Personally, I am not somebody who has been a fan of Harleys particularly. Don’t get me wrong, they have produced some motorcycles that are drop dead gorgeous, but they have always been focused towards producing cruisers and personally I am not a cruiser kinda guy. But when they announced that they are going to launch a brand new motorcycle to reach out to the other riders in the society, I was excited to see what they were going to come with. And then came the Bronx, and oh my word, that is one of best looking Harleys I have EVER seen.
My heart skipped a beat the moment I set my eyes on it and I fell in love. It was something that didn’t speak the design mantra of Harleys, but in every way possible, looked and felt like a Harley. Sleek looking design, muscular tank, LED lights running all around and a brand-spanking new V-Twin. It looks scary enough to be ridden by a killer-for-hire and even if you aren’t one, it'll make you look like the Terminator.
Let's start talking specifications. At the heart of this mighty, scary-looking beast lies a brand new 975cc V-Twin engine. According to multiple sources, it is estimated to produce somewhere between 120 to 130 bhp, which is more than enough to run a massive riot on city streets and scare the highway tarmac. The moment you pin the throttle hard, you know the V-twin is going to sing its heart out. The torque figure on this Bronx is said to be at 94 Nm, which is only 4 Nm less than what the Z900 from Kawasaki produces, not bad for Harley which is making a bike like this for the first time. Sources also state that Brembo made a new 4-piston calipers to accommodate the design of the bike, which makes the braking department pretty much sorted. The bike also features a trellis frame, 43mm upside down forks and a slipper clutch as well. Harley opted to choose a belt drive as their primary drive instead of a chain drive, which is found in many motorcycles of this category. Electronics also look great as its stated to have riding modes, traction control and the most important of all, ABS as standard.
Keeping all of this In mind, the Bronx is expected to be launched anywhere between 9-11 lakhs. Its main competitors are going to be the Street Triple series from Triumph, the z900 from Kawasaki, the Brutale 800 from MV Agusta and the GSX-S 750 from Suzuki.
The Bronx looks aggressive, scary and has a very devilish road presence. This is something very new for Harley and the way the specs are, it is a serious contender in the naked category. If you may think, it is somewhat like the eyes of the devil- you stare at it for too long, and your soul isn’t yours anymore. I have never been a fan of Harleys, but this one can take my heart and soul for a ride any day.