Iconic American motorcycle company Harley-Davidson previously announced a partnership with Hero MotoCorp, one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in India. It was established that Hero MotoCorp was to become an official distributor of Harley's motorcycles in India. However, given that India is currently the largest motorcycle market globally, there were also talks of collaborating on producing smaller-displacement Harleys specifically for the Indian and neighboring Asian markets.
Well, now, we know that the latter is well and truly a reality. In fact, multiple Indian motorcycling publications have released stylized images of the upcoming model, dubbed the Harley-Davidson 4XX. The images, purposely grainy and low-resolution, showcase the bike seemingly undergoing testing. Judging from the images, the bike is more of a standard, naked bike rather than a low-slung cruiser. This is evidenced by the rider’s more neutral, upright seating position. On top of that, classic styling cues such as a round headlight, teardrop-shaped fuel tank, and inverted telescopic forks can also be seen.
It is widely known that Hero is responsible for the development of the new motorcycle. However, Hero's current engine range only goes up to 200cc. Nevertheless, Hero has been testing a single-cylinder engine in the 400cc range, which is most likely the engine that will power the new Harley-branded model. The Harley-Davidson 4XX is anticipated to be unveiled in July or August of 2023. Although it will be the first motorcycle to feature this engine, it is expected that more bikes will follow suit in the future.
The complete specifications for the upcoming motorcycle should be disclosed during its official unveiling, which is predicted to take place in July or August 2023. The bike is anticipated to become available in showrooms around the time of the Indian Diwali holiday in November 2023. What's exciting is that multiple sources have stated that the motorcycle will be priced at the equivalent of around P180,000, suggesting that Harley-Davidson is determined to enter the entry-level retro-style segment, which is currently dominated by brands like Royal Enfield.