Harley Davidson announced big plans which will fill the brands lineup with versatile products in future. As per the announcement, other than the cruiser and touring bikes, there will be several other motorcycle segments such as the adventure tourer, street fighter and electric motorcycles in the coming years.
Further, the announcement suggests a lower displacement motorcycle which will be produced by an Asian two-wheeler manufacturer. The most surprising and attractive aspect for the International media that makes them believe of an Indian brand. Some might thinks of TVS which already producing bikes for the German bike maker BMW Motorrad at its production facility in Hosur, Chennai.
Japans popular magazine, Young Machine rendered an envisioned image of expected compact displacement motorcycle in question. It is most probable to get fitted with a new sub-500cc single-cylinder engine under the fuel tank. As per the rendered image, the engine seems like a flat-track ready motorcycle.
Evidently, the envisioned render of the motorcycle wears a radical look with a minimal bodywork, an unorthodox frame seems like a blend of cast and tubular elements, tends to zero front fairing that packs a retro, circular LED headlight and an exhaust system with dual canisters.
As of now, nothing can be said about the technical specifications as the automaker did not speak a single word officially. Albeit, we can expect conventional telescopic front fork and rear monoshock as a part of suspension setup. In addition to this, there could be disc brakes at both wheels associated with dual channel ABS as standard and alloy wheels.
From last few years, Harley Davidson is seeking a fall in global sales owing to brand not being able to pull young riders on board. With the upcoming products which will be sportier and priced aggressively are expected to limit this plunge.
The market-ready version of the compact displacement Harley Davidson motorcycle in question is likely by 2020. In the segment, it will lock horn against the likes of Ducati Scrambler 42, Royal Enfield 350, KTM Duke 390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, upcoming Jawa Motorcycles and so on.