At least you have seen one. When I went to the International Motorcycle Show last December there were no models of the Street on display at the HD stand.Has anyone even seen the HD street 500 yet? I was at a local motorcycle show this weekend and they only had the 750 out. Weird how they would market the higher displacement model first...
what I have read is Street 500 is similar to 750 just that it would weigh less. and of course less bore size.Has anyone even seen the HD street 500 yet? I was at a local motorcycle show this weekend and they only had the 750 out. Weird how they would market the higher displacement model first...
Realistically, how often does the full power really get used? I mean cruising down the road at steady throttle, it wouldn't make any difference if it is a 500 or 750, or a 1500. Obviously you will have a bit more power with the 750 if you pulled out to pass car, but I am sure the 500 will have no problem in that situation.The 500 would be more attractive to me if there were a weight savings as compared to the 750. But if the released specs. are correct regarding the 500, and the leaked performance numbers are correct regarding both models, lower-thirties on a 480 lb bike could be really, really compromising; either at the top end or in acceleration; or both. I've looked at those new Honda CB 500s. According to the dyno tests, those models are at or about 47 horsepower, weigh from 420 to 435 lbs, and are priced from $5,500-$6,000. The Hondas, however, are not even close with respect to the attention to detail with respect to finish and paint from what I can tell with the pics.
I am by no means a sport-oriented rider, however, most any 500 cc is going to have a little more hp or a little less weight. Even the Kymco Xciting 500 scooter is 473 lbs and 38 hp and it's fully accessorized in stock form, so one would not be adding any weight after the sale. The Piaggio BV500 comes in at 39 hp and is much lighter; it's also a scooter. Of course these scooters lose a little due to a less efficient drive train.
If I were strictly an urban rider though, I'd might opt for the smaller ccs and save some money. But for anyone who plans to ever hit the road on this bike, I think one might be a little disappointed in how the 500 performs out in traffic out in the open. Of course we won't know for sure, because those leaked performance numbers could be deceiving, but just looking at it, 480 lbs is a lot of weight for that kind of power at higher speeds. If mid-range torque were particularly high in combination with that power rating, that might be something to consider, but according to the leaked numbers, that's not the case. The torque seems about average for the amount of power output.
That is a very good choice and you're right, the 500 has more than enough power and is an excellent choice. In these days of "Bigger is Better" many seem to go overboard because they forget how powerful a 500cc engine really is. I hang around with a lot of custom motorcycle builders and for them the S&S 145 (2,376cc) engine is the only way to go but why? It's like putting a 600 cid 800 bhp engine in your street Mustang.For those of us in markets that will see both the Street 500 and the Street 750 being sold, which one are you planning on buying?
I am going to go for the 500. I don't think I need more power than that, plus it saves me some dough.