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These are water cooled and are due to come out spring 2014. Kind of interesting that HD is trying to expand their market.

http://youtu.be/ABN0C1lXaZ0
 

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I REALLY LIKE THE BIKES. I HOPE THEY HAVE ONE WITH THAT SUICIDE SHIFT.
ILL GET ONE IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT BOB
 

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Thing I really like about this video is that it captures how I feel about harleys. What the motor company does is sell you a blank canvas. The bike you buy off the showroom floor will not stay like that for long and when and if it changes hands it will more than likely not stay the way you had envisioned.

This video was about the new platform for customization they are providing. There was plenty of cool bikes in that video and none of them were the bike's harley builds and sells to you. I'm happy to see a new direction and it should be interesting to see where it goes.

As far as the bike. Kinda seems like it had a lot of rake in the forks from the factory, no?
That could be an interesting hurdle if building it some what sporting...
 

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Im a big harley fan and its awesome they are selling bikes at this price point now, the harley website has both the 500 and 750 versions ranging $6700-$7500. They needed something to keep the brand alive while the 70 year olds buying $30,000+ touring bikes die out.

but those bikes are just builds they did with the "street 500 &750" bikes to show you what could be done, they come looking not bad but an awful lot like the sons of anarchy bikes haha

either way it looks like a really reasonable deal and they badly needed to get younger buyers supporting their brand by having bikes they can afford, so good shit.
 

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Perfect timing. I was just looking for a bike that was slower, more expensive, heavier, gets worse fuel mileage, and handles worse than any competing bike.
 

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Hack in a barn
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Perfect timing. I was just looking for a bike that was slower, more expensive, heavier, gets worse fuel mileage, and handles worse than any competing bike.
Wet weight is claimed to be 480, price point on the 750 is set to be $7,500, and 54 hp 44 lbs/ft..
http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/11/04/2014-harley-davidson-street-500-and-street-750-revealed-at-eicma-2013/


Take a look at the competition and tell me which models are coming with better spec than that.

Vstar 650, 514 wet... no FI
http://www.starmotorcycles.com/star/products/modelspecs/22/0/specs.aspx

honda shadow 750.. 503 wet, drum rear brakes, $8240 msrp....

http://powersports.honda.com/2013/shadow-rs/specifications.aspx

kawasaki 900 vulcan.. 619 curb weight... 58 ft/lbs but we are talking about a 900 vs. 750... $7999 msrp...

http://www.kawasaki.com/Products/Product-Specifications.aspx?scid=7&id=789

suzuki c50... 611 curb weight, drum brakes in the rear... $8399 msrp...

http://www.suzukicycles.com/Product%20Lines/Cycles/Products/Boulevard%20C50/2013/C50.aspx#Specs
 

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GURU of da poo poo
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You're right...except you're not. Here in America you're absolutely spot on and I have no argument, but these bikes are being built to penetrate international markets like India.

"Currently, Harley sells around 2,000 motorcycles in India annually. It hopes these new models will expand that to 10,000 in the next two to three years. In addition to India and North America, Harley plans to sell the Streets in Italy, Spain and Portugal."
Source - http://rideapart.com/2013/11/2014-harley-davidson-street-750-and-500-2/

The bikes you listed aren't the competition in those countries. Competition comes from bikes like the new Honda 500s(CBR, CB, CBX), 250s(CBR, CRFL), Royal Enfield(which is the most cruiser like)

etc. These bikes all come in some combination of cheaper, lighter, more powerful, or more economic.

The other task of the new Harley's is to take the place of the Buell Blast they used for their rider training course. They weighed in at 360lbs and cost about $4700 when new. AND here's a pic of an actual production model kitted for the "Riders Edge" course. You tell me that looks well built...(obviously the orange crash bars and other protection are part of the extra kit)
 
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