It has been a pretty exciting year for the Indian two-wheeler market and we got to see some interesting bikes breaking new ground for the brands and market as well. Here are some of the best two-wheeler launches in 2017.
Bajaj Dominar 400
One of the biggest launches, Bajaj Dominar 400 took the Indian two-wheeler brand into a new territory—the premium performance segment. The Dominar aims to offer a combined experience of a performance bike, commuter and cruiser in an affordable package. After successfully campaigning against Royal Enfield in a witty manner, Dominar 400 has proved to be a great seller and has managed to attract critics and consumers alike.
After the blistering success of FZ16, Yamaha was expected to follow it up with a higher capacity sports bike to carry on the popularity. But it took almost a decade for it to happen but when Yamaha FZ25 was launched, it was worth the wait. The FZ25 became a great alternative in the quarter litre segment with good mid-range power delivery and comfort. ABS is sorely missed but the bike still has lots of potential.
Ducati SuperSport is designed to be your everyday sports bike that is easy to ride on public roads and still can be used as a track weapon. The bike is less aggressive than other Ducatis and feels easy to control, even for the beginners. Apart from the price tag, you will love every bit of this SuperSport.
Triumph Street Triple RS
Triumph Street Triple will be a great stepping stone for new sports bike owners to experience a premium performance bike. The RS is an angrier version of Street Triple that offers more power and emotion. The Showa big piston forks, Brembo brake callipers, five driving modes and other additional equipment make the Street Triple RS an appealing package.
Harley Davidson Fat Bob
Fat Bob is the most expressive bike of Harley Davidson’s new generation Softail range. The Fat Bob looks mean and ready to plough down the opposition with its looks and performance. New lightweight chassis, high performance parts and an all-new Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin engine all make the new Harley Davidson Fat Bob a great bike to own.
Honda Africa Twin
A legend in off-road motorcycling, Honda Africa Twin was a name to be respected. It took the rally world by storm on its debut in 1986 and has not looked back ever since. The bike was relaunched in 2016 with a new 998-cc parallel twin engine and dual clutch transmission. Honda launched the Africa Twin in India this year to enthusiasts’ delight and the company assembling the bike in India has made way for a very competitive pricing. While the DCT will take some time to get used to, the Africa Twin is a very capable off-road machine that you can have loads of fun with.
The Glamour has been a bestseller for Hero since its launch in 2005 and for the 2017 version, Hero MotoCorp has given the Glamour a complete overhaul with new design, new chassis and a new engine. Like its name, Hero Glamour is great to look at in its segment, has a smooth engine and offers a comfortable ride. The fuel injected version may seem pricey but it also offers better fuel economy.
Till the launch of the 302R, Benelli’s portfolio in India consisted only of naked bikes. Benelli 302R is the first fully faired bike to be launched in India from the Italian brand and has more expectations on its fairing. Benelli bikes have always looked great and sound better and the 302R follows the same philosophy. Shorter gear ratios and not-so-aggressive power delivery means it can be driven in cities with as much enthusiasm as on the highways.
Honda scooters are ruling the roost of the scooter segment and Activa is on the top of the throne. While Activa and other scooters from Honda were tending to cities and towns, Honda Cliq was launched to appeal to the customers in rural parts. From the block pattern tyres to the storage options to carrier extension, Honda Cliq comes loaded to suit the rural lifestyle and a price tag less expensive than the Activa should help it click.
TVS Apache RR 310
Undoubtedly the most expected motorcycle in recent times, TVS Apache RR 310 finished the 2017 with a big bang. Developed in partnership with BMW Motorrad, the Apache RR 310 is the first bike from TVS in the super-premium segment and its first fully faired bike, too. TVS has made sure the RR 310 gets only the best equipment with Kayaba suspension, Michelin Pilot Street tyres, ABS on both front and rear brakes and more.