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New 500cc Harley-Davidson Roadster spied | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

Spy photographs have emerged of a brand new Harley-Davidson bike that appears to be based mostly on the Benelli Leoncino 500.

It’s been recognized for some time now that Harley-Davidson is engaged on a smaller-capacity bike for the Asian market, together with its Chinese language associate Qianjiang Motor. The fruits of this partnership have been regarded as restricted to the upcoming 338R roadster, which appears to be edging nearer to manufacturing. However new spy photographs have emerged of a beforehand unseen bike with Harley-Davidson badging, which appears to share most of its underpinnings with the Benelli Leoncino 500. QJ Motor is the father or mother firm of Benelli and the Leoncino 500 is a motorcycle that’s presently on sale in India. 

New Harley-Davidson roadster: design

The engine circumstances on this new Harley appear to very carefully match the scale, form, and design of these on the Leoncino 500. Most of the body and suspension areas appear to be equivalent too, with the little Harley getting a trellis body, USD fork, and monoshock, very like the Leoncino. The variations are on the floor, the place the Harley wears the silhouette of a typical American roadster and the Leoncino is a extra upright neo-retro bike.

The Harley will get a spherical headlamp garnished with a muted silver bezel, a teardrop-shaped gasoline tank full with the brand new Harley brand, and a single-pod instrument cluster. Upfront is the liquid-cooled motor’s radiator. Within the Leoncino, this engine produces 47.5hp at 8,500rpm and 46Nm at 6,000rpm and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Count on related numbers for the upcoming Harley as effectively.

Different design touches embody oval-shaped mirrors, an extended single-piece seat, and a bobber-style rear fender that affords it a butch look in-line with most of Harley’s bigger fashions.

New Harley-Davidson roadster: India launch

This sighting, mixed with the current developments concerning the 338R, signifies that Harley is as soon as once more shifting its focus to the Asian market and hoping so as to add some volumes to its gross sales. If these two bikes do go into manufacturing, it’s very possible that they may make their manner over to India, and would offer a great addition to the corporate, which has been by crusing tough seas in current instances.

It’s virtually sure that this 500cc mannequin will carry a worth premium in comparison with its Benelli cousin, which itself prices Rs 5.05* lakh (ex-showroom). 

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