Harley-Davidson are officially back in the LAMS market, with the first examples of their X350 and X500 commuters arriving in Harley-Davidson dealerships this January. Both models are also available in New Zealand.
As previously reported in JUST BIKES, the all-new models are designed in the USA and made in China. Both feature liquid-cooled parallel twin engines instead of the traditional v-twin, with the 353cc engine in the X350 producing 27kW and 31Nm, while the 500cc version in the X500 peaks at 35kW and 46Nm.
A six-speed gearbox and chain final drive are common to both the X350 and X500. A steel trellis frame is the same, too, but there are some spec differences across the two models, like Pirelli tyres on the X350 and Maxxis rubber for the X500.
Riding position is upright, instead of laid-back cruiser style, while the suspension features adjustable rebound on the front and adjustable preload and rebound on the rear. The X500 has 50mm fork tubes, while those on the X350 are 41mm. An offset rear monoshock is common to both models.
Dual front disc brakes with dual-channel ABS, LED lighting all round and combination analogue/LCD instrumentation are standard for each.
While many items are shared between the X350 and X500, each has its own identity, with styling inspired by past Harley-Davidson models. In the case of the X350, it’s the iconic XR750, while the X500 takes cues from classic Sportsters. Both the X350 are X500 are available in Dynamic Orange, Dramatic Black, Supersonic Silver and Pearl White colours, but the treatment varies across the two models.
Seat height on the X350 is 777mm and wet weight is 195kg, while the X500 weighs 208kg and has an 820mm seat height. Fuel capacity is 13.5 litres on the X350 and 13.1 litres for the X500.
Australian ride away pricing for the X350 is $8,495, while the X500 is $11,495 ride away. New Zealand pricing is NZ$9,495 ride away for the X350 and NZ$12,750 ride away for the X500.
See your Harley-Davidson dealer for more details.