Hyderabad: One press of the switch, and the 414kg beast on two wheels roars into life. The sheer power of the 1,868cc twin-cooled engine can be felt all around, making everyone look up as the throaty growl of the bike slowly picks power.
And that’s just the initial impression of the Harley Davidson 2017 CVO Limited that hit Hyderabad’s streets on Thursday, with 55-year-old Dr GV Prasad shelling out a whopping Rs 61.6 lakh to get it on the road. The serpentine green bike, with a 22.7-litre fuel tank, is the first delivery in South India, says K N Aditya Kumar, Assistant General Manager of Banjara Harley Davidson.
The big plush seats for both front and rear end passengers offer comfortable ride all along. The specifications? Name it and you have it. The touchscreen infotainment system even tells about the pressure in the tyres and the boom audio system comes with an intelligent speed tuning system. Depending on the motorcycle’s speed, the sound system adjusts the volume and balances the bass and treble as well.
The CVO Limited is the latest addition in Prasad’s collection after six Harley Davidsons, two BMWs and three Royal Enfield motorcycles.
“Bike riding is my passion and I have spent about Rs 2.5 crore purchasing these bikes,” says Prasad, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of PathCare Labs.
Will this be his last bike? No, he plans to buy a Honda Gold Wing, another beast of a machine that costs about Rs 32 lakh.
He has covered over 40,000 km in India in different trips. In 2016, he covered the K2K ride from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in 30 days and then went on a Bhutan ride, to name a few.
In September 2015, he completed the Miami to Miami route in United States, covering 32 States in 29 days.
“My dream is to drive to the Arctic tip via San Francisco, Canada and Alaska. Very few riders have done it in the world,” says Prasad, who underwent a bypass surgery in March 2014.