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5 Most Awaited Bikes Of 2014


2013 has been a great year for bike enthusiasts especially with products like the KTM Duke 390 and the Royal Enfield Continental GT being launched at VFM prices. 2014 looks even more promising. Check out what’s in store this year.

Pulsar 375 Super Sport

1) Bajaj Pulsar 375 – After launching the Pulsar 200 NS, Bajaj Auto has revealed that they will launch two new Pulsars out of which the Pulsar 375 is one of them. It comes with a nice fairing, projector headlights, large windscreen and clip-on handlebars. The Pulsar 375 also comes with ABS. This new bike will get a fuel-injected engine based on the KTM Duke 390 which is likely to produce 38 BHP of power and 30 Nm of torque. The chassis, instrument cluster, tyres and wheels on the Pulsar 375 will be similar to the Pulsar 200 NS and Bajaj is expected to price this bike at around Rs. 1.80 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai). The Bajaj Pulsar 375 will compete directly with the Honda CBR250R.

KTM RC 390 Wallpaper

2) KTM RC 390 – KTM launched the Duke 390 recently and the enthusiasts were delighted with the prospect of owning a performance-oriented bike at a not-so-high price. However, the Duke 390 is a naked bike and many people love bikes with full fairing just for the sporty feel that they give. KTM has got just the right product and it is the RC 390. Basically, the RC 390 is an almost similar bike to the Duke 390 and the only major difference is that it carries a full fairing. It will be powered by a 373.2cc, single-cylinder engine which produces 43 HP of power and 35 Nm of torque and mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The RC 390 won’t be as comfortable as its Duke sibling since it has a very sporty riding stance.

Honda CBR500R

3) Honda CBR500R – Honda is going to launch the CBR500R in 2014 and it will be showcased at the Auto Expo. The bike will be powered by a 500cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine, producing 47 BHP of power and 43 Nm of torque. Top speed is claimed at 185 km/hr and 0-100 km/hr takes 5.7 seconds. Honda will launch only one variant of this bike and ABS will be offered as a standard feature. The Honda CBR500R will compete with bikes like of the KTM RC 390 and Kawasaki Ninja 300 and it is expected to be price around Rs. 4 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai). Buyers will surely find this expensive and hence the RC 390 will find more takers just because of its competitive pricing.

Hero Karizma Updated

4) Hero 250cc Bike (with Erik Buell Racing) – Hero Honda had a fairly large market share until recently. After its JV with Honda ended, Hero MotoCorp is surely facing a slight crunch and hence they need to rely on new product launches to maintain their position. The company has now gotten into a collaboration with Erik Buell Racing to jointly develop a new 250cc bike. This new bike will be shown at the 2014 Auto Expo and will also be sold in the USA. This new 250cc bike will get a proper fairing, petal discs and a monoshock rear suspension. Powered by single-cylinder engine, this bike is expected to produce 26 BHP of power and 23 Nm of torque. The engine will be liquid-cooled and mated to a 6-speed transmission. Hero MotoCorp will price this new bike very aggressively to compete with the Bajaj Pulsar 200 SS.

Suzuki GSX150R

5) Suzuki GSX150R – If you go through our post on November 2013 bike sales, you will notice that Suzuki is performing terribly in the bike segment. The main reasons for this are poor marketing, fewer number of dealers and an unknown cost of long-term ownership. Suzuki is now coming up with the GSX150R and it will go on sale by the end of the year. It will feature a liquid-cooled and fuel-injected engine. The GSX150R will have a full fairing and it will compete with the Yamaha R15 and Honda CBR150R. Prices are expected to start at Rs. 1.10 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai).

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  • kp

    HERO-EBR product might be naked 250 c.c as per rumors…ktm-bajaj gonna rule performance for next few yrs…pulsar 375/200 s.s going to be tourers and RC series going put race track on fire…

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      I think EBR is better known for making racing bikes so expect the Hero 250 to be full faired.

      • kp

        yes ur right but i read somewhere tht naked version of 250 going to release…

  • Pravin

    Pulsar 375 is my next bike easily…

    If I were rich I wouldve bought the CBR500R with 50Ps power..

  • Kevin

    Can Hero Re-engineer the current gen Karizma to a leaner, meaner and powerful one……?
    Well in the above scenario ….they can not..!(All they did was increase the power figures to 20 odd)

    Firstly,
    When comes to building a bike from scratch, definitely EBR/Eric shall engineer gem of a chassis around a given engine.
    All we indians want is a sweet resonating and torquey engine with cutting edge technologies. should have a rev limiter @ 10500 RPM or higher (should have same character as EBR 1190 RX).

    Secondly,
    Who do you think the bike designer shall be..?
    Well the youngest design engineer in your company who has a passion for bike designs.(i hope Mr. Munjal that you understand what is “passion for bike designing, no stickering”).

    Come on, Mr. Munjal you are in your sixties plz be passionate towards our next gen commuters.

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      They have to move into an entirely new direction.

      • Kevin

        Below is a recent statement from Mr. Anil Dua, Senior Vice President, Hero MotoCorp Ltd

        “Going forward, we have put together plans to further consolidate our leadership position. Year 2014 will be action-packed with radically new product launches, entry into new markets backed by new, clutter-breaking campaigns and continued network expansion.””

        Fingers crossed on the new radical product launches from Hero..(eagerly awaiting the Grand Auto Expo 2014 )

  • Amit

    Pulsar 375 will rule this year…The looks of the bike will surely attract the youths and because its an Indian bike the price will play an important role.

  • Ben

    The inazuma story made me very very disappointed. I was really frustrated. The only chance for Suzuki to make me happy is with their gsxr150. If not the Hayabusa for me is a thing of the past.

  • Ben

    The inazuma story made me very very disappointed. I was really frustrated. The only chance for Suzuki to make me happy is with their gsxr150. If not the Hayabusa for me is a thing of the past

  • Sumit

    After being a proud owner of the killer 200NS from Bajaj, I cant wait to see what P375 is going to be like. Its killing me tbh.. the wait..
    About the Suzuki GSX150R.. the expected price is going to be 1.10 Lac ? lol absolutely not.. look what you expected from the Inazuma and what it turned out to be.. GSX150R will be priced nearly over 1.5 lacs. Watch !

  • Deepak

    Faisal Khan

    any ideas about the release date of R25 and GSX150R??

  • Abhiraj

    @faisal.Any news about upcoming apache series?

  • sathya

    am waiting for suzuki gsx150r we all know suzuki products are gd performers but only lacking s way of marketing,poor promotion i hope this product would come back of suzuki

  • josh

    owner of 200NS!
    love the handling and perfomace of rev free engine! bt vibs n tyres.. i hope bajaj will launch a vib free p375 with soft tyres..

  • Parlaynath Gundaswamy

    You guys forgot the awesome Mahindra Mojo and rolicking Oshiro 150.

  • kp

    took mahindra centuro one of common friend of mine am pleasantly surprised by its performance and features which is real VFM money thn dicoverM/yuga/passion….there is lot talk about so many performance bikes this year but i think mahindra mojo might surprise many going by fit-finish and performance of centuro…mahindra took lot time testing it and fuel tank also beefed up thn earlier launch as we seen in spy shots another vfm product on its way