Hero MotoCorp is ready to challenge Royal Enfield’s dominance in the middleweight motorcycle segment, unveiling a new bike inspired by the Harley-Davidson X440. Although the official name and specifics of the forthcoming Hero bike remain undisclosed, the company has already secured trademarks for potential monikers such as ‘Hurikan,’ ‘Hurikan 440,’ and ‘Hero Nightster 440.’ One of these appellations is expected to grace the Harley-Davidson X440-based motorcycle, slated for its debut at the Hero World event in late January 2024.
Built on the same platform, components, and engine as the X440, Hero’s new bike will feature a 440cc, single-cylinder, oil/air-cooled engine delivering 27bhp at 6,000rpm and 38Nm at 4,000rpm. While the transmission may derive from its donor counterpart, Hero intends to fine-tune the gear ratio for an enhanced performance.
Setting itself apart from the X440, Hero’s X440-based motorcycle will boast distinctive design and styling, providing a forward-leaning riding posture. Enthusiasts can anticipate retro-themed circular headlamps, bar-end mirrors, a muscular fuel tank, wide handlebars, sporty exhaust pipes, and a circular instrument cluster reminiscent of the X440.
In terms of pricing, the anticipated cost of the upcoming Hero motorcycle is expected to hover around Rs 2 lakh (ex-showroom). Upon its official launch, the bike will enter the competitive arena, facing off against formidable contenders such as the Royal Enfield 350cc lineup, as well as the Triumph Speed 400 and Triumph Scrambler 400X models.
Hero MotoCorp strategically classifies its upcoming premium motorcycles into two segments: Core Premium and Upper Premium. Positioned within the Upper Premium category, the Hero 440 bike aligns seamlessly with the company’s strategy to accommodate diverse consumer preferences. With this addition, Hero MotoCorp endeavors to make a substantial impact on the fiercely competitive Indian motorcycle market.
As additional details about the upcoming Hero bike surface in the ensuing weeks, aficionados can stay tuned to IndiaCarNews for the latest updates.