American bike maker Harley Davidson on Tuesday unveiled two new bikes in India. One of them is Harley’s first BS-VI emission norm compliant bike, the Street 750 10th Anniversary Limited Edition, priced at ₹5.47 lakh. The other one is a premium electric motorcycle named LiveWire, which will be taken for a four-city tour. Harley hasn’t shared plans for launching the electric bike commercially in India.
The new 10th anniversary Street 750 commemorates Harley-Davidson’s 10 years in India and will see only 300 units going on sale. It is powered by a 750 cc liquid cooled ‘Revolution X’ engine and comes equipped with anti-lock braking system (ABS). It comes with specially tuned shocks that are dialed in for the for the weight of the bike, geometry of the frame and position of the rider. It has a low seat height of 720mm, giving it low centre of gravity and easy maneuverability. And it also gets an India-specific gloss black saree guard.
Harley-Davidson India MD Sajeev Rajasekharan said that Harley is the first big premium bike maker in India to offer a BS-VI compliant model, much ahead of the implementation of the new norm in April 2020.
The Harley LiveWire claims to offer a city range of 235km thanks to the Rechargeable Energy Storage System or RESS, which is what Harley calls its high-voltage lithium-ion battery. It can be charged overnight via the onboard Level 1 charger and power cord that allows you to connect to any standard household outlet. For a faster charge, Harley says you can visit any public Level 3 DC Fast Charge station for 80% charge in 40 minutes or 100% charge in an hour (but good luck finding that in India). It also gets a 4.3-inch TFT display with Bluetooth connectivity which offers features like turn-by-turn navigation and geo-fencing.
“As the first manufacturers of electric motorcycle in the premium segment, we are ecstatic to bring the LiveWire for showcase in the country. We will continue to invest in products and experiences to build more riders for Harley-Davidson in line with our More Roads plan,” Rajasekharan said.
The company sells 17 models in India out of which 11 are locally assembled at its facility at Bawal in Haryana while two are completely manufactured and four are fully imported models.