Harley-Davidson Street 750 – Thoughts and a mini-review

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….


Store shot for Born2Ride Motorcycles

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.

Different and similar.

These two bikes are as different as they are similar. 
They are both black. They are both motorcycles. They both have a big, fat rear tyre. They are both fast and they can both get you hurt. 
But dig a little deeper and you’ll see that they are worlds apart. One is a Harley Davidson. One is a Honda. One American and the other Japanese. One is designed for speed and handling. The other prizes style and heritage. The people who choose one over the other are equally different. Literally worlds apart. 
The point is, to someone who doesn’t know bikes and doesn’t care, they are just two black bikes that are pretty much the same. People who live and breath motorcycles will see two entirely different worlds, never mind just bikes. 
We are all the person who sees two of the same – we all have our passions and knowledge of them, but we can’t know everything. And thats the key. Realize that and you’ll see more complexity in the world and be aware enough to slow down and dig that little bit deeper. 
Differences and similarities are everywhere. In everything. Just look.