Madhuri Dixit-Nene, a leading Bollywood actress, was recently spotted on a Harley Davidson Sportster 883 cruiser motorcycle on Pune roads. She wasn’t riding though. Ms. Dixit-Nene was in the city while shooting for her first Marathi movie – Bucket List.
It’s not unusual for male movie stars to hop on to high-end superbikes and supercars in movies. However, it’s quite rare to see Bollywood actresses on powerful motorcycles in movies. With Madhuri now appearing on a high-end motorcycle for a Marathi movie, more actresses may follow suit even in regional movies.
Coming to the Harley Davidson Sportster 883, it was among the first few bikes that American cruiser motorcycle launched in India some years ago. The Sportster 883 was also the first Harley to be assembled through the CKD route at the motorcycle giant’s India assembly unit at Bawal, Haryana. The motorcycle features an air cooled 883cc V-Twin engine, famed for its distinct ‘potato-potato-potato’ exhaust note.
The motor makes 50 Bhp of peak power at 5,500 rpm and 70 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm. A five speed manual gearbox is standard, and the bike weighs a hefty 256 kilograms. The motorcycle, in its 2018 iteration, gets ABS and fuel injection as standard. It’s priced at Rs. 9.26 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. Harley Davidson also sells a bigger engined Sportster, with a 1,200cc V-Twin motor. The Sportster 1200 is priced at Rs. 9.89 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.
For those who want less expensive Harley Davidsons, the brand offers the Street 750 and Street Rod, both motorcycles being built in India with local parts sourcing. This has allowed Harley to price them very competitively, with the Street 750 starting from Rs. 5.14 lakhs, and the Street Rod starting from Rs. 6.18 lakhs. Both bikes feature liquid cooled, 750cc V-Twin engines, but with varying outputs. The Street 750 makes 47 Bhp-59 Nm while the Street Rod’s motor makes 70 Bhp-62 Nm. Both bikes get ABS as standard.
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