List of bikes that are being released next year. Like fine wine, the Indian car and bike scene has matured over time to provide us elevated options of luxury, style and of course, power. Here are the top 5 bikes to look for in India in 2016.
1. Yamaha MT-03
Essentially seen as the naked twin of the recently launched Yamaha R3, the MT-03 promises to be even more touringfriendly than its track-inclined counterpart. Like the R3, the MT-03’s 320cc twin develops 41.5bhp and 30Nm of grunt, and is paired to the same six-speed gearbox. The MT will get a slightly raised handlebar, which will add some comfort to city and longdistance rides. Like the R3, the MT-03, too, is made at Yamaha’s facility in Indonesia, which means it will be shipped to India via the CKD route.
2. MV Agusta F3 800
In the Drives section of this issue, you’ll find the Brutale 800 that we’ve just ridden, which is, quite simply, a completely mental machine. It’s all about raw, high-adrenaline-pumping action. The F3 is the faired, track-focused iteration of the same motorcycle and it ups the level of insanity. Its three-cylinder motor produces a colossal 148bhp and 88Nm of grunt. It sits lower, and tips the scale at 173kg. Although it comes with some electronic aids, the F3 is still one of the most demonic middle-weight supersport motorcycles the world has ever seen.
3. KTM Duke 690
We don’t think anyone captured it, but if they did, a Google search of KTM Duke 690 pictures would return pictures of some KTM board members smiling profusely, being escorted out of the company’s Mattighofen headquarters, in straitjackets – because they’re responsible for unleashing a lunatic supermoto machine like the Duke 690. The 690 is lightweight, powerful, agile, comfortable and has an outstanding power-to-weight ratio, what’s not to love?
4. Hero HX250R
Erik Buell Racing, the company that helped Hero MotoCorp develop this quarter-litre motorcycle, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. But that won’t stop Hero from unveiling its most powerful motorcycle in India early on in 2016. The full-faired HX250R will get disc brakes at both ends and will be powered by a 249cc single-cylinder that produces 31bhp and 26Nm of grunt – that’s 6bhp and 3Nm more than the Honda CBR 250R! Moreover, Hero is expected to price the bike aggressively.
5. Benelli TNT 25
One of the oldest Italian motorcycle manufacturers is set to come out with its smallest offering in India next year – the single-cylinder TNT 25. The small-hearted urban street brawler promises to be a strong performer with its 249cc motor putting out 24bhp and 26Nm. As with all other Benellis, the TNT 25 will sound fantastic and its expected price tag will be even sweeter music to your ears.