The year 2020 tued out to be more challenging than the automakers had liked. The Indian auto industry has experienced a downtu that could take a few years to emerge. But with that, with the pandemic-wracked year nearly over, it is time to look forward. Despite the compounding drop in sales, many motorcycle manufacturers, especially high-end players, are preparing to release a slew of motorcycles in 2021. We list the top upcoming bikes in India that have been confirmed to launch in 2021.
650cc Royal Enfield Cruiser
Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 were huge successes for Royal Enfield in India and therefore tops the list of top upcoming bikes in India. Therefore, it is wise for the company to take full advantage of this excellent platform and provide more models based on it. Well, the company is already testing a 650cc cruiser motorcycle which will likely be based on the KX concept shown at EICMA 2018. The Royal Enfield KX cruiser test mule was seen with a bolt-on and motorized rack chassis. 648cc twin parallel. The horsepower and torque figures are likely to be identical for the 650 twins, too. The test mule was also seen with the US dollar forks up front, a first for the Royal Enfield motorcycle. Then there are also the alloy wheels that can hitch a tubeless tire. This might also result in better rubber to replace the Pirellis currently featured in the 650 Twins. There is no confirmation on the launch schedule, but we expect to launch the new 650cc RE cruiser in the second half of 2021.
Aprilia RS 660 / Tono 660
Yeah! The Aprilia RS 660 along with the Tuono 660 will be launched in India in July 2020. The bikes will be brought to India as fully built units (CBU) sometime in July 2021, once the homogenization process is complete. The news was confirmed by Diego Graffy, Managing Director and CEO of Piaggio India, in a virtual interaction with the journalists. The RS 660 might be a 650-660cc midsize sports bike, but it's not a dedicated lane-focused motorcycle, rather it's built for everyday handling and practicality. It is based on a new 659 cc parallel twin-engine, and will also form the same platform for the bare Aprilia Tuono 660. The parallel-twin produces 99 hp at 10,500 rpm and 67 Nm of maximum torque at 8,500 rpm.
BS6 Kawasaki Ninja 300
Kawasaki informed that the new BS6 Kawasaki Ninja 300 will be launched in India at the end of the first quarter of 2021. In fact, Kawasaki plans to increase the local content on the motorcycle, especially the engine components. . The price of the BS6 motorcycle is likely to drop to ₹ 2.5 lakh. For reference, BS4 is priced at 2.98 lakh. The BS4 model had a 296 cc parallel-twin engine producing 39 hp at 11,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 27 Nm at 10,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox that comes with a slipper clutch as standard. The BS6 variant will likely get the same setup, with minimal changes to specifications, features, and design.
Triumph Trident 660
In 2021, Triumph will launch its latest affordable motorbike which makes it to the list of top upcoming bikes in India, the Trident 660. It is a mid-weight roadster that caters to both new owners and motorcycle enthusiasts. The Triumph Trident 660 will also be the new entry point into the Triumph's triumph off-road lineup and will be competitively priced to deliver solid value. You get an inline three-cylinder engine that displaces 660 cc. It's liquid-cooled and generates 80 horsepower at 10,250 rpm with a maximum torque of 64 Nm at 6,250 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox with a slide / auxiliary clutch. The good news is that the Trident 660 will be launched in India early next year. We expect Trident 660 prices to start at 7 lakh or so.
Triumph Tiger 850
The Triumph Tiger 850 Sport has the basic features of the new Tiger model, but with more manageable performance and an affordable price. It is a road-focused adventure bike and will be the new entry-level model in the Tiger range. The Tiger 850 Sport shares the same base engine with the new Tiger 900 range, so the 888cc three-cylinder engine remains the same, albeit with a slightly different tuning condition. In the Tiger 850 Sport, the engine delivers 84 hp at 8,500 rpm, while it has a maximum torque of 82 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The new Tiger 850 Sport is expected to launch in India in the first quarter of 2021, with expected prices around 9 lakh (ex-showroom).
Ducati Monster 2021
Ducati has recently stripped the hoods from its new 2021 Monster. The new Ducati naked car is receiving important updates in terms of style, performance, and features. The good news is that he will arrive in India next year. The new Monster design is a complete departure from the design language of the previous Monster collection. The motorcycle has gained a lot of rims now and is getting thinner and less intense 2021 Ducati Monster gets a 937cc Testastretta L-Twin liquid engine Chilled. The engine is also shown on other Ducati models, such as the Hypermotard and the 2021 SuperSport. In Monster, it is tuned to generate 110 hp at 9,250 rpm with a maximum torque of 93 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The new beast is likely to be priced between ₹ 11 lakh-12 lakh. The bike has two variants, Monster and Monster Plus.
a Fitbeline 401 / Svartpilen 401
Bajaj Auto will launch the Husqvaa Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 in India in 2020, possibly in the first half of 2021. The motorcycles are manufactured here in India for export, and Bajaj would like to expand Husqvaa's range in the country after the launch the Vitpilen 250 and Svartpilen 250. The upcoming Husqvaa 401 twins will have the same 373.2cc single-cylinder engine as the KTM 390 Duke, producing 43.5 horsepower and 37 Nm of maximum torque and mated to the gearbox. 6-speed gearbox. A continuation of the 250cc bikes, the Vitpilen 401 will be an upscale cafeteria while the Svartpilen 401 will be an urban programmer. We think the Svartpilen 401 will be better equipped to handle smooth off-road terrain thanks to razor-wire wheels, more suspension movement, and better electronics. Global models of the Husqvaa 401s received small updates this year in the form of a longer rear subframe (40 mm longer) and handrails and seats with different designs and new colors as well. The Husky 401 models released in India will be the updated models.
So these were the top upcoming bikes in India we all are waiting for. These bikes will change the two-wheeler game in India.
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