Top 6 upcoming bike launches in 2014
Here we compile information on top 6 upcoming bike launches this year that will be worth waiting. List includes all-new motorcycles from popular manufacturers like Yamaha, Honda, KTM, Bajaj and Mahindra in the form of YZF R25, CBR 300R, RC 390, Pulsar 200 SS, Discover 150 S and Mojo 300 respectively.
Bajaj Pulsar 200 SS – Spied testing few times, this long awaited Pulsar family member is expected to launch by Diwali festive season. Strongly resembling Pulsar 400 SS showcased at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, Pulsar 200 SS will be first ever full faired bike from Bajaj. Features such as projector headlamps, clip-on handle bars, steel braided brake lines and LED tail lights would make way into Pulsar 200 SS.
Same 199.5cc single cylinder liquid cooled triple spark 4 valve engine with fuel injection technology as seen in Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS will power Pulsar 200 SS. Maximum power of 23.5 PS @ 9,500 rpm and peak torque of 18.3 Nm @ 8,000 rpm is produced by the engine. Price of Bajaj Pulsar 200 SS is expected to start at around Rs. 1.20 lakhs (for non-ABS variant). Chances of hurting sales of Yamaha R15 and Honda CBR 250 bikes are good. More on Bajaj Pulsar 200 SS here.
Bajaj Discover 150 – Commuter segment largely defined by 100cc and 125cc bikes all get a new premium daily bike in the form of Bajaj Discover 150. The second largest motorcycle maker in India is in the works of merging entry level performance bikes (starting at 150cc) space and commuter motorcycle segment to make an upmarket product, the Discover 150. This is helped by well established branding of Discover nameplate and tried and trusted 150cc engine in Pulsar. Topic of engine is still speculative; one in Pulsar produces 15 PS and 12.5 Nm.
New Discover 150 S can be easily mistaken for Discover ST if you’re not looking for it as styling is apparently Ctrl+Ved. Noticeable difference would be full black finish on 150 S, along with regular 150cc segment tyre – MRF 100/90-17 at the back and mostly 2.75″ x 17 on front. Other equipment like front forks, rear monoshock, alloy wheels, front dome / visor, instrument cluster, fuel tank, side panel, rear fairing and the like look shared as well.
Discover 150 S has reached showrooms already, hence launch is expected in a few days. However, what could be Discover 150 F (F for faired) that was spied earlier with partial fairing, would be launched later this year. More on Bajaj Discover 150 here.
Mahindra Mojo – Originally slated for launch in early 2011, what was supposed to be head turner disappeared from news radar and was believed to be dismantled for good. Recent spy shots confirmed resurrection of Mojo project, and Mahindra recently indicated that Mojo 300 will launch by end of this year.
295cc liquid cooled, four stroke, single cylinder engine with Dual Over Head Camshaft (DOHC) on Mahindra Mojo produces 27 bhp maximum power at 8,000 rpm and 25 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm, coupled to a 6 speed transmission. Twin mufflers on either side of rear wheels still not found in any of rivals-to-be is a key highlight.
Further features like remote key fob with LED torch, follow me home headlamps, find me lamps, anti-theft alarm and engine immobiliser as seen in Mahindra Centuro could be offered with Mojo 300 as well, to add to list of segment-first list. It is hard to predict market reception for Mahindra Mojo 300 as competitors have serious fan following and rather simple USPs while Mahindra is yet to form a solid image among young / present generation biking enthusiasts. More on Mahindra Mojo 300 here.