The ongoing Auto Expo of 2016 has seen a spate of bike and scooter launches. From radical concepts to even more radical production versions, a wide variety of two wheelers were either unveiled or launched. Today, we bring you the big launches from the bike scooter world.
After the Rajdoot GTS Bobby of the 1970s, India’s never really seen a mini-bike. Honda changed status quo by launching the NAVI range of mini bikes that the company called a motoscooter. Available in no less than 4 variants, the NAVI can transform itself from a scooter to a scrambler, a street bike and a commuter.
The NAVI seems to be inspired by the Honda Grom, but has been designed and developed ground up here in India. The motoscooter features a 110cc four stroke petrol engine (7.83 Bhp-8.65 Nm) and underbone frame borrowed from the Activa. A CVT automatic gearbox is standard.
The NAVI weighs 101 Kgs, has a ground clearance of 156 mm and a fuel tank that can hold 3.8 liters of petrol. It’s priced at 39,500 rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.
Renegade Sport S
The Sport S is the entry level bike in the Renegade range of cruisers that China’s United Motorcycles launched at the Auto Expo. This bike is built jointly by Lohia Auto and United Motorcycles at Uttarakhand. It features a 280cc, liquid cooled four stroke engine that puts out 25 Bhp and 21.8 Nm. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard. Suspension of the cruiser consists of telescopic front forks and dual shock absorbers at the rear. Braking is handled by a hydraulic disc up front and a drum at the rear. The Renegade Sport S is priced at 1.49 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.
The Renegade Commando gets an matte grey paint job. This cruiser is essentially the Renegade Sport with a different paint scheme. It’s priced at 1.59 lakh rupees.
Sitting at the top of the Renegade cruiser range is the Classic, which is priced at 1.69 lakh rupees. Like the Commando, the Classic shares its mechanicals with the Sport model. The Classic features a dual tone paint job and gets a bunch of accessories such as a large fly screen and auxiliary driving lights, which explains the higher price tag.
The Kawasaki Z800 and the Benelli TNT899 now have big competition. Yamaha just launched the MT-09, a naked sportsbike that uses a triple cylinder four stroke engine that makes 112 Bhp of peak power at 10,000 rpm, and 87.5 Nm of peak torque at 8,500 rpm. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard. Upside down front forks and a monoshock rear make for this bike’s suspension, while traction control is standard and ABS is an optional extra. The MT-09 is priced at 10.2 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.
Triumph Bonneville Street Twin
Triumph launched the new Bonneville range at the Auto Expo. The Street Twin uses the all-new 900 cc, liquid cooled, parallel twin motor with 54 Bhp of peak power and 80 Nm of peak torque. The bike’s all-new and is said to have taken 5 years to develop from ground up. The Street Twin will be the new entry-level model in the Bonneville range, and is priced at 6.9 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. It gets switchable ABS, a slipper clutch, Ride-by-Wire and traction control, a gear indicator, an USB socket and engine immobilizer as standard fare
Triumph Bonneville T120
The T120 is a larger engined Bonneville, one that has a 1,200cc parallel twin that makes as much as 105 Nm of peak torque. The bike is much more pricier, at 8.7 lakh rupees. Multiple riding modes are standard while heated grips and cruise control are optional. Triumph will also launch the Thruxton R today, which will get top-spec suspension, cafe racer styling, and a more torquey state of tune for the 1200 cc engine, with about 122 Nm of peak torque.