There have been some huge launches and some even more interesting showcases at the 2014 edition of the Auto Expo - especially when it came to the two-wheeler OEMs.
Kicking things off was the much anticipated Indian launch of the brand new Harley Davidson Street 750. The bike might not be a looker, but it does wear a Harley badge and more importantly it has been launched with a price tag of Rs 4.1 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. Harley Davidson hopes to attract young urban buyers around the world with this new bike, as it will be affordable and very fun to ride. The new Street will be manufactured in Kansas City for the US market, and for the rest of the world, the bike will be manufactured at the company’s plant right here in India. The all-new engines from Harley-Davidson are liquid cooled 60-degree V-twin units and feature chain driven single overhead camshafts.
The most thrilling showcase of the day has to go to Bajaj, as they unveiled the all new Pulsar 400. The Pulsar 400 is a fully faired sports bike that features a 375 liquid cooled engine and a 6-speed transmission as well as ABS. the bike looks stunning and has a good built quality. The pulsar 400 was also unveiled in a naked version, which we think actually looks better than the fully faired version.
Bajaj also unveiled a very interesting compact concept car called the UCAR that features a liquid cooled engine with an automatic transmission and also has scissor doors. The car is said to be lighter than the production version RE60 that was also on display.
Moving on, Hero MotoCorp also had some exciting products including the concept bike that stole the show - the HX 250R. This is a pure performance bike that looks fantastic and has some impressive performance figures. The engine is a 250cc water cooled unit that produces 31bhp @ 9000rpm. The bike also weighs just 139 kilograms and comes with disc brakes on the front and rear tyres and also an option for ABS. Hero also shocked us with a Splendour Classic that was unveiled, and it is a 100cc Cafe Racer styled motorbike for the Indian market. Hero also unveiled a very interesting concept bike called the Hastur, which looks like a cross between a KTM and a Kawasaki and comes with a powerful 600cc engine.
Suzuki also showcased their latest offerings for the Indian market - the Gixxer, the Inazuma and the V-Strom 1000. The Inazuma is a 250cc naked street bike and produces 24bhp, while Suzuki also claims that it’ll be the most fuel-efficient bike in its category. But, with the pricing being what it is, it remains to be seen how the market responds to Suzuki’s latest offering. The Suzuki Gixxer on the other hand is a 150cc naked sports bike that will add more flavour to the sub 200cc segment. The V-Strom is a 1000cc bike that caters to three segments - adventure, sport and touring. The bike will be launched in the Indian market this year.
Yamaha launched a series of new scooters for the modern Indian family, but they also had the very attractive R25 on display. The bike aptly named the R25 features a parallel twin 249cc engine, but no power figures have been announced just yet. The bike’s engine will also be mated with a 6-speed transmission and the brakes will use discs in the front and the rear. The bike features typical Yamaha attributes such as telescopic front forks, a tubular chassis and monoshock suspension on the rear.
More news will come from TVS, Triumph, DSK Hyosung, Vardechi and more on the following day, so make sure you get your tickets ready and come on down and check out these fabulous machines that are all India bound.