India: Harley Davidson Street 500 and Street 750 revealed in Italy
Harley Davidson Street 500 and Street 750 motorcycles are built under Project Rushmore. Under this, Harley takes inputs from their fans and customers, and builds motorcycle accordingly. To develop the Street cousins, Harley Davidson had met more than 1,600 customers for extensive one-on-one interview and why not, they were after all building a bike on a new platform for the first time on 13 years.
Speaking about the two new entry level motorcycles, Street 500 and 750 are built keeping in mind the rise in demand from emerging markets like India. Prices are not revealed, but what we know as of now, is that both these motorcycles will be introduced across global markets in 2014.
The Street 500 will be powered by a 500 cc engine, while the Street 750 will be powered by a 750 cc engine. Though HD did not reveal power and torque figures, but what they did reveal that these two new engines are codenamed ‘Revolution X’. Both will feature fuel injected liquid cooled engine with the traditional Harley exhaust note.
Offered in a choice of two color options, Red and Black, Street 500 and Street 750 will feature six speed manual transmission in the one down rest up format. Their dry weight will be above 210 kgs while ground clearance will be more than that of Iron 883.
Matt Levatich (President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson) says: “These are the newest motorcycles to join our Dark Custom lineup, which helped make us the number-one selling brand to young adults in the U.S. for the past five years. “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 says the Revolution X V-Twin will sit in a “new, narrow and lean chassis built for agility, with a super-low seat height, new suspension and broad handlebar sweep that provides confidence and maneuverability when managing tight turns and fast moves.”
Mark-Hans Richer (Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Harley-Davidson) says: “These new bikes are leaner, yet still have a mean streak – they’re the real deal, made of real steel. They’re designed to handle the abuses of urban environments and provide authentic opportunities to customize.” Featuring Dark Custom styling, the price of Street 500 is expected to start from around $6,000 while the Street 750 will feature a price tag of around $7,500.
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