If you're planning to get a new ride for yourself this year, you might want to hold on for a while before you write out that check or start talking to the banks. Whether it's an entry-level commuter, a 150cc sporty commuter, or even a higher displacement performance bike, several brand new models are likely to be launched in the market in the next few months. Here's a look at the 10 new motorcycles to be launched in the coming months...
1. Honda 110cc Dream Slide
Competition in the 100cc commuter segment is getting fiercer with Honda Motorcycle and Scooters India (HMSI) going out all guns blazing to wrest the top spot from former partner Hero MotoCorp.
HMSI has launched a brand new motorcycle in the basic 100-110cc segment, called the Honda CD110 Dream. The CD110 Dream is equipped with a Honda Eco Technology (HET) engine with a class leading power output of 8.3PS and torque of 8.63Nm. Honda claims the new HET equipped engine will deliver fuel consumption figures of 74 kmpl in actual city riding conditions.
TVS Motor Company is planning to bring back the bestselling Victor brand with an all-new Victor in the next few months.
The Victor was one of the company’s most successful motorcycles, and during its run in the market, the popular commuter motorcycle made quite a dent in Hero MotoCorp’s sales figures.
The new Victor will be based on the 109cc TVS Star City+ platform, but it will be a premium motorcycle with more features and a new design. It will be powered by a motor from the family of TVS EcoThrust engines, which are tuned for fuel efficiency with performance.
If you like the beefy looks of the Yamaha Fazer and are thinking of getting one, it may be a good idea to wait for some time and check out the new Fazer V2.0. The new Fazer will have the same fuel-injected 149cc engine that powers the FZ FI V2.0 and FZ-S V2.0, and will also sport a new improved and lighter frame.
Yamaha claims the new engine with its Blue Core technology will offer much improved fuel efficiency, not compromising on performance at the same time. The new Fazer FI V2.0 will feature some style changes as well, including a re-designed semi fairing, new headlight and new exhaust end-can.
And if the new Fazer still doesn’t appeal to you, check out the sharply styled new Suzuki Gixxer, the latest motorcycle from Suzuki, which the company hopes will change its fortunes in the 150cc segment. Easily, one of the best-looking 150cc motorcycles, the Gixxer is expected to hit the market within the next two months.
The new motorcycle will be a premium 150cc offering and will be powered by a four-stroke 155cc single-cylinder engine equipped with SEP (Suzuki Eco Performance) technology, which delivers both performance and fuel efficiency. The Gixxer engine is expected to offer a punchy mid range power and more low-end torque than the GS150R.
The Indian motorcyclist has a soft spot for bikes with fairing – be it quarter, half or full fairing. And if you’re in the market for a stylish, but affordable 150cc bike, then Bajaj Auto might have the answer for you. Bajaj is set to introduce the Discover 150F, ‘F’ being the keyword for fairing, and in this case, a half faired new 150cc Discover.
The new Discover 150F is based on the erstwhile Discover 125ST platform. The 125ST was a stylish offering in the 125cc segment but Bajaj has discontinued the motorcycle because of low sales. What we’ll see in the 150F is a stylish new motorcycle – one that will have some features similar to the ones on the 125ST – like a monoshock suspension, front disc brake, but with some new design enhancements and of course, that fairing.
Competition: Honda CB Unicorn, Yamaha FZ
Expected Price: Rs 58,000-60,000
6. New Honda 160cc
And if you’re not already spoiled for choice in the 150cc and premium 150cc segment, Honda Motorcycle and Scooters India (HMSI) is set to up its game further with a new 160cc premium motorcycle.
The new motorcycle may be based on the CX-01 Concept which was showcased in the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. What is coming is a more powerful and sportier motorcycle than the existing Honda CB Trigger, but positioned below the CBR150R.
For Pulsar fans, there’s good news – the next Pulsar from Bajaj will be a full-faired sport bike. Called the Pulsar 200SS (the SS standing for Super Sport ), the new 200SS will get a brand new full fairing, new digital instrument panel, clip-on handlebars, monoshock rear suspension and a new full-sized exhaust.
ABS may be offered as an option as well, although the motorcycle will not sport a brand new engine. The 200SS will share the same 199.5cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine with the Pulsar 200NS, but is expected to be fuel injected.
There’s a price to be paid for performance. And in India, it means shelling out a cool two lakh upwards for a decent performance motorcycle. If you’re looking out for a larger displacement performance bike, and want maximum bang for your buck, there is good news – the Mahindra Mojo.
The bike created quite a buzz at the Auto Expo earlier this year and Mahindra Two Wheelers is now ready to set the cat among the pigeons. The Mojo will be powered by a 295cc liquid-cooled, fuel injected single-cylinder engine producing 26PS power and a maximum torque of 24Nm.
Complementing the powerful engine will be features like upside down front forks, rear monoshock suspension, LED pilot lamps, Pirelli Sport Demon tyres and petal discs.
There’s more good news for sportbike fans – and an offering from KTM for those looking out for a supersport bike – for daily street use as well as the occasional track day. The class leading KTM Duke 390 is all set to don sportier attire – in the form of a full fairing, front windshield for better aerodynamics, clip on handlebars, rear set foot pegs and high-quality upside down forks from WP suspension.
Although visually similar to the Duke steel trellis frame, the RC390’s frame which will be modified to better fit the supersport ergonomics and dynamics. Expect a high quality supersport bike and bragging rights to join the “Orange” club membership.
The naked street bike market is going to get an all-new addition – the Kawasaki ER-6n. A muscular and aggressive looking machine, the ER-6n has all the elements – bold style, sharp lines and looks that scream attitude, even when standing still. The engine is a 649cc, liquid-cooled motor similar to the Ninja 650 generating 72PS at 8,500rpm and torque figure stands at 64Nm.
The Kawasaki ER-6n will make its way to India through the CKD route from Kawasaki’s Thailand facility like the Ninja 650. It essentially is a stripped down streetbike version of the Ninja 650R. No fancy fairing means that the ER-6n will be priced a notch lower than the Ninja 650.