Upcoming new bikes for 2017

Motorcyclist enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to in 2017. We take you through the list of expected launches.

2017 KTM 390 Duke

With the existing 390 Duke a runaway success in India, it’s only logical that we get the updated version for 2017. Nicknamed "The Corner Rocket" by KTM, the bike looks a whole lot better than what was anticipated. The design has been revised to be sharper than before, with a taller tank (now made of steel with increased capacity of 13.4 litres), and the new, pointy LED headlight along with LED running lights.

The instrument cluster is an all-colour TFT unit with an optional "KTM MY RIDE" system that allows riders to hook up their smartphones via Bluetooth for a hands-free kit and audio player. The split seats have been revised as well -- we really hope this redesign makes the rear seat more comfortable for pillions -- but at first glance, it doesn't appear so. Another improvement in rider interface is the inclusion of adjustable clutch and brake levers.

On the chassis front, the bike gets a new lightweight trellis frame with a bolt-on sub-frame. The extremely lightweight die cast aluminium swing-arm looks like the older one, but this too is new for 2017. The front suspension is composed of 43mm open cartridge, separate function forks designed by WP Suspension. The 390 gets a Brembo-developed larger 320mm front brake disc (compared to 300mm from the previous bike), but the radially-mounted four-piston caliper looks like it's carried over.

On the engine front, the 373.2cc single-cylinder mill is more or less the same, barring a few updates that include a slipper clutch, ride-by-wire as well as a new balancer shaft to reduce vibrations. The underbelly exhaust has been scrapped in favour of a side-mounted unit that's Euro IV compliant, much like what the European RC390 got last year. There's no difference in power figures, with the engine making a maximum of 43.5hp. We, however, expect this new bike to be considerably smoother than before.

Expected launch date: Q1 2017
Expected launch price: Rs 2.1 lakh (ex-showroom)

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

At the Milan motorcycle show (EICMA) in 2016, Husqvarna showed off the production versions of the KTM 390-based Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401. We reported that the production of these bikes had started at the Bajaj plant a little while back, and we expect the road-oriented Vitpilen to be launched in India later in 2017.

The Vitpilen is the cafe racer version of the 401 and shares its mechanical components with the KTM 390 Duke. It is powered by the same 43.5hp 373cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder motor, which is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. It also gets the new trellis frame (with its bolt-on sub frame) from the 2017 KTM Duke 390. The front gets a 43mm WP upside down fork and the rear, a WP monoshock --the same fare as the KTM. And even the Bybre brakes are carried over with the front getting a 320mm disc with 4-piston radial caliper, while the rear makes due with a 230mm disc and a single piston caliper. Bosch's 9.11MB dual channel ABS is standard as well.

Visually, however, this bike deviates quite dramatically from the Duke, sporting a chunky fuel tank with a short seat. The short seat design is achieved by using a much shorter sub-frame compared to the KTMs. Other Husqvarna design touches include a distinctive round headlight and round instrument cluster. True to its cafe racer styling, the Vitpilen gets low-slung clip-on handlebars, and its 17" wire spoke wheels are shod with road-going tyres.

Expected launch date: Q3 2017
Expected launch price: Rs 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom)

BMW G310 R

The successful mid-displacement street-naked segment is sure to heat up with the arrival of BMW Motorrad’s G310 R. BMW has played it safe with the styling of the G310 R and strayed away from the general quirkiness that can be seen on its bigger displacement models. The KTM Duke 390 will finally have some competition in this segment. BMW also plans to follow KTM’s 'Make in India' policy and manufacture the G310 R here in collaboration with TVS and then export it to other countries.

The G310 R will come armed with a 313cc, single-cylinder engine with twin overhead camshafts that puts down 33.6hp of power, and weighs just 158kg. Of course, figure-wise, this doesn’t seem to stray into the 390 Duke territory except for the price point of Rs 2.2 lakh. But the fresh engine layout should make things quite interesting; the G310 R will come with a reversed-cylinder design that slopes towards the rear wheel, instead of the conventional engine layout. This would allow for a more compact motorcycle with more evenly distributed weight and a lower centre of gravity. The upside of this layout creates space for a longer rear swing-arm, while keeping the wheelbase relatively short to make it a more manoeuvrable motorcycle.

If BMW manages to replicate the same levels of refinement and finish found on the larger displacement motorcycles, we can expect the G310 R to be a great all-round. It is set to get 41mm USD forks up front, a mono-shock at the rear, and a 300mm disc with a four-piston caliper at the front. That’s plenty of motorcycle for the price.

Expected launch date: Q1 2017
Expected price: Rs 2.2 lakh (ex-showroom)

 

BMW G310 GS

BMW finally took the wraps off the adventure-touring version of the naked G310R at EICMA 2016. Like its naked sibling, the G310 GS has been developed by BMW Motorrad in Germany and will be built at TVS's plant in Hosur, India. The company plans to launch the G310 R first, sometime in March 2017, which will pave the way for the G310 GS model that will follow a few months down the line.

The baby GS inherits its family styling, with the stubby front beak, radiator shrouds, headlamp cowl and tank design. It gets a tubular steel frame, and cast five-spoke wheels. It is powered by a 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine, with four valves and a reversed DOHC cylinder head. It gets a six-speed manual transmission that will be tweaked to suit its adventure-touring nature. The engine will churn out 34hp of power and 28Nm of torque. At 169.5kg, ready to ride, it's not the lightest dual-purpose out there, but it won't be particularly heavy either.

It gets gold, upside-down 41mm forks, which have 49mm more travel than the G310R’s. However, it is non-adjustable, while the rear monoshock does boast adjustable preload. ABS will come as standard, as well as a decently-equipped LCD dash. In addition, it will also have a host of official accessories to choose from, including 12-volt power sockets, heated grips, two seat-height options (820mm and 850mm), luggage kits, a centre stand, satellite navigation and smartphone solutions.

Expected launch date: Q3 2017
Expected launch price: Rs 2.8 lakh (ex-showroom)

TVS Apache RTR 300

This will be the first fully-faired motorcycle to be produced by TVS and is expected to hit showrooms towards the middle of 2017. It was first showed off as concept at the Auto Expo 2016 and was called the Akula 310. This bike displayed all the tell tale signs of being an extremely track-focused machine. Obviously, the production machine does not come equipped with the carbon-fibre body panels that were in the concept, but the design cues are expected to be carried over fairly unchanged, as have been observed in the spy pictures of the bike caught testing.

The RTR 300 will sport a powerplant that was jointly developed with BMW Motorrad. It’s the same 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that produces 33.6hp, which will power the BMW G310 R. The G310 R will be launched first in India, followed by the Akula 310. The bike will come equipped with USD forks upfront and a monoshock at the rear, which the spy pics can attest to. The concept model sported some high-tech kit such as a steering-damper, but this will not make it to the production bike.

Judging by the other motorcycles in the TVS stable, we can expect the Apache RTR 300 to arrive with the same levels of refinement as other models, the bonus being its track-focus. The KTM RC 390 should finally have some single-cylinder competition, but we are yet to see how the RTR 300 matches up in performance.

Expected launch date: Q3 2017
Expected price: Rs 2.2 lakh

Triumph Bonneville Bobber

Triumph’s new Bonneville Bobber is a nod to the “bob jobs” of the past which were the favourite of custom motorcycle makers in America, built using British parallel twin motorcycles. This new Bobber from Triumph is based on the latest-generation Bonneville T120. While it retains most of the mechanical bits, the swingarm and rear suspension have been completely changed to go with the whole Bobber aesthetic. With Triumph bringing most of its latest Bonneville range to India, we expect this bike to hit our shores by the middle of next year.
In order to stick true to the low-Bobber stance, this new bike maintains clean lines, a single seat, wide flat handlebars, minimal bodywork and headlight, sculpted tank, wire-spoke wheels as well as a chunky rear wheel. The rear wheel also gets a hub designed to mimic a classic drum brake and there’s an authentic battery box with a stainless-steel strap, rear mudguard loop and bar-end mirrors to complete the look.

As this new bike is based on the Bonneville T120, it shares most of its frame and front suspension. However, to mimic the true Bobber hard-tail appearance, Triumph has engineered an entirely new cage-type swingarm with paddock stand bobbin mounts and a monoshock rear suspension that’s neatly hidden away. The floating single-seat setup is not just unique in the way it looks, but in the way it functions as well. The slotted seat design not only allows riders to slide it forward or backwards as required, but the entire rail on which it is mounted can be tilted up or down, making for a highly customisable riding position. At the lowest setting, the seat height is just 690mm, which should make the Bonneville Bobber a hit even amongst those who are a bit vertically challenged. Even the single instrument pod is tilt-adjustable and its angle can be changed by using a simple quick-release mechanism.

Since the HT (high torque) spec 1,200cc parallel-twin motor has been borrowed from the T120, this Bonneville Bobber makes 80hp of peak power and 105Nm of peak torque. The slick shifting six-speed gearbox has been maintained as has the ride-by-wire throttle. The electronics package which features Road and Rain riding modes, switchable traction control as well as ABS has also been kept as it is.

Expected launch date: Q2 2017
Expected launch price: Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom)

Ducati Multistrada 950

The premium adventure touring bike market in India has been picking up quite a bit over the last couple of years. One just needs to look at the popularity of a certain 800cc, three-cylinder adventure tourer from a famous British marque to see that paradigm shift in the hearts and minds of “big bike” buyers. Ducati’s offering of this nature, the Multistrada 1200, though an extremely capable motorcycle, has been a bit out of reach for a lot of riders thanks to not only its price, but also because all but the most experienced riders found the size and power of the 1200 a bit intimidating. Ducati’s latest Multistrada that premiered at EICMA 2016, the 950, is supposed to provide that easier-to-ride, yet premium experience. And, according to sources, this bike is slated to come to India by July to September 2017.

Powering this new bike is the 937cc version of Ducati's Testastretta 11-degree V-twin motor that's good for 113hp of power and a peak torque of 96Nm. However, in order to aid riding, over 80 percent of this engine's torque is available between 3,500 and 9,500rpm. This should really make it easy when riding the bike off the road standing on the pegs, where continuously shifting gears isn't easily possible. The Multistrada 950 is equipped with fully adjustable suspension at both ends, with 170mm of travel at both front and rear. While the bike comes with alloy wheels (19-inch at the front, 17-inch at the rear) as standard, in order to make it easier to switch to wire-spoke wheels, the single-sided swingarm from the 1200 has been swapped for a new double-sided one. And to ensure solid braking, the front is equipped with twin 320mm discs with Brembo M4.32 monobloc calipers.

In terms of ergonomics, the seat has been borrowed from the larger Multistrada Enduro and has a height of 840mm by default, but it can be swapped for optional seats with heights varying from 820 to 860mm. There's also a Multistrada-style grab handle that allows for the mounting of both plastic or aluminium panniers. The cockpit gets new switchgear along with a full-LCD dashboard that's compatible with the Ducati Multimedia system. The Multistrada 950 gets a fairly large 20-litre fuel tank to help in long-distance riding, and Ducati claims a wet weight (no fuel) of 214kg.

Expected launch date: Q3 2017
Expected launch price: Rs 13.5 lakh (ex-showroom)

Ducati Scramblers (Desert Sled/Cafe Racer)

When Ducati introduced the Scrambler in India back in 2015, it formed the perfect stepping stone for riders to graduate from smaller bikes on to bigger ones. The Scrambler has enjoyed a fair amount of success in India since its launch and the latest two versions of the bike introduced at EICMA 2016, the Café Racer and the Desert Sled, should make their way to India mid-2017.

The Scrambler Cafe Racer doesn't deviate mechanically from the base bike and maintains the same frame, engine and even the fuel tank. What have changed are the handlebars, with this bike featuring low-slung clip-ons, along with bar-end mounted mirrors. To add to the leaned-over posture, there's also a new cafe racer seat with a passenger cover. Minimalism is the mantra with this cafe racer as it gets a tiny fairing behind its single instrument pod as well as a short front mudguard. Both wheels are now the same size -- 17" -- and sport Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres (a far cry from the on-off road tyres from the standard Scrambler), which is another big change. Keeping in line with the whole "racer" part of its new moniker, the bike gets a radial front brake pump to increase braking performance. Some new details include a new logo on the tank, a black engine with brushed fins and a black anodised aluminium cover over the Termignoni exhaust.

While the Scrambler has always hinted at a bit of off-road pedigree, none of the models so far have really delivered on the promise of mixing it up in the dirt, until now that is. This new Scrambler Desert Sled packs a whole lot of changes to make it extremely capable on the rough stuff. This includes a completely reinforced chassis along with fully-adjustable long-stroke suspension at both ends, offering 200mm of wheel travel at front and rear. The wheels are now 19"-17" (front-rear) rugged wire-spoke units and are shod with specially designed Scorpion Rally STR on-off road tyres. There's also a new tougher aluminium swingarm to handle riding on loose surfaces. To help with better control when mixing it up in the dirt, this Scrambler gets a flatter seat which now sports a height of 860mm. These apart, the Desert Sled gets a raised front fender, a new stronger handlebar with a crossbar, as well as a safety grille on the headlight.

Expected launch date: Q2 2017
Expected launch price: Rs 8-9 lakh (ex-showroom)

Ducati Monster 797

While the Ducati Monster 821 is a brilliant motorcycle, having a Monster at a more affordable price should work to the company’s favour. Originally the Monster 696 formed the entry point for many riders into the world of Ducati motorcycles, internationally at least. But getting that bike to India was a difficult prospect thanks to import laws prohibiting companies from bringing in bikes under 800cc. With the 696 discontinued, and promptly replaced by the new Monster 797 with its 803cc V-twin engine at EICMA 2016, we believe that Ducati will be able to bring this new bike to India some time in 2017. And even though it was designed as a "first Ducati" for younger riders, it is unmistakably a Monster in every regard, offering a properly sporty riding experience.

Under the bike's distinct red steel-tubular trellis frame rests an air-cooled 803cc V-twin motor from the Scrambler that makes 75hp of peak power and 68.6Nm of peak torque. The motor sends drive to the rear wheel through a six-speed gearbox with an APTC slipper-style clutch. Ducati claims a wet weight (without fuel) of 182kg, which combined with a wheelbase measuring 1,435mm, should make this baby Monster a nifty handler. Even the 805mm seat height should be fairly comfortable for riders of various sizes. Ducati's aim with this bike was to make a Monster that wasn't too aggressive or intimidating to ride. To assist the bike's handling, it gets 43mm upside down forks upfront as well as a preload and rebound adjustable monoshock at the back. The 17-inch alloy wheels are shod with Pirelli Rosso Diablo II tyres at both ends – 120/70 at the front and 180/55 at the rear. Braking duties are handled by twin 320mm discs with Brembo M4.32 monobloc calipers on the front wheel while the rear gets a single 245mm disc.

On the design front, this bike gets the same headlight and 16.5-litre fuel tank as its larger sibling. The headlight gets LED position lights and the tail-light is also equipped with LEDs. The instrument cluster is a full-LCD unit, but doesn't get the full-colour TFT treatment like the Monster 1200. However, it is compatible with the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS). For convenience sake, there is also a USB charger located under the seat. Ducati is also going to offer the Monster 797 in a "Plus" version that will get a micro windshield and a rear seat cowl.

Expected launch date: Q2 2017
Expected launch price: Rs 8-9 lakh (ex-showroom)

DSK Benelli 302 R

The Benelli 302 R was showcased alongside the TRK 502 at EICMA 2015 in Italy, as well as at IBW 2016, Goa. In essence, it is the faired sibling of the TNT 300. But look closer and the Tornado 302 has plenty of differences, including in the design. Obviously, there is an aerodynamic front fairing, but you can see the crisper lines of the tank as well. The tank capacity has been reduced by two litres to 14 litres, as compared to the TNT 300. We recently rode the pre-production version of the Benelli 302 R and were suitably impressed. The production version will sport slightly different graphics and some subtle changes around the bike.

It also sports a steel trellis frame that differs significantly from the TNT 300; most notably, the side-mounted rear shock absorber moves to a more conventional position under the seat. Also, the rear swingarm isn’t a twin-tube design, opting for a lighter and more rigid setup. It will be equipped with 260mm twin discs at the front and a single 240mm disc at the rear, along with 41mm USD forks up front and a monoshock setup at the rear. ABS will come as a standard feature on the Tornado 302. The bike's 17-inch wheels will be shod with sticky Metzeler tyres.

However, when it comes to the engine you can expect a familiar package – 300cc, inline-twin-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled engine that churns out about 35hp of power and about 27Nm of torque mated to a six-speed gearbox. Competition in this segment will comprise more powerful twin-cylinder bikes, namely the Yamaha R3 and the Kawasaki Ninja 300.

Expected launch date: Q1 2017
Expected price: Rs 3.1 lakh (ex-showroom)

DSK Benelli TRK 502

There’s been a lot of hype around the adventure-motorcycling segment of late. Benelli had first showcased the TRK 502 at EICMA 2015 in Milan, Italy, and now we are inching closer to seeing this motorcycle available at showrooms here. It sports that typical adventure-motorcycle look with its large, beaked front-fairing and tall stance.

The TRK 502 will come equipped with a 499cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that churns out 46.9hp of power and about 45Nm of torque. Besides these figures being quite appropriate for our Indian riding conditions, the TRK 502 will also be available in two different setups. There will be one road-oriented model with 17-inch rims at the front and rear, and one model equipped with a 19-inch rim upfront to assist in off-road duties. ABS will come as standard on both models.

This mid-segment adventure tourer comes equipped with a 20-litre tank and a reasonable seat height of 815mm. Weighing 210kg, this motorcycle however is a bit heavier. With its spacious ergonomics, on- and off-road tyres, generous suspension travel and capability of carrying luggage, the TRK 502 would be ideal for long-distance adventure touring. If this motorcycle falls in the expected price range of Rs 4-4.5 lakh, it would definitely be something to look forward to.

Expected launch date: Q2 2017
Expected price: Rs 5.5 lakh

DSK Benelli Leoncino

The Leoncino is Benelli’s version of a retro-styled scrambler that could make its way to India late in 2016. This model wasn’t unveiled at Auto Expo 2016, instead it was displayed at EICMA 2015 in Milan, Italy, with hints that it would make its way to India in the latter part of 2017.

The name ‘Leoncino’ means lion cub in Italian and can be traced back to Benelli’s small, light motorcycles from the 1950s. Despite its suave retro-styling, this motorcycle is completely modern. The front fender proudly displays a figure of the 'Lion of Pesaro', while the rest of the motorcycle designed with emphasis on the personality of a baby lion. It sports minimal bodywork, with a nice, flowing tank and a neat tail section.

The Leoncino will come with a steel-trellis frame that houses an all-new 500cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine that produces about 44hp of peak power and 45Nm of torque. It will come equipped with beefy 50mm USD front suspension that houses 320mm twin discs with four-piston calipers. The rear gets a laterally-mounted shock absorber (a modern Benelli trademark) and a 260mm single disc with two-pot calipers.

Hinting at its off-road capability are the large 19-inch rim upfront and a 17-inch one at the rear, shod with knobbly tyres. This is one motorcycle that shows a lot of promise in the fun department and we can only hope it gets here sooner.

Expected launch date: Q4 2017
Expected price: Rs 4.5 lakh

Yamaha MT-03

After Yamaha launched the brilliant YZF-R3, plans are now in order to introduce a naked version of the motorcycle, labelled the MT-03. There were expectations of the model being launched during the Auto Expo 2016 in Noida, but instead, Yamaha launched its larger sibling, the MT-09, which is brought here as a CBU unit.

The MT-03 will sport the same 321cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that is seen on the R3 that will churn out 41.4hp of power and 29.6Nm of torque. Essentially, most of the components from the R3 have been carried over, including the suspension, brakes, wheels and tyres. What will be completely fresh is the seating position. The MT-03 now has a wider and more upright handlebar.

It will, however, be on the compact side and sport an R3 derived, diamond frame. It is unclear whether ABS will be offered as an option on the MT-03, as it's still not available on the sportier YZF-R3. But if the R3 is anything to go by, we can expect the naked version of it to be just as fun to ride.

Expected launch date: 2017
Expected price: Rs 2.90 lakh

Tork Motorcycles T6X

Electric is the future, and the future is finally here. Tork Motorcycle, a Pune-based firm, is set to launch an electric motorcycle T6X that seems to tick all the right boxes. It will also be the first electric motorcycle to be manufactured and sold in India. Founded by mechanical engineer Kapil Shelke, his passion for racing has seen Tork Motorcycle participate in professional racing, including events like the coveted Isle of Man's TTXGP (electric motorcycle class) to the TT Zero Race. The Tork racing motorcycle even secured a podium on its debut appearance at the Isle of Man.

With the T6X, Tork plans to cater to the 125cc commuter bike buyers who are looking for something more premium. While the bike is expected to cost more than its immediate competition, the company claims that the lower running costs of the bike (a full recharge costs Rs 10-20) means that the additional expenses incurred will be easily recovered within a year of purchase.

Two charging stations have already been installed in Pune, and the company aims to set up a total of 100 stations by the time the bike is launched in the city. The company is working on a similar plan for other cities too, which is expected to be completed within a year of the bike's launch. The T6X is expected to deliver a maximum range of over 100km on a single charge, while top-speed has been limited to 85kph. Its Li-ion battery can reach 80 percent charge in one hour when plugged into a 15A source, and will attain full charge in two hours. It gets bespoke tyres developed by Ceat and features regenerative braking that charges the bike’s batteries upon decelerating. The bike is already ABS compatible, but initial models will make do without the safety feature.

The highlight of the T6X is its connectivity features. It will get a display with navigation and a Mirror Link-like interface which is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The bike was officially unveiled in October 2016 and Tork plans to launch the T6X early 2017.

Expected Launch Date: Q1 2017
Expected Price: Rs1.25 lakh

Yamaha FZ 200/250

Even before any official word of Yamaha’s MT-03's imminent arrival in India has come out, spy pictures of a new Yamaha bike undergoing testing have come to light. Now this unknown naked bike is distinctly a Yamaha and even seems to borrow some design cues from the MT-03. However, closer inspection reveals that this is an altogether different motorcycle. For one, the motor looks like an evolution of the 150cc air-cooled mill from the FZ16, but now is seen to be sporting an oil-cooler. This leads us to believe that this motor could be a 200cc or even a 250cc single-cylinder unit. This bump-up in cubic capacity will add another model in the company’s line-up and should form the perfect bridge from the existing 150cc motorcycle and the yet-to-arrive MT-03 (which we believe will come in as a CKD).

Apart from that, the tank and its extensions seem to be much larger than those from the FZ16, and the small headlight further accentuates its size. The short, stubby exhaust too seems to be a derivative of the one from the current Yamaha FZ16 series. The narrower swingarm and smaller brake discs seem to come from the current 150cc bike. The bike also sports a split seat setup much like the FZ16 v2.0, and gets wide, flat grab handles at the back. The spy pics of the test mule reveal a full-LCD instrument cluster, and LED headlight as well as LED tail lights. Beefy 41mm forks upfront and a monoshock at the back complete the setup.

Exact details of this bike aren’t known just yet, but it looks like Yamaha fans in India will be happy to see a new performance bike from the company, after most of its recent portfolio has been a sea of scooters and commuter motorcycles.

Expected Price: 1.5 lakh
Expected Release Date: Q2 2017

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

With such a vast and varied landscape in India, it’s about time manufacturers brought down some practical motorcycles that made these parts of the country accessible. After BMW, Honda and Suzuki unveiled their versions of small adventure tourers at EICMA 2016, Kawasaki decided to jump into the bandwagon with the Versys-X 300. The Versys family from Kawasaki will see a new addition to its adventure line-up. This new baby Versys will slot into the smaller end of the capacity range, with its older siblings already being a rather potent lot.

The Versys-X 300 shares its DOHC liquid-cooled 296cc parallel twin-engine platform with the Ninja 300 that puts down 39hp of maximum power and 27Nm of maximum torque. However, this engine will be wrapped in an all-new chassis with all-new body work. The seat looks plush and comfortable, and appears to have a very ‘sit-in’ riding position. This is complimented by the wide handlebars and a stubby but high windscreen.

Suspension duties are taken care of by a long-travel 41mm telescopic fork upfront and a Uni-Trak gas-charged monoshock at the rear, which should be more than sufficient for bad or dirt-road conditions. The instrument cluster offers a large analogue tachometer supported by two LCD screens that contain a digital gear indicator, dual trip-meters, distance to empty, current and average fuel consumption and eco-riding indicators.

There will be two accessory editions available besides the standard Versys-X. The Versys-X 300 Urban will have a tank pad, hand guards, a centre-stand and a 30-litre topbox, while the Versys-X 300 Adventure will come shod with a tank pad, tubular engine guard, a centre-stand and two 17-litre panniers. But we can expect these accessory additions to appear in India a little after the launch of the standard model.

Expected launch date: Q4 2017
Expected launch price: Rs 4 lakh (ex-showroom)

MV Agusta Brutale 800

Another Italian manufacturer known for its absolutely stunning designs, MV Agusta now has plans to release the Brutale 800 in India. It launched the F3, F4 and larger sibling of the Brutale 800, the Brutale 1090 earlier this year, which were available through the Motoroyale dealerships. The Brutale 800 was initially supposed to be launched towards the end of 2016, but plans have now been pushed towards the beginning of 2017.

The exposed steel-trellis frame, the flat elliptical headlight, the triple-end exhaust and the well-chiselled, muscular tank give it the brutal good looks that it derives its name from. The Brutale 800 will be brought to India as a CKD and assembled at the Kinetic Group’s plant in Pune.
Having ridden the Brutale 800 earlier, I can safely say that this model is definitely one for the enthusiasts. It will come equipped with a 798cc, in-line three-cylinder engine with a counter-rotating crankshaft that puts down about 116 horses and 83Nm of torque. The power delivery feels aggressive and towards the redline even up to the third gear it tends to send the front-end skyward.

The 43mm Marzocchi fork does a wonderful job of keeping things precise, while the rear Sachs shock absorber feels a little harsh going over bumps in a fast bend and tends to get the rear unsettled. Stopping power comes from the 320mm twin discs at the front and a 220mm one at the rear.

The Brutale 800 will be priced around Rs 13 lakh, making it the most affordable model in the MV Agusta range for India.

Expected launch date: Q1 2017
Expected price: Rs 13 lakh

Yamaha NMAX

Here's a good reason for scooter aficionados to rejoice. The NMAX was displayed at the Auto Expo in Noida, earlier this year. Yamaha plans to bring this stylish-looking maxi-scooter to India by the third quarter of 2016. It’s been available in Europe and Indonesia for a while now, and will now make its way to Indian shores.

Besides looking suave, this scooter from Yamaha comes equipped with a 155cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that uses Variable Valve Timing (VVT). It will also come with ABS and 13-inch tyres. Its small size, low weight and high-rigidity frame will ensure that this scooter is a sharp handler. If the NMAX comes to India with the same specifications as its Indonesian counterpart, it could command a price tag of around Rs 1 lakh.

Expected launch date: Q3 2017
Expected price: Rs 1 lakh

Honda PCX 150

The second maxi-scooter on this list, the Honda PCX 150, gathered its fair share of admirers at the Auto Expo earlier this year. The otherwise conservative HMSI broke this stereotype earlier this year when it launched the rather quirky Navi. It’s now time for another fun commuter from Honda to make its way into the Indian motorcycling scene, the PCX 150.

The PCX 150 is powered by a 153cc, low-friction, liquid-cooled engine that is fuel injected, and should have more than enough pep to make commuting quite a fun affair. It produces a peak power output of 13.3hp and peak torque of 13.7Nm. Its sleek design is reminiscent of the ‘Euro-scooter’ styling and it comes equipped with 14-inch rims that are significantly larger when compared to other scooters.

The PCX 150 even comes equipped with a 12-volt accessory adapter for charging personal electronic devices. There has been no exact confirmation on a launch date but sources close to the company say it can be expected in India somewhere around mid-July 2016.

Expected launch date: Q3 2017
Expected price: Rs 1 lakh

Vespa GTS 300

The Vespa GTS 300 was on display at the India Bike Week in Goa in early 2016 and should be making its appearance sometime near the end of 2017. As always, more power equals to more fun, so we can expect the 278cc engine on this scooter to provide loads of it.

This 278cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine is based on the QUASAR engine platform and churns out about 22hp of peak power and 22.3Nm of peak torque. To keep this power in check, the GTS 300 will be equipped with an array of electronics that could give some larger displacement motorcycles a complex; this includes ASR traction control and a two-channel ABS system. There will be a multimedia platform that can be accessed via an app on your phone that provides data about the trip and diagnostic readouts of the scooter.

The GTS 300 will come with an all-steel-body that Piaggio suggests, helps with the high-speed stability of the scooter. The ride quality should also be significantly good and this is thanks to a single-sided hydraulic shock-absorber up front and a twin-shock setup at the rear. Stopping power will come from 220mm discs at the front and rear that should really help keep the claimed top speed of 128kph in check.

With its typical Italian scooter styling and larger displacement engine (for a scooter), the Vespa GTS 300 will definitely be a hoot to ride. What will be slightly disheartening is the price which should be somewhere around Rs 5 lakh.

Expected launch date: Q4 2017
Expected price: Rs 5 lakh

New Aprilia SR scooter

In an interview with us, Steffano Pelle, MD and CEO of Piaggio India stated that the company plans to bring in another version of the SR scooter in the not-so-distant future. Keeping with the same theme while launching the SR 150, we can expect this new offering from the Aprilia stables to be quite aggressively priced as well.

A grey area, however, is which SR scooter Piaggio actually plans on bringing down. There’s the 50cc two-stroke versions that would have been immensely fun to ride, but may not meet up to the new emission norms as it is still only Euro-II compliant. Strangely enough, this version actually looks like a beefier version of the SR 150, with headlights that seem to be borrowed directly from Aprilia’s superbike offering, the RSV4.

On the other hand there’s the 125cc four-stroke SR Motard that was spotted earlier at a dealership in Bengaluru. In terms of styling it appears identical to the SR150, except for the 25cc change in the sticker badging on the rear quarter panel. There is a higher possibility of this version making it to our shores. It will share its engine with the Vespa 125 and give the Indian and Japanese manufacturers another typically Italian run for their money.

Expected launch date: Q1 2017
Expected price: Rs 60,000 (ex-showroom)

Kawasaki Z900

The Z900 may be an all-new machine, but it could also be a replacement for the brilliant Z800. This new Z900 from Kawasaki displays yet again a new headlight cluster in the ‘Z’ series. The front bikini fairing is all new, so is the tail section, and it even exhibits a new exhaust design.

The Z900 is powered by a new inline-four cylinder 948cc engine that is based on the Z1000 engine and makes 123.6hp of peak power. Kawasaki has developed an assist and slipper clutch to make action at the lever lighter and to help with excessive engine braking. Kawasaki says the engine offers linear power delivery with a noticeable kick after 6,000rpm. The engine has been equipped with a secondary balancer, driven on the sixth-web of the crankshaft, to reduce some of the excess vibrations.

Expected launch date: Q3 2017
Expected price: Rs 9 lakh (ex-showroom)

Kawasaki Z650

With the ER-6n starting to appear a bit dated on all fronts, the 2017 Z650 from Kawasaki will share its platform with the 2017 Ninja 650 and be a replacement for the older ER-6n. New styling brings the Z650 more in to line with the Sugomi styling of the naked Z class. The Z650 will share the same 649cc twin-cylinder engine as the Ninja 650, as well as the same new steel trellis frame that Kawasaki claims, weighs only 15kg.

The wide, flat handlebar gives the Z650 a more upright riding posture. Without the full fairing, the Z650 weighs 5kg less than the Ninja, with Kawasaki claiming a curb weight of 187kg for the Z (or 185kg without ABS), and a seat height of 790mm.

The Z650 also gets the Ninja’s assist and slipper clutch, 41mm telescopic fork and horizontal back-link rear shock. The 649cc parallel-twin engine will offer a smoother throttle response, better low-mid range torque and improved fuel economy.

Expected launch date: Q3 2017
Expected price: Rs 5.2 lakh (ex-showroom)

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