Harley-Davidson X 440 Roadster: A glimpse at the upcoming Indian launch
After catching a glimpse of Harley-Davidson’s upcoming made-in-India motorcycle a couple of months ago, the company has now officially revealed the highly anticipated machine. Named the X 440, this bike is the result of Harley’s collaboration with Hero MotoCorp and boasts a design reminiscent of H-D’s classic XR roadsters, deviating from its signature cruiser style. With a flat handlebar, comfortable ergonomics, and a rugged appearance, the X 440 aims to make a statement.
The motorcycle remains largely unchanged since its initial reveal, but the latest images provide a clearer view of the bike’s features. At its core lies a robust-looking oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine with a displacement of 440cc. This engine configuration, combined with the oil cooling, suggests a significant increase in power and torque compared to a Royal Enfield Classic 350 (20hp/27Nm). It is plausible to expect torque figures of up to 40Nm, promising a smooth urban riding experience. Interestingly, the X 440 will be only the second modern Harley to feature chain drive, following the Pan America. The bike’s ergonomics remain neutral, with mid-set footpegs and a flat handlebar (mounted on sizable risers), providing an upright, possibly slightly sporty riding position. One notable change is the tires, as the X 440 now showcases MRF tires with a retro tread pattern resembling the Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp. The motorcycle exudes a commanding presence with its 18-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels.
Circular elements are a prominent theme in the X 440’s design, evident in the headlights, indicators, and mirrors. The oval-shaped tail lamp extends from the rear fender, while the headlight features an LED daytime running light (DRL) bar running across the center. The indicators boast intricate detailing, with Harley logos at their centers.
The motorcycle exhibits meticulous attention to detail, with impressive fit and finish evident throughout. Features like polished cooling fins on the engine and well-executed fasteners further enhance the overall appeal. Although not shown in the latest images, the X 440 will sport a fully digital instrumentation cluster in a round single pod design.
The front of the motorcycle showcases a substantial, square-ish fuel tank, while the rear exudes a sleeker aesthetic. The single-piece seat curves up into the pillion section and is flanked by robust grab rails on either side. The exhaust system, however, appears relatively plain and simple compared to the rest of the bike, representing a slightly underwhelming design element. Beneath the bodywork, the X 440 features a tubular frame with a single-downtube design. It is equipped with an upside-down fork, preload-adjustable twin shock absorbers, and single disc brakes at both ends. Dual-channel ABS comes as standard.
Based on the information gathered from the images, the Harley-Davidson X 440 is expected to be priced between Rs 2.5 and 3 lakh (ex-showroom) upon its early July launch in India. It is possible that there will be slight variations from the version seen here, potentially offering an entry-level variant with simpler equipment. For comparison, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 is priced between Rs 1.9 lakh and 2.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).