The year 2017 is going to be an exciting year for motorcycle enthusiasts. From commuter-class fuel efficient bikes in the mass market segments to high-end performance motorcycles, 2017 will see a whole lot of new motorcycles being launched in India. Of course, there will be other motorcycle launches as well, but these are the ones which have piqued our interest and we believe are going to be important products in their segments. Here is our pick of top 10 motorcycle launches that will take place in 2017.
Hero Glamour 125
We rode the all-new Glamour earlier this year across the globe in Argentina, and came back impressed with the product – the third motorcycle to be developed from the ground-up completely at Hero R&D. The Glamour has been developed at Hero’s Centre for Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur, and gets a 124.7cc single cylinder engine that makes 11.24 bhp and 11 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered in both carburetted and fuel-injected versions with a claimed fuel efficiency of 60 kmpl and 62 kmpl respectively. At this point, there’s no word on prices, but expect the new Glamour to be priced competitively to take on established rivals in the 125 cc space.
Hero Xtreme 200S (Hero Xtreme 200S)
Hero hasn’t updated any of the 200 cc and above products in a few years, and the company is expected to launch the new Xtreme 200S in 2017. It has been a while since Hero brought out a product above 150cc and with rapid growth in the 200-250 cc space, Hero could well launch the Xtreme 200S within the coming months. The Hero Xtreme 200S was first showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, and powered by a 200cc, single-cylinder engine, making around 18 bhp and 17 Nm. The Xtreme 200S will get disc brakes at both ends and be optionally fitted with ABS. The model showcased at the Auto Expo has LED pilot lamps, LED tail lamps along with a dual-coloured seat as well. The Hero Xtreme 200S is expected to be priced between ₹ 90,000 and ₹ 1, 10,000 and launched sometime later in 2017.
2017 will also see the first ever Indian electric motorcycle, the Tork T6X, go on sale. The Tork T6X uses the body of the Yamaha FZ but any and every similarity ends there. The makers of Tork T6X claim that the bike will be equivalent to a conventional 200cc petrol-powered motorcycle. It can run for 100km on a single charge and will be powered by a 6kW electric motor paired to an automatic transmission and will have ABS as well. The bike also gets a digital instrumentation console which has an in-built GPS system and other functionalities and can be connected to your smartphone through an app too. The manufacturers are saying that the Tork T6X will be priced at ₹ 1.25 lakh upon launch.
TVS Apache RTR 310
Based on the TVS Akula concept showcased at the Auto Expo 2016, the TVS Apache RTR 310 will be the first full-faired sportbike from TVS Motor Company. Ahead of the bike’s launch, the Apache RTR 310 has also been spotted at an unnamed facility. The overall design lines of the production version have been toned down from the concept, and the production version also misses the carbon fibre bodywork. The engine will be shared with the upcoming BMW G 310 R, a bike jointly developed by TVS and BMW Motorrad. On the BMW, 313 cc single-cylinder engine makes 34 bhp of power and 28 Nm of peak torque.
UM Renegade Classic
Earlier in 2016, UM had said that they will be launching the Renegade Classic this year. We have learnt that UM will launch the bike sometime in the month of June-July and will be pricing it around the ₹ 1.6 lakh- ₹ 1.7 lakh mark. The Renegade Classic will be the third UM offering in India and shares the same liquid-cooled 280 cc as the Renegade Commando and the Renegade Sport S. The engine makes around 25 bhp and 22 Nm of torque, and the bike will have optional ABS.
Ducati Monster 797
Although, Ducati does have the Monster 821 on sale in India, a lower-spec Monster would only serve to attract more customers and register better sales numbers as well. With the Monster 795/796 discontinued and replaced by the Monster 821, the Monster 797 makes a lot of sense for India as the entry-level Ducati suitable for first-time premium bike buyers. Taking its style and design cues from its elder siblings, the 797 gets a tubular trellis frame and shares the air-cooled 803cc L-twin engine with the Ducati Scrambler which pumps out 74 bhp and 68.6 Nm of torque. There will be no riding modes and fancy electronics to make the price competitive as an entry-level model. With a price around the ₹ 6.5 lakh mark, the Monster 797 should do well for Ducati in India (The ex-showroom, Delhi price of the Monster 821 is ₹ 9.72 lakh).
Triumph Street Triple Range
Triumph is on a roll, and the British bike manufacturer is not only updating its fleet of motorcycles from the classics to the roadsters, but all the updates are actually brand-new models from the ground up. We had the pleasure of riding the latest roadster, the Street Triple RS in Barcelona and it proved to be one sweet motorcycle. Like a typical Triumph Triple, it has oodles of performance and attitude. Be it the racetrack or the road, the new-generation Street Triple has the goods to keep you in a perpetual state of bliss. The power comes from a 3-cylindered 765 cc motor that comes in three states of tune on the S, R and the RS variants. Triumph has loaded the new-gen Street Triple with a host of electronic goodies we believe that it is a bike worth waiting for. So keep your eyes peeled for this one.
Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin
The Africa Twin has already been on sales across the world for almost a year now. India too was supposed to get the Africa Twin late last year, but the earthquake that struck Japan in 2016 was responsible for the delay in manufacturing of this particular model. Thankfully, things are on schedule and we expect Honda to launch it by June, 2017. India will get only the Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) variant. The Africa Twin gets a 998cc parallel-twin motor that churns out 94 bhp and 97 Nm of maximum torque. Honda has tempted us with the launch of the Africa Twin for long now. We simply cannot wait to ride it. So HMSI, please do not make us wait further.