Upcoming new bikes for 2017


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)

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