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The Hottest Wheels This Winter

The Hottest Wheels This Winter
November has brought a windfall for adventure-biking buffs, Photo Credit: m.mphoto/Shutterstock.com

Bikers and road-trippers, 2020 may have been bad but it’s winter already—the winter of your discontent

Prannay Pathak
November 05 , 2020
08 Min Read

When it comes to long-distance biking, the launch of one’s favourite motorcycle brand’s latest model is nothing less than an event. Adventure junkies will admit to swooning over the Royal Enfield Himalayan when it was launched four years ago and dissing Triumph’s dual-sport off-roader, the Tiger 800, in favour of the former, a much more affordable ADV. The same happened with the Yamaha FZ25, and the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special when it came to Sons of Anarchy fanboys (we don't blame you). With the pandemic having shown the power and applicability of solo travel on one’s own vehicle, here’s the low-down on the raiders of the road and otherwise—coming to you this November.

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Royal Enfield Meteor 350
What do you not expect from a bike that comes in variants named ‘Fireball’ and ‘Supernova’ (‘Stellar’ being the third) and yet has a thump that is quite uncharacteristic of the classic old Bullet? The latest in RE’s decorated line of motorcycles that boasts the recently launched and wildly popular Himalayan and Interceptor 650, is the lighter Meteor 350. The long-stroke engine is being touted to offer high torque even on a relatively low RPM.

The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 will have its full reveal on November 6
Said to be part of a “new era” of Royal Enfield machines, the Meteor will get the tech to match up against the likes of the Benelli Imperiale 400, the Jawa Perak and the Honda H’ness CB350. The set includes an all-new Bluetooth-enabled GPS system being called Tripper Navigation. The Supernova version will also have a windscreen à la the Himalayan. Expected price is Rs 1.6-1.9 lakh.

Ducati Multistrada 950 S BS6

 
 
 
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The recently launched Multistrada 950 is a favourite among touring motorcycle aficionados, almost a classic tourer-enduro that has evolved in more ways than one. With the fairing design having undergone an upgrade, the new ‘side-winged’ Multistrada 950 is a lot more like its elder brother, the 1260. It is powered by a 937cc liquid-cooled Testastretta L-twin that is also found on the Ducati SuperSport. There are four riding modes in this latest Multistrada—Urban, Touring, Sport, and Enduro. The 20-litre tank also means fewer re-fuelling stops—are you listening, overlanders? The ex-showroom price for this Duc is Rs 15.49 lakh and deliveries start soon.

KTM 250 Adventure
The KTM Adventure 250 is a lightweight option for off-roading and city riding
The Austrian brand’s Duke series has been the object of the fascination of most of India’s young riders for about half a decade now. Its new offering, the 250 Adventure, is aiming to appeal to the Royal Enfield Himalayan fanbase owing to its nimble, sporty design and maneuverability—wider footpegs with better grip and ergonomic handlebar and seats. The lower-spec Katoom will draw power from a 248.8cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine (yeah, the same engine found on the 250 Duke). Expected price is Rs 2.5 lakh.

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2021 Honda CB1000R
A true-blue naked bike, this one is the brand’s most impressive street fighter so far if one goes solely by looks. That’s not all—the single-sided swing arm, several adjustment options for suspensions on both front and rear, and a headlight assembly pack quite a punch and render the bike a lot different from its predecessors.

 
 
 
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But since brawn isn’t everything, be prepared to be blown away by the rest—the 4-cylinder, 999c engine is inherited from the classic Fireblade model and will comply with Euro 5/BS6 emission norms. The bike is expected to be out in India early next year and if you need something multipurpose, this is it. This is the reason it was worth staying off Craigslist. Expect to shell out Rs 15 lakh.

Aprilia SXR 160 

 
 
 
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Its launch delayed for the longest time due to the pandemic, the much-awaited maxi-scooter from the Italian manufacturer to rival the BS6 Suzuki Burgman Street 125, is finally here to jazz up the Indian market. It is powered by a 160cc, fuel-injected engine, and with better power and fuel economy and improved torque, weekend getaways with your gang have no more reasons to be called off. The Aprilia SXR 160 is perfect for those long drives around the city—it has an instrument cluster that is totally digital, and offers smartphone connectivity and a USB charging port.

The twin LED headlamps take the SXR 160 closer to the RS660 supersport in terms of the design language, which smacks of that typical aerodynamic slickness of Italian aesthetic. Throw in a bigger footboard and seat size and ample front storage space, and you've got a winner. Expected price is Rs 1.3 lakh.


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