Before 2018 comes to an end, no less than six new motorcycles – almost all in the premium bike space – are set for launch in India. Here is a quick walk through of the six upcoming motorcycles, along with their launch timelines.
Royal Enfield Pegasus 350
All set to launch today, the Royal Enfield Classic 350-based Pegasus is a tribute to the Indian armed forces. Only a few lucky customers are likely to get their hands on this one because the Pegasus 350, like the 500-cc version, could be a limited edition model. The motorcycle will be powered by a similar 346-cc engine, which powers all the classic 350 models, with 19.8 Bhp and 28 Nm outputs. Expect a price rise of Rs. 20,000-30,000 over the regular Classic 350.
Hero XPulse 200
Hero has been planning to introduce an adventure bike for quite some time. The Hero XPulse 200 will hit the Indian market by the end of 2018. The XPulse 200 will be sold as an affordable adventure bike and will compete with Royal Enfield Himalayan. The motorcycle will be powered by a 200-cc engine producing 18.4 Bhp of peak power and 17.1 Nm of torque. Prices are expected to fall below the Rs. 1 lakh mark.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
Royal Enfield has always been known for the iconic Bullet. They have been surviving in the Indian market by banking on 350-cc and 500-cc models for decades. All this is set to change with the launch of the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. Both bikes will be launched by the end of 2018. The Interceptor 650 will be powered by a twin-cylinder, 650-cc engine producing 47 Bhp of peak power and 52 Nm of peak torque. A 6-speed gearbox and ABS will be standard. Pricing of the bike is expected to start around Rs. 3 lakhs.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650
Another big bike coming from the house of Royal Enfield is the Continental GT 650. It’s a sibling to the Interceptor 650, and successor of the Continental GT 535. This bike will share its engine with the Interceptor 650. Styling will be different though, with a cafe racer look and feel. Capable of doing 160 Kmph, the Continental GT 650 will also get disc brakes at both ends, with standard ABS. Pricing should start at around Rs. 3.2 lakhs.
Cleveland Cyclewerks (CCW) is a brand unknown to India, but that won’t continue for long. The American brand is entering the Indian market with two motorcycle models – ‘Misfit’ and ‘Ace’ – in October 2018. The CCW Misfit is powered by a 229-cc single cylinder engine churning out 15.4 Bhp of peak power and 16 Nm of peak torque. A 5-speed gearbox is mated to the engine. Braking is through 320-mm front and 230-mm rear disc brakes, with ABS as standard.
Cleveland Cyclewerks Ace is a rather modest and basic street bike from the brand. CCW Ace will be powered by a similar engine as the Misfit. Both of the models will be assembled in the Pune plant. Prices are expected to start from Rs. 1.5 lakhs or above. It will be rather interesting to see these newcomers compete with bikes, such as the Royal Enfield Classic 350, in this price range.