Harley-Davidson's New Steet Line - Street 500 and Street 750

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Harley-Davidson's New Steet Line - Street 500 and Street 750

#1 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:32 am

Harley-Davidson's New Steet Line - Street 500 and Street 750
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Harley-Davidson's New Steet Line - Street 500 and Street 750
Harley-Davidson introducing the first new line in 13 years and it's a winner. With the new 2014 H-D Street 500 and Street 750 they are going after the urban market. With a new Revolution X liquid cooled engine, narrow and lean chassis, super-low seat height, new suspension and broad handlebar Harley-Davidson promises this bike is built for agility. Available in 2014 Q1 it's one to check to here at Total Motorcycle. 2014 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Guide: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... vidson.htm
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#2 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:32 am

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#3 Unread post by fireguzzi » Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:03 pm

Saw this on FB and just had to jump back on over here to see what the TMW crowd thought of these things. (Hi old TMW guys) Im kinda intrigued myself.
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#4 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:35 pm

I dunno I kinda like em but I am gonna say the faithful are probably going bonkers but it's a numbers thing, and directed at the Indian market and probably China and Europe as well.
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#5 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:19 pm

Aren't these basically the new Buell Blast? Something to bring in less experienced, younger, and/or less affluent riders? Good marketing move, haven't seen enough of the bikes to have an opinion of them.
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#6 Unread post by jmillheiser » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:01 am

It reminds me of a cross between the street rod and a the XR1200. Harley could have a real winner here if they ride as good as they look. The price is quite reasonable and comparable to other entry level cruisers.

I think Harley finally realized that the 883 while being fairly cheap, wasn't particularly friendly to new riders.

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#7 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:46 am

As far as I can see or know they are nothing even remotely like the blast completely different design. But what I know aint much. Blast is basically 1/2 a sportster motor meaning single cyl. air cooled these new machines are twin and water cooled more like a honda shadow.
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#8 Unread post by High_Side » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:03 am

I think that although the wanna-be side of the faithful will hate them, they will sell a lot at the prices they are quoting.

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#9 Unread post by BobK » Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:13 pm

Nothing wrong with it that a set of loud pipes and some chrome can't fix.

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#10 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:13 pm

Cosidering in India alone if they sold a machine to .003% of the population they would move something like 300,000 machines quite a bit more than HD puts out in an entire year.
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#11 Unread post by jstark47 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:02 pm

Absolutely fascinating. The MoCo tosses away the marketing advantage of the "lifestyle" and decides to compete with the rest of the industry on level ground. Hope they're up to it, but major kudos for even daring to try.

No legacy. No pushrods, no single-pin crank (I'm guessing), no long-stroke narrow-angle v-twin. Nothing but the HD name. They're now doing exactly what the rest of the world does, and competing solely on name. Well, everyone has been saying for years they've got to move beyond the traditional "faithful" or die, as the Faithful are an aging demographic.

So how much is the name worth, when all the rest of the legacy usually evoked by the name is missing? We'll find out. Because unless this bike is a tad better and a smidge cheaper than the Japanese competition, the name is all that sets it apart.

If nothing else, the critics of the MoCo (they are legion, and include me, I'll admit it) now need to STFU. Harley Davidson has gone and done what we've been yelling for.
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#12 Unread post by High_Side » Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:05 pm

jstark47 wrote:Absolutely fascinating. The MoCo tosses away the marketing advantage of the "lifestyle" and decides to compete with the rest of the industry on level ground. Hope they're up to it, but major kudos for even daring to try.

No legacy. No pushrods, no single-pin crank (I'm guessing), no long-stroke narrow-angle v-twin. Nothing but the HD name. They're now doing exactly what the rest of the world does, and competing solely on name. Well, everyone has been saying for years they've got to move beyond the traditional "faithful" or die, as the Faithful are an aging demographic.

So how much is the name worth, when all the rest of the legacy usually evoked by the name is missing? We'll find out. Because unless this bike is a tad better and a smidge cheaper than the Japanese competition, the name is all that sets it apart.

If nothing else, the critics of the MoCo (they are legion, and include me, I'll admit it) now need to STFU. Harley Davidson has gone and done what we've been yelling for.
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#13 Unread post by High_Side » Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:00 am

From the HD custom shop:

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#14 Unread post by Wrider » Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:36 am

Bravo to the motor company! I'm very happy they're moving forward!
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#15 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:47 am

First, Welcome back fireguzzi!! Glad to have you back home. :revv:

Second, I am really enjoying the comments above. Yes, it does seem Harley-Davidson is joining the flock and offering a product that CAN be easily compared to the Japanese market... are they ready for that? Well, we will see, there isn't any torque or horsepower numbers quoted yet for the 500 or 750. All I can say is, I think, that the Street 750 won't beat the Moto Guzzi 750 in a race, unless that H-D 750 V-Twin is much more powerful as an extra 85lbs of bike isn't nothing. Also not sure about the tank size, looks like a peanut sized tank (3gal/12l), but that would make sense as it's a 100 mile range (urban) bike anyways. (the Guzzi' is a 5.3/22l). The next thing is the "Ultra-low seat height". And the seat height on the Street's do not look low, telling me, this bike might be quite small framed. (riders around 5' only).

But with the price, that's awesome. I wonder if they will also make a Street 1000 or Street 1250?

High_Side wrote:From the HD custom shop:

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The RDX800 was one of the 3 concept models to which H-D selected (The RDX800 appears to have won). The RDX looks great, maybe the Street 750 will be offered in a colour as well (eventually).

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#16 Unread post by High_Side » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:24 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote: But with the price, that's awesome. I wonder if they will also make a Street 1000 or Street 1250?
Like a V-Rod perhaps? :mrgreen:

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#17 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:13 pm

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totalmotorcycle wrote: But with the price, that's awesome. I wonder if they will also make a Street 1000 or Street 1250?
Like a V-Rod perhaps? :mrgreen:
Yes, but I was thinking more VTR like. :D

The world could use another VTR.

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#18 Unread post by High_Side » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:17 am

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totalmotorcycle wrote: But with the price, that's awesome. I wonder if they will also make a Street 1000 or Street 1250?
Like a V-Rod perhaps? :mrgreen:
Yes, but I was thinking more VTR like. :D

The world could use another VTR.

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#19 Unread post by Chip Beazley » Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:17 am

I am quite interested in seeing what the 750cc bike is really like. The promo photos of the 750cc bike show a standard bike that looks better than its competition from Honda and it looks way better than the Yamaha Bolt. I have tried out a Bolt and I am unimpressed...while it has a greater displacement than the 883 Sportster, I found it to be uncomfortable, did not ride as well and did not display the assembly quality of a Harley. It looks much more like a bike cobbed up in someone's garage out of bits and pieces or someone's chop job. I guess this is why Yamaha advertises the bike as a bobber. If the performance of the 750cc bike matches the Honda Shadow ES, Harley will have a winner.

No body produces a competiting bike in the 500cc class and judging by the promo photos of the 500cc bike it appears that H-D will sell customized versions as well.

The 500cc/750cc bikes are priced right to bring new and younger riders (including the ladies) into the H-D fold.

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