2015 Indian motorcycles- Part I

"Bajaj Pulsar 400 CS"

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India’s two wheeler segment is booming every year, and 2015 is going to introduce you to your dreams with 2 wheels. Here’s an article that would take you on a jaunty trip (disregarding the chuckholes) to some of the most anticipated 2015 Indian motorcycles.

1. Honda CBR 650 F:

Honda CBR bike series are common among racers. Honda has announced the launch of the CBR 650 F that is definitely going to be a massive impetus for the Indian bikers and biking sector. This bold move by Honda, to make a huge capacity motorcycle is supposedly going to be one of the most price-sensitive 4 cylinder bike from Honda. Good news is that the CBR 650F is going to be exported to other countries too and so, the price should be in the rider’s favor.

" 2015 Honda CBR 650F"- 2015 Indian motorcycles
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Engine:

The 649 cc inline four DOHC Engine on the CBR 650F will have 87 hp power with 63 Nm torque @ 8000 RPM. The 6-speed manual transmission bike should provide 21kmpl fuel efficiency. The bike’s 17.3 Liter fuel tank should last for a while. The Bike will have adjustable rear mono-shocks along with an impressive 320mm as well as 250 mm single discs on the front and rear. The brakes would commandeer the 120/70 front and wide 180/55 rear radial tires.

The bike will also feature Anti-Locking Braking System (ABS) as well as four-into-two-into-one exhaust system that would produce a sound like never before. Although the bike shares similarities to the CBR 250 R, this is more masculine and superior in terms of looks and class.

Price:

Sadly, the company Honda isn’t as fast as the bikes it makes. The Prices are yet to be revealed. But this motorcycle is one of the most anticipated 2015 Indian motorcycles

 

2. Honda CBR 500 R:

Adding another Honda is definitely a festivity to the biking community. Another feathered ride that is ruffle up some roads in 2015 is the CBR 500 R. Influenced from the CBR 600 RR, the 500 is going to be an exciting girlfriend.

"2015 Honda CBR 500R"- 2015 Indian motorcycles
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Engine:

This fully-clad grunge munching bike is surely going to capture attention in India.  Built with a 471 cc parallel twin engine that is meaner than a nightmare and it packs some serious riding dynamics.  The bike churns out 47 hp and 43 Nm of torque.

The 500 R will have a 320 mm front and 240 mm rear disc with 120 and 160 rubber tires. The bike will be available with optional C-ABS.  A bit on the heavier side, but once you’re on it, it’ll take care of you just fine. At 190 kmph, the Honda is going ruffle your wings too.

Price:

The bike is expected to be price around 4.5-5 lakhs. Good time to start saving no?

Although the CBR 500 R should be available in India, Honda has its own lame reasons to not introduce this ride to India. Still motorcycle enthusiasts eagerly await this model among the upcoming 2015 Indian motorcycles.

 

3. Bajaj Pulsar 400 CS:

Bajaj Pulsars have been the wannabe rides for most riders. Many stunts, wheelies, disc brakes and whatnots have been utilized for numerous reasons (left up to your imaginations)

However, the company has given India a rather surprising revelation. Online pages were flooded with rumors about Bajaj’s plan to launch a new Avenger bike. However, the company baffled all the loud mouth nitwits by offering something totally unique.

Bajaj had strategized a move that was required to keep the 400 CS discreet. By promoting the Pulsar 200 SS that was mistaken Pulsar 400 SS, the company maintained its secrecy about the higher model.

The CS is short for Cruiser Sport. The new 400 CS looks like some sort of cross breed between a Ducati Diavel and its desi girlfriend, thereby creating a new power cruiser segment. Spectacular styling and a stubby look is a great combination.

"Bajaj Pulsar 400 CS"- Indian motorcycles 2015
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Engine:

Powered by a 375 cc single cylinder engine that comes from the famous KTM 390, the bike will produce 44 hp and 35 Nm of torque. With the benefit of oil cooling and fuel injection, the bike is certainly going to be a great transition from the boring 150 cc or less segment.

The bike is said to touch 180 kmph top speed (I’m sure you’d want to test it yourself too right?) The bike will also have Metzeler tires, the same pair found on the KTM Duke 390.

The bike will have a prominent instrument console. The front console would only indicate the RPM, trip, time as well as fuel. The speed as well as the gear shift indicators is located on the fuel tank (come to think of it, it’s a pretty illogical placement)

Price:

The Bike is expected to be released towards the beginning of 2015. Let’s hope Bajaj brings out this bike as soon as possible. The bike would cost an onwards of Rs.1.60 lakhs.  Spending that much on a Pulsar might seem eerie, but with such features and power, the price justifies the Gandhi’s you’re going to spend.

This bike is one of the most waited among Indian youths in the list of upcoming 2015 Indian motorcycles.

4. Pulsar 400 SS:

CS and SS sound like some sort of degrees. Adding another surprise to the Indian Biking family is the stunning 400 SS. The looks are simply mesmerizing and it is certainly a great bike by Bajaj. It is definitely one of the gorgeous looking 2015 Indian motorcycles.

"2015 Bajaj Pulsar SS 400"- Indian motorcycles 2015
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Engine:

The 400 SS will also have the same KTM 390 engine but, will have certain pleasant additions such as projectors and ABS. Needless to say, this bike is going to sell well and you might find speed freaks revving the Pulsars unnecessarily. But then again, what are bikes built for right?

Thankfully, the 400 SS is not going to be just a faired version of the 400 CS, the entire bike is going to carry uniqueness. The bike also looks way different and is pretty cool. It shares no design similarity with the recently launched KTM RC 390.

Price:

The Pulsar 400 SS is expected to touch the 2 lakh rupee margin. This machine would be a tough competitor to rival bikes in the same rupee range.

 

5. Bajaj Pulsar 200 SS:

The Bajaj Pulsar 200 SS has been the most eagerly anticipated 2015 Indian motorcycles. The company is most likely going to launch the 200 SS in the first half of 2015. The production of the bikes has already begun at the Pimpri plant located in Pune.

The bike was unveiled at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. It gains a little inspiration from the 400 SS.

"Bajaj Pulsar 200 SS"- Indian motorcycles 2015
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Engine:

The 200 SS will have a 199.5 cc engine that is also found in the Pulsar NS 200. The engine produces 23 bhp power and 18 Nm of peak torque. The bike will also have an ABS version that would cost a tad more.

Price:

The 200 SS Pulsar is expected to cost anywhere between Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 1.30 lakhs.

 

6. Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS:

2015 is certainly in Bajaj’s favor. The company is launching a lot of Pulsars and is set to give the customer’s pulse a hard beat. The demand for naked bikes is increasing in our country. For this very same sentiment and for lucrative reasons, Bajaj is producing the Pulsar 160 NS.

Get ready to bid farewell to the Pulsar 150 cc, the Pulsar 160 cc is going to be the least pricey of all the new Pulsars.

 

"Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS"- 2015 Indian motorcycles
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Engine:

The all new 160 NS Pulsar will share design similarities with the 200 NS. The bike will feature a 160 cc single cylinder engine that will be based on the engine that powers the 200 NS. The bike will have an air-cooled engine with a 5-speed transmission.

Price:

The expected price of the 160 NS Pulsar is around Rs. 70,000/- & is one of the most economical 2015 Indian motorcycles.

 

7. Bajaj Platina- Upgraded:

Bajaj Platina 100 was a sure-shot success in India. That said, the sales was taking a hit from competitors like Hero Splendor, Hero Passion and Honda Dream series bikes. After its launch in 2006, not much has changed in the Bajaj Platina.

But, as a part of bringing new changes, Bajaj is planning to launch the new and updated Platina in India by early 2015 & enter the 2015 Indian motorcycles list. In fact, the company plans to re-launch the powerful 125 cc Platina that was unfortunately discontinued in 2012.  While the design is not going to be going through any change, the company might increase the bike’s fuel efficiency along with its power.

"All new 2015 Bajaj Platina"- 2015 Indian motorcycles
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Price:

The expected price of the new Platina is expected at around Rs. 37,000 to Rs. 40,000/-

Hope you liked Part-I of the exciting 2015 Indian motorcycles 🙂 Check part 2 HERE.

Face Off:Yamaha FZ v2.0 vs Suzuki Gixxer

Yamaha FZ16 V2

It’s the battle for the throne by the two Japanese giants, Yamaha and  Suzuki for the ultimate possession of the 150CC segment bike market in India with the new improved Yamaha FZ V2.0 FI and the new exclusive Suzuki Gixxer150. Both the bikes are very unique in their style and performance with a quite affordable price. These two machines are aimed at attracting the consumers between the age group of 18 to 30.The new improved Yamaha FZ V2.0 FI is equipped with a fuel injected powerhouse which uses the Blue Core technology that was introduced by Yamaha for good fuel economy and power as well. On the other hand we have the Suzuki’s new challenger, the Gixxer150 which is designed by the expert team that worked for the super bikes in the legendary GSX-R series & is produced with the new path breaking and cutting edge Suzuki Eco Performance(SEP) technology which delivers top class fuel efficiency without compromising on power and performance. Now let us see the ups and downs of these two street macho's in various aspects.

Suzuki Gixxer vs Yamaha FZ v2.0

Engine Both the bikes are crafted with the super powered compact engines that deliver nearly same amount of power as that of the other. The Yamaha FZ V2.0 FI has a 149cc, 4-stroke Air cooled power generator which is controlled with a constant mesh 5-speed transmission system that is capable of producing a smooth 12.9 BHP @ 8000rpm. The specialty of this engine is the ‘Blue Core’ technology which is claimed to improve the mileage up by 14% leading it to around 50.64Kmpl at city and 53Kmpl at highways. This bike gets the glory of being the first in the Indian 150cc bike segment to get a fuel injection system. This advanced fuel injection system uses special sensors to detect the changes in temperature, pressure and the engine condition and deliver only the needed amount of fuel to be burnt. This move by Yamaha targets to attract the customers who are keen about fuel efficiency & milage. It was said at the launch that the power of the engine has been reduced from 14BHP to 13BHP. But it feels nearly the same as its predecessor with a slight decrease at its top speed. The bike escalates to 100kph at 20.4sec and stays study at that speed.The Suzuki Gixxer150 has an engine displacement of 154.9cc. This engine is also molded with fins which makes it look similar to the other typical air-cooled engines. It was expected that the bike will be powered by a 6-speed transmission system like the GS150R but the manufacturers were happy with the 5-speed transmission which does its job well. Here the engine produces a raw power of [email protected] which nearly units more than that of the FZ S. This engine is pretty dynamic and touches 100kph at mere 19.2sec. The Gixxer’s fuel is delivered to its engine by a carburetor. The Suzuki Eco Performance engine has been designed in such a way that all the losses of energy during the working of the engine is decreased by the modification of the materials that are used to build the engine. This makes this engine a racy beast with a higher fuel economy. It was certified by ARAI that the bike is capable of burning a litre of petrol for every 64Km under ideal conditions. But the bike is capable of giving 51kmpl at city and 56kmpl at the highways.DimensionsThe FZ V2.0 and the Gixxer are fabulously designed in such a way that throttling through the stretches keeps the rider feel no tired for hours as the bends and curves are always a great fun to get through. The FZ V2.0 has a compact dimension of 1990mm*770mm*1030mm. This makes the bike get good control and better handling throughout the journey. The bike has a wheelbase of 1330mm and a ground clearance of 160mm. Yamaha corp. has reduced the weight of this machine to 132Kg which makes the bike ride a joy.The Gixxer alike its competitor has an overall length, width and height of 2025mm, 785mm and 1030mm. This street racer also shares the same ground clearance as that of FZ V2.0. Although the Gixxer is 2Kg heavier than the Lord of the streets, it feels perfectly matched with its structural properties.Style and Features 
Odometer Console Both the naked bikes share more or less the similar type of styling and other technical features starting with the well-built muscular 12 litre fuel tank to the sporty tail lights. These two street fighters are rolled out with almost the same type of 100/80-17 front tyres and 140/60R-17 rear tyres combined with the Matt-black alloy wheels. The FZ V2.0 has a well exposed engine cabin compared to that of the Gixxer. The chassis of the FZ is solid as that of its predecessor. As usual the FZ has the telescopic front forks and a squashy mono-cross suspension for a smooth ride. The braking system comprises of the 267mm disc brake at the front and a simple 130mm drum brake at the back. The FZ's instrument cluster looks refreshing with a new style which comes with an choice of three black lights.The Gixxer has a pretty packed look at its engine cabin with a strong chassis aimed for great maneuverability. The same story as that of FZ is followed here in case of the suspension system. The braking system is made up of 240mm front disc brake and the similar type of 130mm drum brake. The Gixxer is equipped with a generously styled instrument cluster that looks clean and futuristic with a gear indicator in it. The FZ V2.0 feels sporty with a split seat at a ride height of 790mm and the Gixxer has an ordinary seat at 780mm from the ground.ConclusionThese two rides give a tough fight with one another and are stunning with their wonderful features in store. The best part about Yamaha is that they offer a good after sale service but for the Suzuki with a new hope, its bit tough to catch up with the customers due to the lack of concentration in the Indian market all these years. All together these two street kings make a perfect clash of titans in the Indian bike market.