No ‘cooked up’ upcoming motorcycles – just the ones which are confirmed for India..

Gone are the days when a new motorcycle’s appearance was revealed only at the launch venues or press releases. The advent of modern day technology, which we now take for granted, like internet and camera phones, has changed the way the world works. Especially, in the world of automotive journalism.

Spyshots do reveal, well in advance, what is cooking amidst the boardrooms of mainstream motorcycle manufacturers… or at least provide a hint of what may be on offer. This also helps prospect buyers to decide and wait for their favourite motorcycles. Let us consider that there are no spyshots/scoops etc. So, you go ahead and buy the existing Pulsar RS200 at close to Rs 1.5 Lakhs on road and a couple of days later Hero introduces the 31 PS HX250R at around Rs 1.7 Lakh OTR! Won’t you feel you should have waited for a few days?

Apart from this, spyshots also give everyone an idea of how the motorcycle will turn out to be and what features it may adorn in its production version.

So, now that you appear to be convinced about the importance of spyshots and test mules, let us bring to you a quick list of the most awaited upcoming motorcycles, some of them have only been confirmed because of spy pics.

However, this is not one of those cooked up stories you read on most of the websites. This is a list of only those 250-400cc motorcycles that have been spied in India or have been confirmed for our market.

Upcoming Motorcycles in India (250 to 400 cc)

Yamaha Fazer 250

  • Status: On test, spied multiple times
  • Launch date: October 2017
  • Price: Around 1.38 Lakhs

Fazer 250 has been spotted testing on the roads and it carries almost all the bits of the naked sibling plus a full fairing. It will be for those who like faired motorcycles and expect fuss-free biking.

Check complete coverage & other spy pics of Fazer 250

2017 Himalayan FI:

  • Status: On test, spied testing
  • Expected launch: Deliveries by August 2017 
  • Price: 1.84 Lakhs ex-showroom Chennai
Himalayan is probably the most sub-standard motorcycle ever launched by a major motorcycle manufacturer.

Owing to terrible issues the motorcycle went through, Royal Enfield has officially stopped production of the Himalayan since March 2017. They are preparing an updated version which has been confirmed to get fuel injection. Along with that the prices of the motorcycle have also been revealed. The Himalayan FI is expected to be launched sometime soon but deliveries are only expected sometime in August.

Complete coverage of Himalayan

Benelli Tornado 302: Now Launched at 3.48 Lakhs (Link to Story)

  • Status: On test, spied multiple times
  • Launch Date: 25th July 2017
  • Price: Around 3.5 Lakhs ex-showroom Launched at 3.48 Lakhs

The 250-400 cc segment has another interesting motorcycle which is expected to hit the Indian market soon – Benelli’s Tornado 302. This motorcycle has also seen a lot of delays but in an invite that we received a few days back, DSK has officially announced that it will be launched on 25th July. Powering the Tornado is a 300 cc in-line twin cylinder which churns out 35.3 PS of power and 27 Nm of torque. The R3 and Ninja 300 rival, may not be neck-to-neck in terms of specs but standard ABS (expected) and big bike looks can make it a worthy choice in its segment.

Spyshots, clear pics & details of Tornado 302

BMW G 310R:

  • Status: On test, spied multiple times
  • Expected launch: Sometime in second half of 2018
  • Price: Around 2.0-2.25 Lakhs ex-showroom

 

The naked roadster and the smallest BMW is one bike which has been repeatedly spotted in India. Showcased in the country for the first time at the Auto Expo 2016, this 313 cc motorcycle is already manufactured by Indian TVS and exported to other countries. It was first officially confirmed for our market for the first half of 2017 but with BMW trying to set up base first, it is only expected to come now sometime in the second half of next year.

Spyshots, clear pics & all details of G310R

TVS Apache 310:

  • Status: On test, spied multiple times
  • Expected launch: Sometime this year
  • Price: Around 1.8-1.9 Lakhs ex-showroom
Akula
Akula – the concept version of Apache 310

The Auto Expo in February had this big surprise for enthusiasts in the form of the Akula 310 concept. Paying homage to TVS’ 33 years of racing heritage, this special motorcycle boasted of a carbon fibre body and a heart borrowed from BMW’s G310R roadster. This TVS’ first fully faired motorcycle, expected to be called as Apache RR 310S has seen a lot of delays from the officially announced timeframe of ‘early 2017’. Let us see when does it get launched this year…

Spyshots, clear pics & complete coverage of Apache 310

Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 & Vitpilen 401

  • Status: Confirmed for India
  • Expected Launch: Second half of 2018
  • Price: Between 2.5 to 3 Lakhs
Here is how the Vitpilen 401 looks like…

Bajaj-KTM has officially announced the Indian entry of Husqvarna brand into India. They have said that both the Duke-390 based motorcycles – Svartpilen 401 as well as the Vitpilen 401 will be launched in India and they will also be produced here from around second half of 2018.

..and the Svartpilen 401

Vitpilen is a cafe racer whereas the Svartpilen is a scrambler.

Complete coverage & spy pics of Husqvarnas

KTM 390 Adventure

  • Status: Officially confirmed for India
  • Expected Launch: End of 2017 or Early 2018 
  • Price: Around 2.5 Lakhs
These are touted to be the first and only spy pics of 390 adventure credit Cycleworld.com. Click pic for details…

KTM Bajaj is also bringing the long-awaited 390 Adventure into India and this is also official. But unlike the Huskys, the 390 Adventure has not been revealed by the company and this makes it a mysterious surprise. But with the adventure segment seeing more interests, a bike based on the 390’s motor is expected to be both – affordable as well as purposeful!

Next Read: 300cc Adventure BMW G310 GS NOT Expected Even Next Year; Live With Himalayan Then!

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  • pramod hari

    Kratos is again renamed as Dominar 400!

  • Sathish Narayan

    your article needs some modification now.. I understand your posting 1 of your old article again..

    Also isnt the Yamaha FZ200 releasing on 24th Jan?