Check out the bikes on this list of upcoming bikes in India 2018. This year, many exotic bikes are going to enter the Indian market. Read ahead to know the bikes and choose one for yourself.
The list of upcoming bikes in India includes cafe racers, cruisers, passenger bikes, ADVs and more. The demand for high-end and exotic bikes is slowly increasing, because of a better standard of living. Also, the bike makers themselves are eager to launch new bikes in Asia’s 3rd largest automobile market. Earlier, bikes were seen as a necessity by most of the people, but now, necessity has been combined with lifestyle. The brands in this list include Harley Davidson, Kinetic owned SVM, Royal Enfield, Ducati, Benelli and more. The list is huge, but we have handpicked some popular ones that are trending. Good surprises come from Benelli and SVM, as they launch more ADV bikes in India. Without any further ado, check out the bikes on this list and choose one for yourself.
Upcoming Bikes In India – Harley Davidson Iron 1200
The Iron 883’s bigger brother will be joining the HD army this year. The Iron 1200 resembles the 883 in terms of looks with the wider handlebar and new headlamp cowl being the only noticeable changes. At its heart is a 1,202cc motor that makes a claimed increase in torque by 36%. The four-cylinder motor makes 98.9 Nm of max torque as compared to the 72.9 Nm of the 883. The handlebar is wider at 812 mm and with a 165 mm pullback, the result is upright riding position. Exactly like the 883, 1200 gets a puny 12.5-litre fuel tank. If launched as CKD, the Iron 1200 will be the most affordable 1200cc motorcycle in Harley Davidson range. Harley Davidson’s upcoming bikes In India includes the Iron 1200 expected to launch in the third quarter of 2018. We expect Harley to price the upcoming 1200 around INR 9.4 lakh.
Upcoming Bikes In India – Hero Xpulse 200
Hero Impulse was the first off-road worthy leisure bike in India. Since the Impulse came in ahead of its time, the sales numbers were really limited. At the 2018 Auto Expo, Hero took wraps off the new Xpulse. The Impulse’s successor borrows its engine from the recently launched Xtreme 200R. The 200cc single-cylinder motor is good for 18.4 bhp and 17 Nm of torque. The Xpulse gets a full-LED headlight with a small windscreen. The enduro handlebar with hand guards further pronounces its nature. At 825mm, the seat height is not friendly for our shorter friends, but the 220mm ground clearance and 190mm suspension travel makes up for it.
The 21-inch wheel up front and 18-inch wheel at the rear with single-channel ABS are great for off-road. The bike’s frame strength was tested at last year’s Raid de Himalaya rally, the third toughest in the world. The Xpulse is expected to launch around the end of 2018 with prices starting from INR 1 lakh.
Upcoming Bikes In India – Royal Enfield 650 Twins
Next up in the list of the upcoming bikes in India are the Royal Enfield 650 twins. The most anticipated product of the year is launching between 22nd to 26th September this year. First they will be launched globally, then after a few months will come to India. The Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 share the same underpinnings and cycle parts with visual details being the only defining factors. The 648cc air-cooled, twin-cylinder engine is good for 47 bhp at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine will comes mated to a six-speed gearbox with a slip-assist clutch. The conventional telescopic fork at the front and gas-charged twin shocks at the rear are common amongst the two. The Continental GT 650 range will start around INR 2.9 lakh and the Interceptor GT range around 3.2 lakh.
Upcoming Bikes In India – Suzuki V-Storm 650
2018 is going to be the year of exploration with several automakers bringing in their adventure ready models in India. The Triumph Tiger, for instance, has been the most successful model for the British two-wheeler maker. Sighting the opportunity, Suzuki is finally bringing in their V-Storm 650 adventure tourer. Powering the bike is a twin-cylinder 645c engine that churns out 70hp of power and 66 Nm of torque. The off-road oriented version, the 650XT gets aluminum rims with stainless-steel spokes and tubeless Bridgestone Battlax Adventure tires. Weighing in between 213 kg and 216 kg, the V-Storm 650 is definitely not a light motorcycle but with weight, sometimes comes good quality fit and finish. The bike will be imported as CKD however, Suzuki clarified a more premium pricing than the Kawasaki Versys 650. Expect the new adventure-tourer to launch sometime around Q4, 2018 with prices starting around INR 7 lakh.
Upcoming Bikes In India – SWM Superdual T/X
The SWM Superdual is a perfect product for the Indian market. The pocket-friendly 600cc single cylinder engine makes a healthy 57 bhp. A six-speed manual transmission transfers the power. The Superdual features a reliable dual-cradle frame and 45mm upside-down forks at the front. The rear gets a monoshock from Sachs that offers full adjustability for preload, compression, and rebound. Suspension travel is massive with 210mm at front and 270mm at the rear. Stopping power comes from 300 mm disc brake at the front and 220 mm at the rear. Both ends feature off-road ABS. The upcoming SWM is the most promising adventure tourer of them all. The Superdual was expected to launch by June 2018 with a starting price of INR 5.5 lakh. However, the launch has been pushed to year end.
Upcoming Bikes In India – Benelli Imperiale 400
Next up in the list of upcoming bikes in India is a Royal Enfield Bullet 350 challenger. The Italian two-wheeler maker Benelli will launch the Imperiale 400 in India this year. Powering the bike is a 373.5cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine that develops 19.7 hp and 28 Nm of max torque. The motor is fuel injected and comes paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. The cruiser sits on steel tubular, double cradle frame and implements 41mm telescopic fork at the front. The rear uses twin shock absorbers. Stopping power comes from 300mm disc at the front and 240mm disc brake at the rear. To further aid versatility, the bike comes with 19-inch front and 18-inch rear tyre. The ergonomic design highlights the 780mm seat height. Upon launch this year, the Benelli Imperiale 400 will cost around INR 2 lakh.
Upcoming Bikes In India – Benelli Leoncino
Motorcycles like the Honda Rebel and Benelli Leoncino offer so much in terms of design that it overshadows everything else. The Leoncino was revealed at the 2016 EICMA show in two variants. The road oriented version looks great but the scrambler is next level. Unfortunately, the former is going to be launched in India initially. The scrambler’s launch depends entirely on the demand. Powering the bike is a 499.6cc liquid-cooled and fuel-injected twin-cylinder motor. The engine makes 49.6 bhp and 45 Nm and comes paired with a 6-speed gearbox.
The Leoncino sits on a tubular steel-trellis frame with 17-inch wheels at each end. The front fork is a 50mm USD unit while the rear gets a monoshock with 112mm of travel. Stopping power comes from a 320mm disc at front and 260mm disc at the rear. ABS is offered as standard. The 13.5-litre fuel tank is a tad small but can be forgiven in favor of the beautiful design. Upon launch this year, the Leoncino will cost about INR 4.5 lakh.
Upcoming Bikes In India – Benelli TRK 502
Showcased in 2015, the Benelli TRK 502 is another adventure tourer in the list of upcoming bikes in India. The tall stance and the intimidating beak of the TRK are noticeable at the first glance. Powering the adventure tourer is the same engine from the Leoncino albeit in a different state of tune. The 499.6cc engine in the TRK 502 makes 46.9 hp and 45 Nm torque. The power is available at much earlier in the rpm range. As with all Benelli’s, the weight is a concern as the TRK 502 weights 210 kg. The exact launch date is uncertain but a tentative price of INR 5.5 lakh is likely.
Upcoming Bikes In India – Ducati Scrambler 1100
The Ducati Scrambler series has been one of its most popular brand names. Earlier this year Ducati took the wraps off its new Scrambler 1100. Powering the bike is a 1,079cc L-twin engine that churns out 86 hp of power and 88 Nm of torque. Comparing this to the outgoing Scrambler, the 803cc engine makes 74 hp and 67 Nm. The upcoming Scrambler 1100 will feature a six-speed gearbox and ride-by-wire technology. Unlike the 800, 1100 is a full-on tech fest. The new Scrambler features a comprehensive technology package that includes ABS, cornering ABS and four levels of traction control system.
Three riding modes i.e. Active, Journey and City are also offered as standard. 1100 gets a new headlight with a more prominent ‘X’ pattern housed within. The instrument panel gets a secondary oval element in addition to the existing one. Ducati is expected to launch the Scrambler 1100 around the festive season of Diwali this year. The speculated price of the Scrambler is around Rs 11.5 Lakhs (ex-showroom).
Upcoming Bikes In India – Hero Xtreme 200R
Unveiled at the Auto Expo 2018, Hero’s new development, Hero Xtreme 200R might launch in India by the festive season. It has already been launched in North Eastern countries for a price of Rs 88,000 (ex-showroom). Copying some elements from its predecessor, CBZ Xtreme, it is a naked bike. The official dates are not announced yet, but the deliveries will start soon after the launch date. The Xtreme 200R will be powered by a 199.6 CC single cylinder engine that produces 18.1 BHP worth of power and 17.1 Nm worth of torque. The Xtreme 200R comes with disc brakes at both ends with ABS as an option.
In terms of features, The Xtreme 200R comes with disc brakes at both ends with ABS as an option. The bike comes with LED pilot lights, LED tail light, dual-colored seat, and a combination of digital and analog instrument console. The digital cluster gets a clock, fuel indicator, and a trip meter. Above the digital cluster, there are basic indicators for ABS, power check, neutral gear, and indicators. Also, It gets a halogen LED headlamp. However, the bike fails to live up to the high-level technology that its competitors are offering. It might be a late entrant in the market, but with its price expectations, it can do pretty well.
Upcoming Bikes In India – TVS Commuter Bike (Prestige)
It is reported that TVS might launch a new 100CC commuter bike this year. Currently, the name speculated for the bike is TVS Prestige. The company claims that their engines can give mileage figure of 95 KMPL, which might be offered by this commuter bike too. The new commuter bike will compete with Hero Splendor and CD Deluxe. The bike might get some underpinnings from TVS Sport. TVS Sport comes with a 99.7 CC engine that produces 7.5 PS worth power and 7.5 Nm torque. Mostly, the bike will be priced between Rs 45,000 to Rs 50,000. Given the expected price, the bike will likely start off as a budget commuter with basic features like alloy wheels, rear shock absorbers, front telescopic suspension and more. It is expected to come by end of 2018.
Upcoming Bikes In India – Cleveland Cyclewerks Misfit And Ace
Cleveland Cyclewerks might be unheard to most of them. But, in the USA, it is a huge brand. This company specializes in less powerful cafe racers bike, retro bikes, and bobbers. Now, 2 of its bike, Misfit and Ace are going to launch in India this year. Recently, they started their journey at their new Pune Plant. First, the Ace will come to India followed by Misfit. While the Ace is a Retro-styled commuter bike, the Misfit is an urbanized street cafe racer. Both the bikes will get a 250cc engine. Rest of the information is not known yet, but both the bikes have almost completed their component testing with ARAI and the final tests are scheduled for this month end. We expect both the bikes to be priced between Rs 2-2.5 Lakhs. The expected launch of these bikes is around December 2018.
Upcoming Bikes In India – UM Renegade Duty S
Renegade was launched just some 2 years back. It has its share in manufacturing modern urban cruisers. Pure American brand, is going to launch UM Renegade Duty S in India this September. This cruiser will get a 223cc single cylinder engine that produces around 17 BHP of power and 17 Nm of peak torque. For transmission, it uses a 5-speed gearbox. Its main design highlight includes a LED ‘UM’ inscribed below the headlamp. Reports say that it will go all LED with LED tail lights, DRLs and Headlamps. The bike will mostly cost around Rs 1.10 Lakhs (ex-showroom).
Upcoming Bikes In India – Norton Commando 961
Norton is one of the oldest brands of Motorcycle, with its retro-styled cafe racers. The British bike makers have tied up with Kinetic to launch their cafe racers in India. The first one to come in 2018 is the Norton Commando 961. Do not consider this as a normal bike. The bike will be bought as CBU as they are specially handmade. It carries a 961cc fuel injected parallel twin engine that produces power worth 72 horses and 69 Nm of peak torque. The price of the bike is out and it is pegged at Rs 23.40 Lakhs (ex-showroom). Competition for the bike will include Ducati Monster 1200 S, BMW R Nine T, MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR and Triumph Thruxton R.
Upcoming Bikes In India – Summary
|Harley Davidson Iron 1200||Rs 9.4 Lakhs||End 2018||1200cc|
|Hero Xpulse 200||Rs 1.10 Lakhs||Festive Season 2018||200cc|
|Royal Enfield Continental GT 650||Rs 2.9 Lakhs||November 2018||650cc|
|Royal Enfield Interceptor||Rs 3.2 Lakhs||November 2018||650cc|
|Suzuki V-Storm 650||Rs 7 Lakhs||October 2018||650cc|
|SWM Superdual TX||Rs 5.5 Lakhs||End 2018||600cc|
|Benelli Imperiale 400||Rs 2 Lakhs||December 2018||373cc|
|Benelli Leoncino||Rs 4.5 Lakhs||December 2018`||500cc|
|Benelli TRK 502||Rs 5.5 Lakhs||December 2018`||500cc|
|Ducati Scrambler 1100||Rs 11.5 Lakhs||Festive Season 2018||1100cc|
|Hero Xtreme 200R||Rs 92,000||Festive Season 2018||200cc|
|TVS Prestige||Rs 50,000||December 2018`||100cc|
|Cleveland Cyclewerks Ace||Rs 2 Lakhs||December 2018`||250cc|
|Cleveland Cyclewerks Misfit||Rs 2.5 Lakhs||December 2018`||250cc|
|UM Renegade Duty S||Rs 1.10 Lakhs||September 2018||223cc|
|Norton Commando 961||Rs 23.40 Lakhs||November 2018||961cc|
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