The two-wheeler industry witnessed substantial developments last week which made every single day interesting. From the launch of Hero’s highly-awaited Xtreme 160R to the spy shots of the updated entry-level BMWs, we covered every major update for our readers. And just like every Sunday, we bring you a quick round-up of the top five two-wheeler stories from the last week.
Hero has launched the stunning Xtreme 160R sporty commuter in India with prices starting at Rs 99,950 (ex-showroom). The styling of the motorcycle is as radical as it can get since it is based on the Xtreme 1R concept which grabbed a lot of attention at the EICMA 2019. It is powered by a 160cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine which makes 15bhp and 14Nm while the kerb weight stands at an impressive 138.5kg. Hero has also bestowed the Xtreme 160R with segment-first features such as hazard switch and full-LED lighting.
Honda’s commuter motorcycle, the Livo, has been launched with a BS6 engine and other updates. It continues to be powered by a 110cc, single-cylinder engine which now gets fuel-injection and produces 8.6bhp and 9.30Nm. The styling has also received a subtle makeover with edgier body panels and sportier graphics. Similar to other Honda products, it has received new features such as DC headlamp, integrated start/stop switch and service due indicator while the seat is also longer now.
BMW Motorrad is gearing up to launch the updated versions of its entry-level motorcycles, the G 310 R and G 310 GS, in India. Spy shots of both the bikes have surfaced online revealing the changes they have received. The headlamp design has gone through minor nip and tuck while the conventional bulbs have been replaced by LED lamps. The turn indicators are also LED. Furthermore, the fuel tank section of the G 310 R naked has also been restyled. In order to comply with the new emissions norms, the 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine of the bikes is revised and the power figures (33bhp and 28Nm) likely to remain unchanged.
Although Mahindra is quite late to hop on the BS6 bandwagon, a new spy image of the Mojo suggests it will do that soon. The Mojo BS6 was recently spotted bearing no cosmetic changes over its BS4 counterpart. While the cycle parts have also remained unaltered, its 295cc, single-cylinder motor is certainly revised to comply with the new BS6 norms which might have also affected its performance to some extent. Once launched, the Mahindra Mojo BS6 will go up against the new Bajaj Dominar 400 BS6.
Royal Enfield recently launched a range of riding gear for women. Notably, RE is the first company to do so and we think it’s betting big on this move for more reasons than one. According to the head of Royal Enfield’s apparel business, Puneet Sood, the women to men motorcycling ratio has improved significantly over the years and it is bound to go up further. While this is one of the major reasons for the brand to pioneer in this space, there are a few other motives too. Click on the story link to read about it in detail.