Yesterday we brought you part 1 of the list of upcoming motorcycles in 2019. Here are the part 2 of the forthcoming bikes in India:
Royal Enfield Bullet Trials
The Royal Enfield Bullet Trials will be available in both 350cc and 500cc engine options. The motorcycle is a scrambler version of the Classic range but comes with updated suspension, upright ergonomics and luggage mounting options. While the overall styling is similar to the Royal Enfield Classic range, the motorcycle features a rear parcel rack in place of the pillion seat.
The Royal Enfield Bullet Trials features a dual-tone silver and chrome paint scheme, rubber fork gaiters and headlight protector to complete the scrambler look. The chassis is painted red on the Bullet Trials 350 and olive green on the Bullet Trials 500. The Trials will reportedly be launched in March 2019.
The Trials 350 will employ a 346cc motor that makes 19.8 bhp and 28 Nm, while the 499cc engine on the Trials 500 generates 27.2 bhp and 41.3 Nm. Both the engines are paired with a five-speed transmission. The motorcycles could retail around INR 1.70 lakh (Trials 350) and INR 2.10 lakh (Trials 500) (ex-showroom).
KTM 790 Duke
According to a December report, the KTM 790 Duke is slated for launch in March 2019. The 790 Duke will be imported in India through CKD kits from Austria and will be assembled locally at the Chakan Facility near Pune. KTM India is considering local manufacturing of some of the non-critical components to keep the costs low.
The 790 Duke is also known as the 'scalpel' for its sharp and accurate handling. With a dry weight of 169 kg and a maximum output of 105 PS and 86 Nm, the KTM 790 Duke will be a hoot to ride around the canyons or the race tracks. KTM is reportedly also working on a new 500cc parallel-twin engine that will slot between the 390 and the 690.
The KTM 790 Duke comes equipped with an extensive suite of electronic wizardry. The motorcycle will take on the likes of Suzuki GSX-S750, Triumph Street Triple S, Ducati Monster 821, Kawasaki Z900 and the likes. Rumours are rife that the KTM 790 Duke will retail at a price tag of around INR 7 lakh (ex-showroom).
Suzuki Gixxer 250
According to a 20 December report, Suzuki Motorcycles India is expected to showcase the Gixxer 250 to its dealer partners this month. The Suzuki Gixxer 250 is likely to be launched in India in the coming months.
Engine design patents of the upcoming Suzuki Gixxer 250 were leaked online on 29 December. According to the patents, the Gixxer 250 will feature a 250cc single-cylinder SOHC, 4-valve layout with oil cooling to keep costs in check. Power figures are unknown.
The Suzuki Gixxer 250 is likely to cost around INR 1.40 to INR 1.50 lakh (ex-showroom). Currently, there's a void in this price bracket with the only offering being the Yamaha FZ25. Suzuki is likely to follow Yamaha's strategy to introduce naked motorcycle first, followed by the faired version (Suzuki Gixxer 250 SF).
KTM 390 Adventure
The Austrian bike maker has long toiled with the idea of launching the KTM 390 Adventure in India. Enthusiasts have been patiently waiting for the ADV, and the wait will bear the fruits, as the motorcycle was spied testing in the country for the first time in December 2018.
KTM India could launch two variants of the 390 Adventure in India - Tourer & Adventure (R), as the test mule was spied with alloy wheels and road-biased tyres. The motorcycle KTM 390 Adventure is based on the 390 Duke platform but will feature a redesigned chassis that will offer higher ground clearance and lower seat height.
The KTM 390 Adventure will be powered by a 373.2cc engine from the 390 Duke. It makes 43.5 bhp and 37 Nm on the naked roadster and is mated to a 6-speed transmission with standard slipper clutch. The engine on the 390 Adventure will be tuned differently and could benefit from revised gearing ratios and sprocket sizes.