The two-wheeler market remained bleak for a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last week though was an interesting one due to a couple of new launches taking place along with indications of the prospective ones emerging. From the long list of noteworthy bike updates, here are the top five of them from the last week.
Suzuki completed its BS6 transition by launching the greener versions of the Gixxer 250 and Gixxer SF 250. Both bikes have become expensive by around Rs 3000 over their BS4 counterparts. Despite the engine being revised for cleaner emissions, the power figures have remained unchanged at 26.1bhp at 9,300rpm and 22.2Nm at 7,300rpm. The styling, features and cycle parts have been retained from their BS4 models.
Kawasaki launched the 2020 editions of two motorcycles – the Z650 and the Ninja 1000, in India. While the former is a naked street bike, the latter is a fully-faired sport tourer. Besides featuring BS6-complaint engines, both bikes have been bestowed with a new styling and more modern features over their outgoing model. Pegged at Rs 5.94 lakh, the 2020 Z650 is now Rs 25,000 more expensive while the Ninja 1000 has become dearer by Rs 50,000 with a price tag of Rs 10.79 lakh.
The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is one of the most talked-about motorcycles over the last few months. While we have already told you what all it is expected to come equipped with, a new media report claims that it will be officially launched by the end of next month. In essence, the Meteor 350 will be a successor to the Thunderbird 350X with refreshed styling, more features and new hardware. It is likely to be priced between Rs 1.70-1.75 lakh.
The KTM 390 Adventure was one of the most anticipated launches of this year. It also turned out to be the most high-tech motorcycle of its segment with features like up and down quick shifter and traction control system. Moreover, it runs a highly potent 373.3cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. The prospective buyers of the bike might be having a few questions about the bike. We try to answer them by sharing the five most important things we learned during our road test review of the KTM 390 Adventure.
TVS Motor Company had launched the BS6-compliant versions of the Apache RTR 160 4V and RTR 200 4V in November last year. After six months now, both bikes have received their first price hike. The RTR 160 and RTR 200 now attract a premium of Rs 2,000 and Rs 2,500, respectively. While the former is pegged at Rs 102,950 (drum) and Rs 1,06,000 (disc), the latter costs Rs 1,27,500. Rest of the details about the bikes remain unchanged.
(All prices are ex-showroom)