The last week didn't see any major two-wheeler launches in India. However, we still covered a bunch of interesting updates which were worth taking a glimpse at. For all those who missed them or want to revisit the important two-wheeler stories from last week, here’s a quick round-up for you!
Suzuki Motorcycle India has introduced a new colour option for its 125cc maxi scooter, the Burgman Street 125. The scooter is now available in a Matte Black colour scheme besides the Metallic Matte Fibroin Gray, Glass Sparkle Black and Pearl Mirage, which were already available. Apart from the addition of a new shade, it remains unchanged in all other aspects. Powering the Burgman Street 125 is a 125cc, carbureted motor which produces 8.6bhp and 10.2Nm. The feature-list consists of a full-LED headlamp, fully-digital instrument cluster and lidded front glovebox. Suzuki has priced the Burgman Street 125 at Rs 69,208 in India.
Updating its motorcycle portfolio in India, Kawasaki has launched the W800 Street in the country which is a new modern-classic offering. Priced at Rs 7.99 lakhs, it comes from Kawasaki’s iconic W series of motorcycles. Staying true to its classic theme, the W800 features a round headlamp with LED lighting, peanut-shaped fuel tank, single-piece seat, spoke wheels and dual exhaust pipes finished in chrome. The motorcycle runs a 773cc, air-cooled, parallel-twin motor which comes mated to a five-speed gearbox along with a slipper clutch. This mill churns out 62.9Nm of torque at 4,800rpm while the company hasn’t given out power output details. While Kawasaki has commenced bookings for the W800 Street, it will be closed once the expected numbers are reached as production for the first batch is limited to a certain number.
For all those who are waiting for new colours in the 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 range, especially the red paint scheme, we have an interesting update for you. The Chakan-based bikemaker will be launching the red Dominar 400 in the next few months, sometime around the festive season. The manufacturer has been delaying it owing to the consistent favourable demand for the Aurora Green shade, which is new for the 2019 model. The new Dominar 400 is priced at Rs 1.74 lakhs. It comes with a host of mechanical updates along with new features which has added more appeal to the touring motorcycle.
The Bajaj Urbanite scooter has been spotted testing in India once again. This time, the picture reveals the rear section of the scooter which features a curvy and bulbous design housing a stretched-out tail lamp and a single piece grab rail. The previous spy shots had also revealed that the retro-inspired design of the scooter is complemented by a round headlamp with LED DRLs and round mirrors. In essence, it will take inspiration from the legendary Bajaj Chetak scooter. While this test mule is expected to be a petrol-powered model, the company will also launch electric scooters under the Urbanite banner. Bajaj is likely to introduce the Urbanite brand by the end of this year or by early-2020.
The patent images of the next-generation Benelli TNT600 was leaked on the internet. The motorcycle was also spied a few days back, however, the design of this model looks entirely different. Notably, the bikemaker is likely to be considering different design options for the naked streetbike. Featuring an edgier design language as compared to the current model, it boasts of split headlamp setup, sharp tank extension integrating turn indicators, sleek tail section and split seat. The signature under-seat dual exhaust of the motorcycle has been replaced by an underbelly unit. While the motorcycle is expected to be majorly unchanged mechanically, the 600cc, in-line four mill is likely to be tweaked to comply with the Euro 5 norms. We might see the next-gen Benelli TNT600 at the 2019 EICMA show in Milan.
After launching the WSBK race-spec Panigale V4 R in November 2018 in India, Ducati has now received two bookings for the motorcycle in the country. This is commendable, considering that the homologation-special offering has been priced heftily at Rs 51.80 lakhs. While it is based on the standard Panigale V4, it is more track-focussed with an aerodynamic design, added electronics, more premium components and a revised engine. The 998cc, Desmosedici Stradale R, V4 motor of this Panigale churns out 219bhp of power which can be hiked up to 233bhp by installing a race kit. Notably, Ducati is left with only three units of the V4 R in India as the Italian bikemaker has allotted five units for the country.
(All prices are ex-showroom)