The onset of New Year brings in more glitz. It also increases our expectations for the New Year.
How would you feel if all your dreams come true in the coming year?
Yes, most of the biker’s expectations are going to come true in 2013. Lots of launches are waiting for them in the near future. Here we take the pleasure of bringing to you the top ten best bikes to be launched in the year 2013.
Aprilia is eyeing its competitor KTM in India too. Piaggio’s launch in India has paved way for its other Italian brands to make their debut here. Aprilia is very much famous for its RSV4 sports bike but its price tag is a big issue in Indian market. Witnessing the success of KTM Duke 200 in India, Italians are now gearing up to give a tough competition to the Austrians. Yes, we have heard that Aprilia is making a 200cc engine for its younger sibling of the flagship model RSV4. This 200cc bike will be a tough contender to KTM 200 and other Indian bikes as well. Aprilia 200 is expected to be competitively priced against Duke.
After ruling the 250 cc segment with Ninja 250R, Kawasaki will launch Ninja 300 this year. 300 is not an upgraded version of 250 but it is a whole new bike. It is built on a all new steel tube frame, sporting a 296 cc engine mated with six-speed gearbox. It delivers 39 bhp @ 11,000 rpm and 2.8 kgm of torque @ 10,000 rpm. On comparing 250R and 300 we can say that 300 give more 20% of power than its younger sibling. New Ninja sports all new body, bigger fairings, dual headlamps, radiator fan cowl, new pistons, (new) sleeveless die cast cylinders, wet clutch plate and a lot more. We also expect ABS, but as an optional feature.
Hyosung GV 250
This year Hyosung launched its GT250R sports bike in India and has found many buyers. It is giving a tough competition to Honda CBR 250. In terms of ergonomics it is more similar to its 650R. On having a first look, many wouldn’t be able to make out that it is a 250R. GV 250 is a cruiser bike and is a trimmed version of GV 650. It sports a 249cc V Twin 4 valve engine mated with a 5-speed gearbox. It pumps out 25 BHP @10000 RPM and a maximum torque of 22 Nm @7500 RPM. We expect it to sport a price tag of less than 2 lakh. Price tag will lure new cruisers and youngsters. It might be able to give some tough time to Royal Enfield as well.
Mahindra Mojo 300.
Mahindra is a successful carmaker in four-wheeler segment. With the newly launched XUV 500 it is doing very well in India. XUV has found its takers in countries like Australia too. Experts say that, now Mahindra is an international automobile brand. With Quanto-the compact SUV, Mahindra is expected to rule out the trend of hatchback in India. In the bike segment this Indian carmaker failed to mark its presence. However, as of now it is betting heavily on its all new series of two-wheeler which is going to launch very soon, and Mojo is one such product. Actually, Mojo was expected to touch the launch pad long before, but due to some technical criticisms it got delayed for years. At a recent press release, Mahindra announced that Mojo will come by the end of this year. Previously, it was getting a sourced engine but now the Carmaker is making the heart in-house only. Mojo will have a 290 cc engine, and apart from that no other technical details were revealed. Time will only tell what Mahindra will deliver in the two-wheeler segment. We expect a ‘Cheetah’ like product for the bike segment too.
Honda CBR 500
With the CBR250R, CBR150R and CBR1000R Honda had flourished its CBR culture in India. Here, power comes along with control. We can say that you can play safe with Honda bikes. It provides comfort, power and above all the total control on racing tracks. This ideology made Honda a decent sports bike maker. Honda will launch CBR500R this year in India. It sports a 470 cc liquid cooled engine coupled with a six speed gear box giving a power of 46 ponies and a torque of 40 Nm. It attains maximum speed of 170 km/h. We expect Honda to provide torque at higher RPM which is normally seen on its present generation. Thus, CBR500 will carry forward the same CBR legacy, as expected!
Royal Enfield Café Racer
“Café racer is going to change the face of Royal Enfield” as said by an avid motorcyclist. We also believe the same. It is one of the most awaited bike from the house of RE. Enfield is known for its traditional motorcycles with the new age charm. Café racer is expected to deliver that same RE thumpings with more power in spite of being a racer bike. Sources said that the engine will be more powerful than the existing 500UCE, and delivering more 27 PS to 36 PS, on comparing. It is also going to be launched in US as well. This bike has created bizarre since it is unveiled at 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. We expect this one to be priced at 2.5 lakh.
KTM Duke 390
KTM 390 is currently being sold in Italy and UK. It is proven successful in both the countries. Indians will soon be able to get their hands on it. KTM Duke 390seems to be taking Indian market very seriously. Duke 200 has delivered results as per the expectation. This increased their curiosity to bring in their complete product range here. The bike maker collaborated with Bajaj two-wheelers to set its foot in India while Bajaj provided them with a dense network of dealership to flourish. Collaboration between the duos has proven beneficiary for both.
Under its Trellis frame Duke 390 holds a 373 cc 4 valve liquid cooled single cylinder engine. It works with a six speed manual gearbox which wobbles out a 44 bhp and a maximum torque of 35 Nm. Price tag is expected to be of 1.50 lakh for normal version. KTM will also launch ABS version which will cost around 1.75 lakh.
Pulsar 375 is more or less similar to 200 NS on the designing part. It can be said that, it will be roll out in competition with Duke 390. Not many of the details revealed about this bike but we managed to get some of it. Under the belly it will hold a heart of single cylinder which will give a maximum power of 40 horses and a torque of 30 Nm. It will attain a top whack of 160km/h. We also expect bigger Pulsar to use triple spark technology for ignition. Its price will be near to KTM 390, but we say that it will be much lesser than the Orange generation.
Some bikes are made to perform while some are meant to be preserved. Triumph Bonneville is meant to be preserved and perform as well. Bike is launched once but its charm and legacy is carried on for years. Triumph, the British motorcycle maker is one such example. Its Bonnevile bike was first launched in 1959 and its legacy is carried on for more than 50 years. Bonneville has gone through various changes at times when needed. The present generation Bonnie carries a solid metal heart of 865 cc which punches out a maximum 67 bhp with a boosting torque of 6.93 kgm. Bonnie becomes angry at 190 kph but plays softly at a speed of 130-135 kph. Triumph’s ergonomics allows it to corner swiftly and some of the credit goes to its soft suspensions too. On the driving part, more often, one feels that it is touching the maximum speed but exactly it is asking for more. We expect it to be priced between 5,50,000-6,00,000 INR.
Harley Davidson 500 made for India model
Harley Davidson is an all time cruiser’s favorite. It is ridden for years and still going on. One can preserve it for its generations and generations to come. It never goes out of trend. It is uniquely made as its most of the components and fittings are made by hand. It stops the traffic every time, when being rolled down the roads. Harley is expected to launch a 500 cc bike in India this year. We expect it to be sporting a V twin engine instead of a thumper. It will retain all the characteristics of its bigger version. Davidson 500 will bear a tag of ‘specially made for India’. At present, Davidson is selling 883 Sportster, the smallest Harley in India. We expect Harley 500 to be launched at a quote of Rs. 3 lakh. As Royal Enfield is having most of the share of Indian market and is also doing pretty well in US, we expect that Harley Davidson has became an envy of the Indian bike maker.