Bajaj Auto and KTM dominate the Indian bike market. Both brands have upcoming products lined up that are soon to be launched. Here are the details about some of them.
Bajaj Avenger 400
The Avenger range from Bajaj is one of the most loved cruiser bike range in India. The reason is simple. One can ride a stylish cruiser bike with a powerful yet fuel-efficient engine. Furthermore, Bajaj bikes are durable and their ownership costs are low as well. Taking the hint, the top brass at Bajaj decided to come up with a Bajaj 400CC Avenger. The bike has been in development for quite some time. The bike will be powered by the same engine that powers the Dominar 400. The engine of the Dominar will be put on the Avenger 400 without any alterations except BS 6 Phase 2. The peak power and torque outputs will continue to be 35bhp and 35Nm respectively. The bike’s engine will be paired with a 6-speed instead of a 5-speed gearbox. One will be getting single-channel ABS for the base trim of the upcoming Avenger 400. The top trim is expected to be paired with dual-channel ABS. The suspension assembly on the bike will be the same that one can find in the Avenger 220 Cruise and 160 Street. The bike is expected to come with a digital instrument cluster and digital display pods. The expected price for the bike is Rs 1.82 Lakh.
KTM 890 Duke
KTM is expected to launch the 890 Duke soon in India. The Austrian brand has already launched this bike in its global markets. The latest iteration of the bike now comes with a colour scheme marketed as ‘Atlantic Blue’. The colour scheme is the brand’s homage to its RC16 GP racing bike. The bike costs GBP 11,049 which translates to around Rs 11.18 lakh bike price in India!
The latest iteration of the bike is offered with a matte blue fuel tank and front fender. The bodywork is a mix of orange and black highlights. The wheels and frame are in the familiar orange paint scheme. Overall, the bike now has a more pronounced MotoGP feel to it.
KTM kept the bike’s mechanicals similar to its predecessor. The bike is powered by KTM’s parallel-twin engine. The peak power and torque outputs of the engine are 121PS and 99Nm. The bike is offered with three riding modes. One can even get an optional Track mode. The brand also equipped the bike with a 6-axis IMU-enhanced traction control. Engine braking, anti-wheelie, etc. are some of the most talked about USPs of the bike. The bike gets adjustable WP Apex suspensions, Brembo Stylema brake callipers and Michelin Power Cup 2 tyres! KTM Bikes are known for their performance and style, and have gained a loyal following in India. The price of KTM Bikes in India varies depending on the model and specifications, ranging from around Rs. 1.50 lakh for the KTM 125 Duke to Rs. 3.10 lakh for the KTM 390 Adventure.
KTM 890 Adventure
KTM has also been testing the 890 Adventure R on Indian roads for a while. The bike has already been launched in the global markets. The bike’s design is inspired by KTMs 450 Rally.
The bodywork of the bike is nothing like the ones currently offered under the Adventure range in India. The bike boasts brand-new fairing and underbody cowling. The fuel tank design has also been revised. The bike’s windshield has been lowered and it now boasts a high front fender. The seat is a single-piece unit and the bike also comes equipped with an engine protector from the factory.
The bike is powered by a 889cc parallel-twin engine. The peak power and torque outputs of the engine are 105PS and 100Nm. The bike comes with an adjustable 48mm WP XPLOR USD fork and WP XPLOR PDS monoshock. The bike is offered with 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wire-spoke wheels wrapped with tubeless tyres.
The bike is expected to come with a five-inch colour TFT display. One can even expect a USB-C port and turn-by-turn navigation feature. One can even control the music or get incoming call alerts from their smartphone on the bike’s instrument cluster.
The bike will be offered with off-road ABS, cornering ABS and twin ride modes. The bike will come with the Motorcycle Traction Control feature which might be paired with 6 sensors! The exact launch date for the Indian market of this bike is yet to be revealed by KTM India.
For more details, the reader can keep tabs on their favourite bike forums.