Top 10 Anticipated Bikes Of 2014

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4. H-D Street 500/750

Harley-Davidson Revolution X

What is it?
Harley-Davidson has ended its 13-year hiatus from producing an all-new motorcycle platform in a big way with the announcement of its Street 500 and Street 750 line. Using new liquid-cooled 60° Revolution X V-Twin engines, the H-D Street motorcycles are aimed at younger urban riders. Read our EICMA coverage about the Street 500/750 to learn about how the new platform carries both the Harley lineage (in Dark Custom clothes) across the globe and into a more performance-oriented market while keeping the price below that of the least expensive Sportster. The Street 500 retails for just $6,699, while the 750cc version is priced at $7,499.

Why are we excited to ride it?
These bikes show that Harley-Davidson isn’t content to sit back and cater to just its greying core market. The Motor Company has stepped up to embrace both the future of motorcycling (stricter emissions regulations and world markets) and the features necessary to attract a younger crowd, whose values are slightly different from the bar-and-shield traditionalists. The result of consulting with riders worldwide is a bike line with improved performance and handling yet an achievable entry point into the Harley clan. Don’t forget the importance of spreading the formidable American brand into overseas markets that are not as open to Harley’s Big Twin motorcycles. Editor-in-Chief Duke puts it all in perspective in his EICMA video notes about the Street line. The Street 500 and 750 point the way to Harley’s future, and we can’t wait to see what else that holds.

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  • James Monroe

    Hey motorcycle.com staff – just a heads up #3 is ahead of #2 :)

    • Evans Brasfield

      Thanks, James! We’ll get that fixed.

  • Mosey Levy

    BMW R Nine T?

    • DickRuble

      at least there’s someone waiting for that

      • Evans Brasfield

        I’m looking forward to riding it, so there’s more than one person waiting.

        :-)

        • DickRuble

          ok… there’s now officially a crowd of two anxious to see/ride a bike as exciting as cold porridge on a rainy winter day in Scotland. :-)

          • Evans Brasfield

            My mother’s side of the family are Scotts…

          • http://www.mymotorrad.com/ james lagnese

            I bet you like haggis…

          • Evans Brasfield

            Nope. I’m only half Scott.

          • Mosey Levy

            It was the most crowded bike in the BMW section at the recent motorcycle show in NYC.
            I think it’s beautiful. I’m not sure now much it will cost but it doesn’t look practical to own as a daily driver at the end of the day. More like a beautiful Sunday bike.

  • http://www.mymotorrad.com/ james lagnese

    Nah.

  • Reid

    Oh how I hope EBR comes out with a mid-displacement naked bike in another few years. And oh how I hope I have a good-enough paying job to buy it.

  • DickRuble

    yeah.. we can’t wait for harley mopeds made in india…

    • Mosey Levy

      So what are you excited for?
      Besides more opportunity to be sarcastic :)

      • DickRuble

        In order: The MV Agusta, the Mission, the EBR. The KTM is also worth mentioning.

  • ‘Mike Smith

    I could see myself owning the Zero SR within the next 5 years. I have a feeling that once you get one, you’ll be trading it in every year for a newer model.

  • Kevin

    Here is hoping that Kevin, Tom, and Troy have the RT, Trophy and FJR in time to make the run to bike week in Daytona and a stop at Mardi Gras in New Orleans on the way back to LA.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I noticed that you conveniently left the new guy out of the trip.

      Thanks for nothing…

      • Kevin

        Hey somebody has to drive the Winnebago chase vehicle, right?

    • Kevin Duke

      I like your idea. It’ll be tough to take the whole crew away for 10 or whatever days, so we either keep Brasfield at home to hold down the fort or we assign him a feature about sport-touring to Daytona on a Grom. ;)

      • Evans Brasfield

        At least it wouldn’t be a freeway drone!

        • Kevin

          I’ll donate my 2 man dome tent to your effort and you can call the feature “Bike Week on a Budget!”

      • Kevin

        My turn to like your idea, and I do. Both of them.

        • Kevin Duke

          Tempting. The Motus gang are currently going through emissions testing and are planning on getting us a test bike in the nearish future.

  • KevinB

    A Harley and the CTX1300 made the list, but no 1290 Superduke?

  • Ted

    Can bramsfield handle a grom now? Kevin said he was still on mopeds last month.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I’m still writing about our flock of bikes with no shift levers, but I also have a FJR1300ES in my garage. I’ll be writing a test of it – as soon as I get the training wheels off.

  • arcsine

    >It’s the first sporty and fully faired sport-touring motorcycle from an
    Italian company since Ducati’s sadly departed ST series and the Aprilia
    Futura were killed off almost a decade ago.

    Um… Moto Guzzi Norge.

    • Kevin Duke

      Good point! Given Guzzi’s tepid sales in America, at least for the Norge, I’ll guess I wasn’t the only one who forgot about it! That said, I like the Norge and will look forward to getting another one for testing in the coming months.

  • Bill Myers

    The electric bikes are still B.S. Look 120-170 miles aren’t bad, it’s the “fuel up” issue. Look, even if you have a bike that’s only good for 100 miles, it takes about a minute to refuel. I think the shortest “fuel up” for electric bikes is 5 hours… So 120-170 miles isn’t in reality any range at all…