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500cc Harley to be made in India ?

Easily the most interesting news to come out of Harley-Davidson's 110th celebration is the rumor of a new motorcycle. Harley had announced they were building at least one new model a few months ago. This one, though, is supposed to be their smallest cruiser ever.

According to Gizmag, the new bike will be a puny 500ccs. COO Matt Levatich says the bike's intended to be nimble with a low seat height, low weight, and supple throttle and braking. Apparently the project is so far along that Levatich has ridden the thing. It's not quite complete yet though, as he says, "new engines are complicated".

More interesting than the fact that it exists in the first place, is that it might be built in India. Now, that might sound weird at first, but considering the size of the bike, this kinda makes sense. Motorcycles are still the main mode of transportation throughout most of Asia. Even at 500ccs, it would still be one of the biggest bikes on a the block. It'd still be a Harley in a world of Hondas.

Whether or not this bike will come to the states is another question entirely. We'll just have to wait on an official word from Harley on whether they're going forward with this small scale HD at all.


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Re: 500cc Harley to be made in India ?

Moderator, please remove this thread from the BMW RT section

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I am somewhat confused why this one was moved and the post on Harley Wet Heads was not ? I feel a Harley being made in India is more significant than a partially water cooled motor.


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Re: 500cc Harley to be made in India ?

I suspect this bike will be made available in the US. They can use it to replace the Buell Blasts in the Riders Edge courses. I know some folks think the Blast is not a good bike for beginners - too tall, friction zone more like a friction "point". I've never ridden one so can't say whether they're right or not. The description suggests the new bike addresses those issues.

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