Auto Expo 2018 is nearing its end and as that happens, here is a look at the most exciting motorcycles that were on showcase at India's largest automotive event. Some of these were also launched in the country, including the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX and its special edition, and BMW Motorrad's two new adventure motorcycles.
Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0: Yamaha launched the YZF-R15 V3.0 in India during the 2018 Auto Expo at Rs 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom). The new R15 is powered by a 155cc liquid-cooled engine which produces 19 hp, and is paired with a six-speed transmission. Yamaha has promised that the new R15 has received a boost in power by 16% and a 4.7% boost in mileage. The new Yamaha YZF-R15 now also features a slip-assist clutch, a full LED headlamp, LED tail lamp, USB charging provision and more.
Honda X-Blade: Honda unveiled its new 160cc motorcycle at the Auto Expo 2018, Honda X-Blade. It is more muscular than the Honda Hornet 160R and is powered by a 160cc single-cylinder engine that makes 13.93 hp and 13.9 Nm of torque. Honda X-Blade features a fully digital instrument panel, and weighs in at 140 kg.
TVS Zeppelin: TVS Motor Company's highlight at the Auto Expo 2018 was the TVS Zeppelin, a brand new cruiser motorcycle set to challenge Bajaj Avenger in the segment. It is powered by a 200 cc engine, paired with TVS' Integrated Starter Generator (ISG), which the company says provides 'e-boost' to help start the engine quicker. Also, TVS Zeppelin is equipped with a 1200W regenerative assist motor with a 48V Li-ION battery to further enhance the performance.
Hero XPulse 200: Hero MotoCorp uneviled two new scooters and a new motocycle at the 2018 Auto Expo, and the new motorcycle stands in a different segment as compared to other Hero motorcycles. Those who remember the Hero Impulse will be pleased to hear about the unveiling of the XPulse 200. Powered by the same 200cc engine that comes mounted on the recently launched Hero Xtreme 200R, the XPulse 200 produces 8.4 hp and 17.1 Nm. Equipped with an LED headlamp, a fully digital instrument console and a USB charging point, Hero XPulse will be launched in India soon.
Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX: A sports tourer version of the Kawasaki Ninja H2, the H2 SX was launched during the 2018 Auto Expo, along with its special edition version as well. Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX is a unique sports tourer as it is powered by a supercharged engine, which isn't usually used on sports tourer, but Kawasaki says that it has tweaked the gear ratios to better suit touring acceleration. The 200 hp Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX will retail in India at Rs 21.8 lakh and the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE at Rs 26.8 lakh (prices are ex-showroom).
BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS: BMW Motorrad launched two new adventure motorcycles during the 2018 Auto Expo - BMW F 750 GS and BMW F 850 GS at Rs 12.20 lakh and Rs 13.70 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. The new BMW F 750 GS and BMW F 850 GS come mounted with an 853cc, inline two-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed transmission. While the BMW F 750 GS produces 77 hp at 7500 rpm, the engine on the BMW F 850 GS makes for 95 hp at 8250 rpm. The motorcycles feature riding modes - rain and road, or optional riding modes - 'Dynamic’, ‘Enduro’ and ‘Enduro Pro’.
Emflux One: The first ever electric sports motorcycle in India, the Emplux One is an impressive machine. Brainchild of IIT Delhi alumini, EmfluxOne is powered by an electric motor that produces 80 hp and 84 Nm, and helps it propel to 100 km/h in only 3 seconds with a top speed of 300 km/h. It will be launched in India in April 2019 at a price tag of Rs 6 lakh (on-road) and at a bigger price tag for additional performance parts. Emplux plans to launch the Model Two, which will be a naked electric bike.
Cleveland Ace and Misfit: Cleveland CycleWerks, an American motorcycle manufacturer, was officially launched in India during the Auto Expo 2018. The brand will initially launch two new motorcycles in the country - Cleveland Ace and Cleveland Misfit. While the Ace will come in three variants - Ace Cafe, Ace Scrambler and Ace Deluxe, the Misfit will have two trims - Misfit and Gen II Misfit. The motorcycles will be powered by a 229 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke engine that produces 15.4 hp and 16 Nm of torque.
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