The 2018 Auto Expo saw a range of motorcycles showcased, many of them in the affordable budget segments. Here are 10 such affordable motorcycles that will soon be launched in India.
The Honda XBlade, based on the Hornet 160R, will soon be launched in India, as a hot, new premium commuter motorcycle. The bike will share its mechanicals with the Hornet including the 163cc four stroke engine, but with lower outputs of 14 Bhp-14 Nm. It’ll be priced well under the Hornet, at about Rs. 80,000. The bike will be launched in March this year.
Honda will re-launch the CBR250R later this year. Apart from the addition of an LED headlamp and new graphics, the design of the bike looks similar to the version that was discontinued last year. The new bike will continue with a 250cc, liquid cooled-single cylinder engine making 26 Bhp-23 Nm, but now tuned to meet BS4 emission norms.
Suzuki Intruder FI
Suzuki will launch the Intruder FI soon, and the affordable cruiser was unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo. Apart from fuel injection, the bike’s more or less similar to the one that Suzuki launched in India earlier this year. It’ll share its mechanicals with the Gixxer SF FI. It’s likely to be priced at about Rs. 1.1 lakhs.
Honda CB Hornet 160R
Honda has updated its premium, 160cc commuter motorcycle -the Hornet 160R – with single-channel ABS, new graphics, a revised instrument cluster and a LED headlamp for 2018. The bike was displayed at the Auto Expo, and will soon be launched. It’ll continue with a 163cc, four stroke engine with about 15 Bhp-15 Nm. Expect pricing to be pegged at about Rs. 95,000.
Hero MotoCorp XPulse
Hero MotoCorp showed the XPulse adventure motorcycle at the 2018 Auto Expo, and the 200 cc bike (18 Bhp-17 Nm) will soon be launched in India as the two wheeler giant’s flagship offering. It’ll ride on a 21 inch front wheel and an 18 inch rear, offer plenty of ground clearance, ABS, fuel injection and long travel suspension. The XPulse is likely to be priced at about Rs. 1.2 lakhs, and will be India’s lowest priced adventure motorcycle.
Aprilia RS 150
Aprilia showcased a fully-faired RS 150, meant to be an entry-level sportsbike with the styling of the iconic RSV4 but with a much smaller 150cc four stroke, liquid cooled engine. The RS 150 will take on the Yamaha R15 Version 3.0. It’ll use a 150cc, liquid cooled, fuel injected four stroke engine with 18 Bhp-14 Nm on tap. A 6 speed manual gearbox will be standard.
Aprilia Tuono 150
The Tuono 150 shares almost everything with the RS 150, but with a half fairing instead of the latter’s full fairing. Like the RS 150, the Tuono gets upside down front forks, disc brakes on both wheels, ABS and even a quick-shifter accessory. While Aprilia hasn’t announced a launch timeframe for both bikes, word on the street suggests 2019 introductions.
The Ace is a retro-motorcycle with commuter-bike styling. There will be three variants on offer – Deluxe, Scrambler and Cafe. All three variants will be powered by a 229 cc single cylinder, four stroke-air cooled engine with 15.4 Bhp of peak power and 16 Nm of and peak torque. A 5 speed manual gearbox will be standard. The bikes will represent the entry-level range of Cleveland Motorcycles, a new company that’ll soon begin sales operations in India.
The Misfit is a cafe racer motorcycle that shares its mechanical aggregates with the Ace retro range, but with better equipment on offer such as upside down front forks, a 320 mm front disc brake and a 220 mm rear disc brake. Prices of all Cleveland bikes will start from about Rs. 1.5 lakhs.
BMW G310 & GS 310R
In the second half of 2018, BMW Motorrad will launch two new affordable motorcycles – the G 310R and the GS 310R – both built by TVS Motors. Both bikes will be powered by the same, 311cc reverse inclined, four stroke, liquid cooled, single cylinder engine, with about 34 Bhp and 28 Nm on tap.
While the G 310R will be a street-naked, meant for everyday riding and occasional touring, the GS 310R will be an out-and-out tourer, with easier ergonomics, longer suspension travel, and a slightly different design. The G 310R is likely to start from under Rs. 2.5 lakhs, while the GS 310R is expected to be priced in between 2.5-3 lakhs.