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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.

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If I could buy one, it would be the 750. Same curb weight and the power I would need as a highway commuter. The price difference and mpg difference will most likely not be all that significant, so to me, the 750 will be a better value for someone mostly traveling on state highways (not interstates) for the long run.
 

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Yes I agree, if power is not something your priority then definitely go for Street 500. :)
 

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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...
 

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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...
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.
 

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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.

How was your experience encountering Street 750.

Can you share any pics if you have clicked any.
 

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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.
 

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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.
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.
If you run full throttle all the time, and want to go as fast as possible, well, you might just as well go buy the biggest rocket you can, why stop at a 500? Go big or go home, right?
If you are like me, you just like to cruise. It is not like you can't accelerate quickly on a 500. Besides, if you are not wound out to the max, or doing wheelies, or other stupid $h!t, the more likely you are to live longer and spend less in your local courtroom or a hospital. Slow down and take in the scenery.
The other thing to consider is whether you will be riding solo and bare, or two-up and loaded down with full bags, full windshield, etc.
I had a 500cc Honda back in the 80s, and it had no problem scooting down the road. I think we are so used to seeing huge cubic inch bikes these days, that we mistakenly think that a small displacement bike will be like riding a snail. I can remember when an 1100cc bike was the big one. That is barely mid-line these days.
 

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Yes I totally agree it depends on your purpose and your riding style.

If you love to cruse like me then power is not the top thing you should loo at.
 

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For those that think a 500 is slow, take a nice ride on a (now discontinued of course) Kawasaki 500 Ninja. It was a water cooled vertical twin. In rode one for a few years, and it was plenty fast when you revved it. Or you could ride it more sedately, and cruise around and get 66 mpg.

Where I live, there are no freeways. Speed limits are 5t0-55 on the main highways. We don't ride two up any more. I'll take a 500 please.
 

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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.
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.

The argument is going to be the same as has gone on for years with the 883 and 1200 Sportsters where 99% of the time riding both perform exactly the same.

It was more fate than planning that lead me to purchase my 50th Anniversary Sportster, a 1200, than the 883. I was going to buy an 883 in 2006 but my wife wanted to go to Italy for a ceramic workshop (she's a ceramic artist/potter) and I gave her my "Harley" money for the trip and delayed buying my Sportster until 2007. Fate had it that it was the 50th Annivesary of the Sportster in 2007 so I decided to purchase the Anniversary Sportster instead of the 883. I love my Sportster because it's one of only 2000 produced but I've also ridden the 883's and they're basically just as good from a riding perspective.

So enjoy the 500. It will be an excellent ride that will have more than enough power and the handling performance is identical to the 750.

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I've owned two Sportsters and really enjoyed riding both. Bought a new 1984 XLX1000 that year, and bought a used 2006 XL883 and rode it for 4-5 years. The 883 had plenty of power and did any riding I needed to do just fine. On a 4 day trip via backroads and highways, I got about 63 mpg too. I may get another Sportster (used). If I don't, or I wait to see the Street 500, I may decide to grab a new 500.
 
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