Harley Street 500
Harley Street 500

Harley Street 500 price announced

Harley-Davidson is about to dominate the cruiser market with the announcement that the new Street 500 will be just $9995 rideaway.


Harley-Davidson Street with custom accessories
Harley-Davidson Street with custom accessories

That stunning price announced this morning at the Melbourne Moto Expo is about $500 less than the list price for the segment-leading Yamaha XVS650, so it should guarantee the bike will be the new cruiser king.

Obviously Harley is subsidising the price to get newcomers into the brand and hopefully retain them throughout their riding life.

The Street 500 is made in India and Kansas. Australia will receive the Street 500 from India in January.

It is powered by a new water-cooled Revolution X engine with 25kW of power and 50Nm of torque. While the power and torque figures appear modest, the bike weighs only 222kg which is 33kg less than a Sportster 883 Iron.

The Street 500 has a 709mm seat height, mid-mount controls, single front brake disc with dual piston calliper, 17-inch front wheel, 15-inch rear wheel, LED tail lights, locking fuel cap and dual shocks.

It has a12.5-litre teardrop fuel tank which is the same capacity as the 883 Iron and much larger than the H-D Forty Eight fuel capacity at a meagre 7.9 litres.

Harley-Davidson Australia marketing manager Adam Wright says the Street 500 has all the hallmarks of a Harley with “metal tank and fenders, not plastic”.

“Anyone who jumps on this bike will understand as soon as they open the throttle: the Street was designed to bring fun, thrills and freedom to the road – whether for new riders or those returning to two wheels after a bit of time out,” he says.

It comes in black or red with a host of accessories.

Harley-Davidson Street XG500

  • Price: $9995 ($10,995 in New Zealand) rideaway
  • Engine: Liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 4-valve, 494cc Revolution X V-Twin
  • Power: about 25kW
  • Torque: 40Nm @ 3500rpm
  • Bore x Stroke: 69 x 66mm
  • Compression: 11:1
  • Transmission: 6-speed, wet multi-plate clutch, belt drive
  • Length: 2225mm
  • Width: 820mm
  • Height: 1058mm
  • Seat: 709mm
  • Clearance: 145mm
  • Rake/trail: 32°/115mm
  • Wheelbase: 1534mm
  • Tyres: Michelin Scorcher 100/80 R17; 140/75 R15
  • Fuel: 13.1L
  • Weight: 222 kg)
  • Chassis: tubular steel
  • Suspension: 37mm telescopic forks, twin tubular shocks adjustable for pre-load
  • Brakes: 292mm/260mm discs, 2-piston callipers
  • Lean Angles: 28.5°
  • Economy: 5.74L/100km
  • Warranty: 24 months, unlimited km
  • Service: 1600km/8000km
  1. No mention of the hyosung 650 52 kw and 61nm and i think
    about $1500 cheaper. korean or indian? i think I’d go korean
    if “street cred” is that important shove on a couple of 5 buck
    harley stickers on it, your average punter wouldn’t know
    the difference anyway.
    I suppose you could always put “indian” on the harley tank
    and to be quite accurate you’d just have to put “made by an” in
    tiny letters before it

  2. Looking forward to seeing it in the flesh. At the price it should sell truck loads.

    Great around town bike or the daily commute. Far better than pushing the big tourer around clogged streets.

    1. the 883 sportster only puts out 38.6kw and 67nm the hyosung beats them both on
      price and performance and at least you know it wont get shut down suddenly
      like harley did with the 500 buell blast and possibly leaving you with problems getting spares.

      1. Pete, you make some good points. I was just thinking that it is different enough from the usual range to make it an interesting purchase.

        Years ago I had a 1200 Sporty and it was a fantastic commuter. That was before rubber mounted motors.

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