Harley Davidson Street 500 (XG500)

Harley Davidson Street 500

The Harley Davidson Street 500 (XG500) is a cruiser style motorcycle built for those on a budget. Incidentally the Street 500’s engine falls under the LAMS formula so it also becomes a learner cruiser motorcycle. There aren’t many cruiser motorcycles in the entry level class and this is a first Harley Davidson so worth a look if you this style or motorcycle and a learner. The Street 500 is built in India hence the lower price tag but to me it’s not a real Harley Davidson as they need to be made in the US purely due to their marketing and branding.

Technically the Street 500 uses a new engine design called the Revolution X for HD that is focused on low revs and power but high torque. In fact the only performance figure they boast is the 40Nm of torque at a low 3750 RPM and that would be impressive in 1997 not 2017. Apart from the new engine everything as is pretty much extremely normal and a little cheap, witness the solo speedo and switches. The most disappointing and unfortunate omission is the trademarked Harley Davidson sound is missing sounding noticeably Japanese.

In terms of design the Street 500 has blacked out engine and ancillary parts to look completely modern, no retro design touches, it is best described as a step backwards  of the now production axed HD V-Rod. I think it will appeal to the younger riders although the same riders will be buying the badge as it doesn’t look like or sound like any Harley Davidson model. Maybe they are hoping to sell the growing range of custom and performance parts? The marketing of the Street 500 claims it is a cafe racer but that is a stretch. In the end though the Street 500 looks incomplete and a little awkward and definitely looks like a learner motorcycle.

The Harley Davidson Street 500 has an inroad price of just under $10000 so if you need a Harley Davidson then this the cheapest model to buy. However before you buy you must know that it is slow, rather basic and not particularly Harley Davison.

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)

2014 Harley Davidson Project Livewire

This week’s post is on Harley first attempt at making an electric motorcycle. (Although I’m late again with the news)

Last week Harley Davidson released a rideable prototype electric motorcycle called Project Livewire.  To quote the press release: “While not for sale, Project LiveWire is specifically designed for the purpose of getting insight into rider expectations of an electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle.”

The Project Livewire electric motorcycle is different from the others I’ve seen in that it actually looks good in the sense that it is now overly big or has too many awkward lines. (Zero are you paying attention!?) However most of all it actually makes a pretty cool noise – like every Harley.  There are plenty of videos on Youtube you can check out and listen to.

While Project Livewire does not sound like the traditional and trademarked Harley Davidson sound this one sounds like the effects from any number of sci-fi movies you can recall!  It will be interesting how it progresses as the existing electric bikes are quite expensive. It is interesting to note how no other current manufacturer has equipped their electric vehicles with this type of noise!

Harley-Davidson Motor Company Side View

Harley-Davidson Motor Company Right View

Harley-Davidson Motor Company Left View