Harley-Davidson rumbles into India with ambitious plans

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NEW DELHI // Indian motorcycle enthusiasts will have more choice in the marketplace later this year with Harley-Davidson announcing plans to introduce 12 models to the nation. The range will include the Sportster, Nightster and Fat Boy lines and they will be available for order from April with delivery scheduled for June. Bikes will be priced from IR695,000 (Dh55,947) to IR3,495,000 (Dh281,346). A Harley-Davidson subsidiary has been opened near New Delhi and now the company is scouting India for dealers. India is the world's second-largest market for motorbikes after China but the vast majority of bikes sold are smaller, inexpensive bikes mainly used for transportation. The Indian motorbike market is currently dominated by Japanese and Indian manufacturers. Hero Honda, a joint venture between Honda Motor Company and India's Hero Group, is the market leader, with Suzuki and Bajaj Auto also being major players.