Middleweight Motorcycles for 2014 (500-800cc)
Since the time Kawasaki came into the market with the Ninja 650R and the Hyosung entered with its faired GT650R, the naked GT650N and the cruiser ST7 in 2011, the demand for motorcycles in this segment has constantly been on the rise. As expected, the segment was quick to gain pace and ever since moto-maniacs have been waiting long for other manufacturers to bring some substantial middleweight motorcycles. Sadly though, there hasn’t been much action in this category in the past two years. But the 2014 promises to bring a lot more excitement with some really thrilling machines scheduled to come to Indian shores. Take a closer look at all the motorcycles that you can expect to be launched next year.
Harley Davidson Street 500
Expected Launch: January 2014
Expected Price: Rs 4 lakh
Along with the Street 750, Harley also showcased the Street 500 at the 2013 EICMA Motor Show. Like its elder sibling, this one too will be based on the all new Harley Davidson platform and host a 500cc Vee-twin Revolution X liquid-cooled powerplant. Visually, the Street 500 will be identical to its elder sibling except maybe a marginal difference in the form of badging. With the launch of the Street 500 scheduled along with its elder sibling, motorcycling enthusiasts will now have another breed of offering in the under Rs 4 lakh bracket which will do Harley a world of good in terms of numbers considering the potential that this segment holds and the fact that there is just the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the Hyosung GT250R on offer as on date.
Harley Davidson Street 750
Expected Launch: January 2014
Expected Price: Rs 5 lakh
Talks of Harley Davidson planning to develop middleweight motorcycles specifically for India and other emerging markets have been floating around in rumourmill for a while now. The American two-wheeler manufacturer put an end to all speculation when they finally took the wraps off the Street 750 and the Street 500 last month at the 2013 EICMA Motor Show. Powering the Street 750 will be the V-twin Revolution X engine, which will be the first liquid-cooled unit for the Indian market. That’s not all; this motorcycle will also mark the debut of HD’s all-new platform for the first time in 14 years. The Street 750 will be built in India at Harley’s production facility at Bawal in Haryana which will ensure that the company puts an extremely aggressive price tag to it. Although HD hasn’t really divulged into any specifics as far as the pricing is concerned we estimate the Street 750 to be launched at around Rs 5 lakh. The Street 750 will make its debut at the 2014 India Bike Week in January and will be launched soon thereafter. So, for all motorcycling enthusiasts who have long been waiting for an affordable bike with the Harley symbol on it, the wait will soon be over.
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