The year 2017 has already seen many exciting motorcycle launches, including Ducati Monster 797, Triumph Street Triple S, Kawasaki Ninja 1000 and others. However, there is a lot more coming. There are three quarter-litre and two 300cc motorcycles set to launch in what is left of this year. While some years ago, there were only the commuter bikes for the masses as the high-end premium superbikes were mostly beyond reach for many, now the market has something for everyone. Read further to find out.
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Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0: Yamaha will update their R15 with an improved engine and some cosmetic updates this year in India. The YZF R15 V3.0 will carry the same 149 cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, single cylinder engine, which also powers the current R15 V2.0 model, however, it will be tuned to churn out better power and will be paired to an improved six-speed transmission. The current model produces 16.7 hp of power and 15 Nm of torque but the new one is expected to produce around 19 hp. Expected launch: late-2017 Expected price: Rs 1.30 lakh (ex-showroom)
DSK Benelli 302R: DSK Benelli has officially started accepting bookings for the Benelli 302R. The anticipated 302R is a fully-faired sports motorcycle that will compete with the likes of the Yamaha YZF-R3, KTM RC390 and the Kawasaki Ninja 300 in its segment. It is powered by a 300 cc in-line two cylinder, water-cooled, four-stroke engine that will develop around 37 hp of power and churns out 27 Nm of peak torque. Estimated launch: July 2017 Estimated Price: Rs 3.5 lakh (ex-showroom)
Suzuki GSX250R: The GSX250R will be powered by a 248cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled petrol engine that produces a maximum power output of 24.7 hp at 8,000 rpm 23.3 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. When launched, it would compete with the likes of Honda CBR250 and KTM 250 Duke. Expected launch: December 2017 Expected price: Rs 1.8 lakh (ex-showroom)
Hero HX250R: The HX250R will be the most powerful motorcycle in the homegrown brand's stable. It will be powered by an all-new 249cc single-cylinder, liquid cooled engine with Dual Mode Fuel Injection system. Hero claims it will be capable of 0-60 kmph in 2.7 seconds. The engine will produce 31 hp at 9000 rpm. It will be a lightweight (139 kg) fully faired motorcycle and will come equipped with ABS. Estimated launch: December 2017 Estimated price: Rs 1.5 lakh (ex-showroom)
Triumph Street Triple R and RS: Triumph launched the Street Triple 765 S in India last month at an exciting price of Rs 8.50 lakh. However, at the time of launch, the company announced that they will launch the higher version of Street Triple R and RS later this year. The Street Triple will be powered by a 765cc engine that produces 116 hp in R trim and 121 hp of power on RS variant. The R and RS variant churns out the same torque of 77 Nm and are mated to a 6-speed transmission. Both the variants have more features than the S variant and R & RS variant get a full-colour 5-inch TFT instrument console. The R variant gets four modes, road, rain, sport and custom, while RS trim has 5 riding modes which include all the aforementioned ones as well as a race track mode. As for the pricing, the Street Triple R and RS variant will be launched at a higher price than the S variant. Expected launch: December 2017 Expected price: Rs 9 lakh to Rs 10 lakh
MV Agusta Brutale 800: The 2017 Brutale 800 has been given cosmetic, as well as mechanical upgrades. The chassis too has been tweaked being given a longer wheelbase and an extended trail. It is now powered by a 796cc in-line three-cylinder with 12-valves and counter-rotating crankshaft which generate 109 hp and 83 Nm of torque at rpm as low as 3800 rpm. The 2017 Brutale 800 gets a ride-by-wire throttle and riding modes. It is equipped with 8 level traction control system and an electronic EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift) 2.0 shift assist for clutchless shifts and a hydraulic slipper clutch. Estimated launch: July 2017 Estimated price: Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom)
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