FB Mondial HPS 300 takes power from a 249 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine developing 25.1 PS power and 22 Nm torque
Kinetic MotoRoyale has today announced a slew of new launches in the domestic market and chief among which the FB Mondial brand has finally made its way. Its first product for Indian customers is the HPS 300 and it has been priced at Rs. 3.37 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India).
The FB Mondial’s HPS 300 is a retro roadster with classic design theme infusing the characteristics of café racer and scrambler. It can be said as the most affordable scrambler right on sale now if you put it that way. The Italian brand came into existence in 1936 and has a storied racing home in the 1950s.
Financial turmoil led to the brand getting shut down in 1957 before back into the business after a long hiatus in 2014. The road to recovery started with small capacity bikes and in India the HPS 300 will be locally assembled at Kinetic’s factory in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.
The HPS in the name stands for Hipster and it has a no-frills design language with minimalistic bodywork. It comes equipped with a slim fuel tank, bar-end mirrors, oval-shaped halogen headlamp, chunky tyres with spoked wheels for some off-roading fun, chunky belly pan, clip-on handlebar, stubby rear section with LED tail lamp and indicators.
Moreover, the digital instrument cluster in circular shape complements the overall package. It derives power from a 249 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC engine, which is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 25.1 PS at 9,000 rpm and 22 Nm of peak torque delivered at 7,000 rpm.
It is connected to a six-speed transmission while dual-channel ABS system is indeed offered. The braking duty is handled by 280 mm single front disc with a 4-piston radial caliper and a 220 mm rear rotor with a single-piston floating caliper.
As for the suspension, the HPS 300 gets 41 mm inverted front forks and twin gas charged rear shock absorbers. It competes against the likes of highly affordable KTM Duke 390 and BMW G310R.