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Just purchased my first Harley-Davidson, and first motorcycle period: a 2017 Street Rod. I took the MSF course back at the start of the month, and was hooked. Looked around at everything from 250cc Suzuki's to 69ci Indians. Felt the Street Rod fell right between the two, and was comfortable to sit on and ride. Didn't intend on purchasing new at all, but I got my new 2017 for less than I could've gotten the used one I was looking at. Got it delivered to my door, and spent most of the afternoon riding it around the neighborhood. It rides super nice, kind of on the heavy side when i'm trying to walk it, but is really easy to control when i'm moving.
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Awwww yah, another SR in the mix!! Congratulations and welcome.

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Awwww yah, another SR in the mix!! Congratulations and welcome.
Thanks! Yeah been driving around the neighborhood yesterday afternoon and a couple hours today. Really liking it so far. Already want a better sounding exhaust, and a lower seat (im short, the stock seat is kinda high). Havent gone on a main road yet, but ive gotten it up to speed on a pass-through road (limit is 35 on that road)

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Welcome to the forum! That's a great color on your bike.


The xg series bikes have been starter bikes for a lot of us here. They've got enough power to be useful, but not so much power and weight to get an attentive new rider into trouble faster than they can regain control of the situation.


Guys who have the Street Rods seem to like them, and the extra 10 HP over the xg750 would be great to have. The reach seat sounds like it should let you flat foot it when stopped. My problem with the SR is some excess padding I carry around means that I need a tall boy seat to fit on the xg750. That's not an option on the SR.

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Welcome to the forum! That's a great color on your bike.


The xg series bikes have been starter bikes for a lot of us here. They've got enough power to be useful, but not so much power and weight to get an attentive new rider into trouble faster than they can regain control of the situation.


Guys who have the Street Rods seem to like them, and the extra 10 HP over the xg750 would be great to have. The reach seat sounds like it should let you flat foot it when stopped. My problem with the SR is some excess padding I carry around means that I need a tall boy seat to fit on the xg750. That's not an option on the SR.
Yeah planning on getting the reach seat. My only gripes so far are that, the stock exhaust sound sucks, and when the bike is idling, I can't find neutral to save my life, even after holding clutch in and rocking the bike back and forth.
Other than than that, it's super fun to ride. It doesn't feel overly powerful, and is very controllable overall

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My only gripes so far are that, the stock exhaust sound sucks.....
S&S Grand National will sort out that minor point!

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when the bike is idling, I can't find neutral to save my life, even after holding clutch in and rocking the bike back and forth.
When your Street Rod has a few more miles under her belt, that will resolve itself. In the meantime try hitting neutral, just before coming to a halt. Saves a lot of trouble.
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My only gripes so far are that, the stock exhaust sound sucks, and when the bike is idling, I can't find neutral to save my life, even after holding clutch in and rocking the bike back and forth.
Everybody complains about the exhaust sound. For a while I've been thinking that H-D engineers these bikes to maximize the number of parts that owners will feel compelled to remove and replace with aftermarket alternatives.

At the end of its first season on the road my bike has about 6K miles on it. It's certainly easier to find neutral now than when it was new, but it's still a tough thing to do. I've wound up free wheeling on more missed shifts than when I'm trying to get it in neutral.


Don't count on the neutral indicator being much help. Mine seems to not notice that I'm actually in neutral. At best it comes on about the time I get impatient and try shifting gears again. Normally I get to where I think I'm in neutral and then ease out the clutch just enough to find out if I'm really in second gear instead.

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First actual ride on a major public road today. Went pretty good, all things considered. Had a couple times where I shifted into neutral instead of 2nd (this transmission I swear....) Still can't find neutral while coasting to a stop or idling at a stop to save my life. Can find it when i'm trying to accelerate just fine though!

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