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Tomorrow I pick up my new Street 500, I will be the second person in the state of Illinois to own one. Both of these motorcycles were bought at Fox Valley Harley-Davidson dealer and they now have only one street 750 for sale.

I will give a full report on the street 500 and why I bought it, and not the motorcycle of my choosing.:confused:

A little bit of information so far, both of these motorcycles have been bought by men and not women. Soon as I sat on the street 500 it was so comfortable I looked at the salesman and said: "I'll take it!"
 

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Curious why you went with the 500 over the 750, price gap is next to nothing for the larger Street...

Anyways welcome to the show, I believe you're going to be our first American 500 owner!
 

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Congrats! I am surprised they sold you the bike. My understanding is the dealerships are not suppose to sell them until after the annual dealer show which is over the Labor day weekend. Nevertheless, I can't wait to see you on your bike.:)
 

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Curious why you went with the 500 over the 750, price gap is next to nothing for the larger Street...

Anyways welcome to the show, I believe you're going to be our first American 500 owner!
Picked up the Street 500 today :) at the dealer and I must say it has more than enough throttle to spare @ 55-mph. Great take off that it makes me wonder why someone would want more HP. I’m just being honest here…this Street 500 is fast, but then again how fast do you really need to go before you get a ticket? NO THANKS… I’ll stick to the speed limit or flow of traffic and that is something it does in spades very easily.

I have already put 34 miles on the Street 500 so far and I think that if you have always wanted a Harley Davison and could not afford one in the past, then this motorcycle just may be the ticket. With the money I saved by not buying the Street 750 I can now invest in saddlebags and some other accessories too. Very happy with my decision on this one! But then again each to his or her own and I think either motorcycle will be a right decision for its buyer. However, in my honest opinion, this is not for beginners but for someone that has some miles under their belt, but then again that’s just me and my judgment. This Street 500 is just too beautiful of a machine to lie down because of inexperience.

I have a sharp S-curve by my house and my Vespa GTS would handle it pretty good but would sometimes have a little troubles at higher speeds with that curve going into and out of it at times; this HD Street 500 does it without breaking a sweat. Everyone says how nimble scooters are but I must admit this Street 500 trumps scooters for handling and maneuverability. It’s not as nimble but the Street 500 will do sharp turns very easy without the rider thinking about what they’re doing.

The 480 lbs of the Street 500 compared to the 350 lbs of my Vespa became a no issue when it became time to move the motorcycle by hand in the garage. I do a lot of in town riding so for me a light and responsive motorcycle was top priority on my list. This Street fits the bill!

Just some info: Before I decided on the HD Street I was looking for a new Vespa motorcycle/scooter. So lets look at things in perspective here, a new Vespa GTS 300 will run you $6300 USD and/or a GTV 300 will set you back for about $7199 USD. Made up of a lot of plastic and the seat @ 31" is too high for most riders so this does not appeal to a lot of women. Or… you can own a Harley Davison Street 500 with a 25" seat cheaper than a GTV Vespa (which is the one I was looking at) and is made up of all steel … and it’s cheaper, did I say that already?

No matter which Street you buy, the 500 or 750, for some it will be the end of the road and others it will be just another stepping stone in the motorcycle world. For me, it is a keeper and I will have this one until I can’t ride anymore. FYI I’m 60 years old.

Thanks everyone for the warm friendly welcome to this forum and will get photos tomorrow and more updates as time goes on. Cheers!
 

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Picked up the Street 500 today :) at the dealer and I must say it has more than enough throttle to spare @ 55-mph. Great take off that it makes me wonder why someone would want more HP. I’m just being honest here…this Street 500 is fast, but then again how fast do you really need to go before you get a ticket? NO THANKS… I’ll stick to the speed limit or flow of traffic and that is something it does in spades very easily.

I have already put 34 miles on the Street 500 so far and I think that if you have always wanted a Harley Davison and could not afford one in the past, then this motorcycle just may be the ticket. With the money I saved by not buying the Street 750 I can now invest in saddlebags and some other accessories too. Very happy with my decision on this one! But then again each to his or her own and I think either motorcycle will be a right decision for its buyer. However, in my honest opinion, this is not for beginners but for someone that has some miles under their belt, but then again that’s just me and my judgment. This Street 500 is just too beautiful of a machine to lie down because of inexperience.

I have a sharp S-curve by my house and my Vespa GTS would handle it pretty good but would sometimes have a little troubles at higher speeds with that curve going into and out of it at times; this HD Street 500 does it without breaking a sweat. Everyone says how nimble scooters are but I must admit this Street 500 trumps scooters for handling and maneuverability. It’s not as nimble but the Street 500 will do sharp turns very easy without the rider thinking about what they’re doing.

The 480 lbs of the Street 500 compared to the 350 lbs of my Vespa became a no issue when it became time to move the motorcycle by hand in the garage. I do a lot of in town riding so for me a light and responsive motorcycle was top priority on my list. This Street fits the bill!

Just some info: Before I decided on the HD Street I was looking for a new Vespa motorcycle/scooter. So lets look at things in perspective here, a new Vespa GTS 300 will run you $6300 USD and/or a GTV 300 will set you back for about $7199 USD. Made up of a lot of plastic and the seat @ 31" is too high for most riders so this does not appeal to a lot of women. Or… you can own a Harley Davison Street 500 with a 25" seat cheaper than a GTV Vespa (which is the one I was looking at) and is made up of all steel … and it’s cheaper, did I say that already?

No matter which Street you buy, the 500 or 750, for some it will be the end of the road and others it will be just another stepping stone in the motorcycle world. For me, it is a keeper and I will have this one until I can’t ride anymore. FYI I’m 60 years old.

Thanks everyone for the warm friendly welcome to this forum and will get photos tomorrow and more updates as time goes on. Cheers!
Remember slow in fast out, Twist of the Wrist naturally :D;)

The second bolded is a GREAT point, to be honest I have no clue what scooters sell for but always assumed people rode them out of cost considerations, better on fuel cheaper on insurance, lower purchase price. But JEEEZ $7K for a Scoot, I mean that's nearly Monster money and more expensive than a CB/R 500...

Get some pics up when you can :D
 

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The first photo is at Fox Valley Harley-Davison dealer and is of the guy that bought the very First Street 500 in Illinois.


The next photos are of the seconded (My Street 500) one bought in Illinois (Chicago land) when I stopped to add its first tank of premium gas.

I like everything about the Street 500 except the mirrors, they are too close together and you can’t see cages (cars) coming up behind you. I always like looking in my mirrors so I can flash my taillights at upcoming cars. Just a habit I got into to let them know: I’m in front of you so pay attention!

Believe it or not this Street 500 to me anyway gives a typical Harley ride, not as smooth as some motorcycles out there. It is a bare bones motorcycle with attitude. If you’re uses to an instrument cluster giving you all kinds of information you’re just out of luck with the Street 500 or 750. It tells you your speed, how many miles total on the bike, and two trip indicators, one for your gas and one for setting your trip count. At .800 gallons of gas a green light will go on to let you know to fill up again and an oil light. Turn signals indicator arrows are very small and not very visible.

The clutch hand control could be a little closer to your hand and for those with small hands may find it fatiguing when you have to use it a lot in stop and go traffic or in a situation with a lot of stop signs like Chicago would have, so I don’t think a women with smaller hands will like it. My advice would be to try it before you buy it.

I’ve heard a lot of reviews complaining about all the wiring exposed on the Street 500 and 750; well what do you want from an introductory motorcycle from Harley-Davison? Where are you going to put all that wiring if you don’t place it in some sort of cover or shroud(s) someway, which will now bring cost up too. It really doesn’t bother me, except that some of the connectors look like rain and/or water can get into them and cause problems down the road.The last three photos are of the connectors and how they are exposed to the elements. I would have thought Harley would have had rubber sealed protection connectors.

Also a simple thing like a shock absorber spanner wrench should have come with the motorcycle (Part No. HD-51439) so make sure you get one ahead of time. I hope the info I’m giving will help others in their decision making about the Street 500 or 750. It is so fun to ride and I love it, a lot better than a Vespa IMO!
 

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It's easy to ignore the street in that first picture of it and you with all those other "real" harley's in the background
How rude! These bikes ARE HDs! They were built by Harley and are badged Harley. Why piss on his happiness and actually, why are you here? Go post on the HD Forum. :(

OP. Congrats on your new HARLEY-DAVIDSON bike! :)
 

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It's easy to ignore the street in that first picture of it and you with all those other "real" harley's in the background
I started to write what came into my head, instead I will say that you really do not need to be in this forum of Street owners if you do not feel it is a "real" Harley. Go elsewhere and have some joy do not spread the funk.
 

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How rude! These bikes ARE HDs! They were built by Harley and are badged Harley. Why piss on his happiness and actually, why are you here? Go post on the HD Forum. :(

OP. Congrats on your new HARLEY-DAVIDSON bike! :)
I was thinking the same thing after he posted the rude comment myself. If you look how happy that guy is standing in front of his first motorcycle,it really is a shame that someone has to put somebody down like that. His whole family came along just to see the bike and him finally taking possession of it.

So I guess a Mercedes Benz C class isn't really a Mercedes, and a Rolex tutor really isn't a Rolex and I can go on and on about products that are out there that start out cheaper but still are the original product and the companies that make them honor their bag that they put on them.

Not everybody on the planet earth wants to ride a 700 pound motorcycle all the time, I think Harley-Davidson is taking the right step in the right direction by appealing to a wider audience for their motorcycles. For new riders and for aging baby boomers who just don't want to give up motorcycle riding as of yet. The street 500 & 750 fit the bill and that little niche that will keep them on the roads a little bit longer. :D

Let it be known, Harley Davidson did once make a scooter.
 

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NICE looking bike, congratulations! As far as some of the exposed wire connectors go, I'd think you could maybe find some large diameter shrink tubing and shrink it down to cover them up. Easy to remove/replace if necessary. McMaster Carr come to mind...

Now put some miles on it and report back!:D
 

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Congrats again, great pics!

As for the "REAL" Harelys, those aren't "REAL" Harleys... But THIS one was....;) Notice the Number 1, World Champion Number 1... Sorry those baggers are FAKE ;)



If I wanted to ride my living room I wouldn't bother to leave the house! Great smile, great bike we don't need this Us and Them nonSENSE!
 
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