It’s truly a great time to be a motorcycle enthusiast in India, for a big bunch of sporty yet affordable performance bikes will come your way shortly. From the Himalayan to the Akula, there’s a lot lined up.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
The Himalayan has already been unveiled, and will be launched in India on the 16th of March. One of the boldest moves from the century old bike maker, the Himalayan will seek to give India an affordable, adventure motorcycle. With a 411 cc four stroke engine that makes 24.5 Bhp-32 Nm, the bike is aimed at long distance touring enthusiasts who want an SUV on two wheels. We expect Royal Enfield to price the Himalayan at under 2 lakh rupees, making the bike very accessible to most buyers.
Bajaj Pulsar CS400
India will soon get an affordable sports cruiser, one that can run rings around the Avengers and Thunderbirds of this world. Yes, the Pulsar CS400 is just around the corner, and will be Bajaj’s first major sportsbike launch of the year. It’ll get a 373 cc single cylinder, liquid cooled 4 stroke engine, with about 40 Bhp on tap. A 6 speed manual gearbox will be standard. Upside down front forks and a monoshock rear will handle suspension duties. A 160 Kph top speed and a price tag of under 2 lakh rupees are expected.
KTM ADV 200 & 390
KTM is working on a new, on-off road platform, which is said to rival the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Like the small capacity Dukes and RCs made and sold in India, the new ADV bike from KTM is expected to arrive in 200 cc and 373 cc engine capacities. Long travel suspension that’s a staple in the ADV world, larger fuel tanks for better range, and easy ergonomics for long and comfortable hours on the saddle are the various bits expected on the new range of KTM adventure bikes. These bikes are expected to be priced above the Dukes and RCs currently sold in India.
BMW G310 R
BMW Motorrad will launch the G310 R by the end of this year in India. Already showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, the 310 R is the first among a rash of affordable bikes that BMW Motorrad has planned for India, and the rest of the world. This bike will be built by TVS Motors, but will be sold and marketed by BMW. It’s likely to start at around 3 lakh rupees. In terms of specifications, the naked sportsbike uses a 313 cc, four stroke liquid cooled engine that pushes out 34 Bhp-28 Nm. A 6 speed manual gearbox comes standard.
TVS showcased the Akula concept at the recently concluded Auto Expo. The production version of this bike is expected to be out by the end of this year. It’ll sit right at the top of TVS Motors’ motorcycle line up, as a flagship machine. While the show-special version featured a bunch of carbon fiber bits, these are likely to make way for cheaper materials on the production version. The Akula features the same 313 cc four stroke engine found on the BMW G310 R. The 6 speed gearbox will also be carried over.