The biggest biking event in the nation, India Bike Week 2021 was a massive success. Held on the 4th and 5th December in the beauteous Aamby Valley, Pune. Over 10000 motorheads attended the event to witness the most exquisite and beautiful bikes the nation has to offer.
Various OEMs and home-grown builders graced this event with their newest and most unique creations. Manufacturers like Hero Motorcorp, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki and Honda showcased their latest offerings in their specially designed booths at the occasion.
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Kawasaki was the first bikemaker to commence the launches in the India Bike Week with their retro-styled Z650RS. Following which Honda and Harley-Davidson also took the centre stage to launch some of their bikes as well.
Here are 3 of the most interesting launches / upcoming launches according to us.
Honda launched the Anniversary Edition H’ness CB350
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the H’ness CB350, Honda launched a special Anniversary Edition of the H’ness. The edition comes with a few cosmetic changes to the outgoing model. Out of which the biggest highlights are the golden-coloured badges and pinstripes. Apart from these a few more minor superficial alterations have been added, like a chrome kick-stand instead of the regular model’s black one. Additionally, this edition will get the brown-coloured seat covers. H’ness Anniversary Edition will be available in two new colors options, which will be a Matt Marshal Green Metallic and Pearl Igneous Black paint.
Mechanically the bike remains the same as the standard H’ness CB350. As this new model is based on the DLX Pro variant it will get the same twin horn set-up and Honda Smartphone Voice Control system (HSVCS). This edition will cost Rs. 2000 more than the DLX Pro variant and Rs. 7000 more than the entry-level DLX variant and it will set you back at a cost Rs. 2.03 lakh (ex-showroom price).
Honda unveiled the BS6 CB300R
Alongside the H’ness Anniversary Edition, Honda also unveiled its newest BS6 complaint CB300R. The new and updated Neo-Sports Cafe CB300R will now be assembled on the Indian soil and will be launched in the January of 2022. The model will be sold through Honda’s premium dealership network which is the BigWing Network. Currently, there are 88 of these dealers across the nation, however, Honda plans to expand it to 100 dealers by the end of March next year.
Powering this beast will be a BS6-compliant 286 cc DOHC 4-valve liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine which will be equipped with PGM-FI technology. This powerplant will be capable of producing 30bhp and 27.5Nm of peak torque, and it will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Additionally, CB300R will be fitted with an Assist & Slipper clutch providing an assist function for clutch operations. This will help in improving the riding experience by easing off the gear changes and shocks produced by them.
The 2022 Honda CB300R will be featuring a new steel tubular diamond frame, 41mm USD forks, and a 7-step adjustable rear suspension. The 17-inch Michelin Pilot Street tyres are 110mm wide in the front and 150mm wide at the back, with a 296mm front disc with a 4-piston caliper and a 220mm rear disc with a 2-piston caliper. The dual-channel ABS system, in conjunction with the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), monitors lean angles and provides optimal braking.
Harley-Davidson Sportster S Launched
Harley-Davidson was also one of the OEMs that launched a bike in the India Bike Week 2021. The brand launched the Revolution Max 1250 platform-based Sportster S on the center stage of the event. The Sportster S is touted as one of the most advanced cruisers from the American motorcycle company. The bike comes equipped with technology like liquid-cooling, dual overhead camshaft, and variable valve timing.
The Revolution Max 1250 engine from Harley-Davidson is 1252-cc V-twin engine, that produces 121 bhp and 127 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. A fully adjustable USD fork and monoshock is responsible for handling the suspension chores. To efficiently stop this tank of a bike on the streets, Harley has equipped the Sportster with a 320mm disc and a four-piston, radial monoblock Brembo caliper upfront, which is coupled with a two-piston Brembo caliper and a 260mm disc at the rear.
The Sportster S comes equipped with a 4-inch TFT instrument console and Bluetooth connectivity. Features like full LED lighting with the signature Daymaker LED headlamp, and Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements by Harley-Davidson are included in this cruiser. Additionally, the bike comes rigged out with a six-axis inertial measurement unit, or IMU, that works with the traction control system. All of these features work in synchronization to provide the most optimal and safe driving experience which is equally enjoyable.
The launch price for the Harley-Davidson Sportster is Rs. 15.50 lakh and it is the second motorcycle to be launched after Harley’s partnership with Hero MotoCorp for India operations.
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