It isn’t the latest news that Harley-Davidson has been working on a smaller capacity motorcycle in close collaboration with Chinese manufacturer Qianjiang – Benelli’s parent company. There had been a few pictures of the 300cc motorcycle in the past, however, that model never became a reality. Now, as per the latest reports, some new photos have emerged on the internet and chances are that they are of the upcoming Harley-Davidson 300cc V-twin bike.
The pictures that you see here are of the QJMotor SRV300. QJ Motor is Benelli’s sister brand whose primary focus is to provide high-end and large-displacement bikes for the Chinese market. However, the fact that the motorcycle in the photos has a very Harley-like design and styling, and that Harley-Davidson and Qianjiang have been working on a smaller motorcycle, points in the direction that this is very likely going to be H-D’s forthcoming 300cc V-twin motorcycle. Harley-Davidson, however, hasn’t released any official statement in this regard.
We can see in the leaked images that the alleged Harley-Davidson 300cc V-twin motorcycle has a round headlamp, probably LED, that carries a horizontal LED DRL in the centre. Accompanying the headlamp on either side are LED turn signals. There’s a single-piece handlebar close to which is located the instrument cluster. It seems that this machine is a single-seater. We can also see that the suspension setup at the front consists of a pair of USD forks whereas, at the rear, we have the twin shock absorber.
Coming to the engine, as per the type approval documents, this V-twin engine has a displacement of 296cc. It is a liquid-cooled unit that would produce around 30hp and should be able to take this machine to a top speed of 129km/h. The motorcycle weighs around 129kg and runs on 16-in front and 15-in rear alloy wheels. For the brakes, there are rotors on both ends and ABS as a safety feature.
Going by the leaked pictures, the motorcycle does look production-ready. We wouldn’t be surprised if it’s launched under the QJ Motor moniker in China and then make its way into the international markets as a Harley-Davidson. We are expecting to learn more about the motorcycle in the near future, keep checking this space to stay updated.