More information on India made Harley Davidson motorcycle
The premium motorcycle market in India is growing rapidly. And the brand which is making the most of this growth, is Harley Davidson. Already having sold more than 2,000 motorcycles since Aug 2009. Not only they are the largest premium motorcycle maker, they are also the fastest growing currently.
But, soon there will be more competition. Triumph Motorcycles have announced their India launch date on 28th Nov 2013. To be offered in the same segment as that of Harley Davidson Motorcycles, Triumph Motorcycles are expected to bring a slowdown in the growing Harley Davidson sales in India. But, the American motorcycle maker already has a growth plan, which will not only counter the launch of any new competition, but will also push their sales in the country.
Harley Davidson is expected to reveal India made motorcycle at the 2013 EICMA in Milan next week. To be built at their plant in Manesar, this new motorcycle will be built from raw material sourced from India. Autocar India reveals that a 750 cc fuel injected V-Twin will power this new Harley. The engine will deliver max power of about 53 bhp and will have a top speed of around 150 kmph.
Transmission will be in the form of 1 down rest-up pattern, while the rear wheel will be driven in a typical Harley fashion via toothed belt. Already caught testing in India, this new low-cost Harley Davidson motorcycle will feature MRF tyres, 90/90 x 17 in the front and 140/60 x 17 at rear. Braking will be taken care by disc brakes on the front and rear.
Even though it will be a low-cost Harley, the motorcycle is not expected to feature any sort of downgrade compared to a Harley made in the US. The bike will feature a long wheelbase, keeping with the touring credentials for ride comfort. As you can see in the image above, the rider will be seated upward with footrest not in the front, but right below, like Royal Enfield Bullet. Front suspensions will be in the form of telescopic fork while the rear suspension will be standard.
Not much has been revealed on the price front, but considering that this bike will feature more localized content, the price is going to be aggressive, something the market has not yet seen or heard. More details from the EICMA floor on 5th Nov.