Har­ley Street spe­cial­ist

The US maker is tar­get­ing the young and young-at-heart with a new model

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Two Wheels - CRAIG DUFF craig.duff@carsguide.com.au

A LEARNER-le­gal Har­ley David­son will hit the road from Jan­uary 2015. The 500cc Street is a tyres-up new­model— the first in 14 years for the US bike maker— that Har­ley hopes will be­come its top-sell­ing bike in Aus­tralia.

If that’s the case, it may well ri­val Honda for out­right road bike sales lead­er­ship, hav­ing al­ready overt aken Kawasaki for sec­ond place.

The bike is aimed at young rid­ers and 40- to 60-year-olds re­turn­ing to mo­tor­cy­cling, a group dubbed “sleep­ers” by Har­ley and es­ti­mated to ac­count for about 750,000 po­ten­tial rid­ers in­Aus­tralia.

A bored-out 750cc ver­sion will also be sold over­seas but for now theAus­tralian arm has opted to only take theL AMS-ap­proved model. Ca­pac­ity apart, the two bikes are iden­ti­cal other than in mi­nor cos­metic de­tails such as high­lighted cool­ing fins on the 750.

Pric­ing hasn’t been fi­nalised butH-D says a $10,000-$12,000 ride-away deal is the tar­get.

“We’re still work­ing on where we will source the bikes from, so we can’t con­firm prices this far out,” mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Adam Wright says.

The bikes will be built in Kansas and In­dia as US buy­ers won’t ac­cept a Har­ley built out­side the States but Wright says the build qual­ity fromthe In­dian plant is ev­ery bit as good as the home­grown ver­sions.

“We don’t see it as an is­sue if our bikes do end up com­ing from In­dia. They’re built to the same stan­dards and, like cars, buy­ers are wor­ried about the qual­ity, not the coun­try it­was made in,” he notes.

The 60-de­gree-V-twin is new. Wright won’t dis­close out­puts but says mid-range torque is a high­light, along with the char­ac­ter­is­tic Har­ley rum­ble.

Alow 645 mm seat height will help most plant both feet on the ground when the bike is sta­tion­ary and the 217 kg weight makes the cafe-racer styled ma­chine the light­est in the Har­ley in­ven­tory.

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