As most of the manufacturers have gone on a price hike spree lately, BikeWale’s news section was majorly dominated by such stories last week. However, we still got to report about some interesting developments at regular intervals. These included different Royal Enfield test mules being spied and Kawasaki launching multiple new offerings back-to-back. In that case, let’s check out the top five bike updates from the last week.
Kawasaki rolled out the 2021 editions of the Versys 1000 touring motorcycle and the Z650 middle-weight street bike. While the former is priced at Rs 11.19 lakh, the latter costs Rs 6.04 lakh. The only update the Z650 has received is the new fluorescent green colour on the wheels. Whereas, the 2021 Versys is identical to the 2020 edition. Notably, both these bikes had received considerable updates just last year.
Kawasaki has finally launched its bid-daddy streetfighter, the Z H2 and the Z H2 SE, in India. This supercharged machine is the naked version of the much hallowed Ninja H2 sportsbike. Propelling the Z H2 is a 998cc, in-line four cylinder, 16-valve, DOHC mill which makes a mammoth 197.2bhp of power. It is also loaded with tech like traction control, three riding modes, power modes, launch control, quick shifter, cruise control, and of course, ABS.
The 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan was recently spied incorporating Tripper navigation system, which has already been introduced in the new Meteor 350. The small round navigation module was seen integrated within the cockpit, besides the main console. Expect this new version of the Himalayan to be launched in the coming weeks, with a price higher than the existing model which costs Rs 1.91 lakh-1.96 lakh.
It’s a known fact now that Royal Enfield is working on a 650cc cruiser offering, which has been spied a few times before. Interestingly, the motorcycle was recently spied once again, adorning certain accessories. It incorporated a tall windscreen and crash protectors which will perhaps be offered as optional elements. The engine will be the same 650cc unit which does duty on the Interceptor 650.
Piaggio has commenced the deliveries of its newly-launched maxi-scooter, the Aprilia SXR 160, in India. It was launched in December 2020 with a price tag of Rs 1.26 lakh. The SXR shares most of its hardware and engine with the SR 160sport scooter, but in a tweaked form. It also sports modern features like a fully-digital console, a USB charging port and full-LED lighting. You can read our first ride review of the Aprilia SXR 160 here.
(All prices are ex-showroom)