Three major launches and a couple of spy shots of upcoming two-wheelers were some of the most noteworthy bike stories last week. And just like every Sunday, we bring you a quick round-up of the five most important bike updates of the week.
Royal Enfield introduced the third product based on its new ‘J’ platform – the Hunter 350. It’s by far the most accessible offering from the brand in terms of weight and seat height. It’s also currently the most affordable RE with prices starting from Rs 1.50 lakh. What’s more, with a steep steering rake and 17-inch alloy wheels, it is also the most agile Royal Enfield which makes it suitable for urban riding. Read our initial ride impressions of the bike in our first ride review.
Honda was expected to bring in a new version of the CB350 last week. However, contrary to our expectations, Honda surprised us by taking the wraps off the CB300F streetfighter which is positioned between the Hness CB350 and the CB300R. It boasts a sporty design inspired by the CB500F and a 300cc, oil-cooled engine that’s good for 20.78bhp and 30Nm. Available in two trims, the CB300F starts from Rs 2.26 lakh.
Harley-Davidson, in association with Hero MotoCorp, launched the new Nightster bobber-styled offering in India. It is being imported via the Completely Built-up Units (CBU) route and the bookings for the motorcycle have commenced across the country. It is available in a single variant and three colours with prices starting from Rs 14.99 lakh. Propelling the bike is HD’s new Revolution Max 975T, 975cc, liquid-cooled, V-twin engine that makes 89bhp and 95Nm of peak torque.
Taking the internet by the storm were the spy shots of Hero’s upcoming flagship adventure tourer and a fully-faired sportbike, which emerged for the first time. Although the displacement figures of the bikes are unknown for now, we expect them to be powered by a 300cc or slightly larger motor. Both bikes were running premium components like upside-down forks but with different wheel sizes and suspension travel. We expect Hero to unveil these new offerings by late 2023.
Other spy shots intriguing the netizens were those of the near production-ready version of the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450. The bike was spotted without any camouflage stickers at Lutterworth, which is close to the company’s UK technology centre. While we already knew quite a bit about the motorcycle, the new spy shots gave away many more details about its hardware. You can read it all by clicking on the aforementioned story link.
(All prices are ex-showroom)