Calling the Harley-Davidson Street 750 crucial to the company's survival might be a bit of an overstatement. But not by much.   

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The devotion of the Milwaukee motorcycle manufacturer's fan base is legendary, and demand for its imposing, chrome-drenched cruisers will likely continue for decades to come. Since the demise of its Buell division in 2009, however, Harley-Davidson hasn't offered a proper introductory machine, or a credible option for customers in emerging markets like China and India.

These riders aren't looking for a battleship-sized bikes priced like well-appointed Korean sedans. They're looking for easy-riding, reliable transportation—with a bit of Harley swagger.

Enter the Harley-Davidson Street 750. We were curious about the potential game-changer, so last month, we asked HDForums editor and lifelong H-D enthusiast Manuel Carrillo III to give us his impressions of the new machine.

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Is the Street 750 enough to poach buyers from the established segment players like Kawasaki, Triumph and Ducati? Can it bring a new generation of riders into Harley-Davidson's camp?

Watch the video to see what he thought.


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