Hero Moto Corp has returned to the entry-level category of performance bike with new Extreme 200R. The new Extreme 200R replace the previous generation 150cc Extreme. The dealership has been started the booking for Extreme 200R by collecting an amount of Rs. 1000 to 5000. The Extreme 200R was first showcased at the 2016 edition of the Auto Expo as a concept and has been one of the most anticipated motorcycles since. Hero Extreme 200R is powered by a 200 cc, single cylinder engine, which produces a maximum power of 18.1 bhp at 8500 rpm and a peak torque of 17.1 Nm at 6500 rpm.
In addition, the bike gets a balancer shaft, which keeps vibration to a minimum. The Hero says that the engine is designed to be pulled out from the low-end torque, which would make it easier to ride in heavy traffic. The bike has a claimed top speed of 112 kmph and it takes 4.6 seconds to reach 60 kmph from 0. The Extreme 200R has featured with simplified analogue digital speedometer, a LED positioning light and an LED tail light. The suspension duties are handled by 37 mm telescopic front fork and an 8-step adjustable monoshock at the rear. Along with the radial tyres, both the front and rear are equipped with disc brakes.
The single-channel ABS feature is available as an option. The Extreme 200R engine is developed by the Center for Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur. Hero Motocorp claims that he has made an intentional attempt to improve the quality of the engine. In the Indian market, TVS ‘Apache RTR 200’, Bajaj ‘Pulsar NS 200’ and ‘KTM’ 200 Dukes will be competing with Extreme 200R. The Hero Xtreme 200R is available in five colour variants and it is expected to be priced from Rs. 80,000 to Rs. 85,000.
TVS Motors has launched the special edition of the previous generation Apache RTR 160. TVS has named it Race Edition and this bike will be available in two variants in which the cost of a single disc brake model is priced at Rs 79,715, while the disc brake model in both front and rear is priced at Rs 82,044. The Race Edition comes in white paintjob and with red stripes on the fuel tank, the front mudguard and the rear body panel near the grab-rail. The company has also added a new badge on the fuel tank of the bike.
TVS Motors has raised the price of Apache RTR 160 Race Edition by barely 1,000 rupees from Standard Model RTR 160. Speaking of the engine in the bike, the company has not made any technical changes in the engine of the Special Edition and has been given a single-cylinder engine of 159.7cc which has the capacity to generate 15 bhp power and 13 Nm peak torque. TVS has equipped this engine with a 5-speed gearbox. TVS has launched Apache’s new generation bike RTR 160 4V in India in March 2018, with an initial price of 81,490 rupees.
Being a new generation Apache, this bike has been designed and styled from the old model, as well as the company has also fully updated the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and its engine has become much stronger with more power and torque. Also, the breaks and suspensions of the bike have been updated. In India, the Race Edition Apache RTR 160 will face competition from the Honda CB Hornet 160R, Suzuki Gixxer and the Yamaha FZ.
The British motorcycle company Norton Motorcycles will soon launch its first bike Commando 961 in the Indian market. Norton Motorcycles had its entry in India last year. In India, Norton is partnering with the Kinetic Group to market their bikes. Kinetic Group’s multi-brand Motoroyale not only works with Norton but also retail MV Agusta and SWM motorcycle. The booking of the Norton Commando 961 has started on the Kinetic and Norton dealerships across the country and you have to give up to 2 lakh token amount to book this bike. Some dealers are demanding half the price of the bike from customers as advances. When the Norton Commando 961 will be launched in India, its exorbitant price is estimated at 23.40 lakhs.
Norton Motorcycle has made the Commando 961 available internationally in two variants – sport and café racers. Both variants of the Norton Commando will be assembled and sold in India by late 2018. The company has built this modern classic bike inspired by the 1960s bike, but the bike’s new engine gives it a great performance. Norton Commando 961 has an air-cooled, fuel-injected, parallel-twin engine 961cc. This engine is a 270-degree crank, which has the capacity to generate 79 bhp power and 90 Nm peak torque. The engine gets new die-cast cases, head and cylinder, with Nikasil, bore plating inside the cylinder.
Norton has equipped the bike engine with a 5-speed gearbox. Commando 961 gets Ohlins USD forks at the front and twin Ohlins shocks at the rear for suspension. While the braking is done through the Brembo-sourced callipers. At the initial stage, the bike will be imported as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) in India. But Norton says that by the end of this year the assembling of the bike will be started in India. It is believed that the delivery of this bike will start from June 2018 and in India, it will be competing with Ducati Monster 1200 S, BMW R9T, MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR, Triumph Thruxton R.