‘If you took the Har­ley badge off it could be a Kymco’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - DAVE HUGHES

them so they were well qual­i­fied to com­ment on the Street 750.

As we start chat­ting it be­comes ap­par­ent there are dif­fer­ent views on whether it mat­ters that the bike is built out­side of the US of A.

First up, Street Glide own­ing Peter Jackson sees the bike be­ing prop­erly Amer­i­can as a vi­tal part of what makes a Har­ley-david­son, whereas Su­per Glide owner Dave Hughes says it doesn’t mat­ter where it’s built, as long as it’s man­u­fac­tured by Har­ley.

What holds more im­por­tance for th­ese Har­ley stal­warts is the way the bike looks. All three feel the Street 750 isn’t true to how a Har­ley should ap­pear. Dave said: ÒIF you took the Har­ley badge off it could eas­ily be a Kymco or any­thing that comes from Malaysia, Korea or In­dia.ó

While Peter un­der­stands the logic be­hind build­ing a more af­ford­able bike to in­tro­duce new rid­ers to the world of Har­ley, he too feels the looks could be bet­ter: ÒI know they are try­ing to have a low-cost, en­try-level bike but for me the Sport­ster looks a mil­lion miles bet­ter than this. Al­right, it’s more money but I just don’t like the look.ó

Out of the three, Fred Davies is the only one to have rid­den a Street 750, tak­ing his dealer’s demo bike while his Su­per Glide Dyna Cus­tom was in for a ser­vice. He was dis­ap­pointed, say­ing it felt cramped and that he strug­gled to change gear be­cause he couldn’t get his boot un­der­neath the lever.

And if th­ese three guys were new to rid­ing, none would en­ter­tain buy­ing a Street 750. Dave said: ÒIF I’d got £6000 in my pocket I’d much rather buy a sec­ond­hand Har­ley.ó

While none of the guys would part with their own cash to buy a Street 750, I was cu­ri­ous to know whether they would ac­cept an owner into the Har­ley fam­ily. With­out ex­cep­tion they said they would. I think Dave summed up the views of all nicely by say­ing: Òfor me, it’s no prob­lem, it says Har­ley on the tank and they have man­u­fac­tured it, that’s not an is­sue. It’s not for any­body to be snobby about what bike any­one rides.ó

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