India's Dream Ride - The Hero-Harley 350 CC Cruiser Coming Soon?

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India's Dream Ride - The Hero-Harley 350 CC Cruiser Coming Soon? (Image: Hero)
India's Dream Ride - The Hero-Harley 350 CC Cruiser Coming Soon? (Image: Hero)

Delhi : Hero-Harley recently presented two unbranded motorcycles to a small group of dealers in India.

Two forthcoming bikes from the cooperation between Hero MotoCorp and Harley-Davidson have reportedly been shown off to select dealers and individuals, according to a recent online article. One was reportedly a cruiser with no branding on the bodywork that resembled the upcoming Harley-Davidson 338R that would be sold all over the world.

The other motorbike looked to be a street version with an aggressive appearance, a long list of features, and a single-cylinder engine providing power. We may anticipate its introduction in the domestic market sometime in the coming calendar year. The duo was exhibited to individuals in order to gather comments and talk about the potential pricing range.

Only briefly was the street motorbike on display at the client clinic. It's interesting to note that the Harley-Davidson X350 and X500 have recently been exposed in web leaks in unmasked production-ready photographs. The Chinese government has given the Milwaukee-based brand's JV venture founded with Qianjiang permission to begin distributing bikes there.

The 2019 Harley-Davidson 338R and the smaller Harley-Davidson X350 are quite similar, and the latter may be powered by a 338 cc twin-cylinder Benelli 302S engine. The production model will now be powered by the bigger 353 cc inline twin engine from Qianjiang's SRK350, which also serves as a stressed member. It is a liquid-cooled DOHC 8V engine that produces about 36 horsepower.

The upside-down front forks, petal disc brakes, multi-spoke black alloy wheels, a circular LED headlight, a small rear end, etc. are just a few of the features. Its peak speed is 143 kmph, and its curb weight is 195 kg.

The Harley-Davidson X500, on the other hand, shares many mechanical components with the Benelli Leoncino 500 and produces a maximum power of 47 horsepower thanks to its parallel-twin engine. Its wet weight is 207 kg, and its peak speed is close to 160 kmph. Officially, it is yet uncertain which of these motorcycles, specifically the cruiser, will have an impact on the India-spec model.