The Harley-Davidson 750 Street is a fun little bike with average finishing and horrible brakes.
As a bike that is designed for the urban rider as Harley are positioning it, it falls short in a lot of areas. It has a nice little engine that likes to rev and likes to go but how they neglected decent brakes on this thing is beyond me. Especially since you’ll be in and around traffic all the time on this (trust me you won’t want to take this on a long trip…) emergency braking should really have been the number one priority on this bike.
It is not. Instead, Harley decided to make it look cool and cut costs. The thing is, this cost cutting is very visible on the controls and finishing and the price isn’t nearly low enough considering the overall package. It’s retailing here in South Africa for just shy of R100,000 without any accessories. I feel this bike is about 30% too expensive.
There are simply better made bikes out there selling for similar prices. Yeah, it’s a Harley, with all the attached mystique and tradition, but I can’t help but feel that Harley are playing a little too strongly on that aspect of their brand. It’s a bit of a dangerous place to put your brand.
The ergonomics are average. The price is a tad high. The overall bike is fun but didn’t spark feelings of lust and desire inside me. It’s just fun for a short spin. I wouldn’t buy one. I was a little disappointed to be honest. But hey, Harley are selling a ton of these, so what do I know…? But, like I say in the video, I had fun and it’s a fun little bike.
Who knows, maybe it will grow on me. Now if I found one used at a decent price and that pipe already fitted….
This is a 3 image composite I made for Born2Ride, a motorcycle shop in Bryanston, Johannesburg.
Shooting interior/exterior scenes can be hard with the massive difference in exposure levels on the outside and inside of the buildings.
To get around this I used a 1200W Bowens light diffused through a 1m x 1m softbox for all of the shots – one illuminating the very centre of the image allowing the viewer to see right into the building creating a sense of depth; and second aimed at the Indian motorcycles on the left of the frame which were underexposed and hard to see because of the reflection on the glass; The third image was of the outside motorcycle (which wasn’t in the first two images) which also had the light directed onto it from camera left.
Afterwards I combined the 3 images in Photoshop and revealed only the ‘correct’ bits of the images.
Not terribly complex but lots of fun.
The camera and lens used was a Canon 5D Classic and a Canon 20-35mm at F11.
I went for a ride this morning with my buddy Dave.
He was on his Harley Davidson Nightster, I was on my Victory Cross Country. We ended up at Priest Espresso Bar in Rosebank. It was a great morning. Riding, with a friend, is the best. We had a pastry thing called a Moregasm. Nuf said. Damn.
Till next weekend. I love to ride. Also, my 35mm F2 Canon lens (the older one, non-IS) is just so bloody lovely…
Hope you’re all having a good weekend.
|Pic of me by Dave. Thanks Dave!
After a very satisfying morning ride around town, Duchess takes a breather while I go into my local camera store to see what’s new on the shelves.
I love this bike. A lot.
Originally uploaded by Dan Rosenthal
Damn I love this bike so much.
6 Image stitch – 100% zoom is a lot of fun 🙂
I’ve started offering custom photos and prints of Harleys. If you know someone in Joburg who’s looking to have their baby photographed, let me know!