Over the last decade, the experience of biking and the quality of bikes in India have completely changed. With the arrival of Italian bike manufacturers like KTM who have made bikes below 400 cc affordable to the Indian audience, the experience of riding bikes has completely changed over the last decade. Riding motorcycles has not only become a trend but also a hobby and a way of life for a lot of people. The youth in India now want to ride the latest bikes to express themselves. Such is the passion towards bikes that more and more youngsters want to make their first automobile purchase in the form of a superbike instead of a car.
Every year Indian automobile enthusiasts look forward very eagerly to auto exhibitions which showcase a lot of new variants as well as upgraded variants of existing motorcycles. With the introduction of fast bikes in the 400 CC segment, the youth have now become more eager to get more and more refinement out of bikes.
Due to the expanding market for motorbikes in India, global manufacturers are eager to establish a stronghold on the market. As a result, we see a host of launches every year. This year also, several interesting bikes are going to be introduced. The following Upcoming bikes in India are the ones which have been awaited by the Indian audience for a long time and are scheduled to release in the coming year.
1 .Yamaha MT 15
Built in the same power and specifications of the Yamaha R15 v 3.0 the Yamaha MT 15 is all set to make its debut in the Indian market in March at the Buddha International circuit, Delhi.
Technically, the single-cylinder engine with VVA generates 19.3PS at 10,000rpm and 14.7Nm at 8500rpm and transmission duty is handled by a 6-speed gearbox.It is available in 4 colors and has a mileage of approximately of 48.75 kmpl.
It has LED headlamps with tubeless tires and alloy wheels. The Yamaha MT 15 is set to be launched at a price of 1.20 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) and will be a direct competition to the entry-level Duke 125.
2. Hero XPulse 200 T
The 200cc Hero X Pulse is also set for launch in March 2019. This off-roading and touring bike is set to be in a price range starting from 1.10 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). It has a fuel injection display and a Single-channel ABS. The engine produces almost 18.7 PS.
The Pulse 200 T has a 5 Speed gearbox with tubeless tires and Alloy wheels along with LED Headlamps.
3. BenelliLeoncino 250
The BenelliLeoncino 250 is all set to be launched in India towards the end of March 2019.
With a powerful 249cc engine producing 25.83 PS at 9250 rpm, the Leoncino 250 is a powerful competition to any other bike in the segment.It has a 6-speed gear-box with Dual Chanel ABS and also has LED Headlamps with LED DRL.
It comes with Tubeless tyres and alloy wheels. The estimated price for the BenelliLeoncino 250 is around 2.20 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
4. Royal Enfield Scrambler
Even though there is no official update on the bike, online sources have claimed that the Royal Enfield Scrambler will be based on the Bullet 350 and Bullet 500.
With a 499cc engine and a 5-Speed gearbox, the scrambler can power 27.57 PS at 5250 rpm and a dual channel ABS system.It has spoked wheels but however doesn’t not have tubeless tyres.
The Royal Enfield Scrambler is said to be priced at around 1.89 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
5. Benelli TRK 502
Very close to its launch in the mid of February is the Benelli TRK 502 and TRK 502X.
These bikes are tourer based including an extended suspension, huge front body design with an extended front windshield, and a lower rider seat height. More attractions include the handlebar covers and 12-spoke black alloy wheels.
Suspension duties up front are handled by an adjustable upside-down front fork, and at the rear, a swingarm with monoshock, providing suspension travel of 150mm at both ends. Braking is via two front discs, 320 mm in diameter, and two-piston floating caliper upfront, and a twin-piston caliper gripping a single 260mm disc at the rear.
Benelli TRK 502 is going to launch in India with an estimated price of Rs. 5.00 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
6. Benelli 302 S
The Benelli 302S is all set to be launched in India at the end of March 2019. It is a 2 Cylinder engine which produces a torque of 25.6 Nm at 9750 rpm. The engine power is approximately 25.6 Nm at 9750 rpm.It has a dual channel ABS with Halogen headlamps and LED Daylight Running Lamps. It has an analog tachometer as well.
The 302 S is indeed something to be looking forward to on the road.It has been priced starting at 3.30 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
With the competition heating up in the Indian motorbike market, things are getting interesting for buyers. In order to get a bigger share of this lucrative market, companies are gearing up with some exciting bikes that claim to take the riding experience to the next level. Which of these new launches can capture the imagination of the masses is yet to be seen but one thing is for certain that things are looking bright for Indian motorbike market.