Hero Mavrick 440 has been spotted for the first time and at a very aggressive price point it could signal war against Triumph Speed 400…
Hero MotoCorp partnered with American motorcycle behemoth Harley Davidson to jointly manufacture low cost 2-wheelers in India. The first product emanating out of the joint venture was the Harley Davidson X440 – that has been received fairly well in the market.
Back then, Hero had officially announced that it will launch its own version on this platform within this financial year and here we have the first pics of the motorcycle that could be called as Mavrick 440, based on a few signs that the company has passed. This brand name ‘Mavrick 440’ has also been trademarked by Hero few months back.
Until this time, it wasn’t really a confirmation what form will the Hero’s version adorn. But it now gets clear that Hero is plugging the gap with this new offering. Not only will the Mavrick become Hero’s biggest motorcycle, it will also be the only roadster in the sports segment from the maker.
In that way, it will directly compete with Triumph Speed 400 and other motorcycles around this arena. From the pics, we can see the H-shaped DRLs of the round headlamp – which is typical of roadsters. The tyres look nice and chunky 17 inchers and that humped tank is expected to give the motorcycle a nice butch stance.
This is, in all probability, a bigger and more substantial motorcycle than the Speed 400 and both the rider as well as the pillion can be seen sitting pretty upright with a fairly wide handlebar (that has bar-end mirrors). Unlike the USDs of the X440, the Mavrick can be seen with conventional telescopics. Similar differences can be expected on the Hero’s variant since it will have to sit lower than the Harley.
Talking about price, the X440 starts at Rs 2.40 Lac for the entry variant and it will be great if Hero’s 440cc model starts at Rs 1.99 Lac as an introductory price. This way it will undercut the already very well priced Speed 400 by a fairly big margin – signalling WAR!
Expect the same engine albeit in a slightly different tune on the Mavrick, however, that abundant torque is something that will make this Hero offering likable and probably somewhat a threat for the Royal Enfields of this price range as well. We are up for a very interesting offering for sure. Launch is expected sometime next month.