Jeff G. Holt
Harley’s Street Bob is a great bike that I feel will be a very iconic machine in a few years. It is a good-looking cycle from the factory and actually a very affordable bike for a big twin. The Street Bob has a great ergonomic layout with its low seat, mid controls, and not-too-tall ape-hanging handlebars. The 19 front and 17-inch rear tire wrapped in Michelin rubber are a great size for this bike, and with my 210-pound 5-foot-10-inch frame, it carves canyons just as well as any other bike in the current Harley lineup. The blacked-out powerplant has a sinister look and it just begs for a few added aftermarket upgrades. I had a ’10 Street Bob that I murdered-out all club style and it was my favorite bike I have ever owned. It met an untimely death via a T-boning by a Toyota pickup, but after riding this sparkly red sheetmetal-clad version, I am planning to add a shiny new black denim one to my quiver again sometime this year.
This latest edition of the H-D Street Bob does not begin with a cheap first impression. With its classic solo seat and low stance, the factory option candy-flake paint draws me in for further inspection. The stylish new black dash console, black triple trees, and fork lowers nicely tie in the blacked-out 103ci (optional) power plant. More noteworthy aesthetics include a change to the side-mounted combo brake and turn indicators, a nostalgic round air cleaner, and a rubber-isolated handlebar clamp gripping the mini-apes.
Once mounted and rolling, the ride is as expected from the upgraded 103ci powerplant—plenty of power up through the gears and no issues twisting up to full speed and Sixth gear barreling down the freeway. The combo of the candy-flake paint and blacked-out motor turns drivers’ heads while on the highway. It’s nice to not only be noticed, but to be “seen.” The ergonomics of the seat and optional mid-controls all feel right at home for my lean and mean 5-foot-10-inch frame.
Feeling confident while riding your steed during any journey is paramount. The low and agile Dyna heritage of the Street Bob has always lent itself to nimbleness, and this bike is no different. There is plenty of clearance for turns and braking is solid. Overall, this bike is a no-nonsense daily or weekend rider. With 2,000 factory-installed and website-based customizing combinations to select from, this bike is a solution for fans with the fantasy of that out-of-the-box custom Harley.
Engine | Air-cooled, Twin Cam 96 (103 tested)
Transmission | Six-speed Cruise Drive
Brakes | Four-piston fixed front and two-piston torque-free floating rear
Front | Black Steel Laced 19x2.5 in. (chrome tested)
Rear Black | Steel Laced 17x4.5 in (chrome tested)
Exhaust System Chrome, staggered, straight-cut shorty exhaust with dual mufflers
Fuel Tank | Capacity 4.7 gallons
Options | Can be personalized through H-D1 Factory Customization, which personalize fit, function, and style in more than 2,000 combinations