India is the largest two-wheeler market and considering the multiple options up for grabs; it can be challenging for you to zero in on one from within the arresting lot. This article seeks to inform you about some of the most captivating launches (tentative) in 2020 so that you can take an informed decision and get your hands on the bike you’ve wanted for a long time now.
(The launch dates and prices of the bikes are approximate estimates, and can vary depending on the manufacturer).
The Austrian manufacturer is planning to roll out the KTM 390 Adventure motorbike in India by the early phase of 2020. Though modelled on its nude sibling, the Duke 390, this bike borrows features from the 1190 Adventure model when it comes to its design.
The 390 Adventure will be powered by the 373.2 cc motor (single-cylinder) and come with a six-speed gearbox. The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) will be offered as the standard. Also, it promises a longer suspension, bigger fuel tank and dual-purpose tyres.
Like the name suggests, the scooter goes back to its roots – the iconic Chetak – and borrows design cues from it to spin a fresh and contemporary look. Its body panel, made of sheet metal, is premium to the touch while the LED lights and smooth-flowing lines lend a retro appeal.
When it comes to power, the Chetak has few peers. Armed with an electric motor that sources power from a IP67 Li-ion battery, the scooter offers dual drive modes – Sport, that can return a range of 95 kilometre, and Eco, with the ability to return 85 kilometre.
Besides, the scooter packs other innovative features such as regenerative braking, reverse assist mode and on-board IBMS (Intelligent Battery Management System).
Bajaj Chetak is likely to offer six colour alternatives for you to choose from.
Like its earlier peers, the Honda CBR500R is powered by the 500 cc liquid-cooled twin-cylinder Dual Overhead Camshafts (DOHC) engine. Mated to a six-speed transmission, the high-performance engine produces 47 bhp and 43 Nm torque.
Honda CBR500R features a 41mm fork front suspension and Pro-Link mono-shock rear suspension with nine-position spring preload adjustability.
If you are looking for a mid-weight entry-level motorbike, you don’t need to search further; this mean machine from the Japanese giant is set to deliver on your expectations and exceed them on all counts.
Besides the models mentioned above, many other premium brands are also targeting the Indian shores in 2020. With so many alternatives at your disposal, it is easy to be spoilt for choice.
From the stables of the Italian two-wheeler giant, the Vespa GTS 300 gives you the ultimate bragging rights. It features a part-digital part-analogue console that houses the odometer, clock, trip meter and fuel gauge. A 278cc single-cylinder powers the scooter, generating peak power of 22bhp and torque of 22.3Nm.
Besides its dual-channel ABS and traction control, the Vespa’s all-steel body provides it with speed stability and easy handling dynamics. The front and rear disc brakes are 220mm in diameter. Also, Vespa claims the scooter’s fuel efficiency at 28 kilometre per litre.
Inspired by the Pulsar 200NS, the Pulsar 180NS will be substituting for the 180 DTS-i and is likely to be pegged as a high-power commuter bike. It comes with similar perimeter frame like the 200NS, but with a thinner rear subframe in order to suit the smaller tyres.
Components, including the foot peg, crash guards, swingarm, alloy wheels have been borrowed in style from the 200NS. The bike is expected to feature a liquid-cooled, four-valve engine along with triple spark technology. The engine should deliver power in the range of 19-21bhp and a torque of 16Nm.