Harley-Davidson has pulled the cover off a new motorcycle that is set to take American motorcycling in a new direction. With standard footpegs (Harley optimistically refers to them as rear-set) and a 27-degree fork rake, it is decidedly not a cruiser.
Powered by the same 750cc liquid-cooled V-twin found in the existing Street 750, the new Street Rod is clearly aimed at responding to riders’ decades-old calls for an American standard. Although Harley-Davidson says the Street Rod’s targeted environment is urban, it suggests there’s even more than meets the eye in terms of performance and handling.
“It gets your attention. And we wanted a chassis to match, sharp handling and aggressive, perfect for urban cut-and-thrust and canyon carving,” said Harley-Davidson Chief Engineer Mathew Weber.