The year 2019 is set to be a very exciting one, all thanks to the fact that manufacturers have finally realised the true potential of India as a market and are finally willing to invest in it. This has caused most manufacturers to roll out the majority of their motorcycles into India since there are always takers, keeping that in mind, we’re here to tell about eight such exciting motorcycles that we anxiously await to hit Indian shores.
Here is the list of upcoming bikes in India 2019:
- Honda CB1000R
- Royal Enfield Continental GT 650
- Suzuki V-Strom 650
- Benelli Leoncino
- KTM 790 Duke
- Honda CBR300R
- Suzuki GSX-250R
- Honda CBR500R
Honda CB1000R (Expected Price – INR 13,50,000 – INR 15,00,000)
The 2018 CB1000R manages to easily stand out from the crowd by moving away from the standard super sports-derived design theme and leaning more towards a mix of both modern and retro design languages. Honda likes to call this the “Neo Sports Café” design and we absolutely love it, managing to the create a motorcycle that melds form with function yet being as fresh and visually appealing as possible. Essentially what Honda’s has done is developed and re-assessed the sport naked-streetfighter underpinnings of the existing CB1000R, kicked the performance up a notch and elevated the overall character of the machine. It’s still driven by the same four-cylinder motor but it has been tuned to make 16% more power in the top end and 5% more torque in the mid-range as compared to the outgoing model.
Gearing too has been reworked with a 4% shorter gearing ratio to help get the most out of this rather laid back motor. To further aid rideability, the new CB1000R gets a host of electronics such as a slipper clutch, throttle by wire technology, three riding modes and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), all of these systems work in harmony to make sure the motorcycle brings out the best in you. With the new design and the motorcycle being reworked from the ground up, the new CB1000R manages to have shave 12kgs off its overall weight and comes up to a total of just 212 kgs wet, which should further enhance the handling characteristics.
Suspension duties have been taken care of by Showa Separate Function Fr Fork Big Piston unit (SFF-BP) which contains all the damping function in one leg, which helps reduce weight while delivering comfort and control. The rear has been taken care of by Showa’s rear shock which allows adjustments for spring preload, compression and rebound damping. To enhance braking and grip, Honda has bestowed it with dual radial-mount four-piston front callipers that bite a 310mm floating disc in the front and a twin-piston calliper in the rear that bites a 256mm disc, both of which support ABS. Grip has been taken care of by a fat 190/55 ZR17 rear tire, replacing the current 180/55 ZR17, while the front tire remains a 120/70 ZR17.
What buyers will also love is the fact that only 6 external body parts have been constructed out of plastic, the rest of the motorcycle sticks to metals which further pushes its premium appeal. The CB1000R comes mated to a 998cc, four-cylinder DOHC engine that apparently shares its architecture and layout with the 2006 CBR1000RR Fireblade and uses forged pistons like the CBR1000RR SP instead of the usual cast ones. However, it has been re-worked to provide a healthy increase in terms of both power and torque. This has resulted in it making 143 bhp @ 10,500 rpm and 104Nm of torque @ 8,250 rpm as compared to the current outgoing model’s 123 bhp and 99Nm. It is currently available in three colour options, Matte Bullet Silver, Candy Chromosphere Red and Graphite Black.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 (Expected Price – INR 4,36,000 – INR 5,00,000)
As always, Royal Enfield has always taken inspiration from their rich and old heritage and that has often reflected on the overall design and aesthetics of the motorcycles. This time around Royal Enfield has decided to up the ante in terms of power, torque and cylinders. This new twin cylindered Enfield is inspired from the 1965 Continental GT 250 and balances the overall line between modernity and tradition. The frame has been developed along with Harris Performance and has been tested in terms of durability to make sure it can handle the thump this motorcycle puts out.
The Continental GT650 comes mated to a 648 cc, twin cylinder motor that produces an impressive 47 bhp of power @ 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of torque @ 4,000 rpm. Grip has been taken care of by Pirelli’s Phantom SpertComp tires that come wrapped around 18-inch spoked wheels, this Continental GT 650 also comes with ABS to further inspire confidence on the roads. This is quite a bargain given the amount of performance, style and heritage this motorcycle has to offer.
Suzuki V-Strom 650 (Expected Price – INR 6,50,000 – INR 8,00,000)
Dealers across India have already started accepting booking amounts for this much-anticipated motorcycle, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 couldn’t have found a better time to drop by in India, especially with adventure riding being on a steady rise. The V-Strom produces a strong 70 bhp of power @ 8,800 rpm and 66 Nm of torque from its 645cc, liquid-cooled v-twin motor. Currently available worldwide are with two variants, the V-Strom 650 and the V-Strom 650 XT. While the standard V-Strom comes with Bridgestone Battle Wing tires and aluminium alloy wheels, the XT gets stainless steel spoke wheels that come wrapped with Bridgestone Battlax Adventure tires.
To further add to the premium, the XT gets protection for the engine and header pipe along with hand guards and the come with heavier vibration reducing bar-ends. The overall motorcycle weighs in at 213 kgs which should make it quite manoeuvrable over the rough stuff. We hope Suzuki will bring us the more premium XT version to India via CKD, which should grant riders a proper premium adventure bike under 10 lakhs. The motorcycle is currently available with two dual tone colour options, black & white and black & yellow. In terms of electronics Suzuki has equipped this motorcycle with a two-stage traction control system that can also be completely turned off.
Benelli Leoncino (Expected Price – INR 4,50,000 – 5,00,000)</h2
Benelli is a manufacturer that is associated with aesthetics and sound, so its no surprise that the new Leoncino carries over those trains in a rather beautiful Café Racer/Scrambler way. The Leoncino, however, isn’t all rugged or old school and retains some modern appeal with a nice round headlight that has LED indicators and DRL’s. This time around Benelli hasn’t stuck to an analogue but rather moved over to an LCD display for the instrument cluster. It comes mated to a 500cc inline twin cylinder engine that we can all expect to sound quite melodious as it fires and makes 47 bhp of power and 45 Nm of torque.
KTM 790 Duke (Expected Price – INR 7,00,000 – INR 8,50,000)
I cannot even begin to tell you how heavily anticipated this motorcycle is, we’ve long awaited for KTM to roll out its big guns and the KTM 790 is as close to it as it can get. Managing to bring together the handling of a single cylinder but with the punch of a twin, the scalpel is what we expect it to be. This V-Twin motor manages to kick out 105 bhp of power and 87 Nm of torque. The Austrian manufacturer has made quite a name for itself when it comes to value for money or even outright performance with each of its products dominating in their individual segments, could this be another such addition? I suppose only time will tell. It carries over a familiar all-LED headlamp with a full-colour TFT screen that supports also Bluetooth connectivity.
With a wet weight of just 190 kgs, this is a force to reckon with, especially since its teamed up with a host of electronics such as ride by wire technology, lean angle sensitive traction control, quick shifter, motor slip regulation (MSR), launch control, four riding modes (Sport, Street, Rain and Track), a slipper clutch as well as cornering ABS. Damping is handled by a 43mm split function USD WP forks at the front and a gas assisted shock at the rear. Braking has been dealt with a 300mm twin disc setup with 4 piston callipers at the front and a single 240mm disc at the rear with 2 piston calliper. If KTM continues to the make in India move, this would be quite an aggressively priced product and sure to give the competition a run for its money.
Honda CBR300R (Expected Price – INR 2,00,000 – INR 2,70,000)
The Honda CBR 250R has been around for quite a while and is quite frankly starting to show its age, with that said it’s about time Honda launched the CBR300R and give its fans what they deserve. The new 286cc single cylinder motor is essentially based on the same 249cc motor that is currently sold in India and is still quite similar in terms of equipment but hey, I guess Honda doesn’t want to fix what’s not broken. The front gets standard 37mm forks while the rear gets a Pro-Link mono-shock suspension that can be adjusted for preload. At a total wet weight of just 160 kgs, the CBR300R isn’t a very heavy machine and can be quite fun in the city.
Braking has been taken care of by a single pot calliper that bites a 296 mm disc in the front and a 220 mm disc at the rear, ABS would be as standard for obvious reasons. Tire width, however, hasn’t been changed and it still uses a 110 section tire in the front and 140 mm section at the rear. Finally coming back to the motor, Honda hasn’t gone all out and still tried to keep it calm with a motor that produces 31 bhp of power @ 8,500 rpm and 27 Nm of torque @ 7,250 rpm. If everything plays out well, we expect Honda to price it quite close to the current CBR250R with a slight increase obviously.
Suzuki GSX-250R (Expected Price – INR 3,00,000 – INR 4,00,000)
Making its debut at the 2017 ECIMA, the GSX250R or should I say Gixxer 250 is already selling in international markets but hasn’t made its way to India as of yet. Suzuki didn’t do so well the first time around when they launched a quarter litre motorcycle in India a.k.a the Inazuma however, we expect Suzuki to change that soon as they intend to establish their self in the smaller capacity motorcycle segment. Pricing will be a very important factor for Suzuki since when it comes to power, the GSX250R isn’t exactly the strongest. The parallel twin motor makes 25 bhp of power and 23 Nm of torque which isn’t exactly nerve wrecking in any way, making us believe this would be a rather sports touring oriented motorcycle rather than a mini track tool.
It shares a surprising amount of parts from the Inazuma including a 37 mm KYB telescopic forks at the front and a KYB adjustable mono-shock at the rear. It weighs in at 181 kgs wet and given the current information at hand it seems like quite an easy going city commuter that doesn’t exactly focus on agility. Competition is going to be quite tough but if priced correctly, the GSX250R can be every Suzuki fans dream come true.
Honda CBR500R (Expected Price – INR 3,70,000 –INR 4,80,000)
While the CBR300 can take care of all the easy going stuff, Honda has to make a bold statement in the quarter litre-ish segment. That’s where the CBR500R comes in, this too is quite a long-awaited motorcycle and shares quite a resemblance to the old CBR1000RR Fireblade in terms of design. It gets a 471cc parallel twin motor that puts out a respectable 47 bhp of power @ 8,500 rpm and 43 Nm of torque @ 7,000 rpm. Braking has been taken care of by a 320mm single disc dual pot set up in the front and a 240mm single pot rear disc along with dual channel ABS.
The CBR5000R weighs in at 190 kgs wet which are quite impressive given its engine size. Suspension duties have been taken care of by 41 mm forks in the front and a Pro-link mono-shock at the rear with preload adjustments. This is as bone stock as it comes and is quite a laid back motorcycle, we expect Honda to price is quite competitively and finally, take the segment by storm!