Video Review: Harley-Davidson Street 500 (LAMS)
We take a look at the learner legal Harley-Davidson Street 500, to see how this mid sized LAMS cruiser stacks up to expecations in this video review. Video by Kris Hodgson
Harley-Davidson’s Street 500 is the obvious (and only) option for those after entry into the world of riding a Harley, with the Revolution X introducing a new powerplant that is featured across the Street 500, Street 750 (not available in Australia) and in a High Output version in the Street Rod (750).
In the Street 500 we see a great learner legal option which has obviously been designed to offer a strong starting point, while retaining that cruiser feel and showing a balanced overall package which lends itself to having fun and building riding skills.
See a brief technical break down of the Street 500 below, while you can find the full review feature here: Review: Harley-Davidson Street 500 (LAMS)
Harley-Davidson Street 500 Tech Talk
On the Street 500 LAMS offering Harley-Davidson introduced the Revolution X 60-degree V-twin, with a capacity of 494cc and four-valves per cylinder, offering a refined liquid-cooled powerplant, with 41Nm of torque. Matched with a six-speed gearbox and belt final drive for low maintenance, the engine is finished in Wrinkle Black and features black covers.
Able to be run on 91 octane fuel, with a 13L tank the Street 500 is designed to be efficient and offer a range of up to around 350-370km/h (300km being a safe fill-up point), minimising the cost for new riders. A low fuel light shows when reserve is reached, with no fuel gauge.
Controls are mid-mount for the feet, with a forward bias and swept back ‘bars give easy access to the grips and switchblocks, with a locking gas cap, standard immobiliser and siren aiding with security. The steering can also be locked at the ignition, while a low seat height of 710mm ensures easy reach to the ground.
Instruments are a single clock with speed, and a multi-function digital readout, with dash lights for ABS, indicators and all the usual. A mini-cowl from the headlight offers minimal wind protection, and reaches up to the instrumentation. Neither clutch or brake levers are adjustable, nor are the foot controls.
Forks are 49mm items, with dual rear shocks and preload adjustability, and both offer enough travel to handle a variety of conditions. Brakes are disc at both ends, with dual piston calipers, backed by ABS, and matched to a 17in front wheel, and 15in rear, both clad in the Michelin Scorcher tyre.
The Street 500 weighs 233kg on the road, ready to ride, with a wheelbase of 1520mm and rake of 32-degrees. There’s room for a pillion on the one-piece seat, with rubber clad pillion pegs. Additional features include fork gaiters and steel tank badging.
2018 Harley-Davidson Street 500 (LAMS)
Price: $9,995 On-Road
Warranty: Two-year warranty, two-year roadside assistance,
& 12 months International HOG membership
Colours: Vivid Black, Olive Gold, Electric Blue (as tested), Bonneville Salt Pearl, Vivid Black Deluxe, Wicked Red Deluxe, Bonneville Salt Pearl Deluxe
Claimed power: N/A
Claimed torque: 41Nm@4000rpm
Wet weight: 233kg
Fuel capacity: 13.1L
Engine: Liquid-cooled, Revolution X V-Twin, 494cc, 69 x 66mm bore x stroke, 11:1 compression, SOHC, 35mm Mikuni single-port EFI, black two-into-one exhaust, belt final drive
Clutch: Wet, Multi-disc
Suspension: 41mm Telescopic fork with gaiters,twin coil spring over shock absorbers
Brakes: Single 300mm rotor front & rear, dual-piston floating calipers, ABS.
Wheels & Tyres: Black seven-spoke cast aluminium wheels, 180/80 R17, 140/75 R 15, Michelin Scorchers, 2.5 x 17in, 3.5 x 15in
Seat height: 720mm
Overall height: 1060mm
Overall width: 820mm
Instruments: Single analogue speedo with digital multi-function display