It’s raining motorcycles this August! Honda, Royal Enfield, Ducati & more upcoming – Times of India

It’s a motorcycle monsoon this year. We rode the newly-launched TVS Ronin and Bajaj Pulsar N160 in a heavy downpour last month. And now, there’s more news on many more new motorcycles set to launch in August across the spectrum of segments. While this weekend will be all about Royal Enfield, next week Honda will take its turn to introduce a new two-wheeler, followed by others like Hero MotoCorp, Ducati, and Harley-Davidson. We will be riding the new Hunter 350 this week and the new Honda the next, so watch this space for all details and reviews. As for the upcoming launches, here’s what we know so far.
New-generation Royal Enfield Bullet 350
The new Royal Enfield Bullet 350 will come powered by a 349cc J-platform engine that makes 20.2 hp and 27 Nm of torque, moving on from the current-generation 346cc UCE engine. The Bullet will also be upgraded for equipment. It’ll get a split double-cradle frame and new and new features like a semi-digital instrument cluster, improved switchgear, an electric starter as standard, and the Tripper pod for onboard navigation. Expect the new generation of the Bullet to be priced at about Rs 1.7 lakh (ex-showroom). Expected launch: 5th August
Royal Enfield Hunter 350
The biggest launch happening in August, the Hunter 350 is likely going to be the most affordable Royal Enfield in the lineup at a starting expected around Rs 1.5 lakh (ex-showroom). It’ll be powered by the same engine as the Meteor 350, Classic 350, and the upcoming Bullet 350 with 20.2 hp and 27 Nm. Plus, it is also expected to be substantially lighter than its J series siblings which will make it more accessible to a wider audience. Launch: 7th August
Also read:Royal Enfield’s origin story in 10 vintage photos: From 1901 to 1952
New Honda BigWing model
Not much is known about this upcoming Honda apart from the launch date. Speculations suggest it could be the updated CB500X or any other 500cc motorcycle. Plus, with some two-wheeler manufacturers warming up to the idea of large displacement scooters in India, it could also be the Forza 350 maxi-scooter which has been seen at dealerships in India a couple of times. Launch: 8th August
2022 Hero Xpulse 200T
The XPulse 200T, which is the road-going version of the Hero XPulse 200 is set to be updated likely with the new 4V engine. It runs on 17-inch cast alloy wheels, unlike the spoke wheels of of its off-roader sibling. While the 4V engine was made available on the Xpulse 200 last year, the 200T was sold only with the old 2V engine. Expect a hike over its existing Rs 1.24 lakh price tag.
Harley-Davidson Nightster
Last year, Harley-Davidson launched the new Sporster S which features underpinnings from the Pan America 1250 (the brand’s first ADV). The Nightster is slated to be a more accessible sibling to the Sportster S, which is priced at Rs 16.51 lakh. The Nightster will come powered by a 975cc Revolution max engine that makes 89 hp and 95 Nm.
Ducati Streetfighter V2
What Streetfighter V4 is to the Panigale V4, the Streetfighter V2 will be the Panigale V2. It’ll offer the V2 performance in a package much more comfortable compared to the Panigale V2’s supersport committed riding stance. The 153 hp Streetfighter V2 will rival the likes of Suzuki Katana which retails at Rs 13.61 lakh. It would be priced higher than the Katana offering fully-adjustable suspension, but expect to it undercut the Panigale V2’s price tag of Rs 19.49 lakh substantially.
2022 Ducati Panigale V4
The Italian motorcycle manufacturer’s flagship superbike has been updated to the model year 2022 and will be arriving at Indian shores this month. The updated models see changes to the engine, electronics, chassis, and aero, that’s resulted in a slight change in power output which is now at 215.5 hp and 123.6 Nm of torque. Ducati also claims a higher top speed. Ducati will also launch the V4 SP2 in limited numbers in India. What’s different about the SP2 is that it’ll tip the scale at just 194.5 kg (lighter than the V4S) due to the extensive use of lighter materials like carbon-fibre. When launched, expect the new bikes to carry a slight bump in price over the standard Panigale V4 (Rs 23.50 lakh) and the V4S (Rs 28.40 lakh).
Zontes and Moto Morini
Both the brands are brand new in the Indian market, brought here through collaboration with AARI, which also introduced Benelli and Keeway bikes in the country. While Zontes has five motorcycles planned Рall based on the same 350cc single-cylinder platform РMoto Morini will bring four models to the country Рall based on the company’s 650cc twin-cylinder platform.

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