India Kawasaki Motor (IKM) seems to be launching motorcycles back to back this festive season. After the launch of 2019 Versys 650 last week, the company has now launched the 2019 version of Z900 street fighter motorcycle at Rs.7.68 lakh.
With a style that displays cosmetic changes on the body graphics, the new Z900 comes with no mechanical updates and retains the same engine as its predecessor. Hence, it carries the same price tag too with no revision in price.
New Kawasaki Z900 gets a very important update in the form of an all-new lightweight trellis frame. This new super weightless frame weighing only 13.5kg ensures improved handling and performance with the advantage of a low seat height. ‘Z’ graphics seen under the fuel tank and rear seat on the previous generation are replaced by ‘900’, as part of the 2019 update.
41mm adjustable USD front forks and adjustable monoshock at the rear render smoother suspension while 300mm dual petal disc brakes at the front and 250mm single petal disc at the rear provides efficient braking on the 2019 Z900.
Z900 has always remained as the most affordable in-line superbike ever since it was launched replacing the Z800. This version too comes via the CBU route and is available in three new colour combinations- Pearl Flat Stardust White with Metallic Spark Black, Metallic Flat Spark Black with Metallic Spark Black and Metallic Moon Dust Grey with Ebony. Here, the white with black and black with black combination variants gets green coloured frame and black alloy wheels while the grey with ebony combination variant gets red frame and red alloy wheels to add vibrancy to the new paint schemes.
With no mechanical upgrades to its credit, the all new Kawasaki Z900 is powered by the same 948cc, liquid cooled, in-line four cylinder engine that makes 123bhp and 98.6Nm of peak torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox as seen on the previous generation Z900.
2019 Kawasaki Z900 rivals against Yamaha MT-09, Ducati Monster 797, Suzuki GSX-S750, Triumph Street Triple and so on.
TVS Motor launched a special edition of TVS Sport on account of the ongoing festive season in India at a price of Rs.40,088 (Ex-showroom Delhi). It is available for sale in two variants with Kick start Alloy wheel and Electric start features respectively.
Hero Motorcycles and Scooters Limited launched their first ever 125cc scooter Hero Destini 125 in India. Initially named as Duet 125, this model first made its appearance at the Auto Expo 2018 but now the scooter had been renamed as Destini 125.
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.
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.
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.