This post provides quick answers to various questions I have been getting during past few days about the Harley Davidson Street 750 that I rented.
A: I got 20.55kmpl. (This was the most asked question about the bike, everyone is obsessed with mileage than anything else)
Q: How much does the Street 750 cost?
A: About 5.5 lakhs on road in Bengaluru. Expect an annual insurance spend of about 20k, maintenance expense of another 5-10k minimum per service.
Q: Isn’t it heavy?
A: Yes it is, but very much manageable by ordinary folks. If you’ve ridden a bullet and Bajaj Avenger, you will be able to handle street 750. Wider tyres ensure better grip and centre of gravity is very low, so there is not much chance of rolling over.
Q: From where did you rent it? How much did it cost?
A: Rented it from WickedRide.in in Bengaluru for Rs 4000 a day. More details in this post.
Q: What is the rental process? Is there any risk?
A: Rental process is fairly simple. There is a risk that should the bike suffer any damage, you will have to pay for it in full. So in a worst case scenario you run a risk of 5-6 lakhs. You will have to give a cheque and passport as security.
Q: How was the ride?
A: Feels good for the first timer on Harley, but nothing enigmatic as engine sound is not that attention grabbing. Surge of raw power is overwhelming. You should read my detailed review of the bike for more details (coming up soon)
Q: Is the Street 750 good for city ride?
A: Street 750 is Harley’s cheapest offering in India and its official description says it has been customized for city riding. I could manage it in the city and I haven’t ridden other Harleys to compare. Of course due to its sheer size Harley doesn’t have the agility or maneuverability of a regular bike- say Apache or Duke etc, but Street is very much drivable in city with comfort.
Q: What is HD street 750’s top speed?
A: I rode up to 145 kmph on NICE road, couldn’t push faster due to lakh of clear straight road and its poor braking. But I think it can go even faster, up to 160-170kmph.
Q: What is Good, Bad and Ugly about Harley Davidson Street 750
A: Good: Lots of power, stylish design, comfortable for long ride in modest speed.
Bad: Not much technology- no fuel gauge, not enough information in the console, poor rear seat posture
Ugly: Poor rear brake, Headlight that can’t be switched off, which means everyone on the road will blink their fingers at you asking to switch it off.
[Read Detailed review]
Q: Is it worth buying?
A: From the perspective of someone who thinks 5.5 lakhs is lot of money to spend on a bike, my answer to above question will be ‘No’. Given the cost of the bike, its maintenance and insurance, the value proposition doesn’t add up. Street 750 is certainly better than bullets in terms of power, cruisability etc, but not incredibly great. You can buy a Thunderbird 500 or Duke 390 for regular rides and rent the Harley occasionally when you feel like.
Of course, target customers for Harley are those for whom 5 lakhs is a disposable income. Those who already have different vehicles for various purposes and would buy Harley Davidson for its iconic status, not for practical usage. So for such people, few drawbacks of a Harley isn’t a constraint.