At the end of this year, a range of new motorcycles will be introduced across various markets to help manufacturers restore business.
Though one of the toughest times is now being experienced in the Indian car industry, the future is bright as many manufacturers plan to launch new vehicles in the country early. Not only cars are included, but also two-wheelers.
We’ve compiled a list of the five upcoming motorcycles we just can’t wait to get hold of, read about them –
Although TVS does not have an offer for cruisers in its line-up, at the Auto Expo 2018 the manufacturer presented a “Zeppelin” concept of cruisers. A full LED headlight with an LED tail lamp, long-lasting fuel tank as well as a single-piece set were provided to the motorcycle. It is expected that TVS will soon launch the motorcycle production-ready and sport all of the components mentioned above.
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A single-cylinder, oil-frozen, fuel-injected engine of 220 cc, and the production-ready model could also be offered with the same powertrain were presented in the Zeppelin concept. The cruiser bike will be directly competitive in the Indian market with the Bajaj Avenger 220, but the latter is expected to bear a small price tag. TVS could be pricing around the mark Rs 1.2 lakh.
The Hero XPulse 200 is the most adventurous touring bike you can purchase in the country at the moment, since the price is just RS 1.06 lakh. Despite XPulse’s superb performance, e.g. it is a good tower for new motorcycles, it is not enough for the 199, 6 cc single-cylinder oil-cooled engine with an output of 17.8 hp and 16.45 Nm.
Hero is possibly launching a higher capability variant of the XPulse 200 as the ADV bikes are rising in India. Features such as a TFT digital display, a Bluetooth smartphone connection, turn-by-turn navigation and full-LED headlights will be available. A liquid-cooled engine of 300 cc could drive the engine, coupled with a six-speed transmission. The engine could be around 30 hp with a maximum torque rating of about 30 Nm.
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Like the latest KTM 390 ADV, the two wheel driving company aims to use the 250 Duke models for this bike and the Austrian carmaker will boost the motorcycle price aggressively in India to become the new low-capacity version. In addition, KTM will also be a big driver for this bike.
In order to keep the price under check, the 390 ADV steel trolley frame, subframe, and alloy wheels can be transferred to the smaller engine, but some of the premium elements such as the LED headlamp, quick-shifter, curving ABS and the traction control system can be added. The ADV’s power will come from a liquid-cooled single-cylinder, 248.8 cc Duke Engine with a power output of 30 hp, and a 24 Nm torque.
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KTM is expected to price about the Rs 2.50 lakh mark, which will help the car maker attract a wider community of customers. A launch is planned for this year.
Royal Enfield Meteor
The two-wheeler manufacturer in Chennai plans to substitute the Thunderbird 350 for a Meteor 350, and uncontrolled motorcycle spy shots have been tested on a few occasions and have been shown to reveal lots of information.
It is expected that the Meteor 350 will be based on the Company ‘s latest J-platform and is available with components such as a split bench, split grab line, a halogen headlight, DRL, a digitally displayed instrument cluster, etc. The Meteor 350 has the same style as the Thunderbird outgoing, but here and there you can find some improvements.
While a 19.5-HP power and 28 Nm torque were churned in the Thunderbird 350 engine, it was possible to generate slightly more torque with a 6-speed engine to boost its motorway dynamics.
Suzuki 250 Adventure
Suzuki plans on entering the ever growing segment for adventurers with small capacity with a motorcycle of 250 cc, and we can’t confirm the news for the Japanese carmaker! We expect Suzuki to bring V-Strom 250 ADV on the market rather than to develop a completely new bicycle, after some country-specific changes.
The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and the V-Strom 650XT are both available in India. Moreover, the smaller ADV bike size will help draw a wider market to the brand. On the front, the V-Strom 250 looks like the two ADVs sold in India. The ADVs are foreign.
A slightly modified Gixxer version of the 250 ccs oil-cooled Gixxer’s fuel-injected motor, at 26.1 hp/22.2 Nm, could be used for Indi-spec. The engine is supported by a 6-speed transmission on the Gixxer. The Rs 2 lakh mark will be awarded a price tag.