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2014 Harley-Davidson Street 750 & 500

Monday, November 4, 2013
Harley-Davidson
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
Belt Drive
2-into-1 exhaust
Mid-mount controls
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)




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yellowduc   January 25, 2014 05:48 AM
Oops, meant to say, So if you "can't" enjoy a basic bike, you're missing the point of being a motorcyclist. Yellowduc
yellowduc   January 25, 2014 05:46 AM
This seems like a very nice bike, I really don't understand why Harley fans are so focused on principles appose the pure fun of riding. I love Ducati's, I own two and I'm afraid to say that the smaller, lighter and cheaper Ducati models are often better rides. They may not have the fancy hardware like a 1199 Panigale but I'm willing bet that for pure enjoyment, road feel and fun a 2014 Monster 696 is a much better choice. I guess they call this sort of thing, putting the cart before the horse. So if you can enjoy a basic bike, you're missing the point of being a motorcyclist. -- Yellowduc --
WildH2Oskier   January 21, 2014 04:37 PM
Well it appears that Harley finally noticed that the biggest sales numbers from the other manufacturers are in the *gasp* 750 cc water cooled cruiser range. I hate to be the one to tell them but they are missing the boat here aiming this at just the youth riders. they will find it and they will buy them. But what about those of us who are getting long in the tooth (I'm 50 btw) and have never been inclined to buy a Harley because not everyone wants a three ton GeezerGlide (tm pending). I hope they are not long in offering saddlebags, wind shields, and better seats for these bike (specifically the the 750) as I see myself test riding and probably buying one before the start of summer. Excited, no, intrigues definitely
bmwkidwise   January 6, 2014 04:09 PM
These bikes look like tiny turds! Small, crappy, ugly and slow…I really enjoyed the designer lying through his teeth stating that he's excited to be working on this new turd for Harley. What a joke! A real Harley man wouldn't even say this. Also, if you are a newby learning to ride you should start on something used cause you are going to drop it or lay it down. You shouldn't be buying a new turd like this! Cheers!!
StormyKnight   November 25, 2013 01:33 AM
Two years after the VRod was introduced, I heard that HD was going to make a Sportster version of the VRod. I had forgotten this until now. These bikes appear smaller than the sportsters but I didn't know what to expect as far as the engines. I guess it falls into line since the VRods have smaller higher performing engines than the air cooled cousins that HD has been putting on the road all this time. It should be interesting to see how well these new scooters perform as well as their fuel economy. I believe it is a niche product and I won't condemn HD for it. I think HD should think twice before necessarily replacing the Sportster with this bike. We should let the consumer decide. It won't be long before all the HD lines will get liquid cooled engines. Increasing EPA rules and regulations are making this a no brainer. The company that doesn't change with the economic tide is either going to be stranded on the reef or washed out to sea. At least HD is making an effort.
mysticcobra1754   November 23, 2013 10:57 PM
and on another thought the CEO of Harley who is not a biker or as to my understanding of the story does not ride bikes killed the Buell sport bikes, making comments like "do we really need Eric Buell with his motorcycle hobby" and another good one "who rides sport bikes anyway?"....and when after reading more about what the CEO did to Eric made me furious after what Eric's technology has gave to the motorcycle industry ! it's almost as bad like when AMF was making Harleys ! maybe this CEO Buell killer should go make basketballs or something and keep his fingers off of our hot rods ! maybe I am not up to date cause I an surprised as hell to see these new little Harleys with no more XR1200X Sportsters (with your favorite mods another do all bike)now not available in the United States anymore ! I wonder if that was some more or the CEO Buell killer's handy work ? I ride a new Vance & Hines / Rocket Bobs Screamin' Eagle FXDB Dyna Café/Adventure style Street bob with longer travel suspension using Race tech and Ohlins, but if Harley kills the Sportsters altogether like someone below said the new little Harley may replace, I will be buying a new little Triumph Tiger 800XC or at the very least a 2004 - 2006 Triumph Tiger 955i for a kick around secondary do all machine instead of a Sportster or this new little Harley and keep my Dyna also ! and probably the Dyna will be the last Harley I will ever own ! it's a keeper and speaks for its self if you ever saw it ! it will go about anywhere pretty fast for it's size ! and gets 47 miles per gallon doing it if you can keep your hand out of the throttle, but then that is the whole point of the bikes like the way my Dyna is set up ain't it ? bahahaha !
mysticcobra1754   November 23, 2013 09:55 PM
I was at the Indy Mile this year at the AMA Grand National Mile and Harley-Davidson was out there again with their latest 1957 design XR750 and did very well in the main managing to hold on to 2nd place against several other liquid cooled brands ! but there was a liquid cooled "KAW" that ran away with the show with a young man who knows how to ride ! so according to the rules using bikes based on production type engines will this new 750cc liquid cooled little bike give Harley the chance to build some new configurations for the mile? I think it would be interesting to see and hope they do ! off the subject a bit Triumph was out there also on some new stuff and a joy to see them back again cause it reminded me of the old days when it was Harley, Triumph, and BSA all rivals battling it out !
Solosavage   November 23, 2013 01:24 PM
I sure wish that Harley-Davidson would post more specs about the new 750/500. Like the size of the gas tank. EPA highway mileage would also be nice to know too. I currently ride an 04 Suzuki Savage LS650/S40 Boulevard for the last 2 years after being absent from motorcycles for 30 years (ex dirt bike rider). I currently get about 55 mpg at 55 mph in 5th gear. Would like to know what the 750/500 would get at 55 mph in 6th gear?
raj_pol   November 18, 2013 05:39 AM
Harley Davidson is following a very interesting strategy here. For a long time the only semblance of a cruiser or a long haul bike (I am not very good at the genres) were from Royal Enfield. Royal Enfield has a very strong support base in spite of them making running around with 50 year old technology. Imported bikes would have a 100% tax over and above their high price and way beyond what most Indians could afford. In an interview recently MD Harley India (Anoop Prakash) talks about how he wants these royal enfield riders to move up to the smaller Harley's. A huge population, growing economy (albeit slowly now) and more disposable income they have a huge market waiting for them. The pro's for all of this: Unfortunately Harley can sell anything they want in India, even hundred year old technology will do. Indians will go off by the show off component and not by the technology and most of the Harley owners (in India) will hardly ever ride.
BMWforever   November 11, 2013 06:19 PM
No hearing aid jacks!
BMWforever   November 11, 2013 05:55 PM
Hey Cactus. I don't think u are gonna like ''em when they are All Electric. Whoosh!
proheli   November 11, 2013 05:54 PM
Hi CactusJack. I can understand your position. There may be something that you are over looking, as other motorcycle companies, BMW for instance, have done the same thing as HD. Well actually they are all currently doing the same thing RACING to build acceptable inexpensive motorcycles for what we now call, Emerging Markets. This is NOT the same thing that happened in the 80's and 90's. China now has 1 Billion people, and India has 1 Billion people, and with these two countries alone, joining the rest of the economic world, the Earthwide motorcycle market has doubled. Overnight. Yes, they don't have the money for a new HD or Ducati or Triumph Tiger, but the RACE for their hearts and minds is underway, because TODAY, they may only be able to afford the $5000 version, but as the rider matures and is ready for his second and third and fourth bike, hopefully they will remain brand loyal. I'm sure we may see some sales of these bikes in the USA and Europe, but that is just a bonus and never was their intended market.
BMWforever   November 11, 2013 05:44 PM
Why did u think they called it KNUCKELHEAD?
ChicagoCyclist   November 9, 2013 12:56 PM
I think its a good move for Harley Davidson, it brings new, younger buyers to the brand. At the same time, as the group grows, they will have no problems with the idea of a big twin liquid cooled motor. As most of the harley faithful seem to dismiss. However, with stricter emissions standards ever looming. Liquid cooling a on all Harley Davidson may be unavoidable. In my opinion, these new bikes are a smart move. Congrats! HD.
DanPan   November 8, 2013 05:51 PM
Looks cheaper than the Yamaha Bolt.....
Stoneycreek   November 7, 2013 02:56 PM
CactusJack, I must disagree with your assessment. I believe the folks in Milwaukee are finally really coming to grips with economic reality in the country and the world. The ever-climbing share of foreign markets, especially South America, prove it. Moving into a market segment that they have not occupied in a while is a brilliant business move. Reaching out to new population segments is good for the Company and for the people who always wanted a smaller and less expensive Harley-Davidson. I predict you'll be sorry you sold your stock. A personal example is my wife, who was on the cusp of feeling like the Sportster was just a bit more than she needed or wanted. The new 750 has brought a twinkle to her eye. How can carving out a larger share of a broadened market be bad for the Company or the consumers it serves? The new Indian is a beautiful bike but it is expensive, large and heavy. It is appealing to a very small niche in the market. I hope Indian servives and thrives. I know Harley-Davidson will.
CactusJack   November 7, 2013 11:00 AM
My post won't be popular,but here goes anyway. As a long term H-D rider (I own my 3rd bike with over 125,000 plus H-D miles) with historically tens of thousands spent on H-D bikes and stuff, I think these new "toys" are a joke and a sad indicator of where H-D is forced to try to go to survive. Clever introductory marketing? Maybe. But how well will these shallow reps of Harley's really sell? These H-D impostors are nothing more than a way to try to sell the Harley brand to people who can no longer afford even 883 Sportsters! The entire H-D bike lineup, parts, accessories, service and clothing are being priced out of the market for "every man" or "every woman" given inflation and stagnate/eroding wages. Care to buy a basic Electra Glide? Try starting around $25,000. Hey, wanna even by a simple cotton H-D T-shirt? Yer looking at $28-$32! It's crazy! By the way, if the joint H-D/Porsche designed motor is so great, why aren't the V-ROD derivatives selling any better after a dozen years (introduced in 2001) in the market? The V-ROD is not the genetic code of H-D...and neither are these undersized impostors. Wanna see real competition and great engineering? Check out the new Indians! But Indian will also struggle against a increasingly weakened wage earning economy. Already I have talked with a lot of experienced H-D dealer reps (not the recently hired "kids") in several dealerships, and they also maintain(confidentially) that the primary strategy here is to get cheaper H-D branded bikes into the market. The folks in Milwaukee are losing touch with economic reality in this country, if not global markets in general. I sold my H-D stock (and all other equities) a while back as the collective bubble is soon to burst. Don't believe me? Do yer own research! It is just sad that my beloved Motor Company will fall harder than most because of a wrong strategic move..akin to the debacle with AMF. OK, all you economic ostrichs, die-hards and H-D cheer leaders...have at me. I can take it! And have a nice day. ;-)
wildpig   November 7, 2013 09:19 AM
hd -- simply the best motorcycle and mc company on planet earth-- the lousiest-- well I wouldn't call no names but that's an easy one -- big money wasted,, you do the math.
cycleidol   November 6, 2013 01:43 AM
Since HD started assembling bikes in India recently, it makes sense that they would have created a decent supplier base in Asia. Their target customers in Asia would tend to be looking for style at affordable prices. Having kits for these bikes from India sent to KC would make sense until they know whether the volumes in the US will be significant enough to justify component localization. Living here in Thailand 17 years I can tell you that imported big cc bikes incur a 100% duty and are unaffordable to most. I'm sure HD is trying to lure first time buyers not just in developed countries but developing countries as well at modest prices.
shenjinpin   November 5, 2013 05:23 PM
SOA motorcycle replica
motodude   November 5, 2013 04:57 PM
I am a fan of the bolt and will be interested to see one of these in person!! Its amazing to me how quickly people jump on this stuff, there is already a forum for the Street http://www.hdstreetforum.com/
Delvmax11   November 5, 2013 04:03 PM
This will be great for a comparison with the Yamaha Bolt. The 750 Harley should smoke it if it runs like the Vrod.
spokes   November 5, 2013 12:16 PM
Holy Cow Batman! it's the 1980's... deja vu all over again... can you say Honda Ascot, Yamaha Vision??? we'll see how they sell this time, at least they're not making electric bikes...yet...just sayin'
spokes   November 5, 2013 12:11 PM
Holy Cow Batman! it's the 1980's... deja vu all over again... can you say Honda Ascot, Yamaha Vision??? we'll see how they sell this time...just sayin'
byronnwilson   November 5, 2013 11:35 AM
@mobgma - I can't completely confirm or deny what you were told. Harley-Davidson reps just let me know that U.S. parts suppliers are used whenever possible. The asterisk to that claim, though, is that there are some components where a U.S. supply base doesn't exist or doesn't meet the level of need to support volumes.
mobgma   November 5, 2013 11:11 AM
Please note although made in the USA, all the parts are manufactured, casted and machined in India is what I was told. Only assembly will be in the USA.
byronnwilson   November 5, 2013 10:52 AM
Just got word back from H-D and all Street motorcycles (engine and bike) sold in the US, Canada and Mexico will be manufactured in Harley's Kansas City facility while those sold internationally (Italy, Spain, and Portugal) will be manufactured in India.
sloppy   November 5, 2013 10:16 AM
Bryan, is this made in the US? I have heard that it is manufactured overseas and assembled in the US. This is certainly an interesting direction Harley is going.
MCTech   November 5, 2013 09:20 AM
moto- pat the sportster tank came from the old Harley Hummer .That was my first motorcycle. Good to see Harley making smaller displacement motorcycles again.
Kropotkin   November 5, 2013 07:29 AM
Far out! A Revolution V-Twin motored small cruiser. It will be a riot to ride. Harley will sell 1 Billion of them and they'll all be great rides. THey're replacing the Sportster. Sorry to see it go, but wait for that liquid cooled Revolution engine. They have a bigger one on the V-Rod and it screams. Harley is on a roll. It took competition from Polarlis, I guess. This is the beginning of the end.
moto-pat   November 5, 2013 07:21 AM
Last time HD tried this they built them in Italy. Hopefully they will have better results although I had a HD Baja 100 that was a lot of fun but I never got used to the control being reversed. I believe the old HD Sprint 350 is where they got the design for todays Sportster tank.
kawatwo   November 4, 2013 08:39 PM
About time! Almost a standard from the HOG company. NICE! 60 degree is almost the same as the 70 degree motor my 82 and 83 Yamaha Visions had so hopefully these Harley's will have at least half as much personality as that engine did. They sound good in the video! Wish the 500 weighed less that the 750 but 480 pounds isn't too terrible.
thomboz   November 4, 2013 06:00 PM
Looks to be overhead cam, but I suppose they'll play down that feature. Remember the Honda VT500 Ascott? Motor looks similar... so perhaps the rumors are true that Honda bought HD!!!! ThomBoz
NinthOption   November 4, 2013 05:12 PM
Haha very funny, it must be april... Oh wait...no...hell [i]has[/i] frozen over.