The long-awaited KTM 390 Adventure will finally be launched in India in the first few months of 2020 and we can't wait to get our hands on it. In the Rs 2-6 lakh price bracket, expect a lot of other motorcycle launches too including the introduction of two electric bike makers
1. KTM 390 Adventure
It will undoubtedly be the biggest launch of 2020 and also one of the firsts. The 390 Adventure shares its engine with the 390 Duke, meaning it offers the same power output. The Adventure version gets bigger 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels shod with dual-purpose tyres. The suspension travel is more on both ends – the inverted forks at the front have 170mm of travel, while the rear monoshock, which is both rebound and pre-load adjustable, has 177mm of travel. Apart from these, the ADV gets a tall windscreen, bigger 14.5-litre fuel tank, sump guard, and a tall triple-clamp handlebar.
2. Orxa Mantis
Orxa Energies, a Bengaluru based electric vehicle start-up, dropped the veil on its first product at the India Bike Week 2019. Dubbed the Mantis, the company’s first EV is a performance motorcycle that is claimed to have a top speed of 140km/h and offers a range of 200km. The motorcycle will go on sale in the second part of 2020. The Mantis features a 9kWh lithium-ion battery pack, comprising six 1.5 kWh modules. The Orxa Mantis is expected to have a price-tag of around Rs 3 lakh.
3. Yamaha MT-03
The 2020 MT-03 retains the 321cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin motor that continues to produce 41bhp and 29.6Nm of torque. The MT-03, like the YZF-R3, gets its stopping power from a 298mm disc at the front and a 220mm unit at the rear, further aided by dual-channel ABS. Coming to the upgraded bits on the 2020 model, the MT-03 now gets a YZF-R1 Supersport-inspired long swingarm (573mm), which works in tandem with a revised rear damper (with a new, stiffer spring) to provide more balanced and controlled braking abilities. At the front, the MT-03 receives new 37mm USD forks.
4. Ultraviolette F77 – October 2020
Ultraviolette is all set to bring in its first electric motorcycle, the F77. It is powered by a 25kW motor that produces 33.5 horses and 90Nm. The company claims it can do the 0 – 100km/h dash in just 2.5s. The F77 claims to have a riding range of 130 – 150kms. A fast charger can get it fully juiced up in 5 hours. Other features include remote start/stop, nine-axis IMU, and geofencing. Expect the Ultraviolette F77 to be priced around the Rs 3 – 3.25 lakh mark.
5. Honda CBR500R – July 2020
In November, HMSI announced that they will expand their premium bike range to 13 models. As part of this plan, they will introduce the CBR500R in India. Powered by a 472cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin motor, it makes about 47 horses and 43Nm. The previous-gen model was on sale in markets abroad but never made it to Indian shores. The new iteration is sportier than before in terms of design and posture. The CBR500R is likely to be brought to India via the CKD route.