The two-wheeler market is growing in India and more and more manufacturers entering into the segment of 300-500cc bikes. We have a list of 5 affordable sporty bikes in India coming your way. The KTM Duke 390 is the best example of a successful bike in its segment. Priced under 2 lakh ex-showroom in many cities, superb power to weight ratio and great handling makes the Duke 390 best bike in its segment for its price. We already gave you list of all bikes coming in 2015-2016 and you can read it here. Let’s start with the list of bikes.
1. Bajaj Pulsar 400 CS and SS – (Approx 2 Lakh)
Bajaj showed off the 400cc bike at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, which will propel the upcoming bike from Bajaj to be the ‘Fastest Indian’. The new bike will in all probability feature the 373cc mill doing duty on the KTM Duke390. Though the details have not been made public by Bajaj, we can expect the bike to produce a healthy 40-43 bhp. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed, claw shifted gearbox. The bike will have two versions, RS and SS. Rs will come with a full fairing and SS will be the naked version. Keeping in mind the pricing of Austrian cousins, Duke 390 and RC 390, we can expect the pricing to be kept slightly below the 2 lakh mark. The bike has been spotted testing in Pune without camouflage, making a festive season launch a possibility.
2. Hero HX250R – (Approx 1.25 lakh)
The Hero HX250R is one of the most eagerly awaited motorcycles ever since the time it was showed prior to the 2014 Auto Expo. However, bankruptcy of Hero’s partner, Erik Buell Racing has pushed the bike launch to 2016. The bike will become the come packed with a 249cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, which will churn out 31PS of peak power and peak torque ratings of 26Nm. Power is transmitted to the rear-wheel via a 6-speed gearbox and it will be the first Hero offering to sport a six-speed transmission. The pricing of the bike has not yet been revealed, we expect the new Hero HX250R to cost around Rs 1.25 lakh onwards.
3. TVS Apache 250 / Draken- (Approx 1.5 lakh)
TVS has not had a ‘real’ launch which would keep the pulses racing for quite some time. The BMW-TVS joint venture for producing small displacement engines was signed a couple of years back and we could finally see the product developed in the form of Apache 250 or Draken. The bike will come powered with a 249 cc engine with a maximum power figure of 38.5 bhp. The bike will make its debut in the first half of 2016. This could be a powerful contender in the quarter-liter segment.
4. KTM 390 Adventure (Approx 2.25 lakh)
KTM has already imported 2 unit of the upcoming bike for testing purposes. According to import details, the bike will come equipped with the same engine doing duty on the RC390 and Duke 390. The engine, however, will be tuned differently for low range flexibility and will be a boon for people who love to go off-roading on their bikes. Te bike will cost nearly the same as the RC390. We expect the bike to debut at 2016 Delhi Auto Expo and the launch to follow soon after.
5. Hero Hastur -(Approx 4 lakh)
The Hero Hastur was shown at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo and people loved the striking looks of the bike, eagerly awaiting the launch. However, a statement from the head of Hero Motors, Mr Pawan Munjal said the bike launches have been pushed ahead by a year due to bankruptcy of Hero’s partner, Erik Buell Racing amid other reasons. The R&D of Hastur will be moved to India along with all other future products from Hero. Hero Hastur will be powered by 620cc four strokes, liquid cooled, and parallel-twin engine, produce the maximum power of 79 bhp and 72 Nm of maximum torque. This bike has six speed gearbox transmissions which will push the top speed of the bike to 240 kmph. The expected sticker price would be around 4 lakh.
6. Honda CBR 500 series – (Approx 4.5-5 lakh)
Honda CBR 500 has a 471cc parallel-twin engine as its heart, which is a liquid cooled unit. This engine is good for a maximum power of 47 BHP and a peak torque of 43 NM which make it quite the performer. But the only thing which pulls it down is its weight, it tips the scales at 194 Kg. The bike does the 0-100 km/hour sprint in 5.7 seconds before it touches the top speed of 185 km/hour. The bike has a fuel tank capacity of 15.7 liters. The CBR 500 with come with options of ABS and sans ABS. We expect it to be priced around the 5 lakh mark since it will come as CKD units.