Last year was packed with the launch of some fantastic new motorcycles, from Kawasaki Z900 to Honda CBR 650F to Triumph Bobber and several others in varied segments. However, while these motorcycles are all very exciting, one thing that keeps them afar from the mass market is the price tag and hence, it is bikes such as the recently launched TVS Apache 310 RR that fit the bill for most motorcyclists in India. Who doesn't want a motorcycle that packs some grunt and isn't a burden on the pocket, so here goes:
BMW G310 R: The most affordable BMW Motorrad motorcycle, the G 310 R has been eagerly awaited since April last year when the German brand postponed its launch because of pricing and quality concerns. Manufactured at the TVS' Hosur plant, the BMW G 310 R shares the 313cc engine with the TVS Apache 310 RR, but the engine has been tuned to make more grunt at 33.6 hp and 28 Nm of torque. Expect the G 310 R to be price at about Rs 2.5 lakh.
BMW G310 GS: The entry level motorcycle in BMW Motorrad's GS family of adventure tourers, the G 310 GS will be powered by the same 313cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine, that powers the G 310 R. The engine will be paired with a five-speed gearbox, which has been tuned to better suit touring requirements. It is expected to be launched in India alongside the G 310 R at a price of about Rs 2.6-2.8 lakh.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 INT: First unveiled in Milan during the EICMA 2017 and then later in India at Rider Mania , the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 INT will be the most powerful motorcycle in the brand's lineup. It is a roadster powered by a 650cc air-cooled parallel twin engine that produces 47 hp and 52 Nm of torque. The engine is with a six-speed gearbox and also features slipper clutch. The Interceptor 650 is likely to be price at about Rs 2.8 lakh.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650: A cafe racer version of the 650cc motorcycle, the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 was revealed alongside the Interceptor 650 and is also powered by the same 648cc parallel twin engine that churns out a maximum power output of 47 hp along with a peak torque of 52 Nm. It will have a six-speed gearbox and slipper clutch. Expect the Continental GT 650 to be priced slightly higher than the Interceptor 650 at about Rs 3 lakh.
Benelli Imperiale 400: A direct rival to Royal Enfield, Benelli Imperiale 400 was first unveiled in Milan during EICMA 2017. It is powered by a 373.5cc, air-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder engine that produces 19.7hp at 5,500rpm and 28Nm of torque at 3,500rpm. The engine is fuel injected and is paired with a five-speed gearbox. Expect the Benelli Imperiale 400 to be priced at about Rs 2 lakh.
Yamaha R3: The 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 draws its power from the same 321cc, parallel twin, liquid-cooled engine that runs the outgoing model. The fuel injected mill is good for churning out respective power and torque outputs of 41 hp and 30 Nm. Gearbox is a six-speed unit. The 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 is expected to hit Indian shores at the coming 2018 Auto Expo. For regular updates on social media, please follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for automotive videos.
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