A new test mule of what appears to be the Harley-Davidson X440 has been spotted in Jaipur. The images reveal it to be quite similar to the current X440, but could it be a new bike?
Harley-Davidson’s bike to rival Royal Enfield Classic 350?
One of the theories is that the bike maker is looking to bring out a new version of the X440. Another report indicates it to be a test mule for component testing. However, the bike maker might be looking at competing with the Royal Enfield CLassic 350 and planning to launch a rival bike for the same.
Further, the test mule might be also incorporating feedback from its customers of the X440. The Milwaukee-based manufacturer might be looking at product improvement as well.
Harley-Davidson X440 : More Details
Customers can choose the X440 amongst three variants. These include Denim, Vivid, and ‘S’, The entry level variant Denim is offered in Mustard Denim paint shade. It gets a yellow painted fuel tank with the rest of the bike finished in black. The bike rides on tube tyres shod on wire-spoke wheels. The new price is INR 2.39 lakh.
The mid-sped Vivid trim gets two colours – Metallic Thick Red and Metallic Dark Silver. Harley is offering alloy wheels on the Vivid trim. Price will now be set at INR 2.59 lakh.
Meanwhile, the top-end S variant comes in a lone Matte Black colour. It gets machined alloys, 3D decals and most importantly connected features including smartphone connectivity. Other features include maps support using turn-by-turn navigation, phone and SMS alerts and music control. Meanwhile, this varaint’s price is set at INR 2.79 lakh from August 3 onwards.
High Demand for Harley-Davidson X440
According to Hero, the response for the entry level Harley has been overwhelming. While the bike has been launched in India, production is expected to commence only from September 2023. The bike will be made at Hero’s Neemrana plant in Rajasthan. Meanwhile, the customer deliveries are planned in October 2023.
Hero is currently working to expand the production capacity at the Neemrana plant.