We are at the end of the year 2018. Let us take a moment to remember some of the most noteworthy motorcycle launches this year. From baby KTM 125 Duke to the mighty Royal Enfield 650 twins, 2018 saw some great motorcycles launched in India.
Please note that the list is not in any specific order.
One of the most talked about launches in 2018 is probably the Jawa. Classic Legends, a subsidiary of Mahindra bought the rights to relaunch the classic beauty in India. Since then this motorcycle has garnered a lot of attention. This is because of the rich heritage and nostalgia that comes with the brand name Jawa.
Currently, Jawa is available in two variants – classic and Forty-Two. Both run on a 293cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder motor producing 27bhp of power and 28Nm of torque.
The Jawa Classic costs INR 1.65 lakh (ex-showroom) and the Jawa Forty-Two costs INR 1.55 lakh (ex-showroom). To give an idea of how popular this bike is, Jawa has outsold all its motorcycles in just a month and has stopped taking orders until September 2019.
2. Royal Enfield 650 Twins
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 are also among the noteworthy motorcycle launches of 2018. Both these motorcycles run on a 650cc twin cylinder engine. But what is most interesting is the price. Royal Enfield has managed to offer such a great package at an affordable price starting from INR 2.34 lakh up to INR 2.69 lakh (ex-showroom).
Both of these motorcycles also got a great response from the customers. So much so that the RE Twins 650 are sold out till March 2019. This is mainly because this is the cheapest twin cylinder 650 in the Indian market currently.
3. BMW 310 Twins
BMW Motorrad launched the BMW G 310 R and GS after a long wait and was touted as one of the most awaited launches in 2018. The smallest motorcycles from BMW made the headlines as it is manufactured by an India Company, TVS in their Hosur factory. It also takes its place in the most noteworthy motorcycle launches of 2018. Also, being BMW motorcycles, the bikes were priced a little on the higher side. But this did not stop interested customers from getting their hands on one. The company recently rolled out the 50,000th G 310 R from the TVS Hosur plant.
The G 310 R and also the G 310 GS features a 313cc single cylinder, water cooled engine. It produces 33bhp (at 9600 RPM) and 28Nm torque (at 7500 RPM). Read more in our first ride review here. Many BMW Dealers in India are offering discounts and other benefits of up to INR 70,000, read more here.
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4. KTM 125 Duke
The most recent launch in this list is the baby KTM 125 Duke. This is the smallest offering in the KTM Duke line up and has finally made it to the Indian markets. It is also the cheapest KTM offering currently. The 125 Duke costs INR 1,18,163 (ex-showroom). This also makes the list of noteworthy motorcycle launches of 2018.
The 125 Duke runs on a 124.7 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC motor which churns out a power of 14.5 hp at 9,250 rpm and 12 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm. The power produced is on par with most 150cc motorcycles. Couple with a lightweight aggressive KTM design, the 125 Duke ticks many boxes to be a pocket rocket.
5. Yamaha R15 V3
Yamaha YZF R15 is one of the most popular motorcycles among the youth in India. It was also long overdue for a facelift. They launched the Yamaha YZF R15 V3 back in February of 2018 and immediately made the headlines.
The Yamaha YZF R15 V3 features a 155cc liquid cooled which outputs 19PS and 15Nm torque. It also features some interesting tech like Variable Valve Actuation (VVA). Read more about the Yamaha YZF R15 V3 in our first ride review.
The third generation of the Yamaha R15 costs INR 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom). Yamaha also launched a Moto GP variant of the YZF R15 V3 at INR 1.30 lakh (ex-showroom). This variant comes with a ‘Yamaha Racing Blue’ color and also gets Yamaha Moto GP branding on the fairing, tank and side panels that outlines its R-DNA pedigree.
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