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Harley-Davidson India Intros Motorcycle Lineup

Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Harley-Davidson India announced its first lineup in the Indian market will consist of 12 motorcycles, including a bike from each of its five model families. The unmistakable sound of the Twin Cam 96 will soon reverberate on India’s
2010 Harley-Davidson CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide
The face of India's two-wheeled landscape is quickly changing, Streets that were once dominated by small step-thrus will soon be home to big bikes, too, like the 2010 H-D CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide (above).
streets as The Motor Company prepares to introduce its Sportsters, Dynas, VRSC, Softail and popular Touring motorcycles to India’s growing marketplace.

“For over a century, Harley-Davidson has inspired motorcyclists across the world to celebrate their passion for riding. Our experience in leading the leisure motorcycle market worldwide makes us naturally suited to help lead and define leisure riding in India. We entered India with a promise to bring riders the pure Harley-Davidson experience with bikes from every family. Over the past year we have listened to riders across India at our many events, and we have produced a line-up to stir their soul,” said Anoop Prakash, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson India.

The Asian country is the second-largest motorcycle market in the world, behind only China. And while its two-wheeled identity was mainly dominated by small displacement motorcycles and step-thru scooters, India’s rapidly growing economy, rising middle class and new highway construction has opened the door to more recreational riding.
 
The announcement was made at the Auto Expo in New Delhi where a custom-painted Harley-Davidson Fat Boy in Indian color accents was on display. It will be the first motorcycle sold by Harley-Davidson in India at dealerships in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chandigarh. Delivery of the 2010 lineup will begin in June. The Harleys being shipped to India will be completely assembled and will range in price from 695,000 to 3,495,000 Indian rupees. This translates to around $15,200 to $76,000 US, roughly double the price one would pay stateside due to high import tariffs.
 
“We have worked hard to give every enthusiast an opportunity to realize their dream of joining the global Harley-Davidson family,” added Prakash.

Recent Harley-Davidson Boot Camps and Founders Rides in Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore gave over 300 Indian motorcyclists an opportunity to learn about the bikes and to give Harley feedback on the lineup and plans on holding similar events in the future.

The 2010 Harley-Davidson India models include:

Sportster:
XL 883L SPORTSTER
XL 1200N NIGHTSTER
XL 883R ROADSTER
XR 1200X
Dyna:
FXDB STREET BOB
FXDC SUPER GLIDE CUSTOM
VRSC:
VRSCDX NIGHT ROD SPECIAL
Softail:
FLSTF FAT BOY
FLSTC HERITAGE SOFTAIL CLASSIC
Touring:
 FLHR ROAD KING
FLHX STREET GLIDE
FLHTCUSE ULTRA CLASSIC ELECTRA GLIDE (CVO )
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Comments
Nate -Harley Davidson quality will not handle the use.  November 2, 2010 12:34 PM
Most Harley Davidson on the roads in America see at most 1,500 miles in a year because they are a pleasure item. In India they will see 20,000 miles on the rode in a year in India through every condition. These people will be in the shop all the time for repairs, and Harley will obtain the same status as they have in America which is a Motorcycle assemble with parts from the lowest bidder.
mohammed khader ali -akramharley@yahoo.com  August 4, 2010 10:23 AM
hi. im a harley junear technician in uae. harleys is a harley. but dont think about any bik. and dont compear with any bik to the harleys. all the biks like cycles in front of harleys. i love harley machines...
nasir -HD  July 22, 2010 03:37 AM
Harely is going to be big success in India regardless of the price tag. Imagine, even if they can sell as less as 1% of the total two wheelers produced in india (which is currently few millions).....i think in next 5 years there will be more HDs on indian roads than the total on US...!
ruban -what a bike  March 15, 2010 01:15 AM
i really like harley davidson and i would like to buy a new harley
Mark -King of the world  January 13, 2010 07:55 AM
Hey Tim, How about Kawasaki VN2000 Vulcan, Yamaha XV 1900 Stratoliner, Indian Chief, and Moto Guzzi Norge 1200. All very nice pushrod engine motorcycles that are selling quite well thank you. You are right some of them aren't tuned for big horsepower however, they have tons of low end torque and you don't have to rev the crap out of them to make them go. Harley makes very good motorcycles and their style has been copied by Japan's big four and others. In central California Harley motorcycles are everywhere and their owners are riding them in good weather and bad. I respect that as they are true motorcyclists.
Tim -Bajaj copying H-D? Are you kidding me?  January 13, 2010 01:13 AM
Why would someone go onto to copy an aging push-rod operated V-twin that displaces 1000cc plus, only to put out a puny 70 bhp? Bajaj's Pulsar, displacing a mere 220cc, puts out about 20 bhp. If there is some copying to be done, it could very well be Harley-Davidson walking down that path. And oh, quite unlike what someone here said, Bajaj hasn't shut production of their two-wheelers at all. They just stopped the manufacturing of their scooters. Really guys, just don't shoot your mouth without being well informed.
Mark -King of the world  January 7, 2010 05:12 PM
Andy... Andy... Andy... Ok you're right they are going to cost $8,192.00 including the 2.4% tariff. Geeeeez! I was just making a little joke, India... Indian motorcycles get it? O yeah...Milwaukee Mike, Bajaj droped the scooters and will continue making motorcycles according to Motorcycle USA. Bajaj also owns approximately 30% of KTM according to Motorcycle USA. 50cc Super Dukes in India...Cool! Dude I like Harleys in fact I'm thinking of buying a XR1200. Great looking bike and made in the USA for the most part. I'm a little pissed because I read on Continental Eagle Corp. web site that they are moving their cotton gin manufacturing operations to Bajaj Steel Industries, Ltd. of Nagpur, India with a loss of more American jobs. Continental has been manufacturing cotton gin machinery in Prattville Alabama for 178 years. The way things are going in ten years the Indians will be riding Harleys and Americans will be riding Bajaj scooters. How's is that hope and change working out for you.
Andy -King of the world  January 7, 2010 03:55 PM
Mark...your not correct about the no import tariff. The duty on importing motorcycles into the US over 700cc is 2.4%
milwaukee mike -great move on Harleys part  January 7, 2010 11:33 AM
With such a huge population, it is sure to be profitable for HD. Especially in the light of Bajaj ceaseing production of their two wheelers.
HD rules,...and all others drool!
Mark -King of the world  January 7, 2010 09:07 AM
Watch out Harley, Bajaj is going to copy your bike and then export them to the USA as REAL INDIAN motorcycles for about $8K with no import tariff.
Jake -Seriously?  January 7, 2010 07:11 AM
Good Lord. Big Ol' expensive Harleys whipping around the busy streets of India next to $2000 Tata cars???
GB -WTF??  January 7, 2010 06:30 AM
jumping jesus christ in a sidecar!!! $76k for a harley? i can see it now, all the locals dressed up like Indian pirates, hanging out at the qiki-mart. way too frigging funny......
FRANK121 -76000 Dollars?  January 6, 2010 08:21 PM
$76,000 For a Harley ........ Good God there is going to be alot of pissed off Indians when they figure out what they got for $76,000
Lewis -Harley  January 6, 2010 08:06 PM
What where you thinking?
unclewill -India Traffic  January 6, 2010 12:28 PM
I can't imagine how Harleys fit into India's transportation plan.
Brandon -for harley  January 6, 2010 12:00 PM
For Harley's sake, I hope india's in the buying mood.