2021 Harley-Davidson Street King street check overview: Bigger than life cruiser

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I do not recall the final time I rode a Harley, possibly it was someday again in 2018 when the corporate launched the new-gen Fats Bob. However I do certain keep in mind the fun of using a sizzling seated Harley and the attraction that surrounds these bikes. Enter 2022, the model had a curler coaster trip in India, maybe worldwide too. I assumed 2018 could be the final time I might get to trip a Harley for apparent causes however fortunately the corporate managed to ink an settlement with India’s largest two-wheeler maker (Hero MotoCorp) which now handles the gross sales and repair community for Harley in India.

Evolving biking developments, newer segments, and the shrinking old-school cruiser section posed a problem for the legendary American muscle bikemaker, however Harley is not simply ready to let the chips fall wherever they could (not a Struggle Membership reference). As a substitute, the corporate has managed to twist the fortune round with the brand new technique that majorly goes again to the roots with a concentrate on premium motorcycling and partially on electrical autos too with the announcement of LiveWire as a separate entity. Talking of premium motorcycling, solely not too long ago I received an opportunity to swing my leg across the 2021 Harley-Davidson Street King which is without doubt one of the top-placed bikes within the firm’s lineup. Having stayed away from a Harley for fairly a while, recollections hit me up, and there I used to be, grinning for the remainder of the trip.

The auxiliary type lamps on the Harley-Davidson Road King that flank the main headlight give it a very retro and a tad artistic appeal.
The auxiliary kind lamps on the Harley-Davidson Street King that flank the principle headlight give it a really retro and a tad inventive attraction. (HT Auto/Mithlesh Kumar)

Lockable panniers, 362+kg weight, cruise management, enormous windscreen, couch seats, and a presence so majestic that phrases cannot do justice. And that’s topped with its merely unmatched high quality and match/end that units it other than all the pieces else it shares the house with. It’s merely a larger-than-life phenomenon on the roads.

The auxiliary kind lamps that flank the principle headlight give it a really retro and tad inventive attraction. And the way in which the directional indicators swing beneath these lamps makes issues extra attention-grabbing. If that is not it, the fats totally chrome-dipped fork up entrance together with the tastefully put-together Milwaukee-Eight 107 powerplant adorning extra chrome is a magnificence to behold.

“All the proper chrome in any respect the proper locations!”

The meter console comes positioned on the gasoline tank which once more will get a fats chrome strip operating by the center of the tank and gelling in with the rider seat. The console is primary although with solely ample info. However fear not, it does get a gasoline degree indicator embedded contained in the lid on the left facet. Like most premium cruisers, the gasoline lid cannot be locked so be certain that to not park the bike round carelessly. Though, what is de facto attention-grabbing is that it’s a keyless bike (not utterly although), because it comes with car-like keyfob that mechanically unlocks the bike as quickly as the secret’s introduced close to. Nevertheless, the handlebar must be manually locked so you may want to hold the keyfob in addition to a separate handlebar lock key, and that is fairly a activity.

Lockable panniers, 362+kg weight, cruise control, huge windscreen, sofa seats, and a presence so majestic that words can't do justice with the Road King. 
Lockable panniers, 362+kg weight, cruise management, enormous windscreen, couch seats, and a presence so majestic that phrases cannot do justice with the Street King.  (HT Auto/Mithlesh Kumar)

Swap gear high quality is praiseworthy and you really want to see it to imagine that no stones are left unturned to offer the bike what designers and engineers can do greatest. The tactile really feel from the buttons and the handlebar grip make it really feel really premium, and there’s a gasoline tank-mounted change to show the bike on/off, and all of this means the place the cash has gone in. Nevertheless, what must be centered on with future updates is the meter console that may use higher and extra technical revisions for added info.

However how does it trip?

I extremely advocate you go to the gymnasium and prepare legs earlier than giving the Street King an opportunity, as a result of it doesn’t matter what some would possibly say, 362+ kg weight on a motorbike isn’t any joke. And it requires a particular form of consideration to maintain it from kissing the bottom, particularly on the form of roads and slow-speed visitors that Indian metro cities have.

“Signature Harley soundtrack, music to ears!”

Faucet the starter on and the Street King involves life with the signature Harley soundtrack. And this jogs my memory of all of the Hollywood films which have featured Harleys, particularly Wild Hogs and The Terminator. Although I would sound like a fanboy in the mean time, carry me one one who does not admire the symphony of this godly twin, and in poor health lastly put my Glock to good use (smirk smiley).

Engineered to munch miles, the Milwaukee Eight 107 (1745cc) twin engine manages to kick out over 150 Nm of torque which peaks at 3,250. That is certainly an ideal pair for a heavy bike like Street King. The supply, regardless of the bottom shaking 150 Nm, is easy and linear and is not intimidating. The 6-speed transmission is correct old-school and clunky, shifting easily with no miss. This engine has been powering Harley’s key flagship fashions for a very long time now and Harley is aware of that it’s not nearly how a lot you make, however how it’s delivered on the street. The torque is fantastically unfold all through the rev vary and the transmission can also be versatile sufficient to permit the bike to cruise at low metropolis speeds on excessive gears.

Twist the throttle and you'll experience the velvety, smooth delivery from Road KIing's behemoth powertrain which is truly unbelievable.
Twist the throttle and you may expertise the velvety, easy supply from Street KIing’s behemoth powertrain which is really unbelievable.

Twist the throttle and you may expertise the velvety, easy supply from this behemoth powertrain is really unbelievable. The powertrain feels relaxed, even when pushed onerous, and cruising at triple-digit speeds all day lengthy looks like a cakewalk. There are not any vibrations from panels, foot pegs, or seats, by any means, and the trip stays secure and reassuring majorly due to the general weight.

The rider sits pretty up straight with attain to the handlebar. Additionally, the sofa-like seat helps the again and I’m certain the consolation would stay unchanged even on lengthy freeway journeys. Additionally, the massive footboards deserve a particular point out for conserving the foot at relaxation all through the journey, nonetheless, for the rider, they could pose a problem in tip-toe visitors situations. Additionally, the pillion should stick nearer to the rider all through the journey because the rear seat feels slippery and infrequently pushes the pillion backwards and forwards with its acceleration.

The Harley Road King is a pinnacle of luxury motorcycling, meant for long, straight and uninterrupted highway tours.
The Harley Street King is a pinnacle of luxurious motorcycling, meant for lengthy, straight and uninterrupted freeway excursions. (HT Auto/Mithlesh Kumar)

The Ultimate Phrase:

The Harley Street King is a pinnacle of luxurious motorcycling, meant for lengthy, straight and uninterrupted freeway excursions. It’s not a Harley you can straight leap on to as your first bike, as its weight, energy, and dominance is not one thing that may simply be dealt with by lightfooted riders. However all of this comes at a steep value, as at 27 lakh (ex-showroom), Street King is without doubt one of the most premium fashions within the lineup that’s primarily geared toward seasoned, prime crop Harley prospects.


Model Identify



  • Supreme Consolation
  • Plush Trip High quality
  • High Shelf Constructed High quality


  • Outdated Meter Cluster
  • Slippery Pillion Seat
  • Foot Boards Make Low Pace Using Difficult

First Revealed Date: 21 Jul 2022, 13:55 PM IST


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