The Indian motorcycle market is growing up and growing up fast. The coming year will see a slew of interesting bike launches. Here we take a look at five upcoming bikes between 300 cc-400 cc of displacement; all these bikes are expected to hit the Indian market by the end of this year.
First lets take a look at the two bikes that will adorn the Bajaj Probiking dealerships; the KTM Duke 390 and the Kawasaki Ninja 300.
KTM Duke 390
The KTM Duke 200 which is presently on sale in India is an amazing bike on its own. The power delivery and the short gearing of the Duke 200 has impressed many a riders. Now KTM plans to put in a 390cc motor in the same Duke, which we can safely say will be a spectacular performer.
The Duke 390 will look much like the Duke 200; it will have the same overall design and frame but will sport different body graphics. The snickering and the color options will be the primary distinguishing factors for the Duke 390. The Duke 390 will sport a 373.2cc single cylinder 4-stroke liquid cooled motor that makes a massive 44 Bhp of power and 35 Nm of torque. It will also be equipped with ABS which the Duke 200 does not have. It can be expected to cost between Rs.2.5 lakh to Rs.3 lakh, although there has been no official word on its pricing.
Kawasaki Ninja 300R
The Kawasaki Ninja 250R has been around for a good period of time, however in the present scenario it does seem a bit out of sync. Its analog instrument cluster just looks too shoddy for a quarter liter sports bike which is priced at over Rs. 3 lakh.
But Kawasaki didn’t ignore its customer’s woes and seems to have heard everyone’s concerns loud and clear. There is a 300cc Wicker which we will get soon; this is the new Ninja. It will sport a 296 cc, parallel twin-cylinder motor with fuel-injection. This motor will make 38.8 Bhp of power at 11,000 Rpm and 26.95 nm of torque at 10,000 Rpm. This new engine is complimented by a slipper clutch and it will also get ABS. We can expect the Ninja 300R to be a substantial improvement over the Ninja 250R.
Now let’s take a look at the three 400 cc bikes from Honda which will likely take the market by storm if priced aggressively.
Honda’s 400 cc bikes
We were expecting the 500R in India but the specially developed engine for the Asian market means we will only get the 400cc variations. There is nothing to complain about there though as this new 400 cc motor is a slightly downsized version of the 500 cc liquid-cooled, twin motor which is already being used by Honda. This new motor will make 40 odd Bhp of power which is just a tad more than the Ninja 300 and lower than the Duke 390.
Honda CBR 400R: This will be the fully faired sports bike version with design similar to the 250R and the bigger Fireblade. A familiar design but fresh nonetheless, this 400cc bike will be a great alternative to the Duke 390 and the Ninja 300.
Honda CB 400F: the 400F is the naked version of the 400R; it will sport the same engine and might be slightly lighter than the 400R as well. This will be a great bike for those who want a street bike that can take on open highways as well.
Honda CB 400X: The most unique bike amongst the 400 cc Honda’s has to be the 400X. This is the touring version of the 400 series and will be one of the first adventure bikes in India in this price bracket. At present you are either stuck with the low capacity Hero MotoCorp impulse or you have to shell out a fortune to buy the adventure bikes from BMW and Triumph. It will be interesting to see how this bike is received by the market.