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The Harley-Davidson Street 750 and 500 Are Ready for the Light of Day

Photos: Courtesy Harley-Davidson

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Launching the first new platform in over a decade is a big job for any company, but particularly so for the Motor Company, which is looking to access a new generation and a new demographic of riders with its liquid-cooled Revolution X powertrain found in the Street 750 and 500 bikes.

We shared this platform with readers in November, but now that Harley-Davidson is preparing to roll these bikes off the line, we thought we’d take a closer look.  The bike is stripped down on all levels – from the weight to the price tag. It’s going to come in between $6500 -$7500 MSRP.  The Street is billed as agile, with an instant throttle response, a narrow chassis, low seat height and broad handlebar sweep for added maneuverability.

“These are the newest motorcycles to join our Dark Custom lineup, which helped make us the number-one selling brand to young adults in the U.S. for the past five years,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “Both the Street 750 and Street 500 were designed with thousands of hours of input from young adults in cities around the world. This input guided both the attitude and capabilities of these motorcycles. They are proof that being customer-led continues to be a core driver of our product development process.”

While Harley is launching the bikes on press junkets in Europe and India, a few American publications have had go-arounds on the bike already. Cycle World reports that the bike compares favorably with the Japanese sport bikes the Street is going to be competing with directly, which is good news for Harley. At 750cc and 500cc respectively, the make good power and torque, and while the stopping leaves a little to be desired, they hold their own.

The bike will be manufactured in the U.S. on the same Kansas City line built to manufacture the V-Rod, and as widely speculated, in Bawal, India for the rest of the world.

We’re eager to hear more reports on the bike and to see if this new, lean street machine can indeed convert Japanese sportbike enthusiasts back to an American brand.

 

 

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