I'm 5'11 so the Street is a little on the small side for me.
Me too. My solution is highway pegs and possibly forward controls in the future...and I bought a Sportster with forward controls.
One of your other posts alerted me to the new Pan America bike Harley is making. 1250cc is a little tall for a commuter bike. And knobby tires aren't necessary for most people. But I'm curious if they make a model with less displacement and street tires at some point.
The modular engine used in the Pan America and Street Fighter is to be produced in 500, 750, 975(?) and 1250cc sizes. That gives us some hope that H-D will make the various bikes in assorted sizes.
The available Pan America images are of a pre-production bike, so it may come with a much milder tire than is being shown. Assuming it isn't an oddball tire size you may be able to swap it out yourself and keep the knobbies around as spares.
This is interesting. I've been putting the high octane in my Street. Is it really necessary? (I thought it was)
The service guy who briefed me before taking my bike home told me to use 91 octane, but when I brought that up here Gaijin pointed out that the manual says regular gas is fine. At the time I was having problems finding high octane gas along one route to my home in the country is why I brought that up as an issue.
The V-Strom also has way better performance specs which is nice.
Yea, I've ridden a V-Strom and the SV650. Our bikes don't really perform that well compared to some of the others on the market with the same or even smaller displacement. I'm reasonably certain that H-D's business model is to produce bikes with substandard performance in order to push Screaming Eagle mods.
The chain drive is a bit of the issue. I did not know about that. I did have to replace the drive belt on my Street.... I bought a low miles used one on eBay and changed it myself. It was an Saturday afternoon job, but I did have to take apart half the bike to change it. Typically the belt should last a really long time though, which I prefer to oiling a chain.
That's why the off road guys prefer chains. They can use a chain breaker to remove the busted link, thread the chain through the works with little or no disassembly, and press the rivets into a new master link in short order by the side of the trail. The trade off is the time needed cleaning and oiling the chain.
There are V-Strom belt drive conversion kits available. Expect to drop between $1,000 and $1,500 for one. I ran into the same thing when I was lusting after a Triumph Speedmaster.
We have two Harley dealerships. One in the north and one in the south. They are very proud of their work though, so I end up doing nearly all of it myself.
I asked about dealership when I didn't know how you were using the bike. My use cases are commuting, just like you, and trips from work to my home 175 miles away. It's a comfort on the longer trips that I've got a dealership that knows about my bike along the way. Not a big deal for the local commute.
The independent Harley shops are geared towards air cooled bikes. I doubt they see many streets.
I'd be tempted to go into some of those shops and ask them to quote installing a mod or doing some other customization. That's not so much because I want them to do the work but to see how receptive they are to working on your bike. If they are cool about it, I would know I had options. If they were jerks, I'd know not to go back.
There are a large number of competing shops for Japanese bikes.
My dealer does the scheduled maintenance, I do the bolt on mods, and my local Kawasaki dealer handles anything else.
Harley is really struggling right now.... The Pan America bike you mentioned gives me hope. That looks like a step in the right direction.
Most of us don't want to admit that H-D is a big fish in a small pond. They own the cruiser motorcycle market in the United States. They are a dominant force here, but if they aren't making small (250cc and smaller) motorcycles, scooters, and ebikes they aren't a player in a lot of the world market. They need to get some traction in other market segments or the future is bleak. Part of the problem is the disdain that the shrinking number of Harley Faithful have for anything that's not a jumbo cruiser. They howl that the company has lost its way if it does anything for anybody that isn't them.