The well priced Royal Enfield 650 twins – the Interceptor and the Continental GT – seems to have set the cat among pigeons. From TVS Motors to BMW Motorrad and now Harley Davidson, discounts seem to be the order of the day. The latest on this front is that the Harley Davidson Street 750 has received a massive discount of Rs. 1 lakh in New Delhi. Capital Harley Davidson, the American retro motorcycle maker’s Delhi dealer, has slashed the price of the Street 750. This offer is currently limited to the Capital Harley Davidson but we won’t be surprised if more dealers across the country start offering similar discounts. After discount, the price of the Harley Davidson Street 750 starts from Rs. 4.33 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.
High-end motorcycle dealers in Delhi seem to be stuck with unsold inventory. Just last week, the Triumph dealer for the National Capital Region announced massive discounts on a range of motorcycles in order to clear inventory levels. Triumph motorcycles such as the Street Twin, Street Triple, Scrambler and Bonneville were offered for discounts of upto 55 % on the ex-showroom price. These discounts totalled to more than a few lakhs on specific Triumph motorcycles, and the dealer sweetened the deal further by offering 100 % on-road financing at a 0 % rate of interest. Clearly, the slowing economy is hitting high-end motorcycle sales hard, and it’s a great time to go motorcycle shopping.
Coming back to the Harley Davidson Street 750, the cruiser is the entry-level model, and is built in India, at the Harley factory in Bawal, Haryana. Local production means that profit margins are fat, both for the dealer and manufacturer, and this is perhaps a reason why unsold motorcycles are being sold at such large discounts.
What you get for Rs. 4.33 lakhs is a 750cc, V-Twin engined motorcycle that gets liquid cooling, fuel injection, ABS, a distinct exhaust note and most importantly, the Harley Davidson badge which is an icon across motorcycling circles. The 750cc, V-Twin motor makes 47 Bhp of peak power and 59 Nm of peak torque. A five speed mannual gearbox is standard, and the motorcycle weighs 223 kilograms. The Street 750 also has a more aggressive riding sibling called the Street Rod, which has the same engine in a more powerful 70 Bhp state of tune. The Street Rod is about Rs. 1 lakh pricier than the Street 750.
If you find the entry-level Harleys too pricey, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 are great alternatives, ones that are a lot cheaper. While the Interceptor 650 starts from Rs. 2.37 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, the Continental GT 650 starts from Rs. 2.49 lakhs. Both motorcycles use 647cc, parallel twin four stroke engines with fuel injection, air-oil cooling, 4 valve heads and 47 Bhp-52 Nm outputs. 6 speed manual gearboxes with slipper clutches are standard with both bikes, which also get dual channel ABS and the same cycle parts. Except for styling and ergonomics (the GT 650 has an aggressive riding position), both bikes are virtually the same in terms of mechanical bits.