The Indian two-wheeler industry witnessed a couple of new entrants in different segments and body styles during the last month. Also, a few long awaited BS6 updated models finally stepped into the market. To give you a recap, we have compiled a list of the top five most important bike launches that took place in November 2020 in India.
The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 was one of the most anticipated two-wheelers of this year, thanks to the massive hype created ahead of its launch. Also, it is one of the most important products for the bike maker as it is based on the new J platform which will form the basis of the future Royal Enfield 350cc offerings. The motorcycle runs on a fairly smooth 350cc engine, is well balanced and has modern features. You can read our detailed review of the Meteor 350 here.
KTM made its Adventure brand more affordable by launching the 250 Adventure in India. It is the smaller version of the 390 Adventure launched earlier this year. While the 250 ADV’s styling and most of the cycle parts are identical to its elder sibling, powering the bike is a 248cc, liquid-cooled engine which is borrowed from the 250 Duke. The Austrian bike maker has launched it at Rs 2.48 lakh which makes it around Rs 56,000 cheaper than the larger displacement and more feature-rich 390 Adventure.
TVS made its highly popular Apache RTR 200 4V even more enticing by launching its updated model incorporating three riding modes! Choosing one of the modes accordingly alters the bike’s power delivery, throttle response and ABS intervention. What’s more, it gets preload-adjustable Showa suspension and three-step adjustable clutch and brake levers. All of that comes at a minor price hike over the previous model as it costs Rs 1.31 lakh now.
Hero Xtreme 200S BS6
Hero had been teasing the BS6 iteration of its fully-faired Xtreme 200S on its website for months. After a long wait, it finally made its official entry last month. Priced at Rs 1.15 lakh, the Xtreme 200S BS6 is around Rs 13,000 more expensive than its BS4 counterpart. Its 199.6cc engine is the only aspect which has been tweaked to comply with the new emission norms. This has resulted in a drop in its power and torque output which now stand at 17.8bhp and 16.4Nm, respectively.
Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT BS6
With the launch of the 2020 V-Strom 650 XT, Suzuki introduced its first BS6-compliant big bike in India. This too has received changes only in its engine. The 645cc, 90-degree, V-twin motor of the bike produces 70bhp and 62Nm which is nearly the same as before. It continues to be equipped with adventure and touring-oriented elements like a tall windscreen, knuckle guards, spoke wheels, luggage carrier and a large 20-litre fuel tank. The feature list includes a semi-digital console, a three-level traction control system, and dual-channel ABS.
(All prices are ex-showroom)