2019 will also be an equally exciting year for the Indian motorcycle enthusiasts, at least half a dozen new motorcycles launching next year
2018 has been a good year so far for the motorcycle enthusiasts of the country. We have seen plenty of new launches in almost all the two-wheeler categories. Royal Enfield launched the 650 twins, while Honda introduced the X-Blade, on the other hand, we also saw Hero launching the new Xtreme 200R.
We also have witnessed the re-entry of an iconic motorcycle brand Jawa as well. Besides just the motorcycles we also saw some interesting scooters too launched this year including the Suzuki Burgman Street and TVS NTorq 125. Just like this year you can also expect the year 2019 to also be filled with lots of new and exciting two-wheelers launches as well. That said, here is the list of upcoming motorcycles which will launch in 2019.
1. 2019 Bajaj Dominar
We have seen the motorcycle being tested on some treacherous roads of India and you can all expect that the updated 2019 model of the Dominar to arrive soon as well. The motorcycle will get some significant cosmetic as well as mechanical changes including all new USD forks towards the front which will replace the existing telescopic units.
While it will most probably also get a DOHC configuration for the engine instead of the SOHC unit currently seen on the 373 cc mill. The motorcycle could also get a higher power and torque output as well. In terms of cosmetic updates expect the 2019 Dominar to also get a new engine bash plate, exhaust muffler and possibly new colors as well.
2. Hero XPulse 200 and XPulse 200T
Hero Motocorp took the covers off from a new Xpulse version at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show. It is called the Xpulse 200T and you can all expect it to go on sale alongside its adventure-tourer version the Xpulse 200. The newly unveiled motorcycle shares all its mechanical parts with the Xpulse 200 including the engine, headlamps, instrument cluster and frame.
The Xpulse 200T too will get a single channel ABS as well. However, Hero Motocorp has changed the seats and riding posture to make it more comfortable for the riders. The Xpulse 200T comes with a more relaxing riding position, lower ground clearance, and a different set of handlebars. The motorcycle also gets a luggage rack to carry additional luggage more easily.
3. KTM 390 Adventure
We all expected KTM to unveil the 390 Adventure at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show but unfortunately, things did not go according to to the plan. The bike has been in the news for quite some time now and KTM officials said that they will be launching the 390 Adventure soon in India. The motorcycle will be based on the Duke 390 platform and will use the same engine as well. You can expect this motorcycle to be showcased at the 2019 EICMA motorcycle show and will launch by the end of 2019.
4. Benelli TRK 502
The middleweight adventure-tourer motorcycle was caught testing on Indian roads recently and thus you can expect Benelli to introduce the motorcycle soon in India. The TRK 502 is powered by a 499.6 cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine which is capable of producing about 47 bhp at 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 45 Nm at 5,000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 6-speed gearbox.
The motorcycle is slightly on the heavier side and weighs around 213 kilograms. The TRK 502 has a 20 Litre fuel tank which will give it around 500 km of overall range. Benelli will most probably offer the TRK 502 in two variants here in India.
5. Triumph Scrambler 1200
It may not be your usual Adventure Tourer but the Triumph Scrambler 1200 can actually perform when the tarmac gives up on you. This motorcycle is powered by the same 1200 cc unit which actually powers the Thruxton R as well. However, the engine has been tuned to produce more torque on the lower revs in this motorcycle. In the International markets, the motorcycle is available in two variants – the XC and XE but Triumph will bring only the XC variant in India as of now.
6. BMW R 1250 GS
There is no doubt in the fact that the R 1250 GS is the most popular Adventure Tourer that you will find in the world today. The popular motorcycle has received some mechanical updates for the year 2019. The biggest change however is the new boxer engine. The new engine gets a bigger displacement, it is powered by a 1,254 cc unit now, which gets variable valve timing. This engine makes about 136 Bhp of peak power at 7750 rpm and a peak torque of 143 Nm at 6250 rpm.
Besides the engine, the motorcycle also gets an updated electronic package which includes two riding modes (Rain and Road), while ABS, automatic stability control (ASC), and Hill Start Control comes as standard. There is a new 6.5 inch TFT instrument cluster on offer as well which gets both Bluetooth Connectivity with a Smartphone. The motorcycle will be offered in three variants including Standard, Exclusive and HP. Expect the new BMW R1250 GS to be priced in between Rs 18-22 Lakhs (ex-showroom).