Top bikes to launch in India this August

1659607895 Top bikes to launch in India this August
1659607895 Top bikes to launch in India this August

Royal Enfield Hunter to Harley-Davidson Nightster: Top bikes to launch in India this August

August will see the launch of several new motorcycles, and below here we have compiled a list of these upcoming models. While some launches will be from established brands like Royal Enfield, Honda, Hero, Harley Davidson etc. There are several new companies as well, this month, gearing to start their journey in India.

Royal Enfield – Hunter 350 (Launch Date Probably – August 7 )

We start of the list with one of the most talked about motorcycle on the internet currently, the Hunter 350. Several spy shots, both camouflaged and non-camouflaged, have led us to believe that Royal Enfield is all set to launch this new motorcycle. Teaser videos with the date ‘August 7’ have also been doing the rounds suggesting that RE will launch a new motorcycle that day.

RE Hunter 350 Spotted Without Camouflage
RE Hunter 350 Spotted Without Camouflage

When launched, the Hunter 350 will plonk the same 350cc J-series engine in its frame, as seen in the Meteor and the Classic 350. This unit puts out 20 hp and 27 Nm of torque, and coupled with the Hunter 350’s lighter kerb weight, we’re expecting performance to be quite peppy as well. The Hunter 350 will also be positioned as RE’s entry-level bike, so we’re expecting to be priced between ₹1.5- ₹1.6 lakh.

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Honda BigWing Model ( Launch date – August 8)

Not much information is available about this upcoming Honda motorcycle, except for its launch date of August 8. There has been speculations going around that suggest that Honda might update the existing CB500X with upside-down forks and twin disc brakes. Others suggest that Honda might bring its global product the Forza 350 maxi-scooter to the Indian market. The latter is a 500 cc scooter and if launched here in India will compete in a premium segment which includes the likes of Keeway Vieste 300, or the more expensive BMW C400 GT.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 (Launch Date Probably – August 7)

The Bullet 350 is another accessible Royal Enfield motorcycle that is slated to receive an update this year. This is primarily due to the fact that the teaser videos and photos that Royal Enfield had shared, had one frame where in the background “Bullet Meri Jaan” was inscribed.

When launched, the updated Bullet 350 will equip the same J-series 350 cc engine, along side modern componentry like the tripper navigation pod. The RE Bullet 350 is currently retailed in India as the brand’s entry-level motorcycle and it still equips the previous generation UCE motor. Given the significant update, we’re expecting its prices to go up as well.

Hero XPulse 200T (Expected to Launch in August)

The XPulse 200T is the road-focused version of the off-roader XPulse 200 4V. Just like the latter’s engine was updated with four-valves (4V), the 200T is also expected to receive the same. The 4V engine was made available on the XPulse 200 last year, while the 200T continued with the 2V engine.

While the updated motorcycle has already been spotted several times last month during its TVC shoots, we’re expecting that Hero might launch the motorcycle this month. With all these changes, expect the updated XPulse 200T to command a premium over its current price tag of ₹1.24 lakh.

Zontes and Moto Morini (Expected to Launch in August)

Both Zontes and Moto Morini have announced their arrival in India via Aadishwar Auto Ride India (AARI). This same organisation also distributes Benelli and Keeway models.

Zontes 350R streetfighter
Zontes 350R streetfighter

While Zontes have announced that they will bring five motorcycles to the sub-continent – 350R naked, 350X sportbike, GK350 cafe racer and two 350T ADV tourers.

Moto Morini has confirmed that it will launch four motorcycles in India – X-Cape 650, X-Cape 650X Seiemmezzo 6 ½ Retro Street and Scrambler models.

Harley Davidson Nightster (Expected to Launch in August)

The Harley Davidson Nighster is already sold in America and was unveiled for the global market earlier this year. Last month, the Milwaukee-based company had released a small teaser video for its Indian customers signaling its official arrival later this month.

The Harley Davidson Nightster will be brand’s entry-level model in its Sportster line, and it will relace the Iron 883. It will be powered by the same 60-degree, liquid-cooled, V-twin Revolution Max 975T motor that churns out 89 hp and 95 Nm of peak torque. Price-wise, it is expected to undercut the Sportster S’ price tag of ₹16.51 lakh.

Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 (Expected to Launch in August)

Just like the Panigale V4 SP before, its successor the SP2 will also be an exclusive motorcycle packed with all the exquisite components and an exorbitant price tag. From carbon fibre wheels to electronically-adjustable Ohlines suspension, STM-EVO dry clutch and Stylema R callipers – the upcoming Panigale V4 SP2 is everything that an enthusiast ideally lusts for without any monetary limitations.

Ducati V4 SP2
Ducati V4 SP2

With the usage of so many light materials, the Panigale V2 SP2 tips the scale at 194.5 kg (1 kg lighter than the V4S). Coupled that to its monstrous 1103 cc Desmosedici Stradale engine that churns out 215 hp and 123 Nm of torque, performance is unabashed in this limited edition Panigale.

2023 Ducati Panigale V4 (Expected to Launch in August)

The 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 has mostly received software updates which existing 2022 Panigale V4 customers can also get access to. The updates are more like revisions, and Ducati has revised the V4’s engine braking control and quickshifter. Along with it the programming of the radiator fan running have also been optimised to reduce heat build-up. With these updates, we’re expecting the 2023 V4 to retail a premium over its current ex-showroom price of ₹23.50 lakh.

Ducati Streetfighter V2 (Expected to Launch in August)

Just like the Streetfighter V4, the Streetfighter V2 is also the same as the Panigale V2 sans the fairing. It is powered by the same BS6 compliant 955 cc Superquadro L-twin engine that produces 153 hp and 101.4 Nm of torque. It also gets premium components in the form of fully-adjustable suspensions and Brembo brakes at the front and rear. When launched, we expect its price tag to undercut the Panigale V2’s ex-showroom price of ₹19.49 lakh.

Keeway Models (Expected to Launch in August)

Just like Moto Morini and Zontes, Keeway will also arrive in India via AARI. The company has already revealed its plan to launch 8 new products in India in the span of one year. The company have already debuted the Vieste 300 maxi-scooter, neo-retro Sixties 300i and its 250cc, V-twin cruiser motorcycle called K-Light 250V. All three are expected to launch this month.

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