Harley-Davidson reveals Street 500 and Street 750 (with images)

05 Nov 2013 /   

Harley-Davidson has just revealed their first new platform in 13 years in Milan. Two motorcycles are going to be made off this platform, to be called the Harley-Davidson Street 500 and the Harley-Davidson Street 750.

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The motorcycles look identical featuring a blacked-out theme which, the company says, will resonate with the young adults

The motorcycles look identical featuring a blacked-out theme the company says will resonate with the young adults, the resounding theme at the launch. In terms of lines, the motorcycle looks long and low with a flat wide tank topping the new engine, dubbed the Revolution X.

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Harley says they have managed to give the Street two extra inches of ground clearance (50mm) and two inches (50mm) of extra suspension travel compared to the Iron 883

The new engine is a marked change for the Harley featuring among other things, liquid-cooling and a 60 degree V-twin. Both of these things are big departures for the Milwaukee company which tends to favour air-cooled engines as well as a 45 degree included angle in the vee of its twins. Of course, Harley has experience with liquid-cooled engines in the V-Rod and more recently in the part liquid-cooled engines that came out of Project Rushmore. The engine is a four-valves (two per cylinder) SOHC layout with fuel injection.

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The new liquid-cooled 60 degree V-twin engine, dubbed the Revolution X

On the chassis front, Harley says they have managed to give the Street two extra inches of ground clearance (50mm) and two inches (50mm) of extra suspension travel compared to the Iron 883. Both should come in handy in emerging markets where road conditions are more unpredictable.

The instrumentation is typically Harley with a simple round speedometer with a small digital display taking care of the details.

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The motorcycles will be priced in India below the cheapest Harley-Davidson currently on sale, the Super Low which is priced at Rs 5.6 ex-Delhi. The motorcycles are likely to be produced in India as well as in Kansas. Harley-Davidson has a factory in Bawal, Haryana outside Delhi.

What Harley won’t explicitly disclose is their sourcing but the new Street line will have more Indian parts on them than any Harley ever in the history of Milwaukee. The local sourcing and production will be a key factor in pricing the motorcycles for success. And this is critical because the Street line is poised to become the largest selling model line in the Harley-Davidson line-up.

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Portugal, Italy and Spain will be the markets where the Indian built Streets will go to as exports. Kansas will take care of the North American markets.

What remains to be seen is the pricing. Harley India says the commercial launch is set for the middle of 2014 with the final announcement of the date and timelines expected at the 2014 Auto Expo in February.

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Harley also says that extreme care has been taken to ensure that the liquid-cooled Revolution X engine sounds exactly like its air-cooled siblings

Visually, the Street looks right. They look like marginally scaled down Harleys that wear some new detail elements like the more angular sidepanels but exude that Harley line and ethos in design. Harley also says that extreme care has been taken to ensure that the liquid-cooled Revolution X engine sounds exactly like its air-cooled siblings.

We are expecting the prices to be extremely attractive with the Street 500 to be priced at about Rs 3.8-4 lakh and the Street 750 likely to arrive at about Rs 4.5-4.8 lakh ex-Delhi. These are, of course, our estimates, not official figures.

Overall, Harley-Davidson is opening an new front that targets younger customers in emerging markets who may aspire to the big Harleys but their age (in terms of insurance in certain markets) or economic situation does not allow them to afford them just yet. This is a clever ploy hinged on the simplest of requirements. The Streets must offer the same feel and sensations that all Harleys offer. And if they can do that, Harley should have a big success on their hands.


  • Sagnik Ghose

    Yum!

  • rudraksh

    Aw wait for it some

  • Johny

    what will be the bhp and torque of this thing.. hopefully around 35ps :/

  • Aditya

    Did Harley Davidson design this bike? Does not have its signature design.

    • Nishad Aras

      Thats because they’re building on a new platform.

  • Bill Hennessy

    Rumors have it that the 500 has 40 HP

  • REContinentalGT_rocks

    Hate the design..i wish price wasnt the only factor that we as indians earmarked on when buying our products..some things are legendary and should be kept that way..instead of releasing stripped down versions like these so that every second person owns that product..defeats the whole purpose of buying such a product

  • Joe

    Check out HD India site, 4 lakhs is not that cheap compare to the rest. Also having in mind that paying so much and can not use it as a day to day bike, think where ur gonna park it or how much servicing and parts are gonna cost or filling d tank and mileage!… instead just buy a damn car!!!

    • glad

      If you want mileage buy a damn bajaj discover.

    • gaz

      dude go buy a hero splendor or dawn, that’s suits you more

    • bhashkar

      how much milage is it closer to 20 kmpl

  • bhashkar

    what will be the milage of 500 cc and 750??