The name Street Rod isn’t new to Harley-Davidson. The firm used to sell a V-Rod-based 1200cc machine with the same title. But apart from the name the new Street Rod shares nothing with that older model.
Based on the Street 750, the Street Rod moves away from that bike’s traditional cruiser styling for something a little more up-to-date. Only a little more, though – the underpinnings are still the same. That means you’re still saddled with twin shocks, even though the Street Rod gains upside down forks at the front.
“The Street Rod will put the thrill in any urban commute,” said Mathew Weber, Harley-Davidson Chief Engineer for the Street Rod. “We’ve paired the potent new High Output Revolution X 750 engine with a revised chassis and up-rated suspension components to make the Street Rod quick, light-handling and easy to ride.
“The Street Rod’s new High Output Revolution X 750 has got hot cams, gas-flowed heads, more compression and a higher redline. It gets your attention. And we wanted a chassis to match, sharp handling and aggressive, perfect for urban cut-and-thrust and canyon carving. Its attitude and the relationship between seat position, rearset footpegs and wide handlebars put the rider fully in control. The fact the Street Rod looks so good – and very close to our early sketches – gives us all a real charge too!”
“We made this new bike look tough and aggressive,” said Harley-Davidson Lead Designer Chetan Shedjale. “This aligns with the environment our riders will experience this motorcycle in. The inverted, black-anodized forks and triple clamps along with a new speed screen combine to add visual mass to the Street Rod front end. The increased ground clearance and new 17-inch wheels give the Street Rod an intimidating stance. Finally, a supercharger-inspired air intake and the deeper growl of the exhaust note draw attention to the High Output Revolution X engine.”
It features a larger air box and new dual 42mm throttle bodies, new four-valve cylinder heads and high-lift camshafts, plus a higher-volume exhaust silencer. Compression ratio is raised from 11.0:1 to 12.0:1 and the redline goes from 8,000 to 9,000 rpm.
“We’ve improved air flow and then tuned this new engine to maximize mid-range torque,” said Weber. “It really delivers a punch between 3,000 and 5,000 rpm, power you can always feel and use in real-world riding situations. Liquid cooling helps maintain that performance and rider comfort in stop-and-go urban traffic.”
The new Street Rod chassis features 43mm inverted forks. Rake is tightened from 32 to 27 degrees for sharper steering. Those twin shocks also gain external reservoirs and 31% more travel, while the swingarm is longer than before.
Where the Street 750 would touch down at 28.5 degrees of lean, the Street Rod will manage 37.3 degrees to the right and 40.2 degrees left.
17-inch front and rear wheels carry Michelin Scorcher 21 radial tires. Twin 300mm front discs with ABS are standard.
“The Street Rod is the most nimble motorcycle in the current Harley-Davidson line-up,” said Weber. “Tires, wheels, suspension and frame geometry are engineered to work together and deliver handling that’s light and precise at all speeds.”
Street Rod styling highlights include a new color-matched speed screen, a short tail and LED tail lamp and turn signals.
The Street Rod will be offered in three color options: Vivid Black, Charcoal Denim, and Olive Gold. UK prices start at a reasonable £6745 for the black bike, rising by £250 if you want some colour in your life.