Harley-Davidson, in collaboration with Hero MotoCorp, is all set to make its mark in India with the highly-anticipated X 440 roadster. Unveiled recently, this motorcycle is the first product to emerge from the joint venture and boasts a design reminiscent of H-D’s classic XR roadsters, rather than its usual cruisers. With a flat handlebar, comfortable ergonomics, and a rugged appearance, the X 440 is a refreshing addition to the motorcycle scene.
At the heart of this beast lies a robust oil-cooled single-cylinder engine, revealing a displacement of 440cc. Thanks to its larger engine capacity and oil-cooling system, the X 440 is expected to deliver exceptional power and torque, surpassing the likes of the Royal Enfield Classic 350. Riders can anticipate up to 40Nm of torque, promising an effortless experience, particularly in urban settings. Notably, the X 440 is only the second modern-day Harley, after the Pan America, to feature a chain drive for its final transmission.
Ergonomics on the X 440 remain neutral, deviating from the typical cruiser style with forward-set footpegs and swept-back handlebars. Instead, the bike adopts mid-set footpegs and a flat handlebar, mounted on risers, providing an upright seating position that leans slightly towards sportiness.
The X 440 comes equipped with MRF tires, featuring a retro tread pattern similar to the Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp. With 18-inch front wheels and 17-inch rear wheels, this roadster exudes a commanding presence on the road.
The attention to detail on the X 440 is truly remarkable, as seen in the circular design elements of the headlights, indicators, and mirrors. The oval-shaped tail-lamp adds a unique touch, while the LED DRL bar running across the headlight’s center and the Harley logos on the indicators demonstrate thoughtful craftsmanship.
Examining the motorcycle closely reveals a high level of fit and finish throughout. Noteworthy details include the polished cooling fins on the engine and the quality of the fasteners. Although not visible in the current images, the X 440 is expected to feature a fully digital instrument panel housed within a round single pod.
The front of the X 440 showcases a bold and muscular aesthetic, with a square-ish fuel tank taking center stage. Moving towards the rear, the design becomes sleeker, featuring a single-piece seat that gracefully transitions into the pillion section. The seat is flanked by sturdy grab rails on either side, enhancing both style and practicality. The only aspect that falls slightly short of expectations is the exhaust system, which appears rather simplistic compared to the overall sophistication of the motorcycle.
Underneath its striking bodywork, the X 440 boasts a tubular frame with a single-downtube design, ensuring strength and stability. Suspension duties are handled by an upside-down fork and preload-adjustable twin shock absorbers. Furthermore, the bike is equipped with a single disc brake at both ends, complemented by dual-channel ABS for enhanced safety.
When it comes to pricing, the Harley-Davidson X 440 is estimated to fall within the range of INR 2.5 to 3 lakh (ex-showroom) upon its anticipated early July launch. It is possible that a slightly different variant will also be introduced, serving as an entry-level model with simplified equipment.
In conclusion, the Harley-Davidson X 440 is poised to captivate motorcycle enthusiasts in India with its powerful performance, captivating design, and attention to detail. Stay tuned for the much-anticipated arrival of this roadster, which promises to make a grand entrance into the Indian market.
Information Source: Autocar India