2015 Harley-Davidson Street 750 / Street 500 Debut at EICMAIn August, Harley-Davidson unveiled “Project Rushmore,” which revamped its lineup of touring motorcycles, including the introduction of its first semi-water cooled engine.
And just as the reviews of the Project Rushmore lineup started to saturate the industry, Harley-Davidson pulled off a shocking announcement Monday at EICMA (Milan Motorcycle Show).In 2014, The Motor Company will release two entry-level motorcycles – the Street 750 and the Street 500. These two motorcycles were originally set for foreign markets such as those in India and China, but Harley is now going to sell them in the United States. The Street bikes will be built at the Harley-Davidson plant in Kansas City, according to insiders at Harley-Davidson.The machines are built on the new “Revolution X” platform, which is the first all-new platform of Harley-Davidson motorcycles since the introduction of VRSC (V-Twin Racing Street Custom) lineup 2001 (V-Rod, Night-Rod, Street-Rod).The Street 750 and Street 500 feature the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected “Revolution X” powertrains. The Street 750 features a 60-degree, four-valve-per cylinder 749cc engine, and the Street 500 a 494cc engine; both versions arrive with a six-speed transmission.With a low seat height of around 25 inches, and a wet weight of 480 lb. wet, these motorcycles are built for agility in urban settings. Both bikes, which arrive with metal fenders and gas tank, are further enhanced with a belt drive, mid controls, 2-into-1 exhaust, single-caliper disc brakes, two-up seating, LED taillights, a 59.5-inch wheelbase, and 17″ front/15″ rear wheels.And to keep the price down – the Street 500 around $6,700, and the Street 750 around $7,500 – the two Revolution X bikes don Dark Custom styling.Matt Levatich (President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson) says: “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.“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.”Harley says the Revolution X V-Twin will sit in a “new, narrow and lean chassis built for agility, with a super-low seat height, new suspension and broad handlebar sweep that provides confidence and maneuverability when managing tight turns and fast moves.”Besides keeping price low, the Dark Custom styling also offers a easy canvas for owners to customize.Mark-Hans Richer (Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Harley-Davidson) says: “These new bikes are leaner, yet still have a mean streak – they’re the real deal, made of real steel. They’re designed to handle the abuses of urban environments and provide authentic opportunities to customize.”Stay clicked to Ultimate MotorCycling for previews of the 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 750 and Street 500.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!