Snapshot – Fast powerful bikes are now dime a dozen in India, and there’s much more coming up later this year. If you’re in the market for sporty yet affordable motorcycles, the next few months promise to be very exciting indeed. There are 10 sportsbikes that are lined up for launch within the next one year, all to be priced in the range of 2-8 lakh rupees. Start saving up, now.
Bajaj Pulsar SS400
The Pulsar SS400 will be the second full faired motorcycle from Bajaj Auto, and one that features a 373cc four stroke petrol motor. Essentially a larger engined version of the SS400, just like how the KTM RC390 is to the RC200, the SS400 will be the flagship bike in Bajaj’s product range, with prices likely to start from near the 2 lakh rupee mark. The motorcycle will be launched in a few weeks from now.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
The Himalayan from Royal Enfield is the Indian motorcycle maker’s idea to expand to an all new segment, giving Bulleteers a proper touring machine that they can ride to work everyday, and go touring on the weekends. This motorcycle will feature a brand new 400cc four stroke engine, one that Royal Enfield is developing on a new platform. This engine is expected to bring better reliability and additional performance on board. Prices of the Himalayan are likely to be about 20-30 thousand rupees higher than that of the range topping Royal Enfield Continental GT.
Honda CBR 650F
A launch is expected by the end of this year. The will be the first inline four superbike to be assembled in India, at the Japanese two wheeler giant’s Manesar factory. What this means is, the motorcycle will be priced very competitively. The Honda CBR 650F promises to be the cheapest inline four superbike in India, with prices likely to be pegged at under 8 lakh rupees. The motorcycle’s 650cc inline four engine makes a meaty 86 Bhp and 63 Nm.
KTM Adventure 390
Sensing a big opportunity in the touring and off roading segment, KTM has just imported two units of the Adventure 390, a motorcycle that is likely to use the Duke 390’s base to launch into the on-off roading bike category. The bike is expected to feature long travel suspension, high ground clearance and touring ready bits. A larger fly screen up front should provide good wind deflection. A competitive price tag of under 2.5 lakh rupees should make the bike a solid competitor to the upcoming Royal Enfield Himalayan. A launch in early 2016 is likely.
Bajaj Pulsar CS400
Before March 2016, Bajaj Auto will introduce Indian motorcyclists to an affordable power cruiser, dubbed the Pulsar CS400. The motorcycle was showcased in concept form, at the previous Auto Expo in 2014. The production version is expected to make its debut at the next Auto Expo, scheduled for early 2016. With a price tag close to the 2 lakh rupee mark, the Pulsar CS400 promises to be the poor man’s Ducati Diavel and a very interesting one at that.
Kawasaki Z250 SL
The Z250 SL, Kawasaki’s most affordable CKD assembled sportsbike is months away from launch. The motorcycle is a naked version of the Ninja 250, and a cheaper, lighter version of the Z250. A price tag of about 2 lakh rupees is likely for the motorcycle. A 250cc, parallel twin petrol engine with nearly 28 Bhp and 22.3 Nm will power the motorcycle. A six speed manual transmission will be standard.
Hero HX 250R
Hero Motocorp no longer has Erik Buell Racing (EBR) to conjure up properly fast sportsbikes but work on the HX250R has already concluded before EBR went bankrupt. The HX250R will be the brand’s flagship product until the Hastur arrives later this year. The Hero HX 250R will be launched in the next few weeks. The bike will feature a single cylinder, 250cc engine with 31 Bhp and 26 Nm. Both ABS and non-ABS variants are likely to be launched. Pricing is expected to start at 2 lakh rupees.
The Hero Hastur is a naked bike and the raciest looking motorcycle that has ever come out of the Hero Motocorp stable. The motorcycle’s production version is expected to be launched next year, as an affordable 620cc sportsbike meant for everyday use. The naked street bike is powered by a 620cc parallel twin four stroke engine, the most powerful motor built by Hero Motocorp ever. Outputs of 78.9 Bhp and 72 Nm, are transmitted to the rear wheel by means of a 6 speed manual transmission. A 4 lakh rupee price tag is likely for the bike.
Benelli TNT 250
The Benelli TNT 250, the Chinese owned Italian motorcycle brand’s entry model, was first unveiled at last year’s Intermot. The naked, single cylinder engined sportsbike is coming to India later this year and will be the brand’s cheapest offering, with a price of about 2 lakh rupees. The bike is powered by a single cylinder, four stroke engine that displaces 250cc and outputs 24 Bhp-21 Nm. A 6 speed manual gearbox comes standard, with upside down front forks and a monoshock suspension at the rear.
The Draken concept that TVS Motors showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo is likely to be produced under the TVS-BMW banner, with a 300cc engine in tow. The motor is likely to produce power and torque numbers in excess of 30 Bhp and 25 Nm respectively. The first motorcycle from the TVS-BMW combine is likely to be a street bike, on the lines of the KTM Duke 390. A price tag that is similar to the Duke 390 is likely for the new motorcycle, which will be a global motorcycle model.