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Upcoming new bikes for 2017

6th Oct 2017 11:13 am

Motorcycle enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to. We take you through the list of expected launches.

Triumph Speed Triple S

Speaking to Autocar India at the launch of the Street Triple 765 S, Triumph India MD Vimal Sumbly said 2017 would be the year for roadsters from the company. This is not only a clear nod to the top-spec variant of the Street Triple 765, the RS, coming to India shortly, but hints at the larger-engined and recently-updated Speed Triple range landing here in the near future.

Near the end of 2015, Triumph took the wraps off an updated version of its big-boy roadster, the Speed Triple. This new bike is essentially powered by the same 1050cc, inline-three-cylinder motor as the outgoing model, but with some internal updates such as a new cylinder head and new pistons. It now produces 140hp of peak power and 112Nm of peak torque, up by 13hp/7Nm. Other mechanical additions include a slip-assist clutch and a ride-by-wire throttle; the latter allows for five different ride modes. The bike does have a switchable traction control system, though it remains a bit more rudimentary compared to some of the more modern systems.

Triumph Speed Triple S

This new Speed Triple is still a little on the portlier side, with a dry weight of 192kg, making it nearly 30kg heavier than the Street Triple 765. While it’s not going to set any lap records, its reputation as a hooligan, which it has crafted over the years, is secure. Suspension is a Showa fully-adjustable affair (for the base Speed Triple S) with upside down forks at the front and a monoshock at the back. Braking at the front comes from two 320mm rotors, clamped on by Brembo radially-mounted 4-piston monobloc callipers, while there’s a single, 255mm disc with a Nissin 2-piston callipers at the back. Switchable ABS is offered as standard.

The previous-generation Speed Triple, which was part of the company’s original line-up for India but has since been discontinued, came here as a CKD and was last priced at Rs 11.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). We expect that the new Speed Triple will cost roughly the same, although you can expect to pay more for the Speed Triple R which gets lots of carbon-fibre bits and more capable, fully adjustable Ohlins suspension.

Expected launch date: Q4 2017
Expected price: Rs 12 lakh

Kawasaki Vulcan S

Kawasaki’s Vulcan S is a modern looking cruiser, whose engine is based on the successful Ninja 650, which is already on sale here in India. The Vulcan S has a low-seat height to ensure comfort as Kawasaki even offers a customisable seating posture, digi-analogue instruments console and even has adjustable rider foot pegs. Its silencer is neatly placed under the engine but is visible clearly. The Kawasaki Vulcan S is powered by a 649cc, four-stroke, parallel twin, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected power plant. It produces 60.2bhp at 7,500rpm and 6.4kgm at 6,600rpm. The Vulcan S is equipped with an eco meter, indicating when efficiency is at its highest. It weighs 225kg without ABS and 228kg when equipped with the anti-lock braking feature. The Vulcan S is expected to be brought here via the CKD route. Estimated price for the Vulcan S is Rs 6 lakh and will compete against other capable cruisers on sale here such as the Harley-Davidson Street 750.

Kawasaki Vulcan S

Expected launch date: Q4 2017
Expected launch price: Rs 6 lakh

Yamaha YZF-R3 – BS4 model

Yamaha R3

While the R3 was taken off the shelves recently, it will be launched again in its BS-IV avatar. The R3 can be described as Yamaha’s take on the quarter-litre, twin-cylinder, sports bike. Its 321cc, parallel-twin motor gets four valves per cylinder and puts out a healthy 42hp of peak power, while peak torque is 29.6Nm. Unlike its competitor, the Kawasaki Ninja, this has been geared for great pull even at mid-range rpm and doesn’t need to be constantly revved to make it really go. On top of that, the R3 hasn’t been designed to be an out-and-out, track-attack machine like the KTM RC 390 and sports a comfortable seating position as well as a softer suspension. These factors make it a great bike, whether you’re riding in the city, cruising on the highway or even carving up some corners in the twisties. What brings down an otherwise fabulous machine is the lack of ABS and a selection of rather mediocre MRF tyres that don’t do justice to the bike’s handling characteristics. While ABS is offered on the Euro-IV R3 for American and European markets, it is unclear whether ABS will be offered on the Indian bike.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

At the Milan motorcycle show (EICMA) in 2016, Husqvarna showed off the production versions of the KTM 390-based Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401. We reported that the production of these bikes had started at the Bajaj plant a little while back, and we expect the road-oriented Vitpilen to be launched in India later in 2017.

The Vitpilen is the cafe racer version of the 401 and shares its mechanical components with the KTM 390 Duke. It is powered by the same 43.5hp 373cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder motor, which is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. It also gets the new trellis frame (with its bolt-on sub frame) from the 2017 KTM Duke 390. The front gets a 43mm WP upside down fork and the rear, a WP monoshock --the same fare as the KTM. And even the Bybre brakes are carried over with the front getting a 320mm disc with 4-piston radial caliper, while the rear makes due with a 230mm disc and a single piston caliper. Bosch's 9.11MB dual channel ABS is standard as well.

Visually, however, this bike deviates quite dramatically from the Duke, sporting a chunky fuel tank with a short seat. The short seat design is achieved by using a much shorter sub-frame compared to the KTMs. Other Husqvarna design touches include a distinctive round headlight and round instrument cluster. True to its cafe racer styling, the Vitpilen gets low-slung clip-on handlebars, and its 17" wire spoke wheels are shod with road-going tyres.

Expected launch date: Q3 2017
Expected launch price: Rs 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom)

BMW G310 R

The successful mid-displacement street-naked segment is sure to heat up with the arrival of BMW Motorrad’s G310 R. BMW has played it safe with the styling of the G310 R and strayed away from the general quirkiness that can be seen on its bigger displacement models. The KTM Duke 390 will finally have some competition in this segment. BMW also plans to follow KTM’s 'Make in India' policy and manufacture the G310 R here in collaboration with TVS and then export it to other countries.

The G310 R will come armed with a 313cc, single-cylinder engine with twin overhead camshafts that puts down 33.6hp of power, and weighs just 158kg. Of course, figure-wise, this doesn’t seem to stray into the 390 Duke territory except for the price point of Rs 2.2 lakh. But the fresh engine layout should make things quite interesting; the G310 R will come with a reversed-cylinder design that slopes towards the rear wheel, instead of the conventional engine layout. This would allow for a more compact motorcycle with more evenly distributed weight and a lower centre of gravity. The upside of this layout creates space for a longer rear swing-arm, while keeping the wheelbase relatively short to make it a more manoeuvrable motorcycle.

If BMW manages to replicate the same levels of refinement and finish found on the larger displacement motorcycles, we can expect the G310 R to be a great all-round. It is set to get 41mm USD forks up front, a mono-shock at the rear, and a 300mm disc with a four-piston caliper at the front. That’s plenty of motorcycle for the price.

Expected launch date: Q4 2017
Expected price: Rs 2.2 lakh (ex-showroom)

BMW G310 GS

BMW finally took the wraps off the adventure-touring version of the naked G310R at EICMA 2016. Like its naked sibling, the G310 GS has been developed by BMW Motorrad in Germany and will be built at TVS's plant in Hosur, India. The company plans to launch the G310 R first, sometime in March 2017, which will pave the way for the G310 GS model that will follow a few months down the line.

The baby GS inherits its family styling, with the stubby front beak, radiator shrouds, headlamp cowl and tank design. It gets a tubular steel frame, and cast five-spoke wheels. It is powered by a 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine, with four valves and a reversed DOHC cylinder head. It gets a six-speed manual transmission that will be tweaked to suit its adventure-touring nature. The engine will churn out 34hp of power and 28Nm of torque. At 169.5kg, ready to ride, it's not the lightest dual-purpose out there, but it won't be particularly heavy either.

It gets gold, upside-down 41mm forks, which have 49mm more travel than the G310R’s. However, it is non-adjustable, while the rear monoshock does boast adjustable preload. ABS will come as standard, as well as a decently-equipped LCD dash. In addition, it will also have a host of official accessories to choose from, including 12-volt power sockets, heated grips, two seat-height options (820mm and 850mm), luggage kits, a centre stand, satellite navigation and smartphone solutions.

Expected launch date: Q4 2017
Expected launch price: Rs 2.8 lakh (ex-showroom)

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

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

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

Tork Motorcycles T6X

Electric is the future, and the future is finally here. Tork Motorcycle, a Pune-based firm, is set to launch an electric motorcycle T6X that seems to tick all the right boxes. It will also be the first electric motorcycle to be manufactured and sold in India. Founded by mechanical engineer Kapil Shelke, his passion for racing has seen Tork Motorcycle participate in professional racing, including events like the coveted Isle of Man's TTXGP (electric motorcycle class) to the TT Zero Race. The Tork racing motorcycle even secured a podium on its debut appearance at the Isle of Man.

With the T6X, Tork plans to cater to the 125cc commuter bike buyers who are looking for something more premium. While the bike is expected to cost more than its immediate competition, the company claims that the lower running costs of the bike (a full recharge costs Rs 10-20) means that the additional expenses incurred will be easily recovered within a year of purchase.

Two charging stations have already been installed in Pune, and the company aims to set up a total of 100 stations by the time the bike is launched in the city. The company is working on a similar plan for other cities too, which is expected to be completed within a year of the bike's launch. The T6X is expected to deliver a maximum range of over 100km on a single charge, while top-speed has been limited to 85kph. Its Li-ion battery can reach 80 percent charge in one hour when plugged into a 15A source, and will attain full charge in two hours. It gets bespoke tyres developed by Ceat and features regenerative braking that charges the bike’s batteries upon decelerating. The bike is already ABS compatible, but initial models will make do without the safety feature.

The highlight of the T6X is its connectivity features. It will get a display with navigation and a Mirror Link-like interface which is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The bike was officially unveiled in October 2016 and Tork plans to launch the T6X early 2017.

Expected Launch Date: Q3 2017
Expected Price: Rs 1.25 lakh

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

With such a vast and varied landscape in India, it’s about time manufacturers brought down some practical motorcycles that made these parts of the country accessible. After BMW, Honda and Suzuki unveiled their versions of small adventure tourers at EICMA 2016, Kawasaki decided to jump into the bandwagon with the Versys-X 300. The Versys family from Kawasaki will see a new addition to its adventure line-up. This new baby Versys will slot into the smaller end of the capacity range, with its older siblings already being a rather potent lot.

The Versys-X 300 shares its DOHC liquid-cooled 296cc parallel twin-engine platform with the Ninja 300 that puts down 39hp of maximum power and 27Nm of maximum torque. However, this engine will be wrapped in an all-new chassis with all-new body work. The seat looks plush and comfortable, and appears to have a very ‘sit-in’ riding position. This is complimented by the wide handlebars and a stubby but high windscreen.

Suspension duties are taken care of by a long-travel 41mm telescopic fork upfront and a Uni-Trak gas-charged monoshock at the rear, which should be more than sufficient for bad or dirt-road conditions. The instrument cluster offers a large analogue tachometer supported by two LCD screens that contain a digital gear indicator, dual trip-meters, distance to empty, current and average fuel consumption and eco-riding indicators.

There will be two accessory editions available besides the standard Versys-X. The Versys-X 300 Urban will have a tank pad, hand guards, a centre-stand and a 30-litre topbox, while the Versys-X 300 Adventure will come shod with a tank pad, tubular engine guard, a centre-stand and two 17-litre panniers. But we can expect these accessory additions to appear in India a little after the launch of the standard model.

Expected launch date: Q4 2017
Expected launch price: Rs 4 lakh (ex-showroom)

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

Triumph Street Triple 765 S/R/RS

For 2017, Triumph has updated its third-gen Street Triples. We’ve already had the Street Triple S launch here, but the R and RS version will be here 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.

Royal Enfield – Parallel-Twin engine motorcycle

The fact that Royal Enfield has been working on a parallel twin-motor has been known for quite a while. Spy images of the Continental GT test mule sporting the engine was spotted in the UK in 2016. However, very recently, what looked like the production version of the Continental GT café-racer with a parallel twin engine was also spotted, along with a more street-oriented version.

This air-cooled, parallel-twin engine gets a two-into-two exhaust and overhead cams. It maintains most of the styling cues and mechanical bits of the Continental GT series, modified suitably to accommodate the larger engine. While the original test mule seemed to be fitted with carburettors, the latest one is likely to be fuel-injected, considering that the final bike – when launched in India and the UK – will have to comply with the more stringent BS-IV and Euro-IV norms, respectively.

The spy images reveal a few other changes as compared to the current 535cc Continental GT, such as the more traditional stalk-mounted mirrors and a longer wheelbase.

Expected launch date: late 2017
Expected price: Rs 4.0 lakh

Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0

Yamaha was the first company to really set the ball of small-capacity, affordable supersport bikes rolling in India with the launch of the YZF-R15. The original bike carved out a niche for itself in the market quite easily but was later overtaken by stiff competition. Yamaha tried to correct this with the R15 v2.0. However, barring interest from ardent fans, its numbers haven’t been able to keep up with some of the other performance bikes which have been launched since.

The V3.0 of the R15 certainly looks a lot more interesting and gets a host of upgrades which should keep the bike relevant going forward. Apart from the sharpened design, which pays homage to the previous generation R6 and the current-gen R3, it also gets a brand new motor. The engine is a 155cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected unit with a wider bore and higher compression ratio compared to the 149cc unit from the current R15. The power output is 19.3hp at 10,000rpm and peak torque is 14.7Nm at 8,500rpm. It also gets Yamaha’s Variable Valve Actuation Technology which should improve torque at lower rpm and improve power delivery as the revs climb.


The R15 V3.0 will, as before, be built on a steel twin-par frame, with a newly-designed aluminium swingarm. It also gets upside-down telescopic forks up front and a swingarm-mounted monoshock at the rear. The bike revealed in Indonesia was fitted with a 100/80-17MC 52P tyre and 282mm disc brake in the front and a 140/70-17MC 66S tyre and 220mm disc brake round the back.

Expected launch date: Q3 2017
Expected price: Rs 1.5 lakh

SWM Superdual T/X

Another segment gathering steady momentum in India right now is the Adventure Tourer segment, which explains why SWM will also get the Superdual T/X here. It gets a 600cc, single-cylinder, four-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled motor that makes a healthy 57hp of peak power, although SWM also offers a lesser power version that makes 47.5hp. This motor is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

It has a dual-cradle frame made of steel pipes with a lightweight alloy subframe. In the front, the Superdual gets chunky 45mm upside-down forks which offer rebound adjustment, while at the rear, the bike is suspended on a Sachs monoshock which is fully adjustable for preload, compression, as well as rebound. Suspension travel is a plentiful 210mm at the front and 270mm at the rear, making it ideal at handling bumpy and broken roads.

It also offers a fair amount of ground clearance at 180mm, however, that does make the saddle height extremely tall at 898mm, even besting that of a lot of full-sized adventure touring bikes. Overall length, width and height are 2,240mm, 905mm and 1,240mm, respectively, while wheelbase is 1,510mm. Dry weight is kept to a fairly light 169kg and the Superdual gets an 18-litre fuel tank.

The T version gets 19-inch front and the 17-inch rear wire-spoke wheels, while the X version gets 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wire-spoke ones. Braking comes via a single 300mm disc at the front and a 22mm disc at the rear. Both front and rear brake calipers are floating type and equipped with off-road ABS.

This is a motorcycle that could show a lot of promise for the Indian market if Motoroyale gets the pricing right. So far it has been mentioned that this bike could be priced under Rs 5.5 lakh. If that is the case or Motoroyale manages to price it even lower, this motorcycle has the potential to sell in India.

SWM Silver Vase

The Silver Vase is a retro scrambler-type motorcycle made by SWM and based on the same 440 platform as the Gran Milano. It is powered by the same 445.3cc, single-cylinder, SOHC, four-stroke, air- and oil-cooled engine that the Gran Milano gets. With electronic fuel injection, this short-stroke motor makes 29.9hp of peak power. Drive is sent to the rear wheel through a five-speed manual gearbox.

The Silver Vase is a fairly compact motorcycle that’s 2,142mm in length, 1,170mm in height and has a maximum width of 813mm. Wheelbase is a relatively tight 1,441mm. At 191mm, it offers ample ground clearance, yet still manages to keep saddle height at a fairly low 820mm. It has a dry weight of just 151kg and, just like the Gran Milano, offers a massive fuel tank with 23.5 litres of capacity.

The Silver Vase’s frame is single-tube double-cradle, made from high-strength steel, and sports 43mm conventional telescopic forks up front and dual shock absorbers at the back. Wheel travel is 125mm and 99mm at the front and back, respectively.

It gets a single 260mm disc brake at the front and a 220mm disc at the back, which are made in China. It does miss out on the larger brakes from Brembo that are seen on the Gran Milano; this is quite evident and these brakes really do fall short. Wheel sizes are 19-inch and 17-inch at the front and rear, respectively, and the Silver Vase is equipped with 100/90 and 130/80 size tyres.

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