One of the most anticipated motorcycle launches of the year, the Harley-Davidson X440 will finally go on sale in India today (3rd July 2023). The most affordable Harley motorcycle was co-developed with Hero MotoCorp, the iconic American bike maker’s second attempt to break Royal Enfield’s stronghold in the middleweight segment. Unlike the larger-displacement Street 500 and Street 750, the upcoming Made-in-India Harley promises to be more cost-effective in a more modern package.
Harley-Davidson India has shared images of the X440, a bike that takes some cues from the brand’s larger displacement bikes from last year. Round headlights, single-pod instrument panel, teardrop-shaped fuel tank, round indicator lights, side-mounted exhaust pipes, etc. all add a retro atmosphere to the motorcycle. You do, however, get machined alloy wheels, a console LCD panel and LED lighting to give the model a modern look.
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Power for the Harley-Davidson X440 will come from a newly developed 440 cc single-cylinder oil-cooled engine with a redline of up to 8,000 rpm. Power figures have yet to be released, and we expect the motor to produce around 30 bhp and 35 Nm of peak torque. With a larger displacement engine than the Royal Enfield 350 cc series, the Harley X440 would certainly have an advantage. It also features USD front forks, dual shocks at the rear, disc brakes with dual-channel ABS at both ends.
Pricing remains under wraps, and Harley will make an official announcement later in the day.The estimated selling price of the X440 is $Starting at Rs 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom), it could come in more trims and variants, as well as a host of accessories to make it more attractive to buyers. Sales will begin in a few days through Harley-Davidson showrooms, which are now managed by Hero MotoCorp. The bike may also be exported to several markets starting this year. In addition to the Royal Enfield rivals, the upcoming X440 will also compete with the Triumph Speed 400, Honda H’ness 350, Benelli Imperiale 400 and more.
First published date: Jul 3, 2023 08:18 AM EST