The last week had a lot to grab attention of the Indian motorcycle enthusiasts with multiple new launches and the India unveiling announcement of a highly anticipated bike. Although we have already covered all of it in detail, here’s a quick round-up of the top five bike updates to spice up your Sunday.
KTM brought the 2024 models of the 390 Duke and 250 Duke to India. This is the biggest update both bikes have received so far with major revisions to the engine, inclusion of lighter hardware, and a styling that is even more radical than before. As for the price, while the 250 Duke costs the same as before at Rs. 2.39 lakh, the 390 Duke is Rs. 13,000 more expensive with a price tag of Rs. 3.10 lakh.
Yamaha gave three MotoGP-inspired visual treatment to three of its popular products including the R15 V4, MT 15 V2, and the Ray ZR 125. All these offerings get a fully black bodywork along with bold and funky Monster Energy decals on certain parts. However, there aren’t any mechanical changes over their corresponding standard counterparts.
Kawasaki dropped the highly eccentric Ninja ZX-4R on our shores with an exorbitant price tag of Rs. 8.5 lakh. The high price is mainly due to its CBU (completely built-up) nature for India. Also, the unique inline four-cylinder configuration for its rather small 400cc displacement helps it churn out a staggering 75.9bhp at 14,500rpm. Also, the premium hardware and top-notch rider aids it gets place it much above most other bikes of this class.
Honda launched the 2023 CB200X in India with an OBD-2-compliant engine to meet the newest emission norms. Apart from making subtle internal changes in the engine, Honda has kept the bike completely unchanged. It is powered by an 184.4cc, single-cylinder engine that makes 17bhp and 15.9Nm. The asking price for the new Honda CB200X is set at Rs. 1.47 lakh.
Aprilia India is gearing up to unveil its latest and most affordable motorcycle offering, the RS 457, in India on 20 September. While the official prices will be announced later, we expect the booking to commence very soon. Boasting an RS660-like design, the RS457 is powered by a 457cc, twin-cylinder engine that makes 47bhp. The list of rider aids it gets includes a quick shifter, ABS, switchable three-stage traction control, ride-by-wire, and three ride modes.
(All prices are ex-showroom)