American motorcycle giant Harley Davidson has unwrapped the Street 500 and 750 cruiser motorcycles ahead of the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy. The Street 500 and 750 models will be built in India, at Harley Davidson’s Bawal factory in Haryana. Harley Davidson will source a high amount of parts for the Street 500 and 750 from India and this move will cut costs for the brand. So, the Street 500 and 750 models will be the least priced Harleys in the American motorcycle maker’s global range. The starting price for the Street 500 will be $ 6,700 or Rs. 4 lakh while that for the Street 750 will be $ 7,500 or Rs. 5 lakh.
For the Indian market, Harley Davidson will unveil the Street 500 and 750 models at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo early next year. Production of these motorcycles will begin early next year. Official market launches in markets such as India and USA will commence from Q2 2014. The Street 500 and 750 motorcycle models feature a new, Revolution X engine architecture from Harley Davidson. This engine architecture uses a 60 degree V-Twin engine with 4 valves/cylinder, liquid cooling and fuel injection. The engines are mated to 6 speed manual gearboxes that drive the rear wheels of both the bikes through a belt drive system.
By adding liquid cooling and other new technology bits, Harley Davidson wants to make its entry level cruiser bikes more appealing to younger buyers across the world. However, the main selling point of a Harley Davidson is its distinct potato-potato exhaust note. The motorcycle maker claims to have sound engineered the Street 500 and 750 models to deliver the typical Harley exhaust note. Also, the Street range of motorcycles use metal extensively to deliver a heavy build quality, another typical Harley trait. Power and torque outputs, and other technical specifications of the Street range of Harleys will be revealed soon. Stay glued.