The last week couldn’t have been more exciting as it was all about new two-wheeler launches. Two of these were from Bajaj alone, while others belonged to Kawasaki, Hero, and TVS’ stable. And just like every Sunday, we are back with a round-up of the top five such noteworthy bike updates.
Bajaj Auto has launched the successor to the Pulsar NS160 in India. Christened the N160, it’s priced at Rs 1,22,854 for the single-channel ABS model and Rs 1,27,853 for the dual-channel ABS version. Design-wise, it looks similar to the Pulsar N250. The engine is different from the NS160 with a larger displacement and different power figures. Click on the story link to read all about it.
The other surprises from Bajaj were the all-black variants of the Pulsar N250 and the Pulsar F250. As the name suggests, these variants boast an all-black visual theme. Interestingly, they also get a dual-channel ABS setup, unlike other colour variants which come with single-channel ABS. Bajaj has priced the new variants of the quarter-litre Pulsars at Rs 1.50 lakh, making them more expensive than the older trims.
The Kawasaki Ninja 400 has re-entered India after it was discontinued a couple of years ago. The motorcycle is now launched in its BS6-avatar and comes with a price tag of Rs 4.99 lakh. As for the changes, Kawasaki has tuned the 399cc, parallel-twin motor to comply with BS6 emission norms and in turn, has reduced the torque minutely. So, the Ninja 400 now churns out 44bhp and 37Nm.
Hero MotoCorp brought in Xtec variant of the Passion with prices starting from Rs 74,590 onwards. This iteration of the commuter motorcycle will be sold in two variants – Drum and Disc. It gets an updated feature list which comprises a projector LED headlamp, a Bluetooth-enabled fully-digital instrument cluster, side-stand engine cut-off, and a service reminder. However, unlike the XPulse 200 range, this module misses the turn-by-turn navigation function.
Contrary to all the rumors of the TVS Zeppelin R’s launch, our sources tell us that the Hosur-based manufacturer could bring the Ronin 225 cruiser which is scheduled to debut on July 6. The Ronin will boast retro bodywork like a traditional cruiser. The powertrain is likely to be a 223cc single-cylinder motor with the probable output rated at around 20bhp and 20Nm. Expect it to be mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
(All prices are ex-showroom)