It is almost two years ago that Harley-Davidson reintroduced the Street Rod name, which last appeared on a V-Rod-derived motorcycle in 2007. But we could not expect the new generation Street Rod to be quite like this.
Far from being a muscular, high-performance Harley-Davidson sitting near the top of the range, the new Harley-Davidson Street Rod is an entry-level machine based around the water-cooled Harley-Davidson Street 750.
Racking a High Output version of the Revolution X 750cc engine, with 18 percent more power (about 50kW at 8,750rpm) and torque up eight percent compared to the regular Harley-Davidson Street 750, the H-D Street Rod will be one of Harley’s least expensive machines.
Ditching the usual cruiser looks for something a little more aggressive and up to date, it’s got sportier geometry than the H-D Street 750 as well.
With 17-inch wheels, dual 300mm discs up front, its head angle is steepened from 32 degree to a sharper 27 degree. Remote reservoir rear shocks increase suspension travel 31mm and help raise the seat by 104mm to 757mm.
Lean angle is also improved with 37.7 degree right and 40.2 degree left.
The engine has increased compression, redesigned heads and high-lift cams, raising the redline from 8,000rpm to 9,000rpm. First motorcycles are expected to arrive late May, with pricing still not confirmed.