Suzuki India launched two dirt bikes namely RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 as the company’s flagship motocross bikes from the international arena. RM-Z250 comes available at a price of Rs.7.10 lakh while RM-Z450 is priced at Rs.8.31 lakh (Both ex-showroom prices, Delhi).
These duo dirt bikes from the international stable are pure off-road motorcycles and is illegal to be used anywhere except tracks. They have been designed and developed with innovative technology and engineering fused to render sharp handling and balance on rugged dirt tracks.
Suzuki RM-Z250 is powered by a 249cc, four stroke, fuel injected DOHC engine that is easy to handle, thanks to the aluminium rims that offer lightweight riding experience and comfortable balancing at the same time. This younger of the duo in the RM series has a kerb weight of 106kg and a ground clearance of 345mm.
Suzuki RM-Z450 is equipped with a 449cc, four stroke, fuel injected DOHC engine. It gains popularity as the first motocross bike to adopt new Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion suspension or in short, BFRC suspension. This feature offers enhanced responsiveness and impressive traction control. The elder sibling RM-Z450 has a kerb weight of 112kg with a ground clearance of 330mm. It also gets Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) for choosing from three select riding modes based on the terrain.
Both these dirt bikes will reach India as CBU units and compete against KX 250F and KX 450F from Kawasaki’s dirt bike segment.
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.