NEW DELHI: It’s been a great year for motorcycle enthusiasts. From affordable performance to some high-end offerings, a lot has entered the Indian market. Here’s a list of all the substantial launches this year.
Bajaj Avenger Street 150
Bajaj Auto took the game up a notch with the launch of the most affordable cruiser in India. Along with the launch of the 2015 Avenger 220, Bajaj also launched a new, 150cc Avenger.
It has the same tried and tested 150cc single pot motor but that has been reworked upon to make it more refined than ever before. At Rs 75,000, Bajaj has managed to keep it in line with other 150cc offerings which means the Avenger Street 150 is a great choice for those wanting a 150.
The only thing going against it though is its overall design. Although the Avenger Street 150 has a lot of new elements it retains the same silhouette and that does come as a disappointment.
Honda CB Hornet 160R
Honda hasn’t quite had great luck when it comes to premium 150s, the biggest examples being the Dazzler and the CB Trigger which received lukewarm response in the market.
This time round, the case might be a bit different.
In the CB Hornet 160R, Honda has managed to bring in a good looking motorcycle with the tested engine that powers the Unicorn 160.
In the Hornet 160R however, it makes marginally more power and torque at 15.9PS and 14.8Nm respectively. Moreover, thanks to Honda’s HET technology, it is expected to return respectable efficiency too.
Despite all of that, the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer has managed to undercut some of its rivals with a sticker price of Rs 79,900 for the non-CBS version.
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200
At the 2014 Auto Expo, Bajaj showed us the RS400 and gave us a glimpse of what a fully faired Pulsar could look like. This year, the Pune-based bike maker launched the model albeit in a 200cc version.
The Pulsar RS200 is the first fully faired offering from Bajaj. It is possibly true that its over-the-top looks might not go well with all buyers but that aside, it’s all smooth sailing for the Pulsar RS200.
Although the same workhorse as the 200NS, this one makes more power and torque at 24.5PS and 18.6Nm and even feels smoother.
The RS200 scores well in the handling department too. Like all of its products, Bajaj has managed to price the RS200 well too. The RS200 is on sale at Rs 1.20 lakh for the non-ABS version and Rs 1.32 lakh for the ABS version.
For as long as most enthusiasts can probably remember, there have been rumours of a more powerful Yamaha for the Indian market. This year the tuning fork brand brought all rumours to an end with the launch of the YZF-R3.
Set to compete against the Kawasaki Ninja 300, KTM RC 390 and the Benelli TNT 300, the R3 sports a 321cc parallel-twin engine. The R3 makes 42PS of power and 29.6Nm of torque. Although a little late to join the party, the R3 ticks all the right boxes for a bike in this class, except for not getting ABS (though internationally it does get ABS).
Much like any other Yamaha, it delivers power smoothly, has excellent road manners, and at Rs 3.25 lakh, it makes a strong case for itself.
After making bike enthusiasts wait for more than half a decade, Mahindra finally launched its first performance oriented motorcycle – the Mojo.
Considering that Mahindra is just stepping into the performance world, the Mojo is indeed a good attempt. The 295cc motor churns out 27.19PS and 30Nm. It feels refined, boasts good riding dynamics and rides pretty well too.
While the attempt is impressive, Mahindra might be a bit late launching the Mojo, knowing that there are some extremely able offerings in its price range. Mahindra launched the Mojo at an introductory price of Rs 1.58 lakh but hiked it by Rs 5,000 a month after the launch