India is a developing market and in the very dynamic times that we live in, there’s always a product/series of products that start a new segment. Same is the case with motorcycles. We look at upcoming bikes that will create new segments.
Hero ZIR 150
This one’s a new segment for Hero, but not one that hasn’t been explored before. The Italiano Blaze tried its hand at the premium scooter segment and while it lacked the after sales service and practicality, it was painful to see the scooter leave the market. The Hero ZIR will be positioned as a premium offering, but it’s more of a maxi-scooter than outright performance machine like the Blaze.
Powering the scooter will be a 157 cc engine that makes 13.8 hp and 12.7 Nm of torque. Features will include a step-seat, projector headlamps, LED DRLs, LED indicators, and a wide fairing for all the wind protection one could ask for.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
It’s been a long time since we got a completely new Royal Enfield. After the Continental GT, there hasn’t been a substantial product upgrade or launch. And while there’s an Electra 500 expected later this year, it won’t really change anything in the line-up. Why? Because it’s up to the Royal Enfield Himalayan to introduce RE buyers to a completely new kind of a bike.
As a cost-effective adventure tourer, the RE Himalayan seems to be very promising. With the bike, the company will introduce its new 410 cc engine, too. Other additions, as the early spy shots have suggested include long-travel suspension, raised mudguards, and various guards to add protection to light, fuel tank, etc.
Bajaj Pulsar CS 400
While it will share its mechanicals with the upcoming Pulsar RS 400, the CS 400 will have a very different placement in the market. It will signal the move of the rider away from the laidback cruisers to something that’s an amalgamation of naked and a sports tourer.
The street fighter looks have been the Pulsar’s plus point, and the CS 400 will epitomise that. And since the whole range has seen a huge improvement in comparison to the Pulsars of the past, expect the CS 400 to take it even further.
Benelli TRK 502
Like the Himalayan the TRK 502 will be adding to the adventure tourer market but will be positioned between the Royal Enfield and the larger and more expensive Kawasaki Versys 650. The TRK uses a new 500 cc parallel twin engine that makes 47 hp and 45 Nm – good enough for the task at hand, which is primarily touring.
Helping its touring capabilities will be a 20-litre fuel tank, while for those who want to take the ‘adventure’ part of adventure tourer more seriously, there will be an on off-road version.
Scrambler styling might be nothing new among custom motorcycles, but as a few enthusiasts jokingly said scrambler is the new cafe-racer – every manufacturer has to have one.
Showcased at the EICMA last year, Benelli’s version of the bike ensures that even if every bike-maker comes up with a scrambler in their respective line-ups, it will stay pretty special.
Called the Leoncino, it will be the first affordable scrambler in the country. Prices are expected to be sub Rs 5 lakh. The engine will be the same 500 cc parallel twin unit as found in the TRK 502, but styling will be totally different.