One of the major setbacks at the Auto Expo 2016, which started on 3 February, was little number of launches and unveilings in the two wheeler segment. For biking enthusiast, the show has very little to offer. However, there were some vehicles that stood out for its distinctness. Honda Navi is such a two-wheeler that combines the virtues of a motorcycle and a scooter. Here is the list of the star two-wheelers at Auto Expo 2016.
The Navi is a hybrid model that comes with a scooter's engine in a motorcycle's body. Honda Navi draws power from 109cc 4-stroke, SI engine, which can churn out 7.83bhp of power at 7,000rpm and 8.96Nm of peak torque at 5,500Nm. The Navi measures 1805mm in length, 748mm in width, 1039mmin height and has a wheelbase of 1286mm. It has a kerb weight of just 101kg and gets a fuel tank of 3.8 litres. The new Honda vehicle has been priced at Rs 39,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The bookings for Navi are open across the country 3 February onwards and delivery will begin from April, 2016.
TVS Akula 310
TVS came up with the Akula 310 concept to celebrate 33 years in racing as a factory team. The motorcycle has been built on the platform of the BMW G 310 R, which is manufactured by TVS at Hosur, Tamil Nadu, facility as part of the alliance. The Akula concept has been engineered taking inputs from the factory race riders. The Akula, which refers to shark in Russian, is powered by a 310cc engine that is capable of producing 34bhp of power and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The Akula also features a digital speedo meter, on board gyro cameras and a steering damper for additional stability.
Yamaha India launched its performance streetbike MT-09 in India at Rs 10.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The MT-09 is powered by 847cc three-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that develops 113bhp at 10,000rpm and 87.5Nm of torque at 8,500rpm mated to six-speed transmission. The motorcycle sports traction control system with two different riding modes. To be pitted against Triumph Street Triple and the Kawasaki Z800 in India, the MT-09 will be brought to India as Completely Built Up (CBU) units.
BMW G 310 R
BMW's highly anticipated G 310 R has made its India debut at Auto Expo 2016. Developed in alliance with TVS Motor Company, the G 310 R will be made in India at the TVS's production facility in Hosur. Built on a steel trellis frame, the G 310 R will be powered by all-new 313cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that develops an output of 33.5bhp at 9,500rpm, and maximum torque of 28Nm at 7,500rpm, mated to a six-speed gearbox. TVS-BMW G 310 R is expected to get a price tag of under Rs 2 lakh in India when launched later this year.
Triumph Motorcycles India expanded its entry-level Bonneville range. The Street Twin gets an all-new 900cc engine, which can churn out 54bhp of power and 80Nm of torque at 3200rpm, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. The Street Twin has been priced at Rs 6.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Bonneville T120 is powered by 1200cc engine that is tuned to generate 105Nm of torque at 3,100rpm and has been priced at Rs 8.7 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Thruxton R comes with clip-on bars, fully adjustable suspension and 17-inch front wheel. The new Thruxton R is powered by a 1200cc parallel-twin engine and the price of the motorcycle will be revealed later.
American two-wheeler-manufacturer UM Motorcycles entered to India with the launch of Renegade Commando, Renegade Sport S and Renegade Classic cruiser motorcycles at Auto Expo 2016. The Renegade Commando gets power from a 279cc single-cylinder water cooled engine that can develop 25bhp and 21.8Nm of torque mated to six-speed transmission. The motorcycle has been priced at Rs 1.59 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Renegade Sport S and Renegade Classic will share the same engine as that of the Renegade Commando. The Renegade Sport S and Renegade Classic carry a price tag of Rs 1.49 lakh and Rs 1.69 lakh, respectively (ex-showroom, Delhi).