We have finally tested the recently CKD'd Harley-Davidson Street Bob in India. It does make 124.9Nm of torque at just 3,250rpm. And that torque is one of the nicest things about the Street Bob.
It's assembled in Harley's Indian facility at Bawal, Haryana. So you get the TwinCam 96 named 1584cc V-Twin, mounted on a bobber-style Harley at a very reasonable price. The Street Bob is just Rs 11.5 lakh, ex-showroom.
The handlebars, seat and footpegs felt just right to us as did the sloping, massive 17.3-litre tank.
We loved the skull shaped gas tank caps (there're two of them) and the left side one incorporates blue LEDs into the teeth which glow back the fuel level at you. The edge cuts on the handlebar grips are pure torture.
It hits 100kmph in just 5.7s and we could only hold onto it till about 157kmph (167kmph indicated) before the wind pressure forced us to back off.
The Harley is brilliant on good roads. But on indifferent to bad roads, as expected, the suspension works very hard but ultimately fails to isolate you from the road.
There is great torque from idle, throttle response is surprisingly crisp and the way that immense rear tyre hooks up and causes the bike to surge forward (think big ship accelerating hard in your head, as opposed to a small car) is addictive.
The Super Low is a superb Harley for India. And if you have the budget to look beyond that, then the Street Bob is the bike that you should open your wallet for.