The Nightster 440 is likely to be based on the X440 but with a more aggressive riding position and suspension setup
The engine is expected to be the same 440cc air-cooled unit found in the X440 but with some minor tuning changes
The Nightster 440 is likely to be priced slightly higher than the X440, but still under ₹3 lakh (ex-showroom)
Hero MotoCorp has filed a trademark for the name - Nightster 440 in India, indicating that the company may be collaborating with Harley-Davidson on a new model. Harley-Davidson's latest 440cc platform was not just meant for the X440 roadster model. Hero MotoCorp is developing its own bike using this engine, which is set to arrive next year. There are also indications that Harley is working on a second 440cc bike, as Hero Motorcorp has filed a trademark for the name "Nightster 440" in India.
What's New Coming in Nightster 440?
The Nightster name is not new to Harley-Davidson, as the company already offers a larger liquid-cooled Nightster motorcycle powered by a 975cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine. If Hero and Harley collaborate to create a Nightster 440, it is likely to be a more sports-oriented motorcycle compared to the X440.
The upcoming Nightster 440 may draw styling inspiration from the larger 975cc Nightster model. It is also expected to have a different seating position and some chassis adjustments, as the X440's limited cornering clearance was noticed in initial experiences.
The air- and oil-cooled 440cc engine is expected to remain mostly unchanged. However, Hero might experiment with the state-of-tune and gearing to offer a slightly more engaging experience that complements the bike's sportier nature. The Harley-Davidson X440 motorcycle was launched in India earlier this month. It is priced at ₹2,29,000 (ex-showroom) onwards and is positioned as the most budget-friendly motorcycle in Harley-Davidson's lineup.