HARLEY-DAVIDSON HAS INTRODUCED A NEW MOTORCYCLE IN ITS SPORTSTER FAMILY - THE ROADSTER, WHICH IS LAUNCHED IN THE US AT A STARTING PRICE OF $11,199 (APPROX INR 7.42 LAKH).
The American leisure motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson, has always been appreciated for its comfortable machines with a roaring V-twin. Retaining all these characteristics, the company has introduced a new motorcycle that is styled to dominate the roads and it has been christened the Roadster. Inspired by the popular Forty-Eight model, the new bike joins the Sportster range and is priced close to its sibling at $11,199 (approx INR 7.42 lakh).
Retaining the chassis from the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight, the Roadster gets some major upgrades like the 43mm inverted front forks with cartridge damping, low-rise handlebar with massive new triple clamps, rear-set footpegs, new offset-split 5-spoke alloy wheels and improved braking system. The bike runs on 19" front and 18" rear wheels with 120/70 and 150/70 section tyres, respectively. The new braking system gets dual 300mm disc up front and a 260mm disc at the rear, and it all comes with a twin-piston caliper.
The bodywork of the Roadster is also majorly borrowed from the Forty-Eight. However, it is styled more aggressively. Both the front and the rear fenders have been chopped to provide it a minimalistic design, like a naked custom machine. The bike also gets a low-set headlamp to give it the look of a dominator and the new seat has been designed to work well with the sporty riding position. It also gets a new gauge with digital speedometer and analogue tachometer.
Talking about the new motorcycle, Brad Richards, director of styling, Harley-Davidson, said, “Since its introduction in 1957, the Harley-Davidson Sportster has proved capable of constant reinvention, and the Roadster writes a new chapter in that story. We’ve watched our customers take the Sportster in so many different directions. The Roadster is a mash-up of styling genres, but the intent was to build a rider’s motorcycle, a Sportster that’s lean and powerful and connects the rider to the road.”
Powering the bike is the same reliable 1,200cc Evolution engine that powers the Forty-Eight and 1200 Custom in India. The air-cooled, V-twin motor has been blacked out to complement the overall styling of the new bike. The engine has been re-tuned to deliver some extra torque and now it delivers 103Nm at 3,750rpm.
The Harley-Davidson Roadster will probably be launched soon in India as well. As the bike is priced much like the Forty-Eight in the other markets, here, we expect it to be priced around Rs. 9.4 lakh.
Pricing for the Harley Davidson SPORTSTER (On Road Price of Delhi)
Variants On Road Price*
Harley Davidson Sportster Iron 883 8,05,749