Harley-Davidson has officially unveiled its new motorcycle, the X 440, which is the result of the company’s partnership with Hero MotoCorp in India. The bike has a design reminiscent of Harley’s old XR roadsters rather than their typical cruisers. It features a flat handlebar, neutral ergonomics, and a rugged appearance.
The motorcycle retains its original features since the first images were released, but the latest pictures provide a clearer look at the bike. It is powered by a robust oil-cooled single-cylinder engine with a displacement of 440cc, suggesting that it will likely be more powerful and torquey than a Royal Enfield Classic 350. The motor could produce up to 40Nm of torque, delivering a smooth urban riding experience. Interestingly, the X 440 is one of the rare modern-day Harley models to use a chain drive, following in the footsteps of the Pan America.
In terms of ergonomics, the X 440 maintains a fairly neutral position, lacking forward-set footpegs or a swept-back handlebar commonly found on cruisers. Instead, it has mid-set footpegs and a flat handlebar, which should offer an upright, slightly sporty riding posture.
The tires on the motorcycle have been updated, now featuring MRF tires with a retro tread pattern resembling the Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp. With 18-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels, the X 440 has an imposing stance on the road.
The bike showcases circular design elements in the headlights, indicators, and mirrors, while the tail lamp takes the form of an oval-shaped pod attached to the rear fender. The headlight incorporates an LED daytime running light bar, and the indicators feature intricate Harley logos.
Overall, the X 440 exhibits meticulous attention to detail, with high-quality fit and finish throughout. Not shown in the latest images, the bike will feature a fully digital round instrument cluster.
The front of the motorcycle stands out with its chunky appearance and large square-ish fuel tank, while the rear has a sleeker design. The single-piece seat flows into the pillion section and is accompanied by sturdy grab rails on either side. The exhaust system is the only design element that seems slightly plain compared to the rest of the bike.
Beneath the bodywork, the X 440 utilizes a tubular frame with a single-downtube design. It is equipped with an upside-down fork and preload-adjustable twin shock absorbers for suspension. The bike features a single disc brake at both ends, with dual-channel ABS as standard.
Based on the information and visuals available, it is estimated that the Harley-Davidson X 440 will be priced between Rs 2.5 and 3 lakh (ex-showroom) when it is launched in early July. It is possible that there will be a slightly different version serving as the entry-level model with simpler equipment. For comparison, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 is priced between Rs 1.9 lakh and 2.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
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