Harley-Davidson to launch 500cc learner bike … and maybe an electric?

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Harley-Davidson to launch 500cc bike. and maybe an electric?

American manufacturer Harley-Davidson is a 500cc v-twin learner and considering building an electric

Just checking … no, not April 1. During its 110-year celebrations, iconic American Harley-Davidson has dropped a couple of bombshells – firstly it’s building a 500cc bike, and secondly that an Harley is under serious

Here’s an interesting tidbit: if you Google, you’ll find results that contain the word Sportster and the defensive not a girl’s bike. Try the same using the Honda Shadow, mid-level cruiser, and you get just 965 .

The Sportster, of course, is the current cruiser line in the Harley-Davidson with 1200cc and 883cc models. That’s bigger most sportsbikes, but not big enough to the ridicule of certain big-bore owners (1400cc and upward) who to think 883cc isn’t or noisy enough to be considered a bike.

And that’s the market which Harley-Davidson is planning to a 500cc learner machine, to replace the excellent 492cc Blast which was scrapped, with the entire innovative brand, back in the depths of the financial crisis in 2009.

Despite any flak new riders face, the move opens up new markets for H-D including restricted-license throughout Europe and Australia, and customers through India and where a cheaper, 500cc would still be bigger most things on the road.

COO Matthew Levatich, speaking at the 110-year anniversary celebration in said the as-yet-unnamed bike is light weight, has a low seat and supple throttle and braking. ridden it – it looks sounds great, it’s a and it’s priced right.

“We want to get it out as soon as we but it’s got to be right. New engines are and we’ve got to get everything right a durability, reliability and confidence On the other hand, chassis and things are a lot more straightforward.”

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He hinted that it would be built in India: The American of a Harley are very important to said Levatich. “The ‘where does that absorber come from’ of it is less significant, but it has to have the and soul of America. We have factories in India and Brazil can we leverage those facilities and so it can get to the, for example, Indian faster?

“These are things we are becoming open-minded to, but we understand the importance of in America’ – the American spirit and integrity that to the customer.

And if a 500cc Harley-Davidson enough of a brand-twisting bombshell, went on to talk about the of an electric Harley that the combustion engine altogether.

“I am sometimes asked whether there will be an Harley,” said Levatich. would say ‘hell no’. But why our engineers are quite intrigued the idea of what an electric would look like, like and feel like.

And it be visceral, would it be emotional, it be luscious. And there’s a way to do that I and it would be very exciting.”

Baby Harleys … Harleys … if Milwaukee this off, it’ll be a shift in brand perception when BMW shrugged off its old-man-bike with the S1000RR. What are thoughts?

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