Upcoming Bike & Scooter Launches In India

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      Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 11:02 [IST]
 

The near future holds some exciting news for motorcycle enthusiasts in India. The rapidly maturing two wheeler scene in India will witness the launch of several bike and scooter models in all categories, ranging from small displacement scooterettes to large displacement super bikes to cruisers to quarter liter motorcycles.

On of the major factor that affects the launch of new models in India is pricing. To win the heart of cost sensitive Indian buyers motorcycle manufacturers are outdoing each other to bring out winning products. Go through our list and find out the two wheeler that best suits you.

Also Read: Upcoming Cars In India

Click through the slides to read basic information about upcoming motorcycles and scooters.

TVS Zest

Expected Launch Date: January 2014
Expected Price: Rs 40,000 - Rs 45,000

TVS Zest is an upcoming scooterette that will join the Scooty family. TVS spoke about the Zest at the launch event of the Jupiter, saying it would be launched in January 2014. Nothing more about the automatic scooter was said.

Bajaj Pulsar 375

Expected Launch Date: January 2014
Expected Price: Just INR 2 lakhs

Pulsar 375 will be Bajaj's first faired sports bike. Pulsar 375 could also be considered as a faired version of the KTM Duke 390 since it will be powered by Bajaj's variant of the same 375cc engine. Performance and price wise the Pulsar 375 will sit below the KTM 390. A definite Honda 250R killer, the Pulsar 375 was expected to be launched late this year, but that's unlikely now.

Hero MotoCorp Karizma ZMR Successor

Expected Launch Date: Early 2014
Expected Price: Around INR 1.5 lakhs

A successor to the Karizma ZMR is long overdue. The Karizma was one of the first homegrown performance bikes in India. However, it lacks the performance and technology to take on the likes of KTM Duke 200, Honda 250R, Yamaha R15 and even Pulsar 200NS. The Karizma successor is expected to be 250cc bike, that could boast of technology borrowed from EBR, Hero's new partner.

Mahindra Mojo early 2014

Expected Launch Date: Early 2014
Expected Price: INR 2 lakhs or more

Mahindra Mojo was first shown as a concept in 2010. The launch of this 300cc bike has been much delayed. Recently, it came to light that the company was rethinking the Mojo's design. The redesigned bike is most likely to make an appearance at the 2014 Auto Expo.

Royal Enfield Continental GT

Launch Date: October 2013
Expected Price: INR 2.5 lakhs - INR 3 lakhs

The new 500cc Continental GT is Enfield's flagship motorcycle. The classic cafe racer style motorcycle has already been launched in the UK priced at £ 5,200 (~INR 5.2 lakhs). The bike is the lightest 500cc RE and boast of features such as clip-on handlebars and a specially designed twin cradle frame, developed in association with Harris Performance.

Hyosung GV250

Expected Launch Date: Mid 2014
Expected Price: INR 2.5 lakhs to INR 3 lakhs

The 250cc segment in India already has many sports bikes, but almost no cruisers. The Hyosung GV250 cruiser will fill in that space. The quarter liter cruiser will be locally assembled. Its main rival will be the upcoming 500cc Harley Davidson.

Harley Davidson 500cc

Expected Launch Date: 2014
Expected Price: INR 4.5 lakhs to INR 5 lakhs

The 500cc baby Harley, being specifically developed for markets like India, is expected to take the motorcycling community in the country by storm. The bike will be manufactured from scratch locally and will be priced extremely competitively. Could be seen at the 2014 Auto Expo. (Image only for representation purpose)

Suzuki Inazuma GW250S

Expected Launch: Feb 2014
Expected Price: INR 2 lakhs to 2.5 lakhs

Suzuki Inazuma was initially expected to launch here as early as June. Clearly, that did not happen. It's not known whether Suzuki still intends to go ahead with the launch. We should have an answer by early 2014.

Triumph Motorcycles

Expected Launch Date: Jan 2014
Expected starting price of lineup: INR 6 lakhs

Triumph was all set to launch its motorcycles in India as early as Jan 2012, but it was bugged by several delays. The British manufacturer is finally expected offers its products starting next year. The lineup starts with Bonneville (~INR 6 lakhs) and ends with the Triumph Rocket III (~INR 25 - 30 lakhs). The lineup is made up of naked bikes, sportbikes, cruisers, streetfighters and touring bikes.

Victory Motorcycles

Expected Launch Date: 2014
Expected Price: ~INR 30 lakhs

Victory, a subsidiary of Polaris, is a traditional American cruiser motorcycle manufacturer. Victory Cross Country Tour and Vision Tour are the two full fledged touring models that could be launched in India. It will compete against the top of the line offerings from Harley Davidson.

Story first published:  Saturday, September 28, 2013, 16:27 [IST]
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