The 2015 Harley-Davidson Street 500 and 750 models, unveiled earlier this year, have been rolling into dealerships all summer, with some shops finally getting their shipment just two weeks ago. So, if you’ve been waiting for the bikes to arrive, now’s the time to visit your local dealer.
The two motorcycles are an all-new platform for Harley-Davidson with the 500 being positioned as an entry-level bike as it is the motorcycle used in Harley-Davidson’s new Riding Academy, which replaced Rider’s Edge—and its Buell Blasts—earlier this year.
The 500 and 750 are the same motorcycle except for the size of the engine. The 750 obviously has more power, enough to keep up for all-day rides with your friends. The bold, edgy, blacked-out minimalist look and styling is designed to attract new generation of riders to the Harley-Davidson brand.
Seat height on the Street is a low 25.7 inches with the motorcycle weighing in at a relatively light 489 pounds. The narrow profile, combined with the low seat height, allows a wide range or riders to handle the bike.
The all-new Revolution X engine is pure Harley-Davidson V-Twin muscle specifically designed for urban riding. This engine is born out of the Revolution motor that powers the V-Rods. The engine is liquid-cooled to maintain peak performance no matter how high the mercury climbs or how long you’re riding in gridlock. There’s a single overhead cam, four valves per cylinder, and a smooth-shifting 6-speed transmission. No ABS is available on this motorcycle.
Specs At A Glance: 2015 Harley-Davidson Street 500 amp; 750
Engine size: 494cc and 749cc
Seat height: 25.7 inches
Weight: 489 pounds
Fuel capacity: 3.5 gallons
Colors: Vivid Black, Black Denim, Mysterious Red Sunglo
Price: 500 starts at $6,799; 750 starts at $7,499
Most first time entry-level Harley-Davidson buyers will wonder should they get a Sportster or the Street. Clearly the entry level Sportster, at 883cc, is a more powerful motorcycle. Plus, it’s more expensive with the SuperLow starting at $8,249. It’s really a question of what type of riding you plan on doing as several of the Sportsters are designed for cruising with a more plush suspension and ergonomics designed for longer days in the saddle. The Street is clearly aimed at urban riding, but any motorcycle—even the Street—can be outfitted for longer riding days.
The Street is new; it’s different and it has Harley’s more efficient water-cooled engine. A comparable Sportster model to the Street is the Iron 883, an aggressive Dark Custom from Harley that runs $900 more than the Street 750.