When's the last time you heard the name Harley-Davidson associated with anything other than heavyweight motorcycles? All the “potato-potato” Hds are known to sport no less than an 800cc powermill. Well, get used to it, because Harley-Davidson is introducing two all new models with which it looks to lure prospective buyers towards its showrooms. Say hello then, to the all-new Street 500 and Street 750.
Recently, Harley-Davidson announced the launch of their first all-new motorcycle platform in 13 years, in the form of a pair of these stylish cruisers, at EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori), Milan in November 2013. And what makes these twin motorcycles more special is the fact that they will be assembled at the plant in Bawal, Haryana, India and Kansas City, Missouri, USA. This implies that India is one of the only two producer markets for these mean machines.
Both these cruisers will be launched by the mid of 2014, as the final announcement of their date and timelines are expected to be revealed during the Delhi Auto Expo in February next year. Indians have got a reason to rejoice, as these cruisers will be the cheapest Harley bikes since the inception of Harley-Davidson.
The Harley-Davidson Street 750 and Street 500 motorcycles are built for urban environments with all-new liquid-cooled Revolution X powertrains, nimble agility and the sound and looks that let everyone know they are genuine Harley-Davidson machines. Both look like mirrored brothers of each other, and the design explains this to a large extent.
Both the cruisers have a blacked-out theme and are decorated with a lot of striking features such as a round bikini fairing and typical cruiser front end, a masculine and flat matt metal tank, metal fenders, lots of chrome accents here and there, a small round headlamp in a beautiful casing, all-black 2-in-1 exhaust, comfy saddles for pillion and rider, black pullback handlebars, comfortable typical cruiser seating posture for rider with a large wheelbase of 1511mm, steel frame, neat and distinctive finishing of rear side with LED tail lights and mini bullet turn signals, mid-mount controls, easy lock-to-lock sweep, 17-inch front and 15-inch rear Michelin tires with alloy rims and feet-set-forward rider footrests. They also have a nicely illuminated instrument console with a round speedometer and digital display for other details. Also, Harley-Davidson claims to provide an extra ground