Two-wheelers have always formed an important aspect of the Indian automotive world. In a country where people are stuck in traffic for hours together, a two wheeler proves to be a boon. The Indian two-wheeler market has come of age in the past decade with global players setting shop in the country and offering a wide range of products to suit every need an budget. Growing at a fast pace, the Indian bike bazaar witnessed a number of bike launches since the beginning of 2016. Now more than halfway through the current year, we compile a list for some of the highly anticipated models that are slated for a launch before the current year comes to an end. The list comprises motorcycles which would evoke interest among the masses. We’re not taking into consideration expensive metal beyond the reach of most of us here.
- BMW G 310 R
The BMW G 310 R is one of the most highly anticipated models that will be launched in India this year. After making its Indian debut at the 2016 Auto Expo, the model according to previous reports, is likely to be cheaper than one of its closest rivals, the KTM Duke 390. Powering the model will be a 313cc liquid cooled single cylinder engine capable of producing a power output of 34 hp and 28 Nm. Transmission duties will be performed by a six speed transmission. The BMW G 310 R is likely to arrive with a price tag in the range of Rs. 1.7-1.8 lakh.
- Bajaj Pulsar CS400
The second model on the list would be the Bajaj Pulsar CS400 that made its debut at the 2014 Auto Expo. Deemed to be the fastest Pulsar yet, the CS400 has been spied on numerous occasions and will be launched during the festive period. The model will feature a segment first LED headlamp cluster. At the heart of the model will be an engine closely related to that of the KTM Duke 390 but with a different state of tune. The Bajaj Pulsar CS400 is expected to be priced at around Rs. 1.8 lakh
- Aprilia SR 150
Another model that made its Indian debut at the Auto Expo held earlier this year in Delhi, the SR150 will be India’s first sport-scooterbike. The model, which was one of the many models that were unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo, is slated for a launch next month. One unit of the SR 150 was spied undisguised a few days ago, making its way to the ARAI for homologation purposes. The model will be powered by a 150 cc air cooled 3 valve engine mated to a CVT transmission. Once launched, the Aprilia SR 150 will command a price in the range of Rs. 80,000 to 1 lakh.
- Hero HX250
A fully faired model from Hero MotoCorp, the HX250 will be the first model in its segment to feature two riding modes, city and sport. Tipping the scale at 136 kgs, the model can sprint from naught to 60 kmph in less than 3 seconds. Propelling the HX250 is a 249cc single cylinder liquid cooled fuel injected engine capable of producing 31 hp and 26 Nm of torque. Transmission duties are taken care of by a six speed transmission. Hero remains tight lipped about the launch of the HX250 although it is expected to take place in the coming months. Expect the Hero HX250 to arrive with a price tag in the range of Rs. 1.8- Rs. 2.2 lakh.
- Bajaj V (higher displacement):
Bajaj Auto launched a rather patriotic model in the form of the V15 earlier this year. The model’s tank is infused with the scrap metal from one of India’s most iconic naval ships, INS Vikrant. Now, the company is reportedly working on a higher displacement version of the 150cc motorcycle. The current 150cc motor is tuned to produce 12 hp and 13 Nm of torque. This model is expected to launch in the month of November. The price for the model will depend on the displacement of the engine it receives.
Which of these bikes are you waiting for? Any other model you would like to add to the list? Let us know through the comments section below.