This guy is a Riders Edge training program instructor. His name is Doug and he is from Prairieville, LA. Here is what he has to say: a HD Shop I teach Riders Edge for has the Street 500 bikes in to replace the Buell Blasts that are getting very long in the tooth.
Have not had a chance to actually ride it yet but I sat on it and gained a feel for the setup.
First, it is physically as large as a Sportster and, in fact, I actually thought that there were two of the 500's side by side until I realized the tank design gave away the Sporty.
The stock seat is comfortable and not quite as tall as the standard sportster. Handlebar reach is comfortable and the pegs are set in a good mid-position.
Clutching was always problematic for new riders on the Blast due to the heavy clutch pull. Ladies will absolutely love the pull on the 500. Very easy and probably no more than 1/3 that of the Blast. No more hand fatigue after three exercises
Shifter position is nice too. The Blast had a strange setup that the spline shaft mounted a smooth round adapter that carried the actual shifter which was friction clamp held by a setscrew. It worked mostly, but got to be a PITA after it had some wear. It would become very difficult to tighten the clamp enough to prevent unwanted creep. This bike has a nice setup for adjustment and should be easy to set for different boot sizes. The same setup is on the rear brake lever.
With the engine running, finding neutral is very easy, and the shifting seems to be very smooth. Since the bike is using a wet clutch, it was hard to shift any until I started the bike.
The V-Twin engine sounds really nice too.
For the old-line HD folks, this bike and the 750 will have a radiator just like the V-Rod, so the old line "It Ain't a Harley" should be heard around dealerships again !
I will post something once I get a chance to ride the break-in periods.