Top bikes at EICMA 2017 - Part 1
EICMA is the biggest motorcycle show in the world where all the major bike manufacturers from around the globe display/launch their new products or concepts. Like every year, bike makers like Kawasaki, Ducati, KTM, and Yamaha took the center stage by introducing revolutionary new products. Scroll on to see some of them that we have mentioned in the report below.
Benelli Imperiale 400
The Chinese owned-Italian motorcycle maker is getting geared up to launch the new Imperiale 400 in India soon after its EICMA debut. It is powered by 373.5cc single cylinder engine that produces 19bhp of power and 28Nm of torque. The Imperiale 400 will fight against the highly famous Royal Enfield Classic 350 and will also be priced in the same category. It will be launched by mid-2018 in India. When launched expect it to be priced near Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 1.7 lakh.
KTM 790 Duke, the Scalpel
The Austrian motorcycle maker unveiled the new 790 Duke at the EICMA show and nicknamed it as ‘The Scalpel’. The company also tagged the same as ‘the sharpest track tool ever’ and some reports also suggest that KTM will be manufacturing the new 790 Duke across varies location around the world and India will be one of them. When produced in India, KTM will be able to price it very aggressively and hence will thrash every other bike in its competition. It is expected that the new 790 Duke will be priced around Rs 6 lakh to Rs 6.5 lakh in India and will be launched by mid-2019.
Read our short report on the KTM 790 Duke here!
KTM 790 Adventure R Prototype
Apart from the 790 Duke, KTM also grabbed a lot of attention on the new 790 Adventure R Prototype that simply looks rocking. It also gets the same engine as the 790 Duke which produced claimed 103bhp on the latter. But for the Adventure R, the engine will be heavily tuned as per off-road duties. Though the details are scarce at the time but we are certain that will be equipped with features such as WP suspension, LED lights, a single seat, high dashboard, and, in typical Adventure style, two low-slung fuel tanks. As per the available information, this bike will make it to the production model by late 2019, but will it arrive at the Indian market? Only time will tell.
Ninja H2 SX and H2 SX SE
Kawasaki stole the show by unveiling the new Ninja H2 SX and SX SE motorcycles at the EICMA show. The Ninja H2 SX uses the 2nd gen supercharged engine that produces a massive 200bhp of power and 137Nm of peak torque. The Ninja H2 SX is also the 1st bike in the touring class to get a supercharged engine. The bike gets a revised transmission box to enhance fuel economy and put lesser stress on the gearbox. Talking about the full electronic package of the Ninja H2 SX, it gets a bunch of electronics in the form of inertial measurement unit, cruise control and Kawasaki ‘Cornering Management Function', KTRC (anti-wheeling and traction control systems), KLCM (launch control, only on SE), KIBS (ABS cornering ), KEBC (engine brake) and KQS (quick shifter). Kawasaki will be bringing it to the Indian market soon after its international launch. Expect a price tag of at least Rs 35 lakh to Rs 38 lakh.
Hero XPulse Concept
The Gurgaon based automaker, Hero MotoCorp, has been developing a bigger capacity Impulse for quite some time now. Since Hero Impulse is one of the most famous multi-purpose motorcycles in India, the company decided to come up with a bigger capacity Impluse, named the XPulse. The details on the Xpulse are foggy at the moment but we speculate that the bike gets a 200cc engine as seen on the new Xtreme 200S.
Speaking on the occasion, Hero MotoCorp - Chairman, Managing Director and CEO, Pawan Munjal said, "We are constantly developing Concepts for the future - keeping in mind global trends and customer aspirations. I am sure the Adventure Concept motorcycle XPulse gives you a directional guidance on the path that Hero is going to ride on in the future. We created this segment in India a few years ago and we feel it is about time that we start conceptualizing some new thoughts and ideas in this space.”
You can expect the same to be displayed at the upcoming AutoExpo 2018 and Hero might also take this concept into the production form by late 2018. When launched, expect a price tag of Rs 1.2 lakh to Rs 1.4 lakh.