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Yea i know its low... love my Street 500 vivid black nice around town in Annapolis!
 
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Welcome to the forum. You will like the asylum.
 
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Cant wait!

Kevin... I'm from Severn and about to buy one of these (still trying to decide between the 500 and 750) this weekend from Old Glory! Sounds like you are liking it, I cant wait.
 

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200 miles in two weeks is a pretty good distance. Where have you been going, just around town, or have you made some road trips?
 

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Just around town... some quick trips to the next town over. Just exploring back roads mostly.

I have taken it up on the highway to see if it has some legs. I am a pretty round guy at 240 pounds and had no issues what so ever getting up and on the highway.
 

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I have been taking mine on small excursions with my husband and we rode about 100 miles on each of our last 2! Just last weekend I conquered my fear of the interstate (I'd been on a small highway) for the first time! I had no problems getting it up to speed either. It's a great little bike!

We also went to an event at our local Harley dealership and the bike got a little attention from passers by. Still getting used to that!
 

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I have been taking mine on small excursions with my husband and we rode about 100 miles on each of our last 2! Just last weekend I conquered my fear of the interstate (I'd been on a small highway) for the first time! I had no problems getting it up to speed either. It's a great little bike!

We also went to an event at our local Harley dealership and the bike got a little attention from passers by. Still getting used to that!

Keep going lady. It just gets better.
 

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I found no lack of "get-up-and-go" with the Street 500 when I did a test ride on it although I needed the 750 for a chopper project and so that's what I bought.


As for 200 miles in two weeks can be a lot or a little. As you noted it was mostly around town and that's actually a lot if it was all local riding. At the sametime 200 miles is a "good day's ride" if you'r actually going somewhere and back on the highways. Always remember it's the number of smiles per mile that matter and not the number of miles per hour, per day, per week, per month, or even per year.
 

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Alot of smiles per mile on this one thats for sure! Though honestly the biggest surprise was the HD community. I though t I would bethe guy at the end of the lot... ******* child so to speak. Thats not the case open arms.. and alot of helpful advise from local HOG members..
 
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I have been taking mine on small excursions with my husband and we rode about 100 miles on each of our last 2! Just last weekend I conquered my fear of the interstate (I'd been on a small highway) for the first time! I had no problems getting it up to speed either. It's a great little bike!

We also went to an event at our local Harley dealership and the bike got a little attention from passers by. Still getting used to that!
Happy to see you are doing great. Keep at it! Practice makes perfect! Happy and safe riding!
 

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I see alot of you guys in this post are from Maryland, Im in Jessup myself. Never saw a single other street on the road ever. I had almost 8,000 miles on mine from Sept 2nd 2014 until I traded it in as a lemon on Jan 1st. Anyway, I have several accessories still that I didnt give with the bike, and most onlyhave 500 miles on them.
I have a set of Black engine guards 49000047, a tall boy seat, and a Screamin Eagle air cleaner 29400197. All have the boxes, all parts and install instructions except the tall boy seat and i tossed the box cause i couldn't carry the seat home on the bike. Email me if anyone wants a part or advice on their street local to me. Im going to make a Craigslist post since I dont see a forsale forum.
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Just around town... some quick trips to the next town over. Just exploring back roads mostly.

I have taken it up on the highway to see if it has some legs. I am a pretty round guy at 240 pounds and had no issues what so ever getting up and on the highway.
I'm built about the same, that is why I choose the 750, (no regrets!). The back roads are the best and there are plenty in Wisconsin! :D
 

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I see alot of you guys in this post are from Maryland, Im in Jessup myself. Never saw a single other street on the road ever. I had almost 8,000 miles on mine from Sept 2nd 2014 until I traded it in as a lemon on Jan 1st. Anyway, I have several accessories still that I didnt give with the bike, and most onlyhave 500 miles on them.
I have a set of Black engine guards 49000047, a tall boy seat, and a Screamin Eagle air cleaner 29400197. All have the boxes, all parts and install instructions except the tall boy seat and i tossed the box cause i couldn't carry the seat home on the bike. Email me if anyone wants a part or advice on their street local to me. Im going to make a Craigslist post since I dont see a forsale forum.
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Chris.
If I may ask, what soured you about the bike? Did you get another Harley Davidson? Did they give you a good value on your trade-in?
 

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Soured!! Lol. I got screwed, only got $4000 on the trade when they should have bought it back. They couldnt fix the fuel pump pickup stall and surge issue until after 7500 miles and the last week I owned it in Dec. I lost soo much and it wasnt my fault it was bad parts over and over. I bought the Triumph Speed Triple R which is the bike i should have bought first. Heck, for the exact same price as the street 750, you can get a Triumph street triple which is lighter, much faster, better fuel eco, and has high dollar quality components, Kyb, Brembo, ETC. Plus they have tons of OEM and aftermarket available. The street WAS a good path but its a sad flop and over priced for what it is, only cause its a HD can you remotely justify its price. I gave HD a chance when my instincts said otherwise. It was my first bike purchase ever, and ill never go back, Victory and Indian are much better quality IMHO, and I've been seduced by Triumph's extraordinary quality for how little you pay. Aluminum and carbon fiber vs Steel frames and plastic, the only steel used on my bike is in the brake lines, too much weight in Harley's bikes from using cheaper parts but charging premium prices.

Sorry to knock HD, the most I had planned on was Lemon meaning sour and an unfixable POS that they buy back, mine was that, and they made me pay. This week the customer service manager said if he had known of my issue, i would have received a refund. Easy to say after its too late and now i have only 2 choices, call HD corporate to complain, or hire a lawyer and suit for damages under the federal lemon law. I did not qualify for Marylands lemon law yet, and i didnt want to wait while the deal on my new bike expired. I lost $3500, $1200 at the least due to condition directly related to my warranty work repairs, but i saved $3500 by buying the Triumph in January and not waiting. Still, someone affiliated with HD, or HD themselves owes me $1200-3500 depending on state or federal statutes.

I still liked riding the street when it didnt act up, and i liked the V-rod, but not after riding on a purpose built bike for less than the vrod. I do know you can waste alot of money on parts to improve power on the street, and i know how to spend 1/8 the money and gain 6x the power. Ill share with those i meet in person.

MD or locals who want to get together, I ridew old glory chapter HD still, my mom too, lets have fun riding even if its not a chapter ride, or if you want advice on a Triumph Speed or Street triple, email me at [email protected]. I dont care as long as you ride, I just had and am still having a horrible experience with HD but ride what you love.

Chris
 

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Did the dealer ever actually fix the lag and leap / stall and surge issue? If so, what eventually corrected the problem? I would like to learn from your experience as I do not want to invest any more money into my bike until I come to terms with that issue. For instance, I am looking into a windshield. If I have to go the same route as you, I would be completely screwed since I purchased a service plan and 7 year warranty. Ironically, I went with a long warranty since it is a new model. I am very hesitant to change the exhaust, intake, and do a Stage 1 download for fear of voiding the warranty I rolled into my deal. I am still unsure if the purchase of the 7 year warranty was a brilliant move or a rookie mistake since this is my first motorcycle.
 

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They did finally fix it, the day prior to trading it in. It was due to the fuel pump pickup tube coming disconnected from the pump housing. They say it's simple error in manufacturing that's been corrected but I'm sure it's due to the high frequency vibration that occurs at high RPM use that they didn't figure in. The tube just needs some locktite or double checking of its security to the housing. You won't void your warranty doing anything to the bike unless they can prove those mods cause your failures. An air cleaner properly installed, an exhaust, or the tune that HD installs for these mods to work optimally, will not void or cause warranty issues ever, or damage anything. Enjoy your bike, don't worry unless you tear into the motor or do internals. Enjoy your 7 trouble free (hopefully) years and if you need a performance air cleaner, I have one for sale for much less than new from your dealer. It is from HD and works great for adding power and more fuel economy if you change some small bits upon installation which wouldn't cause damage. Anyone who buys a part, I'll share my findings on how to mod the air cleaner setup for more confirmed power, with or without the performance kit. Plus it sounds amazing even with the stock exhaust. That too is easily modified for more power than spending $300+ for the slip on. More power, and costs nothing. Or buy all their hype, install it all by the book, tune it on a 750 for less than 1hp and .1 tq whilst losing over $750 in cash, not worth it. For about $300 you can gain close to 10 times that, and it looks stock, gains 500 rpms on the revs, and sounds hard core if your ears can handle it. [email protected] I have a tall boy seat, performance air cleaner from HD, and black engine guards for sale. All for much less than your dealer, and I hardly used some, others are brand new. Cheers! I'm in MD. Chris
 

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I bought the Triumph Speed Triple R which is the bike i should have bought first.

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Good luck with your Triumph. They can be exceptionally good motorcycles and I owned an older Bonneville up until a couple of years ago. The only problem I'm aware of is that like all British cars and motorcycles they tend to be a crap shoot when it comes to electrical. For whatever reason the British seem to have an inherent lack of understanding when it comes to electrical systems. We all know the jokes about Lucas Electronics but the problem isn't limited to Lucas.

If you have no electrical problems in the future then you're one of the lucky majority but for many that do there's often no fixing the problem. A close friend had a late model Triumph and after over a year of the motorcycle breaking down on the road due to electrical problems the dealer couldn't fix he finally traded it in on a Harley. Sort of the opposite of what you've done and he also took a bath on the trade-in.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you because as long as you don't have any electrical issues you're going to get many miles of pleasure from the motorcycle.
 
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