There is a whole host of exciting motorcycles waiting to be launched in India in 2016 across different segments. We have compiled a list of top 10 upcoming bikes in 2016 that are worth waiting for (not necessarily in the same order). Good thing is, most of them would make their debut at the Auto Expo 2016 in February itself so the wait won’t be long.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
Royal Enfield’s eagerly awaited adventure tourer has been spied regularly and hence pretty much every vital detail except the pricing is out. To be powered by the company’s new 410 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine platform, the Himalayan‘s chassis is designed by the two wheeler maker’s subsidiary Harris Performance UK. The motorcycle is reported to employ a 5-speed transmission to develop 28 PS and 32 Nm of torque. It’s estimated to be priced below INR 2 lakh mark. Launch is expected in early 2016.
Bajaj Pulsar CS 400 / SS 400
Previewed by a near production concept at the previous edition of Auto Expo, the Pulsar CS 400 strikes a fine balance between power cruiser and sports tourer body styles. With its 373.2 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled KTM-derived mill, the flagship Pulsar will have no shortage of performance. With an ex-showroom price in the ballpark of INR 2 lakhs, the Pulsar CS 400 would be right in the middle of all the action. There is a good chance of the motorcycle launching by the end of this fiscal (by Q1 2016).
Apart from the Pulsar CS 400, there is also the Pulsar SS 400 which is expected to be launched this year. It will be powered by the same engine as seen on the CS 400, but design-wise, it will be based on the RS 200.
BMW G 310 R
Not only India, but the entire world is waiting to get its hands on the smallest Bimmer of the current lineup. The fact that it will be manufactured in India by TVS raises the curiosity level even further. The G 310 R packs a 313 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor which is tuned to deliver an impressive 34 PS and 28 Nm of torque. The pricing is expected to be in the same territory as the Himalayan and Pulsar CS 400. Indian debut is slated to take place at the Auto Expo before going on sale a few months later.
TVS’ version of BMW G 310 R
As per the BMW-TVS technology cooperation agreement, the G 310 R will spawn a TVS version which will be manufactured alongside. We have also learnt that both bikes will share the service infrastructure in India. The TVS counterpart is expected to feature a different styling while retaining the hardware. The Indian version would also be more affordable than its German sibling. Expect a mid-2016 launch.
TVS Apache RTR 200
The new Apache is another eagerly awaited two wheeler which has been spied consistently, both in India and Indonesia. The flagship Apache adopts street fighter body style inspired by the Draken concept. The 200 cc motor is said to be tuned to outperform the KTM Duke 200. The motorcycle is likely to be launched on January 20.
Suzuki Gixxer 250
Reports from Japan and India strongly indicate the existence of the Gixxer 250 (or GSX-R 250) in the two wheeler maker’s pipeline. Recently, a fully faired twin-cylinder motorcycle based on the Inazuma GW250 was spotted at Suzuki’s Chinese plant, strongly suggesting that it could be the product the internet is going crazy about. We will know for sure at the Auto Expo in February.
The HX250R is undoubtedly another interesting contender in the bustling 200-400 cc category. The motorcycle whose engineering was spearheaded by the now defunct Erik Buell Racing of USA boasts of very tempting numbers. The 249 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor belts out 31 hp and 26 Nm of torque. A light kerb weight of 136 kg is sure to spice up things. Having halted production of the Karizma series, the HX250R will have the sole responsibility of planting Hero’s flag in the fast growing premium segment. Expect it to be launched in the first half of 2016 with a price tag of around INR 1.5 lakhs (ex-showroom).
Benelli Tornado 302
The Tornado 302 which was unveiled at the EICMA 2015 earlier this year is essentially a fully-faired version of the TNT 300 with a tweaked engine. On board the new motorcycle, the 300 cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor generates 34.5 PS and 27 Nm of torque. Mated to a 6-speed gearbox, the motor is potent enough to achieve a top speed of 170 kmph. To be launched by June 2016, the Tornado 302 is estimated to be priced around INR 3 lakhs (ex-showroom).
Benelli TRK 502
If the RE Himalayan is too basic for your taste and the Triumph Tiger series is out of your budget, Benelli has the right product for you. Unveiled at the EICMA 2015, the TRK 502 is a quintessential adventure tourer albeit in a compact package. Powered by a brand new 499 cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor, the TRK 502 has on store 47.6 PS and 45 Nm of torque. The adv tourer is expected to be launched in the later part of 2016 as a CKD product. Expect it to be priced around INR 5 lakhs (ex-showroom).
Triumph Bonneville Street Twin
The recently unveiled new gen Triumph Bonneville series with the most affordable Street Twin variant is definitely worth waiting for. The British sportsbike maker has retained the retro classic appeal of the bike but practically developed the new model from scratch. The Street Twin is powered by a 900 cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor which churns out 80 Nm of torque. Standard equipment like ABS, ride-by-wire, slip-assist clutch, immobilizer, LED taillight, USB charging cable and switchable traction control make the Street Twin an extremely tempting sportsbike at an estimated ex-showroom price of INR 7.5 lakhs. Launch is expected in Q1 2016.