Yards out of the parking stall, I noticed that the Street 750’s head bearings were over-torqued, which made for some cumbersome low-speed handling. This would have been an easy fix if tools had been on hand, but I point this out purely as a point to consider if you read elsewhere that the Street’s steering felt suspect.
Using our VBox data logger, we measured the Street 750’s acceleration and braking. It’s quick. The Street hits 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, and streaks though the quarter-mile in an impressive 13.69 seconds at 93.8 mph. The Star Bolt, for the record, does the quarter in 13.78 sec. at 93.5 mph, whereas Honda’s NC700X clocks in at 13.86/94.2.
I think some new braided lines would go a LONG way...Stopping performance, however, may be a different matter. Hard stops from speed require a full-fisted squeeze at the lever along with maximum use of the rear brake. Feel at the lever becomes increasingly spongy as heat builds in the single-disc setup, which has a twin-piston, pin-slide caliper.
Our brake tests for the new Street produced a stopping distance of 152 feet from 60 mph. The addition of a 125-pound passenger stretched that number to 170 feet. Further adjustment to pad compound is still in the works, says Harley, before delivery to US dealerships begins in June.