List of big capacity roadsters and adventure tourers launched in India 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 naked roadster and adventure tourer motorcycle launches in the middleweight and liter class segments of the Indian two wheeler market, which do form niche categories on their own, but then have seen a tremendous growth in terms of sales in recent years. Following are those all new naked roadster and adventure tourer launches meant for the niche buyers who have prime focus on design and performance, with the criteria being 500-1200cc category and above the price point of Rs. 6 lakh:-
Time to know which is the best Two Wheeler in the Country this year
The year 2016 is coming towards an end and what a year it has been for the automotive industry in India. If statistics are to be believed, India is in the highest rankings in terms of growing economy. People have started investing in higher range of motorcycles that are lauded in the performance and engineering arena. More and more players started entering the Indian subcontinent to showcase their entry level performance machines. It just didn’t stop there. Players in India also fired all their pistons to go head to head with their foreign counterparts.
Since 1955, the year when the first batch of motorcycles in India were manufactured by Royal Enfield of United Kingdom, put together in Madras (Chennai), the motorcycle industry in the country has grown mountains with its own share of valleys. And somewhere in between promising players emerged within and managed to live up to the expectations and more. Today they are capable of producing motorcycles that beam innovation and technology acumen at the highest standards giving the competition a run for their money.
The CNBC-TV18 OVERDRIVE Awards have been one of the few coveted award ceremonies where every manufacturer wants to grab top honours. This has been the way since the beginning of this century and is the only one held in association with all the apex industry bodies (CII, SIAM and ACMA). Every year these awards recognise achievements in multiple categories across the automotive galaxy. For things having two wheels, there are six categories of awards and the process of identifying these awards includes a jury consisting of members of the media house and experts in their respective fields.
Comparison of 150cc sport tourers – Suzuki Gixxer SF FI vs Yamaha Fazer FI
There was a time when the 150cc segment of naked commuters was considered to be the gateway to performance oriented segments of the Indian two wheeler market. Reason? There was simply nothing above it which could satisfy the craving for performance of the enthusiasts, except for a couple of exceptions and the super pricey liter class superbikes. However, with the passing times, the Indian market has become way more mature than what it used to be before, and now we have a variety of motorcycles, which are priced and positioned adequately according to the varying tastes of the prospected buyers.
This has led to the fact that the segment of 150cc naked commuters is now a mere option for upgrading to a better and a more premium commuter from a 100/125cc motorcycle, as there are now a number of options in the 200-250cc segment to fulfill that particular hunger for performance. Though, there is one category in the 150cc segment which still manages to impart the much needed ‘big-bike’ feel for the price at which they are offered – that of the sport tourers.
The category of sport tourers in this end of the segment of sub-1 lakh started all the way back in 2003, when Hero (the then Hero Honda) came up with the Karizma, which instantly earned the stature of a legend, owing to its looks and design inspired from the motorcycles from one segment above. Now that the market has become more mature and price conscious (and the Karizma too has become a motorcycle which has lost its steam and stature), the category of 150cc sport tourers has born, which at present is leaded by two major players – both are Japanese, both are fuel injected – Suzuki Gixxer SF FI and Yamaha Fazer FI. Yes, the segment consists of even the Bajaj Pulsar AS 150, however, the mechanicals and build of the former two are in an altogether different league from the Bajaj’s offering.
The Yamaha Fazer has been in the market now for quite a long time, and it is one of those motorcycles which has brought Yamaha back into the game of volumes. With its current guise, the Fazer FI, Yamaha has tried to make the motorcycle more premium and techonologically advanced than before. On the other hand, the Gixxer SF, along with its naked counterpart Gixxer, has made us sure that Suzuki can make brilliant motorcycles in the volume-conscious segments as well, just in the way as it makes in the other end of the spectrum (read Hayabusa and GSX-R1000). Suzuki has recently added the fuel injection technology and a couple of more features to the Gixxer SF and gave it a mild refresh. Which of the two motorcycles fare out to be the better one in comparison? Let’s find out:-
Schemes and offers going on for 2016 festive season
No matter how much the Indian two wheeler market may be suffering from ups and downs in the entire tenure of one year, the one particular period which definitely sets the cash registers ringing for all of them is the festive season of Diwali. If we dig out the history of automobile industry, the performance of all the manufacturers during this particular period of time always goes on exemplary, with all of them playing in profits more than what they usually collect in other months of the year.
Like every other year, the festive season of 2016 too has witnessed all the major players of the tow wheeler industry of India coming forward with their lineup of schemes, offers, limited edition models and new variants of the already existing models. Following is a list of all the schemes which are being offered by all the two wheeler majors of the country. Here they are.
List of limited edition two wheelers launched for festive season of 2016
No matter how much slowdown the Indian two wheeler market will be facing, the one time period which brings a smile to all the automobile majors is the festive season of Navratri and Diwali. All the two wheeler manufacturers of the Indian market try their best to make their products as best as possible, by either introducing sweet and tempting deals and discounts, or to increase their profits and margins by launching limited edition models.
Out of these two moves by the two wheeler manufacturers for the festive season, the latter one seems to be more interesting, as it somewhat makes the already existing products a bit more desirable and value for money. These limited edition models do ask a slight premium (sometimes, they don’t ask that premium as well), which we feel is worthy given the fact that they do look a bit different and eye catchy on the road.
Following is a list of all the limited edition models by various two wheeler manufacturers of India for the festive season of 2016, which range from a puny 110cc scooter to a mighty middleweight naked roadster. Here you go:-
Feature – List of bikes launched in INTERMOT 2016 – Part 1
Needless to say, the INTERMOT has always been one bigshot event for all the motorcycle manufacturers to display their best and latest offerings for the enthusiasts worldwide. With all the big names present on this stage, the INTERMOT has always been one big platform for all the new and modern motorcycles to make their grand entry into the world of motorcycling.
For the year 2016 too, the INTERMOT was one big and successful event, with all the major manufacturers coming up with substantial refreshes as well as all new models for the upcoming times. In this story, we have listed down all big launches that happened at the INTERMOT 2016. Here they are.
2017 Suzuki GSX-R 125 ABS
Suzuki has surprised all of us by unveiling a brand new entry level GSX-R 125 at the ongoing 2016 INTERMOT in Germany. Now while we all were expecting the slightly more powerful GSX-R250 which was caught couple of times being tested on the road Suzuki came up with this new surprise.
The GSX-R125 will be launched in some of the developed markets of the World including Europe. Although the Indian launch is not confirmed yet but if Suzuki decides to launch this in Indian market then we are sure there will be plenty of young owners who definitely would like to get their hands on one.
Click past jump to know more about this new motorcycle which is actually powered by a 124.4cc liquid-cooled DOHC four-valve single cylinder engine.
All New Suzuki GSX-R250 Caught Undisguised Before Its Official Unveiling
The soon to be unveiled GSX-R250 was finally caught without disguise even before its official unveiling recently. The fully faired motorcycle was spied at the Haojue Suzuki Motorcycle Company Ltd.’s plant in Changzhou, China.
From what it looks like the motorcycle has been heavily inspired from the bigger GSX-R motorcycles. The fully faired quarter litre sportsbike will be unveiled officially at the 2016 EICMA motorcycle show.
As you can clearly see in this image the upcoming motorcycle has been finished in the shades of Red and Black. The motorcycle gets a tall windscreen towards the front; the front headlamp fairing also houses the rear view mirrors as well. The motorcycle further also gets clip on handlebars, a fully digital instrument cluster. The GSX-R250 also gets a chiseled fuel tank as well. The full fairing goes well with the overall motorcycle’s styling, while the split sports seats and fatter rear tyres are some of the other highlights of the motorcycles.
The motorcycle sports a single disc brake towards the front and also rear disc brakes. The suspension duties are carried on by the help of a telescopic setup towards the front and monoshock setup towards the rear.
The motorcycle will be powered by parallel-twin liquid-cooled 248 cc petrol engine which used to power the now discontinued Inazuma. The motorcycle will be paired to a 6 speed gearbox. Expect the engine to be tweaked for more power and torque output.
As of now there is no confirmation whether Suzuki has any plans of launching this motorcycle in the Indian market or not. Hopefully this will make its way into the Indian market as well.
List of sub-1 lakh sporty motorcycles for college goers and youth
In the current times, the average Indian motorcycling buyer has a lot more expectations from a motorcycle which he intends to buy and run. While he is putting up his/her hard earned money on the motorcycle he wishes to buy, he/she expects it to be an all rounder and a complete package, which means that the motorcycle should be perfect in all parameters – it should look good, it should handle all kinds of tarmac and it should perform equal levels of finesse in both performance as well as well as fuel economy.
If the current trend of motorcycles is to be studied, it can be easily detected that the majority of the prospective buyers are the youths, out of which the college goers and young salaried class buyers form the major chunk of buyers. They want a motorcycle to be fit on all parameters aforementioned above, and they nowadays find 100/125cc motorcycles below their expectations. Since most of them have an average budget of almost 1-lakh rupees, they tend to incline towards buying the premium 150cc offerings or the entry level 200cc machines.
In this list, we have mentioned all those zestful motorcycles which have been designed keeping such youth customers in mind, who don’t mind to compromise on the kilometers per liter factor for getting a slightly more all-rounded package. Here’s a list of all the sporty motorcycles which lie below the impactful 1-lakh mark.
Suzuki GSX150R (Gixxer SF Facelift) Caught Testing On Indonesian Road: Video
The new faired variant of the Suzuki GSX-R 150 was caught testing recently in Indonesia. The best thing is that this motorcycle seems to draw its inspiration from the faired variant of the Suzuki Gixxer SF. The Gixxer SF which is the fared variant of the Gixxer 150 has been here on sale in the Indian market since 2015 and has helped Suzuki to once again come in the spotlight.
The motorcycle which was spotted n the Indonesian road is the GSX-R 150 which will go on sale in their market soon. But if that is the case then there is a fair chance of Suzuki India updating the Indian Gixxer SF as well.
The motorcycle which you see covered in camouflage gets a restyled headlamp cluster which seems to also get LED strips as well. The fuel tank too looks to be revised. The headlamp cluster on this motorcycle looks much sleeker compared to the Indian spec Gixxer SF. Just like the front profile the rear profile too looks a lot different as well. The exhaust system of this prototype model is also different than our Indian spec Gixxer SF.
We are not sure about the powertrain yet but this variant seems to be more powerful than that of the Gixxer SF. The Indian spec Gixxer SF is powered by 154.9 cc air-cooled engine generating max power of 14.8 PS of peak power at 8,000 rpm and 14 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual transmission. However there are reports that this Indonesian GSX-R 150 could produce more power and torque than the Indian spec Gixxer SF.
Suzuki To Unveil GSX-R 250 (Gixxer 250) Next Month
The spyshots and rendered image of the upcoming GSX-R250 is going rounds on the internet for quite some time now and people are also actually quite excited about this new entry level performance motorcycle from Suzuki. The entry level GSX-R or the Gixxer 250 will either be showcased at EICMA or Intermot this year only.
There is a fair chance of this motorcycle being launched in the Indian market after it is launched in some international market including Australia and Europe. The GIxxer 250 when launched will compete with the Honda CBR 250RR launched recently in the Indonesian market, Kawasaki 300 and also the Yamaha YZF R3.
As far as the motorcycle is concerned although Suzuki has not released any official image of the Gixxer 250 yet but the spy image clearly reveals that the sportsbike will take its styling inspiration from the bigger Suzuki Sportsbikes. As far as the powertrain is concerned the Gixxer 250 will be powered by the same liquid cooled, twin cylinder 248 cc unit which will most probably be borrowed from the Inazuma 250. This engine used to produce about 24 Hp and 22 Nm of torque and was paired to a 6 speed gearbox. However we think Suzuki will definitely retune to the engine to extract more power and torque output. As far as some other goodies is concerned it will be fitted with an ABS as well for the safety of the rider.
In its early days of making entry into the Indian market, Suzuki wasn’t as lucky with its range of motorcycles as it was with its scooters. The Access 125 was a good shot by Suzuki in the segment of 125cc scooters, with which it made sure that it is a serious player in the Indian two wheeler market, and the volumes of the Access selling out in the market reflected this fact.
Though, when it came to motorcycles, Suzuki was not that lucky, with all of its mass oriented motorcycles ending up being low sellers. The key reason behind that was the fact that none of its motorcycles had the temperament of shaking up the competition. But all changed with the Gixxer, which not only set up benchmarks in the segment of 150cc motorcycles, but also refurbished the image of Suzuki in the market. The fully faired version of the same, christened as Gixxer SF, followed the same footsteps, and having the advantage of being the most affordable fully faired motorcycle in the country, it became a sure shot hit too.
For the year 2016, Suzuki did mildly updated Gixxer SF with a couple of more features, enhanced styling and more. And now, considering the fact that the competition is upping the game in terms of technology, Suzuki has just launched a fuel injected version of the Gixxer SF. Termed as Gixxer SF FI, this new motorcycle carries a couple of cosmetic changes as well, apart from the sure changes to the performance out of the powertrain. Here’s our brief overview of the new version of the Gixxer SF FI:-