Harley-Davidson X350RA

A new small-displacement Harley-Davidson is coming to a dealer near you. However, you won’t be able to buy one. The street-tracker-styled bike will only be available in the U.S. as part of Harley’s Riding Academy schools as the Harley-Davidson X350RA, but the X350 is being offered in Asian markets. What still remains a mystery are details about the X500, another QJ Motor collaboration we know is in the works. 

We’ve been teasing at the X350 for a couple months now. As we reported in January, the bike mirrors much of the Benelli 302S, a brand that has been owned for several years by Chinese manufacturer Qianjiang Motors. But visually speaking, the X350 is clearly inspired by the MoCo’s XR750 flat-tracker. What was unknown earlier in the year is whether the bike would be made available to American consumers – regardless of whether they deemed it heresy or not.  

Harley-Davidson X350
Harley-Davidson X350 in Black

That was answered at the beginning of February when Harley announced its fourth quarter and year-end 2022 earnings. As part of the slideshow presentation, company reps stated the Mo-Co will “continue to develop and maintain a productive relationship with Zhejiang Qianjiang Motorcycle Group Co., Ltd., and launch related products in a timely manner.”   

“Over the course of ’22,” H-D CEO Jochen Zeitz added in the conference call, “we finalized the launch of our new Riding Academy bike, the 350RA. This bike will replace the sunsetted Street 500 and will breathe new life into our Riding Academy program.” Zeitz went on to confirm the bike won’t be available for purchase by consumers in the U.S.   

However, the X350 will be available in China, officially unveiled there on March 10. Zeitz cited strong growth for H-D in the Asia Pacific region. Another slide in the presentation showed 12% growth in retail motorcycle sales in the region over the previous year and 12% decline in North America. Japan was the MoCo’s second-largest market, and China reported its highest volume ever.  

Harley-Davidson X350

The X350 is powered by a liquid-cooled, 8-valve parallel-Twin engine. It displaces 353cc by using a 70.5mm bore rather than the Benelli’s 65.0mm hole; stroke remains 45.2mm. Power is rated at 36 hp and 22.9 lb-ft. at 7,000 rpm, but the engine in the RA has been tuned down to just 23 hp to make it more manageable on the Riding Academy parking-lot courses. 

Harley-Davidson X350

The X350 boasts styling cues reminiscent of the XR750 flat-tracker, from its 3.6-gal tank to its seat and tail. The X350’s steel trellis frame sets the wheels 55.5 inches apart, and suspension is provided by a 41mm inverted fork with rebound adjustment and a single rear monoshock that is preload and rebound adjustable.  

The steering’s rake angle is a middle-of-the-road 24.8 degrees with a generous 5.5 inches of trail. Stopping power comes from dual 4-piston calipers biting petal-style front discs and a single-piston caliper and disc in the rear. ABS is standard.  

Harley-Davidson X350
Harley-Davidson X350 in Orange

The seat height of the Chinese-market bike is listed at a fairly tall 32.2 inches, but the RA’s seat height is more than 2 inches lower at 30 inches. Mid-mount footpegs provide a purported 51-degree lean angle before they drag, a bountiful angle of dangle. The X350 also has full LED lighting. 

Harley-Davidson X350

The X350RA has already arrived at several U.S. dealers. Aside from its deficit of ponies and lowered height, it differs from the Chinese-market X350 by including an encompassing protection kit that will reduce damage in case students tip them over, adding 10 lb to the home-market bike’s 430 lb. The RA’s Pirelli Angel CT tires in a 110/70-ZR17 and 150/60-ZR17 combo are 10mm narrower than the Maxxis rubber fitted to the X350 to deliver extra agility for student riders.  

Harley-Davidson X350

As mentioned, we’re still unsure what will become of the X500 we were expecting to hear about by now. That bike shares an engine and chassis with the Benelli Leoncino 500, including its 500cc parallel-Twin engine said to produce 47 hp and a 99-mph top speed. When asked for details, our Harley-Davidson rep trotted out the familiar “We don’t comment on future product” statement.  

Harley-Davidson X500
Harley-Davidson will offer a 500cc parallel-Twin in 2023 called the X500.

Harley-Davidson X350RA (X350) Specs

Engine Type Liquid-cooled, eight-valve Parallel-Twin 
Displacement 353cc 
Bore x Stroke 70.5mm x 45.2mm 
Compression Ratio 11.9:1 
Fuel System Electronic Air Intake Fuel Injection (ESPFI) 
Exhaust 2-into-1  
Horsepower 23 hp (36 hp)
Torque 22.9 lb-ft at 7,000 rpm (claimed) 
Main Drive Chain, 31/82 
Gear Ratios 1st – 3.167 
2nd – 2.056 
3rd – 1.556 
4th – 1.333 
5th – 1.19 
6th – 1 
Front Suspension 41mm inverted, rebound adjustable 
Rear Suspension Monoshock with adjustable rebound damping and preload 
Front Brake Twin fixed 4-piston calipers, TKmm disc 
Rear Brake Sliding single-piston caliper, TKmm disc 
Front Wheel Cast aluminum 
Rear Wheel Cast aluminum 
Front Tire 110/70-ZR17/58W (120/70-ZR17/58W) 
Rear Tire 150/60-ZR17/69W (160/60-ZR17/69W)
Lighting All LED 
Instrumentation Analog with digital display for speed, trip duration and time, dual tripmeters, Km/Mile Indication 
Ground Clearance 7.3 in. 
Rake 24.8 degrees 
Trail 5.5 in. 
Length 83.1 in. 
Wheelbase 55.5 in. 
Seat Height 30.0 in. (32.2 in.) 
Fuel Capacity 3.6 gal. 
Oil Capacity (With Filter) 0.8 gal. 
Maximum Lean Angle 51 degrees left, 52 degrees right 
Fuel Economy 47.5 mpg (claimed) 
Curb Weight (with 90% fuel) 440 lb (claimed) (430 lb claimed)


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