Last week, the two-wheeler market in the country observed a lot of interesting events. From the launch of Pulsar 125 Neon to an increase in the pricing of Royal Enfield’s flagship models, the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650. Other than these, the events which can easily pull the attention of the biking enthusiasts and lovers are included in this post of weekly update of bike news.
2019 Honda Activa 125 Details Disclosed
2019 Honda Activa 125 that is in the list of brand’s upcoming products, the details of the scooter has been disclosed online via the RTO documents leak. All set to launch in September, the scooter will be powered by a 124cc single-cylinder engine which complies to the more stringent BS-VI emission norms. The motor is rated to develop 8.29PS of power at 6,500rpm that is around 0.34PS less than the ongoing model comparatively.
Other than the power specs, the dimensions of the scooter have been altered. Continued with the similar wheelbase of 1260mm, the 2019 Activa 125 will be 36mm longer (1850mm) and 19mm taller (1170mm) than the current generation model. Pricing also may see a hike of around 5k over the current price tag that can only be confirmed at the official launch of the scooter.
BS-VI Yamaha models to be costlier, brand confirms
BS-VI emission norms that are slated to hit the country on April 2020, made automakers focus on manufacturing of BS-VI compliant models before they meet the deadline. The performance bike maker from Japan, Yamaha Motor announced today that the manufacturing of BS-VI compliant motorcycles will start by November while the scooters will be put under pipeline to update with the engine complied with new emission norms from January 2020. The availability of BS6 Yamaha bikes is expected by December this year while the scooters will make their way to the dealerships sometime in February next year.
Not even this, the company has confirmed the pricing of the BS6 products will be premium over the outgoing products by 10 to 15 per cent based on the products. Also, there is information about the inclusion of a new side stand switch in some of its products that will improve safety by letting the rider from not starting of the bike until a proper withdrawn of the side stand. For sure, the 2020 Yamaha products will be costlier over the outgoing ones.
Royal Enfield 650 Twins to Get Dearer
The flagship products from the Royal Enfield house is going to see a price hike from August 16 onwards, as reported from the sources. As expected the motorcycles could see a price hike of around INR 10k while the special colour variants will be more costly.
Since its launch in November 2018, the 650 twins will see a price hike for the very first time. Currently, the pricing of Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 starts at INR 2.5 lakh for the standard variant and goes up to INR 2.70 lakh for the top-end Chrome variants. Similarly, the base variant of the Continental GT 650 is priced at INR 2.65 lakh and its pricing reaches to INR 2.85 lakh for the Chrome variant. All the prices mentioned here are ex-showroom, Delhi prices.
Bajaj introduced Pulsar 125 Neon variant
Bajaj Pulsar 125 that is a new addition to brand’s Indian lineup, is now available to purchase in the country at the price tag of INR 64,000 for the drum brake variant while the disc brake variant of the same will make you shell out a little more at INR 66,618 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Now, it is the most affordable Pulsar in the country which is around INR 5k-7k cheaper over the 150cc variant.
The new Bajaj Pulsar 125 STD follows the body language of traditional Pulsar and it will be available in a Neon colour option other than standard colours of red and silver. The motorcycle does not feature the gold front calliper or traditional graphics as appeared on other Pulsar. Also, it will be produced with a single seat option rather than a split seat. Powering on the baby Pulsar will be managed by a 124.cc carburated motor that is claimed to churn out 12PS and 11Nm. However, the equipped motor would not comply with the BS-VI emission norms.
Majority of the Pulsar 125 components likewise twin-gas charged rear shocks, front disc brake with rear drum and mechanical CBS are likely to be shared components from the Pulsar 150 Neon.
Bajaj-KTM Joint Venture to Manufacture Electric Bike
Bajaj and KTM which are in partnership for more than a decade, is now getting ready to develop electric vehicles in the country. Rakesh Sharma, Executive Director, Bajaj Auto, lately confirmed the development of electric two-wheelers which hints arrival of a high-end e-motorcycle in the coming future. The chances are joint venture will roll out the first product sometimes by the start of 2020 because there is no clue of a vehicle hit the production line.
Not even this, a new 48-volt electric platform is under development in brands’ PTW (Powered two-wheeler) project which will be used for mopeds, electric scooters and other vehicles as well. The power output from it will range from 3Kw (4PS) to 10Kw (13PS).
On the internet, there are images which are hinting towards the development of e-scooter and an electric KTM 390 Duke and being tested from the automaker from a long time. It would be interesting to see when the KTM will roll out its first electric vehicle in the global market. Till then just wait and watch.