In the year 2017, several two wheelers have launched so far from automatic scooters, entry level performance bikes to one of the most anticipated adventure tourers in India. And these bikes which have launched this year have going to game changers in their respective changes.
The note worthy launches this year has the 250 cc Yamaha FZ25 for one, the Bajaj Dominar, the new Triumph Street Triple S, and the Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin. The list doesn’t end here. The top two wheeler launches of 2017 in India so far is below.
2017 top two wheeler launches in India:
Bajaj Pulsar NS200:
The bike has re launched with an updated styling and body graphics. This bike isn’t a new brand launch. Earlier it has called as 200NS and discontinued in the year 2015 just when sales and interest in the NS have starting to pick up.
With a new body graphics, this year Bajaj decided to spruce it up and an engine cowl. And a slightly different twist to the name by re launching the bike as the new Bajaj Pulsar NS200. The bike is a superb entry level performance bike with the 199.5 cc engine making 23.5 bhp and 18.3 Nm.
The bike has priced at Rs 96,749.
Bajaj Dominar is the second most significant launch from the Bajaj this year. The dominar offers a different kind of motorcycle in this segment with muscular, sculpted looks, a long wheelbase and a 373 cc engine borrowed from the KTM 390 Duke.
The bike offers a power cruiser that looks faintly reminiscent of the Ducati Diavel. The flagship motorcycle and the engine have returned with a different map. Hence the output is down to 34.5 bhp and 35 Nm.
Exactly just not a hi-performance single cylinder street bike and at 185 kg kerb weight and it isn’t quite light as well. But for effortless high-speed highway cruising the Dominar has enough grunt and for the daily commute.
The price of the bike is of Rs 1.39 lakh.
Bajaj Pulsar NS160:
In the design of the Pulsar 150, there have no changes for 2017, but Bajaj Auto also decided to introduce the Pulsar NS160 in India by offering a slightly more premium offering in the 150-160 cc motorcycle space. From its elder sibling, the Pulsar NS200, Bajaj Pulsar NS160 borrows the same styling but have a smaller 110 section rear tyre, thinner swingarm and an engine derived from the now discounted Pulsar AS150.
The bike comes with 160.3 cc single cylinder, four valve engine that makes 15.2 bhp at 8500 rpm and 14.6 Nm of peak torque at 6500 rpm with a five-speed transmission.
The Pulsar NS160 offers an excellent commuter, and the gear acceleration is good with the torque engine requiring fewer gear changes in traffic.
The Pulsar NS160 priced at Rs 78,368.
The Yamaha FZ25 is the India most important launch of the year. From the Yamaha India, it has the first quarter litre motorcycle and offers a bike with stylish looks, a refined engine and excellent ride and handling.
It provides a perfect commuter, and the Yamaha FZ25 is not quite the street hooligan with enough power for the occasional long distance ride. And from the 150 cc Yamaha FZ-s, the FZ25 looks don’t quite stray, and in fact, it feels like a slightly bigger and more mature version of the FZ.
The Yamaha FZ25 has priced at Rs 1.19 lakh.
2017 KTM 390 Duke:
In India, the Austrian motorcycle brand KTM had updated its flagship naked, the KTM 390 Duke. With several new features, the 2017 KTM 390 Duke comes and an all new design including a new LED headlamp. It also includes new decals and different ergonomics, including a taller seat height and a larger fuel tank.
The 373 cc engine remains same and makes the same output of 43 bhp and 37 Nm. But, these have the ride by wire, updated suspension and a larger, 320mm front disc brake.
The bike comes for Rs 2.25 lakh.
KTM 250 Duke:
KTM 250 Duke has introduced by the KTM. Among the 200 Duke and the 390 Duke, this sits and gets a 248 cc engine which makes 30 bhp and 24 Nm. The overall design is similar to the other Dukes, and from the 1290 Super Duke, it has inspired. The 250 Duke losses out regarding the LED headlamp of the 390 Duke & the TFT instrument panel.
KTM 250 Dukes comes at Rs 1.75 lakh.
Triumph Street Triple S:
The 2017 model of the street Triple has updated completely by the Triumph Motorcycles. It follows the same design language but gets a new, bigger engine, with more power, more torque and electronic rider aids.
The engine of 765 cc in line three cylinder makes 111 bhp and 73 Nm boasting of a 40 percent increase in power over the outgoing model.
The price of the Triumph Street Triple S comes at Rs 8.71 lakh.
This year, Kawasaki had launched all new Z900, the middleweight roadster that replaces the outgoing Kawasaki Z800.
The bikes have an all new engine, new chassis, updated design and most importantly sheds a lot of weight and it is over 20 kg lighter than the Z800.
The 948cc in line four cylinder engine makes 123 bhp and 99 Nm.
The bike comes for Rs 7.68 lakh.
In the automatic scooter segment, the Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has hugely satisfied with the Honda Activa now taking the crown as India largest selling two wheeler.
And in the commuter motorcycle segment, Honda fortunes have not as bright. In the rural and most semi urban markets, the passenger vehicles sell the most.
Hence, HMSI introduced the new Honda Cliq, an automatic scooter based on the best-selling Honda Activa but targeted primarily at rural markets.
The Honda Cliq has priced at Rs 42,999.
Honda CRF 1000L Africa Twin:
The new adventure tourer that has launched in India is the Honda biggest and most significant launch. The new bike has two variants globally, but for India, Honda has decided to go ahead with the automatic dual clutch transmission option.
The parallel twin of the 948 cc of the Africa Twin makes 87 bhp and 92 Nm.
The Honda CRF 1000L Africa Twin costs at Rs 13.06 lakh.