I got a message from Jon at Rekluse clutches today. They are working a on a clutch kit for the Street series, and expect to have a release some time this year. If you don't know what Rekluse clutches are google rekluse.com and take a look. They already make high performance clutches for dirt bikes, dual purpose bikes, ATV's, and the larger H-D twins including Sportsters and Twin Cams. The combination of a Street 500 or 750 with the Rekluse clutch will make these bikes true "Urban Warriors". It will give the rider a true 6 speed transmission with a centrifugal clutch for low speed operation and maneuvers. No need to clutch on upshifts or downshifts either (unless you want to). And unlike other Centrifugal clutches, this one keeps the original clutch intact, so you can have the bike in gear and rev the throttle without taking off. Check out one of the many YouTube videos to see how it works (GREAT!). BTW - the moto-X crowd are using Rekluse clutches for faster launches when the gate drops.
This will also let H-D go after more of the "returning to bikes after many years" crowd. Yes, old farts like me, who previously only had the Honda CTX with DCT as an automatic clutch option. I'm not counting the scooters with CVT's as they really aren't good options for people who want a "bike" instead of a "scooter".
Anyway, this is one more manufacturer who is seeing that the Street series is for real.
I, like the original Poster, would liked to have seen more aftermarket support. it sure would have saved me a lot of hard work. I hand ported and extrude honed my heads, 3 angle valve job, homebuilt intake, and total new exhaust. Re-worked Sportster wheels, chain drive. Custom triple clamps and forks from a basket case Buell. I kept the 7/8" size on the bar, but changed to a solid alloy bar, because I've ridden a lot of other bikes with the same size and find nothing wrong with it. As far as big bore,... If I wanted big bore, I would have gotten a V-Rod. Anybody can get hp from cubic inches. I like what Vance & Hines have done to the flat tracker. It's still 750cc, but they coaxed 96hp out of it. And that's with an almost stock bottom end. The other option is the turbo that's been featured on a thread in this forum. THAT's the way to go, rather than a bore job.
If this bike needs more cc's, then a stoked crank would be my choice. One of the above poster's mentioned the NC700. That bike is only 670cc, is heavier, and is limited to 6500rpm, yet it will pull the Street 750 (stock) off the line. Its got a longer stroke and a smaller bore, and it's tuned for low/mid-range. That, and it's cousin the CTX700, are very tractable in low speed, which makes them perfect for heavy traffic, city riding, and they pull 2 up with no sweat. I know, I have a CTX700 (ABS/DCT) in my garage too.
And, if nobody's told you, it all changes in 2020 with the new global regulations. You're going to see a whole new batch of engines from H-D. The Milwaukee 8 is just the beginning. The new ones will be more like the Victory/Indian with liquid cooling, overhead cams, and 4 valves per cylinder. sound like the V-Rod? Watch for the new generation of that engine (bigger and badder), in a comfortable cruising/touring chassis. There's no way around it. It's gonna' happen. When that happens, the Sportster is going Bye-Bye, and the Street series will step up a bit to fill the gap.
One last thing tonight...
Watch for some almost immediate changes in the Street 500. Honda announced their new Rebel 500, and stole a ton of the "Urban Chic" attitude from H-D. Just go to the Honda website and check out their graphics. Old gray brick walls, and matte black bikes. Hmmm. /where did we see this before? The bike itself is interesting. They took their CBR500 and dropped it in a cruiser chassis. Low seat, wide flat bars, 16" wheels and tires (radials) front & back, 3 gallon steel tank, and a lot of attitude. Weighs 410 lbs., and puts out 44hp, so it's lighter and more powerful than the street 500. It's going to be an interesting year.
Have fun guys!
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