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Old 30th January 2012, 17:32   #1
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14 years ago, I was looking forward to buy new bike as I had just sold Kawasaki RTZ that I used for almost 10 years and temporarily I was using Kinetic Honda that my sister left behind while shifting to Canada. At the same time my wife wanted to move larger vehicle from her Kinetic Pride that she was extremely unhappy with. At Hero Honda showroom I came across Street. Thinking that I will pass it on to my wife, I bought it on 30th January 1998. As my wife was not used to gears, after 2-3 days she grabbed the Kinetic Honda and declared that bike was not for her. I had no option to start using the Street. I was bit worried because of the bike's 'Non macho' image but I pulled on..

Within week's time I fell in love with the bike. Since then till date I am using it. I now feel sorry that I did not go for electric start version. 14 years and 50000 km I am on street and very happy with it. Had the model been available I would have bought it again (and this time with electric start).

The bike is beauty. It has all the convenience of a gearless scooter in the city traffic yet the power and stability of its 100 cc cousins like splendor. I have ridden all kinds of roads – city roads to highways to village roads and even fields. In all situations it has come out with flying colours. In fact I found it more stable than many 100 cc machines that I have tried. The low seating position makes the ride comfortable on highways at 80+ speed as well as in the city.

Its clutch less gear operation comes as great boon and keeps you fresh even after few hours of stop and go traffic. Over all these years it has also extended good fuel economy of 60+ km/l.

All this with very low maintenance cost. In last 14 years Apart from engine oil, I have changed –
Tyres – rear twice, front once.
Brake shoes - twice
Battery – twice
Speedo cable – Once
Speed bulb – once
Seat cover – twice.
Foot rest rubber covers - once

I have not had to change anything else on this mean machine over last 14 years. Now I am facing some little problems because of age of the motor cycle. Right side passenger foot rest opens if I hit the pothole and fork is showing some signs of leakage of fork oil.

I think this is commendable by all standards and tells how robust the machine is. The Discovery channel has rated this bike as ‘Best bike ever made’. Most of the Street owners that I came across are very happy with the bike and no one intends to sale their bike unless direct replacement with the same model is available in the market. Even those who sold their streets are now repenting their decision and want to buy one again. Our only worry is availability of spares in future. I hope there will be no shortage.

It was unfortunate that the model was discontinued in India. I believe it was marketing failure of Hero Honda. I hope Hero motocorp or Honda will come out with this bike again.
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Old 30th January 2012, 18:44   #2
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Thanks for the review CANPUSH. Brings back memories for me.
A friend owned one, and we used to secretly take it out without his mother (it was her vehicle) coming to know about it in the afternoons , because we were only 16 . Theirs was a red ES version. I remember the gearshift being quite notchy. Was it a problem common to all Streets ?
Its really long lasting, and they still have it!
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Old 31st January 2012, 16:53   #3
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Notchy gearshift must be problem only for that vehicle. Sometimes shifting down at high speeds is bit notchy but else its smooth for my bike.
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May I ask where you service yours ? At the authorised S.S. ? Or do you give it to some other mech ?
The aforementioned Street that I had referred to, has the handlebar/speedo console assembly from a black vehicle (it being red) since red wasnt available.
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Great review CANPUSH. I personally feel that the street was ahead of its time in the India market and the indian moto public was not mature enough to accept this easy to commute bike. When this bike was launched, the traffic was nowhere near as bad as it is now and hence its ease in operation never got its due credit.
for me though, This bike would be special for the reason that when I brought my two wheeler (Bajaj Saffire)it was a friends street that took me to the showroom to make the booking.. :-)
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I guess this model was launched at wrong time. I had used one briefly in 2000 & it was bit difficult to get used to clutch less gearshifts and no lever on left side of handlebar.

@CANPUSH: This thread is worthless without pictures, please post few photos. And you can also mention about rotary gear system.
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Bikes like street are a boon for people who desire a gear less 2 wheeler. I always feel scooters are unsafe due to their small tires. Street had nice large tyres and definitely felt safer while riding.

And oh yes, please upload some pictures, it will bring back the old memories for many of us.
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May I ask where you service yours ? At the authorised S.S. ? Or do you give it to some other mech ?
For first 3-4 years I serviced the vehicle at A. S. S. But now I do it with my neighborhood mechanic who, fortunately for me, is very senior guy and previously was famous for preparing two wheelers for races and motocross events. He respects the vehicle and never changes the part unless it is irreparable and essential. He is also resourceful to locate spares.

If you have seen the movie Viruddh it is the same workshop that features in the film.
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The Street. Indeed different from all the other feline looking beasts launched around the time. Is this the bike which offered the option to come to neutral from top gear? The miles clocked seem to be reasonable too. My first bike was a Hero Honda SS that did around 27k clicks within the first year!

Oh by the way, I think I spotted you on your Street at Bhandarkar road more than a month ago. It must have been opposite HDFC bank perhaps. I was looking at the Street and after you passed by I thought I have seen this person somewhere, your thread reminded me of that spotting

We need pictures on this thread to do it justice

Edit: where is this Viruddh workshop? I havent seen that movie. Actually I cannot remember which one it is.

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