Harley Davidson goes mainstream, launches its cheapest bike
Harley Davidson has launched its cheapest 338 cc model in what seems like a direct competition to the Bullets and Jawas.
Harley Davidson is all set to start its production for the 338 cc model. As per reports, the US manufacturer has partnered with China’s bike manufacturer Qianjiang, which is also the manufacturer of Benelli. The detailed specifications and the on-road price have not yet been announced.
Going by the sketches as seen on Twitter, the bike looks similar to that of the Benelli 302S. Speculation is that as the 750 cc Harley Davidson is priced at around Rs 5.3 lakh, the 338 cc machine could be priced at around Rs 3 lakhs. The little Harley is expected to hit the Indian roads by 2021.
After the Italian manufacturers launched the Benelli 400, it is now the American manufacturers Harley Davidson’s turn to compete with the Bullets and Jawas in the Indian market.
But it is too early to tell if it can actually compete with the mainstream cruisers as the engine displacement (cc) alone cannot be a deciding factor. We will have to wait for the makers to release the detailed specifications to decide that.
As per reports, the 338 cc Harley has a liquid-cooled engine, which is preferred for cruising as it generates greater torque. It implies the bike has given priority to torque over speed. But again, at the end of the day, it is a Harley Davidson, which usually has a perfect blend of speed and torque.