Harley-Davidson launches Street Rod in India

American motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson has launched the Street Rod 750 in India. The motorcycle is based on Street 750 and is priced at Rs. 5.86 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi, which is about Rs. 80,000 more expensive than the Street 750. The motorcycle comes with many visual and mechanical changes. Harley-Davidson has addressed the issue of shock absorbers and brakes with the new model. Here is everything that you should know.

What’s new?

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The Street Rod 750 draws inspiration from the Harley-Davidson XR1200, a popular motorcycle which is now discontinued. The bike is targeted at the younger generation and comes with many new styling bits. To start with, the Street Rod comes with flat handlebar with bar-end rear view mirrors, similar to the Cafe Racers. The rear also gets updated styling with perforated mud guard and all-LED tail lamp with H-D signature lights. The motorcycle is available in three color options.

The motorcycle also gets a new seat, and the height of the seat has been increased to 765 mm for a better view of the road ahead. The Street Rod also gets forged brake and gear lever, aluminum rear set footpegs. Harley-Davidson has also upgraded the shock absorbers. The front end of the motorcycle gets 43mm inverted forks absorbers, while the rear shock absorbers have been upgraded and now get external reservoir.

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The swingarm is also slightly longer to accommodate the new shock absorbers. The rake angle of the front forks has been decreased from 32-degree to 27-degree, which also causes the ground clearance to increase to 205 mm. Harley-Davidson has also worked to increase the lean angle of the motorcycle. Earlier, the lean angle was 28.5 degree on both sides; now it is 37.3 degree on the right and 40.2 degrees on the left.

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The Street Rod now ride son 17-inch Open Spoke Black Cast aluminum rims with MRF tyres. The brakes have been updated to dual piston calipers at front with 300mm disc brake and ABS as standard.

What powers the motorcycle?

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The 2017 Street Rod is powered by 749cc, liquid-cooled, V-Twin Revolution X engine that produces 11 percent more horsepower and 5 percent more torque than the Street Rod. The torque peaks at 62 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The Street Rod is also 5 kg heavier than the Street 750.

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Chetan Shedjale, Senior Motorcycle Designer, Harley-Davidson added, “American racing is something very inspirational to the world, it was a key factor in styling inspiration and resulted in substantial changes to the look of the all-new Harley-Davidson Street Rod. Everything was looked at to be performance oriented, street-fighter inspired but with a Harley image and Americana.It is designed to deliver the style and agility demanded in an urban environment where our riders will experience this motorcycle in.”

Pallavi Singh, Director Marketing, Harley-Davidson India said, “We are thrilled to launch Harley-Davidson Street Rod in India which has a growing population of young adults. The model is built to appeal a specific demographic in this space. As a customer-led organisation, a key part of our strategy is to attract and retain new riders in India.”