‘Compact’ is the best word to describe the size of the Street 750. It is not small like the single-cylinder Indian bikes, but it is not big enough to draw parallels with the rest of the premium bikes. Don’t be too surprised if you don’t get a many second glances on the road – slips under the radar, this bike. But once it gets attention things change, because then eyes immediately dart to the bold badge on the tank that proudly says Harley-Davidson.
It may be modest in size, however, the styling and attitude is spot on. The headlamp with bikini fairing, the blacked-out cylinders, two-into-one exhaust and elongated seat gives it the premium look. Harley has taken inspiration from rest of the line-up to design this bike, the paint scheme and seat styling is based on the V-Rod while the headlamp is inspired from the Night-Rod and the single-pod instrument cluster is similar to one from the 883 series. And all the elements are rounded off giving it a typical cruiser stance with stretched rake-angle.
However, in case of the Street 750, beauty is not in the details. Take a close look and it is evident that this motorcycle is built to a strict cost. The quality of the instrument cluster is just about acceptable, bits of wires and tubes are exposed in many places, the gap between headlamp and fairing is similar to that on commuter bikes and the MRF tyres don’t add much substance to the profile.
The paint quality is as per Harley standards, the tear-drop shaped tank looks nice, however I am not a big fan of subtle creases on the sides and centre of the tank – at first glance they look more like a badly done welding job than design elements.