Indian police ride Harley Street

Harley-Davidson Street 750 police bikes

Harley-Davidson motorcycles have a long history as police vehicles in the US and Canada, but now, for the first time, they are being used by Indian police.

Instead of the big Touring models so popular in the States, the Gujarat Police Department will use six customised Street 750 bikes.

Not only is the first time Harleys have been used by Indian police, but it’s the highest capacity bikes they have ever used.

The Street 750 motorcycles have been modified with special paintwork, a beacon, siren and panniers.Harley-Davidson Street 750 police bikes

The bike is the bigger-capacity brother of the learner-legal Street 500 which has romped up the sales charts in Australia.

Both are made in Kansas as well as India and Australia gets its bikes from the sub continent.

In the first quarter of this year, the Street 500 was the second-biggest-selling cruiser in the market, despite only being available for sale since the start of February.

It is expected to finish the year within the top three or five best-selling motorcycles in the Australian market which is currently dominated by LAMS bikes.

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Harley-Davidson Street XG500 tech specs

  • Price: $9995 ($10,995 in New Zealand) rideaway
  • Warranty: 24 months, unlimited km, roadside assist
  • Service: 1600km/8000km
  • Engine: Liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 4-valve, 494cc Revolution X V-Twin
  • Power: about 25kW
  • Torque: 50Nm @ 3500rpm
  • Bore x Stroke: 69 x 66mm
  • Compression: 11:1
  • Transmission: 6-speed, wet multi-plate clutch, belt drive
  • Length: 2225mm
  • Width: 820mm
  • Height: 1058mm
  • Seat: 709mm
  • Clearance: 145mm
  • Rake/trail: 32°/115mm
  • Wheelbase: 1534mm
  • Tyres: Michelin Scorcher 100/80 R17; 140/75 R15
  • Fuel: 13.1L
  • Weight: 218kg
  • Chassis: tubular steel
  • Suspension: 37mm telescopic forks, twin tubular shocks adjustable for pre-load
  • Brakes: 292mm/260mm discs, 2-piston callipers
  • Lean Angles: 28.5°
  • Economy: 3.74L/100km, 360+km range

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2 Comments

  1. Good on HD, but me thinks a BMW 650GS or 700GS would make a better platform in India, or anywhere for that matter where there is a high density of bicycles, scooters, motorcycles and rickshaws or similar, alongside a range of road surfaces to be traversed by the local police/traffic authorities. That would likely include much of South East & Central Asia, the Middle East, parts of Europe, Africa and various parts of the Americas. In Suzhou, China the then new HD dealership when it opened (2011) provided the local Suzhou government with half a dozen HD 883 sportsters in Police spec. All reserved for special duties I might add. So these 883 platforms are hardly ever seen by the local public citizenry except on special occasions. Like being provided a Swiss Army knife, but then putting it away only to be used for special tasks (never-never land).

    My mate can only tolerate riding his 883 for an hour at a time, two hours at a pinch before he needs to peel himself off his seat. He still refers back to an all day ride we did years ago. My bad, since I’m fairly content to hop on and just ride.

    Any bike which is to provide a work platform, needs to incorporate a centre stand IMO.

    YMMV

    BD

  2. I have a feeling ‘made in’ may be spin speak for assembled
    it seems unlikely harley would tool up two plants in different
    countries to make the same thing

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