The Auto Expo has come and gone. This time around, bikes dominated the expo, in terms of being way more exciting than cars. Today, we’ll take a look at 5 bike concepts from the Auto Expo that we want on the road.
TVS Akula 310
TVS is the only Indian motorcycle maker to have a rich racing history, and the Akula 310 is a concept inspired by TVS’ race going bikes. One of the sharpest looking motorcycles that an Indian two wheeler major has ever produced, the Akula has a distinct production future.
The bike features a 310cc single cylinder four stroke, liquid cooled engine – the same unit that powers the BMW G 310R. The Akula 310 is expected to go into production within a year from now, and is expected to be TVS Motors’ flagship motorcycle offering.
Hero Motocorp showcased the XF3R, which the 2 wheeler major describes as a “design study”. While production chances for this concept look bleak, one positive to come out of this is that Hero could use the sharply styled concept as a template for future bikes. The bike maker has even thrown a hint, suggesting that a 300 cc bike that’s inspired by the concept is in the works. If Hero manages to retain the design cues of the XF3R on the upcoming street fighter motorcycle, it could well be the KTM Duke moment for India’s largest 2 wheeler maker.
Honda showcased the CX-02 concept at the Auto Expo, a bike that could eventually form the base for a fast tourer. Based on the CBR500, the CX-02 has most of the hardware ready. This means, a 500 cc parallel twin four stroke engine, upside down front forks, a tall fairing for wind protection, and a design that’s similar to the recently launched Kawasaki Versys 650. With the leisure motorcycle segment growing by leaps and bounds in India, a touring bike from Honda seems like a right fit at the moment.
Mahindra Mojo Scrambler
Mahindra spun out a Scrambler version of the Mojo, it’s flagship offering. This motorcycle was built by Joshua Crasto, an independent bike builder from Mumbai. Mahindra for its part, has dropped no hints of putting the Scrambler version of the Mojo into production. But eventually the Mojo line up will have to be expanded to include more variants, and the Scrambler variant seems like a good option for such expansion.
Mahindra Mojo ADV
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is the first affordable ADV bike in India, one that could start off a trend of sorts. Mahindra showcased the Mojo ADV concept at the Auto Expo. Like its Scrambler concept sibling, this bike doesn’t have a production future yet. Mahindra will be closely watching the sales of the Himalayan though, which could unleash the latent demand for such on-off road motorcycles in the Indian market.