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2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500 - Coolness Factor = 62.3%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:44 pm

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2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500 on Totalmotorcycle.com

Built for the urban environment...

Available in select markets in 2014, the Street 500 feature all-new liquid-cooled Revolution X™ powertrains that match the demands of stop-and-go traffic with nimble agility, while delivering instant throttle response to escape city gridlock.



Harley-Davidson is continuing its monumental ride, which began with the introduction of Project RUSHMORE in August, by revealing two new Dark Custom™ motorcycles designed for young urban riders around the world.

The Harley-Davidson Street™ 500 motorcycles – the first all-new platform from Harley-Davidson in 13 years – are built for urban environments with all-new liquid-cooled Revolution X™ powertrains, nimble agility and the sound and look that lets everyone know they are genuine Harley-Davidson.

“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.”

Urban, Authentic Harley-Davidson


Introducing the Revolution X™ engine.

Riding on crowded streets and jam-packed freeways puts its own set of demands on a motorcycle engine. The all-new Revolution X™ engine is pure Harley-Davidson V-Twin muscle specifically designed for urban riding. It’s liquid cooled to maintain peak performance no matter how high the mercury climbs or how long you’re in gridlock. There’s a single overhead cam. Four valves per head. And a smooth-shifting 6-speed transmission. It all translates to one thing: instant response to the twist you give the throttle when stop turns to go.


2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500 - Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: Starting at $6,700 - $7,500 USD

494 CC Liquid Cooled Revolution X™ Engine
6 Speed Transmission
Belt Drive
2 into 1 Exhaust
Mid Mount Controls
Easy Lock to Lock Sweep
Single Caliper Disc Brakes
Specially Tuned Suspension
2 Up Seat with Passenger Pegs
Metal Tank and Fenders
LED Tail Lights and Bullet Signals
Locking Gas Cap, Forks, and Ignition
V Twin 60° 4-Valves per Head
Wheel Size: 17” Front, 15” Rear
Wheelbase: 59.5”
Weight: 480 LBS (WET)


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Re: This week: 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:45 pm

I had a really difficult time choosing to put up either the 500 or the 750 street, both are unique this year to Harley-Davidson, neither have been seen before in this century. I let Andrea choose and she said go for the 500, it's a little more unique as H-D hasn't offered something in this range before (other than the 500 Blast!).

So enjoy!

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P.S. The wet weight of both the 500 and 750 are identical. My guess (it is just a guess at this time) is the engines are the SAME engine, but the 750 is sleeved to be a 500cc, thus the same weight as they are the same bike.
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Re: This week: 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500: Vote Today

Unread post by montanalifter » Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:55 pm

I like it, new liquid cooled engine. Smaller size and weight for people that don't need or want a bigger bike. Good looking bike, don't know how hard it would be working on the interstate but i'm sure it would do it fine. And last but not least you get a Harley for 7k.
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Re: This week: 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500: Vote Today

Unread post by Gummiente » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:04 pm

Awesome.

Because it's about frickin' time Harley did this.
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Re: This week: 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500: Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:43 pm

I voted cool but with awesome undertones it's good to see the MOCo going for the future
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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:56 pm

Well, now we know why Harley has so long insisted on air-cooled powerplants instead of joining the 21st Century...

Their engineers create rad shrouds that look like minivan skid plates. WOW that's ugly!

What's cool about this bike is the underlying market forces that brought it into existence. If even these plodding old dinosaurs can't ignore the beginner/entry level market, it means our sport is growing and attracting new blood. They'd like us to believe these bikes are aimed are experienced riders who just don't need a liter+ bike for their gettin' around town days, but it's beginners who are going to ride these things home and that's the market share they're hoping to glom on to.

And that notion is what's Uncool about this bike. The idea that a 500 or 750 is only good for 'urban environments' is ridiculous, and it shows a contempt for all of us who do our road tripping on sub-liter cruisers. If the winding canyons and raked switchbacks of Flaming Gorge are 'urban', I'm a monkey's uncle.

So no, this isn't a Fail, but it is solidly UnCool.

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Re: This week: 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500: Vote Today

Unread post by ceemes » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:26 pm

Kudo's for HD for finally offering a true entry level bike. However, styling cues that don't work for me....

The head light casing/fairing, it's either too much of one or too little of the other.

The wheels rims, that spoke design reminds me of the mushroom slicer I operated between delivering pizza's as a teen, either go with a proper traditional wire spoke rim or a proper rim such as on the first bike pictured not that art deco abortion on the second bike.

The air filter, okay I know HD have this thing about showing off their air filters, but come on.....that one looks like a glaring pimple on the face of a beauty queen....

rad shroud....Jack of the Green said all that there is to say about it......

and basically its attempt to look retro chic...sorry, not working for me......

however, unlike Jack, I will give it a cool, namely because it is the first truly entry level bike that will appeal to a broad spectrum of riders and it is the one of most innovated bikes HD has released since the V-Rod......hmmmm, wonder how long it will last before they kill it off????
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Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:42 pm

LOL they can put it in the museum with the Aeromachi's,Buells and XR's pretty sad sometimes great point. :lol:
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Re: This week: 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:24 pm

ceemes wrote:Kudo's for HD for finally offering a true entry level bike. However, styling cues that don't work for me....

The head light casing/fairing, it's either too much of one or too little of the other.

The wheels rims, that spoke design reminds me of the mushroom slicer I operated between delivering pizza's as a teen, either go with a proper traditional wire spoke rim or a proper rim such as on the first bike pictured not that art deco abortion on the second bike...
Sorry, I should have stated the 1st photo is of the stock bike, the 2nd with everything H-D can farkel it up with.

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Re: This week: 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500: Vote Today

Unread post by Gummiente » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:33 pm

JackoftheGreen wrote:The idea that a 500 or 750 is only good for 'urban environments' is ridiculous, and it shows a contempt for all of us who do our road tripping on sub-liter cruisers.
I think you missed this statement in the first post; "Riding on crowded streets and jam-packed freeways puts its own set of demands on a motorcycle engine. The all-new Revolution X™ engine is pure Harley-Davidson V-Twin muscle specifically designed for urban riding. It’s liquid cooled to maintain peak performance no matter how high the mercury climbs or how long you’re in gridlock". In other words, the liquid cooled motor handles city life much better than the other traditional air-cooled siblings of the HD family. While there is an obvious slant towards city riding with this particular model, I hardly think the underlying message from Harley is to stay in the city with it.
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Unread post by Wrider » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:52 pm

Hmmm awesome they finally updated their game...
Cool looks except for that hideous radiator and the air filter...
480 lbs is quite a bit for a 500cc bike.

I'll go with cool overall.
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Re: This week: 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500: Vote Today

Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:45 pm

Gummiente wrote:While there is an obvious slant towards city riding with this particular model,
First, I don't think it's necessary to be apologetic about this aspect of the Street. It's not just an obvious slant towards city riding, it's their entire angle for this model, and that's my point. If they'd said something like, "...while still delivering enough high-end staying power to conquor the open road..." But no, their whole copy reads like they're selling a Segway rather than a motorcycle.

And I love how they introduce the idea of liquid cooling like it's brand new. Like the idea that people are riding in stop-and-go city traffic is just now coming to light, and HD is right there with innovations to answer the problem. It reminds me of a Subaru commercial from the mid-90's where the announcer is describing a limited-slip differential as though the device has only just been invented. Changes in a product or business model can't be called innovation when they come late in the trend. HD putting out a small-displacement liquid-cooled machine isn't innovation at all...

...it's playing catch-up.

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Unread post by Gummiente » Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:17 pm

JackoftheGreen wrote:Changes in a product or business model can't be called innovation when they come late in the trend. HD putting out a small-displacement liquid-cooled machine isn't innovation at all...

...it's playing catch-up.
Regardless, it just seems to me you're being overly sensitive about the whole "size" issue. :wink:
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Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:28 am

I voted cool.

I don't like the head light.

I think it's great they decided to put a smaller bike on the market. Not everyone can handle a big bike nor does everyone want a big bike.

With the price point on this, they will get a whole lot of new buyers.
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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:30 am

I think the bikes themselves are just . . . ok. Cool enough. But the implications are awesome. Obviously, this bike is targeting whole new rider segments for H-D, whether they’re simply new riders, or just riders who are kinda interested in the brand but not willing to put up with certain perceived Harley attributes (price? weight? bulk? who knows).

As someone who isn't from NA, I think its also significant that this bike will appeal to a broader spectrum of riders around the world, who might want a Harley, but who might find that a traditional Big Twin is simply not as appropriate for their roads, climate, and/or traffic conditions. I really appreciate that a smaller (and hopefully more nimble) bike is just more fun on the narrow, twisty roads where I live, and water cooling is great for places with more traffic congestion than the US. I hope Harley will be rewarded for trying something different. Sadly, they often aren't (look at the V Rod, Buells, XR1200, the list goes on).
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Unread post by ZRex » Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:27 pm

I voted Awesome, H-D needs an affordable motorcycle. It looks kind of like a modern version of the XLCR 1000 Café Racer, in the same way a modern Porsche 911, VW Beetle, or Jeep will have similar styling to the older versions despite having modern engines, suspensions, and brakes.

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ZRex wrote:It looks kind of like a modern version of the XLCR 1000 Café Racer
Nailed it.
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:11 pm

I voted: Awesome

But I can't believe (at this time) there are 12 fail votes. I know it's a different direction for Harley-Davidson, but it's a much needed direction. It's not the company "selling out" to the Japanese or making "un-Harley" bikes or ignoring the H-D faithful. What Harley-Davidson IS doing is bring the joy or owning a Harley to a vastly broader market of new and returning riders and to those who want a smaller cc bike. For that, I give them an awesome vote and I sure hope those who voted fail think about changing their vote as well.

But for the Street 500, what a great bike to start out on. Harley-Davidson's are well known to have character and style and a 500cc is a great size as a first bike, so why not own a H-D? I bet the other brands are shocked that H-D would offer such a bike as it puts their bikes squarely in the crosshairs. What has happened is a fundamental shift in the thinking at H-D to meet the other manufacturers head-on. Surely H-D can complete in this arena successfully.

Also I suspect Harley-Davidson is offering the Street line because they see how bad the economy still is and need to offer a product like this to keep the numbers up. But that's great news for the consumer, more choice = better value.

Don't forget, a 500cc was a good mid-sized bike not too long ago and a 750cc a heavy touring bike.

Again, AWESOME.

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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:23 pm

Breaking news (I think I'm the very first to have these 2 shots up on the internet): Harley-Davidson, Marvel and Total Motorcycle gives you a super-sneak preview of the new Captain America: The Winter Soldier” movie, SIX MONTHS before it's released! You will notice it is using the new Street 750 in the images.

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The Harley-Davidson Street™ 750, an all-new motorcycle revealed last week at EICMA, the International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, will be appearing in Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” movie. ©MARVEL

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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:13 pm

It might be a bit unfair (since he’s a big guy in a bulky costume) but Chris Evans (or his stuntman) makes this bike look tiny :lol:
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