Harley-Davidson already unveiled its most economical motorcycle for the Indian market. Dubbed the X 440 Roadster, it is the first offering of the collaboration between HeroMoto Corp and Harley-Davidson. And now, the American motorcycle manufacturer has announced the commencement of bookings for the new X 440 Roadster, ahead of its launch in early July in the country. Prospective buyers who wish to book the motorcycle can do so at authorised dealerships. The Harley-Davidson X 440 Roadster can be reserved at a token amount of Rs 25,000. HeroMoto Corp will manage the important areas of production, distribution, sales, and after-sales service, and Harley-Davidson will probably lead the design and development of the X 440 Roadster.
A price bracket ranging between Rs 2.50 lakh and Rs 3.0 lakh is anticipated for the motorcycle. Prices are ex-showroom. In terms of market rivalry, the X 440 will compete with the likes of the Royal Enfield Classic 350, the Honda H'ness CB350, and the first product of the Bajaj-Triumph collaboration.
Harley Davidson X440 Roadster: Design, Features
Design-wise, the X440, which is inspired by the XR1200, gets retro styling elements, which include a retro-style circular indicator, a single-pod instrument cluster, a flat handlebar, a side-slung exhaust, a circular headlamp with integrated Harley-Davidson branding, and rear-view mirrors. Other design features are a copper-coloured exhaust pipe, side-mounted grab rails, and a conical fuel tank. An extensive range of colour options is likely on the cards. The X440's headlight cowl, engine guard, rear shock absorbers, and exhaust muffler have been blacked out, bringing out the bike's strong character. Moreover, the alloy wheels have a dual-tone finish - a combination of black and brushed metal. Additional features of the bike could include Bluetooth connectivity, full-LED lighting as well as a fully-digital instrument cluster.
Harley-Davidson X440 Roadster: Engine and Gearbox
Under the hood, the recently unveiled X440 Roadster receives a 440cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled engine. The power and torque figures are kept under wraps, but the bike is expected to generate more power output than the Royal Enfield Classic 350, which makes 20.2bhp at 6,100rpm and 27Nm at 4,000rpm. Also, the Roadster's motor will likely have a longer stroke, helping it to produce strong low-end and mid-range torque. Considering this, the output figures should be close to 30bhp and 35Nm.
Notably, the Harley-Davidson X440 Roadster is the second Harley-Davidson model after the Pan America to get a chain final drive.
Harley Davidson X440 Roadster: Suspension, Braking
The X440 is built around a tubular chassis with a single-downtube design. The suspension setup comprises upside-down front forks and twin shock absorbers at the rear, each of which has a preload adjuster. Braking duties are taken care of by disc at both ends, supported by dual-channel ABS. The bike sits on 18-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy wheels that come wrapped in MRF tyres featuring a retro tread pattern.