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

Honda Africa Twin

Honda’s latest adventure touring bike has been a long time coming. It was first unveiled to the Indian public at the 2016 Auto Expo when HMSI announced that it would be assembling the bike here in India. According to the top management in the company though, the Africa Twin is almost ready for launch and will land in India in July 2017. However, HMSI will only bring the DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) version of the bike to the country, with absolutely no word about the manual gearbox version. The CRF1000 L Africa Twin will be assembled at the company’s Manesar plant.

The Africa Twin is powered by a 998cc, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine and comes with two transmission options globally – a six-speed manual and a six-speed DCT. Renowned for its off-roading prowess, the Africa Twin is built on a semi-double cradle-type frame using high-tensile steel, has high ground clearance with a low seat height option and a long wheelbase. The electronics primarily include switchable anti-lock braking system and an advanced traction control system that comes with three modes.

Expected Launch date: July 2017
Expected price: Rs 13.8 lakh

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

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