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Harley-Davidson Street 750 put to the test

Baby Harley for the young generation

Harley has been on the winning side of the German registration statistics for years. However, an affordable model for the younger generation has not yet been found. The Harley-Davidson Street 750 is now supposed to close this gap.

AT.n this Monday afternoon, the streets of the Spanish capital were particularly nasty. Buses, scooters, cars and motorcycles honk continuously. The traffic lights in Madrid are all switched off. Excited traffic policemen gesticulate wildly around the intersections for no apparent purpose, trying to dominate the deafening background noise with excessive use of their whistles. But it is too late to resolve the chaos. The sheet metal bodies stand still, only single-track vehicles are still maneuvering slowly between the exterior mirrors.

Harley-Davidson Street 750 put to the test

Baby Harley for the young generation

Harley-Davidson over here. With their sheer mass, lush fairings and sweeping handlebars, these men’s motorcycles prevent nimble poking through the corso. But as I said: normally. So far there has not been a current Harley that weighed only 222 kilograms. That changes now with the Harley-Davidson Street 750.

Very easy handling and an unclouded Harley feeling?

The new Harley-Davidson Street 750 should henceforth strike a compromise between child’s play of handling and an unclouded Harley feeling. With a new, water-cooled 750 cubic V2 engine, moderate wheelbase of 1534 millimeters and an upright sitting position that is easy on the back, the basic genetic makeup clearly indicates a successful implementation of this project. Anyone who, as a real fan of the Milwaukee forge, has a soft-washed baby Harley in mind, is not entirely wrong. Growth simply requires new markets.

And since the customers in the past were mostly older and well-paid, something has to be found for the younger generation with horn-rimmed glasses and little cash on the bank. The specification sheet for the Harley-Davidson Street 750 should have read accordingly: not too heavy, not too expensive, not too powerful, but real Harley-Davidson feeling and urban snaking qualities. The end result can now be tried out by the experts in Madrid’s traffic gridlock, which becomes a challenge for horse and rider! Because this Harley is anything but ordinary. The Street 750 is not being assembled in the USA, but rather in the Indian city of Bawal, 100 kilometers southwest of New Delhi. Whether that can work?

A real Harley that comes from India?

A real Harley that comes from India? In city traffic, the water-cooled V-Twin of the Harley-Davidson Street 750 is initially pleasantly cautious. The unit, which moves with a maximum of 60 Newton meters, is neatly attached to the gas and does not require any fine-motor hand acrobatics to roll forward in a controlled manner. In addition, the twin does not push forward so vehemently in the first few meters that one would be afraid. It is a pity that this positive aspect is impaired by a strong clutch when it is cold. This is simply not right for a new vehicle with just 200 kilometers on the clock.

Unfortunately, it is not the only point of criticism: The driven model is uncomfortably noticeable with a strained fork. If the driver lets go of the handlebars while driving slowly, there is a jerk, jerk right towards the roadside. The streets of other journalists, on the other hand, drive steadily in a straight line. Does quality management in India still have some catching up to do? It seems so, because the basically well-graded six-speed gearbox can also be asked more frequently during the shift process until it changes the desired gear. A Harley-Davidson Street 750 driven by a colleague for comparison surprisingly impressed with its clear detent and short shifting travel.

Flat tank with a capacity of 13 liters

What seems to be in need of improvement in all examples: The Harley-Davidson Street 750 lacks spring-loaded footrests, which always snap back into the intended position when touched. On the street, when you try to put your feet on them, you regularly fold up the notches with the waistband and then – inevitably – have to fold them back manually. Quite a tiring business in the long run.

In contrast, there is nothing to complain about about the ergonomics of the Harley-Davidson Street 750. It goes without saying that the flat tank with a capacity of 13 liters is a bit wider, as is typical for the genre, and that the legs are slightly spread apart. But that’s okay and, with the slim handlebars placed at a comfortable height, enables an active seating position suitable for long journeys. And that can actually be exploited: With the 750, you playfully navigate past the exterior mirrors to pole position, directly in front of the whistling traffic police. Thanks to the large steering angle, you can also make short-term course corrections into the next free gap with refreshing ease. No less briskly than the Spanish scooter faction, you can gradually escape the urban turmoil and take refuge in the Spanish hinterland. Now the reluctant V2 can show what he’s made of.

The Harley-Davidson Street 750 does not lack performance and smoothness

So shift down to second gear and just let the gas stand until the limiter engages at 8000 revolutions. One is amazed at how robust the load is going. The promised 56 horses are removed from the unit immediately. The performance not only increases pleasantly linearly, but also convinces on the torque side with a beefy center. The maximum of 60 Newton meters at 4000 tours may not sound like a power bike, but subjectively the three-quarters of the liter pushes the Harley-Davidson Street 750 vigorously at all times and shows an unexpected ease of turning. The fact that the engine does not vibrate indecently, even at high revs, proves that the Harley engineers hit the mark with this engine

The Harley-Davidson Street 750 is definitely not lacking in performance and smoothness. More like a dedicated front brake. It requires a lot of hand strength and only tends to lock the front tire when the digital brakes are very violent (Michelin Scorcher 11). There will be no ABS until 2016. The rear brake definitely does its job better. That can also be said of the chassis. Although the fork has little damping, it does a lot of ironing out bumps and cross joints. The stereo struts fit harmoniously into this picture and make relaxed cruising possible without worrying anomalies. Even at speeds above 120 km / h and poor road quality, the motorcycle remains stable on course. That can be seen.

Primarily designed for emerging countries like Thailand or Brazil?

However, the workmanship and material quality must be reworked across the board. Here at the latest it becomes clear that the Harley-Davidson Street 750 was primarily designed for emerging countries such as Thailand or Brazil. The list of deficiencies ranges from unprotected plug connections, visibly laid colored cables, non-deburred metal parts, milky tarnished headlight glasses to unsightly welded seams. Sure, you shouldn’t expect the high European quality standards from a cheap Harley that is produced in the Far East.

But first, manufacturers like KTM and Honda prove what is possible with professional quality management. And secondly, it is far from clear whether the street will really get to us as cheaply as we had hoped. From the environment of the importer, a price of around 7800 euros is assumed for Germany. This would put the Baby Harley a little more than 1000 euros below the Iron 883. It remains questionable whether the Harley-Davidson Street 750 would sell well for this price. But one thing is clear: if Harley is aiming for the same success with the Street as Honda with the NC series or Yamaha with the MT models, they have to push hard. The engine, the chassis and the good handling properties undoubtedly provide a good basis for an attractive entry-level model. When it comes to the finish, however, you have to go a long way in India.

Technical specifications

Harley-Davidson Street 750

engine: Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke 60-degree V-engine, one overhead, chain-driven camshaft, four valves per cylinder, injection, Ø 38 mm, battery 12 V, mechanically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch, six -speed gearbox, toothed belt.

Bore x stroke: 85.0 x 66.0 mm

Displacement: 749 cm³

Compression ratio: 10.5: 1

Rated output: 41 kW (56 hp) at 8000 rpm

Max. Torque: 60 Nm at 4000 rpm

landing gear: Tubular frame made of steel, telescopic fork, two-arm swing arm made of steel, two spring struts, front disc brake, Ø 300 mm, double-piston floating caliper, rear disc brake, Ø 292 mm, double-piston floating caliper.

Cast aluminum wheels: 2.50 x 17; 3.50 x 15

Tires: 100/80 R 17; 140/75 R 15

mass and weight: Wheelbase 1534 mm, steering head angle 58.0 degrees, caster 115 mm, spring travel v / h k. A., seat height 709 mm, ready-to-drive weight 222 kg, tank capacity 13.1 liters.

Guarantee: two years

Colors: dark red, matt black, black

Price: k. AT..

Offers for the Harley Davidson Street 750

Used Harley Davidson Street 750 in Germany

If you want to buy a light Harley yourself, you should take a look at the used motorcycle market. There you can get a Harley Davidson Street 750 in good condition and at an affordable price: Used Harley Davidson Street 750 in Germany.

Offers for the Harley Davidson Street 750

Used Harley Davidson Street 750 in Germany

If you want to buy a light Harley yourself, you should take a look at the used motorcycle market. There you can find the Harley Davidson Street 750 in good condition and at a reasonable price: Used Harley Davidson Street 750 in Germany.

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