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I think that is probably the point. Harley wants to price them so that it is an easy up-sell to the Street 750. Like when they get you to buy the bigger popcorn at the theater because it costs just 50 cents more.
 

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500 can face tough competition from KTM and upcoming Honda and BMW etc. and the pricing could be a limiting factor. 750 still sells as premium product due to cc alone.
I think that's a good point on the differences in markets. In NA no one would dream of comparing a Duke to a HD. I believe its more of an image thing, bike x doesn't fit the image im selling, but bike y does. Whereas "on cc alone" is a complete digression from that :D
 

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It's more because this segment in a year or two would become highly competitive with all major bike makers along with some Indian manufacturers like Hero, Bajaj, TVS, Royal Enfield making their presence felt. India is a price sensitive market and cc rules.

But smoke will settle down in time to come.

Even Harley is playing this cc game in India. Like Dyna having old 96 engine and softail coming with 103 engine.
 

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Is there any fact behind this I have always wondered why india doesnt carry the 500 in the dealers.
Street 750 retails around 400000. 500 carries the exact same parts. The best Harley can price it maybe 350000. At this price point, it doesn't make much sense to buy 500 when you have a more powerful model for slightly more.
Street 500 can't be termed as learners bike in India. Firstly it generates more power than most of the two wheelers on road (read commuter 100/150cc) and it is expensive by Indian standard.
Also 500 will be compared with Continental GT and KTM Duke 390 both of which are cheaper and better equipped ( brakes, tyres) and much cheaper (even if Harley prices Street 500 at 300000). Other than getting into 'Harley' brotherhood, Street 500 doesn't have a strong case.
Whereas with the Street 750 Harley has created a new segment and there is virtually no competition to Harley. This is the reason why 750 has so many bookings.
 

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that makes me wonder if Victory will ever get into this segment, if they don't they will be missing out big time
I would like to see them enter the smaller bike segment. They have some nice looking bikes, and pretty reliable according to the reviews I read. The Vics are up to a 106" engine. They keep getting bigger. Maybe when our illustrious government runs the price of gas up to $5 or $6 a gallon, they will start looking at smaller displacement. So long as the bigger-is-better mentality is selling bikes, I don't see them getting any smaller.
 

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500 can face tough competition from KTM and upcoming Honda and BMW etc. and the pricing could be a limiting factor. 750 still sells as premium product due to cc alone.
Is KTM common over there? I really don't know where KTMS are popular. In the past 5 years I have only seen one and im on the road a lot.
 
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