Both global and local two-wheeler markets witnessed some interesting developments last week. Royal Enfield is gearing up with yet another launch scheduled for this year. Suzuki and Tork Motors also have something in store for enthusiasts in 2019. Plus, it’s time for Dakar, the most coveted rally racing sport tournament of the year. Here’s all that and more, in brief:
Royal Enfield Trials 350 details emerge:
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For Royal Enfield, the product onslaught doesn’t seem to stop with the 650 twins, as the brand is working on a scrambler version of the popular Classic 350. Pictures of the motorcycle surfaced on the internet last week and it appears to be a rather simple, straightforward mod-job. When launched, it is likely to command around the same price as the regular Classic model. Interestingly, it is reported that the bike will be called the Trials 350, and is likely to feature a dedicated ‘Trials’ badge from the 1950’s. Here’s what this upcoming product packs.
Tork T6X spotted testing for the first time:
Tork Motors’ upcoming performance electric motorcycle, the T6X has been spotted testing for the first time in India. Though the motorcycle was camouflaged, we could spot a few interesting details. For starters, the electric motor isn’t where you’d normally expect it to be at. Even the battery pack, besides providing juice, serves as a stressed member. Apart from the powertrain and the frame, the underpinnings are pretty much what’s expected of a performance-oriented bike. Here’s our in-depth analysis.
We expect the T6X to be launched by the end of this year, at around Rs 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom).
Suzuki Gixxer 250 engine details leaked:
Suzuki India has a fairly good presence in the 150cc segment and also in the big-bike segment, to an extent. However, the brand doesn’t have anything in the quarter-litre space so far. But this is likely to change this year, as images of a new India-bound 250cc engine leaked recently. It has a very interesting cooling system, something that’s unlike any other motorcycle. It is likely that the upcoming naked motorcycle will carry the ‘Gixxer’ moniker, which would help prospective customers instantly connect with the name, thanks to its popularity. The motorcycle will lock horns with the Yamaha FZ25 in its segment.
Dakar rally is undoubtedly one of the most gritty, dangerous and coveted motorsports in the world. It’s challenging for a good reason, as drivers and riders not only have to battle extreme weather and terrain, but also have to navigate at consistently high speeds. In 2015, India entered this revered sport, and here’s how we’ve fared historically. You can also read an in-depth report on how Indian teams have fared in the run-up events to the 2019 Dakar, so far. For a detailed report on the top riders in the motorcycle category this year, head here.