CHENNAI: With lots of amazing product launches, 2014 has being a wonder year for the Indian two wheeler Industry. The year witnessed new products almost in every segment including commuters, scooters, premium commuters, entry-level-performance bikes and superbikes. We picked a value for money product from each of the segment to list the top 5 launches of the Indian two wheeler market in 2014. let's take a look.
1. TVS Star City Plus: Looking at the pricing and features of all the commuters launched in 2014, we found that the TVS Star City Plus is better than many other motorcycles in the respective segment. It is totally different from its predecessor- Star City and looks more practical for the daily commuting purpose. Styling of the bike as a little premium touch and the new 110cc Ecothrust engine delivers better performance with optimum mileage. With all these new features, the bike has been priced at just Rs. 41,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi), while you have to pay Rs. 2,500 extra if you want self start with it.
2. Suzuki Let's: In scooter segment, we fount that Suzuki Let's is the scooter, which satisfies its price tag of Rs. 43,430 (ex-showroom, Delhi) better. The light weight 110cc scooter has been proposed in the market as a female specific ride, however, we believe that it also suites the young male riders. It has all the features of a modern scooter like telescopic front suspension, tubeless tyres, sufficient under-seat storage and more. The scooter also has an under-seat mobile charger. The all new SEP (Suzuki ECO Performance) based engine claims to return best-in-class fuel efficiency of 63kmpl and delivers highest power output of upto 8.7bhp.
3. Suzuki Gixxer: Suzuki challenged the category leader- Yamaha FZ with its new machine- Gixxer, priced at Rs. 72,199 (ex-showroom, Delhi), almost Rs. 4,000 lesser than the latest FZ FI V2.0. It got some similar features like an aggressive styling, 140/60 section fat rear tyre, fully digital console, front disc brake, 41mm front forks and rear mono-cross suspension. However, the thing makes it better is its 155cc SEP (Suzuki Eco Performance) engine, making 14.6bhp of maximum power, which is better than many other products in the respective category and 1.7bhp more than the new FZ.
4. KTM RC 390: KTM launched the RC 200 and RC 390 with an identicle design like the Duke twins having different capacity engines. Here we are talking about the bigger KTM RC 390, because it is a more enthusiastic machine taking advantage of the Metzeler tyres, ABS and higher 43bhp of power output. It is the second perfect non-superbike track-focused machine in India after the Yamaha R15 V2.0. Although, it is based on the naked sport motorcycle, body work of the bike is inspired by the high-performance track machine- RC 8R. Styling of the bike is totally unique from the other faired machines in the market and it has been priced at just Rs. 2.05 lacs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
5. Harley-Davidson Street 750: One of the most anticipated motorcycles of 2014- Harley-Davidson Street 750 made its entry in the Indian market at the Auto Expo in February. Being the most affordable H-D in the fleet, it comes with a price tag of Rs. 4.3 lacs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Street 750 is based on a totally new platform and it is powered by an advance 750cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine, christened as Revolution X. Like any conventional cruiser machine, it gets a low seat height, pull-back handlebar and forward mounted foot pegs for a very comfortable seating posture. the new motor has been designed for power-on-demand, so this Harley can be used easily on both highway as well as on urban streets.