2019 is going to be a pretty good year in terms of new launches. What is different this time though is that apart from new models, new bike types are also making their way to our shores, some of which were never present in the budget category. This includes bobbers and scramblers which will be factory built production units. If you have been planning to buy a bike in 2019, here’s a list of 10 most awaited bikes that will be launched in the coming year.
Yamaha FZ V 3.0
Yamaha has planned to bring in a new version of its popular 150 cc naked bike, the FZ. The already muscular bike has been given more muscle and a front headlight assembly inspired from the FZ25. Yamaha has revealed that January 21 is going to be the date of a new bike launch and we guess it will be FZ V 3.0. The new FZ will also be ABS equipped, though probably it will only be a single channel system.
Hero XPulse 200
Hero’s second attempt at making an affordable on-off road bike seems to be going in the right direction. It will get Xtreme 200R’s engine, though in a slightly different state of tune. With the XPulse, Hero will try to penetrate the highly untouched segment of affordable adventure tourer and we guess this time it may even succeed.
UM Motorcycles DSR
UM Motorcycles have started planning to bring in more models in India apart from their cruiser range. The DSR will be among the first new models by the company and will add to the growing list of affordable adventure bikes that are coming to India in 2019. It will be powered by a 223-cc single-cylinder engine and will provide proper off road experience at an affordable price point.
There have been reports of Hero developing a new 200 cc bikes. If rumors are to be believed, it will be a fully faired motorcycle and will take on the like of Bajaj Pulsar RS200 among others. It is expected that Hero will use the Karizma moniker for the bike as the name is quite popular and well known among the youth. It will be likely powered by the same 200 cc engine which powers other Hero bikes like the Xtreme 200R and the soon to be launched XPulse.
Bajaj Pulsar 250
Among the various projects Bajaj is currently working on, one of the most important one is the new Pulsar 250. It will come off as a successor to the Pulsar NS 200, which has not been updated since long. The engine on the new Pulsar 250 will be based on the KTM 250 Duke’s mill, the same way as NS 200’s engine was based on Duke 200 engine. It will not come before the end of 2019 and the launching may even stretch to 2020.
Suzuki Gixxer 250
Suzuki too is eyeing the hotly competed 250 cc segment and will be launching a 250 cc Gixxer soon. It will be a step from the current 150 cc bike and will take on the likes of Yamaha FZ-25 among others. Internationally, the Gixxer 250 is sold with a parallel twin motor but the Indian version, in all likeliness, will sport a single cylinder engine to keep the costs down. The Suzuki Gixxer 250 is expected to be launched by mid 2019.
Honda CBR 300R
Honda has been developing Indian specific bikes since some time, which is the reason for its absence for the launch scene. The CBR-250R has now grown quite old too and needs replacement to keep up with the competition. IT is expected that the Japanese company will soon bring in the CBR-300 to India, most probably in 2019. It will take on the likes of Yamaha R3 and Kawasaki Ninja 300 among others.
Jawa made quite a re-entry into the biking scene. On the day of launch, it showcased three bikes, the 42, the Jawa, and the Jawa Perak. While the former two bikes have been launched, the Perak was held to be launched later. It will be the first affordable production Bobber themed bike in India and will be more powerful than the other two Jawa bikes. It looks quite stylish and expect the launching to be done sometime during the mid 2019.
KTM 390 Adventure
Among the most awaited bikes of the year, the KTM 390 Adventure was recently spotted testing in India. The bike was long rumored to be in work, ever since the launch of Royal Enfield Himalayan. KTM has a lot of experience in making adventure bikes and also competes in the Dakar rally championship, considered to be the toughest off road rally race. It will share most of the parts like engine among others with the 390 Duke and we expect the company to launch the bike by the third quarter of 2019.
Royal Enfield Classic 500 Scrambler
When it was first caught testing, almost all were taken for a pleasant surprise. Who knew that Royal Enfield would be developing a Scrambler type motorcycle based on the Classic 500. However, that is true and the bike will be launched in mid 2019, though launch could shift to end 2019 also. Powertrain et cetera will remain the same and not much information is available on the bike yet. However, we expect it to get longer travel suspensions, a modified rear sub frame along with a bit of engine tuning.