Harley-Davidson came to India in 2010 and has been gaining popularity with the American motorcycle manufacturer's fans in the country. The company has today announced the price of the Street Rod, a 749 cc cruiser motorcycle which is Rs 5.86 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. Test ride of the new motorcycle will begin from 21st April across all Harley-Davidson dealerships. The new entry plugs the gap between the entry level Street 750 which has a base price of Rs 4.91 lakh and the Iron 883 that costs Rs 7.99 lakh, both prices ex-showroom Delhi.
The 749 cc V-Twin High Output Revolution X engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission and the compression ratio is now 12.0:1 compared to the Street 750 which has the same figure at 11.0:1. The result is 11 percent more horsepower and five percent more torque than the Street 750. This higher compression ratio is due to new 42 mm throttle bodies, new four-valve cylinder heads, high lift camshafts and a high volume exhaust muffler.
The suspension duties are performed by 43 mm inverted front forks and new rear shock absorbers which feature an external reservoir to increase fluid travel. This has resulted in 31 percent increase in the rear shock travel to 117 mm which suggests that the Street Rod will provide a more supple ride quality. The front rake has also been reduced from 32 degrees to 27 degrees and the lean angle has also been increased to 37.3 degrees left and 40.2 degrees right from 28.5 degrees in the earlier version. These numbers suggest that the new Street Rod 750 has better handling characteristics compared to the earlier iteration.
The Street Rod is offered with exclusive 17-inch front and rear alloy wheels and the front tyre is a 120/70 section while the rear is a 160/60 profile. Both ends of the motorcycle get 300 mm two-piston caliper disc brakes with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as standard. It is available in three colour options, Vivid Black, Charcoal Denim and Olive Gold.
The entry-level cruise segment in India has been dominated by Harley-Davidson due to the company's strategy to locally produce the smaller motorcycles in its product portfolio. This has kept the price tag of these motorcycles competitive which has made the American motorcycle manufacturer a dominant player in this segment.