Another exciting week went by and it had a host of interesting two-wheeler updates in store. We diligently covered every minute development taking place in the industry and hope our loyal readers consumed all the content which went up on BikeWale. However, for the busy bees who couldn’t do that, here’s a quick wrap-up of the top five bike updates from the last week.
TVS launched the more affordable single-channel ABS variant of the Apache RTR 200 4V in India. It is priced at Rs 1,23,500 which makes it around Rs 5,000 cheaper than the dual ABS trim which was already available. Notably, nothing else has changed about the motorcycle. It continues to sport a sharp styling with new-age features such a full-LED headlamp and a Bluetooth-enabled digital instrument cluster. Powering the bike is a 197cc motor which makes 19.9bhp and 16.8Nm and comes mated to a five-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch.
Ducati introduced the 2020 edition of its full-size, 1100cc Scrambler in India in two variants including Pro and Pro Sport. While the former is pegged at Rs 11.95 lakh, the latter costs Rs 13.74 lakh. The Scrambler 1100 boasts of the same neo-retro scrambler styling but there are subtle changes such as a new livery for the fuel tank and different seat design. The feature list also remains the same with things like cornering ABS, traction control and multiple riding modes. What’s altered is the 1100cc, L-twin engine which is now BS6-compliant. It produces 86bhp at 7,500rpm and 88Nm at 4,750rpm.
Royal Enfield’s upcoming Meteor 350 was expected to be launched around mid-September. However, our sources have now revealed that the launch has been pushed ahead and will take place in October now. The Meteor 350 will essentially be the successor to the Thunderbird 350X but it will be based on an all-new double-cradle chassis. The 349cc, fuel-injected engine will also be a newly-developed unit. Interestingly, as opposed to the existing REs which are pretty basic on the feature front, it will come equipped with kits like a full-LED headlamp and a digital console with Bluetooth connectivity and navigation.
Honda is all set to launch a new motorcycle which will go up against Royal Enfield motorcycles. Although not much has been revealed about it till now, one of Honda’s trademark filing suggests that the new modern-classic bike will be called the Highness or H’ness. The company had also released a small teaser which only comprised of the throaty exhaust note of the motorcycle. It will be sold via Honda’s premium Big Wing dealership chain and is likely to be priced around Rs 2.5 lakh.
Bajaj’s new commercial video has revealed that a new funky colour variant of the Pulsar NS200 is on its way to dealerships. It sports a combo of red and black colours on its body panels with edgy decals on the fuel tank extensions. Meanwhile, the frame and wheels are finished in white. The Chakan-based bike maker has kept the styling of the NS200 unchanged ever since its inception while regularly updating it with new paint schemes. Underpinned by a perimeter frame, the motorcycle is powered by a peppy 199.5cc motor which is good for 24.2bhp and 18.5Nm.
(All prices are ex-showroom)