Harley-Davidson Street Rod Review
April 13th, 2005 - By, Trevor Hedge - Images by Lou Martin
had high hopes for Harley Davidsonís sporting new Street Rod as
the original V-Rod was already one of my favourite cruiser style
bikes. The lack of rigidity, particularly in the forks and
triple clamps, and disappointing ground clearance were my main
two complaints while the poor fuel range also scored a mention
when I reviewed the original V-Rod model in 2002.
Up and down the
tight and thrillingly tortuous Australian Alps roads around Mt
Beauty, Mt Hotham and Omeo the Street Rod left me gobsmacked.
sub-80kph corners I have little doubt that a good rider on a
Street Rod would be able to stay ahead of an average sportsbike
rider in tight terrain.
The only time I ever found the weight annoying was picking the machine up off the side-stand. In faster terrain you are aware of the amount of mass being exerted on the front tyre and itís once the speeds rise that the Street Rod will lose out to more sporting motorcycles in faster corners. The chart below shows the difference in available lean angle between the V-Rod and the Street Rod and also the ergonomic differences between the two models.
The chart above shows the difference in available lean angle between the V-Rod and the Street Rod
It also highlights the ergonomic differences between the two models.
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