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New Harley-Davidson Street Rod: Sharper Handling, Better Styling
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New Harley-Davidson Street Rod: Sharper Handling, Better Styling

It might have the smallest-capacity motorcycles in the entire Harley-Davidson's lineup, but the newest entrant to the Street Series comes with the type of power that is directly comparable to larger models. The Street Rod launches the High Output Revolution X engine, coupled with sharper steering and upgraded equipment.

When the Street series was first unveiled by Harley-Davidson, it played two very important roles. The 500 and 700 cc engine versions seem too small for a Harley-Davidson, yet they are very attractive to younger riders as well as the thriving Asian markets, the new Holy Grail for bike manufacturers.

With the introduction of the Street Rod, Harley-Davidson has just added a dash of spice to its introductory-level lineup with the unveiling of the V-twin High Output Revolution X engine. The advanced version of the standard Street 750 motor includes a whole raft of changes, from a new exhaust system to gas cylinders heads with more compression, sportier camshafts and new throttle bodies with a bigger air box.

The final result is an eighteen percent increase in power and an improvement of eight percent in terms of torque, which is set at 65 Newton-meters (or 47.9 feet per pound) at 4000 rpm. Harley-Davidson makes no mention of the precise horsepower numbers, but taking into account that the Street 750 generates about 58 horsepower (43.3 kW) based on EU specifications, the output of the Street Rod theoretically works out to around 68 horsepower (50.7 kW).This power attains its peak value at 8750 rpm, which is higher than the standard engine by about 1000 rpm since the redline (the maximum rpm that can be accommodated) has correspondingly gone up to 9,000 rpm.

When it comes to styling, nothing much has changed. But Harley-Davidson’s advice about the motorcycle being sharper is not just marketing speak. The suspensions now comprise of 43-millimeter inverted forks and a set of two piggyback shocks. The benefits of this are carried over to the braking setup as well, in form of a twin-disk front layout.In addition, the bike features aluminum foot pegs and new-forged foot controls, and the height of the seat rises to 29 inches, and increase of about 4 inches.

However, one of the most important changes is not noticeable in the photos. The Street Rod is equipped with much bolder frame geometry, where the fork rake has been cut from 32 to 27 degrees. Further, the rear tire has been made taller at 17 inches (it is 15 inches for the Street 500 and Street 750), raising the motorbike’s tail section in line with the sharper handling that is typically proclaimed by Harley-Davidson.

The end product is rounded off with bar-end mirrors, drag-style handlebars and a number of minor stylish niceties such as the new logo on the 3.5-gallon (13.2 liters) fuel tank. The Street Rod dons LED turn indicators and tail lights. It also incorporates a 3.5-inch electronic speedometer with a trip meter and an odometer.

The retail price of the Street Rod in the US starts from $8,699(around €8,200). In the European markets, the bike’s starting price touches the US$10,600 (€10,000) mark. It will be available in Charcoal Denim, Olive Gold and Vivid Black colors. Adding a little more cash will buy silver pinstriping. 

Image credit: motorcyclenews.co

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