Top 6 upcoming bike launches in 2014
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.
KTM RC 390 – It seems most fun / popularity come out of machines whose names are actually abbreviations. KTM RC 390 is one of widely awaited performance bikes. Its not just a KTM DUKE 390 with a fairing, its a bike that is expected to draw focus from those who wanted to buy from a segment lower or even higher.
KTM RC390 will be beefier and more demanding than its naked version. It will offer better stability, exciting riding position and grab more eyeballs. Same single cylinder 373.2cc liquid cooled engine reading peak power of 43.5 PS and max. torque of 35 Nm on KTM RC 390 will push up to 175 kmph top speed.
Duke 390 being priced at approx. Rs 2.10 lakhs, upcoming KTM RC 390 could bear price tag of Rs 2.6 lakhs. More on KTM RC 390 here.
Yamaha R25 – Blasting response in Indonesia has kindled fans all around the globe. Bookings that shot through the roof have pushed export plans of Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM) who is the sole producer of Yamaha R25. Like Indian market, rest like Japanese, European and other ones neighbouring Indonesia would have to wait until year end or early 2015.
Inline 2 cylinder 249 cc engine with DOHC direct-drive camshaft and 4 valves produces 36 PS max. power @ 12,000 rpm and 22.1 Nm peak torque @ 10,000 rpm. Nicknamed baby M1, YZF R25 comes equipped with sporty dual head lights, air dam in the middle of same, R DNA type multi layer fairing, aluminium alloy wheels, split seats, tapered tail piece, LED stop lights, super sport speedometer, shift timing indicator light, mileage indicator, gear position indicator, oil change warning, trip and odo-meter, engine temperature reading, etc.
We know in the month of April R25 was shipped into India for Research & Development purposes by Yamaha, at declared value of Rs. 2,16,099. Whereas launch price of Yamaha R25 in Indonesia was approx. Rs. 2.71 lakhs. We expect the quarter litre sports bike to be priced at around Rs. 3.2 lakhs, brought via CBU route. More on Yamaha R25 here.
Honda CBR 300R – Unveiled at EICMA 2013, 300cc sports bike from Honda is being produced at Thailand plant. In India CBR 300R would be launched via CKD route. 1 unit of CBR 300R has already imported into the country for R&D purposes at declared value of 2.93 lakhs. Launch price should be competitive to that of Yamaha R25’s.
286cc engine producing 30.4 bhp maximum power at 8,500 rpm and 27 Nm peak torque at 7,250 rpm will be seen in Honda CBR 300R; more refined and efficient than the engine seen aboard the CBR 250R. CBR 300R is surprisingly lighter than CBR 250R by 8 kg, as a result of streamlined chassis and new exhaust system. Honda will tweak suspension of CBR 300R and add better tyres for efficient handling in Indian roads. Once launched, it will compete with aforementioned bikes like Yamaha R25, KTM RC 390, Mahindra Mojo 300. More on Honda CBR 300R here.