This is a ridden review of the 500 off a Moto Guzzi forum:
Yesterday I had the opportunity to ride the new HD V Twin. Although covered by a Non Disclosure Agreement, I can say that I am impressed. Designed for the beginner and offered for the training courses, this bike hits dead center, bulls eye, on target. Power delivery is linear, clutch engagement smooth and with a wide friction zone and minimal lever effort. Seating is comfortable with several seats available for a custom fit to the student. Shifting is low effort and precise with no false neutrals. Handling is light and nimble without any oversteer like most of the Asian bikes used in the MSF programs here. Legroom is way better than the others as well. With the optional ,ahem, crash protectors nothing touches the ground even when flopped over on the bars. The mirrors stay intact! Asian cruisers just got blown away. If it proves reliable and low maintenance, I can see this bike in my fleet. The 750 version will sell and may even eclipse the 883 slug.