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2015 Harley-Davidson Street 500 & 750

New entry-level bikes for a new generation of riders

By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor

The 2015 Harley-Davidson Street 500 and 750 models, unveiled earlier this year, have been rolling into dealerships all summer, with some shops finally getting their shipment just two weeks ago. So, if you’ve been waiting for the bikes to arrive, now’s the time to visit your local dealer.

2015 harley-davidson street 500
The Street 500 is identical to the Street 750 shown in the next photo.

2015 harley-davidson street 750
The only aesthetic difference between the Street 750, shown here, and the Street 500, is the engine size designation that’s indicated on the engine air cleaner cover.

The two motorcycles are an all-new platform for Harley-Davidson with the 500 being positioned as an entry-level bike as it is the motorcycle used in Harley-Davidson’s new Riding Academy, which replaced Rider’s Edge—and its Buell Blasts—earlier this year.

2015 harely-davidson street 500 and 750 woman rider
The riding stance on the Street is upright aggressive with the rider leaning forward slightly. Foot-pegs are placed beneath the knees, which makes for a comfortable and manageable riding position, important for newer riders.

The 500 and 750 are the same motorcycle except for the size of the engine. The 750 obviously has more power, enough to keep up for all-day rides with your friends. The bold, edgy, blacked-out minimalist look and styling is designed to attract new generation of riders to the Harley-Davidson brand.

2015 harley davidson street 500 and 750 two riders
His and hers! The 750cc model offers more “real world” power than the 500, and is aimed at riders ready to take their Street on some serious day rides cruising interstates as well as backroads.

Seat height on the Street is a low 25.7 inches with the motorcycle weighing in at a relatively light 489 pounds. The narrow profile, combined with the low seat height, allows a wide range or riders to handle the bike.

2015 harley davidson street 500 and 750 man and woman riderr
The Street is part of Harley’s family of “Dark Custom” motorcycles, bikes the Motor Company has designed with young hipster types in mind. Others include the Sportster Iron 883, Sportster Forty-Eight, Dyna Street Bob and Dyna Fat Bob.

The all-new Revolution X engine is pure Harley-Davidson V-Twin muscle specifically designed for urban riding. This engine is born out of the Revolution motor that powers the V-Rods. The engine is liquid-cooled to maintain peak performance no matter how high the mercury climbs or how long you’re riding in gridlock. There’s a single overhead cam, four valves per cylinder, and a smooth-shifting 6-speed transmission. No ABS is available on this motorcycle.

Specs At A Glance: 2015 Harley-Davidson Street 500 & 750
Engine size: 494cc and 749cc
Seat height: 25.7 inches
Weight: 489 pounds
Fuel capacity: 3.5 gallons
Colors: Vivid Black, Black Denim, Mysterious Red Sunglo
Price: 500 starts at $6,799; 750 starts at $7,499

WRN Recommendation
Most first time entry-level Harley-Davidson buyers will wonder should they get a Sportster or the Street. Clearly the entry level Sportster, at 883cc, is a more powerful motorcycle. Plus, it’s more expensive with the SuperLow starting at $8,249. It’s really a question of what type of riding you plan on doing as several of the Sportsters are designed for cruising with a more plush suspension and ergonomics designed for longer days in the saddle. The Street is clearly aimed at urban riding, but any motorcycle—even the Street—can be outfitted for longer riding days. 

The Street is new; it’s different and it has Harley’s more efficient water-cooled engine. A comparable Sportster model to the Street is the Iron 883, an aggressive Dark Custom from Harley that runs $900 more than the Street 750.

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