List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched in 2016
Like every passing year, the year 2016 too has proven to be one year which has only been progressive enough to make the Indian two wheeler market more mature and versatile. Almost all the bike makers of India did came up with something which was revolutionary and game changer for the price at which they are offered.
In this feature story, we are going to discuss all those significant all new bike launches in the mass oriented segments of the Indian two wheeler market, with some of them have been build up from scratch and are only redefining the segments and creating new records for value for money. Following are those all new bike launches meant for the common masses, with the criteria being sub-500cc category and below the price point of Rs. 2.5 lakh:-
2017 Benelli TNT 135
India came to know about the monkey bikes when the then ‘Escorts’ group designed and built the Rajdoot GTS (Grand Touring Sports) 175 in the 60s’ and 70s’. It was powered by the stock-in-trade 175cc, single cylinder, air-cooled, two-stroke engine that was borrowed from a Polish motorcycle maker called Cekop. It is also fondly called as ‘Bobby’ which was christened because of the movie it was shown in.
India’s second ‘Monkey’ nearly after half a century is our very own amiably cute and luring Honda Navi. It was an instant hit amongst the youth for its unique design which brought in some fresh air to the otherwise very conventional market of ours. It reigned the segment for quite sometime now but it is time for it to look up. The Italians are coming in to take over the crown. Enter the DSK Benelli TNT 135.
The Benelli was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2016, rumours have it that it is undergoing road tests on Indian soil as we speak.
Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N
When we talk about the Indian two wheeler market in person, this fastest growing market in the world for two wheelers, which perhaps will become the biggest as well in the upcoming years surpassing the markets positioned above it, has shown a tremendous shift in terms of customer preferences. Within this market, if we talk about the performance oriented segments as well, the category of 200-250cc motorcycles has become the range starting class, unlike that of the 150cc commuters as before.
Due to this shift, sense of increased maturity and flow of money, the riders are now looking out for middleweight motorcycles more, while upgrading their riding skills from a 200-250cc motorcycle. This has resulted in an increased interest and sales numbers of middleweight category motorcycles. Since the liter class superbikes are a bit impractical for their upgrade and usage, the middleweight motorcycles are currently considered to be the best bet to be their next purchase. The middleweight segment of motorcycles consists of all kinds of motorcycles right now, with the segment of roadsters being the most practical and preferred ones, which is quite reflected in their sales numbers as well. Currently, the Indian market has four different motorcycles in this space of 600-800cc roadsters – Kawasaki ER-6n, Triumph Street Triple, Benelli TNT 600i and Hyosung GT 650N.
However, Kawasaki has recently announced that it will soon be replacing the aging and dated ER-6n with an all new generation motorcycle, the Z650, which is a roadster based on the new generation Ninja 650. Like the ER-6n, the Z650 will continue the rivalry of Kawasaki with its competitors – Triumph Street Triple, Benelli TNT 600i and Hyosung GT 650N, all of which have varying strengths of their own. All these four motorcycles are made here via the CKD route, which explains their affordable pricing as well. Which brings us to the quest that which one of the four emerges out to be the best bet for your money? Let’s find out:-
Get Up Close & Personal With The New Benelli Tornado 302: Video
Benelli is trying hard to be a household name in India; they want people to rely on them and although they were not completely successful yet but they surely are making a progress to achieve that target. As a matter of fact the Italian two wheeler manufacturer has already launched some interesting products in the Indian market and they now shifted their focus completely towards introducing some new and exclusive entry level performance motorcycles.
Recently we came to know that Benelli is all set to debut the Tornado 302 in India which is actually the faired variant of the TNT 300 which is already available for sale in the Indian market. The new motorcycle definitely looks good and when it launches here it will take on some other fully faired variants like the Yamaha R3 and also the Kawasaki Ninja 300.
The Benelli Tornado 302 is powered by an inline twin cylinder, liquid cooled, DOHC mill which produces about 35.3 PS of peak power at 12,000 rpm and 27 Nm of peak torque at 9,000 rpm. The engine is paired to 6 speed gearbox. In this video you can actually watch Benelli describes everything about the motorcycle starting from its power output to other important specifications. For all your information the motorcycle comes fitted with 41 mm upside down forks and monoshock suspension setup. While it also gets disc brakes for both its front and rear brakes which also comes fitted with duel channel ABS setup for the safety of the rider. The fully faired motorcycle has also features 100/70 section tyre in the front and 150/60 in the rear.
Compared to some of its other rivals the front portion of the motorcycle looks slightly broader than the rear section courtesy the huge fairing. Expect the motorcycle to hit the Indian roads early 2017.
In a country that is price conscious, it was a gamble played by motorcycle manufacturers when they decided to bring in their higher segment motorbikes. If statistics are to be believed, India is in the highest rankings in terms of growing economy. And the gamble payed off. People started investing in premium motorcycles that were lauded in the performance and engineering arena. More and more players started entering the Indian subcontinent to showcase their entry level performance machines. To help you have a clear decision making ability, we have compiled 10 bikes that fall under ₹ 5 lakhs that can suffice all your needs and dreams of owning a bike that can be both practical and fun to ride.
2017 Benelli Leoncino
Benelli was finding it difficult to find its identity amidst in the modern and competitive world, even more after it was acquired by a Chinese firm. But now it seems like a thing of the past, more of a ‘myth’ one could say. Benelli started showcasing us products designed by CentroStile Benelli and slowly their reputation got back to their original charm.
The same design house has once again wowed us by showcasing the Leoncino (pronounced Leon-cheeno), meaning the Lion Cub and the Leoncino Trail is its scrambler edition. This street and scrambler motorcycles was first showcased at the 2015 EICMA as a concept and people had then put a lot of money on these bikes because of the potential shown. Then these motorcycles missed the recently culminated Indian Auto Expo 2016 and the Indian fans were disappointed and rubbished it calling it a rumour. But Luckily, DSK Benelli chief, Mr. Shirish Kulkarni, has confirmed the arrival of the Benelli Leoncino and Trail. We saw the production versions at the ongoing EICMA 2016 as well and we are glad to report that it has maintained the rugged and beautiful lines. Rejoice everyone.
KTM Duke 390 vs Benelli TNT 300
If you are a nineties kid or a youngster from the nineties, remember the times when we used to dream about our first bike? Though, our wishes and hearts allowed only the most premium and sporty motorcycle available in the market to go for. There was a time in the early beginning of the 21st century, when the particular segment of 150cc motorcycles used to be the most perennial one, as those were the motorcycles which used to trigger the strings of the hearts for being the most ‘powerful’ motorcycles available in the market to satisfy our hunger for performance.
However, the tables have turned and with the progress which the Indian two wheeler industry has been witnessing in terms of maturity, customer awareness and inflow of money, different manufacturers have started experimenting with different kinds of segments. One such experiment was conducted by KTM back in 2013, when it introduced the Duke 390 in India. With the Duke 390, KTM initiated the segment of 200-400cc entry level performance motorcycling, with which it created new records, owing to the fantastic price to package ratio which the Duke 390 offered. It was the Duke 390 which offered the thrills of riding a big bike without being too intimidating.
Witnessing the success of the Duke 390, many new manufacturers started their onslaughts in the middleweight segment of motorcycles. One such name is Benelli, a relatively new and unknown name for the Indian market. This bike maker from Italy started its Indian operations with its entire lineup, ranging from the TNT 300 to the range topping TNT 1190 R. Though in today’s time, the single cylinder TNT 25 is the most affordable motorcycle from Benelli, it was the TNT 300 which used to hold the tag before the advent of the former.
Both the Duke 390 as well as TNT 300 seem to be similar in size, but then there are some differences which set them apart. On paper, the single cylinder Duke 390 is more powerful from the twin cylinder TNT 300. With so much similarity in size and proximity in price range, currently the Duke 390 and TNT 300 are the only two viable competitors in the 200-400cc performance segment. The question arises that which one of the two offers itself as a better package over the other. Here’s our comprehensive comparison review to find out:-
Soon To Be Launched Fully Faired Benelli Tornado 302 Spied On Indian Road
First showcased at the 2016 New Delhi Auto expo this entry level fully faired sportsbike from the Italian two wheeler manufacturer definitely caught everyone’s attention. The Benelli Tornado 302 with its stylish swooping lines, duel headlamps surely will impress many Indian customers as well soon. Like we already reported earlier Benelli has decided to introduce this new motorcycle in Indian market and recently Motor Octane was able to catch the first glimpse of the sportsbike while it was being tested on Indian road.
Although the motorcycle was covered in heavy camouflage but there is no hiding the fact that the Tornado 302 is the faired variant of the Benelli TNT 300 which is already on sale here. The motorcycle will share almost all the part with the TNT300 including the engine as well and also the Trellis frame. The additional fairing definitely goes well with the overall motorcycle’s design and does not look like a last minute addition. The fairing also houses duel headlamps setup as well which will most probably get halogen units.
The Tornado 302 which has been spied for the first time in India gets a 41 mm inverted telescopic forks towards the front and a monoshock suspension setup towards the rear. The motorcycle also gets an additional exhaust canister as well, while the TNT 300 features an underbelly exhaust setup.
List Of Entry Level Performance Motorcycles Launching This Festive Season
After the 2016 Auto Expo we have seen plenty of new cars as well as motorcycles launch in the Indian market making this year extra special for Indian customers and auto enthusiasts. But the festive season is when most of the Auto manufacturers get even more active and try to avail plenty of exciting offers besides introducing new products as well. Apart from some four wheelers you can also expect plenty of two wheelers too to make it to the Indian market during the festive season.
The last two years definitely has been the sweetest year for the motorcycle enthusiasts of the country. Not only they have seen plenty of new launches but also some major motorcycle brands entered the Indian market as well.
This year three major two wheeler manufacturers have actually decided to launch some exciting new products, the list includes Yamaha, Benelli as well as Bajaj. While Bajaj is all set to launch their much awaited VS400 which was also caught testing several times on the road, Benelli and Yamaha will also be introducing two new products of their own.
Click past jump to read about the complete list of the some important motorcycle launching this festive season
List of 400-650cc middleweight motorcycles in India
After the quarter liter category of 200-400cc motorcycles, if there is one category of motorcycles which is growing at a rapid pace, it has to be that of the 400-650cc motorcycles. Preferred more by the seasoned riders, this category of motorcycles is the most sensible way of stepping up from a quarter liter category, to satiate the growing hunger of power and better riding capabilities, which does the job of honing one’s riding skills in an even better way.
Unlike the previous decade in which we were left to choose only from a couple of options, the Indian enthusiasts are now spoilt with a variety of options to pick up one from. Right from a sport tourer to a naked streetfighter to an adventure motorcycle and even one café racer, this segment has now got everything which one can imagine, including from the motorcycles from both home-grown manufacturers as well as international players.
In this feature story, we are going to have a look on each and every motorcycle which falls in this woo-worthy category of 400-650cc. It is upon you to decide which option to put your hand down as your next dream machine. Here you go:-
List of Quarter Litre (200-400cc) motorcycles available in India: PART 2
This is actually the continuation of the quarter litre (200-400 cc) motorcycles available in the Indian market..
In this feature story, we are going to have a look on each and every single motorcycle which falls under this space of Indian two wheeler industry, which ranges from naked roadsters to adventure motorcycles.
List of quarter liter (200-400cc) motorcycles available in India: PART 1
If there is one segment which is witnessing the fastest growth in the two wheeler industry, it has to be the quarter liter segment. This category, which consists of motorcycles ranging from 200cc to 400cc engines, has been in a solid action in the past 3-4 years, witnessing the arrival of new kinds of motorcycles, which were almost unheard in the market before. This segment is the new stepping stone for all those riders who have a craving for performance and wish to upgrade from their100-150cc commuters.
In this feature story, we are going to have a look on each and every single motorcycle which falls under this space of Indian two wheeler industry, which ranges from naked roadsters to adventure motorcycles. Here you go:-
Comparison – Benelli Tornado 302 vs Yamaha YZF R3 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300 vs Hyosung GT 250R
The premium end of the quarter liter motorcycle segment has recently witnessed a lot of action like never before. A segment which was alive only due to the sole presence of Kawasaki Ninja 300 has hit a storm with the arrival of two very potent motorcycles, the KTM RC 390 and the Yamaha YZF R3.
The KTM RC 390, when launched in 2014, rewrote the rules of the segment, by offering a mind boggling package and spectacular performance to price ratio. Without any doubts, the motorcycle went on becoming an overnight success, making the brand as new as KTM a popular nameplate. However, for more seasoned riders, who look for a more mature twin cylinder motorcycle to upgrade from their single cylinder motorcycles, the RC 390 is out of equation
The excitement of the motorcycling enthusiasts reached an all new height when Yamaha unveiled its all new quarter liter sportsbike, the YZF R3, before the end of 2014. And when it announced that the R3 will be subsequently launched in the emerging markets, which happened in the Indian market in 2015 the potential buyers and fans were left with one viable option against the Ninja 300 from the land of the rising sun.
And now, the Italian marquee Benelli, which after raking in some interesting numbers with its range of naked streetfighters, is now coming up with its first fully faired motorcycle in the Indian market, the Tornado 302. The motorcycle will also have to face the rivalry from the motorcycle which started it all – the first twin cylinder 250cc motorcycle of India, Hyosung GT 250 R. Following is a comprehensive comparison of all these four motorcycles – Hyosung GT 250 R, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Benelli Tornado 302 and Yamaha YZF R3 – based on various parameters:-
2016 Benelli Tornado 302
Benelli has definitely attracted the attention of those buyers who wanted to get their hands on a performance motorcycle which is definitely not from India. There is no doubt in the fact that Benelli offers these exclusive and powerful machines at an amazing price. Presently Benelli offers plenty of products starting from the entry level TNT 25 to the powerful TNT R. Their latest offering for the Indian market will be the Tornado 302 which is actually a faired variant of the TNT 300 naked streetfighter.
The Tornado 302 was showcased infront of the public already at the 2016 Auto expo and it was definitely one of the bikes which got lots of attention. According to the reports Benelli will actually be launching their newest offerings in India towards the festive season of Diwali which means around the month of October 2016.
So without any further due let us provide you some important details about this soon to be launched faired motorcycle.
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Feature:- 5 Sporty Motorcycles You Can Buy For Under 2 Lakh
The Indian motorcycle scenario has changed a lot in the recent years and for good, Indian motorcycle enthusiasts now has lot of options in their hand. As you all have already noticed in the title that we are here today to talk about the top 5 sporty motorcycles which you can actually buy within two lakh rupees. Although there are plenty of options in hand out there but choosing the right motorcycle is a tough job which suits your needs as well as requirements.
Now if we talk about the range of motorcycles available in under than 2 Lakh rupees then there are plenty of options available. This is a competitive segment and we can call it a segment where you find motorcycles which give you a chance to take a step ahead from being amateur rider to a much more matured rider. Honestly this is where you get your hands on some serious entry level performance motorcycles which separate you from the rest of the riders out there on the road.
Below provided are the list of 5 motorcycles which are sporty enough but also does not burn a hole in your pocket.
DSK Benelli sold 500 superbikes in Bengaluru
Who doesn’t know that India is one of the largest market for motorcycles, and every large motorcycle manufacturer is eyeing the market to get a fare share here. DSK Benelli in the meantime has hit the jackpot by selling 500 superbikes in Bengaluru only, just within one year of opening their DSK Benelli showroom in the city. This marks the fastest retailing in one city by the brand. Post launch they received 750 bookings, and till now 500 bikes have been delivered.
DSK Benelli, the Indo-Italian brand presently retails six models in Indian market, which are TNT 25, TNT 300, TNT 600i, TNT 600GT, TNT 899 and the TNT R. The TNT 25 is powered by a single cylinder 250 cc engine, while the TNT 300 gets power from an in-line two cylinder 300 cc engine. The TNT 600i gets a four cylinder 600 cc engine, the 600GT gets a four cylinder 600 cc engine, while the 899 is powered by an in-line three cylinder 898 cc engine with the TNT R getting power from an in-line three cylinder 1131 cc motor.
Taking inspiration from this immense success DSK Benelli is planning to launch more new models in the country. At the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo and India Bike Week, DSK Benelli showcased several exciting models, which include the upcoming ones as well. The company is expected to launch the TRK 502 in India very soon alongside the BN 302.
If there is one manufacturer which has showed a stupendous growth with its spot-on planning for the Indian market, it has to be Benelli. In a country which banks on those manufacturers which are old and trusted, Benelli, being a very new name for India, has showed that if you have right products with right pricing, there is no chance of not being successful.
With six products ranging from a single cylinder 250cc roadster to a full-fledged three cylinder 1130cc streetfighter, Benelli has been selling a variety of products to cater to different mindsets. Now, in order to mark its presence in the segments from which it is missing, Benelli has showcased it plans for the near future at the Auto Expo 2016.
The new range now includes a fully faired motorcycle as well as an adventure tourer, both of which are mentioned below and are expected to hit the showrooms very soon. On the other hand, Benelli also showcased its existing range as well as couple of more models which were displayed just to gauge public interest.
Here’s a complete list of all the eleven motorcycle which Benelli had at Auto Expo 2016. Take a look.
Needless to say, if you are out for a liter class motorcycle, the category which can be considered as the most apt one in the Indian conditions is that of the adventure tourers. The reason is simple – not only they have the additional superpower of tackling the rough terrains and poor roads of India, but also have the ability to comfortably munch the miles of supple highways.
This is the reason now why every other bike manufacturer in the upper spectrum of motorcycle segments is now coming up with its best offering in the adventure tourer segment. The latest entrant in the Indian market, Benelli, too understands this, which is why after announcing a set of hooligan naked streetfighters, the company is contemplating on bringing its range of adventure motorcycles into the country, the TreK 1130 being the one among them.
The TreK 1130 is based on Benelli’s flagship streetfighter, the TNT 1130R, and is a softer version of company’s hardcore adventure motorcycle, the TRE-K 1130 Amazonas. The motorcycle may get considered as an underdog in the face of accomplished names like Suzuki, Triumph and Kawasaki, but considering its legendary TNT genes, it promises a lot. Will the TreK 1130 take the game of adventure tourers one step further? Here’s a detailed preview of Benelli’s flagship adventure tourer.
The Indian two wheeler market has come a long way from being a commuter only market to a playground for sportsbikes and superbikes. For young enthusiasts, there was a time when they had the only viable options to choose from at most 150cc ‘sport commuters’ like the Pulsar 150 and Hero Honda CBZ to quench their thirst of speed and riding thrills, moving beyond the tags of fuel efficiency and resale value.
But now, the average young Indian enthusiast wants more – he wants more speed, more performance and more precision from his two wheeled machine, which is why he is eyeing beyond the range of 150cc commuters and looking for a bigger and more powerful motorcycle. For such riders, the segment of quarter liter/250cc sportbikes are proving to be a viable upgrade, which though are positioned much above the 150cc commuters in terms of price, but offer much more performance and sharp riding dynamics, making them feel more mature rider.
In the last couple of years, the segment of 250cc motorcycles has become a very potential playground for the majority of manufacturers, ever since the KTM Duke 200 broke the ice and created a new trend. Almost every other manufacturer is now trying to make the full use of this segment – while some of them are launching fully faired motorcycles in this segment, a majority of them are launching naked roadsters, and with almost all of them coming from international brands, these quarter liter naked roadsters are actually giving the riders an opportunity to introduce them to their global standards.
The year 2015 happened to be a remarkable one for this particular segment of 200-250cc roadsters, given the fact that two of the most significant launches, Mahindra Mojo and Benelli TNT 25 took place in this very year. Meanwhile, Kawasaki has also indicated that it will soon be bringing in its smaller capacity entry level sportsbike, the Z250 SL, to Indian shores very soon. Too much to handle? In this feature story, we will be comparing the four most significant motorcycles in this segment – KTM Duke 200, Mahindra Mojo, Benelli TNT 25 and Kawasaki Z250 SL in almost each and every parameter, to find out which one emerges out to be the best. Here we go.