The middleweight bike category in India is on the upswing with many sports bike enthusiasts taking the path that some of their contemporaries were hesitant to venture. Thanks to the stable economy in India which has opened the market to some of the best sportbike manufacturers entering the country.
Here are top 6 upcoming middleweight bikes in India in 2017 which have engine displacement between 500 to 950cc:
1. 2017 Honda CBR650F
Honda has updated the 2017 CBR650F significantly on the exterior, equipment and an increase in power by 4bhp. The bump in power is courtesy of a new intake and exhaust flow system.
The new Honda CBR650F sports a new fairing and adds a bit of functionality by transmitting the air from the front into the airbox intake duct. The updated bike gets new 41mm Showa Dual Bending Valve (SDBV) front forks which offer better ride quality and handling than the previous model.
The spec for the upcoming middleweight bike Honda CBR650F is the 649cc, liquid-cooled, inline-four engine which produces 88.57bhp and 64Nm of torque.
Expected Launch: June 2017
Expected Price: Rs 7.30 to 8 lakh
2. Royal Enfield 750
Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lal revealed in October that they will launch something big in March 2017. The company has been working on a bigger engine for some time now and we expect the Continental GT to get the 750cc mill.
The upcoming middleweight bike from Royal Enfield had the guise of the Continental GT which was spied in Spain testing with a dual exhaust. Most of the styling remains the same as the Continental GT 535.
The Royal Enfield 750 is expected to feature a 750cc, twin cylinder engine which might produce 50bhp and 60Nm of torque.
Expected Launch: March 2017
Expected Price: Rs 4 to 4.5 lakh
3. Benelli TRK 502
With adventure biking in India witnessing a spike in interest, manufacturers are readying an adventure bike from their portfolio. Royal Enfield fueled the initial burst with its entry-level adventure bike Himalayan.
Now, Italian bike maker, Benelli will bring the TRK 502 adventure bike. The Benelli TRK 502 features a dual headlamp setup, knuckle guards on the handlebar and windshield to benefit its touring image.
The factory stock bike will receive 17-inch alloy wheel both in front and rear with Pirelli Angel tyres. The off-road model will come with the 19-inch wheel up front and 17-inch at the rear with Metzeler tyres. The bike is powered by the 499cc twin cylinder engine and produces 47bhp and 45Nm of torque.
Expected Launch: Early 2017
Expected Price: Rs 5.5 to 6.5 lakh
4. Kawasaki Z650/ Ninja 650
The upcoming middleweight bike from Kawasaki, the Ninja is synonymous to the Indian sportbike enthusiasts. The Kawasaki Z650/ Ninja 650 is one of the most impressive sports cruiser in the middle-weight category.
The Kawasaki Z650 is the naked version of the Ninja 650. The Kawasaki Ninja 650 has been redesigned to be in sync with the new models from Kawasaki. The fuel tank and the wheels receive cosmetic updates.
As for the heart of the matter, the Kawasaki Z650/ Ninja 650 is powered by the 649cc parallel twin cylinder engine. There is a drop in power with the new model churning out 69bhp instead of the 71bhp of the previous model; however, the weight of the new bike has been reduced and the drop in power should hardly matter.
Expected Launch: Mid-2017
Expected Price: Rs 6 to 7 lakh
5. Ducati Multistrada 950
Ducati in India have the higher spec Multistrada 1200 and the sport bike maker is ready to bring the smallest multi-bike to its range in the country. The upcoming middleweight bike Ducati Multistrada 950 is based on the trellis frame.
Looks wise, the Multistrada 950 is more or less the same as the Multistrada 1200 and will come with four riding modes (Touring, Sport, Urban and Enduro) and the ride-by-wire technology. It also boasts of Ducati Safety Pack which includes the latest Bosch ABS with 3-level adjustment and 8-level Ducati Traction Control.
The power to the Multistrada 950 is by the 937cc Testastretta engine which produces 113bhp and 96Nm of peak torque.
Expected Launch: End of 2017
Expected Price: Rs 13 to 14 lakh
6. Ducati Supersport
Another upcoming middleweight bike from Ducati is the Supersport, considered to be the Ducati Sportbike for everyday riders. The bike is designed to target bikers who prefer comfort and ease of riding.
Just like other models, the Ducati Supersport receives the Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch ABS and Ducati Traction Control), three riding modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), height adjustable windshield, fully adjustable 41mm Marzocchi front fork and Sachs shock.
The Ducati Supersport is equipped with the 937cc Testastretta engine from the Hypermotard 939 which produces 113bhp of power and 96Nm of torque.
Expected Launch: End of 2017
Expected Price: Rs 11 to 12 lakh
The upcoming middleweight bikes in India in 2017 is indeed an exciting list and is set to raise the decibel levels of the sport bikes enthusiasts.
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