Launch of Motorcycles Above 701cc in India in 2022

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Adventures, sport bikes and a couple of retros dominated this space

Welcome to our overview of the 2022 motorcycle launches in India in the 701cc and above category. This segment includes some of the most powerful and performance-oriented motorcycles available in the Indian market. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the key launches that took place this year.

Ducati

Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro

Ducati launched the Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro as the first of the 11 motorcycles that the Italian manufacturer intends to bring to our shores. It pays homage to the original Scrambler that made its debut in the ’70s. It gets an iconic yellow paint job with the old school ‘Ducati’ logo originally designed by the legendary Giorgetto Guigiaro stickered across the tank. Other notable bits include circular mirrors, a tan brown ribbed seat, its 1079cc L-twin engine and the black 18/17-inch (front/rear) wire-spoke rims. More on the Scrambler 1100 here

Panigale V2 Troy Bayliss Edition

Up next is the Panigale V2 Troy Bayliss Edition – a tribute to Australian rider Troy Bayliss, celebrating the first of his three World SBK titles. It gets cosmetic and mechanical updates over the standard bike. It's also 3kg lighter than the standard model courtesy of the lithium-ion battery and the single-seat setup. . The V2's mechanicals have also been upgraded to an Ohlins NX30 fork with a TTX36 rear shock. 

You even get a titanium and carbon fibre outlet cover on the exhaust, and a red-stitched seat with Troy’s number as mentioned above. All this for about Rs 21.3 lakh (ex-showroom). Only a few units are allocated for India

Multistrada V2

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The Multi V2 is Ducati’s most affordable ADV in India. For 2022, it’s 5kgs lighter than its predecessor thanks to lighter rims, Multistrada V4-sourced mirrors, new aluminium front disc flanges and lighter engine components. The bike’s ergonomics have also been revised for better rider and pillion comfort. 

It continues to use the same 937cc L-twin motor from the previous model and dishes out 113PS and 94Nm along with a comprehensive suite of electronics. How much does it cost? Head here to find out.

Streetfighter V4 SP

Ducati finally launched the track-focused Streetfighter V4 SP in India for an eye-watering price of Rs 34,99,000 (ex-showroom India). Highlights for this bike include its Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension, 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine belting out 208PS and 123Nm, lighter Marchesini forged magnesium wheels along with carbon fibre wings and heel guards.

From a design standpoint, it’s no different from the standard model, however, it does get an all-new carbon fibre body which is wrapped in Ducati’s MotoGP-inspired Winter Test livery. We’ve covered all the details of the bike and more here

2023 Panigale V4

240.5PS at 16,500rpm from a bike that weighs just 188.5kg wet, that’s the 2023 Panigale V4 for you! Ducati specially developed engine oil in combination with the race exhaust to extract this sort of performance.

Its aero package has been improved as well with new wings that are thinner and more compact while being capable of generating the same amount of aerodynamic load as before. 

Other improvements include its suspension setup. The front gets 5mm additional travel while the rear uses a less rigid spring. There’s a lot more to the bike than meets the eye. Learn all about it here

Streetfighter V2

Ducati has launched the new Streetfighter V2 in India at Rs 17.25 lakh(ex-showroom). It's essentially a Panigale V2 under the skin. So it's powered by the same BS6-compliant Superquadro 955cc mill dishing out 155.18PS and 101.4Nm (2.5Nm less than the Panigale V2). But it only weighs 178kg (dry). 

The Streetfighter V2 gets a full suite of electronics along with some upmarket hardware as well. Head here to check it out

Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

The Multistrada V4 is a great sports tourer, but the Pikes Peak edition takes sport touring to another level. Its monstrous 1,158cc Granturismo V4 engine still continues to make 170PS and 125Nm in the Pikes Peak edition, but Ducati has managed to shave 4.4kg off the Multistrada V4 S’ kerb weight.

It ditches its 19-inch front wheel and now rolls on 17-inch alloys at both ends. In typical Ducati fashion, the Pikes Peak is packed to the gills with electronic aids. All this comes at a price though, an eye-watering Rs 31,48,000 (ex-showroom India). 

BMW F 850 GS/GS Adventure

BMW Motorrad launched the 2022 F 850 GS and F 850 GS Adventure in India with considerable price drops. The BMW F 850 GS is available in two variants: Pro and Adventure Pro. The latter comes with a different, beefier bodywork, and a larger 23-litre fuel tank as opposed to the 15-litre unit. On the other hand, the BMW F 900 XR comes in only the Pro variant, which gets cornering traction control, keyless operation, cornering engine braking control, heated grips, cornering ABS, adaptive lights and other goodies as standard.

The brand is also offering a range of features previously available as options as standard now. Here’s what you get

Harley-Davidson Nightster

The Nightster is one of Harley-Davidson’s newest motorcycles that strays away from the older air-cooled engines. It adopts a more modern 975cc liquid-cooled 60-degree V-Twin engine mated to a 6-speed transmission. It makes 90PS and 95Nm. The new engine also features variable valve timing, hydraulic valve lash adjustment and counterbalancers to keep vibrations in check. 

Its suspension and braking equipment is all new to help the bike handle and brake better than previous Harleys. Its 221kg kerb weight is also remarkable, making it the lightest Harley at present. Pricing and other updates available here

Suzuki Katana 

Suzuki launched the much-awaited Katana at Rs 13.61 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), making it almost Rs 2 lakh cheaper than its closest rival, the BMW S 1000 R. It’s available in two colours: Metallic Matte Stellar Blue and Metallic Mystic Silver.

Powering the modern-day rendition of the original 1981 model is a K5 999cc, inline-four liquid-cooled motor producing 152PS at 11,000rpm and 106Nm at 9250rpm. KYB fully-adjustable suspension components aid the bike’s handling. Electronics package on the Katana includes a five-stage switchable traction control system, Suzuki Drive Mode Selector, a quickshifter, ride-by-wire, low rpm assist and Suzuki’s Easy Start system. 

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Kawasaki sneakily launched the 2022 Ninja ZX-10R in India in September for a price of Rs 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom India). The only update is the new liveries. The 2022 model comes in Lime Green and Pearl Robotic White colours. While the former receives mild changes in the livery, the latter is an all-new paint scheme. Here’s a closer look.

Kawasaki Z900

Same goes for the 2022 Z900. The updated model comes in two new colours – Metallic Phantom Black/Metallic Carbon Grey and Ebony/Metallic Matte Graphene Steel Grey – which replace the older ones. Mechanically, the bike is still the same. Here's how much it costs.

We hope this article helped you gauge the wide range of options available for riders looking for a premium motorcycle experience. For more stay tuned to ZigWheels.

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