Two Harley-Davidson biker girls, on what they think ofA� the new models designed for the urban woman
When someone says Harley-Davidson, you immediately think cruiser, chrome, loud and heavy. But the American motorcycle manufacturer, that has been synonymous with the bad-boy image since the 1900s, seem to be looking at a whole new market with their new models specifically designed for women. With the Street 500 and Street 750 (expected to roll out in the next few weeks), Harley-Davidson set aside the bulky fuel tanks and generous chrome accents for an all-black look, lower seats, smaller handle grips and altered footpeg positions as well. But what do the ladies have to say about this?
a�?The new models are nice. Light. But more like city bikes,a�? says Durga Das, an entrepreneur and the only female Harley owner in the city. a�?They could be tiring on longer rides, but for the city they should be great,a�? reasons Das, who owns a Forty-Eight. Das is, however, stoked about the new electric bike that the brand has started touring across America. Her enthusiasm is not shared by the first woman to buy a Harley in the country.
While Sheeja Mathews feels that the electric bike lacks the a�?thumpa�� that one looks for in a Harley, the new models for ladies just might increase their numbers, she feels.
a�?But today, women are going in for heavier bikes like the Street Glide,a�? she points out. Mathews is a proud owner of a custom Iron 883, and though she has heard many female bikers express interest in the British motorcycle Triumph that recently launched in the country, the Bangalore-based HR professional is confident that Harley will have a loyal following.
The Street 750 is priced from Rs.4,10,000 onwards. Details: harley-davidson.com