Upcoming touring bikes expected to launch in India by end of 2020
Coronavirus pandemic has brought everything across the globe to a standstill. The COVID-19 spread has affected all forms of trade and business, manufacturers have stopped production and the dealers are also helpless at this point of time. The lockdown has forced manufacturers to launch their products digitally and most of them have shifted focus to battling the COVID-19. Hopefully, the situation will be better in a few months and we will be seeing bikemakers at full swing and many launches that have been delayed because of the novel Coronavirus. Here is a peek at the upcoming touring bikes in India.
When? Between Q3 2020 - Q1 2021
Est. Price: ?6-7 lakh
Honda made an announcement regarding its plan to bring the 500cc bikes to India and the CB500X would be the first to make its way to the country. The bike gets a 471cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine that makes a power of 47PS and 43Nm of torque. It rides on a 19-inch front tyre and a 17-inch tyre at the rear along with 41mm conventional telescopic suspension for the front section and adjustable monoshock at the rear. The bike weighs 197kg and the fuel tank can store up to 17.7 litres. Braking is done by a 310mm disc upfront and 240mm disc at the back with dual-channel ABS.
When? June-July 2020
Est. Price: ?16-18 lakh
BMW Motorrad teased the arrival of the F900XR recently, it gets an 895cc parallel-twin engine mated to a six-speed transmission that churns out 105PS and 92Nm of torque. The engine is based on the motor powers the BMW 850 GS. It gets traction control, cornering ABS, ride by wire with riding modes, cruise control, keyless ride, and adaptive cornering lights. The company will open bookings by May 2020.
KTM 250 Adventure
When? Q3 2020
Est. Price: ?2.5 lakh
The bike takes its styling and design cues from its elder sibling, the KTM 390 Adventure. It is powered by the same 248.7cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine seen on the 250 Duke. It is paired with a six-speed gearbox and makes 30PS of power and 24Nm of torque. But the KTM 250 Adventure will get the 5.5-inch TFT instrument cluster which we have seen on the KTM 390 Adventure and the 390 Duke as well.
BMW S 1000 XR
When? Q3 2020
Est. Price: ?19-22 lakh
The S 1000 XR looks similar to its younger sibling and it wears a beefier bodywork. The S 1000 XR borrows the engine from the supersport S 1000 RR, a 999cc motor that produces 164PS of power and 114Nm of torque. It also gets wheelie control, hill start assist, a new 6.5-inch TFT instrumentation with four changeable themes.