American bike manufacturer Harley Davidson launches the Fat Bob today at an astounding price of Rs 12.8 lakh. This is the third bike in the Harley Davidson Dyna series after Street Bob and Super Glide bikes. The price is higher than we are expecting, we are expecting it to be launched around Rs. 10 lakh. On this occasion, the company also said that it will consider increasing the number of models assembled in India to offer its products at “affordable rate” for the customers here. However, at the moment all 6 of HD bikes are getting assembled and other bikes are coming as CBU (Completely Built Unit).
Harley Davidson India Managing Director Anoop Prakash was addressing reporters on the launch, “We are looking to expand our dealer network. Currently, we have nine showrooms and by the end of the year we will have our tenth and next year we will add three more in Jaipur, Indore and Pune.” He said the company has taken a conscious decision to spread presence in the tier II towns as there is a latent demand for Harley Davidson bikes. “We are getting a good pull in smaller towns. There are a lot of people who have the same key attributes as we have, in wanting personal freedom.
The kind of enthusiasm we had received in a place like Kochi was the same as in any metro,” Prakash said. There was a tremendous response when the company held the Harley Rock Riders concert in places like Shillong and Guwahati, he added. He also said thaty the company will clock over 2,000 units by the end of 2012 as cumulative sales since it started selling its bikes in India in July 2010, and for India this figure is decent enough.
When asked if Harley Davidson will assemble more models in India to bring down the price, he said: “Although there is no immediate plan for adding to our CKD line up, we will keep the option open for future in order to make our products affordable to customers.” The company will continue to adopt and invest in strategies that make its “products and ownership experience accessible to more enthusiasts and customers in India,” Prakash said.
The latest model Fat Bob, which is powered by a 1,600 cc engine, is the sixth model assembled in the company’s plant at Bawal in Haryana. It presently sells 13 models from its 2013 line up in India.
Harley Davidson Fat Bob Technical Specification
Harley Davidson Fat Bob Dimensions:
*Seat Height: 690
*Ground Clearance : 125 mm
Harley Davidson Fat Bob Tyres:
*Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series, bias blackwall front and rear
*Front: D427F 130/90B16 67H
*Rear: D427 180/70B16 77H
Harley Davidson Fat Bob Wheels:
*Front: Machined Aluminum Slotted Disc 16 in. x 3 in. (406 mm x 76 mm)
*Rear: Machined Aluminum Slotted Disc 16 in. x 5 in. (406 mm x 127 mm)
Harley Davidson Fat Bob Engine:
*Engine: Air-cooled, Twin Cam 103TM
*Displacement (cc) : 1585cc
*Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
*Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
*Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.8 litre
Harley Davidson Fat Bob Weight: 305kg