OUR BIKES Life in the HOG lane Two weeks in and the 750’s al­ready pulling the crowds

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Here I am af­ter just a cou­ple of weeks into rid­ing the Har­ley-david­son Street 750 and I’ve dis­cussed it more with passers-by than I’ve chat­ted about other bikes in a whole year. Is this go­ing to be how own­ing a Har­ley-david­son is?

I’ve been wel­comed by the Rut­land Chap­ter of HOG, and cruised from the lo­cal deal­er­ship in a throng of 70 bikes to de­liver Easter eggs to kids in Peter­bor­ough City Hospital. Chat­ting to just a few of the guys it’s ob­vi­ous there’s more to own­ing a Har­ley than just rid­ing – it’s a life­style choice, not just a mo­tor­cy­cle choice, so I think this is go­ing to be a year of dis­cov­ery.

There are al­ways a few teething prob­lems with a new bike and it was an in­ter­est­ing first week­end of own­er­ship. I got kit­ted up for a ride and was dis­mayed to find the bat­tery as flat as a pan­cake. At first I couldn’t work out why it would have died so spec­tac­u­larly, but then re­alised what I’d done. The ig­ni­tion bar­rel isn’t ar­ranged in the or­der I’ve be­come used to – on/off/steer­ing lock/park­ing light. The park­ing light is just one click round the bar­rel from ‘on’, so I’d been a com­plete don­key, left the park­ing light on and killed the bat­tery. Af­ter much curs­ing I found the bat­tery was pre-fit­ted with trickle charger at­tach­ments for a Har­leyDavid­son charger. The £153.61 price of the charger isn’t cheap, but once hooked up it took just a cou­ple of hours to get enough juice to fire up the twin-cylin­der en­gine and I’ll be able to leave it hooked up in the garage when nec­es­sary.

The dash is a tad too ba­sic for my tastes. While the ana­logue speedo is clear and easy to read, the dig­i­tal odome­ter and trip counter are less so. The lack of clock caught me out on my first long ride be­cause I was hav­ing to guess what the time was – with it be­ing a foggy day I couldn’t even use the sun to give me a clue.

I was head­ing out to Bas­ingstoke on a 250-mile round trip to meet up with an ob­server from the In­sti­tute of Ad­vanced Mo­tor­cy­clists. I’ve de­cided af­ter 12 years of rid­ing that I’d like to pass the IAM test and have hooked up with Alie Ball – she’s part of the Thames Val­ley Ad­vanced Mo­tor­cy­clists, one of the largest groups in the coun­try.

It was a great day of rid­ing and I learnt a lot about the bike, not least of all the fact my back­side could tol­er­ate no more than about an hour and a half in the sad­dle. Luck­ily the fuel light came on af­ter 110 miles and I pulled into the next ser­vices. I looked like John Wayne as I strut­ted across the fore­court. The rid­ing po­si­tion is to­tally dif­fer­ent to what I’m used to, with all the weight go­ing through my bum and my legs not tak­ing any of the strain. I’ve got a trip to France planned so I need to sort some­thing be­fore that and I’m search­ing for ideas.

HAR­LEY-DAVID­SON STREET 750 £5795 Ali­son de­cided to leave her rabbit out­fit be­hind for this egg run Sign­ing up with Alie Ball of the Thames Val­ley IAM group The cheeky Husky has trans­formed Liam’s com­mute

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