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Harley-Davidson Unveils Street Rod Motorcycle

 Saturday, March 11, 2017

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By Freeman Staff

The Harley-Davidson Street Rod motorcycle unveiled Thursday is tuned for dynamic urban performance and features the new High-Output Revolutionary X Engine and refined chassis to deliver more power and nimble handling.
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MILWAUKEE —With an eye toward city bikers, Harley-Davidson unveiled its Street Rod motorcycle on Thursday, which it described as a muscular middle-weight bike that is “agile, powerful and tuned for maneuvering through traffic and congestion.”

The Street Rod joins the Harley-Davidson Street model family and still keeps that distinctive design for which the Milwaukee-based company is known.

“The Street Rod will put the thrill in any urban commute,” said Mathew Weber, Harley-Davidson chief engineer for the Street Rod, in a statement. “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 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).

“We made this new bike look tough and aggressive,” said Harley-Davidson Lead Designer Chetan Shedjale in a statement. “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.”

Weber described the Street Road as the “most nimble” of the motorcycles in the current Harley-Davidson offerings.

The bike also features a new seat shape is designed to fit the rider’s contour, and seat height is raised by 3.7 inches, to 29.4 inches, to enhance the rider’s view forward over traffic. A flat, drag-style handlebar puts the rider in a fist-forward posture on the bike. The Street Rod also features new forged foot controls and aluminum foot pegs that are positioned for a comfortable seating position that also makes it easy for riders to get feet down to the ground at stops.

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