Upcoming new bikes for 2017

Triumph Street Triple 765 S/R/RS

For 2017, Triumph has updated its third-gen Street Triples. It is slated to hit the market soon. We just loved how much of a well-rounded and intuitive motorcycle the older model was.

The first thing you notice on the 2017 Street Triple is its slightly more purposeful stance. Gone is that bug-eyed, lovable face that we had gotten so used to seeing, and the new model has a slightly more sinister aura around it.

The highlight of the RS model is its electronics package. This highly extensive and customisable electronics suite is really going to change what's expected from a middle-weight naked motorcycle. It gets five riding modes (Road, Rain, Sport, Track and a programmable Rider mode) which get different throttle maps and varying levels of traction control. Even the amount of ABS intervention can be tuned as per your liking. So, it will cater to a wide range of riders with varying levels of skill and confidence.


The engine is derived from the Daytona's 675cc inline-triple but gets a bump of about 90cc and is now 765cc. This obviously results in an increase in power and torque, but nothing unmanageable. Although it puts out 123hp now, this engine is as user-friendly as before and encourages you to really wring that throttle open if the situation permits. The level of crispness and responsiveness delivered via the ride-by-wire throttle in Sport and Track mode is spot on.

The second-gen Street Triple was a lovely motorcycle, but this third-gen RS version is a game changer. The levels of agility, overall friendliness and electronics package are sure to make this a great motorcycle. It will make its way to India via a CKD route, so we can expect rather competitive pricing. However, India will first get the S and R versions, which will be followed by the sportier RS version.

Expected launch date: Q2 2017

KTM 390 Adventure

This is probably the most anticipated bike for the Indian market. Enthusiasts have been raving about getting an adventure version of the KTM 390 platform for the past few years and recent spy images of the bike have confirmed its existence. Not only that, Rajiv Bajaj himself revealed at a press conference that the bike’s design has already been finalised and we estimate it to actually come to India by the end of the year.

There are, of course, no official details about the bike at this point. But it's believed that it will be powered by the same 373cc, single-cylinder engine found on the RC and the Duke 390s. Also, it could utilise a revised version of the new two-piece trellis frame that will debut in the upcoming Dukes. However, based on the bike's intended function and spy images, this frame will likely be used in conjunction with beefier components like a sturdy box-frame swingarm, a different head-stock, wire-spoke wheels (in a 19"-17" configuration) and more suspension travel to handle off-road duties. Keeping in line with the bike's go-anywhere ability, also expect it to feature a strong skid plate under the engine as well as a high-mounted exhaust.

Expected launch date: late 2017
Expected price: Rs 3.0 lakh

SWM Gran Milano 440

SWM is a small Italian bike brand that will be brought to India by Kinetic Motorcycles’ Motoroyale division. SWM will start with three motorcycles in India. With retro-styled motorcycles becoming all the rage right now, its Gran Milano 440 could be an interesting proposition for the Indian market.
It is powered by a 445.3cc, single-cylinder, four-valve, SOHC, four-stroke, air- and oil-cooled motor that produces 29.9hp of power, and 36Nm of torque. In terms of dimensions, it gets a 1,416mm wheelbase, 2,082mm length, 724mm width, and 1,110mm height. The seat height is a decent 813mm and it gets 183mm of ground clearance. It weighs in at 145kg. This motorcycle will make its way to India via a CKD route; we expect the pricing to be competitive, in the Rs 2.5-3.5 lakh range.

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