Five most-awaited India motorbike launches

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hile the past two weeks saw a lot of action from international auto shows, this week was fortunately no different. From Motorotale launching not one, not two, but seven motorcycles in India to the unveiling of Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro, there is a whole host of new bike launches that will hit the market in the remaining months of 2018. Here is a brief look at all the action in the world of motorycles this week:

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro

Ducati has pulled the wraps off the “Enduro” version of the 2019 Multistrada 1260. Just like its predecessor the 1200 Enduro it is packed to the brim with gadgets, including different riding modes, a bi-directional quickshifter, cornering ABS, wheelie control, traction control, hill start function and more. Despite carrying the same bodywork as the other Multistrada 1260s, the Enduro looks more menacing, thanks to its larger spoked wheels and off-road-oriented tyres. For 2019, Ducati’s Multistrada Enduro doesn’t just come with a new 1260cc engine but also a host of electronic and chassis updates to make it even more capable off-road.

MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR

The latest bike from the Italian company in India is the Brutale 800 RR. The motorcycle has been launched at Rs 18.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and being the RR, it features significantly more power than the standard Brutale, along with other minor changes. Powering the RR is a 798cc, liquid-cooled, three-cylinder motor that makes 140hp at 12,300rpm and 87Nm of torque at 10,100rpm. 

Harley-Davidson Iron 1200

The Iron 1200 carries on the design first seen in the Iron 883, but brings a bigger 1,202cc motor to the table. The styling is also influenced by original Iron 883, with a blacked-out engine and chrome pushrod tubes. The Iron 1200 features a raised handlebar, which should result in a more upright riding position. The Iron 1200 also has a new cowl around the single headlight that isn’t seen on the 883. The bike comes from the factory with a single seat and a 12.5-litre fuel tank. ABS and the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System are available as factory-installed optional extras.

2019 Yamaha R3

Yamaha recently unveiled the facelifted version of the Yamaha YZF R3 and the changes are extensive. The new R3 gets a sharper front design, which now houses LED headlamps that are reminiscent of the ones seen on the new Yamaha R15 V3.0. As for the powertrain, the bike remains unchanged. It is powered by the same 321cc, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve motor that makes 42PS on the India-specced variant.

Benelli TRK 502

Benelli had first showcased the TRK 502 at EICMA 2015 in Milan, Italy, and now, we are inching closer to seeing this motorcycle available at showrooms here. It sports that typical adventure-motorcycle look with its large, beaked front-fairing and tall stance. The TRK 502, with the expected price of Rs 5.5 lakh, will come equipped with a 499cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that churns out 46.9hp of power and about 45Nm of torque.