Harley Davidson to go small: 500cc motorcycle will soon be a reality
Harley Davidson has confirmed that a 500cc motorcycle is in the making and will be launched sooner than expected. Expected to to make its world debut at the 2014 Auto Expo in New Delhi in February, 500cc baby Harley cruiser might be manufactured in India and exported to markets across the world.
In an interview with Gizmag, HD’s COO Matthew Levatich, said that the new 500 cc Harley is “nimble, light weight, has a low seat height and supple throttle and braking. I’ve ridden it – it looks great, sounds great, it’s a Harley, and it’s priced right. We want to get it out as soon as we can, but it’s got to be right. New engines are complicated, and we’ve got to get everything right from a durability, reliability and confidence perspective. On the other hand, chassis and other things are a lot more straightforward.”
The yet to be named bike with new 500cc twin cylinder engine could have output of 40 bhp power and 45 Nm torque while prices should commence from INR 3-4 lakhs. The reason we expect the bike to be made for emerging markets like India, is because in June this year, a camouflaged cruiser was spied (by Team-BHP) in Faridabad, Haryana. This is very close to their CKD facility, which is also the only second of it’s kind outside the US.