As 2016 gonna depart in days, all the eyes are on 2017 calendar to see the official launches of their favorites bikes. All major brands have already revealed their players for the 2017 season. The much anticipated petrol-heads in India are waiting to get their hands on the desired kits. Like every year there are upgraded bikes as well as new models from various brands to be launched in India.
Here we are showcasing few motorcycles, which has already become popular even before the official launch. Their affordable pricing, unique characteristics, advanced technologies and the newer design and styling of these bikes has created many admirers in the country.
The much anticipated G 310 R, is a product from the combined effort of TVS and BMW Motorrad alliance. It is the cheapest Motorrad ever made. In order to make it even more affordable, it is being manufactured at the TVS facility in Hosur, Tamil Nadu.
It uses a 313 cc, liquid-cooled engine churns out 34 bhp of power and 28 Nm of peak torque. This bike can hit a top speed of 145 kmph with a mileage of 36.05 kmpl.
The pricing is expected to be around 2 to 2.5 lakhs.
Draken was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo and received a wide range of appreciation regarding the design and styling of this motorcycle. It is based on the TVS Draken X21 concept displayed at 2014 Auto Expo. As the result of BMW-TVS alliance, TVS has deployed a well refined styling and technologies for their new bikes.
It uses a new 249.2 cc, short stroke, race inspired engine, capable of drawing 38.5 bhp power and 23 Nm of maximum torque. This naked street fighter have some similarity with the Ducati Monster in terms of cosmetic appeal. Split seats, larger Trellis frame, sculpted 10 litre fuel tank adds the premium effect of this bike.
Draken is expected to be priced at 1.5 to 1.75 lakhs.
This full faired sportsbike was displayed at 2016 Auto Expo, considered to be the new high end Apache. TVS has not yet finalized the branding of this bike. It is the first full faired motorcycle from the Indian brand.
Akula borrows the same mill that powers BMW G310 R. Therefore the technical features will be shared by both these bikes. Like the G310 R, Akula too was developed at the TVS Hosur plant near Bangalore. The production model will have some cosmetic changes from the displayed piece at the Expo. It is expected to be launched officially from March 2017.
Pricing is around 2 to 2.25 lakhs.
CBR 250RR is available in Malaysia from October 2016. Honda made this bike available in South-East Asian countries by this year. By the way Honda is yet to make an official statement about India launch, but it is rumoured to be available in India by mid 2017.
The RR version of 250 CBR uses a newer 250cc engine capable of delivering 36 bhp power and 22.5 Nm of maximum torque. This quarter-litre class bike features many of the advanced technologies like ride-by-wire, LED headlamps and many other features. The new racing spirited styling and front fascia of this bike has already melted many minds globally. This bike has a top speed recorded to 179 kmph.
If launched, it would be priced around 3.4 to 3.6 lakhs.
R25 is the first 250cc motorcycle from the Japanese bike builders, which was first launched in the year 2013. Yamaha is planning to introduce this particular bike in the Indian market from 2017 to put a real fight for CBR 250R, Duke 200, GSX 250R and Z250 from the Kawasaki.
The 2017 R25 uses their own “R” styling as a reformation part of following their iconic R segment. This motorcycle adopts many features from their flagship model, the mighty YZF-R1. A newer 250cc liquid cooled, in-line, four stroke engine powers the bike. It can delivers 36 bhp of raw power and 22.1 Nm of peak torque. It uses a tubular frame instead of perimeter frame and it also uses a Die Casting Aluminum Silicon cylinders, which reduces over heating and it weighs lesser.
The bike features a dual LED headlamp and the fairing kit with sharp edges, that resembles the MotoGP model M1. It can cruise to a top speed of 173 kmph.
Pricing is estimated to be around 2.5 to 2.75 lakhs.
The first look of the R3 tells us that, it has the R-DNA in its soul. The body wok shares the identical mass-ahead silhouette and race-type tail part of the R6. Yamaha launched R3 in the Indian market from 2015 and the upgraded 2017 version is expected be around mid 2017.
It uses a 321cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line twin cylinder engine with 8 valves, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The forged piston used in the engine is meant for reducing the weight and to provide exceptional strength. The Yamaha supersport-inspired styling with full fairing wraps the engine and gives their premium R styling to the bike. Top speed of this bike is 180 kmph.
This model is expected to be priced around 3.25 to 3.4 lakhs.
After the acquiring the major shares of KTM, Bajaj has started making KTM products in India to reduce their price tag, respective of their importing charges. From 2012 KTM made their first model Duke 200 for the Indian customers and after that it has become the most popular and favorite naked street bike among the youth. Duke 390 is the much upgraded version of 200. The latest of its kind, the 2017 Duke 390 had their World Premiere at 2016 EICMA in Milan.
The bike gets cosmetic and mechanical upgrades. Most of the visual changes are inspired from their flagship model, the Super Duke 1290. The new fuel tank extension, high mounted LED blinkers with LED lit headlamp and the new TFT instrument cluster are the new feature of 390.
Duke 390 uses a 373.2cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke engine, which can draws 44 bhp power and a peak torque of 35 Nm. Engine is mated with a 6-speed wet clutch gearbox. It can hit a top speed of 169 kmph and estimated to have a mileage of 25kmpl.
The bike would be priced around 2 to 2.25 lakhs.
Bajaj has not yet confirmed the branding of their new Pulsar CS400 based motorbike. Earlier this one was named as Kratos, later changed to the Dominor. It is said to be the Bajaj's fastest and most powerful bike they ever built. This flagship Bajaj shares engine and many of the components from RC 390 and Duke 390.
It draws power from 373.27cc single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, which delivers 35 bhp power and a peak torque of 30 Nm. The bike is claimed to hit a top speed of 150-155 kmpl and to have a mileage of 25 to 30 kmpl.
This bike is expected to be priced at 1.5 to 1.9 lakhs.
These are only few of the many bikes that is subjected to be entering the Indian market from 2017. some of these are models are already available in different countries as Indian market always witness that kind of late arrivals in 4-wheeler and 2-wheeler sector.
Indian motorcycle industry is all set for new calendar year and new range of products.
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