The India Bike Week 2016 is all set commence tomorrow and enthusiast, manufacturer and custom builders across the country and even from outside are coming in to partake in what is touted to be Asia's largest biking festival. This annual biking event has also proven to an exceptional platform for motorcycle manufacturers to introduce their products in the Indian market. While there is surely a lot to see and experience, here we have listed five motorcycles that you should definitely watch out for at the India Bike Week 2016.
1) Ducati 959 Panigale
It was we who first reported that Italian motorcycle marque Ducati will officially unveil the 959 Panigale at the India Bike Week 2016. The bike will be launched later this year in July and will replace the motorcycle manufacturer's one of the best-selling bikes in India - the 899 Panigale. Compared to the 899, the 959 Panigale adds improved styling, more power and electronics to the package. Apart from that buyers will also get the optional Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA) to keep a tab on their lap records and track performance with the new Ducati 959 Panigale.
2) Triumph Bonneville Series
We first saw it at this year's Auto Expo 2016, and will be seeing it again at the India Bike Week this weekend. If you were among the poor souls who were not able to see the new Bonneville range at the Auto Expo in Delhi, than this is your chance. The new Triumph Bonneville range for India includes the new all-new Street Twin (a replacement to Bonneville), Bonneville T120 and range-topping Thruxton R. The Street Twin and the T120 have already been launched at the Auto Expo at Rs. 6.90 Lakh and Rs. 8.90 Lakh respectively (both ex-showroom, Delhi). The Thruxton R on the other hand will be launched later. While the Street Twin is powered by a new and larger 900cc parallel twin-cylinder engine tuned to produce 54bhp and 80Nm of torque, the T120 and Thruxton R receive the flagship 1200cc parallel-twin engine developing 105Nm and 122Nm of torque respectively.
3) UM Renegade
UM Motorcycles first unveiled the new Renegade range for the Indian market at the Auto Expo 2016. The range includes - Renegade Commando, Sport S and Classic, and prices for the former two have already been announced. As for deliveries, they are set to begin in next couple of months with booking already in process. All the three cruiser bikes come powered by the same 279cc, single-cylinder, water-cooled engine that develops a maximum power output of 25bhp at 8500rpm and 21.8Nm of peak torque at 7000rpm mated to a 6-speed gearbox. UM is expected to launch the third of the Renegade range - Renegade Classic in June 2016.
4) Harley Davidson 1200 Custom
Harley-Davidson has had a strong association with India Bike Week for a long time now. Apart from some custom motorcycles and the H.O.G. ride, this year the American motorcycle marque will be showcasing the recently launched Harley Davidson 1200 Custom at the event. The Sportster was launched earlier last month for the media at an event held in Jodhpur, Rajasthan priced at Rs. 8,90,000 and this will be the first public appearance of the bike. As the number in the name suggests, the bike is powered by a 1,200cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine which uses a five-speed gearbox to deliver the power to the rear wheel. This engine produces 96Nm of peak torque at 3,500rpm.
5) Benelli Tornado 302
It was during last India Bike Week in 2015 when DSK Benelli officially entered the Indian motorcycle market with the TNT range. Using the DSK Benelli unveiled the Tornado 302 at the Auto Expo 2016 along with TNT Naked T-135, BX 250 Motord, and the TRK 502 adventure tourer. The Tornado 302 is the first full-faired motorcycle from the Italian motorcycle marque, which is set go on sale in India in 2016. The bike along with Benelli new range of bike will be available for public display at the India Bike Week. The Benelli Tornado 302 is based on the TNT 300 currently on sale in the country and uses same 300cc liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder engine tuned for 35hp at 12,000rpm and 26Nm of torque, while paired to a 6-speed gearbox.