The last month of the current fiscal year will see launches of two most-awaited bikes – Bajaj V15 and Royal Enfield Himalayan – in the country. While the Bajaj V bike, made of INS Vikrant’s metal, will fall in the premium 150ccc executive segment, the Royal Enfield Himalyan will be an affordable tourer.
Unveiled two days ahead of the Auto Expo 2016, the Bajaj V bike will be launched sometime in March. What makes it a really special bike is the fact that it is made using the metal of INS Vikrant – the Indian Navy’s first air-craft carrier. Expected to be priced between Rs 60,000 – Rs 65,000, the Bajaj V15 is powered by a new 149.5cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled, DTS-i engine that is good for 12bhp and 13Nm. With these power figures, the V15 will be less powerful than the Yamaha R15 and the Gixxer. The Bajaj V15 resembles a Scrambler which also has Cafe Racer-inspired styling elements. Other styling elements are 5-twin spoke alloys, INS Vikrant badge, removable rear cowl, LED tail-lamps, instrument panel with colour changing LEDs, etc.
Coming to its dimensions, the Bajaj V15 has 2044mm length, 780mm width, 1070mm height, 1315mm wheelbase, 780mm saddle height. Weighing 135.5kgs, the Bajaj V bike offers a decent ground clearance of 165mm.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
The first adventure tourer from Royal Enfield, the Himalayan also made its debut earlier this month and will be launched in March 2016. To be positioned below the Continental GT, the Royal Enfield Himalayan will have two variants – Off-road and City. Expected to be priced below Rs 2 lakh (ex-showroom), the Royal Enfield will become the most affordable adventure tourer bike upon its launch.
Power for the Royal Enfieled Himalayan comes from a 411cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with single overhead camshaft (SOHC) and a counter balancer. This new engine is claimed to be the most refined one ever builty by the Eicher group-owned motorcycle brand. Mated to a 5-speed manual constant mesh gearbox, this engine develops 24.5bhp at 6,500rpm and 32Nm at 4000-4500rpm.