We have waited years for Royal Enfield to provide us with a modern multi-cylinder motorcycle, and that time has finally come. Although we haven’t received any official confirmation from the company, there have been several spy pics doing the rounds of a twin-cylinder Royal Enfield café racer being tested on Indian roads. With a similar silhouette to the single-cylinder Continental GT, the bike is powered by a 750-cc parallel twin, and is expected to be launched by the end of the year, priced at around Rs 3.5 lakh.
The much awaited entry-level sport bike from TVS is almost here. Initially called Akula, we now believe that the bike will be christened the Apache RR 310S once it hits the market. Powered by the 313-cc liquid-cooled single that was jointly developed with BMW, this should make an interesting bike to carve up the racetrack with. The bike should hit showrooms by July. If priced at around Rs 2 lakh, we expect it to be a big hit.
This single-cylinder entry-level street bike was jointly developed with TVS, and has been considered long overdue by Indian motorcycle enthusiasts. The 313-cc liquid-cooled motor develops 34 PS and 28 Nm of torque, making it the smallest and most affordable BMW around. The bike is expected to hit the market by the end of the year, priced at around Rs 2 lakh.
With the success of their 650-cc and larger 1000-cc Versys adventure bikes, Kawasaki will, in a similar vein, soon introduce the Versys-X 300 entry-level adventure motorcycle, that should be perfectly at home on our roads. This practical motorcycle melds big, adventure-bike styling with low running costs and should dispatch city duties and highway runs with ease. Powered by the 296-cc liquid-cooled parallel twin from the Ninja 300, tuned for better mid-range torque, the Versys-X 300 makes 39 PS and 27 Nm of peak torque. The bike should be in showrooms by July, and we expect it to be priced at under Rs 4 lakh.
With a dozen new bikes still to be launched this year we still have a lot to look forward to. We will keep you updated with more info on these upcoming launches as and when we know more, so stay tuned.