Recently, it was made public that Harley-Davidson and the Chinese motorcycle manufacturer QJ Motor would collaborate on the development of a line of cruisers with displacements ranging from 350cc to 500cc, that would primarily target the Asian market. With an abundance of new models, QJ Motor is now one of China's largest motorcycle manufacturers.
As a matter of fact, QJ Motor is so aggressive that it has already expanded operations throughout Europe, other parts of Asia, and even the United States. As a result, creating a pair of cruisers with Harley branding was probably a piece of cake for them. As the upcoming Harley-Davidson X350 and X500 are scheduled to be unveiled on March 10, 2023, this may very well be the case.
The fact that the two small-displacement Harleys are based on bikes that already exist is not really surprising. The Benelli 302S, a naked roadster with fairly neutral ergonomics, serves as the basis for the X350, which is expected to be the most affordable two-wheeler bearing the H-D badge. On the other hand, the Leoncino 500, which is slightly larger than the 302S, serves as the basis for the X500. Of course, there have been a lot of changes made to the overall design, ergonomics, and styling.
For the Harley-Davidson X350, we're looking at a 353cc, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine for the X350 in terms of performance. This engine has a decent 36 horsepower and is comparable to the one in the QJ Motor SRK 350. In the meantime, the X500 has a parallel-twin engine of 500cc that is fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, and capable of producing 47 horsepower. The bikes all have inverted front forks, ABS-equipped front and rear disc brakes, and LED lights all over.
The Royal Enfield Meteor and Hunter 350, Honda Rebel 500, and Benelli Leoncino and 502C are among the cruisers and neo-retro roadsters that will compete with the two bikes once they hit the market.