A Harley Street Wants To Race

2shaw3shaw4shawYou know that most motorcycle manufacturers face the hurdle of attracting the young generation, the budget focused riders, the lesser sized riders and women. Pulling today’s young generation away from from their electronic gadgets and video games, creating a 70’s type counter culture inciting them to spend more time outside to experience a “real life” is not small task. The Street model is supposed to dispel the idea that only grizzled boomers are riding and can afford a Harley-Davidson. Will the Street become the machine bridging between boomers and youngsters while still being perceived as a pure Harley-Davidson V-Twin motorcycle? Not immediately, but I know that each custom Street hitting the pavement will help a little bit.

4bisshaw4terbisshawNo doubt that Shaw Harley-Davidson in the UK understands what this model is all about – raw, minimal essence and looking fun – and tried hard at reinforcing these attributes through the use of mostly oem or aftermarket Harley parts. From start to finish, only one motto for this makeover. Make it looking loud, proud and rebellious, but not changing its factory personality to still be identified right away as a Harley Street – not a competitor model – and above all not being intimidating for a 1st time or female rider.

5shaw6shawSo, on this Street, no stripping of the bike to bare frame for a full re-build, no rear subframe chopping, no crazy metal fabrication, no out of this world one-off CNC or hand-made custom parts, etc. You know, the kind of project where only the engine & tranny give the bike its brand identity. A very reasonable interpretation to inspire the largest number of potential Street owners. A light job in the support area, a modified Dyna rear fender for a better chiseled rear end section but absolutely no swingarm modification, dark chrome wheels from the Harley-Davidson touring models lineup, contribute together is connoting some racing spirit. Shaw Speed & Custom uk.
7shaw8shawBike Harley-Davidson Street 750
Trans Harley-Davidson
Handlebars Shaw Speed & Custom
Master cylinders Harley-Davidson
Switchgear Harley-Davidson
Headlight Harley-Davidson
Cowling Harley-Davidson
Front wheel Harley-Davidson
Rear wheel Harley-Davidson
Brake rotors Harley-Davidson
Brake Calipers Harley-Davidson
Rear fender Harley-Davidson
Gas tank Harley-Davidson
Tyres rear 180mm Harley-Davidson
Exhausts Shaw Speed & Custom
Seat Shaw Speed & Custom
Pegs Harley-Davidson burst collection
Grips Harley-Davidson burst collection
Custom paint Image Design Custom UK

17 Responses to “A Harley Street Wants To Race”

  1. 1 Brit abroad Jul 6th, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Although it’s true Shaws bikes are indeed very cool, this bike may well be aimed at the minority expressively young people. But unless your parents are buying it for you it would never be obtainable… In fact what young person can afford upwards of 20 grand I should imagine if not more….!! Totally ridiculous.!!

  2. 2 SIGFREED Jul 6th, 2015 at 4:13 am

    I have never been a fan of the TEEN GLIDE – but this is actually not bad.

    They understood the question and gave the best answer to date (certainly from what I have seen). This is exactly what HD should do if they are after the rich kids’ money – make it look loud.

    SHAW is the real deal. They lack zero in skills and professionalism (albeit I see some scrappy welding here and there – it is not the SHAW norm) and you will get a solid return on your investment. Keeping in mind that customs are per definition ‘over capitalized’.

  3. 3 pj98rider Jul 6th, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Lean and mean…excellent.

  4. 4 James just another Crazy Kiwi Jul 6th, 2015 at 6:01 am

    From What the guys that have ridden them tell me they are pretty gutless.
    So serious engine mods would be needed to make it go any where near as fast as it looks.
    Cool Bike

  5. 5 Sportster Mike Jul 6th, 2015 at 7:49 am

    First decent looking Street I’ve seen, still looking for the front indicators? mind….

  6. 6 highrpm Jul 6th, 2015 at 8:17 am

    a stand out from the crowd cafer. where is it against ninja bikes in performance? (just so that the rider does’nt get shamed too often.)

  7. 7 zipper Jul 6th, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I saw the ST 750 last week for the first time. The huge muffler jumped out at me at first glance. It is not a good looking bike. If HD wants to attract the younger generation they need to go way more high tech. If I was a woman being categorized as a budget minded, lesser sized, first time or female rider that would turn me off . “But Anyway” Shaw made a huge improvement. ..Z

  8. 8 Max Frisson Jul 6th, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Oh yeah that’s really going to turn that loser the 750 Street around. When all the Riding Academy classes at HD stores replaced their fleets of aging Buell Blasts, the 500 was shipping. Since then zilch. Deader than Vrod sales

  9. 9 Steal Your Face Jul 6th, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I rode a stock Street 750 at the local dealer and it was not that bad. It had a solid feel like a Sportster, and the engine had enough poop to get moving right along. I’m by no means a fast rider, but that bike will hit 80 quick enough and cruise it all day long.

    Now, I’m not going to run out and get one, but for new riders or commuters, it’s not a bad bike.

    Personally, I would buy a 87-94 FXR for less money than a Street, but I’m the exception to the rule.

  10. 10 Guy Jul 6th, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Im 54 and I love it. Am I allowed to or am I too old? Well done Shaws, Englands finest.

  11. 11 Fritz Jul 6th, 2015 at 9:43 am

    That is a good looking bike.

    Brit abroad is right though. While very cool, the mods put it way out of the price range of the new (or young) rider. Why doesn’t the motor co make something like this straight off the factory floor? Highrpm also makes a good point so why not pump it up to 850 or 900CC straight from the factory?

    Like it or not, water-cooling is a very nice feature with a lot of added benefits. And it isn’t just about everytime you get stuck in traffic without the opportunity to split lanes, pass on the shoulder, get up on the sidewalk or cut across people’s front lawns either.

  12. 12 pop Jul 6th, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    It is a good styling exercise cost notwithstanding and the factory does pay attention to dealer builds. I expect that this one is getting noticed stateside.
    I especially like the left side clean and uncluttered. Too bad they let the welder loose in the Red Bull cooler before he did the right side. At least they can toast bagels (and their thighs) at stoplights.

  13. 13 nicker Jul 6th, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    A trend to performance motorcycles is good.

    Because, if the “style de jure” creates a visual expectation that the rider be able to actually capable of “Riding” his motorcycle, then perhaps break-in-bikers will fell obligated to actually become knowledgeable about motorcycling and at least learn to ride again.

    So as i see it there’s a chance of getting back to a time when motorcyclists were actually capable of something besides “posing.”
    (shooting off your mouth while pounding down beers at the local watering hole requires no skills at all)


  14. 14 Blackmax Jul 6th, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Looks nice
    Another good effort by Shaw’s
    But if I was a young buyer I’d be looking for steak instead of sizzle
    Star Bolt, new Kawasaki, hell even a 883/1200 sporty would be better than this
    Do this treatment to one of them & you might have something

  15. 15 Leif Jul 6th, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Harley USA and the American dealer network ought to try actually marketing them rather than hiding them in the back of the showroom. At the Progressive motorcycle chow in Chicago they had one in their display hidden in the back.

  16. 16 morpion Jul 6th, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    nice machine,,,,,,,,,,,

  17. 17 james Aug 16th, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Mmmh a street with loads of money thrown at it? 15-20K bike? It looks great, no doubt at all. Paint is horrible but the build is great. Question is, who will buy this thing for that sort of money.

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