Harley Davidson Street 500
Very happy with this bike. Excellent value. Fuel injection. Liquid cooled. ABS brakes. Engine immobiliser. PURCHASED NEW 8/12/2020. upgraded standard muffler to Rinehart excellent sound. Prefer no shocks boots no cowl look.
Purchased in December 2020 at GOLD COAST HARLEY-DAVIDSON NERANG for $9,995.00.
Best sounding Lams bike on the market
This bike was my wifes intially. It was a 2016 Model, brand new and just because she had to have a Harley. I at the time was riding a Honda 500F. I hated this bike initially. We both started riding at the same time (2016). I loved the naked and cruisers handle as you expect nothing like I was used to.
The negatives straight off the bat for that model are the plastics are cheap(Thats what you get in an entry level Harley), it didn't have a visable gear selection (newer models do), it didn't have neutral cut off(Stand down), no fuel gauge, No t...acho and the standard exhaust is garbage. From Factory the bike sounds like a sewing machine and when brand new trying to get it into neutral can be horrible (Alot of flicking the foot lever up and down a few times till it hits the spot). It rides and handles pretty well, the factory seat is pretty comfortable(Better than my MT09 was), the seating position is comfortable, I get around 350kms (Depending on how I ride it) out of a tank on BP Ultimate and it accelerates fine. It CAN overtake but if you are overtaking a tool that wants to make it hard for you the bike is going to struggle. Its more of an urban bike as its revving a bit at 100kph and above but I don't care as I get it humming along at 110 regularly. These bikes need an aftermarket exhaust to unlock that Harley Growl. I bought an aftermarket Dan Moto slip on, the thing is loud and lumpy rivalling the biggest of harleys(Honestly bike riding friends go WTH thats a 500cc). I took over ownership due to the wife not riding it and as I sacrificed my Yamaha MT09 for a ride on mower. I use it as my daily travelling 35 minutes each way through wonderful country back roads and I love my rides to work and the bike has around 12000kms now.
Purchased in November 2016 for $10,500.00.
Better than i had expected
I come from having owned ROyal Enfield Bullets, Himalayan and a few Japanese branded bikes. I was lusting after Iron 883, which is still my dream bike, but the limited budget meant i had to settle for something less. Here in Australia Street 500 can be had for a bargain if you look for a decent secondhand. I got mine a 2016 and only 3800kms on the clock for five and a half grands. It was practically brand new. So a great value for money right off the bat. I sat on the bike expecting to be disappointed, yea it is not a proper harley with air-coo...led big twin motor, but Street is a great cruiser standing on its own merits. The previous owner had a Screaming Eagle air filter and a Bassani pipe added, and the setup makes pleasing notes without being annoyingly loud. The bien came without the cafe racer style fairing, which is ugly in my mind. It might appeal to the hipster crowd but its hideous looking. The look improves without the stock windscreen. It isnt exactly a harley look, but the flat line from the headlight to the tail gives an unique look to it and is appealing without the said fairing. Most parts are metal which is solid. A few cheap plastic parts do let it down. One of the rear indicator already hangs loose due to vibration, and one of the passenger footpegs is loose. These minor failures are small but do take away from the finishing touch and polish of the bike and makes it look cheap. So it gets a four star rating. Otherwise the bike punches above its weight for a 500cc. It is pleasing to ride around the town, but uncomfortable to ride on the motorway. Cruising on a low speed in a leisurely manner backstreets going from cafe to cafe is where it excels. Apart from the minor cosmetic niggles, Street 500 is quality built and puts a smile on your face on the ride. An excellent value for money.
Purchased in November 2019 for $5,500.00.
The main mechanic said "this bike doesn't have a strait shift" thats means you can't put into neutra
Bike have few issues even making me think that has been in an accident! The manager didn't want to listen to me saying that this bike has no problems! Took many emails later to finally heard from the mechanic that they had to fit a whole new gearbox because was worned out. This bike its only one year old and why not checking and fixing in the first place instead making a big deal saying that my bike had no problems with anything! Shocking service from manager and few sales rep. I asked for my refund a day after I bought and manager said he won'...t refund me he said the cooling down period expired. I did ring a sales rep less then 24 hours after I pick up the bike and he told me not to worry that I wouldn't loose any warranty or guarantee but I did. Now Im spending lots of my time fighting this matter not even knowing if I can win. The Fair Trade of Queensland can only recommend me to get a lawyer.
Great first bike, especially for a shorter rider
I bought my XG500 several months ago and having had some time on it, I guess I'd like to post a review that gave a potential owner the kind of information I wish I'd been able to find before I bought.
Firstly, as a LAMs bike, I think it is pretty kick butt. For me, it has plenty of power, and it keeps up with my guy's Ducatti xDiavel pretty well most times. His bike is a 1300 so could definitely out-run the XG500 but the Harley holds its own in most riding situations. I did test out the Honda Rebel too but the feel of the XG500 was much nice...r to me - it felt solid and balanced compared to the Rebel. It was also much better looking in my opinion. Since buying the bike though I do have a couple of complaints about the stock version. Having said that I've been having fun changing it up and making the bike mine, though obviously it would have been nice not to have had the expense of that. First off, I'm short, about 5'3" and while I can just about flat foot while on the bike, I have found the wide, shallow and really hard stock seat a bit uncomfortable. I have felt like I was getting blown off the back of the bike in higher speeds and have since taken off the fairing and put on a windshield. I will also get a new, deeper seat soon-ish just to help with comfort levels on longer rides. Nonetheless, I think for my height or thereabouts, the XG500 is a great size. They did do a 'reach' seat for it which lowered you and brought you forward a bit, so that's an option if you're worried about flat footing it. Or the shocks can be lowered too, as another alternative. I also thought I'd mention with regards to an earlier review that the XG500 does in fact have a tachometer and a gear indicator if you toggle through the LED display. It also has a trip counter, two in fact. It does NOT have a fuel gauge though which is a little bit of a pain.
love my street
the street 500 is the best learner bike in the market! 10k for a harley davidson is un heard of! the street is so easy to throw around! like riding a japanese bike but better! it is a tad heavy when moving around the garage, but on the road not noticeable
Love my Street 500
I'm riding again after nearly 30 years and I bought a Street 500 to get me back in to the groove. I love this bike. I test rode the Yamaha MT range and found them to be fast, light but I didn't like the seating position and I looked like a bit of a teenager (my wife's opinion.) Then I tried the Suzuki Motard DRZ-400 and the BMW Motard range. I very nearly bought the Suzuki but when I tested the Harley introduction model I fell in love, especially when I changed the pipe. It's relatively quick from the lights but not overly quick as a bike in ge...neral. That's fine for me as I don't venture much over 110km per hour. The thing I liked most over the other bikes I test rode was the seating position. I also find it very maneuverable through traffic and it's got a really nice style to it. I'd like to think I'll keep hold of this bike but after a year, and getting my riding skills back, I'm thinking about upgrading to another Harley. (Low Rider or a Softail.) All in all the Street 500 is a great bike for returning riders and I'd definitely recommend as an introductory bike for new riders.
Not too bad
As a returning rider after a 20 year absence I purchased a sportsbike early this year but thought I would like to upgrade from a 300cc to something bigger. This time I have planned on test riding some bikes as I was not afforded that luxury prior to my first purchase as I only had my L's at the time and with only the 2 dealers where I am located it was not something that they went out of their way to do. Anyway, moving on from that, Bundaberg Harley Davidson (Dallas) brought the Street 500 down to my front door for me to test ride which I thoug...ht was amazing service. Having never ridden anything apart from sports and dirt bikes this was a new thing for me although with the pegs only being slightly forward it was not as bad as I had anticipated. I took the bike for about a 30 minute ride through 50, 60, 80 and 100kmph zones and it handled itself fairly well, being a new bike and not being used to it may have swayed my thinking at the time though. Taking off was something completely different as it felt quite jerky but then again my bike starts rolling when the clutch is in the appropriate position and it takes off smoothly. Cruising at 100 was no hassle for the bike but I wouldn't probably take it on a 3 or 4 hour ride at those speeds. At 6 foot 3 I felt myself cramping up after about 20 minutes and I had the tallboy seat put on prior to the ride as well and at times I was putting my boots on the pipe as that is where it felt comfortable for me but yet again, that is more due to my not being used to the bike. Overall, on the positive side, the ride was smooth, the gear changes weren't abrupt or rough and it wasn't too bad being seen on a HD. The negatives to me, if you were a beginner rider looking for assistance I found the dash to be quite limited with only the speed and odometer with the neutral light. As a rider who is starting out and I have spoken to a lot of them, a tacho is something that I think is essential as is a fuel gauge and for some a gear indicator would be beneficial. As someone with more riding experience it was a lovely bike but to keep it at a reasonable price I think some things to really give it an edge have been left off it. It now has some competition in the Honda CMX500 (Rebel) which offers more in terms of a dash but not the HD name but it is an option. In conclusion, I would probably give it a miss if you were looking to learn to ride on it or upgrade from a 250 or 300 and wait until you get your full license and go the whole hog then.
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Perfect for a LAMs approved bike
Just recently purchased the HD Steet 500. There is a heap of bad reviews out there for this bike mostly for hard core HD fans and this is to be expected. It's the first time HD has ever produced a bike for the lower end of the market. My choice to purchase this bike was simple. I liked the look. I didn't want a lesser powered bike that I'd want to upgrade as soon as my Ls/Ps was over. It's a commuter and I commute. And sure, it's a HD!
The 2017 model now comes standard with ABS which is great considering this bike is aimed at the learner mar...ket here in Australia. Sure the riding position is a little different from the usual feet forward or feet back but coming from a scooter the almost upright seated position is not bad. I changed out the stock exhaust because it sounded like a washing machine and for a HD that's unacceptable. I have put on it a Vance & Hines slip on. It's give th bike a much deeper rumble. Nothing compared to a true HD air cooled engine but the the Street 500s water cooled engine it really makes it sound that much better. I made the purchase from Harley Heaven in Melbourne.
When you want a culture rather than a motor bike
I had the opportunity to ride another one of the Harley Davidson products and this one was the Street 500cc and if one feels the need to just have to have one these bikes then it begs the question; Why? And the only reason many could come up with is the brand name.
Where does one start with this bike? As a Lam’s approved motor bike on the market it does tick the box in power very well (not) and this is because this bike has absolutely no power to it at best. It might have around 30 HP to it who knows as Harley does not like to promote power ...
Questions & Answers
I put a new battery in started all good, left running for a few minutes turned it off. Next day tried to start instrument lights came on needle went to the right when it came back all instrument lights cut out only a red light was showing.
Is there any engine and exhaust modifications you can make to my 500?
I recommend the Dan Moto exhaust but warning its loud. Its slip on so easy to do yourself. The stock exhaust features two hose clamps to remove and refit.
You can do air filter intake and get a power commander that can get returned and release a few more ponies.
Not really for the engine itself. The street 750 is the same motor just larger bore, slightly longer stroke and higher compression.
We just sold ours and after 13000 kms it was a great little bike. Best sounding lams cruiser for sure...
what is the maximum carrying weight for the xg 500 (including rider)
182kg max carrying by the manual.... I'm 6ft tall float btw 100 to 110kgs and taken my daughters on the back as passengers ( They are 45kgs and 55kgs) without an issue.
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