• Suzuki Intruder 150 launched at Rs.98,340
• Gets the same engine and few other features as on the Gixxer 150
• Competes against Bajaj Avenger
The new entry level cruiser, Intruder 150 from Suzuki Motorcycle India was launched last week in the country. This 150cc premium motorcycle draws inspiration from its elder sibling Intruder 1800 in terms of design and size, but derives underpinnings from the Gixxer 150. Intruder 150cc is available in India at a price of Rs.98,340 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The new breed from Suzuki incorporates few features from the Gixxer but looks more muscular and sturdy with a low seat height compared to the naked bike. Headlamp enclosures have an impressive curvy triangular design behind which lies a mammoth fuel tank that displays grandeur of the vehicle. Body panels on the rear and either side add brawniness to this 150cc machine. Foot pegs are positioned forward with raised handle bars giving the ultimate riding comfort and feel of a cruiser. It also gets the same 17-inch alloy wheels on the Gixxer to exhibit muscle at every corner.
Power is supplied to the Intruder 150 by the same 155cc engine seen on the Gixxer 150. This single-cylinder engine continues to be carbureted and produces 14.8bhp at 8000rpm and 14Nm of peak torque at 6000rpm.
Disc brakes are provided at the front and rear with ABS as standard. Suspension duties are carried out by 41mm telescopic forks at the front while rear features a seven step adjustable monoshock suspension.
Intruder 150 openly challenges Bajaj Avenger but other premium commuters too are sure to feel the heat, as this machine offers an altogether different riding experience at the price.
TVS launched their new flagship motorcycle Apache RR 310 this week in India at Rs.2.05 lakh (ex-showroom). Being more than just a commuter bike with an attractive price tag, it competes against KTM RC390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Dominar 400 and the upcoming Yamaha R3.
Kawasaki has launched its smallest adventure tourer and the most affordable of its lineup of motorcycles Versys X300 in the country. Priced at Rs.4.60 lakh, this entry-level tourer is the smallest displacement bike from the Kawasaki tourer stable and targets both the city and highway cruising enthusiasts.
Royal Enfield had updated engines on their two best-selling models,Bullet 500 and the Continental GT in the European Market. Now they have launched the 2017 Classic 500 and the Himalayan too with an updated Euro-IV compliant engine. The Eicher Motors owned company is strengthening its global portfolio with updated models and an increasing number of showrooms worldwide.
Royal Enfield motorcycles powered by BS-IV engines are now available in India. The entire lineup is said to have received the engine upgrades with AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature (both being stringent norms), even though no official statement has been released by the company yet. According to reports from financial express, Electra 350 was spotted already on sale at one of the company dealerships with updated features as the BS-IV engine and AHO. Other models too are believed to go on sale with the same upgrades in another week, as April 1st, 2017 is the deadline for these norms to be implemented on all motor vehicles in India. The prices have been hiked for the new range of BS-IV motorcycles from Royal Enfield.
Honda launched the first scooter in India, Activa 125cc with an engine that complies with BS-IV norms. The New Activa also becomes the first scooter to get an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature, which is about to be mandatory on all vehicles in India from April 1st, 2017 as part of safety regulations. Not many cosmetic updates have been provided on this best seller. However, few prominent tweaks are seen like the new pair of LED positioning lamps that fit perfectly into the chrome apron on the front, a protuberant Honda badge and also a mobile charging socket.
Yamaha launched its latest offering in the FZ series named FZ 25 as a gentle step towards the booming 250cc bike segment. Comfortably placed between the YZF R15 version 2.0 and YZF R3, this motorcycle marks Yamaha’s entry into the performance bike segment which is being dominated by giants like Royal Enfield, KTM and Bajaj Auto. The bike was initially named as FZ 250, but later the company decided to dump the 0 and name it FZ 25.