Upcoming new bikes for 2017

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: Q4 2017
Expected price: Rs 2.2 lakh

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)

Benelli BX 250

Benelli first showed off the BX 250 Motard in India at the 2016 Auto Expo as a potentially India-bound motorcycle. Fast forward to a little over a year and now we have an indication that this bike is all set to hit our shores sometime in 2017. This BX 250 is powered by a 250cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine which it will share with the TNT25. This means that we can expect power output on the lines of 25-28hp, depending on what tune DSK Benelli decides to go with for the bike. Now while that might not seem like a lot of power, the fact that it weighs a scant 132kg should ensure some peppy performance.

The BX 250 also gets a steel tubular frame with chunky looking upside down forks up front. The rear gets a linked monoshock setup. Based on the images of the bike, it looks like it has ample ground clearance and suspension travel. The bike also gets an upright riding position and its ‘motard’ setup should be an absolute boon on the appalling state of roads in India. However, this is not to be confused with an adventure touring bike such as the Royal Enfield Himalayan or the upcoming KTM 390 Adventure. The BX 250 gets 17” alloy wheels at both ends and street tyres, which will limit any riding shenanigans to the tarmac unless one swaps out the wheels and tyres to more off-road suitable ones.

The BX 250 is on the cards for India for a launch sometime by the end of the year.

Expected launch date: Q4 2017
Expected price: Rs 2.5 lakh

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