From the Royal Enfield Hunter to the all-new Bajaj Pulsar P150, last year we saw back-to-back launches of motorcycles, and if all goes well, this year we are going to see some amazing launches of world-class motorcycles like the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 and the Triumph Street Triple range. Here are the top-most anticipated motorcycles expected to hit Indian roads in 2023:
Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650
Since its debut at the EICMA in Italy, the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 has been one of the most anticipated bikes in India. It later debuted in India during the 2022 Rider Mania in November and is expected to launch in January. The Super Meteor 650 has a 648cc parallel twin engine, Showa upside-down forks, an LED headlamp, and aluminium parts. The Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 is the archetypal cruiser and boasts a low-profile stance with a long 1,500mm wheelbase. The design is similar to the smaller Meteor 350, but it looks more premium and striking. The motorcycle will be the brand’s flagship cruiser, powered by the same 648cc parallel-twin engine that we have seen in the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. This engine develops 47 BHP and 52 nm and is paired with a 6-speed gearbox via a slipper clutch. The price of the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 is expected to be between Rs 3.5 and 4 lakh (ex-showroom).
Royal Enfield Bullet 350
Royal Enfield is soon likely to launch the next-generation Bullet 350 with a new J-series engine that is used in other RE bikes like the Classic 350, Hunter 350, and Meteor 350. With the addition of a new engine to the iconic bike, the price is expected to rise. Speaking of features, the new bullet is likely to get a new instrument cluster along with the Tripper Navigation system. The price of the new Bullet 350 is expected to be Rs 1.7 lakh ex-showroom, eliminating the kick-start version that starts at Rs 1.48 lakh and goes up to Rs 1.63 lakh.
As reported in Financial Express, B. Govindarajan, CEO of Royal Enfield, said, “Our export story is intact. In the coming quarter, there will be some countries where people don’t ride, and in the month of December, there will be some ports that will not be open. We will build our inventory. In fact, our J-platform is Europe-compliant, it opens huge geographies for us.”
“The global markets have been looking at accessible cruiser the Meteor 650 has got a very good response at EICMA 2022. The Bullet will soon have the J-platform engine and will go global. Royal Enfield will see full glory in the international market,” he added.
Royal Enfield Himalayan 450
The Royal Enfield Himalayan 411 is currently one of the most popular off-road bikes among Indian riders and one of the company’s best-selling models. According to various reports, Royal Enfield is expected to launch its upgraded version with a 450cc liquid-cooled engine and 6-speed gearbox this year, with an expected price range of Rs 2,60,000 to Rs 2,70,000.
The current Himalayan 411 produces 24 bhp and 32 Nm of torque, and according to reports, the 450cc version will likely make around 30 bhp and 40 Nm of torque. It is also expected that the Himalayan 450 will come with the same 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel setup that is currently fitted in the Himalayan 411, but with tubeless spoked rims.
Hero XPulse 400
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly, powerful bike, you’ll have to wait a little longer because Hero MotoCorp is expected to launch one of the most-anticipated bikes, the Xpulse 400, this year to compete directly with Royal Enfield’s Scram 411 and Himalayan in the Indian market, with a price range of Rs 1.7 to Rs 1.9 lakh. It is expected that the bike will have a power range of 35 bhp to 40 bhp, upside-down forks at the front, and a monoshock at the back with preload adjustment. The motorcycle will most likely have a tubed-type 21-inch wheel.
Bajaj Auto and Triumph Motorcycles may soon launch a new mid-capacity scrambler bike. Earlier in October, the bike was spotted during testing, and it is being speculated that it will be a 350cc bike.
According to media reports, the bike can be described as retro-style, as seen with round headlamps, a chiselled fuel tank, and round rear-view mirrors. The motorcycle also gets an all-LED setup with an upswept exhaust.
The mono-shock suspension setup can be seen at the rear of the bike. The motorcycle will come with 19-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels at the front and rear, single discs at both ends with dual-channel ABS, and reportedly slightly rear-set footpegs reportedly. The bike is expected to have bhp and 30 Nm of torque, as well as a 6-speed gearbox. The Triumph-Bajaj Scrambler is expected to come with a price range of around 2.55 lakh (ex-showroom), and it might debut by February 2023.
2023 KTM 390 Duke
The 2023 KTM 390 Duke was spotted during testing and may be launched soon. The motorcycle will come with many new features and a tremendously powerful engine. As per the information revealed, instead of the flat-ish glass of the headlight, the bike will be expected to come with a curvy, angular unit. It also gets smaller DRLs, brighter bezels, an updated front-end, and sharper tank extensions. There are also new graphics all around the bike. That makes the upcoming model look a lot like the KTM 1290 Super Duke R bike.
There is not much information available about the powertrain of the KTM 390 Duke bike at the moment, but it is expected that like the rest of the company’s models, this bike can also include a fuel-injected single-cylinder 373cc engine. This engine is capable of generating 43 bhp at 9,000 rpm and 37 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm.
It’s expected that the price of the next-generation KTM 390 Duke will be higher than the current model. The price of the current model is around Rs 2.90 lakh (ex-showroom), so for this reason, it is expected that the price of the upcoming Duke can go around Rs 3.4 lakh.
Triumph Street Triple range
The Street Triple range was updated in 2022 and will be available in India soon. The new Street Triple will be launched in three variants: R, RS, and Moto2. The Street Triple R has a 765-cc inline three-cylinder engine that produces 120 bhp of power and 80 NM of torque, while the RS and Moto2 editions with the same engine will reportedly produce 130 bhp of power and 80 NM of torque.
The bike gets a 15-liter fuel tank, a redesigned twin-pod LED headlight with daytime running lights, an optional rear seat cowl with a handlebar, bar end mirrors, a split seat, an underbelly exhaust system, and LED tail lamps. All the features make the bike’s look even more stunning. Apart from this, the TFT instrument cluster with the latest connectivity and 17-inch mixed metal alloy wheels will also be seen in this bike. All three variants come with a 6-speed gearbox. Prices are expected to range between Rs 9.5 and 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom). The updated Triumph Street Triple Moto2 model will be available in a limited edition with only 765 units.
Suzuki V-Strom 800 DE
Suzuki unveiled the V-Strom 800 DE, its upcoming adventure tourer motorcycle, at the EICMA 2022 show in Milan, Italy. This bike is not just for adventure tourers but is also capable of off-road rides. V-Strom 800 DE will get a 776 cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine, tuned to produce 84.3 PS @ 8500 rpm and a torque of 78 Nm @ 6800 rpm. The 230 kg bike has dual-channel ABS and will get disc brakes in the front and rear. The bike will also come with a 20-litre fuel tank, 220mm of ground clearance, LED lighting all around, fully-adjustable Showa suspension, tubeless tires, and a five-inch TFT display. The Suzuki V-Strom 800 DE is expected to launch in India by September 2023, with a price range of Rs 11–12 lakh.
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