Harley Street Bob
A life that can’t buy you a Harley is a waste! Not everyone lives by this rule, but then, those who have a thing for long rides and macho machines do want to end up with a Harley in their garage. And why not… after all, Harley is the epitome of lifestyle riding. Harley Davidson rolled out the Street Bob recently, and we took it for a ride, or should we say the bike took us for a ride. Street Bob like any other two-wheeler in this range oozes sophistication of technology, boasts of slick looks and is an exhilarating riding experience. Be it the knob that you need to turn to start the bike, the tank-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, the time-of-day clock on odometer, dual trip meter, RPM/Gear display, fuel gauge with low fuel warning light and countdown feature or the low oil pressure indicator light, or even the engine diagnostics readout and LED indicator lights – the Street Bob impresses you. The kilometre countdown that you get on the reserve is really helpful and is one of the best features of this bike, we would say. Like us, if you are riding this heavy machine for the first time, the built of this 300-kilo bike will really make you rethink if you will be able to handle it. But barring the U-turns, it’s pretty easy to roll this bike on city roads. It gets all the attention from fellow riders and car drivers... even those who are driving Audis, Mercs and BMWs – something that you would obviously desire if you spend over 10 lakh on a two-wheeler.
For the first few miles, we really enjoyed all the attention, but then it became irritating when a few 100CC riders tried to come to close to the motorcycle just to see if this bike is for real. Some even tried racing with us, but then those kids were left breathing our fumes when we twisted the throttle of the 1585CC stunner. It feels amazing when the red light turns green and you zoom past everyone in such a short span that you can’t see anything in the rear mirror except a trail of dust. As a bonus, you don’t really feel the bumps on the road even at high speeds. No matter how fast you are riding, the bike holds its ground and there is no unnecessary ‘feeling of falling’ that you get on turns. However, there are two things that bothered us – one was that the bike produces so much heat from below the fuel tanks that you get a burning sensation on your legs. And secondly, they need to properly cover the silencer because its heat could burn the sole of your shoes like it did ours. Barring these two things, there is no fault that we could spot during our two-day ride.
Is it made for city? Yes, if you ride it once a week because frankly it isn’t the bike that you should be riding everyday. Also, handling it during heavy congestion hours could tyre you a bit. Otherwise, it’s just the perfect weekend bike.
Now the final and the most important question – should you go for this one? We say hell yes – if you have a wallet this deep and have always longed for a bike that can be completely customised according to your tastes – this is it!