Harley-Davidson announced its entry into the mass segment with its collaboration with Chinese motorcycle brand Qianjiang Motors way back in 2019. The American motorcycle giant plans to produce small displacement motorcycles for the Asian and other developing markets. For the first time, the bike has been spotted in its production form.
These are the first-ever images of the upcoming Harley-Davidson 300cc cruiser motorcycle. Named as the QJ SV300 by Qianjian Motors, the new small capacity bike has also reached the dealerships as reported by New Motor.
Harley-Davidson may use this bike as a platform to launch Harley-Davidson’s smallest cruiser ever in the world. Why the bike sold in the Chinese market will not be launched here? Well, Harley-Davidson has clearly denied the launch of the Chinese-spec bike in the Indian market in future. Back home, Harley-Davidson has joined hands with Hero MotoCorp and there is no plan to launch the product aimed at the Chinese market in India.
The new QJ SV300 though looks very much inspired by the Harley-Davidson motorcycles. In fact, a few angles of the motorcycle will remind you of the Iron 883. Just like other Harley Davidson products, this one gets a retro design with modern elements all over. The bike gets a single-piece seat for only the rider and the parts of the bike are blacked out to add a sportier look. For example, the alloy wheels, exhaust, and even the engine case are blacked out while the USD fork is chrome adding a contrast.
The bike gets round headlamps, round indicators, and retro tank graphics too. While all the features are yet to be revealed, you can expect features like a full-LED set-up, a fully digital instrument cluster, and dual-channel ABS too.
To power the all-new entry-level bike, there is a new engine too. The SV300 will get a twin-cylinder 296cc engine. It develops around 30.7 PS of peak power. The top speed is around 128 km/h. Since it is a Harley-Davidson, we can expect loads of low-end torque. The bike weighs around 160 kg and with the low-slung seat, it will attract a lot of young buyers.
Harley-Davidson will spawn an all-American offering from the Chinese SV300. However, the changes are not known yet. Officially, Harley-Davidson will unveil the product by the end of this year.
There are no plans for the bike coming to India. However, if Harley-Davidson and its new Indian partner Hero MotoCorp decide to launch it in the Indian market, it will likely happen by the middle of 2022. Harley-Davidson and Hero MotoCorp are working together in India after the American manufacturer decided to shut down its solo operations in India and also shut down its manufacturing plant in the country.
While the all-new bike will take on the likes of the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, the price of the Harley-Davidson product is likely to remain in the premium segment.