The Harley-Davidson X440 which was launched recently is the result of a joint venture between the American company and the Indian motorcycle manufacturer Hero MotoCorp. The Royal Enfield Classic 350, which has been very successful in the sector ever since it was first launched in India, is a formidable competitor for Harley-Davidson's most affordable motorbike alternative. The Harley-Davidson XR1200 was the model that the X440's designers looked to for ideas while developing the bike's look. After the debut of the new Harley-Davidson X440, rumours began circulating online that Hero was planning to release a new motorcycle based on the same platform as the X440. So, with that in mind, let's quickly compare the Royal Enfield Classic 350 with the brand-new Harley-Davidson X440.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Harley-Davidson X440: Design
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 has a more stripped-down look but is still unmistakably a Royal Enfield motorbike. In fact, the design is so straightforward that it is almost impossible to tell apart the latest model from its predecessor at a look. The Royal Enfield Classic 350's inherent straightforwardness, however, opens up a wealth of possibilities for customisation.
The just-arrived Harley-Davidson X440 has a masculine appearance thanks to its huge, muscular fuel tank and elegant rear end. In order to achieve its neo-retro aesthetic, this motorbike makes extensive use of circular details throughout its design.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Harley-Davidson X440: Features
A fairly basic motorbike, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 doesn't even have LED headlights as previously indicated. A USB connector, an analogue speedometer with a minuscule display, and the Tripper Navigation system are all standard on the Classic 350.
All-LED headlights, a digital instrument cluster with Bluetooth, and more are just a few of the standard amenities on the Harley-Davidson X440. Other features that stand out include voice-activated turn-by-turn directions and gear position indicators.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Harley-Davidson X440: Hardware
The X440 has dual gas-charged shock absorbers in the back and unidirectional damping forks (USD) upfront. Comparatively, the Classic 350 has dual gas-charged shocks at the back and conventional telescopic forks up front.
The Harley-Davidson X440 has front and rear disc brakes measuring 320 and 240 millimetres, respectively. The Classic 350, in contrast, has a 270 mm disc up front and either a 153 mm drum or a 153 mm disc in the back. Dual-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) is standard on the X440 and optional on the Classic 350 double-disc and single-disc models.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Harley-Davidson X440: Price
The starting price for a Classic 350 is Rs 1.93 lakh rupees (ex-showroom), while the most expensive model will set you back Rs 2.25 lakh rupees (ex-showroom). In contrast, the Harley Davidson X440 ranges from Rs 2.29 lakh (ex-showroom) to Rs 2.69 lakh (ex-showroom).