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NEW HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET ROD IS TUNED FOR DYNAMIC URBAN PERFORMANCE.
2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod Review by TOTAL MOTORCYCLE
The H-D racing bloodline runs strong in the Street Rod. It starts with the all-new High-Output Revolution X Engine – bred from the same stock as the engine we built for the XG750R flat track racer we’re bringing to the Pro Circuit this year. To put the power to good use, you get a 43mm inverted front fork, piggyback shocks, dual-disc front brakes and a scooped racing seat. Go fast. Lean hard. Leave traffic in your dust.
High-Output Revolution X Engine and Refined Chassis Deliver More Power and Nimble Handling
The new Harley-Davidson® Street Rod™ motorcycle is a muscular middle-weight built to blitz the city streets. An addition to the Harley-Davidson® Street™ model family, the Street Rod is agile, powerful and tuned for maneuvering through traffic and congestion. Steeped in tough Harley-Davidson® Dark Custom™ styling, bearing a stance that’s poised and aggressive, the Street Rod always looks ready for action.
“The Street Rod will put the thrill in any urban commute,” said Mathew Weber, Harley-Davidson Chief Engineer for the Street Rod. “We’ve paired the potent new High Output Revolution X 750 engine with a revised chassis and up-rated suspension components to make the Street Rod quick, light-handling and easy to ride.”
The Street Rod backs up its performance with a liberal dose of Harley-Davidson Dark Custom styling.
“We made this new bike look tough and aggressive,” said Harley-Davidson Lead Designer Chetan Shedjale. “This aligns with the environment our riders will experience this motorcycle in. The inverted, black-anodized forks and triple clamps along with a new speed screen combine to add visual mass to the Street Rod front end. The increased ground clearance and new 17-inch wheels give the Street Rod an intimidating stance. Finally, a supercharger-inspired air intake and the deeper growl of the exhaust note draw attention to the High Output Revolution X engine.”
The High Output Revolution X 750 engine produces 18 percent more horsepower and 8 percent more torque than the standard Revolution X 750 engine (U.S. and Canada markets only). The new single overhead-cam V-Twin engine features a larger air box, a new dual-throat throttle body, revised four-valve cylinder heads and high-lift camshafts, and a higher-volume muffler. The compression ratio is bumped from 11.0:1 to 12.0:1, and the engine redline is increased from 8,000 to 9,000 rpm.
“We’ve improved air flow and then tuned this new engine to maximize mid-range torque,” said Weber. “It really delivers a punch between 3,000 and 5,000 rpm, power you can always feel and use in real-world riding situations. Liquid cooling helps maintain that performance and rider comfort in stop-and-go urban traffic.”
The new Street Rod chassis is engineered to match the performance of the High Output Revolution X engine. The front end features rigid 43mm inverted forks gripped by a lightweight aluminum triple clamp. Fork rake angle is tightened from 32 to 27 degrees to quicken the steering. Coil-over rear shock absorbers have an external reservoir to increase fluid capacity and improve control. The shocks increase the rear suspension travel by 31 percent, to 4.6 inches. A new swing arm is slightly longer to accommodate the taller ride height, and has new performance-inspired styling. Lean angle is increased from 28.5 degrees left and right to 37.3 degrees right and 40.2 degrees left. The Street Rod rolls on light-weight, 17-inch front and rear Split 7 Spoke Black Cast Wheels and new Michelin Scorcher 21 radial tires. Dual 300mm-diameter front disc brakes deliver confident stopping power. Anti-Lock Braking (ABS) and the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System are factory-installed options for the Street Rod.
“The Street Rod is the most nimble motorcycle in the current Harley-Davidson line-up,” said Weber. “Tires, wheels, suspension and frame geometry are engineered to work together and deliver handling that’s light and precise at all speeds.”
2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8699 to $8994 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $10,399 to $10,749 CDN
Seat Height, Laden
Seat Height, Unladen
Rake (steering head) (deg)
Tires, Front Specification
120/70 R17 V
Tires, Rear Specification
160/60 R17 V
Oil Capacity (w/filter)
Weight, As Shipped
Weight, In Running Order
High Output Revolution X™ V-Twin
46 cu in
Fuel System 3
Mikuni Twin Port Fuel Injection, 42 mm bore
Gear, 36/68 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th
Gear Ratios (overall) 6th
Black two-into-one exhaust
Wheels, Front Type 8
Black, 7-Split Open Spoke Cast Aluminum
Wheels, Rear Type
Black, 7-Split Open Spoke Cast Aluminum
Brakes, Caliper Type
2-piston floated front and rear
Engine Torque Testing Method
Engine Torque 2
Engine Torque (rpm)
Lean Angle, Right (deg.)
Lean Angle, Left (deg.)
Fuel Economy 5
Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 7
High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning
3.5 inch electronic speedometer with high beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, blade key ignition and fork lock, and locking gas cap
Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.
Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices exclude dealer setup, taxes, title and licensing and are subject to change. Dealer prices may vary.
Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.
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Your Coolness Factor of the 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod
Awesome (3 points) 2
Cool (2 points) 11
Uncool (1 point) 3
Fail (0 point) 0
Total votes: 16
= a Coolwall Factor of 64.6%
Total Motorcycle’s Take-a-way: “SMACK”, did you hear that? Harley-Davidson just hit a double base hit with riders. That describes the 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod to a tee. It isn’t a home run, but it is a hit, enough so that people notice and are curious about it. Good points, price, looks, simple design, good range. Bad, high pegs (comfort?), weight, torque comes in at high rpm (4000). The best of the Harley-Davidson Street models, but is it enough?
Best comments of the week: “Harley has produced a bike that I not only like, but voted awesome for. Did anyone just hear a thud that sounded like a body dropping to the floor?????” – ceemes