Although there are strong rumors since long that Harley is going to come with lower displacement motorcycle especially for Asian market.Now there is confirmation on this news as it is released in the media.Asian market is huge lower displacement motorcycle and Harley doesn’t want to loose the pie.
This lower displacement motorcycle will be co-developed with Benelli parent company – Qianjiang Motorcycle Company Limited.
We also get to know that this 338 cc Harley motorcycle will be released in Chinese market first by 2020 and then it will proliferate to other Asian markets.Technical details are not yet available whether it will be V Twin or parallel twin or single cylinder.That still remains as a question.
We however see some benefits when it comes to co-development as both the brands will can inter-exchange technology details on motorcycles.Plus Benelli is dominant in Asian Market and there is where Harley will get benefit to enter in Asian Market .
Now if anyone looks at Benelli’s BN 302 and Leoncino are both powered by parallel twins. We could see something that sort of with the new Harley motorcycle
The new Harley-Davidson motorcycle and engine will be produced in a Qianjiang facility in China and adhere to the rigorous quality standards and testing processes followed for all Harly-Davidson products.
“Harley-Davidson has always been about inspiring riders around the world. Our More Roads plan is all about bringing our brand of freedom to more people, in more places, in more ways,” said Matt Levatich, president and CEO, Harley-Davidson. “We’re excited about this opportunity to build more Harley riders in China, one of the world’s largest motorcycle markets, by creating new pathways to our brand.”