Curious why you went with the 500 over the 750, price gap is next to nothing for the larger Street...
Anyways welcome to the show, I believe you're going to be our first American 500 owner!
Picked up the Street 500 today
at the dealer and I must say it has more than enough throttle to spare @ 55-mph. Great take off that it makes me wonder why someone would want more HP. Iím just being honest hereÖthis Street 500 is fast, but then again how fast do you really need to go before you get a ticket? NO THANKSÖ Iíll stick to the speed limit or flow of traffic and that is something it does in spades very easily.
I have already put 34 miles on the Street 500 so far and I think that if you have always wanted a Harley Davison and could not afford one in the past, then this motorcycle just may be the ticket. With the money I saved by not buying the Street 750 I can now invest in saddlebags and some other accessories too. Very happy with my decision on this one! But then again each to his or her own and I think either motorcycle will be a right decision for its buyer. However, in my honest opinion, this is not for beginners but for someone that has some miles under their belt, but then again thatís just me and my judgment. This Street 500 is just too beautiful of a machine to lie down because of inexperience.
I have a sharp S-curve by my house and my Vespa GTS would handle it pretty good but would sometimes have a little troubles at higher speeds with that curve going into and out of it at times; this HD Street 500 does it without breaking a sweat. Everyone says how nimble scooters are but I must admit this Street 500 trumps scooters for handling and maneuverability. Itís not as nimble but the Street 500 will do sharp turns very easy without the rider thinking about what theyíre doing.
The 480 lbs of the Street 500 compared to the 350 lbs of my Vespa became a no issue when it became time to move the motorcycle by hand in the garage. I do a lot of in town riding so for me a light and responsive motorcycle was top priority on my list. This Street fits the bill!
Just some info: Before I decided on the HD Street I was looking for a new Vespa motorcycle/scooter. So lets look at things in perspective here, a new Vespa GTS 300 will run you $6300 USD and/or a GTV 300 will set you back for about $7199 USD. Made up of a lot of plastic and the seat @ 31" is too high for most riders so this does not appeal to a lot of women. OrÖ you can own a Harley Davison Street 500 with a 25" seat cheaper than a GTV Vespa (which is the one I was looking at) and is made up of all steel Ö and itís cheaper, did I say that already?
No matter which Street you buy, the 500 or 750, for some it will be the end of the road and others it will be just another stepping stone in the motorcycle world. For me, it is a keeper and I will have this one until I canít ride anymore. FYI Iím 60 years old.
Thanks everyone for the warm friendly welcome to this forum and will get photos tomorrow and more updates as time goes on. Cheers!