Harley Davidson recently announced a price cut for its CBU models. The latest price correction was made public at the launch of the new Softail models in India. With this, the company has reduced the prices of its entire Touring and CVO line up. Basically, HD has made a reduction in prices of all its motorcycles that are imported into India via CBU (Completely Built Up) route. This price reduction is in line with the reduced customs duty on fully-important two-wheelers.
Among all the Harley Davidson motorcycles that have benefited from the price reduction, the CVO Limited, which is Harley Davidson’s flagship model in the country, has seen the largest reduction in price. The motorcycle now costs Rs 49.99 lakh against Rs 53.72 lakh it used to cost earlier. This is a neat cut of Rs 3.73 lakh! The motorcycles in the touring range also see significant price reductions. The Road King, which was previously priced at Rs 28.37 lakh, is now available at a lower price of Rs 24.99 lakh (again, a good Rs 3.38 lakh lesser!). Even the Street Glide costs Rs 3.51 lakh lesser. While this motorcycle was earlier on sale for Rs 33.50 lakh, it now costs Rs 29.99 lakh. Even the motorcycle that has received the least price reduction sees a cool reduction of Rs 2.62 lakh. We are talking about the Road Glide Special, which now costs Rs 32.99 lakh against the earlier price of Rs 35.61 lakh.
Like we said, the new prices were announced at the official launch of the new Softail Deluxe and the Low Rider. While the new Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe costs Rs 17.99 lakh, the Low Rider has gone on sale at Rs 12.99 lakh. Other than this, even the Fat Boy Anniversary Edition is now available in India. It costs Rs 19.79 lakh.
While the reduction in prices of Harley Davidson motorcycles is a welcome move, it looks like Donald Trump is still not too pleased with import duties on HDs. Speaking during a meeting in the White House, Trump emphasised that the United States was “getting nothing” from New Delhi’s announcement on the reduction in customs duty to 50 percent. “When Harley Davidson sends a motorcycle to India, as an example, they have to pay 100 percent tax,” Trump said, adding, “Now, the Prime Minister, who I think is a fantastic man, called me the other day and he said we are lowering it to 50 percent. I said okay, but so far we’re getting nothing. So we get nothing, he gets 50 [percent], and they think like they’re doing us a favour. That’s not a favour.”
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All prices mentioned are ex-showroom, India.