The year 2022 marked the beginning of the world's return to normal life following the pandemic. With back-to-back debuts and launches, the automobile industry too rode back to normalcy. If everything remains the same and no new variants of the virus drive the world indoors again, the year 2023 has a lot in store for us in terms of new two-wheeler launches by several leading manufacturers. These would include anything from entry-level models to high-performance motorcycles. The likes of the much-awaited Himalayan 450 and perhaps the first Bajaj-Triumph small displacement bike making their way into the Indian market will make it even more thrilling. So, without any further ado, here are the top motorcycles that have been confirmed for a launch or are anticipated to debut this year.
Royal Enfield Himalayan 450
The Super Meteor 650, which will compete in the middleweight segment of the Indian market, was recently launched by Chennai-based manufacturer Royal Enfield. Although it shares a platform with the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650, this cruiser motorcycle has additional features and different hardware compared to the other 650cc motorcycles currently offered by Royal Enfield. The bikemaker has bigger plans for 2023, when the all-new Himalayan 450 will be launched, most probably in the third quarter. We can anticipate performance in the range of the KTM 390 Adventure from the upcoming, grander Himalayan, the most contemporary Royal Enfield ever with liquid-cooling. Further, it is expected that it will be a lightweight motorcycle with significant off-road capabilities. It may boast a price tag of Rs 2.8 lakh (ex-showroom).
Royal Enfield Bullet 350
The next Royal Enfield product will likely be the next-generation Bullet 350, which will employ the firm's new J-platform. The Meteor 350, the Classic 350, and the Hunter 350 are a few of the models that are supported by this platform. The design will resemble the outgoing Bullet 350 while the revisions will be confined to mechanical improvements.
2023 KTM 390 Duke
By the end of the year, we should have the new KTM 390 Duke. The engine of the 390 Duke has expanded in capacity from 373cc to 399cc, providing additional power and torque. This is just the beginning of the new generation's upgrades to the vehicle. It will also get a new frame, subframe, swingarm, and potentially an improved suspension, according to certain spy shots. Prices for the bike are expected to start from Rs 3.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
Hero XPulse 400
The middleweight adventure bike market is about to expand significantly. Hero MotoCorp is also believed to be developing an ADV in this segment. A 42cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine will power the larger XPulse 400, giving it enough power to outperform the BMW G 310 GS. Hero MotorCorp has experience from the Dakar Rally stage, so we can anticipate a competent off-road bike in the XPulse 400 that will be a fierce competitor for the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 and the KTM 390 Adventure.
Triumph Street Triple Range
In 2022, the Street Triple range received an overhaul, and in a few months, we should see it in India. Three variants of the new Street Triple are available: R, RS, and Moto2. The R and RS both generate more power and torque than before and the Moto2 model produces just roughly 9.9bhp less power than the actual Moto2 race bike. Prices are anticipated to range from Rs 9.5 to 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
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Triumph-Bajaj Roadster and Scrambler
The company will also launch its entry-level models in the Indian market in addition to the Street Triple range. These motorcycles, which were built in collaboration with Bajaj Auto, will compete in the Indian market's quarter-litre segment against models like the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 and the TVS Ronin. The roadster and scrambler are the two variations of this quarter-litre range that will be offered. The firm would also produce greater displacement versions of these motorcycles, although initially, exports would be the only outlet for them.
Yamaha MT-07 and YZF-R7
Yamaha hasn't been introducing its big bikes to India in a long time. The MT-09 was offered a few years ago, however, it was shortly discontinued. Things may shift in 2023 when Yamaha launches the MT-07 and the R7. The two are likely to be available as CBUs in limited numbers in the coming months. That indicates a premium price of around Rs 10-12 lakh is to be expected (ex-showroom).