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.
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.