Upcoming new bikes for 2017

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: Q3 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

Hero 125cc scooter

The 125cc scooter market in India has seen a fair bit of growth in recent years with buyers increasingly choosing the higher engine capacity over the popular 100-110cc fare. Scooters like the Suzuki Access 125 and the Honda Activa have garnered decent sales figures and this nascent segment is set to grow even further. So it’s no wonder that even Hero MotoCorp wants to get a piece of that action. News has it that the company is working on its own version of a 125cc scooter which should arrive sometime this year.

This, of course, is not the first time that Hero has discussed a 125cc scooter. Back in the 2014 Auto Expo, the company had showed off a concept scooter called the Dare which was powered by a 125cc motor. At this point, however, there is absolutely no information on the scooter apart from the fact that the boffins at Hero’s CIT (Centre of Innovation and Technology) in Jaipur are hard at work getting it ready. But the Dare concept should be a good indication of what this scooter will be like. We expect that this scooter will hit the company’s showrooms in India by the end of the year.

Expected launch date: Q4 2017
Expected price: Rs 60,000

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