FB Mondial HPS 300 has retro roadster design theme and is powered by a 249 cc liquid cooled motor
Motoroyale, the premium bike division of Kinetic Group, launched a gang of new products in the domestic market across different segments. Ranging from 250 cc to 1,000 cc, the seven motorcycles are from different global brands such as MV Agusta, Norton, Hyosung, SWM and FB Mondial.
The company wants to make the most out of the increasing premium bike fanaticism in India and thus framed big plans for the near future. Chief among the launches are the debuting SWM and FB Mondial brands with the latter having introduced a promising model called HPS 300, which could play a pivotal role in Motoroyale’s aim of selling 2,500 units in 2019.
Kinetic MotoRoyale has priced the FB Mondial HPS 300 at Rs. 3.37 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India) and is a retro roadster with no-frills design. The classic overall theme would make it stand out from any other motorcycle available in a similar price range as it blends the dynamics of a cafe racer and scrambler.
The FB Mondial HPS 300, in not so stricter way, can be described as the most affordable scrambler out on sale today locally. The brand has dismissed bring in any entry-level 125 cc models despite the HPS 125 was spotted earlier and wants to keep its premium status. The Italian manufacturer broke into the scenes in 1936 and has fabled racing history in the ’50s.
However, due to financial issues FB Mondial was completely taken out of the equation in 1957 before making a comeback in 2014. The newly launched HPS 300 will be assembled locally in Ahmednagar in Maharashtra at Kinetic’s facility and the name denotes Hipster with appealing yet minimalistic outlook.
It boasts halogen headlamp, stubby tail end, digital instrument cluster, fat tyres for capable off-roading, beefy belly pan, bar end mirrors, sleek fuel tank and clip on handlebar. The HPS 300 is powered by a 249 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC engine that develops 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 with dual-channel ABS as standard. A 280 mm single front disc with a 4-piston radial caliper and a 220 mm rear rotor with a single-piston floating caliper are responsible for braking. As for suspension, a 41 mm inverted front forks and twin gas charged rear shock absorbers are used. It does not have a direct rival in the market but BMW G310R can be a worthy competitor.