While being known as the template for the traditional American cruiser, Harley-Davidson, perhaps in an effort to attract a younger set of riders, has unveiled the 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod 750. Eschewing the use of copious amounts of chrome, the Street Rod is designed as something of a cross between a flat-tracker and a dragster, and retails at 8,699 USD (RM38,771).
Carrying the same 750 cc, liquid-cooled V-twin as the current model Harley-Davidson Street 750, the Street Rod is said to be putting out 8 to 10 percent more torque and 18 to 20 percent more horsepower than the Street 750. Targetted towards the urban rider, the Street Rod also features an updated handling and chassis package along with its (calculated) 68 hp and 64 Nm of torque.
This includes twin 300 mm disc brakes in front, with ABS now standard for the European market while remaining an option in the US. “It gets your attention. And we wanted a chassis to match, sharp handling and aggressive, perfect for urban cut-and-thrust and canyon carving,” said Harley-Davidson chief engineer Mathew Weber.
The seating position for the Street Rod 750 is also revised, with the rider now at 765 mm above the ground – compared to the 716 mm of the Street 750 – and the foot-pegs are now located just behind the rider’s knees, giving a somewhat “normal” riding position. Suspension has also been revised, the front end suspended with 43 mm upside-down forks clamped by aluminium yokes, while the rear shock absorbers are now taller, with 117 mm of travel, an increase of 13 percent over the Street 750.
A change to 17-inch wheel sizes for the Street Rod also means that riders will now have a chance to fit proper, grippy rubber to a Harley-Davidson, which, given the urban riding nature of this bike, makes sense. Adding to the street-riding nature of the Street Rod 750 is bar-end rear-view mirrors which can be mounted above or below the grips, and fold back without interfering with the rider’s hands.
A re-designed tail-section now features LED tail-lights and turn-signals, with a standard halogen bulb up front. Three colour choices are available for the 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod 750 – Vivid Black, Charcoal Denim, or Olive Gold, but no official word has been issued on when this new “baby” Harley will hit showroom floors. The Harley-Davidson Street 750 retails in Malaysia for RM62,888.