The last week was majorly dominated by the premium two-wheeler segment which saw a host of new entrants in India. In smaller bikes, only Yamaha brought something new in the form of a colour scheme. But there were more updates worth noting and in case you couldn’t keep a track of them, here are the top five bike updates from the last week.
Yamaha added a new red shade to the colour palette to its highly popular fully-faired motorcycle, the YZF R15 V3. It has been priced at Rs 1,52,700 (ex-showroom), as much as the Dark Knight model. The rest of the aspects remain unchanged about the motorcycle. The highlight of the R15 is its 155cc, liquid-cooled engine that features VVA (variable valve actuation) and churns out 18.37bhp and 14.1Nm of peak torque.
Honda has launched the 2021 editions of the CBR650R and the CB650R in India. While the former was available in India even in its previous iteration, the latter has been brought to our shores for the first time. Both bikes are powered by the same 648.72cc, inline four cylinder engine and get a decent amount of features and premium hardware. Prices of the CBR650R and CB650R stand at Rs 8.88 lakh and Rs 8.67 lakh, respectively.
2021 Triumph Bonneville range launched
Triumph has introduced the 2021 models of four members of its Bonneville family including the Street Twin, T100, T120 and the Speedmaster. Interestingly, the Street Twin and T120 are also available in cosmetically-fancier special edition models. Triumph has bestowed the entire Bonneville range with subtle updates in terms of styling, features and hardware, while the prices have also gone up.
Yamaha was spotted testing an all-new motorcycle that is claimed to be the XSR 250. While it had a design similar to the XSR 155 that is available in the international markets, there were a few differences like a new seat and more relaxed ergonomics. Close inspection of the spy image also revealed that it incorporated a tyre hugger and an exhaust canister identical to that of the FZ S FI. Although there’s no word on its launch timeline yet, we believe Yamaha will launch the XSR by the end of this year.
Piaggio has commenced the pre-bookings of its upcoming maxi-scooter, the Aprilia SXR 125, in India. Interested customers can pre-book the scooter via Aprilia’s website or at its dealership by paying Rs 5,000. The SXR 125 is powered by the same 125cc, three-valve engine as the SR 125. But the design and features are identical to its elder sibling, the SXR 160 that was launched in India last year.
(All prices are ex-showroom)