Middle-aged men like me are only getting older and let’s face it, one day we won’t be able to ride those big touring bikes we’ve grown to love. What about the Motor Company then? Visions of dinosaurs come to mind, and we all know what happened to the dinosaurs…they became extinct. In order for the Motor Company to survive and thrive, they need to expand the brand appeal to a much more diverse demographic. Over the past few years, they’ve worked hard to do just that and I applaud them for it. The Motor Company’s focus on the IronElite, the Harlistas, and women riders has already increased the size and diversity of the Harley-Davidson® family. However, there’s still more work to do in bringing in the next generation of Harley enthusiasts. The new HD Speed™ 500 and 750 should help by appealing to younger riders.
As a member of both the National and Gruene Chapter of the Harley Owners Group (HOG), I’m hoping these bikes will bring new and younger riders into our ranks. If we’re lucky, the launch of the Speed™ 500 and 750 will give us a tool to ignite the passion for riding and love of all things Harley in a new generation of riders. I believe this will be good for the riding community and will help ensure Harley-Davidson’s next 110 years are as rich with mystique and heritage as the last 110 years. No dinosaurs allowed!
Check out the specs and pass the info along to a new/young rider…let’s welcome the new demographic these bikes will bring into the Harley-Davidson® family with open arms.
Speed™ 500 (494 CC Liquid Cooled Engine) – priced at $6,700
· Speed™ 750 (794 CC Liquid Cooled Engine) – priced at $7,500
- 6 Speed Transmission
- Belt Dive
- 2 Into 1 Exhaust
- Mid-Mount Controls
- Single Caliper Disc Brakes
- Specially Tuned Suspension
- 2 Up Seat w/ Passenger Pegs
- LED Tail Lights and Bullet Signals
- V Twin 60° 4 Valves per Head
- Wheel Size: 17” Front, 15” Rear
- Wheelbase: 59.5”
- Weight: 480 lbs (Wet)
To stay informed on whats going on in the biker community check out Biker News Online, it was one of the first blogs to report on the unveiling of the new bikes in Milan, Italy on Monday.