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post #1 of 6 Old 08-19-2015, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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SA 2015 Bike of the Year

The South African Bike of the Year competition is currently in progress here with final results due out next week. Harley Davidson have entered their XG750 Street, so I am following the progress of this with something in common with the 750. Below is extracts taken from an editors review.

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The 2015 Pirelli South African Bike of the Year shootout attracted an unprecedented 16 finalists, from 11 manufacturers, covering three major genres and with two (very) odd ones out.

Here are a list of the finalists:
Aprilia Caponord Rally - Aprilia RSV4 RR 1000 - BMW RNineT - BMW S1000RR - Ducati Scrambler - Ducati 1299 Panigale - Harley-Davidson Street 750 - Indian Scout - Kawasaki Ninja H2 - KTM 1290 Super Adventure - Suzuki GSX-S 1000F - Triumph Tiger 800 XCx - Yamaha R1 - Yamaha Tracer - Zero RS

Unpopular as it was among the sports-bike aficionados, the Harley-Davidson Street 750, the smallest bike in the fleet, (and itís not often you can say that about a Harley!) was actually not as black as its factory paint job, with a very low seat height and accessible if not awe-inspiring power from its liquid-cooled V-twin.

In this scenario, however, its almost complete lack of brakes was a potentially fatal flaw that couldnít be glossed over.
Not the best comment on the Street 750, but to be realistic, it does take a while to stop, but then it is not a super bike with dual front disks.

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Choosing the 2015 Bike of the Year - IOL Motoring Bikes, Quads & Karts
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"its almost complete lack of brakes was a potentially fatal flaw that couldn’t be glossed over"


While the breaking could/should be improved I think that the above quote is an exaggeration.
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Before I got the Street 750 I was riding a Kawasaki KLE500. You could throw it sideways in the dirt to stop real quick, but in a straight line on a hard surface . . . you had to brake both front and back wheels long before your brain told you to do so. Yes the 750 brakes are OK, but for a few bucks more a dual set on the front would have been a BIG improvement.

We will await the results next week. It was a good feeling to see the Indian Scout on the readers poll placed lower than the Street. That Zero is the first of the real full electric commuter bikes to be sold in this country.
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I agree, mine stops just fine for the way I ride.


if I wanted to try stoppies then I'd have a crotch rocket with dual front brakes!
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Well the results are out.
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2015 SA Bike of the Year: Winner revealed.

Many may have seen this coming - Kawasaki H2won the 2015 Pirelli SA Bike of the Year award. Second place went to the Triumph Tiger 800 XCx with Yamaha's R1 in third.
I have not seen the lower placings, but in the readers selection the Street 750 came 10th out of the 16 finalists. All those in positions 1-9 cost an arm and a leg more. So in terms of value for your money it would appear that the Street is a good buy.
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personally, I'd like to see a fair comparison of these bikes with other bikes in the same class.


this event with sport bikes being compared to the street model didn't make much sense to me.


thanks for the info as any bike shoot out is interesting for sure.


maybe there will be another event where the street model is compared to, lets say, ...mid size metric cruisers, or any other mid size bikes.
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