Honda Motorcycles and Scooter India announced its plan to not just launch a new 650cc middle sports model but that the company would also be assembling it in India. The design cue is borrowed from the liter class CBR with sharp designing and sporty stance. Its well-balanced chassis, standard ABS, twin disc in front and single disc on rear, the 650F promises to be a nimble and safe bike to ride. At the heart is Honda’s completely new DOHC four-cylinder featuring PGM-FI (electronic fuel injection) and mated to a six-speed gearbox, and produces 63Nm at 8,000 rpm. The engine has been tuned to offer high torque at lower revs, making this middleweight bike apt for touring and sports riding. Expected launch time is in 2015.
MOTO MORINI SCRAMBLER
Italians are masters when it comes to developing gorgeous two-wheeler designs. The crowd at the expo got a taste of it at the Vardenchi Motorcycle stands, which has become the official retailer of Moto Morini, the popular performance motorcycle maker from Italy. At its Bologna plant, the company produces adventure sports and huge performance bikes like the Emezzo, Corsaro, Rebello, Granpasso 1200 and the Scrambler. The latter two bikes were on display at the Vardenchi stall wooing everyone to give it a second look. The Moto Morinis are currently going through homologation in India and should be ready to be booked by September. Once you place your bookings, these Italian beauties would take two months to be imported and delivered.
PIAGGIO APRILIA SHIVER 750
Piaggio is expanding fast in India and its bike brand Aprilia will launch some heavy-duty two-wheelers here soon—starting with the Aprilia Shiver 750 this year. The motorcycle, even though under 800cc, will come via the CBU route like the rest of the range. The Aprilia Shiver 750 is a 750cc, V-twin motorcycle that makes a maximum power of 95PS and a torque rating that peaks at 81 Nm. The engine also comes with three riding modes—Sport, Touring and Rain—and is mated to six-speed gearbox. When it goes on sale here, the Shiver 750 will almost be twice as expensive as the Kawasaki Ninja 650, of the same genre.
The bike is powered by a 295cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine fed through an electronic fuel-injection system producing 26PS @ 8500rpm and 24Nm @ 7000rpm from its over-square cylinder dimensions. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a six-speed transmission.
The bike has been equipped with features like USD front forks, gas-charged mono shock, LED pilot lamps and tail lamps, Pirelli Sport Demon tyres and petal discs. We expect a June 2014 launch of the Mojo.
HYOSUNG AQUILA 250
DSK Hyosung launched its first motorcycle in 2014 with Aquila 250, at the 12th edition of the show. The new offering will be powered by a 250cc, oil-cooled, V-twin, 8-valve powerplant.
The engine produces 26.5PS @ 9,500rpm and 21Nm @ 7,000rpm. The Aquila 250 will be the second quarter-litre offering from the stables of Hyosung after the GT250R.
HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET 750
Harley-Davidson launched its latest offering for the Indian two-wheeler market, the Street 750, at the Auto Expo. Priced at `4.1lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Street 750 is the most affordable Harley in our country. The American two-wheeler manufacturer has been able to price the Street 750 so competitively because it will be the first Harley-Davidson to be manufactured in India at its plant in Bawal, Haryana. The new offering is the first new Harley to be developed in the past 13 years. Powering the motorcycle is an all-new, 749cc, liquid-cooled, V-twin engine producing 65Nm @ 4,000rpm.
Hero Motocorp had the houseful when it unveiled the Hastur street-fighter concept which comes with a 620-cc water-cooled parallel-twin motor that is capable of 80 PS at 9,600 rpm. The bright yellow trellis chassis utilises the engine as a stress member for optimum mass centralisation. Hero claims to have used advanced technology to make the bike fuel efficient and low on emissions. The twin projector headlamps, upside-down forks, massive disc (two upfront and one in the rear) and sticky 17-inch Pirelli Diablo tyres add to the style and convenience. The concept’s design seems to be on the edgier side. If and when the Hastur come to production it has to be toned down to get better aesthetics and usability.
BAJAJ PULSAR 400
Bajaj took the wraps off the two models that will soon be added to its Pulsar line-up—the sports cruiser Pulsar CS 400 and the sportier Pulsar SS 400. Like the 200 Duke and the Pulsar 200NS, both these models will also share some engine parts with the KTM 390 Duke. Mated to a six-speed transmission, both these Pulsars will be powered by a 375cc liquid-cooled, 4-valve triple spark engine with Fuel injection.