Indian two-wheeler market is becoming quite exciting with the constant flow of affordable performance bikes. More such motorcycles are scheduled to be launched in the coming times, which will spice up the market even more. These upcoming models are perfect for daily rides and that’s why they are known as street bikes. Here are ten upcoming affordable performance bikes with their expected price and timelines.
KTM 125 Duke
Expected launch: November’18, Expected price: Rs. 1.1 lakhs
KTM has officially started taking the bookings for the upcoming entry-level Duke in India. The 125cc naked bike will be the most affordable KTM in the Indian market and will be launched next month. KTM has been manufacturing the 125 Duke in India for a long time now but they were only made for the export market. It is powered by a 124.7 cc engine that produces a maximum of 15 Bhp and 11.8 Nm. It will take on the 150cc bikes like the Yamaha FZ15 and Suzuki Gixxer.
Royal Enfield Interceptor
Expected launch: November’18, Expected price: Rs. 2.9 lakhs
Royal Enfield has already launched the Interceptor in the USA market and it gets a mouth-watering price tag. Royal Enfield dealerships have already started accepting the bookings for the upcoming Interceptor and it would be the first modern twin-cylinder powered bike from the brand. It would be powered by a 650cc, air-cooled engine that produces a maximum of 47 Bhp and 52 Nm.
Bajaj Pulsar 125
Expected launch: March’19, Expected price: Rs. 58,000
Bajaj has launched the entry-level Pulsar 125 in the Poland market and will be launched in India to replace the Pulsar 135 LS from the line-up. All the two-wheelers above 125cc will have to offer ABS as standard from 2019 and that would increase the cost of the Pulsar 135 by a good amount. The move to bring in Pulsar 125 would help to keep the entry-level Pulsar accessible to the masses. It gets a 124.4 cc engine that produces a maximum of 12 Bhp and 11 Nm.
Expected launch: January’19, Expected price: Rs. 1.5 lakhs
With the mandatory ABS rule kicking in from next year, Bajaj will offer only the ABS version of its flagship bike – the Dominar 400 in the market. Recently, a facelifted version of the bike has been caught testing in the mountains and on the highways. The updated Dominar will get Upside-Down fork at the front and a dual barrel exhaust. The engine is expected to be the same as the current version.
Expected launch: March’19, Expected price: Rs. 1.2 lakhs
Yamaha showcased the all-new MT-15 naked bike at an international auto show recently and it is expected to be launched in India next year. The bike would take on the 200cc bikes in the market like the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS and the TVS Apache RTR 200. The MT-15 is the naked version of the YZF-R15 V3.0 and would be powered by the same engine. However, the final output is not known as Yamaha may re-tune the engine to suit the naked bike better.
Expected launch: November’18, Expected price: Rs. 1.4 lakhs
The Jawa name is making a comeback to the Indian market and it will be officially launched in November. There Jawa bike would take on the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and will get a vintage design. Jawa has already revealed the engine that would power the upcoming bike and it is based on the Mahindra Mojo’s engine. There would be three models that will be unveiled on the 15th of November and they would be powered by the same 298 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that generates a maximum of 27 Bhp and 28 Nm. It would get a six-speed transmission.
Expected launch: Mid 19, Expected price: Rs. 2.7 lakhs
The Vitpilen 401 is known as the white arrow and is a cafe-racer styled bike. Even though it has enough modern elements in its design, the bike still brings to mind a minimalistic retro design. The body of the bike is made out of a single flowing piece that gives it a dramatic design. The Vitpilen 401 is based on the KTM 390 Duke and gets the same engine and chassis. The single-cylinder 373-cc engine generates a maximum of 42 Bhp and 35 Nm of torque.
Expected launch: Mid 19, Expected price: Rs. 2.8 lakhs
The Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 is known as the “Black Arrow” and is the scrambler version of the Vitpilen. It gets knobby tyres, a high handlebar and other rugged body parts that make it a better bike on rough surfaces. The Svartpilen also gets a more relaxed riding position. The engine of the bike is same as the Vitpilen and it generates a similar 42 Bhp – 35 Nm. Both the Husqvarna bikes are expected to be launched by the end of this year.
Bajaj Pulsar 200NS Fi
Expected launch: Early 19, Expected price: Rs. 1.2 lakhs
Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS has been a popular naked bike in the market. It is quite powerful and has the bulky look that makes it quite popular in the market. The Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS has been around for a while now and Bajaj is working to launch a fuel-injected version of the bike soon. KTM 200 Duke is fuel injected and uses the same engine block as the Pulsar 200 NS. The fuel injection system will make the bike more fuel efficient and smoother too.
Yamaha FZ FI V3.0
Expected launch: Early 19, Expected price: Rs. 85,000
Yamaha will soon update the naked bike FZ FI in India. The 149cc bike has been spied testing in India and it would get some design updates including a new tank shroud. The engine is also expected to be updated and the bike will also get ABS as standard.