The brand-new X440, the first offering produced through Hero MotoCorp and Harley-Davidson's partnership, went on sale just recently. Both firms expressed their gratitude over the "highly positive response in customer bookings" for this product, which seems to have been well received by bike enthusiasts due to its incredibly affordable price tag, considering it is a Harley. Owing to the high demand, Hero MotoCorp has decided to temporarily end the booking period for the X440 on August 3. The subsequent booking window will be revealed later. With this, the newly launched motorcycle will likely see a price hike soon. As of now, the bike can be booked through the manufacturer's official website for a token amount of Rs 5,000. The test rides for the bike are set to begin on September 1 for customers who have pre-booked the same. Buyers who booked their X440 online before August 3 are going to be given precedence for deliveries, which are expected to commence in October, as planned. According to Hero MotoCorp, deliveries would be scheduled according to the dates of the bookings.
Expressing his views on the strong demand for the X440, Niranjan Gupta, CEO, Hero MotoCorp, remarked, “It is heartening to see the increasing inflow of enquiries and bookings for Harley-Davidson X440. The volume so far has surpassed our expectations and we have reached a point where we have decided to close the online booking channel temporarily. The response is reflective of the brand love and trust that riding enthusiasts hold for Harley-Davidson and Hero MotoCorp. As we prepare for production and deliveries of Harley-Davidson X440, we are confident of offering an exceptional riding experience to the customers with best-in-class power, performance, and value proposition."
Harley-Davidson X440: Engine and Hardware
The 440cc, single-cylinder, air/oil-cooled engine that powers the X440 is capable of producing 38Nm of peak torque at 4,000rpm and 27bhp of maximum power at 6,000rpm. A 43mm USD fork and twin shock absorber arrangement support a steel trellis frame that houses this powerplant. A large 320mm front rotor is used for braking, and dual-channel ABS is standard. The X440 weighs 190.5kg with its 13.5-litre fuel tank completely brimmed and has a very decent seat height of 805mm. The bike's new MRF Zapper Hyke tyres, sized 100/90-18 up front and 140/70-17 in back, provide plenty of ground clearance at 170mm.
Harley-Davidson X440: Prices
Three variants of the new Harley-Davidson X440 motorcycle are available: Denim, Vivid, and S. The 'S' variant features all the bells and whistles, while the 'Denim' variant is the entry-level pick. The Harley-Davidson X440's standard model costs Rs 2.29 lakh, while the 'S' variant has a higher price of Rs 2.69 lakh. Additionally, the 'Vivid' model, which is in the middle of the price range, costs 2.49 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom.
Harley-Davidson X440: Features
The X440's entry-level Denim variation has wire-spoke rims as well as minimal badging, whereas the mid-range Vivid version features alloy wheels and dual-tone colour alternatives. The top-of-the-line S variation has diamond-cut alloy wheels, machined engine cooling fins, 3D badging, and a colour TFT dash with Bluetooth connectivity for navigation and notification alerts. A USB charging port is included as standard on all models.
Harley-Davidson X440: Styling and Rivals
The Harley-Davidson X440 maintains the traditional styling of Harleys by having a slim tank, an upright seating posture, wide bars, and a circular headlight. As far as the colour options are concerned, the top-spec S variant is only offered in the Matte Black colour, while the Vivid variant comes in either Metallic Thick Red or Metallic Dark Silver. The Denim version comes draped in Mustard Yellow. The bike is being manufactured at Hero's facility located in Neemrana, Rajasthan.
The Royal Enfield 350 lineup, comprising the Classic 350, the Hunter, and the Meteor, the Honda CB350, CB350 RS, the Benelli Imperiale 400, and the Triumph Speed 400 compete with the Harley-Davidson X440 in our home market.