While we a slew of manufacturers at the 2018 Auto Expo talking about new products while launching and unveiling their offerings. However, a lot of important manufacturers were missing from the Auto Expo action this year and will launch their products in the coming months. Here are ten such motorcycles that were not showcased at the event but will be launched soon.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird X
Royal Enfield will soon launch the Thunderbird X model. The upcoming model has already been spied at the dealer stockyard. The X version will be available with both the Thunderbird 350 and 500 in the market. The bikes will get kicked out footpegs, wider handlebar, a soft-tail mudguard, alloy wheels and maybe tubeless tyres. Mechanically, there will be no changes. Both the bikes are expected to launch soon.
Royal Enfield Interceptor
Royal Enfield unveiled their first ever twin-cylinder powered motorcycles last year. One of them will be the Interceptor which will be Triumph Street Twin challenger in India. The 650cc parallel twin engine is an all-new product and is air plus oil cooled.
It is the most advanced engine coming out of Royal Enfield factory ever and gets fuel injection, four-valve heads, and an overhead camshaft. It develops a maximum power of 47 Bhp at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. Transmission is a 6-speed unit with slipper clutch. It will also get ABS. The bike is expected to be launched by the mid of this year with a price tag of between Rs. 3-4 lakh.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650
Royal Enfield discontinued the Continental GT 535 recently and this one will take its place soon. It shares most of the cycle parts with the discontinued bike and the Interceptor. It gets a different styling for the more aggressive riding position. The Continental GT will be more expensive than the Interceptor in the market when launched.
Suzuki Intruder FI
Even though Suzuki participated at the Auto Expo, they did not showcase this anticipated cruiser. The Japanese manufacturer announced that they will launch the fuel injected version of the entry-level cruiser. The fuel injected engine is already available with the Gixxer SF. The addition of the fuel injection makes the engine more responsive and increases the fuel efficiency too.
The power figures of 14.3 Bhp and 14 Nm will remain same as the carburetted version. We can expect a price hike of around Rs. 9,000 with the launch of the fuel injected version of the bike. The launch of the Intruder FI is expected to happen soon.
Mahindra Mojo UT 300
Mahindra is readying a low-cost variant of the Mojo and it is almost ready for the launch. The bike has been caught on camera and looks production ready. It will be known as the Mojo UT and will miss out on a lot of features compared to the Mojo. There is no fuel injection, dual exhausts, LED DRL, USD forks and the Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres. The golden accents are also missing from the bike and the swingarm is blacked out. The price tag is expected to hover around Rs. 1.4 lakh putting it near to the Bajaj Dominar.
Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen
Husqvarna, a part of KTM will launch the Vitpilen and Svartpilen based on the KTM Duke. The Vitpilen is a cafe-racer styled motorcycle that will take on the Royal Enfield Continental GT in India. The lower handlebars make sure that the motorcycle gets an aggressive riding position. It will use the same chassis and engine as the KTM 390 Duke.
The Svartpilen is a scrambler-style street bike which is meant to handle the rough patches as good as the smooth tarmac surface. The Svartpilen gets off-road spec tyres with spoke alloy wheels. Other bits like the front USD and rear mono suspension remain same as the Vitpilen. KTM will build both the motorcycles at Bajaj’s Chakan plant and will export them from here. Both the motorcycles are expected to launch by 2020.
The Pune-based firm has unveiled India’s first fully-electric motorcycle. The motorcycle will be powered by Li-ion battery and will have a maximum range of 100 km. The batteries charge to full in about 2 hours and Tork says that the battery attains 80% of charge in just one hour. The company is also working to install charging stations in the Pune city first and then the motorcycle will be launched in the other major cities of the country. The electric bike will be launched later this year.
Kinetic MotoRoyale will soon launch the SWM branded motorcycles in India. The first of the launches will be the SuperDual that will be assembled in India. The bike is an adventure dual purpose bike and is powered by a 600cc liquid cooled engine. It produces a maximum power of 54 Bhp and peak torque of 53.5 Nm. The bike gets a 6-speed manual transmission and weighs only 169 kg, making it a fun-to-ride bike. There is upside down forks, 300 mm disc at front, 220 mm disc at the rear and ABS as standard. The bike is expected to get a price tag of around Rs. 6 lakh.
TVS Apache 160/180
TVS Apache RTR 160 has been spied testing in India with a new frame and features. The entry-level Apache is quite popular among the youngsters and TVS is doing subtle changes to keep the bike fresh in the market. The engine specifications are not expected to change. However visual changes are expected with the upgrade. TVS will also upgrade the Apache RTR 180 soon after the launch of the Apache 160 in 2018.
Bajaj Pulsar 180 NS
The Bajaj Pulsar 180 NS is expected to be the replacement model of the ageing Pulsar 180 DTS-i. The bike has been spied testing already and will share cycle parts with the Pulsar 200 NS. It will get similar frame, body and features like the 200 NS. The engine is expected to be a new four-valve, oil-cooled engine with triple spark technology. The power output is expected to be around 19 Bhp with 16 Nm of torque. It will take on the TVS Apache RTR 180 in the market.