Motorcycles! Four wheels move the body and two, the soul…blah blah. There is no denying this analogy. This year has been an important one for the Indian motorcycling scene and we are here to celebrate the momentous occasion. Not only has Jawa made a comeback but Royal Enfield too has given us its first twin cylinder engined modern motorcycle. Hero has also built a motorcycle sans any legacy and that’s a good sign as well. So, without further ado, here are the five motorcycles/scooters, we think deserve a mention as part of the most important motorcycle launches in India this year.
Royal Enfield Interceptor/Continental GT 650 motorcycles
Royal Enfield makes waves each year and no, we aren’t referring to the scores of Classic and 350s that set the cash registers ringing. This year was special as the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 twins were launched. These motorcycles were built from ground up and have an all-new 650cc liquid cooled engine. The transmission is slick, has slip and assist clutch while the most important aspect has to be the refinement. This is unlike any vibrator that RE motorcycles are fondly referred to. Instead, the internet is abuzz with the kind of videos that prove the refinement.
Launch date: November 12, 2018
Price: Rs 2.35-2.65 lakh, ex-showroom
Classic Legends (an apt name) has brought the Jawa motorcycles back to our shores. Three motorcycles are on sale and include the Jawa and Jawa 42 models for the moment. The custom built Jawa Perak will be made available soon. A modern and decently refined 300cc motor has been used. ABS too is part of the deal. The hugely popular Royal Enfield 350cc motorcycles will definitely feel the heat here. We expect more Jawa motorcycles to be in showrooms in the next one year. Speaking of showrooms, around 105 of them will be operational shortly.
Launch date: November 15, 2018
Price: Rs 1.54 lakh – Rs 1.65 lakh, ex-showroom
Perhaps the most charismatic two wheeler we have experienced this year, the Ather 450 is one compelling buy. It not only has a zero pollution policy but also boasts disc brakes on both wheels, a real life range of 85km and on-board telemetry. It also looks like a million bucks and doesn’t feel like a start-up produced it. The Ather 450 also comes with its own charging station as well and the company provides an all-included service subscription package as well.
Launch date: June 5, 2018
Price: Rs 1.10-1.25 lakh, ex-showroom Bengaluru
The TVS NTorq took the Indian scooter fraternity by a shock. So much so that one started seeing more NTorqs on the road than Activas. TVS nailed it on the head with a peppy yet frugal 125cc engine and that tablet-like meter console. It not only gives you all vital information on the spot but even in the comfort of your home, one can access it through an app. Moreover, this little TVS also manages to acquit itself well with a sorted ride and handling package.
Launch date: February 5, 2018
Price: Rs 60,000 ex-showroom
Yamaha R15 version 3.0
This was long in the coming and like each iteration of the R15, this one too gets an engine update. The new engine is not only bigger but it now makes more power as well. Moreover, the Yamaha R15 gets variable valve actuation technology. This ensures that performance is optimal at both the lower as well as higher revs. Fuel efficiency too has gone up and so has the top speed. Sadly, it still isn’t offered with ABS. The ride quality for the pillion has become plusher while the stress on the rider’s hands are less now.
Launch date: Feb 11, 2018
Price: Rs 1.25 lakh, ex-showroom
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