EICMA 2016: 10 India-bound motorcycles

EICMA is unmistakably the biggest show on the planet that revolves around two-wheelers. The ongoing show recently revealed a slew of motorcycles, some of which will land in the Indian market soon. Here are 10 motorcycles from the show that Indians need to be really excited about.

KTM 390 Duke

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The current version of the 390 Duke is a sharp looking motorcycle. The next-generation of the Duke 390 is leap forward when it comes to the looks. It is an all-new motorcycle and the design has been heavily inspired by the 1290 SuperDuke. The new tank extensions make the motorcycle look even more aggressive.

The headlamp of the new Duke 390 is divided vertically.The new Duke 390 also features a TFT screen instead of instrument cluster. The TFT screen displays the readings in clear fonts and there are no needles to show you the status of the motorcycle. The engine stays the same and still churns out the 44 BHP. The motorcycle will also get ride-by-wire technology.

BMW G 310 GS

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When the first pictures of the BMW G 310 GS arrived when BMW was testing the motorcycle, the enthusiasm of the motorcycle enthusiasts could not be contained. Finally, BMW has unveiled the G 310 GS, which is based on the upcoming motorcycle G 310R. It is the first time BMW has ventured into the sub-500cc adventure motorcycle and the move has been welcomed by many motorcyclists around the world.

This G 310 GS will be made in India alongside the G 310 R at the Hosur facility of TVS. The 310 GS takes a lot of styling inspiration from bigger GS models. Stuff like the front mud-guard beak, radiator shrouds, headlamp cowl and GS decals are all inspired by the bigger GS bikes. The motorcycle will be powered by Euro-4 spec, 313 cc single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine that churns out 33.5 BHP and 28 Nm of maximum torque.

Suzuki V-Strom 250

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The Suzuki V-Strom is a very capable dual-purpose motorcycle that has a good hold in the Indian market. After BMW unveiled the G 310 GS, Suzuki announced its competition in for of V-Strom 250. The entry level V-Strom will be a capable dual-purpose off-road motorcycle.

It will cater the Indian demand for an entry level adventure motorcycle. The bike will be powered by a 250cc 24 BHP, 23.4 Nm engine. There will be various accessories like engine guard to protect the motorcycle from the debris during off-road trails.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

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Husqvarna will enter the Indian market soon. The motorcycle that was showcased as a concept during previous edition of EICMA has entered its production version. It will be produced at the Bajaj’s Chakan facility in Pune and should be launched in the Indian market by the end of next year.

The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 will draw power from the similar engine that also powers the KTM 390 Duke. The engine will be retuned but the exact figures are not known yet.

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

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There is another India bound adventure motorcycle. Kawasaki unveiled the Versys-X 300 at the EICMA that will compete against the likes of BMW G 310GS and the Suzuki V-Strom 250. The adventure motorcycle gets a tall screen, spoke wheels, long travel suspensions and an all-new chassis to exploit every bit of off-road.

Powering the Versys-X 300 is the same engine that also powers the Ninja 300. The twin-cylinder engine will be re-tuned for the Versys-X 300 but the power figures are yet to be announced by the company. The motorcycle will also feature slipper clutch and will come with hybrid analogue-digital console for modern looks. The motorcycle also comes with ECO mode which allows the motorcycle to cover over 380 km in a single fuel tank.