HARLEY EXCLUSIVE! First Ride Harley Street 750

Harley_Street_750_4Harley_Street_750_1American Iron Magazine was given an exclusive sneak preview of Harley-Davidson’s new Street 750 last week, and our first ride on this international model, which is also available in the US, was rather revealing. First, we should point out that our ride was aboard a special preproduction model, so developmental changes are still in the works at this point, and what will ultimately be offered in showrooms could differ a bit from what we rode.

The Street will be offered with a choice of engines (what Harley terms the new Revolution X engine) — the 750 and the smaller 500 for Harley’s Riding Academy rider-training program that select dealers host. Our guess is that the 750 will find favor with actual customers on these shores because both models share the same chassis platform, the only difference being in engine size. Bigger is better. It’s the American way.

And the 749cc engine that’s nestled in the Street’s steel-tube frame offers smooth power delivery practically from the moment you twist the throttle to open the Mikuni electronic fuel injection’s single 38mm throttle body. Power is seamless, and Harley claims 44.3 ft-lbs. torque at 4000 rpm. Roll-on power is good, even in sixth (top) gear, but the Street especially rewards its rider with robust acceleration in the lower gears, which is to be expected since Harley bills the model as a bike “for an urban environment.”

To that end, Harley designers gave the Street a well-padded seat that’s 27.9″ off the deck, narrow handlebars for filtering through traffic during those in-town stoplight crawls, and minimal trail (4-1/2″) for snappy steering response. The front and rear two-piston disc brakes offer a vague, wooden feel during hard-braking situations. Sources at Harley tell us that engineers are still working with suppliers concerning specific brake pad material that will be on the final models when sales begin later this spring, so hopefully the problem will be resolved by then.

Harley_Street_750_3Harley_Street_750_2The Street’s suspension felt adequate for urban riding, delivering a rather smooth ride over most road conditions we encountered. The urban jungle is teeming with potholes and other irregularities in the road surface, so good spring and damping rates were paramount in the bike’s development.

Overall, the fit and finish is impressive, although some of the control switches are made of plastic, necessary for keeping a low MSRP. Count on the production models to live up to Harley’s standards.

Finally, let’s get back to the Street’s 749cc engine. Even though the Street is intended for life in the city, we took our test bike out to a country road to stretch its legs. Without effort — and with me sitting bolt upright in the saddle, a comfortable place, I might add — our preproduction bike easily registered 100 mph on its round, analog speedometer. An abbreviated fuel mileage run netted 47 mpg (Harley claims 41 mpg), and that figure included the WFO 100-mph run.

The Street should be in showrooms soon. Our guess is that this bike could lead to various subcultures embracing the Harley family. In particular, look for youthful café racer and street tracker hot rods to evolve from this new Dark Custom. More importantly, though, look for a lot of new riders to use the Street to embark on their own journey into the world of two-wheel fun.

Review By Dain GingerelliPhotos by Alfonse Palaima

Our full ride review will be in issue #311, which hits newsstands May 27 and reaches subscribers a little earlier.


Harley Magazine News: American Iron Magazine Celebrates 25th Anniversary in 2014

All of us at American Iron Magazine want to thank our readers and advertisers for keeping us the best selling Harley magazine in the world and for supporting us for 25 years in March 2014.

We will soon be announcing the details, but American Iron Magazine will be announcing a terrific 25th anniversary sweepstakes program for the new year. No details yet, but you will be blown away by the quality and quantity of great motorcycle prizes and giveaways we have in store.

American Iron Video: 2013 Harley Honor Ride

Here’s a great video documenting the 2013 American Iron Honor Ride to Milwaukee for Harley’s 110th anniversary.

Video And Photos 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring Bike Components

Here are a few pictures and videos showing some of the 2014 Harley touring bike feature components.

A large screen command center is the first of it’s kind in motorcycling, fully integrating voice recognition and a touchscreen for music, phone and GPS.

The engine is a twin, air and precision cooled powerplant, with a small radiator built into the lower fairing.

A one touch system has been established to make simple tasks just that, simple. The saddle bags, trunk, gas filler cap and wind vents all use this system.


Harley Rushmore Project Redefines 2014 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

MILWAUKEE – Harley-Davidson has created a new generation of American freedom machines. In the largest scale new model launch in the company’s 110-year history, Project RUSHMORE encompasses eight new motorcycles that feature improved power and braking performance, enhanced rider ergonomics, and dramatic styling updates that completely redefine and fundamentally transform the touring motorcyclist’s experience.

Countless ideas. Thousands of hours of research and testing. Eight extraordinary motorcycles. Project RUSHMORE introduces technology and design enhancements that will recalibrate the expectations of the touring motorcyclist: Savvy electronic controls and infotainment. Aerodynamics born in the wind tunnel. Bodywork shaped by the most-respected styling team in the industry. Comfort good for endless miles and, of course, more American V-Twin power. The road trip will never be the same.

Project RUSHMORE is the result of an entirely new way to produce motorcycles. In a process that invokes the voice of the customer throughout an accelerated development program, the ideas and dreams of thousands of motorcyclists are allowed to percolate with those of Harley-Davidson employees.
“Project RUSHMORE is a pure expression of our relationship with our customers and a shared passion for riding motorcycles,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “It’s resulted in some outstanding innovations, but from day one we’ve been focused on taking the total rider and passenger experience to the next level. We get there together, we come together – to quote the Beatles – through a process that uses not just formal feedback, but the kind of input we get from listening to customers out on the road, in the real world, and then blends that with our engineering and styling expertise. For years at Harley-Davidson we’ve been saying that we ride with you. Project RUSHMORE elevates that devotion to a higher level.”

Building on the technological foundation that established the company’s dominant leadership in the touring motorcycle segment, eight new 2014 Harley-Davidson models, including Road King®, Street Glide®, Street Glide® Special, Electra Glide® Ultra Classic®, Ultra Limited, Tri Glide® Ultra, CVO Ultra Limited and CVO Road King® feature innovative Project RUSHMORE-inspired enhancements. They slot into four customer-defined categories:

• Control: Project RUSHMORE bikes pass faster, stop quicker and see farther at night, thus inspiring rider confidence. Each model features the new Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ or the High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrains, Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), and Daymaker™ LED and Dual Halogen lighting.

• Infotainment: New color-screen Boom! – Box infotainment systems feature the first original-equipment voice recognition and touchscreen for music, GPS navigation and phone in motorcycling, with quality audio, Bluetooth® connectivity, text-to-speech technology, plus support for intercom and CB communications in a single module.

• Feel: Aerodynamics and ergonomics come together to improve comfort — from the new Batwing fairing with splitstream venting, which reduces head buffeting by 20 percent, to best-in-class ride for passengers with wider and deeper seats and new back and arm rests.

• Style: The form and the function of many components are improved – a reshaped Tour-Pak® and saddlebags with convenient One-Touch latches, sleeker fenders, lighter cast aluminum wheels and intuitive hand control switches.

To view all the new 2014 Harley’s visit: Harley-Davidson.com

Harley 2014 Motorcycles With New Air And Precision Cooled V-Twin

14-hd-electra-glide-ultra-limitedhd-project-rushmore-engineWe have boots on the ground at Harley’s 2014 model launch in Denver, CO., and see that H-D’s added more than just a re-badge and paint scheme option this year. The motor company has introduction a brand new air and precision cooled powerplant to run some of their larger touring bikes.

Harley’s new 2014 Ultra Limited features the company’s new Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ engine, Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS, electronic cruise control, Security System, unique two-tone paint schemes, premium Tour-Pak® luggage rack, premium, plush removable luggage liners and heated hand grips as standard features.

There’s also a 110 cubic inch version of the new engine available in the CVO Limited.

We’re putting some miles on these 2014 Harley’s, and will have full reviews of the new bikes soon in an upcoming issue of American Iron.


Three New 2014 Indian Motorcycles Revealed In Sturgis Video

Here’s a quick video of Indian’s big night in Sturgis, SD. Three all new motorcycles were revealed for the first time, the Chieftain, the Classic Chief, and the Vintage Chief. Was fitting to have AIM’s Editor-In-Chief cover this one.

Super Bright LEDs Motorcycle Accent Lightin

7-36-5-ALMAvailable in three-, four-, and six-LED versions with black plastic housings or low-profile chrome, Super Bright LEDs introduces ALM series light modules for motorcycle accent lighting. The ALM series (with a variety of colors and styles) offers vibration resistance, up to 10,000 hours of life, and low power draw. From $4.95. Info: Super Bright LEDs, 866/590-3533, SuperBrightLEDs.com.

Harley-Davidson Footwear The Riddick Boot

7-36-3-RiddickIt’s officially summer! And Harley-Davidson Footwear has released some performance styles for the season, including the Riddick boot. Blending H-D’s classic design with modern performance, this 8″ lace-up boot features full-grain leather upper and outside air vent zippers for ventilation. In addition to PORON ankle protection and abrasion-resistant Tech-Tuff overlays, Riddick has an YKK locking inside zipper for easy wear. The Riddick boot offers durability and flexibility through its Goodyear welt construction and includes the H-D metal Bar & Shield logo. Info: Harley-Davidson Footwear, 866/699-7379, Harley-DavidsonFootwear.com.

Wrench, Ride, Repeat Motorcycle T-shirt

07-36-27-GreaseragGrease Rag has added another T-shirt to its Wrench, Ride, Repeat (WRR) series that promotes the lifestyle of American Iron’s readers: customizing and cruising the roads. The front of this 100 percent, preshrunk cotton shirt includes the WRR flying shield design in the upper left corner while the back features the words American Iron below a blown-up version of the shield with an illustrated Harley
Panhead in the forefront. The WRR Vintage Flyer is available in medium, large, XL, and 2XL. All sizes are $20 except 2XL, which is an additional $2.50. Grease Rag, GreaseRag.com.