The iconic American motorcycle brand Harley
Davidson has been in the news of late due to talks around the reduction of
import duties being imposed by the Indian government. Today, the company also
announced the launch of two new motorcycles for its Indian lineup. Harley
Davidson India has launched the Softail Low Rider and Softail Deluxe motorcycles in India.
The Softail Deluxe has been priced at Rs. 17.99 lakh (ex-showroom India) while the Softail Low Rider is priced at Rs. 12.99
lakh (ex-showroom India).
These new motorcycles feature a stiffer and
much lighter frame which has been designed to utilise the high torque output
derived from the dual counter balanced Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine. Harley has
also bolted on high performance dual bending valve front suspension and an
easily adjustable hidden rear monoshock. The company claims the new models
launched today are faster, lighter and better handling than any of the other
big twin cruiser predecessors that they sold.
Peter Mackenzie, Managing Director, Harley
Davidson India and China, said, "The Indian market has evolved and customers look forward to
innovation in technology and comfort. This is evident from the growth in the
leisure riding segment for premium motorcycles. We have received and excellent
response to the MY18 Softail lineup so far and we are excited to introduce
these two new models that demonstrate our focus on reinventing products for
motorcycle enthusiasts and aspiring riders in the country."
The company has also announced a price
revision for their Touring and CVO models being sold in India. The Road King
which was previously priced at Rs. 28.37 lakh is now being sold for Rs. 24.99
lakh, the Street Glide Special which was priced at Rs. 33.50 lakh is now being
sold for Rs. 29.99 lakh, the Road Glide Special earlier sold for Rs. 35.61 lakh
is now being retailed for Rs. 32.99 and finally the CVO limited that was being
retailed at 53.72 lakh is now being sold at Rs. 49.99 lakh (ex-showroom).
The new Softail motorbikes that the company
is introducing will come with a new high stiffness carbon steel tubular frame
which forms the core of the 2018 Softail chassis. The frame is 65pc stiffer
than that of the one on the outgoing model. This increases overall chassis
stiffness to 34pc, the design has also aided the reduction in component parts
by 50pc and reduced welds by 22pc.
These new Softail models are being offered
with the most powerful engines that have ever been offered on any Harley
Davidson Big Twin cruisers to date. The engine is 10pc quicker to a 100kmph
than what has been previously recorded. The Low Rider feature throwback style
dual tank mounted speedo and tacho gauges. 2 into 2 shotgun exhausts and standard
ABS, while the Deluxe comes with retro modern styled LED lighting, tombstone
tail, blade like turn signals, signature pullback handlebar, 33 pound weight
reduction and ABS as standard.
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