Harley-Davidson was able to present the next bike at EICMA for the official launch
- Harley-Davidson is working on a small displacement motor made especially for Asian countries.
- The company could collaborate with a two-wheeled Indian brand to develop the motorcycle.
- It also focuses on expanding its service network on the Indian subcontinent.
Last year Harley-Davidson confirmed that it would launch a motorcycle of less than 500 cc in India and other emerging markets. The Indian bicycle industry is growing unparalleled, and this has encouraged many manufacturers around the world to test the introduction of smaller capacity motorcycles in India. KTM and BMW companies are the best examples of this phenomenon.
The Austrian manufacturer is very successful in the country thanks to the connection with Bajaj Auto. BMW Motorrad, on the other hand, has an alliance with TVS Motors to produce the G310 R and G310 GS models in India. Now Harley-Davidson is also expected to approach an Indian companion. Although the details of the collaboration are quite scarce, the company has suggested that the next sub-500 cc motorcycle will be launched here next year. In the meantime, the manufacturer is working on expanding its service network throughout Asia.
Motorcycles such as the KTM 390 Duke, Bajaj Dominar 400 and the Royal Enfield 650 twins have helped their respective manufacturers rake the handlebars. So it’s no surprise that Harley-Davidson also wants a piece of the pie. An Indian partner will allow Harley-Davidson to produce the next motorcycle here on our shores, which will help keep costs under control.
Although details about the next motorcycle are limited, it can be expected that Harley-Davidson will stick to its traditional roots and launch a cruise. We could also see different bike genres, including a street fighter and an encoder based on the same platform. So when can we see the new Harley sub-500cc in real life? Well, there is no confirmation either, but we hope that the manufacturer will announce the next motorcycle later this year at this year’s EICMA motorcycle fair in Italy. What do you think the next bike might be? A cruiser or a street hunter? Or could Harley-Davidson start adventurous tourism, considering how popular they are in the country now