Although there weren’t many launches in the two-wheeler space this year, there have been some very interesting motorcycles that have changed the name of the game
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: Since the time it was first launched, the TVS Apache has been one of the renowned names in the entry-level performance offerings. Although it didn’t bring the kind of numbers that the Bajaj Pulsars did, the Apache was impressive in its handling and was one among the first products to come with a switchable ABS. The latest Apache RTR 200 4V set new benchmarks for TVS. With refinement levels hugely improved, better quality and of course, a new age design, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is undoubtedly one of the most impressive products to be launched this year. And it is no wonder that the motorcycle has just been awarded the coveted 2017 Indian Motorcycle of the Year title.
Royal Enfield Himalayan: Moving away from cruisers, Royal Enfield ventured into adventure tourers with the Himalayan. While not too many manufacturers have tried to explore this space, it isn’t the only reason the Himalayan is on this list. The Himalayan looks purpose built with its minimalistic design, long travel suspension and the dual purpose tyres. But most of all, the Himalayan is hugely refined by Royal Enfield standards. While it isn’t a perfect motorcycle, the Himalayan does a good job offering enthusiasts the option of a dual-purpose motorcycle.
Honda Navi: In India, Honda has gained the reputation of playing it exceedingly safe. As a business, there is nothing wrong with their philosophy, but there wasn’t a single product in their portfolio that would excite enthusiasts. And then they launched the Navi. Sure, it isn’t a performance focused machine but it does add a new flavour to the rather drab scooter segment with its quirky styling. Besides, it sports the trusted 110cc motor from the Activa, which means it is refined and reliable too, not to mention it is lighter and more fun to ride than its sibling.
Bajaj V15: The biggest USP of the Bajaj V15 is its INS Vikrant lineage. The Chakan-based motorcycle manufacturer has capitalised on this aspect phenomenally and the result has been equally fruitful. The V15’s retro styling sets it apart in the crowded commuter space and it has a comfortable ride going in its favour too. More importantly, priced at Rs 62,000 (ex-showroom) during launch, the V15 offered a tremendous value for money proposition.
Triumph Bonneville Street Twin: The Triumph Bonneville Street Twin is your everyday big bike. While it is fairly comfortable riding it around town, it feels equally at ease on the highways. A smooth engine, lots of low-end torque and impressive handling gives the Street Twin absolutely fun riding dynamics. And then it comes well equipped with features like traction control and ABS too. Priced at Rs 6.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) the Triumph Bonneville Street Twin is one motorcycle that you can easily fall in love with.