The Delhi Auto Expo, which is held every 2 years, is Asia’s largest and the world’s second-largest motor show. As expected from an exhibition of this scale, it showcases a huge variety of the latest bikes, cars and even trucks by manufacturers from around the world. With the exponentially growing bike market in India, the 2016 Auto Expo promises to be an exciting one for bike enthusiasts. Here are some of the most anticipated bikes that are expected to be unveiled at this year’s Auto Expo.
1. BMW G 310R
The G310R is the first BMW bike to be made outside Europe and it has been manufactured in Bangalore by TVS Motor Company, which has entered into a joint venture with the German manufacturers to develop and produce bikes in the segment below 500cc. BMW Motorrad is one the world’s most premier motorcycle manufacturers but that reputation often comes with a hefty price tag. So it might be hard to wrap your head around the fact that BMW wants to compete with KTM and Honda in the more affordable sportbikes segment, but that’s exactly what they are doing with the new BMW G310R.
2. Hero HX 250R
The Hero HX 250R is the first sportsbike to come out of the Hero stables after their split with Honda. It was showcased for the first time at the 2014 Auto Expo but its launch was delayed due to the crisis faced by Eric Buell Racing (Hero’s partners). Having built a new R&D centre near Jaipur, Hero looks set to launch the HX 250R this year. With a 250cc engine producing 31bhp and 26Nm of power and torque respectively, the bike will offer direct competition to the Honda CBR 250, but we hope it will be more attractively priced.
3. Yamaha MT-03
The Yamaha MT-03 is a naked street bike version of the recently launched YZF-R3 and is powered by the same 321cc engine that delivers 41.6 bhp and 29.6 Nm of torque. The MT-03, in typical street fighter style, comes with a single central headlamp, sharp lines and a naked frame. It also features a lower seat height which gives the rider a more upright riding position and sharper handling. All this ensues that the Yamaha MT-03 is a jack-of-all-trades bike that can be used for daily commute as well as those long weekend getaways without any hassles. This makes the MT-03 a boon for the Indian motorcycle market and at an expected price tag of around Rs 3 Lakhs, it will be competing directly with the likes of KTM Duke 390, Kawasaki Z250 and the BMW G310R.
4. Triumph Bonneville 2016 Range
Triumph unveiled their latest range of Bonnevilles in October 2015 and they were absolutely brilliant. The line-up of 5 bikes consists of the entry level Street Twin, the mid-range T120 and T120 Black and the top-of-the-line cafe racers Thruxton and Thruxton R. Triumph Motorcycles will be showcasing the new models in the upcoming Auto Expo from 5th to 9th February, 2016 at Hall No. H6, Stall E26 (You’re welcome).
5. Indian Scout Sixty
Indian Motorcycles is expanding its model range in India by offering the Indian Scout Sixty. The bike looks exactly like the existing Scout, but has a different power unit. Where the Scout has an engine displacement of 1,130.7cc, the Scout Sixty has a smaller 999.6cc engine. The claimed power output of the Scout Sixty is 78bhp against Scout’s 100bhp. This is the only difference between them as they have the same frame, suspension and brakes. The Scout Sixty is expected to hit India’s market in May 2016.
For which of these are you most excited? Let us know in the comments below.
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