Street’s ahead One year with 750 Hog

Af­ter 10 months and 8000 miles with Har­ley’s first made-in­In­dia ma­chine, the Street proves it­self to be the real deal

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Ial­i­son.sil­cox@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

t’s an age ago that I was wel­comed by the Rut­land Chap­ter, my lo­cal Har­ley Own­ers Group (HOG), for their Easter Egg Run on my shiny new Har­ley Street 750. Some 10 months and 8000 miles later, it’s with a heavy heart that I have parted with the bike.

It was my in­tro­duc­tion to the Har­ley life­style and one I wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence to the max­i­mum. With this in mind I crammed in as much rid­ing as pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing trav­el­ling to Europe, rid­ing round Wales dressed as Evel Knievel, plus pass­ing my IAM test.

A par­tic­u­lar high­light was an Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day week­end, which saw me load­ing the bike for my big­gest trip of the year. The Street 750 isn’t meant for long-dis­tance rid­ing; strik­ing out on a 1000-mile round trip to the Thun­der in the Glen Rally in Aviemore, was a lit­tle ad­ven­tur­ous to say the least. The re­sult­ing ten­nis el­bow, which is still trou­bling me some four months later, is ev­i­dence that the bike’s not a tourer. That aside, the rally was an ex­pe­ri­ence I wouldn’t have missed for all the tea in Guy Mar­tin’s garage!

While there I chat­ted with true dyedin-the wool Har­ley own­ers to see just what they thought of my built-in-in­dia bike and whether I’d be ac­cepted as a ‘real’ Har­ley rider. The Street’s the first Har­ley to be built out­side the US, and was de­signed to en­tice rid­ers with a smaller bud­get so it’s not quite as ‘bling’ as the norm. I was pleas­antly sur­prised by their wel­come, the three guys I spoke with had 25 years of own­er­ship un­der their belts, so I val­ued their views. They all said that as long as it’s made by Har­ley the owner would be wel­come at their re­spec­tive HOG Chap­ter but none of them would part with their cash and buy a Street 750.

In all my time with the bike, I had just two real gripes, one was com­fort and the other fuel econ­omy. Tack­ling the com­fort is­sue was a costly chal­lenge; I ini­tially tried a Mus­tang Fast­back seat (www.mageu­rope.eu) at £337.20, but it proved no re­lief for my aching coc­cyx. It was fit­ting a pair of ad­justable Ikon 7610s (www.ikon­shocks.co.uk), £335.16, that solved the prob­lem.

I’m renowned for get­ting great fuel econ­omy, find­ing I was av­er­ag­ing 40mpg per tank was dis­ap­point­ing. I took some ad­vice from lo­cal tun­ing shop BSD and re­alised I needed to run the bike at about 5000rpm, roughly 20% throttle, to max­imise fuel econ­omy. With­out the aid of a rev counter the only op­tion was a dot of Tipex on the throttle and bar, when these lined up I was rid­ing at the op­ti­mum ef­fi­ciency. Sounds ba­sic but it worked, see­ing a max­i­mum of 66mpg.

My big­gest achieve­ment and a crack­ing way to round off my year was pass­ing my IAM Ad­vanced rid­ing test (www.iamroad­s­mart.com) as I wanted to im­prove my rid­ing skills. The £149 fee cov­ered test fees plus mem­ber­ship to the IAM and all the ob­served rides I needed to pre­pare for my test.

On test day it was great to be rid­ing the Street 750, I was re­ally com­fort­able and con­fi­dent on the bike. My tester for the day, Andy Mcmanus, com­mented that the feet-for­ward rid­ing po­si­tion made it easy for him to watch my gear changes and use of the rear brake. He also com­mended me on my steer­ing, even though the Street 750 is the small­est Har­ley in the range it’s still cum­ber­some when steer­ing, and on tighter bends can be quite dif­fi­cult. But to quote Andy, I got a ‘good solid pass.’ I’m happy with that.

‘As long as it’s made by Har­ley the owner would be wel­come at their re­spec­tive HOG Chap­ter’

FI­NAL RE­PORT 8144 MILES

ALI­SON SIL­COX Been rid­ing for 12 years and over 20 as pil­lion

Height 5ft 10in Weight 72kg Price £5995 Fuel 13.1 litres @ 57.5mpg = 165 miles Weight 223kg Seat 710mm Power 52bhp Torque 43ftlb

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