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Today is an important day. Finally got to ride around on the Street 750. I say important as it happened a full 2 weeks in advance. I was promised the test ride in the first week of April. Guess Christmas came early. In any case, I'm glad this happened - helped me confirm my faith in my early booking.

So here is a short lil writeup on what I felt.

Pre-test formalities:
Seven Islands Harley Davidson, the Mumbai dealership is quite thorough with their documentation. I'm glad to have arrived first. Handed in my driving licence and in return I was handed a temporary registration of the bike. Necessary in case of any unintended run ins with the local law enforcement.


Collage on the facade of Seven Islands Harley Davidson, Turbhe, Navi Mumbai, India

The Bike
I was glad to see the bike when it was brought up. It was Red this time. This is the first time I got to see this colour. I feel that this makes the bike look a bit larger than it is. Maybe it is just that an all black lump feels more one with itself than the red. The front mud-guard, tank and rear fairing bring in patches of red that define the extremities of the bike a bit more than all black.


Guess I'll stick to my vivid black booking

I was given a bike that had just done 79km on the odo so it is safe to say that it was absolutely mint fresh out of its crate.

Controls and general stance:
I think the bike feels much better on the road than it did in the showroom where it had its front and rear wheels clamped down. Once loaded up, the bike settles down nicely. Seat height is perfect for my 5'8" frame. I don't think even taller riders would have an issue.

I liked the controls, levers and switches. Everything feels like there was focus on quality. Having said that, they do feel inadequate when compared to an Iron. Instrumentation may look identical but it may not be. For example, the Iron has a trip switch just above the horn and that toggles between odo-clock-trip1-trip2. Street only gets one button on the dial that toggles odo-tripA-tripB. No clock which I thought was a very handy feature. Specially coming from a Vespa.

Coming to the foot controls, I think these are set a bit too far back for a cruiser. They’re more in the aggressive sports bike area. Not that I’m complaining but I’m unsure about their usefulness in daily office runs. We’ll find out more as bikes hit the road. I’m sure this config will make for a great long distance mile cruncher. The handlebar maybe a couple of inches too wide for tight urban spaces and manic traffic of Indian cities. The wider bar does give more than enough leverage to move the otherwise front heavy bike easily.

Thought I’ll allay some concerns that this gang had:
Gear shifts are light. Way lighter than the clunky Iron. Precise. No false neutrals.
Bike starts in gear just fine. Without the side stand that is.
Everything feels taught and made well. No squeaks. No rattles.
No fuel gauge but the bike gets a 2-liter-to-empty light on the clock
Other lights include: Engine check, neutral, left, right, low fuel, oil low and something else that I’m forgetting.
The whole clock glows red (I know I should’ve got a pic) and it is quite nice.
The lights are all precise and what you should expect when you buy something in 2014
Iron has a better LCD odo.

The Ride:
I’m gonna make this quick as it was a short 7km run on mixed roads – Highway, couple of twists, some traffic, a red light and return.

Street 750 is meant for the urban crawl and this bike does that really well. It gets off the line clean and easy. Clutch is light, progressive and precise. Acceleration is really strong and with just a light touch lots of things. Bike picks up speed and before you know it you’re neatly doing a ton on the speedo and very quickly after you know the top speed is coming. Which brings me to an interesting question – How much is this bike capable of doing? Electronic limitation not withstanding. Braking is nice and easy but then this machine had done only 80kms. I can confidently say that there isn’t a wrong noise anywhere.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy7xlE2ZwdM

Speaking of noise (ahem) exhaust note – this isn’t what is popularly known as a Harley. No potatoes here. This sounds like the V-Rod for sure. Idle is a hurried v-twin revving away. It does not mechanical in a very Harley sort of way and it isn’t a Jap or Euro machine by any stretch of imagination. I felt that the mufflers were trying to make this thing a tad too silent. Someone needs to put on some free flows and find out what it exactly can do in this department.

There areas where I personally have problems:


I need a heel-toe shifter. I love my shoes and I really need that to be an option which isn’t the case right now. Getting ready for some fabrication once I get this piece.

There is a ton of exposed wiring and connectors which need immediate attention.


Notice the connector behind the air filter.


Part of the wiring loom and the rear brake switch have exposed connectors and wiring


Single horn with exposed wiring


No care was taken while leaving this entire loom exposed and tied down with just cable ties


This whole belt cover is wrong and needs to go


No facility for dual tone horns. This one sounds like a moped


Cheap bulb filled bullet indicators that are out of place here

Overall, a fairly worthy investment considering that this bike is going on sale at a sub INR 500,000 in most places across India. My advice to you would be to go get this thing before any improvements are done.

 

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@adrena ,thank you so much bro u cleared all my issues concerning street in your brief write up ,kudos to you :D
U mentioned everything which I wanted to know ,am gonna stick with street 750 all the way ,am relieved that I dint take conti gt delivery phew :p
Yup the display bike in bangalore also had poor wiring n dangling everywhere ,n the wire management for similar to display bike ,I guess we know what to expect now ,it doesn't bother me even a single bit to be frank ,am so looking forward to get a test drive ,I think u should credit harley for pulling out a Houdini act of launching budget bike n keeping the cost under 5 lakh :)

"AM GONNA OWN A HARLEY"...
 

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Very well composed review , thanks for answering my queries .

Yes the wiring is really bad , I was surprised by that red wire to the horn !!! Hopefully they fix that in delivery because that has no place even in a 50k commuter bike let alone a premium motorcycle.

BTW did they mention what the top speed is ? And is the acceleration too fast to handle or is it within control ? I'm used to a slow bullet so not sure if this might pose an issue :/

Is the suspension adequate for our road condition ? Is it stiff or soft enough to be comfortable ?

Other harley bikes have this in-built diagnostic feature where in case of a fault/break-down , one can toggle some button which will display an error code in the LCD and then one can check what that error code means. Very handy feature , any idea if the street has this feature ? In case you don't know , please enquire next time you contact them .

Is the saree guard a part of the rear fender support or is it removable ?


OVERALL in your opinion , what is the selling point/standout feature of this bike ? Performance , aesthetics or is it a bit of everything but master of none ?

Thank you and looking forward to your reply :D
 

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@basuroy. Valid points. Lemme try to answer some
- To speed is said to be electronically limited to 160 but I'm certain this can do a lot more
- acceleration is terrific. It can catch you off guard quite easily. Lots of wheel spins & burnouts coming. However, the clutch is progressive enough to control nicely in traffic.
- Suspension is really quite nice. Didn't have any issues on bumps or broken roads. No big success on braking. I'm certain the test bike was on its softest setting. Selection is by tightening spring preload.
- diagnostics on LCD would be nice but I don't have any info on that
- Saree guard is for registration only. Properly removable. I would use it for keeping throw on saddle bags from rubbing anywhere.
- USP is quite simple - A proper 750cc bike with muted styling for 5lacs. It's like everyone gets a personal canvas.
 

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@adrena ,hey bro one last query & most important since we all got to know about the fact that street 750 is fast compare to other entry level Harley's ,that's kind of makes me ask this question ,HOW DO U RATE MRF TIRES for this bike ,as we all know US market is getting Michelin scorchers ,how do u rate them in quality for indian roads like considering road grip ,maneuverability ,cornering n so on...
Am use to MRF zapper tyres they are kind of hard and used to skid a lot when u hard brake ...
And one more thing did u ask again regarding,ABS option ...
I know they said no ABS option ,just want to be sure ...
 

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Interesting and thank you for taking the time to write this for us.

For me the foot controls are too far forward. My ideal control layout, handlebar height, etc, would be a late 1970s to early 1980's BMW R100S.

The belt guard might look ugly, but I will tell you what looks even uglier. A broken belt. Those carbon fiber belts will probably outlast the rest of the bike as long as nothing gets caught between a belt tooth and a pulley. I know from several years experience riding V-Rods that lots of little stones end up on top of the lower belt guard in the little nook where it turns up to cover the front of the rear pulley. If you take the belt guard off, as many owners do, all of those little stones end up in the belt, pulled between the belt and the pulley, shortening the service lives of both, and risking a premature failure some place really inconvenient. Sometimes beauty is as beauty does. This is one of those times.

The one thing I like about how the horns mount on the street is I now have a place to mount a pair of Fiamm car horns. If you are familiar with these from BMWs or Moto Guzzis, then you understand my enthusiasm for them. Inexpensive and truly loud.

If it sounds as good as a stock V-Rod then I will be perfectly happy. No need for a loud pipe either. As long as the stocker makes good power, leave it alone. I have no use for loud bikes.

Again, thanks for the write up. Supposedly we will have some in California next month. Can hardly wait!
 

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Great review Adrena :) You bot answers for almost all of us.
So its worth for the buck eh?!
Can U recall how it breaked with the effort u put in?! Am very much concerned about those MRF Zappers as we have lots of ghat sessions here in Kerala. HOGs often do rides to the ghat sessions in around kochi and idukki!
Did you checked the tyre sizes? Anyone checked the after market options for tyres.. Esp for the rear 15 inchers??
 

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@Santosh kumar there is no way for me to tell you how the tyres handle. I rode the bike all of 7kms on a brand new set. Of course they handled themselves properly. It's going to be a while before we know anything. Front is 120 profile 17" and rear is 150 profile 15". it seems enough for a sub 250kilo bike that doesn't do over 160kmph. These tyres are built to a cost but then MRF has come a long way. I have a 140/90R16 rear on my Avenger and it is brilliant with grip and cornering. Let's wait and watch.

And yes, No ABS. Not yet at least. Let's hope some retrofitting helps in future.
 

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Would you guys find it worth it to wait for ABS to become available? I know some people are very Pro-ABS.
A bike of this power should have ABS as an option imo , paying 10-15%extra is not a deal breaker for what is a supreme safety feature. If 2 similar options existed , then the presence/absence of ABS might be a significant factor for me but none such exist so it is either 750 or bust.
 

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Well most of the issues he's mentioned ,that we already know about it ain't we ???
The reviewer from motor beam IMHO don't what is talking to be frank ,he's only good to review plastic bikes ,I think copied most of the pointers from our forum since it's a open source...
U either buy this bike for pure performance ,handling & cruising n later rectify things by shelling out some money on boosting the over performance simple ...
If not don't buy this n go for the next model which is priced at 8 lakhs ,since super low they have stoped taking bookings coz of lots of back log...
Or next option of truimph bonneville it also costs u around 8 lakh but that bike ain't cruiser bike ,but it's better in every sense from entry level bikes ,but it ain't harley and looks plain and comes with it's own sets of problem of u go the ought its review u will get to know ...
If u leave out this options either u have to go for plastic super bikes which I hate or don't buy anything at all ...
 

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@Desert Tortoise ,can u plz go through the above review link made by ,indian motor bike reviewer called ,motor beam & can you give your inputs on the review and your valuable opinion about the bike ???
I would want to see in your opinion how much the reviewer is true ,coz he ain't cruiser friendly reviewer...
Since u have riden bikes all your life ,I want to know your sincere opinion on this ...


Regards & thank you ...
Santosh
 

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I read the review and didn't come off as biased to me , he is reviewing a 5lakhs worth bike that is made in india , he is expected to pen his review by judging it against the highest standards possible. Surprised to read that the bike has substandard brakes and forks that bajaj stopped using !!! He does praises the performance and the handling , but when a company asks for this amount in india , they have to tick all the boxes and not just few and expect the customers to put up with the rest. How am I supposed to believe the internals of the engine are quality parts when the external involves cost cutting bumper to bumper. Dissapointed and the worst part is no other option exists for me so prolly have to wait for triumph to localise production bringing down prices to realistic level(8 lakhs for a bonnie lol).
 

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the review made me to rethink once again if i should go for the street 750 or iron @Desert Tortoise pls kindly check the review and give us your expertise on the bike.Will the bike be in good condition for many years of usage with that subpar quality ??:confused::confused::confused:
 
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