The American motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson has started showing special interest in its development in India. The company started with its Indian CKD unit assembly late last-year at Bawal in Haryana. And now according to Zigwheels, the news is that India would soon have specially made bikes for India and in India.
The Haryana assembly plant is the second Harley-Davidson assembly plant outside the USA, the first being in Brazil. Now with the upcoming Indian leg of Harley, India gets to be the second lucky country to have a Harley unit out of United States of America. The aim of this new Harley plant is to help us realize these dreams. The CKD unit in India would help the manufacturer help lower its prices in the country.
The made-for-India Harley is speculated to retain a price tag of Rs. 3.5 lakhs which is quite reasonable price tag if it comes from Harley, and it could have a smaller engine capacity with the 400-500 cc engine displacement figures being bandied about. Harley Davidson is said to be in talks with Indian vendors to source parts to keep costs low and price the motorcycle competitively.
At present, the competition bikes standing in the price bracket of Rs. 2-3 lakhs, Harley will have to launch products in the same bracket to gain a bombshell entry in the Indian premium bike industry. The made-for-India Harley will stand out as a direct competition to premium bikes, Hyosung GT250R, Kawasaki Ninja 250R, etc…
If the report turns out to be a reality, Harley might showcase their made-for-India bike at the 2014 Auto Expo. Then, we can expect the bike on Indian roads sometime around the mid of the year 2014.
Source – Zigwheels