OUR BIKES Set­ting sail for the south coast

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

When I think of the per­fect con­di­tions for rid­ing the Har­ley-david­son Street 750, images of cloud­less blue skies and golden sun­shine pop into my mind. How­ever, I live in Cam­bridgeshire, not Cal­i­for­nia, and those blue skies were just a dream. In­stead I had bi­b­li­cal rain pour­ing from the sky and felt as though I’d be bet­ter placed load­ing Noah’s Ark with an­i­mals than fit­ting pan­niers to the Street 750 for a trip to the New For­est.

Fit­ting my SW Motech soft pan­niers (www.mo­to­haus.com) for the trip was a fid­dly job as I needed to mask the shiny paint­work to avoid scratches be­fore un­screw­ing the fix­ings for the seat. The lug­gage har­ness slips over the pil­lion seat and is then teth­ered with web­bing straps. The tubu­lar frame of the Street 750 is rather scaf­fold-like so it was easy to find an­chor points for the pan­nier straps.

The plan to take a leisurely ride down with a ca­sual lunch en-route was scup­pered by the tor­ren­tial rain. Stopping for a cuppa and dry out, it was an em­bar­rass­ing sight as a mini wa­ter­fall cas­caded from the dis­carded bike kit that I hung on the back of chairs in Star­bucks.

Re­turn­ing to the bike after my stop I al­most had a mishap. I reg­u­larly leave the bike in first gear when I park, then when I re­mount I pull the clutch in and start the en­gine to pull away. I usu­ally remember to kick the side­stand up be­fore hit­ting the start but­ton. But this time I was pre­oc­cu­pied be­cause it was chuck­ing it down and for­got this so the bike edged for­ward, knock­ing the stand up. While most bikes dis­able the starter mo­tor com­pletely when the side­stand is down and a gear en­gaged, the Har­ley al­lows the starter mo­tor to turn but the en­gine won’t fire. But there’s a small amount of for­ward mo­tion while the starter turns, enough to kick the stand back. I’m just glad I’m long-legged and the Street 750 has a low seat, or the hol­i­day could have ended only 80 miles into a 500-mile trip.

De­spite re­plac­ing the un­com­fort­able orig­i­nal seat with a more comfortable Mus­tang Fast­back (£337.20, www.mageu­rope.eu), rid­ing the Har­ley still makes my coc­cyx ache on long jour­neys. Putting an Airhawk Mo­tor­cy­cle Com­fort Seat (£ 149.99, www.mo­to­haus.com) on

HAR­LEY-DAVID­SON STREET 750 £5795 Sammy Miller mu­seum is a bike (and cake) lover’s dream Bikes take over Poole Quay ev­ery sum­mer Tues­day night

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.