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Harley-Davidson HD350 engine & chassis revealed by the Qianjiang QJ 350-13

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

Harley Davidson under their More Roads to Harley-Davidson growth plan announced that the brand will be introducing smaller displacement motorcycles in the range of 200cc to 500cc capacity. The brand also revealed that its collaboration with the China-based Qianjiang Motors which is also the parent company of the Italian brand Benelli. 

Now new pictures have emerged of the chassis and engine of the upcoming Harley-Davidson motorcycle which has been earlier speculated to come with a 338cc engine. But now the engine is being speculated to have a displacement of 353cc and will be based on the QJ Motor QJ350-13. The images of the engine cover showed ‘Harley-Davidson Motor Company stamped on it leading us to believe that the QJ 350-13 and the Harley-Davidson 350 will be sharing the powertrain and the chassis too.

Earlier reports have suggested that the 353cc engine is likely to develop 36 Hp of power, based on homologation documents that were leaked in the recent past. The power output is slightly less if not similar to the Benelli 302S, but the 353cc engine is likely to develop more torques than the Benelli. 

The Harley-Davidson HD350 which is likely to be the 353cc model is likely to be sold in emerging Asian markets including India. Currently, the brand’s entry-level motorcycle is the Street 750 but Harley-Davidson also produces the Street 500 with an engine displacement of 500cc but the motorcycle is not sold in India as it is an export-only model. 

The Benelli iteration is also speculated to make its way to the Indian market which is likely to be identical to the QJ Motor 350-13 an addition to the brand’s naked streetfighter portfolio. The Harley-Davidson, however, will come with an entire different styling as seen in the design renderings that were released earlier. Harley-Davidson’s plan More Roads to Harley Davidson has now been changed to Rewire by the brand’s new CEO and any developments on the HD350 Project have not been revealed and more information on the same is awaited in the near future.