The list of upcoming faired bikes comprises two Hero motorcycles, new-gen RC 390, Aprilia RS 440, Yamaha R3, etc
The Indian motorcycle space will witness the arrival of a host of new faired motorcycles over the next twelve months or so and some of them are ready to be launched. Here we brought you all the dope:
1. 2024 KTM RC 390:
KTM is currently working on the third-generation 390 Duke and it has been caught testing multiple times in the domestic and international markets. It will be the biggest revision since the original 390 series was launched and following the launch of the new-gen 390 Duke next year, we can expect the faired RC supersport to receive similar updates such as the bigger and more powerful 399 cc engine, new chassis and mechanical bits, new design and more advanced electronic aids.
2. Hero Karizma XMR 210 & Xtreme 420 S:
Showcased at a dealer meet a few months ago and had its design patented, the new generation Hero Karizma XMR 210 is indeed heading our way in the coming months. It will be powered by a brand new 210 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine developing around 25 bhp and will be paired with a six-speed transmission. It will compete against Yamaha R15 V4 and Bajaj Pulsar RS200. The flagship Xtreme 420 S, powered by an all-new 420 cc liquid-cooled engine will likely hit showrooms by 2025.
3. Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Semi-Faired:
The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 have been well-received by customers in local and global markets. Capitalising on the duo’s success and the recently launched Super Meteor 650, Royal Enfield is currently working on a number of new 650 cc motorcycles including a scrambler, production-spec SG650, a classic-styled and a Bullet-like motorcycle along with the semi-faired version of the Continental GT. It could be introduced in the near future.
4. Aprilia RS 440:
Aprilia has been testing its entry-level faired supersport for quite a while now and it could be launched before the end of this year in India. The design will be inspired by its RS 660 sibling and the 440 cc parallel-twin could kick out just over 40 bhp. It could be priced at around Rs. 4 lakh (ex-showroom) and will take on Kawasaki Ninja 400.
5. Yamaha R3:
Around this festive season, Yamaha will bring in the OBD2-compliant R3 supersport to compete with KTM RC 390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, TVS Apache RR 310 and BMW G310 RR. It will be accompanied by its naked streetfighter sibling, the MT03, and will be equipped with a 321 cc liquid-cooled engine. It will also boast premium features. Although the nameplate is popular, its success will largely depend on how well it’s priced against its rivals.