Harley Davidson X440 motorcycle in action: Exhaust note teased, launch on July 3rd

The iconic American motorcycle brand, Harley-Davidson, is set to make a splash in the Indian motorcycle market with its upcoming model, the X440. The company recently released a teaser video, giving enthusiasts a taste of what’s to come. The newest teaser especially focuses on demonstrating how this upcoming mass-market motorcycle from the cruiser brand will sound on Indian roads. The video shows two Harley-Davidson X440s cruising through highways and mountains.

From the teaser, it can be noted that the forthcoming Harley-Davidson X440 will boast a throaty sound similar to the iconic long-stroke, mid-capacity thumpers like the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the Honda Hness CB350. This upcoming motorcycle will mark the beginning of Harley-Davidson’s journey as a mass-market bike maker, and from the sound of this model, it seems like the company could make a lasting impression on the buyers. The teaser shows the bike cruising through the mountains with a deep, throaty exhaust note.

As for the design of the forthcoming X440, the new bike will be designed differently and will look distinct from Harley-Davidson’s traditional cruiser offerings. Drawing inspiration from H-D’s old XR roadsters, this bike features a flat handlebar, neutral ergonomics, and a robust design. It embraces an oil-cooled, single-cylinder 440cc engine, offering enhanced power and torque compared to competitors like the Royal Enfield Classic 350. The chain-drive system, a rarity among modern-day Harley-Davidson motorcycles, adds to the X440’s unique character.

Harley Davidson X440 motorcycle in action: Exhaust note teased, launch on July 3rd

Ergonomically, the X440 maintains a neutral riding position with mid-set footpegs and a flat handlebar mounted on large risers. This setup promises a comfortable and slightly sporty seating experience, perfect for both city commutes and spirited rides. The bike rides on MRF tires with a retro tread pattern, adding to its vintage appeal. With 18-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels, the X440 exudes a commanding presence on the road.

The attention to detail in the X440’s design will be evident throughout the motorcycle. Circular motifs will be found in the headlights, indicators, and mirrors, while the oval-shaped tail lamp adds a unique touch. There will be an LED DRL bar in the headlight and the Harley logos on the indicators. It will also have polished cooling fins on the engine and well-executed fasteners. The fully digital instrument cluster, presented in a round single pod, adds a modern touch to the classic design.

Structurally, the X440 will feature a tubular frame with a single-downtube design, providing stability and durability. The suspension setup consists of an upside-down fork and preload-adjustable twin shock absorbers. For braking, the motorcycle is equipped with a single disc brake on both ends, accompanied by dual-channel ABS for optimal safety.

Harley Davidson X440 motorcycle in action: Exhaust note teased, launch on July 3rd

While specific engine specifications are yet to be revealed, it is expected that the X440 will house a powerful 440cc, single-cylinder, oil- and air-cooled engine with an estimated redline of 8,000 rpm. Performance figures are predicted to be around 30 bhp and 35 Nm, making it a formidable contender in its segment. In terms of hardware, the X440 will feature upside-down front forks, twin rear springs, and disc brakes on both wheels. Safety features are likely to include dual-channel ABS and a side-stand engine cut-off function. Notable additions to the bike include full-LED lighting and a fully digital instrument cluster.

The forthcoming new budget-friendly Harley-Davidson, which has been developed in partnership with Hero MotoCorp, will be launched in India on 3 July, and it is expected to be priced between Rs. 2.5 and 3 lakh (ex-showroom). The Royal Enfield Classic 350, which ranges from Rs. 1.9 to 2.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), will be the direct rival of this new bike, along with the Honda H’ness CB350 as well.

Utkarsh Deshmukh

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