Harley Davidson arguably makes the most iconic cruisers in the world. Nearly everyone in the world can identify a Harley’s characteristic exhaust note. In India, Harleys are viewed as the best cruisers money can buy. The problem is, these bikes are quite expensive for the average customer mainly due to high cost of importing these bikes. This is possibly the only drawback of Harley Davidson bikes. Sadly, the company has announced that the price of some of its bikes will be hiked by Rs. 30,000.
The bikes that will experience this price hike include the Street 750, the Sportster series and the Softail series. The Sportster series includes the Iron 883, the recently launched 1200 custom and the Forty-Eight. The Softail series includes the Fat boy, the Breakout and the Heritage Softail Classic. The price hike will go into effect from 1st April 2016 onwards. The company says the price increase is due to the recent weakening of the rupee against the US Dollar.
Harley Davidson has an extensive portfolio in India that includes a total of 13 bike models. The prices for these bikes start at Rs. 5,00,000 for the entry-level Street 750 and go all the way up to Rs. 50,00,000 for CVO Limited. The Street 750 continues to be the only Harley that is manufactured in India. All the other bikes are brought in as CKDs or Completely Knocked Down units.
Harley Davidson currently has 21 stores in various cities across the country. The company is looking at expand further in 2016. The price increase will most likely not affect Harley's sales. Stay tuned for more information in this segment.