Harley-Davidson posted this photo on its Facebook page and made the announcement of its new 2014 Street 750 and 500 motorcycles, set to hit markets the second quarter of 2014.
Harley-Davidson broke cover, via its Facebook page
, on its new Harley-Davidson
Street 750 & 500 motorcycles. Both mounts are built around a new liquid-cooled “Revolution X” V-Twin, displacing 749cc and 494cc respectively.
The Motor Company plans to make these new entry-level mounts available by the second quarter of 2014 in North America, Italy, Spain, Portugal and India and has plans to expand into additional markets the following year. MSRP is listed from $6700-$7500 US dollars.
Street 750 and 500 models sold in the US, Mexico and Canada will be assembled (engine and bike) at Harley-Davidson's Kansas City facility. Those sold internationally will be manufactured in India.
The Street 750 and 500 are the first new platforms for Harley-Davidson in 13 years. The chassis is “narrow and lean,” the front tire is slim and the suspension is “tuned for the roughest roads” to suit riding in urban environments. Harley-Davidson asserts that even though these mounts are smaller in stature than their cousins in the line-up, the trademark Harley engine note remains intact.
The 750 and 500 fit into Harley-Davidson’s Dark Custom line-up which has given riders the option of blacked-out (or semi-blacked-out) versions of the Iron 883, Fat Bob, Street Bob, Forty-Eight and Seventy-Two models. According to Harley-Davidson President and Chief Operating Officer, Matt Levatich, the Dark Custom options have “helped make us the number-one selling brand to young adults in the U.S. for the past five years.”
Levatich continues, “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-Davidson reached into its history books to design the new mounts, sourcing design traits from its 1946 Knuclehead and ‘80’s model FXRs. Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Mark-Hans Richer unveiled the Street 750 and 500 at EICMA and then sat down to talk about the new rides. Video of the unveiling and Richer’s comments is included below.
Here’s a spec rundown; all but the engine size is the same between the 750 and 500.
2014 Harley-Davidson Street 750 & 500
749cc liquid-cooled Revolution X engine, V-Twin 60° four-valves per head
494cc liquid-cooled Revolution X engine, V-Twin 60° four-valves per head
6 Speed Transmission
Single caliper disc brakes
Two-up seat with passenger pegs
Metal tank and fenders
LED tail lights and bullet signals
Locking gas cap, forks and ignition
17 inch front wheel, 15 inch rear wheel
59.5 inch wheelbase
480 pounds (wet)