With roots in India, the 2017 Harley-Davidson Street 500 is definitely an outlier the Motor Company. The Street 500 is a fairly limited use motorcycle, with odd ergonomics and handling, but an impressive liquid-cooled motor.
Be prepared to stay on city streets, where the Street 500 does shine. Although not especially agile with a wet weight over 500 pounds and 32 degrees of rake, it does manage urban streets well. If you get up to freeway speeds on rough highways, you will want to slow down, as the front end feels vague and the suspension is quickly overwhelmed.The best thing about the 2017 Harley-Davidson Street 500 is that it gets you on a bike from The Motor Company for under $7000.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2017 Harley-Davidson Street 500
Type: Revolution X V-twin
Bore x stroke: 2.72 x 2.6 inches
Displacement: 30 cubic inches (494cc)
Maximum torque: 29.5 ft/lbs @ 3750 rpm
Compression ratio: 11:1
Fuel system: Mikuni Single Port Fuel Injection w/ 35mm bore
Lubrication: Wet sump
Clutch: Wet multi-plate
Primary drive: Gear
Final drive: Belt
Frame: Mild tubular steel w/ rectangular backbone
Front suspension: Non-adjustable 37mm forks/5.5 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Spring-preload adjustable shocks/3.5 inches of travel
Front tire: 100/80 x 17; Michelin Scorcher 11F bias
Rear tire: 140/75 x 15; Michelin Scorcher 11 radial
Front wheel: 17” x 2.5”; 7-spoke cast aluminum
Rear wheel: 15” x 3.5”; 7-spoke cast aluminum
Front brake: 300mm floating disc w/ two-piston caliper
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.