Bike enthusiasts in India should gear up for a fast paced year ahead. With an impressive list of motorbikes being launched in the Indian market, the coming days look anything but dull. So if you have been thinking or saving up for that dream motorbike of yours, this might be the year when you finally get it. Here's a list of 5 such motorbikes which are sure to redefine the Indian automotive scene.
1. TVS-BMW G310R
Expected to be available in the Indian market somewhere around Q4 of 2016, the G310R from BMW is definitely one of the most awaited motorbikes this year. The design of this low displacement compact roadster, the smallest-capacity motorbike of the German bike maker, is inspired by the BMW S1000R and has an athletic stance. With a 313 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine and electronic fuel injection system powering this motorbike, its engine delivers an output of 33.5bhp at 9,500rpm, and maximum torque of 28Nm at 7,500 rpm, mated to a six-speed gearbox.
2. Benelli Tornado 302
Rumored to be launched sometime mid-year, this version of TNT 300 is built on a trestle frame and is powered by an in-line to-cylinder four-stroke four valve DOHC engine. No wonder it has an output of 36bhp at 12,000rpm and 27Nm at 9,000 rpm with a six-speed transmission and a top speed of 170kmph.
The other noteworthy features include the 41 mm upside-down forks in the front, mono-suspension in the back, 14Ltr fuel tank, twin 260 mm floating discs with four piston caliper front brake and 240 mm disc with single piston caliper rear brake. Its eye-catching design combined with raw power is set to awe the market.
3. Royal Enfield Himalayan
A motorbike in perfect harmony with the terrain, the Royal Enfield Himalayan, is all set to make its debut after undergoing rigorous tests over the past few months. With a fatter rear tyre, a petrol tank similar to the Continental GT and an upswept exhaust, the Himalayan is powered by a 410cc single cylinder oil-cooled engine and is rumored to develop 24bhp of power and 35Nm of torque.
4. UM Renegade Cruiser Range
UM motorcycle plans to enter the Indian market this year with the Renegade range. The three offerings, Sport S, Classic and Commando have a 279cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine mated to a 6-speed transmission generating a power of 26.2bhp at 8,600rpm with a peak torque of 22.7Nm at 6,300rpm.
5. Hero HX250R
A quarter litre sportsbike, the Hero HX250R has a single cylinder 249cc engine that has an output of 31 bhp @9000 rpm. This motorbike, developed in association with Erik Buell Racing and claims to reach speeds of 100 km within 0-8 sec.