The last week greeted us with the launch of one of the most awaited motorcycles, the KTM 250 Adventure. Besides that, Honda too brought in a new fancy colour for the Hornet 2.0 and the Dio in India. More such stories deserved your attention last week but in case you missed them, here’s a quick round-up.
After multiple spy shots and speculations doing rounds on the internet about the KTM 250 Adventure, the motorcycle has finally been launched in India at Rs 2.48 lakh. As compared to its larger 390cc sibling, the 250 ADV is around Rs 56,000 cheaper. Powering the bike is the same motor which propels the 250 Duke. It is a 248cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which produces 29.5bhp and 24Nm and comes mated to a six-speed transmission with assist and slipper clutch. Feature-wise the bike is similar to the previous-gen 250 Duke with a halogen headlamp and an LCD display.
Honda adorned its sporty 110cc scooter, the Dio, with graphics inspired by Repsol Honda Racing team along with jazzy orange wheels. This variant of the Dio will be available for a limited period with a price tag of Rs 69,757 which makes it around Rs 2,500 more expensive than the deluxe trim. Besides sporting new stickers, the Dio Repsol edition remains identical to the standard version of the scooter in all aspects.
Another product from Honda which received the Repsol cosmetic treatment is the Hornet 2.0 naked street bike. This limited edition of the Hornet has been pegged at Rs 1.28 lakh. The new set of decals go very well with the overall muscular and aggressive stance of the Hornet. Powering the motorcycle is a new 184cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled mill which belts out 17.03bhp and 16.1Nm. Transmission duties are handled by a five-speed gearbox.
After one of Suzuki’s top honcho affirming their intention to launch an electric two-wheeler in June last year, the electric version of the Burgman Street 125 was recently spotted testing on public roads. While the test mule featured the same maxi styling as the petrol-powered Burgman, the main giveaway of it being an EV was the absence of the exhaust. The rear monoshock was also placed on the right side, as against the left-mounted shock in the conventional scooter. Although technical details about this electric scooter haven’t surfaced yet, we should get some dope soon.
Royal Enfield’s CEO Vinod Dasari recently revealed that the brand intends to launch one new motorcycle every quarter of the year. The manufacturer plans to go all out with new launches and will be introducing at least a total of 28 new models over the next seven years. While most of the investment will be made on product development and new technology, the Chennai-based company will also be hopping on the electric two-wheeler bandwagon soon.
(All prices are ex-showroom)