A couple of decades ago, a young audience who watched the Hollywood blockbuster movie Terminator 2 Judgment Day marvelled at two things: the hulking human machine — Arnold Schwarzenegger — and an equally hulking machine — Harley Davidson Fatboy — on which he speeds away from the robotic assassin T-1000.
For a generation, Hollywood movies were the only means to get a glimpse of such dream machines.
But times have changed and now one can walk into the Harley Davidson showroom in Kochi, the only one in the State, any day and get a close look at not just Fatboy but many other more costly and powerful variants.
SuperLow, the base model of Harley Davidson, can be had for an on-road price of Rs. 6.59 lakh while Street Glide, the top most Harley Davidson model available in the country, comes with a price tag of Rs. 32.10 lakh.
SuperLow, Iron 883, priced at Rs. 7.47 lakh, and Forty Eight, priced at Rs. 9.73 lakh, are the most sought after models in the State, accounting for a combined average sale of about 15 machines in a month.
Street Bob, Super Glide, Fatbob , Fatboy, Fatboy Special, Heritage Softail Classic and Night Rod Special are the other Harley Davidson models available in the State.
The models are differentiated by power, weight, width, height and length, ground clearance, engine displacement, tank size, and wheelbase. So, while SuperLow has an engine displacement of 883 CC and delivers maximum torque of 69 nm@3500rpm, the top-end model of Street Glide has an engine displacement of 1,690 CC and delivers maximum torque of 134nm@3500rpm.
The country’s tried and tested motorcycle brand Royal Enfield also offers more variants now in 350 CC and 500 CC. Standard, the base model in the 350 CC class, comes at a price of Rs. 1.06 lakh
A Royal Enfield dealer in the city said the demand has gone up considerably ever since the manufacturers shifted the gear system from right to left side and introduced self-start. Classic 350, the most popular variant of the bike, entails a booking period of up to ten months with delivery being made now for those who booked in January.
Duke, the motorcycle manufactured by Austrian firm KTM, has also joined the party. It started off with 200 CC variant with a price tag of Rs. 1.55 lakh before introducing the more powerful 390 CC variant at a price of Rs. 2.50 lakh. The motorcycle’s dealer in Vytilla recorded a booking high of 64 machines during last month alone.