2018 Harley Davidson Street 500

Harley Davidson Street 500

The Harley Davidson Street 500 (XG500) is a cruiser style motorcycle built for those who want to own the cheapest Harley. It is the most affordable motorcycle from the company you can buy and it’s not made in the USA but India. India companies make some good motorcycles like so that should not be a dis-incentive but why I mention this is due to HD’s age branding ‘made in the USA’. But is it special?

I’ve gone through the mechanical, tech and design specs before for the Street 500  before so no point going through it again.  The most important part is of course that it is a LAMS motorcycle which can be ridden by all riders.

The Harley Davidson Street 500 has an on road price of just under $10000 AUD so it is an affordable motorcycle and if you value the Harley Davidson brand as I do and can’t afford a traditional model then the Street 500 is a special motorcycle which is arguably the point of this model.

Harry Davidson Street 500 Key Specifications (2018)
Engine: V-Twin cylinder 4 valve SOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 494cc
Power/Torque: xxKw @ xxxxRPM 40Nm @ 3750RPM
Gearbox: 6 speed
Kerb Weight: 233Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed NA Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 13 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height: 720mm
Dimensions: L2215 x W840 x H1105
Recommended Retail Price: $9,990 (2018)

2018 Royal Enfield Classic 500 – The real deal.

Royal Enfield Classic 500

I’ve covered the Royal Enfield 500 before and I’m more than happy to write about it again. This time it’s about why it’s an affordable and special motorcycle and one motorcycle you need to short list this one,

The Royal Enfield Classic 500 is an affordable motorcycle, it’s priced under $8000 AUD in the showroom in 2018 which is perfect as it’s competitors the LAMs bikes and other retro styled motorcycles are in the same price range.  The 500 is an affordable motorcycle! That said you can always get the 350cc  version under $6000 AUD if you wanted something cheaper.

Defining what makes the Royal Enfield 500 special is simple. Just look at the design is genuine continually manufacture of a 1940’s design. Sure it is an evolution of the original Enfield Bullet but I think it has gotten better looking over that time. The engine may not be exactly the same as the original but you need the updates to be saleable in 2018. EFI and now ABS are part of the modernisation of the ancient design. Furthermore it’s not just the look there’s the engine and traditional drive train without balance shafts so expect vibes and it’s mild engine is about enjoying the experience of the ride than cutting corners.

On the street a Royal Enfield Classic 500 looks like an amazing restoration of an old motorcycle to the passerby and those not into motorcycles or not informed which is arguably the point. Think of this way, someone shopping for a new motorcycle that is not sports bike, cruiser style, scooter or adventure motorcycle something a little different that doesn’t come with any negative press apart from being a motorcycle. Bam! and the Royal Enfield 500 appears, it’s retro, it’s not very popular, and known yet unknown model, it’s good brand image and history, it doesn’t appear with many Instagram pictures with traditional old hairy bikers or scantly clad women all over them take note Ducati and Harley Davidson – The Classic 500 has got class.

The Royal Enfield Classic 500 is a genuine Royal Enfield with a direct line to it’s ancestors. It is not a remake a quite the opposite of Triumph and BMW which are just Simulacra.

Royal Enfield Classic 500 Key Specifications (2018)
Engine: 1 cylinder 4-stroke Twin Spark EFT
Capacity: 499cc
Power/Torque: Approx 20 Kw @ 5250 RPM 41.3 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Gearbox: 5 speed manual
Kerb Weight: 190kg
Performance: 0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed N/A Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 13.5 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height: 815mm
Dimensions: L2180 X W790 X H1080 mm
Wheels: 90-90-19F 110-90-18R
Recommended Retail Price: Est $8490 AUD (2017)