The time has come, almost. In just a few days, every Indian auto enthusiast will be present (or wish they were present!) at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi. Although supercars and luxury cars grab most of the attention at such events, the superbikes and cruise motorcycles have their own set of admirers. With the Auto Expo tantalizingly close, let’s take a look at the premium bikes that are sure to make your heart skip a beat, categorized according to their makers:
Ducati isn’t holding back at the Auto Expo, and is showcasing two of its very best. First up, the XDiavel is an absolute monster – Its whopping 1262cc engine is a notch up from the Diavel’s 1198cc one, and pumps out 156 HP and 129 Nm of Torque. The XDiavel is expected to be launched in the 3rd quarter of 2016.
-> 959 Panigale
The 959 Panigale, on the other hand, is a major boost from its predecessor, the 899. It packs a strong 955cc engine, and gives an output of 157 HP and peak torque of 107 Nm. It will be showcased at the Expo and will be launched sometime in 2016.
Yamaha has gone all out and is showcasing three jewels of its crown. The highlight is the MT-10, for which Yamaha strips the R1 and takes direct aim at the BMW S1000R. It runs on a 998cc inline four cylinder engine, although power is undisclosed at the moment. The company hasn’t revealed when this beast will be available for launch in India. Hopefully, we’ll receive that bit of info at the Expo.
-> YZF R1-S
The second one is the YZF R1-S, which also features the same engine as the MT-10, and is expected to give output in the range of 150-160 HP. The YZF R1-S is aimed to attract younger buyers, whose pockets aren’t as deep to as those who can afford to buy the MT-10. Powerful and affordable? Yes, please! The YZF R1-S is expected to be launched sometime in 2016.
Finally, the MT-03. The MT-03 is a new entry model streetbike and comes with a 312cc twin cylinder, inspired from the YZF R-3. It borrows its looks from its younger sibling, the MT-25, which has already been launched. The MT-03 produces 29.5 Nm of torque, and is sure to give the likes of BMW G310R a run for their money. Expected to be launched by the end of 2016.
3) BMW Motorrad
Quality > Quantity. BMW certainly believes that, and is showcasing just one of its bikes, but what a beauty it is! A collab between BMW and TVS. Yes, you read that right. Unlikely, but it works, and how! Featuring a 313cc engine, it gives 34 bhp and 28 Nm of torque. The G310R is just a showcase at the Expo for now, but is expected to launch by the end of 2016. This is one of the bikes we’re looking forward to the most!
The one that takes the cake, at least in terms of the number of launches, is Triumph. The British manufacturer is showcasing an all-new range of the 2016 Bonneville series at the Auto Expo.
-> Triumph Bonneville Street Twin
One of the more affordable offerings from the 2016 Bonneville range, the Street Twin features a 900cc parallel twin cylinder engine. It will go head to head with Ducati’s Scrambler, which is increasingly gaining admirers in the Indian superbike community.
-> T120 & T120 Black
The T120 and the T120 black will be powered by a whopping 1200cc parallel twin cylinder engine. With these two models, Triumph aims to target those who prefer cruise driving.
-> Thruxton & Thruxton R
And with these final two models, Triumph has basically covered every aspect of motorcycle domain. Both the Thruxtons feature the same 1200cc parallel twin engine as the T120s, but in this case the bikes will be tuned for maximum performance and are undoubtedly the most powerful offerings by Triumph.
5) Indian Motorcycles
-> Scout Sixty
In tune with BMW’s thinking, Indian motorcycles is showcasing just one new model, but it’s enough to grab people’s eyeballs. Even though the Scout Sixty is a downsized version of its popular 2015 Scout, the 1200cc cruiser, it still packs a powerful 999cc engine and gives a mammoth 78 HP and 88 Nm of torque. This monster is expected to launch in India by mid-2016.
The Honda CBR500R features a 471cc engine that is enough to produce 47 BHP and 43 Nm of torque. It has a 6-speed manual gearbox and can reach 0-100 kmph in 5.7 seconds, and boasts a top speed of 180 kmph. Pretty sweet, right? The only thing that bugs us is the delayed launch. Sigh!
7) UM Motorcycles
-> Renegade Sport S
Unlike the other manufacturers on this list, UM is actually launching a bike instead of just showcasing them, with two versions of the Renegade set to be launched at the Auto Expo. UM Motorcycles will begin its journey in the Indian market with 40 dealers in the country. The Sport S is powered by a 279cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel injected engine which will make 26.2 HP and 22.76 Nm of peak torque. Expected price is in the range of Rs. 1.2-1.3 lakhs.
-> Renegade Commando
The second one is the Renegade commando, which is powered by a 279cc single-cylinder, water-cooled engine, and gives 25 BHP and 21.8 Nm of torque. It will be launched at the Expo and will go on sale in late February. Expected price is around Rs. 1.5 lakhs.
8) DSK BENELLI
-> Benelli TRK 502
The Benelli TRK 502 is packed with a 500cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine, which pumps out 47 BHP and 45 Nm of torque. The ‘off-road’ version of the Benelli TRK 502 comes with aluminium rims at both the ends to help it withstand the harshness of harder terrains. Expected price is around Rs. 5-5.5 lakhs and will be launched in late 2016.
-> Benelli Leoncino
Benelli Leoncino is a pretty neat blend of retro looks and modern technology. It is powered by a 500cc, parallel-twin engine that produces 47 BHP power and 45 Nm of torque, almost identical to that of the TRK 502. It is also similar to the TRK 502 in one other aspect – launch date of late 2016.
-> Benelli Tornado 302
Powering the Tornado 302 is an in-line two cylinder 4-stroke 4-valve DOHC engine, producing 36 BHP power and 27Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission and reportedly makes the motorcycle to reach a top speed of 170kmph. No official word has been out regarding its launch, but like the other DSK showcases, expect this to be launched before the end of the year.