The coming months will see a slew of high performance yet affordable motorcycles being launched in India. From nakeds to full faired track tools and adventure machines, the upcoming launches promise to offer something to everyone. If you’re in the market for a premium sportsbike that’s priced under 3 lakh rupees, this is one list that you don’t want to miss.
The Yamaha R3 is likely to be launched in India, on the 11th of August 2015. The motorcycle sold in India will be a CKD import from Indonesia. What this means is, the motorcycle is likely to be priced close to the Kawasaki Ninja 250R than the KTM Duke 390. Expect to pay at least 3 lakh rupees for the full faired Yamaha R3, which features a 300cc parallel twin four stroke engine with 41.4 Bhpand 29.6 Nm.
Hero HX 250R
The Hero HX 250R is said to be ready for a launch in India. The full faired motorcycle, developed with extensive inputs from Erik Buell Racing, uses a single cylinder 250cc four stroke petrol engine that makes 31 Bhp and 26 Nm. The liquid cooled engine will be paired to a 6 speed, foot operated manual transmission. ABS is expected to be offered on this bike, which will be Hero Motocorp’s new flagship motorycle. A price tag well under the 2 lakh rupee mark is anticipated.
The Mahindra Mojo 300 is a naked street sports bike that is also said to be weeks away from a launch in India. The Mojo has been in the test phase for over 4 years now and October 2015 will mark the motorcycle’s half decade of testing. Clearly, Mahindra Two Wheelers will want to launch the Mojo before that.
The Mojo will be the most expensive two wheeler ever retailed by Mahindra. A 292cc, single cylinder four stroke engine will propel this motorcycle, which will feature upside down front forks and a monoshock rear. A stunning price tag of about 1.5 lakh rupees is expected.
Benelli TNT 250
By the end of this year, Benelli is expected to launch a new entry level sportsbike offering in India. The TNT 250 will be Benelli’s least priced motorcycle, with a price tag close to 2 lakh rupees. The TNT 250 will feature a 250cc, single cylinder four stroke engine with 24 Bhp and 21 Nm. The motorcycle will feature a 6 speed manual transmission, upside down front forks and monoshock rear suspension.
Kawasaki Z250 SL
Another entry level motorcycle offering will be the Z250 SL from Japanese sportsbike giant Kawasaki. The Z250 SL will sit at the bottom of Kawasaki’s sportsbike line up for India. The motorcycle is a naked version of the Ninja 250R, and features the same 250cc, parallel twin petrol motor. In the Z250 SL, this liquid cooled motor makes 28 Bhp and 22.3 Nm. The bike will be a CKD import from Thailand, and is expected to be priced close to the 2 lakh rupee mark.
TVS Motors and BMW Motorrad will soon put the K03 codenamed streetbike into production. The motorcycle is said to take visual cues from TVS Motors’ Draken concept. Armed with a 300cc, single cylinder four stroke engine (30 Bhp-25 Nm), the K03 will be the most powerful motorcycle that TVS Motors has ever launched in India. The K03 will be exported to global markets and will also be marketed under the BMW Motorrad brand. A sub-2 lakh rupee price point is likely for this motorcycle.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
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Images of the production ready Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure bikes are out in the open. The motorcycle is likely to debut later this year or in early 2016. The latter seems likely given that the big ticket Auto Expo will happen early next year. The Himalayan will represent Royal Enfield’s foray into dual purpose motorcycles.
The Adventure is expected to use the new range of 410cc and 750cc engines that Royal Enfield is said to be putting together. The Himalayan will be the flagship motorcycle of the brand, with the 410cc version expected to retail at under 3 lakh rupees.
Bajaj Pulsar CS400
CS in the Bajaj Pulsar CS400 stands for cruiser sport. The Pulsar CS400 will be India’s first affordable power cruiser, a Ducati Diavel for the masses if you will. The bike is also said to be Bajaj Auto’s first 400cc motorcycle for the Indian market. A launch before March 2016 is expected. The CS400 is expected to share engine components with the KTM Duke 390. A sub-2 lakh rupee price tag is highly likely.
Bajaj Pulsar SS400
SS in the Bajaj Pulsar SS400 stands for super sport. As its name suggests, the motorcycle will be a full faired model aimed at luring sportsbike buyers. A price tag that undercuts that of the KTM RC390 is what the flagship Pulsar SS400 is expected to sport. The bike uses a 400cc, single cylinder liquid cooled motor with triple spark ignition. Transmission duties are handled by a 6 speed manual gearbox.
KTM Adventure 390
In 2016, KTM will bring a new adventure bike built around the Duke 390’s engine. The motorcycle will challenge the Royal Enfield Himalayan, and is expected to offer buyers here a powerful, well priced alternate. Adventure bikes could be the next big thing in India if the likes of the KTM Adventure 390 and the Royal Enfield Himalayan take off. The new iron horse from KTM is expected to be priced under 3 lakh rupees.