Harley-Davidson, who some have accused of being (too) slow to change over the years has really outdone themselves this year. Continuing on this year from the already successful Project Rushmore bikes, and just in time for Christmas (no, we can’t believe it’s almost here either), Harley unwrapped its Christmas gifts early this year and introduced two new bikes ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Street 750 and Street 500 bikes are new from the ground up, featuring smaller engines and a new, lower and all-new frame that is perfect for both new and shorter riders — the seat itself is just 25 inches off the ground. Both the 750 and 500 will come with Harley’s Dark Custom touches throughout the whole of the bikes, and the engines themselves are brand new, liquid-cooled and belt-driven ‘Revolution X’ motors, which Harley has built specifically for this new bikes.
Matthew S. Levatich, who is currently Harley’s president and chief operating officer, said, regarding the announcement of both new bikes, that the day was, “a great day in our history.” Speaking of how the bikes will appeal to new riders, younger riders, and smaller riders, Levatich went on to say that the Street series bikes, “Fills a need for people who want to identify with a brand but have a motorcycle that is less intimidating, and more inviting. [These bikes are] easier to ride and easier to learn how to ride.”
Those who are new to riding or just learning how to ride can also take advantage of Harley’s own ‘Riders Edge’ program, which is similar to a rider safety course for new motorcycle enthusiasts, and now the program will switch out its aging 500cc Buell Blasts for the 500cc Street 500. A much lower seating bike, with a lot more modern features in mechanical areas.
The bikes will be priced at a somewhat higher than average $6,700 for the Street 500 and $7,500 for the Street 750. Though, anyone familiar with Harley shouldn’t be too surprised by those numbers, considering that people have been paying a premium for Harley bikes, parts and gear for the last hundred plus years.
We really love the way both of these bikes look, and we can’t WAIT to get to the show and take some more shots. What do you guys think? Is this a hit or a miss for Harley? Should they go after the younger, smaller and newer crowd, or does this taint the Harley brand? Let us know in the comment section below!