The New 2017 Harley Street-Rod Has Arrived. To Tackle The City Streets.

Beginning its big plan to launch 50 new models over 5 years, Harley-Davidson is debuting the new Street-Rod, a middle-weight motorcycle that the company says is built for maneuvering on congested city streets. Street-fighter inspired, the new model starts with the all-new High-Output Revolution X Engine – bred from the same stock as the engine Harley built for the XG750R flat track racer Harley is bringing to the Pro Circuit this year. 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” could be the official slogan for this new Street-Rod.

Mathew Weber, chief engineer for the Street Rod for Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson, said the new model “is the most nimble motorcycle in the current Harley-Davidson line-up. The Street Rod will put the thrill in any urban commute. 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 is dark, gets a strong H-D racing blood line with the objective of stirring the rebel soul of youngsters. From a marketing perspective, this new model join the Street and the Sportster in the entry level category where the future of all motorcycle manufacturers’ future is being built. Positioned as the sporting standard for young riders, it was logical for Harley-Davidson to use the XG750 flat-track racing platform to create a motorcycle putting the thrill in any urban commute.

Versus the Harley Street, the new High Output Revolution X 750 engine gets 8 percent more torque across the rev range. Cruise is in the range 3,600-3,700 rpm. Redline is increased from 8,000 rpm to 9,000, Announced output s 68.4 horsepower at 8,750 rpm and 47.2 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.

The Street-Rod main features include: an increased ground clearance and 17 inch cast aluminum wheels to give the Street-Rod an intimidating stance. A longer swingarm to accommodate the larger rear wheel. An improved air flow and a tuning to maximize mid-range torque. A rake is steepened to 27 degrees. A new tail section with LED taillight, A longer travel suspension via a pair of gas-charged, piggyback-reservoir shocks allowing for 4.6 inches of travel. A 43mm black-anodized inverted with travel increase. Front dual discs 300mm for extra braking power.

The new Street-Rod will be offered in three color options: Vivid Black, Charcoal Denim and Olive Gold. The line is assembled at the company’s Kansas City, Mo., plant. MSRP US Prices: Vivid black $8699.00, Color $8994.00. Security option $395. ABS Option $750. California emissions $50. Freight $330.


58 Responses to “The New 2017 Harley Street-Rod Has Arrived. To Tackle The City Streets.”

  1. 1 SIGFREED Mar 9th, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Pimping Ms. Piggy…

  2. 2 Dick Hirschberg Mar 9th, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Doesn’t have 50lbs of torque?!?
    Hello Indian!

  3. 3 Reyn Mansson Mar 9th, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Those novice-level bikes are becoming a more exciting segment, this one will face stiff competition from the Ducati Scrambler, the Triumph Street Twin, several nice Yamahas, and Kawasakis.

    Remember, in order to sell them $30K Ultras and BMW K1600GTLs in 15 or 20 years, the industry needs to get them started somewhere.

  4. 4 Dieter Mar 9th, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Not toooo bad but PLEASE someone give HD some black paint for the rear shock coils or is this another attempt at being “different” and then you can buy black coils at 1 Gazillion Dollars ?

  5. 5 George Mar 9th, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Good looking motorcycle!!!

  6. 6 Chuck Swolejack Mar 9th, 2017 at 9:04 am

    68 Horsepower gives you “an intimidating stance”??? 15 year olds everywhere have something else to fap to

  7. 7 grabyerwallet Mar 9th, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Hmmm. Not sure what to make of this . The numbers and the hype sound good on the surface . It certainly looks the part though I’ve long since tired of the monochromatic look as well as those red socks shocks do look more than a bit disparate and out of place . But : the fact is everyone else’s ( read the Euro’s ) ‘ street fighters have substantially more horsepower – guaranteed better handling – less weight and better reliability . Add onto that the Motor Company’s arschkussen corporate cronyism of late and methinks I’ll just say no .

  8. 8 Tom Ryan Mar 9th, 2017 at 9:45 am

    From a personal perspective the bike looks pretty good. However, I find the gauges are pointed up too high and should’ve been laid back a little more, and the rear belt drive cover is way too bulky.

  9. 9 kent Mar 9th, 2017 at 9:54 am

    It looks like some street pimp is trying to put out a VMAX by dressing it up in black and saying this is new STUFF! I’m sure it will be accepted as new, by the “Blinded by the light Crew”!

  10. 10 ozzie21 Mar 9th, 2017 at 10:20 am

    This is terrible…..

  11. 11 Mike Mar 9th, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Is there a price on this? I didn’t see it. Looks like a decent bike. Probably better than the Yamaha Joke, I mean Bolt. Like all HD’s, it is a bit overweight. At least it has a suspension. Only took them 113 years.

  12. 12 BobS Mar 9th, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Appears to be nicely outfitted, I’d like to see them offer this with the 1250 cc engine.

  13. 13 pabstbluerigid Mar 9th, 2017 at 10:43 am

    next month, SH*T gets real…

    the re-release of Honda’s Iconic Rebel, YES the Rebel…

    for “how many” was this your 1st…or your wifes? son or daughter. the same bike 75% of the Rider Safety/Licensing programs NATIONWIDE use to teach on!

    no longer an anemic joke…the bike will be offered in 300 & 500cc versions…powered by the respectable CBR powerplant! couple that with a completely redesigned body, accessories…AND A PRICE-POINT that will make heads spin?

    hopefully the seed that millennials will sow! we MUST bring NEW RIDERS into the fold!! Honda has done so well through the years….start em’ the the CRF50, then a 125…250. On to a Rebel, Shadow…F6B or Wing.

    affordable, dependable & entry level is something few grasp.

  14. 14 George Kinsey Mar 9th, 2017 at 10:45 am

    They just improved the Street because the Street was bad, giving it some punch to compete with the Indian Scout.

  15. 15 Matt Mar 9th, 2017 at 10:48 am

    In the bottom picture the guy riding must be a dwarf to make the bike look much bigger than it is…

  16. 16 Jerrman Mar 9th, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Looks like a good attempt. Nice looking, lightweight, and clearly aimed at the new rider millennium crowd (see the brown boots and rolled up jeans). Would have to see it in person to make sure they didn’t cheap out like on the Street models. If the price is right, it could be a winner for HD. Yes, might have tough completion from some of those other brands but HD despite their problems and some performance disadvantages still has a name that makes up for a lot of things they often don’t get right. If this is a direction they’re pursuing for the future, I think they on the right track. First time I’ve said that in years.

  17. 17 marcus Mar 9th, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I thought the Street-Rod was a V-Rod model?

  18. 18 Kendal Mar 9th, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Not big fan of Harleys,( still mourning the loss of Victory) but this is a nice looking bike , would definitely give it some consideration

  19. 19 highrpm Mar 9th, 2017 at 11:40 am


  20. 20 JohnnySpeed Mar 9th, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Looks like a shrunk down VRod with too little power for that much weight to me. Kinda missed the mark.

  21. 21 Rodney Best Mar 9th, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    SO for all the folks who say IF Harley only sold a dual front disk mid Peg more sporting bike I would buy it. Here you go!!!!


  22. 22 Mike the Anti-Trike Mar 9th, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    They’re making progress. Wow, a bit of ground clearance and rear shocks that actually move more than one or two inches? Can a scrambler, albeit unfortunately heavy, be far behind? Of course, my 2009 Ulysses, which was manufactured shortly before Harley pulled the plug on Buell, puts out 103 horsepower and weighs 498 pounds wet with the hard saddlebags attached.

  23. 23 BadMonkeyMW Mar 9th, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    It’s a good effort on H-Ds part. As mentioned, unfortunately likely too underpowered but I like the look of it and the intent to give it a sharper handling chassis.

    I always wondered why Harley never put a V-Rod engine into a more sporting chassis like this instead of the forward control, wide tire boulevard boat chassis they’ve always offered. The V-Rod engine makes some nice power and if it had the handling to compliment it, they could find a new group of riders to buy them.

  24. 24 RBinTEX Mar 9th, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I like it!

  25. 25 James just another crazy kiwi Mar 9th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Give it 80 plus ponies and make it look like a Flat Tracker…. then I would be impressed.
    Looks like a mini V Rod , duh
    Mind you,I am not young lol

  26. 26 James just another crazy kiwi Mar 9th, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Better say this, the standard 500’s are selling over here as they rate as a learners bike………..

  27. 27 SoCalPhun Mar 9th, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    It’s not for me personally, but I can dig it. Priced well, decent enough spec numbers, makes for a good urban/commuter type bike.

  28. 28 jonsen Mar 9th, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I bet it would great after you tear off the weird parts hanging all over it.

  29. 29 Jerrman Mar 9th, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Just saw that it’s about $8700 base which is a good place to be. Yes, may be a little unpowered but it is only 500 lbs. and for a Harley, that’s saying something. Besides, it’s supposed to be a city and commuter bike, not for long distances so I would think they may have hit the sweet spot for a change. Wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some variations of it down the pike as well. Haven’t been much of an HD fan in recent years but, good for them.

  30. 30 richards Mar 9th, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    SoCalPhun has it right…it’s a good urban/commuter bike with more power and improved handling than the first version of the 750 street. It is not supposed to be a v rod, a flat tracker, sport bike etc. Undeniably, it or the original version would also be a great beginners ride also….

  31. 31 Doc Robinson Mar 9th, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    What a bunch of carping, highly critical, self-opinionated losers nitpicking this bike to pieces. As for one suggestion that said why not use the V-Rod engine, well one it is too heavy and two, it will not pass Euro regulations, which is the main reason they have discontinued it.

  32. 32 tundra Mar 9th, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    “…. I’d like to see them offer this with the 1250 cc engine.” –BobS

    That just may happen. I’ve heard that the Vrod drive train will live on after that model’s demise.

  33. 33 58_pan Mar 9th, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Not sure why everyone is complaining about the 68 HP being too low? Your Twin Cam 88 rarely pushed more than 65 in a much heavier bike, put a decent pipe and tuner on this and it could rip! I like the bar end mirrors and cowl, the ground clearance and front end, wheels are cool too. I wouldn’t give a regular Street 750 a second glance but this isn’t bad at all, especially for the target audience.

  34. 34 Highrider Mar 9th, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Yes a V Rod motor would definitely make a splash with the sportbike crowd! Why, HD didn’t you make both models while at it?

  35. 35 Sheridan Mar 9th, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Not my cup of tea, but looks like an interesting bike with good features and I can see this appealing to a younger market who might have purchased a Jap bike, assuming the price is comparable. Interesting to see how it sells.

  36. 36 seymour Mar 9th, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Color-matched speed screen holy crap! This bike pays for itself

  37. 37 Mike Mar 9th, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Harley really needs to stop building this junk. This whole platform was a huge mistake they keep repeating. Lousy build quality harms the brand.

  38. 38 Heathen Mar 10th, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Quote-” BadMonkeyMW
    Mar 9th, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    It’s a good effort on H-Ds part. As mentioned, unfortunately likely too underpowered but I like the look of it and the intent to give it a sharper handling chassis.

    I always wondered why Harley never put a V-Rod engine into a more sporting chassis like this instead of the forward control, wide tire boulevard boat chassis they’ve always offered. The V-Rod engine makes some nice power and if it had the handling to compliment it, they could find a new group of riders to buy them.

    Mar 9th, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Yes a V Rod motor would definitely make a splash with the sportbike crowd! Why, HD didn’t you make both models while at it?” -End Quotes

    Google VRSCR, H-D made this model two years 2006 & 2007. It bore the model name ‘Street Rod’ as well. Languished it dealership showrooms for many years. Not a popular model,didn’t sell to the pirates in do rags. According to them,” it sat too high, looked to Jap,&water cooled.” Sportbike riders weren’t interested since it said Harley Davidson on the airbox cover & weighed entirely to much for their taste.

    And one is sitting in my garage.

  39. 39 DCA v Aarle Mar 10th, 2017 at 4:50 am

    its a scandal to name it street rod!!
    The real street rod (v-rod ) is badass,do this is a pussy!!!!

  40. 40 DCA v Aarle Mar 10th, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Oke,in good Dutch………..Bah

  41. 41 Bob Leamon Mar 10th, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Nope,not for me….after 113 years and….well,I’ve said enough.

  42. 42 Jeff Duval Mar 10th, 2017 at 8:00 am

    It would be difficult to make it sillier and uglier… Terrrrrrible, really sad…

  43. 43 rebel Mar 10th, 2017 at 8:02 am


  44. 44 Kroeter Mar 10th, 2017 at 9:44 am

    We talk about getting the younger generation into riding. But if we see a a younger person pull up on this thing at a red light, are we going to say, “That’s no Harley, get a real bike!” Like Reyn said, they gotta start somewhere.

  45. 45 cooldaddy 51 Mar 10th, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Just have to say any of the New Triumph lineup will chew it up and spit it out.

  46. 46 Drew Mar 10th, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Though geared towards a young market, this gray haired 62 year old wants one! I’ve said from the beginning these bikes have great potential, and now with both the engine and chassis improvements it will be all the more fun to ride. My son and I (along with help from S&S last year) got our Landspeed racing XG750 up to nearly 100HP. Now I see the StreetRod Model is coming with 12:1 compression different cams, and dual throttle bodies, so the potential for even more improvement is certainly there. I need not compare this new machine to any other brand, because it is a fun and agile new bike that I enjoy saying has Harley-Davidson on the fuel tank. That makes me happy. 🙂

  47. 47 pecky Mar 10th, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    What a Joke !! I am a die hard HD rider and they better get there head out of there ASS !!!

  48. 48 Industryguy Mar 10th, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Nova project….

  49. 49 Knucklehead Mar 10th, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    I like it.

  50. 50 Pat h Mar 10th, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    If you would have introduced with the knucklehead in 1936 along with evo,twin cam,milwaukee 8 or xg 750 at the same time there would be no knuckleheads left in existence known to be sold to the general public, Harley’s smart they don’t try to force new products on the public with out having a grip on the past,

  51. 51 Pat h Mar 10th, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    When the knuckleheads were introduced in 1936 and if they introduced the.evos, tc, milwaukee 8 or xg 750 at the same time the knucklehead would be a forgotten concept in the archives move on people harley doesn’t take big steps they take small smart steps to see if they have traction and adjust accordingly somebody said something about reliability before not many modern motorcycles have such a low maintenance frequency as a harley

  52. 52 Brad Ervin Mar 11th, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Looks great but it weighs the same as my Ironhead (tho probably has more horses). As for build guality, how would anyone know without owning one?

    Here is why Harley’s have “poor build guality!”

  53. 53 Pat h Mar 11th, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Sorry for the kind of similar double post I thought the one got erased

  54. 54 Hillbilly Jim Mar 11th, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    It’s not that there is anything so wrong with this motorcycle, especially when you compare it to the other Street models. It is just that other Manufacturers have a better looking and better preforming motorcycle for the same or less money. Is it just me or would a smaller displacement Sportster with a very low seat height fit the entry level slot just right? I can see it now The all new Sprint from Milwaukee for Her……

  55. 55 brad ervin Mar 12th, 2017 at 6:48 am

    You’re thinking locally and Harley is thinking globally. In a few years Harley will have difficulty getting their air-cooled bikes past the European fascists…I mean regulators. That may happen here (US) as well, as green thinking regulators gain the upper hand. The new bikes are Harley’s investment in a future just as their traditional bikes are their return on their past investments.

  56. 56 beentheredonethat Mar 13th, 2017 at 11:44 am

    UGH too Jappy clunky plastic everywhere looking
    its kinda like the Victory, you keep looking at it and wanting to like it but it
    doesn’t stir up the blood
    like a 68 XLCH or the 84 Softail or a ’65 Bonneville etc just too much crap everywhere

  57. 57 Steve Mar 13th, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Remember the Vrod StreeRod ??

  58. 58 Tony Malone Oct 3rd, 2017 at 10:45 am

    I just bought a 750 Street Rod. My last three motorcycles we’re European. Two Laverda 750s and one BMW 900. Although I felt guilty not buying American, there were no machines made here that could handle.
    Enter the Harley Street Rod. Take a good close look at the front end. It is so solid, that it carves turns like a pro and the brakes are Brembo. The engine is liquid cooled, has 4 valves per cylinder, 6 speeds and hooked up to the rear with a belt drive. The whole bike weighs in around 500 pounds. For a fast commute with a narrow bike, I can’t think of a better machine. It has plenty of usable horsepower to get you there and gets over 50 MPG. I love it, and it’s American made.

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