Beginning its big plan to launch 50 new models over 5 years, Harley-Davidson is debuting the new Street-Rod, a middle-weight motorcycle that the company says is built for maneuvering on congested city streets. Street-fighter inspired, the new model starts with the all-new High-Output Revolution X Engine – bred from the same stock as the engine Harley built for the XG750R flat track racer Harley is bringing to the Pro Circuit this year. You get a 43mm inverted front fork, piggyback shocks, dual-disc front brakes and a scooped racing seat. “Go fast. Lean hard. Leave traffic in your dust” could be the official slogan for this new Street-Rod.
Mathew Weber, chief engineer for the Street Rod for Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson, said the new model “is the most nimble motorcycle in the current Harley-Davidson line-up. The Street Rod will put the thrill in any urban commute. We’ve paired the potent new High Output Revolution X 750 engine with a revised chassis and up-rated suspension components to make the Street Rod quick, light-handling and easy to ride.”
The Street-Rod is dark, gets a strong H-D racing blood line with the objective of stirring the rebel soul of youngsters. From a marketing perspective, this new model join the Street and the Sportster in the entry level category where the future of all motorcycle manufacturers’ future is being built. Positioned as the sporting standard for young riders, it was logical for Harley-Davidson to use the XG750 flat-track racing platform to create a motorcycle putting the thrill in any urban commute.
Versus the Harley Street, the new High Output Revolution X 750 engine gets 8 percent more torque across the rev range. Cruise is in the range 3,600-3,700 rpm. Redline is increased from 8,000 rpm to 9,000, Announced output s 68.4 horsepower at 8,750 rpm and 47.2 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.
The Street-Rod main features include: an increased ground clearance and 17 inch cast aluminum wheels to give the Street-Rod an intimidating stance. A longer swingarm to accommodate the larger rear wheel. An improved air flow and a tuning to maximize mid-range torque. A rake is steepened to 27 degrees. A new tail section with LED taillight, A longer travel suspension via a pair of gas-charged, piggyback-reservoir shocks allowing for 4.6 inches of travel. A 43mm black-anodized inverted with travel increase. Front dual discs 300mm for extra braking power.
The new Street-Rod will be offered in three color options: Vivid Black, Charcoal Denim and Olive Gold. The line is assembled at the company’s Kansas City, Mo., plant. MSRP US Prices: Vivid black $8699.00, Color $8994.00. Security option $395. ABS Option $750. California emissions $50. Freight $330.