Upcoming new bikes for 2017

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 2017. 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

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)

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