The best new motorcycles this festive season
Snapshot: We bring you a list of 5 hottest, newly launched bikes for the festive season.
The 200SS is the faired version of the existing Pulsar 200NS. While it would carry the same engine from the 200NS having 23.6bhp and 18.3Nm of torque, the SS would have a more aggressive stance and steering dynamics. The SS resembles its beefier twin , the 400SS and would carry over similar styling. The 200SS would feature digital fuel injection system, optional ABS, Rear monoshock, telescopic forks at the front and dual projector headlamps. To be priced slightly higher than the 200NS, the SS is expected to fall in the price range of Rs 1.0 Lakh to Rs 1.20 Lakh. The SS is expected to launch during this festive season.
Hero Splendor Pro Classic and Hero Passion Pro TR
Hero Motocorp after achieving a record sale of over 600,000 units in September is all ready to extend their lead with a café racer and a dual-sport in the form of the Splendor Pro Classic and the Passion Pro TR. While below the shell they are the same splendor and Passion motorcycles, above they have been given the contemporary garnishes to distinguish their looks. While the Splendor Pro Classic comes with a café styled single seat, Vintage Café cowl, lowered handlebars and classic round headlights and taillights, the Passion Pro TR sports higher dual-sport handlebars with a cross-bracing, high front fender with hugger, knee pads for better grip and hand guards from added protection.
KTM RC 390
With a perfect timed launch right before the festive season, KTM’s mini-sports motorcycle is ready to snatch sales from motorcycles like the R15 and the Ninja 250. With the same engine as the 390 Duke, the RC puts out a grin inducing 45bhp while running a slightly modified engine map, giving it more linear acceleration. The RC has not doubts about its aggressive stance while standstill or in motion. Sporting duel projectors with dual DRL LEDs at the front and a neatly tucked taillight cluster under the rear section, the KTM looks well worth its asking price of Rs 2.3 Lakh (ex-showroom). We road the motorcycle up the ghats of Lavasa, Pune and confirmed our beliefs that the RC makes for a perfect handling machine for twisties while being linear enough to access the power in day to day situations. While your girlfriend might not share the same excitement sitting on the memory foam rear seat/cowl, as you, she would certainly admire how the motorcycle looks from every angle and would make peace with it. With bookings open and deliveries soon to follow, the KTM is our top most choice this festive season between the 250-400cc segments.
The Gixxer is the newest entrant in the 150cc segment. Taking styling cues from the higher segment motorcycles in Suzuki’s range, the Gixxer sports a large muscular tank design with an upward raked rear end, giving it a sporty stance. It is also the highest torque producing motorcycle in its segment producing 14Nm. The engine is quick to respond and has meaty mid-range, making it idea for city riding conditions. While the Chassis is very compliant to bumps and potholes yet taught to give a sturdy yet comfortable riding experience. Compared to its rivals, the Gixxer excels in build quality, features and power making it a very convincing package overall, which is an affirmative seeing the huge number of bookings that the bike has been seeing off lately.
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