While the 2023 Auto Expo was undoubtedly bleaker than yesteryears, there were a few unveils and launches that are worthy of our attention. Simultaneously, the last week witnessed a few other developments too, like the announcement of the Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY). And just like every Sunday, we bring you a round-up of the top five bike updates from the last week.
Keeway SR250 launched
Hungarian brand Keeway launched the SR250 in India as its second offering in the ‘SR’ range. The modern-classic offering is priced at Rs 1.49 lakh and it competes against the TVS Ronin, Royal Enfield Hunter 350 and the Kawasaki W175. Powering the SR250 is a 223cc, single-cylinder engine that makes 16bhp and 16Nm. Notably, the bike is quite lightweight, tipping the scales at just 120kg with its 14.2-litre fuel tank completely filled.
New TVS iQube ST unveiled
TVS finally revealed the top-spec iQube ST electric scooter at the Auto Expo 2023. It benefits from new features like TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) and voice assist. In most other aspects, it remains the same as other variants and gets a family-friendly design, LED illumination all over, a larger digital display, and a single-piece seat and grab rail. As for the core mechanicals, it’s powered by a 3kW motor mated to a 4.56kWh battery.
New Kratos X unveiled
Another electric two-wheeler unveiled at the Expo came from Pune-based Tork Motors. It goes by the name Kratos X and is essentially based on the existing Kratos R but gets a bunch of additional features. The X trim is claimed to be tuned for higher torque output thereby delivering quicker acceleration. Moreover, the instrument cluster of the electric motorcycle shows additional information while there are more safety features also on offer.
Royal Enfield Hunter 350 wins IMOTY
Royal Enfield Hunter 350 won the title of the Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2023. Meanwhile, the TVS Ronin and Suzuki V-Strom SX were the first and the second runner-up, respectively. Ten motorcycles made it to the jury round, which were filtered down to three names. After a series of tests and discussions amongst the jury, the Hunter 350 bagged this accolade which is considered to be of the highest value in India.
Kawasaki bikes get expensive
Kawasaki has revised the prices of select motorcycles in India. The new prices are applicable from 10 January, 2023 and the hike affects motorcycles including the Ninja 400, Z900, Versys 650, and the Z H2 range among others. The price hike ranges between Rs 9,000 and Rs 27,000 depending on the model and you can check out the complete list by clicking on the story link.