The two-wheeler market of India has been growing at a neck-breaking pace. 2018 looks all set to witness the launch of many new motorcycles in both various segments across the industry. These upcoming motorcycles will offer world-class performance and features. Moreover, they will offer ABS, an essential safety feature that will soon become mandatory for all motorcycles above 125cc. Here, in this post, we take a look at upcoming affordable ABS-equipped bikes in India.
The Yamaha MT-03 is basically the naked version of the R3. It gets the same parallel twin powerplant that powers the fully-faired motorcycle. The motor outputs a maximum power of 43 PS along with a peak torque of 29.5 Nm. The motor will come mated to a six-speed transmission. Braking will be courtesy of disc brakes on both wheels. ABS will be standard. Expect prices to start around the Rs 3 lakh mark.
Bajaj Avenger 400
While the company is yet to confirm plans for launching a bigger Avenger, it has dropped several hints of a cruiser motorcycle that would share the 373cc engine with the Dominar 400. Thanks to the upcoming safety norms and the fact that the Dominar offers a dual-channel ABS, it looks like the upcoming motorcycle would also offer this safety feature. The cruiser motorcycle will cost roughly Rs 1.5 lakh when it launches here.
BMW Motorrad will launch the BMW G310R in India later this year The G310R is a streetnaked that is powered by a 313cc single-cylinder liquid cooled engine. The motor produces a maximum power of 34 bhp along with a peak torque of 28 Nm. The motorcycle will get ABS as a standard feature. Expect the upcoming bike to be priced at roughly Rs 2.5 lakh.
The G310GS is nothing but the adventure version of the G310R. It will get the same single-cylinder 313cc motor. However, it will have a different bodywork and bits like long-travel front forks. Akin to the G310R, even the G310GS will offer ABS.
Hero Xpulse 200
The XPulse 200 can be heralded as the logical successor to the now-defunct Hero Impulse. Once launched, it will become the only off-road motorcycle this side of the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Powering the XPulse is a 200cc single-cylinder engine that will output a maximum power of 18.36 PS at 8500 rpm along with a peak torque of 17.2 Nm at 6000 rpm. ABS will be standard.
Hero Xtreme 200R
Hero MotoCorp is close to launching the much-awaited Xtreme 200R motorcycle. It will come with the same 200cc motor that powers the Xpulse. This engine outputs a maximum power of 18.36 PS at 8500 rpm along with a peak torque of 17.2 Nm at 6000 rpm. ABS will be on offer. Expect prices to start around Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom).
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
The upcoming Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 will soon become of the two most powerful Royal Enfield bikes ever. Powering this motorcycle will be a 648cc parallel-twin motor that will output a maximum power of 46 bhp along with a peak torque of 52 Nm. ABS will be standard and the upcoming motorcycle will cost approx. Rs 3.50 lakh (ex-showroom)
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650
The second upcoming RE that will hold the title of being the most powerful production Royal Enfield ever will be the Continental GT 650. Basically, this motorcycle will be the successor to the erstwhile GT 535. It will have a similar cafe racer body type. It will share the 648cc engine with the Interceptor. Here, again, ABS will be a standard feature. Prices are likely to be kept at a shade under Rs 4 lakh.
Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS
Even the Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS is expected to launch in coming months. The Himalayan is already on sale with ABS in international markets. India is expected to get the same version. Engine specs will remain exactly the same. Powering this motorcycle is a 411cc single-cylinder engine that outputs 24 bhp. Prices of the ABS variant are likely to start at roughly Rs 2 lakh.
Husqvarna Vitpilen 401
Bajaj Auto Ltd will launch the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 by the end of this year. Powering this motorcycle will be the same 373cc single-cylinder motor that powers the KTM 390 Duke. It outputs a maximum power of 42 bhp along with a peak torque of 35 Nm. ABS will be a standard feature. Prices are likely to begin at Rs 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
Another Huskie that’s coming our way by the end of this year is the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401. Ths motorcycle will share the Duke 390’s 373cc motor with the Vitpilen 401. Here, again, ABS will be a standard feature. Prices will likely start at Rs 3.00 lakh.
Benelli Imperiale 400
Benelli revealed the Imperiale 400 at the 2017 EICMA motorcycle show. The new motorcycle has very good chances of launching in India later this year. It’s a retro-styled naked that is powered by an air-cooled, single-cylinder, fuel-injected 373.5cc engine. The motor outputs a maximum power of 20 PS along with a peak torque of 28 Nm. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.It’s expected to cost roughly Rs 3.5 lakh when it launches here. In India, the Imperiale will mainly rival the RE models.