World’s popular sports bike manufacturer KTM launched their 2017 RC 200 and RC 390 in India with a host of super sport features at a price of Rs.1.71 lakh and Rs.2.25 lakh (Both ex-showroom price, Delhi) respectively. The duo has been provided significant cosmetic changes on the exterior and plenty of new other updates. Deliveries for both the bikes are expected to begin by last week of January.
RC 200 gets new style through cosmetic tweaks as a new livery, striking graphics on the fairing and a white fuel tank representing its popular black and white paint scheme. The old underbelly exhaust still continues to be a part of this machine. The old 199cc engine that complies with BS-IV norms has been retained to produce 25hp power and 19.2Nm torque. It is coupled to a six speed gearbox. The front disc brakes have bulked up from 280mm to 300mm.RC 200 has been given an aluminum swing arm and upside down suspension.
RC 390 scores higher than the little brother in terms of new features. Similar to the cosmetic tweaks on the RC 200, this elder one gets a new black and white paint scheme with new graphics on the fairing where the existing KTM badge has been shrunk and pushed up while a bigger RC 390 badge occupies the space. The orange trellis framework has been extended all the way up to the rear seat panel where an RC 390 badge once again appears. This bike gets ride by wire technology, a slipper clutch, higher ground clearance and a bigger 320mm front disc which halts the vehicle easily. ECU based acceleration enables in better throttle response. The underbelly exhaust has been replaced by a side mounted exhaust and the new aluminium exhaust is said to comply with Euro-IV emission norms. The ABS sensor has been adjusted for better safety while the instrument cluster gets new features. The bike also gets a new Bosch fuel pump with renewed fuel pump pressure. Lesser vibrations are noted due to the rubber cushions on the fairing. The RC 390 is powered by the existing 373.2 cc that continues to fire 43.5bhp and 36Nm of torque mates to a six speed gearbox.
KTM machines have always been worth every penny spent and these upgraded twins are expected to carry forward the same expectations in terms of performance. Rumours are that the company plans to upgrade the Duke model too by the end of this year.
At the Auto Expo 2018, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter Limited (HMSI) unveiled their fourth offering in the financial year 2017-18. At the start of the FY, the company had announced to introduce four vehicles by the end of FY 17-18. As promised, they have now introduced their latest model X-Blade at the event. Bookings for the same have begun officially at company dealerships, while deliveries will commence by the second week of March 2018.
Suzuki Motorcycles launched the 2018 version of their flagship motorcycle Hayabusa, much ahead of the Auto Expo this year. It will however be showcased at the event in the company pavilion. This much awaited bike comes to India as Completely Knocked Down (CKD) units and will be assembled at the company facility at Gurugram.
Royal Enfield had updated engines on their two best-selling models,Bullet 500 and the Continental GT in the European Market. Now they have launched the 2017 Classic 500 and the Himalayan too with an updated Euro-IV compliant engine. The Eicher Motors owned company is strengthening its global portfolio with updated models and an increasing number of showrooms worldwide.
Royal Enfield motorcycles powered by BS-IV engines are now available in India. The entire lineup is said to have received the engine upgrades with AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature (both being stringent norms), even though no official statement has been released by the company yet. According to reports from financial express, Electra 350 was spotted already on sale at one of the company dealerships with updated features as the BS-IV engine and AHO. Other models too are believed to go on sale with the same upgrades in another week, as April 1st, 2017 is the deadline for these norms to be implemented on all motor vehicles in India. The prices have been hiked for the new range of BS-IV motorcycles from Royal Enfield.
Honda launched the first scooter in India, Activa 125cc with an engine that complies with BS-IV norms. The New Activa also becomes the first scooter to get an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature, which is about to be mandatory on all vehicles in India from April 1st, 2017 as part of safety regulations. Not many cosmetic updates have been provided on this best seller. However, few prominent tweaks are seen like the new pair of LED positioning lamps that fit perfectly into the chrome apron on the front, a protuberant Honda badge and also a mobile charging socket.
Yamaha launched its latest offering in the FZ series named FZ 25 as a gentle step towards the booming 250cc bike segment. Comfortably placed between the YZF R15 version 2.0 and YZF R3, this motorcycle marks Yamaha’s entry into the performance bike segment which is being dominated by giants like Royal Enfield, KTM and Bajaj Auto. The bike was initially named as FZ 250, but later the company decided to dump the 0 and name it FZ 25.