From TVS’ first cruiser to Ducati’s most potent naked, this month promises some serious horsepower
Some of these motorcycles on this list, like the monsoons, are running a bit late. Yes, despite the optimistic weather report, bike launches over the past month have been all thunder and no rain. But it looks like that’s about to change. Here are the top motorcycle launches expected in July.
Yes, we did say that the Zeppelin would arrive in June, but TVS’s first ever cruiser seems to be in no rush. But, we now have an official invite from TVS for an unveiling of a new motorcycle on the 6th of July. Our gut says, it’s the Zeppelin and not the urban scrambler, Retron, that’s also in the pipeline.
We expect the production version of the Zepper to deviate slightly from the concept we’ve seen at Auto Expo back in 2018. However, it’s likely to retain the big-bore 223cc, single-cylinder engine derived from the Apache RTR 2004V. The engine will be more torquey to suit the cruiser personality and will also have a mild-hybrid system tucked away.
Lastly, let’s not be surprised if TVS decides to call this the Ronin and not the Zeppelin. It’s an old habit after all – given that the Akula became the Apache RR 310, and Draken went on to be the RTR200. Expect it to be priced around Rs 1.60 lakh(ex-showroom).
Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP
The SP badge on any Ducati simply means dialing the lunacy up to 11, and the Streetfighter V4SP will not be any different. It’s slated to launch pretty soon and will get a body soaked in carbon fibre, while sporting its iconic Winter Test livery. The hardware is also some of the best out there, such as BST carbon fibre wheels, Brembo Stylema R brake calipers, dry STM slipper clutch, and SMART 2.0 EC suspension from Ohlins. This lighter and more premium streetfighter is coming soon, and we cannot wait to taste the lunacy once again. The expected pricing for one of these is Rs 28 lakh(ex-showroom).
The Nightster will be Harley Davidson’s lightest cruiser. Take that in for a second, Harley making light motorcycles; strange but not surprising. What’s more special is that this cruiser will get the all-new Revolution Max 975T, a 975cc, liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-twin engine. With 90PS and 95Nm on tap, this is one of the most sophisticated engines in Harley’s lineup. With a recent teaser hinting at an impending launch, you could expect a price tag of Rs 14 lakh(ex-showroom) for the Harley Nightster.
Cool bikes are cool, but cool bikes with cool names are cooler. And what can be a cooler name than katana? The weapon of the Samurai! The Suzuki Katana is arguably one of the prettiest bikes currently out there, and it’s coming to India very soon.
For 2022, the streetfighter gets a cleaner BS6 compliant 999cc, inline-four engine, making 152PS and 106Nm (2PS more but 2Nm less than before). This sword will cut deep. You’ll also get ride-by-wire throttle, three riding modes, a five-stage traction control system and a bi-directional quickshifter as standard. The underpinnings on the India bound bike will not vary from the international spec. That said, while the streetfighter packs decent equipment, its 215kg kerb weight and low 140mm ground clearance could be a bit cumbersome to live with on our shoddy roads. We’re hoping it will be priced at Rs 14 lakh (ex-showroom).
Royal Enfield Hunter 350 and special mentions
This list cannot end without the Royal Enfield Hunter 350. We have an official invite from Royal Enfield for a launch in August. Hence, we are expecting more on the Hunter this month. So make sure to watchout for the video on our YouTube channel.
Keeway is yet to reveal the prices of its K-Light 250V cruiser, and we believe that it will announce the price and delivery timelines for the bike in July.
A recent type filing document submitted by Hero suggests the XPulse 200 4V is all set to welcome home a new sibling. Hero is calling it the XPulse 200 4V Rally Edition. One that’s more harcore, inspired by Hero MotoCorp’s love for rallying.
Lastly, we have Ather Energy with a new and larger model that will offer more range (claimed 146km) and possibly better performance too.