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'Why' HD Street 750 :)

1. Looks: are almost similar like a smaller version of night rod (Personally I dont like the cruiser look much)
2. Engine: feels very refined & performance is excellent in all gears
3. Suspension: is very good & feels very confident when braking
4. Ground clearance: is very good as compared to other HD models for Indian roads. Negotiating Bends and Curves feels good & confident
5. Liquid cooling: since Mumbai is Hot almost 10-11 Months. Found few complaints from Iron & other HD owners of heating in their bikes
6. Non-chrome: since there will always be chances of rust in Humid & saline wheather conditions of Mumbai. Also it will gather less attraction from inevitable attraction.
7. Mid-mount controls: makes easier to ride in bumper-to-bumper traffic
8. Price: Found to be the best in this price range as compared to Aquila(Since this is the only option available in India currently in a similar price range)
9. Build quality: Found to be better when saw the street physicaly as compared to the images. Still needs improvement like exposed wiring, Mirrors, Welded joints, tires, etc. but looking at all the above features & price these things can be ignored
10. Service: No experience yet
11. Ride quality: No experience yet. I was able to do a test ride only for a small distance
12. HD Addons: No experience yet
13. HOG: No experience yet

The above points which I have mentioned are my personal experiences & may differ from person to person.

Request all of you to add your own experiences to make this thread better for a person who is in a go/no-go situation for HD street 750 & also for people who are owning it to learn about others experiences.
 

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My reason aren't nearly as extensive or as logical as yours but perhaps as interesting. Let me start with a photograph.



In 1969 Honda introduced the CB750 and my brother was the first in Los Angeles and probably in the US to build 750cc rigid frame choppers based upon the CB750. The above photograph, taken in early 1970, is the only one in existance with my brother and the chopper he created. He built 18 of them before ending production in 1971.

He raced motorcycles in the AMA on flat tracks and also in desert racing but never felt safe riding on the streets. He also built show cars and motorcycles winning numerous awards for his work. Six years my elder he was always an inspiration for me and he passed away last Thanksgiving. It was merely coincidence that Harley-Davidson announced the introduction of the Street 750 late last year and, because I had for the most part the knowledge and ability, I decided to build a rigid frame 750cc Harley-Davidson as a tribute to him.

His memorial service paid tribute to much of his motorcycle racing years and this helmet from his desert racing days of the late 1960's and 1970's was on display.


His helmet was named after the Jimi Hendrix song Stone Free so I decided to name the project the Stone Free II (as in "also") because he had been so inspirational not just to me but to many others as well.

Since beginning this project I've come to appreciate something. Inspiration doesn't originate with those that inspire us. They are merely passing on the inspirations that have affected their lives. My brother's helmet reflected the fact that words of Jimi Hendrix song Stone Free, "Stone free to do what I please, Stone free to ride the breeze" had inspired him but Hendrix was just passing on that which inspired him as well. We can trace those same words back to those like Thomas Jefferson that stated all men had a right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

We take that which inspires us and we do things that will hopefully inspire others. That is what the Stone Free II Project is really about and the Street 750 merely provided me with the opportunity of taking the inspiration my older brother shared with me and passing it on to others.

It was this chain of events and mere coincidence that lead me to purchasing my Street 750.
 

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My reason aren't nearly as extensive or as logical as yours but perhaps as interesting. Let me start with a photograph.



In 1969 Honda introduced the CB750 and my brother was the first in Los Angeles and probably in the US to build 750cc rigid frame choppers based upon the CB750. The above photograph, taken in early 1970, is the only one in existance with my brother and the chopper he created. He built 18 of them before ending production in 1971.

He raced motorcycles in the AMA on flat tracks and also in desert racing but never felt safe riding on the streets. He also built show cars and motorcycles winning numerous awards for his work. Six years my elder he was always an inspiration for me and he passed away last Thanksgiving. It was merely coincidence that Harley-Davidson announced the introduction of the Street 750 late last year and, because I had for the most part the knowledge and ability, I decided to build a rigid frame 750cc Harley-Davidson as a tribute to him.

His memorial service paid tribute to much of his motorcycle racing years and this helmet from his desert racing days of the late 1960's and 1970's was on display.


His helmet was named after the Jimi Hendrix song Stone Free so I decided to name the project the Stone Free II (as in "also") because he had been so inspirational not just to me but to many others as well.

Since beginning this project I've come to appreciate something. Inspiration doesn't originate with those that inspire us. They are merely passing on the inspirations that have affected their lives. My brother's helmet reflected the fact that words of Jimi Hendrix song Stone Free, "Stone free to do what I please, Stone free to ride the breeze" had inspired him but Hendrix was just passing on that which inspired him as well. We can trace those same words back to those like Thomas Jefferson that stated all men had a right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

We take that which inspires us and we do things that will hopefully inspire others. That is what the Stone Free II Project is really about and the Street 750 merely provided me with the opportunity of taking the inspiration my older brother shared with me and passing it on to others.

It was this chain of events and mere coincidence that lead me to purchasing my Street 750.
Truly Hats off to the feelings, inspiration, thought & Legendary history behind street 750. I read several topics on street 750 but never knew about this!

Words will be to less to appreciate the thought behind creating such a wonderful machine!!! 0:)
 

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Truly Hats off to the feelings, inspiration, thought & Legendary history behind street 750. I read several topics on street 750 but never knew about this!

Words will be to less to appreciate the thought behind creating such a wonderful machine!!! 0:)


There is obviously much more to the story but I would note a couple of things. It's my manufacturing experience in tube development as well as the fact that I've recently "retired" that allows me to build the Stone Free II chopper rigid frame and exhaust systems from scratch.


The motorcycle will never be sold but will be handed down to one of my brother's grandchildren eventually. I've been trying to get the oldest that's 21 to get his M/C endorsement and will buy him either a Johnny Pag or Cleveland Cyclewerks bobber to ride and learn on if he does.


Next is that when complete it I will be taking the Stone Free II chopper around the country to share the "inspiration" with others. In short my brother passed on inspiration to me and my real tribute to him is to pass on inspiration to others. The Stone Free II choppers is just a "tool" being used to pass on inspiration. Along the way I hope to win a few 1st Place trophies to validate the quality of the build.


On a final note, while the forum rules prohibit using the forum for advertising purposes, I will note that because I have to do all of the development for the Stone Free II chopper project a friend and I have founded Stone Free Manufacturing to provide rigid frames and custom exhaust so other can also build low cost old school custom Harley Davidson bobbers and choppers.


The average starting cost for custom Harley bobbers and choppers is about $30K (and can exceed $60,000 or more) but with the Street 500 and 750 as the platform the costs should start at less than 1/2 that. My budget, for example, on the Stone Free II project is only $20,000 including the purchase price of my Street 750 and that's for a show bike and not just a really clean street machine.


Not everyone has the money to have someone else build a custom Harley bobber or chopper or the ability to make the parts necessary so this is really more about making this possible for people as opposed to making any money. I really don't need the money and if I break even I'll be happy. LOL
 

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Never knew about that either, thought your username was random but good to see there's some good history behind it.
My brother passed on many inspirational messages to me and here is one worth sharing.

1987 was the year that the "**** Happens" (you know the expression) bumper stickers flooded the nation. I was at my brothers on Dec 31, 1987 (New Years Eve) and he shared something with me. He said, "Next year is 88. If you turn it upside down it's still 88. "****" is going to happen. You can let "****" happen to you or you can make "****" happen but either way "****" is going to happen. Since then I've been making "****" happen as opposed to just allowing it to happen to me.

Very little in my life is random because of that.
 

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Stone Free I hope you come through Denver Colorado when your bike is done. My dealership had a chopper 750 that looked nice in the picture. I did not see it in person. Good luck on your project.
 

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Stone Free I hope you come through Denver Colorado when your bike is done. My dealership had a chopper 750 that looked nice in the pictu re. I did not see it in person. Good luck on your project.
Would love to do Denver and will at some point in the future but it could be 2016 before we make it there. There are so many cities and so few dollars. LOL

Right now I'm focused on Daytona Bike Week, a couple more East Coast shows, probably Indy, and then the Western states including the a show in Las Vegas, Reno, Los Angeles, Seattle (where I live) and, of course, Sturgis. Denver might fit in as we do the Western states.

What's the biggest motorcycle show you have in Denver each year?


If you have a picture of the 750 chopper can you send it to me? [email protected]
 

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The price plus the look and the brand are the main draws for me. I know the bike rides relatively well too. I've just been following the HD Street closely for a while, so I feel pretty attached. :D
 

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The price plus the look and the brand are the main draws for me. I know the bike rides relatively well too. I've just been following the HD Street closely for a while, so I feel pretty attached. :D


Very solid reasons. One of the best aspects of Harley ownership is the camaraderie between Harley owners perhaps best experienced through your local H.O.G. chapter although you find it everywhere along the road. I've met many wonderful people hanging out at my local Harley drinking coffee before and after my daily rides.


Many Harley owners have asked a lot of questions and made some excellent comments about the Street 500/750 and most places you ride few have seen one at all.
 

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The price plus the look and the brand are the main draws for me. I know the bike rides relatively well too. I've just been following the HD Street closely for a while, so I feel pretty attached. :D
same here. I'm sure you will not regret your decision (if you do not own already)!
 

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My brother passed on many inspirational messages to me and here is one worth sharing.

1987 was the year that the "**** Happens" (you know the expression) bumper stickers flooded the nation. I was at my brothers on Dec 31, 1987 (New Years Eve) and he shared something with me. He said, "Next year is 88. If you turn it upside down it's still 88. "****" is going to happen. You can let "****" happen to you or you can make "****" happen but either way "****" is going to happen. Since then I've been making "****" happen as opposed to just allowing it to happen to me.

Very little in my life is random because of that.
That's a very good way to look at things. Good to see you had someone in your life that was able to share that message.
 

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That's a very good way to look at things. Good to see you had someone in your life that was able to share that message.


My older brother was pretty cool. He's also the one that share with me the line in my signature.


"Always remember that for every mile of highway there are two miles of ditches."


While certainly applicable to riding a motorcycle it is also very applicable to life in general. He often passed on both works and words of inspiration to me as well as to others. He was a very special person and I appreciate that he was my brother very much. As I've told others he's not really gone because of all the inspiration he shared with me when he was alive. My entire Stone Free II chopper projects is a reflection of his continuing influence in my life that will never really end.
 

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My older brother was pretty cool. He's also the one that share with me the line in my signature.


"Always remember that for every mile of highway there are two miles of ditches."
Your brother sounds like One Cool Dude, Stone. I think it is awesome to have had someone like that in your life that had the influence to still inspire you to this day.
I can't imagine loosing someone that you loved that much.:(
 

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Your brother sounds like One Cool Dude, Stone. I think it is awesome to have had someone like that in your life that had the influence to still inspire you to this day.
I can't imagine loosing someone that you loved that much.:(


As I mentioned he's not really gone.... and, of course, he was very lucky to have me as a brother. LOL
 
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