Upcoming Bikes In India In 2017 — Make Your Choice

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The upcoming bike launches in India in 2017 is all set to redefine the Indian automotive industry and most of all it will change the biking culture in India. The list includes sports bike, adventure and middleweight bikes.

2017 KTM 390 Duke

The current KTM 390 Duke is a runaway hit among the bike enthusiasts and the upcoming 2017 KTM 390 Duke will rise the levels of excitement. The design of the new KTM 390 Duke is sharper with a bigger steel tank of 13.4 litres capacity with LED headlights and running lights.

The new 390 Duke features a new instrument cluster which is an all-colour TFT display and the optional "KTM MY RIDE" system which allows the rider to connect their smartphone through Bluetooth. KTM has developed the 2017 KTM 390 Duke with lighter trellis frame with a bolt-on frame.

On the performance side, the new KTM 390 Duke features the similar 373cc single cylinder engine with minor updates like the slipper clutch and Ride-by-Wire technology. The midship exhaust has given way to the side mounted unit. The engine will produce the same 43.5bhp of power, but given the updates, the bike could be smoother than the outgoing model.

Expected Launch: Early 2017
Expected Price: Rs 2 to 2.5 lakh

Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

Husqvarna showed off the production versions of the KTM 390-based Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401. Reports suggestthat Bajaj is producing the bike and the road-spec Vitpilen is expected to be launched in India.

The Husqvarna Vitpilen will share the mechanical components from the KTM 390 Duke. The Vitpilen is a cafe racer in style, yet futuristic. The bike will be powered by the KTM 373cc single cylinder engine which churns out 43.5bhp and will be mated to the 6-speed gearbox.

The chunky looking Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 will feature round headlamps and instrument cluster, spoke wheels which bring out the cafe racer approach of the KTM Duke.

Expected Launch: Late 2017
Expected Price: Rs 2.2 to 2.5 lakh

BMW G310 R

One of the most awaited sports bike launches in India is the BMW G310 R. The G310 R is designed with the reversed-cylinder engine which improves the centre of gravity and the weight is evenly distributed. This makes the bike agile and easy to ride.

BMW Motorrad has collaborated with TVS motors to produce the bikes in India and will be exported globally. The BMW G310 R will be powered by a 313cc single cylinder engine that produces 33bhp of power.

Expected Launch: Mid-2017
Expected Price: Rs 2.2 to 2.5 lakh


Based on the same frame of the G310 R, the BMW G310 GS is the adventure-touring version of the naked bike. The smallest of the GS family from BMW Motorrad will inheritthe styling of the GS family with the front beak, headlamp cowls, radiator shrouds, and tank design.

The front suspension travel is longer by 49mm than the G310 R which characterises its adventure capabilities. ABS will be standard on the bike, and accessories to choose from, such as 12-volt power socket, heated grips, two seat-height options, satellite navigation and smartphone solutions.

Expected Launch: Late 2017
Expected Price: Rs 2.5 to 3 lakh

TVS Apache RTR 300 (Akula 310)

The radical looking Akula was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo and many have not been able to take their eyes off its design. The Akula 310 is the first fully faired bike from TVS Motors and is powered by the BMW G310 R and the looks of the bike seems to be track-focused.

The production version though will not be the same as the concept model, yet some spy pics have revealed that most of the design cues will remain the same. KTM 390 Duke sure will have some competition in the market with the Apache RTR 300.

Power wise, TVS will share the BMW G310 R 313cc single cylinder mill capable of churning out 33bhp and mated to the 6-speed gearbox.

Expected Launch: Late 2017
Expected Price: Rs 2 to 2.5 lakh

Ducati Multistrada 950

Ducati will bring the smaller Multistrada to India with the 937cc engine, thedesign of the Multistrada 950 will be the same as the 1200s and will share most of the equipment. The adventure bike from Ducati is supposedly introduced to cater to the ease of riding with premium features.

The power duty is done by the V-twin 937cc engine which can punch out 113bhp and 96Nm of torque. The Ducati Multistrada 950 comes with fully adjustable front and rear suspension with 170mm of travel making off-roading a lot easier.

Expected Launch: Late 2017
Expected Price: Rs 13 to 14 lakh

DSK Benelli 302 R

Next up for the Italian bike maker is the Benelli Tornado 302 R, this is the fully faired version of the naked TNT 300. However, this is not a TNT 300 fitted with fairings, the bike boasts of new design cues as well.

The tank lines are sharper and have been reduced to fill 14 litres of fuel and graphics to the faired bike. ABS will be standard on the Tornado 302 R and the bike is powered by the familiar 300cc inline twin cylinder engine punching out 35bhp and 27Nm of torque.

Expected Launch: Early 2017
Expected Price: Rs 3 to 3.5 lakh

DSK Benelli TRK 502

Another bike from Benelli will be from the adventure segment, the TRK 502 which was showcased at the EICMA 2015 in Milan is set to hit the Indian roads in 2017. With its large beak front fairing and tall stance, the bike epitomises its adventure character.

The Benelli TRK 502 will be powered by the 499cc parallel twin engine capable of producing 46bhp and 45Nm of torque. Benelli will offer two variants, one will be road-oriented and the other is the off-road version.

Expected Launch: Mid 2017
Expected Price: Rs 5 to 6 lakh

DSK Benelli Leoncino

Another segment that Benelli will target is the scrambler with the Leoncino. With its retro looks and modern technology, the Benelli Leoncino sports minimal bodywork with clean finished tank and tail section.

The Benelli Leoncino will be powered by a 500cc parallel twin engine which churns out 44bhp of power and 45Nm of torque. The Leoncino is equipped with the chunky 50mm USD front forks and rear is a large laterally mounted mono suspension.

Expected Launch: End of 2017
Expected Price: Rs 4 to 5 lakh

Yamaha MT-03

Yamaha will bring the naked version of the YZF R3 and will be named the MT-03. Currently, Yamaha has the MT-09 in India which comes in as CBU. The Yamaha MT-03 sports the diamond frame and is on the compact side of the R3.

Yamaha has powered the MT-03 with the same 321cc parallel-twin engine seen in the R3 which produces 41bhp and 29Nm of torque and has a wider and upright handlebar. The suspension, brakes wheels and tyres will be shared from the R3.

Expected Launch: Late 2017
Expected Price: Rs 2.5 to 3 lakh

Tork T6X

This is the only electric bike launch in 2017 being mentioned here, the Tork T6X is built by a Pune-based firm Tork Motorcycles. This will be the first electric motorcycle manufactured and sold in the country.

The Tork T6X is targeted at the commuter segmentbut could cost more than most of its competitors. The company claims the running cost of Rs 10 to 20 will be the USP of the Tork T6X. With a single charge, the T6X can travel up to 100km with a top speed of 85km/h. The electric motorcycle boasts of connectivity features with thedisplay for navigation and interface to link your smartphone which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android.

Expected Launch: Mid-2017
Expected Price: Rs 1.25 lakh

Story first published: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 18:06 [IST]
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