mm. Street Rod also has an USD fork along the twin discs situated at the front. But why did Harley Davidson make such changes on the new bike? All the changes, together with an increasing leaning angle, are meant to make Street Rod easier to ride in city traffic.
The new bike is also a little bit more powerful. It features an increase in the compression ratio and a twin-port fuel injection which improve the power of the vehicle. The new High Output Revolution X V-Twin adds 6 Nm of torque and some horsepower as compared to the old bike.
Some other changes regard the physical aspect, and these are a different fuel tank, a new tail, seat, and some flat bars that go along with a new headlight cowl. The ABS system is a standard in Europe, but the American models only have it optional for some additional $750.
When it comes to the price, the North American offer puts the new bike on the market for $8,699, while the European offer is €8,465. It will be available only in three colors, namely Charcoal Denim, Vivid Black, and Olive Gold.
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