Harley-Davidson will launch its first all-new platform and sixth model family next year with “Street” 750 and Street 500 motorcycles based on a new liquid-cooled Revolution X engine. With very low price tags and seat heights, the Street line is aimed at young-adult urban riders looking for a nimble bike with some room for customization.
“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,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “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.”
The Revolution X engine is a 60-degree, liquid-cooled unit V-twin of either 494cc or 749cc and has SOHC four-valve heads, a counterbalancer to reduce vibration, a 6-speed transmission and belt final drive. It’s housed in a new chassis with a 25.4-inch seat height, wide handlebar and mid-mount controls, and both bikes are said to weigh 480 pounds with the 3.5-gallon tank full. Wheels are 17 inches in front and 15 in the rear, with 100- and 140-series tires respectively. The blacked-out styling takes some cues from the V-Rod line, especially the rear fender and radiator. Machined cylinder fins and wheel spokes set the Street 750 apart from the all blacked-out 500.
In addition to expanding Harley’s lineup to appeal to a broader range of riders, the Street 500 will fill the gap in Harley’s Riding Academy training program left by the departed Buell Blast. By coming in under 500cc and having a low seat height, it meets the required two out of three criteria of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, said a Harley rep (the third is a weight under 400 pounds). Both the Street 500 and 750 will also be sold in other countries where its larger models might cost more or be license restricted. (In the U.S., Harley’s least-expensive current model is the 883 Superlow at $7,999). In fact, Street models for sale in India, Italy, Spain and Portugal will be made in Harley-Davidson’s Bawal, India, factory alongside other bikes made strictly for consumption in that country since the factory opened in 2011, such as the Sportster 72, 48 and Fat Bob. All motorcycles for North America, including the new Street line, are made in Harley’s factories in York, Pennsylvania, or Kansas City, Missouri.
The Street 500 will carry a MSRP of $6,700 and the Street 750 will start at $7,500; both are expected to see dealerships in Q2 of 2014. More information is available at h-d.com/street.