Best motorcycles, scooters of 2018 – Royal Enfield 650 to Jawa

Two wheeler launches in India over the year included some performance, cafe racers and roadsters.

The year 2018 brought in a treat for two wheeler enthusiasts in the country. A series of new scooters and motorcycles were launched, each of which sported outstanding features and boasted of excellent performance. These bikes were also seen to be affordably priced and well within the budget of majority of buyers in the country. The list of 10 such two wheelers are detailed below:

Jawa Classic – The motorcycle brand was re-introduced in India by Classic Legends, a subsidiary of Mahindra. The brand rolled out a range of Classic, Sport and Bobber style motorcycles called Jawa, Jawa 42 and Jawa Perak. Borrowing styling from its predecessors, the Jawa 300 and Jawa 42 have been launched in India while the Jawa Perak will follow sometime in year 2019.

Priced at Rs 1.55 lakh for the Forty Two, Rs 1.64 lakh for the Jawa and Rs 1.89 lakh for the Perak, the first two Jawas share a 300cc single cylinder engine offering 27 bhp power and 28 Nm torque which is BS VI compliant and mated to a 6 speed gearbox. The Perak is powered by a 334cc engine offering 30 bhp power and 31 Nm torque and also mated to a 6 speed gearbox.

BMW G310 GS – The BMW G310 GS is an off roader which is seen with minimal body work, a sleek profile and upright riding position. It gets mounts to fit pannier on its tail and carries forward its adventurous stance with a fully digital instrument cluster. Suspension is via upside down front forks and rear monoshocks while braking is handled by 300mm disc in the front and 240mm disc at the rear. The BMW G310 GS is powered by a 313 cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke engine offering 34 bhp power at 9,000 rpm and 28.4 Nm torque at 7,500 rpm mated to a 6 speed gearbox. Price Rs.3.49 lakhs.

Image – BMW India dealer

Hero Xtreme 200R – Hero Xtreme 200R is the first performance bike from the company with a plan to offer more such performance bikes in the future. Xtreme 200R boasts of an aggressive design theme. It is offered with single channel ABS and gets an analog tachometer and digital instrument cluster. It is powered by a 199.6cc single cylinder, air cooled, 2 valve engine offering 18.1 bhp power at 8,000 rpm and 17.1 Nm torque at 6,500 rpm mated to a 5 speed gearbox claiming a top speed of 114 kmph. Price Rs 89,900.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 – Along with the Continental GT 650, Royal Enfield also introduced the Interceptor 650. Both the bikes are similar in features but while the Continental GT 650 sports a café racer design, the Interceptor 650 boasts of a roadster design. Positioned on a dual cradle, tubular steel frame designed and developed by Harris Performance, the Interceptor 650 is powered by the same engine as the Continental GT 650 and the two bikes also share conventional 41mm telescopic front forks and twin shock absorbers at the rear. Braking is via 320mm disc in the front and 240mm disc at the rear while both bikes receive dual channel ABS as standard and ride on 18” wire spoked wheels. Price Rs.2.50 lakhs.

Continental GT has found fewer buyers as compared to INT 650.

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 – Following its official debut at the 2017 EICMA Show, the Continental GT 650 was one of the company’s new offerings in India during the past year. It boasts of a café racer design with clip on handle bars, low seat height, a large fuel tank and rounded headlamps. The Continental GT 650 is powered by a 648cc, parallel twin cylinder, air and liquid cooled engine offering 47 bhp power at 7,250 rpm and 52 Nm torque at 5,250 rpm mated to a 6 speed gearbox. The bike is capable of a top speed of 160 kmph. Price Rs.2.65 lakhs.

Hero Destini 125 – Hero MotoCorp brought in this new 125cc scooter as a late entrant into the 125 cc scooter segment in the country and is the first scooter in India to feature the idle start-stop system. The Destini 125 has been completely developed in-house at Hero MotoCorp’s Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur. It receives a similar design as seen on the Hero Duet 125 concept at the 2018 Auto Expo and sports a part digital and part analog speedometer. It gets USB charging port, boot light and an external fuel filler cap while fitted with i3S technology enhances its efficiency. Hero Destini 125 is powered by a 124cc engine offering 8.7 bhp power at 6,750 rpm and 10.2 Nm torque at 5,000 rpm mated to a CVT gearbox. Price Rs.54,650.

Suzuki Burgman Street 125 – The first of its kind maxi scooter in India, the Suzuki Burgman Street 125 gets loaded with features. It receives a bulky stance, sits on 14” wheels and gets a 5.6 liter fuel tank capacity. Sharing its underpinnings with the Access 125, the Burgman Street 125 gets large headlamps, LED tail lamps, a long seat and a fully digital instrument cluster. Its features also include a 12V charging socket, tubeless tyres, multi function key slot and disc brake at front. Suzuki Burgman Street 125 is powered by a 124cc air cooled engine offering 8.6 bhp power at 7,000 rpm and 10.2 Nm torque at 5,000 rpm mated to a CVT automatic gearbox and claiming fuel efficiency of 53 kmpl. Price Rs.68,000

Kawasaki Ninja 400 – Kawasaki Ninja 400 is a new gen performance bike borrowing design cues from the larger Ninjas. It gets new LED headlamps, H2 inspired chin spoiler and split seats along with LED tail lamps. Suspension is via telescopic forks in the front and mono shocks at the rear while it is powered by a 399cc parallel twin engine offering 48.3 bhp power at 10,000 rpm and 38 Nm torque at 8,000 rpm mated to a 6 speed gearbox. The Ninja 400 also gets new bore and stroke measurements, an updated intake and exhaust system and lighter slip and assist clutch. Price Rs. 4.69 lakhs.