Yes OK Harley-Davidson has been silent on the project for the past two years, each of its financial reports during this period has confirmed that the association of qianjiang is ongoing, saying the company intends to “develop and maintain a productive relationship with zhejiang“. Qianjiang Motorcycle Co., Ltd. and launch related products in a timely manner.”
Now, it appears that the project’s delay was, at least in part, one of red tape. In 2021, harley and qianjiang They created a joint venture called Zhejiang Jisheng Motor Vehicle Co.,Ltdfor the specific purpose of making the small capacity Harley models, but only now the new company received an official license to produce motorcycles. With this permit in hand, it now seems that there are few obstacles for the project to move on to the next stage and for little harleys start rolling out of Chinese production lines.
You may have thought these machines would be limited to Asian markets, but there are signs that smaller Harley mods could have a wider sales base in the future. Qianjiang machinery Not only do they meet international emission standards, making them suitable for sale worldwide, but the company has filed documents with the US NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) to explain the structure. their vehicle identification numbers (VIN). In this presentation, he showed an example of a VIN beginning with a three-digit worldwide manufacturer identification code of “1HD”, the WMI for Harley-Davidson.
The same document suggested that the propellant used in the motorcycle would be the 353cc twin-cylinder engine which is already presented in several models QJEnginedo not the 338cc version originally planned by Harley-Davidsonbut that’s the kind of detail that may well have changed in the three years since the project was first announced.
In terms of looks, there is no doubting how the bike looks. In addition to the sketches released by Harley-Davidson in 2019 when the project was announced, there were design records for the appearance of the Harley-Davidson 338R, showing detailed line drawings of the motorcycle from all angles. They confirm that the Benelli/QJMotor chassis and engine are wrapped in bodywork unique to the Harley project, complete with flat-tracker shades and a large circular headlight. While there’s no design brief for the 500R yet, spy photos show it taking a more traditional, cruiser-inspired approach to styling.
If the strategy followed by other brands like BMW or KTM, the American brand could sell these small models not only in Asia, but also in the West. Fingers crossed to see them on this side of the world.