Harley-Davidson has teamed up with Chinese automaker Qianjing to create low-cost motorcycles. One of the emerged videos clearly shows this motorcycle being manufactured by these two companies. It has ceased operations in India and has partnered with Hero MotoCorp to maintain its presence in the country. Instead of expensive motorcycles, the company is now focusing on entry-level bikes in the country.
It’s confirmed that a few years ago, Harley-Davidson partnered with Chinese automaker Qianjing. An agreement has been signed to produce mid-level platforms and engines. Let us remind you that this Chinese company is also Benelli’s parent company. And the company’s cheapest bike, the Harley-Davidson 338R, was reportedly spotted recently. It is believed that this is the first bike produced due to this collaboration.
A video of a Harley-Davidson 338R has surfaced on a Chinese website, indicating that the two-wheeler could be a new 500 cc motorcycle. We can tell from the photo that this bike resembles a Harley-Davidson Roadster. Exactly round headlamps with silver bezels and a teardrop-shaped fuel tank added to the cycle. The new motorcycle has rounded rearview mirrors and a tall single-piece seat. Let us point out that the presence of this motorcycle during testing does not imply that it is making.
Moreover, the Harley-Davidson logo on the bike’s fuel tank indicates it’s their motorcycle; additionally, HD500 is written on the rear side, implying that it could be a 500 cc motorcycle. The collaboration Davidson’s with Benelli’s parent company is also visible on the bike.
It has a steel trellis frame, upside-down forks for suspension at the front, and mono-shock at the rear, similar to Benelli scooters. No engine details have been released, but it is expected that the engine will be a 500 cc parallel-twin, with the liquid-cooled engine from the Benelli Leoncino 500. This engine comes with a 6-speed transmission.