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