The Auto Expo 2018 kicked off with a bang on the 9th of February and like last year took place at two separate venues – Pragati Maidan and Greater Noida. The expo for components was held at Pragati Maidan, while the motor show happened at Greater Noida. Motorbikes India attended the motor show and covered a total of fifteen different motorcycle brands showcasing their finest machines in the most spectacular fashion.
We were left pleasantly surprised to see few new brands such as Emflux, Aftek Motors and DJC competing against top established players and also a bit disappointed to have some biggies such as KTM, Ducati, Royal Enfield and Bajaj giving the Auto Expo 2018 a miss this time. Nevertheless, there were plenty of motorcycles showcased which were capable of instantly rendering anyone into a fan. From the highly anticipated Yamaha Motoroid to the ever popular Suzuki Hayabusa, the Auto Expo 2018 was all about powerful machines which are a stunning work of mechanical engineering.
Following are the bikes to watch out for from the Auto Expo 2018 as we will be reviewing them for our readers in near future.
TVS Apache RR 310
Originally meant to be launched under the name Akula, TVS decided to showcase and market it as an upgraded and high powered version of Apache motorcycles. Made to compete with KTM Duke and RC range of motorbikes, this mid-range powered sports bike is made available by Apache in two different colour variants for now – Red and Black. Complete with a cutting-edge faired design, TVS made sure to make the most of this opportunity by making these motorcycles the highlight of their overall exhibit at the motor show.
Ex-Showroom Price: INR 2.1 lakh.
Suzuki Intruder 150
The Suzuki Intruder 150 can rightly be called the offspring of the original Suzuki Intruder. What’s the difference you may ask? Well, this current launch possesses an engine that is only 1650cc lighter than the original Intruder M1800R. Targeted towards buyers who want to get an experience of riding an Intruder while getting all the perks of a commuter motorbike, the Intruder 150 is already making heads turn. Its dazzling bold design screams of a machine which is audacious and ready to rule the roads.
Ex-Showroom Price: INR 1 lakh.
Green is the future and keeping this in mind, Bengaluru based start-up, Emflux, showcased its Emflux One at the 2018 Auto Expo. Needless to say, Emflux is India’s very own electric high-end sports bike. With a top speed of 200kmph, Emflux claims to hit 0-100 under just 3 seconds. A stunning design concept, it is set to officially hit the Indian roads next year.
Estimated Price: INR 5.5 lakh (Delhi).
Honda Africa Twin
The Africa Twin is Honda’s notorious spawn which is both the beauty and the beast, at the same time. Coming with a 998cc parallel twin engine, it is a machine built to tread anywhere and everywhere. Showcased in its glorious Victory Red colour, the latest model of Africa Twin hasn’t really changed much in comparison to its previous version when it first hit the Indian terrain.
Endorsed by the likes of Marc Márquez himself, it remains one of the top high-end adventure bikes and we’ve already set our eyes on it for taking it out on a test ride very soon.
Ex-Showroom Price: INR 13.2 lakh (Mumbai).
UM Renegade Thor
Another emerging player in the market embracing the eco-friendly direction is Motorbike India’s very own partner for the Winabike contest, United Motors, or simply known as UM. The UM Renegade Thor is being marketed as world’s first electric geared cruiser motorcycle. It seemed quite a beauty to behold and reflects every aspect of an American style cruiser in its design which is made to grab attention everywhere it goes.
Ex-Showroom Price: INR 9.9 lakh (Delhi).
Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX
Brimming with 200 horsepower, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX finally made its grand debut at the Auto Expo 2018. An absolute stunner, the motorcycle is one of the top five high-end motorbikes in the Ninja range. Made available in its quintessential green-black colour, the motorbike highlighted the Kawasaki pavilion and remained a crowd favourite until the expo’s end.
Ex-Showroom Price: INR 21.8 lakh.
Aprilia RSV4 RF
Aprilia’s collection at the Auto Expo 2018 was enough to blow anyone’s mind away regardless of whether they are a bike fanatic or not. Ushering in the New Year, Aprilia made sure to make its presence felt at the expo with some solid line up of powerful sports bikes.
One such machine is the Aprilia RSV4 RF. With its cutting-edge design and sinister looks, it definitely seems like a full package for those who are not holding back on a budget yet want value for every penny spent on an expensive sports bike.
Ex-Showroom Price: INR 25.7 lakh.
BMW G 310 GS
For years BMW Motorrad has come off as a manufacturer of ultra-luxurious and high-end motorbikes. However, this year it made it a point to launch some greatly affordable motorbikes for its Indian consumers. Hence, two cheapest motorcycles from the GS range were finally unveiled. Made to go one on one with the likes of KTM’s naked motorbikes, the BMW G 310 GS looks like a motorcycle which demands your attention. We will soon get to see it on Indian roads, where it will face its true test.
Ex-Showroom Price: INR 2.5 lakh (Expected).
Hero XPulse 200
Hero is currently struggling to find the right balance in the market since its split from Honda, but promotions for its XPulse 200 were the highlight of the Auto Expo 2018. Hero’s answer to Honda’s XBlade motorbike, the XPulse 200 is targeted towards consumers seeking a dependable commuter motorcycle to spend their hard earned money on. So, will it be able to have an upper hand over its arch-rival Honda XBlade? We’ll make sure to find out!
Ex-Showroom Price: INR 1.1 lakh (Expected).
Last but not the least is the MT-10 from the house of legendary Japanese automotive giant, Yamaha. The hyper naked motorcycle finally debuted in India after a wait that lasted three years. It made waves at the expo when actor and brand ambassador for Yamaha, John Abraham, deemed it as a motorcycle which he’d like to ride. What makes it so special? It’s top speed of 250 kmph which is backed by a formidable engine of 998cc. Class apart indeed.
Ex-Showroom Price: INR 10 lakh (Onwards).
Like all good things, the Auto Expo 2018 ended as well. But guess what? We here at MI are gearing up to review some of the most highly anticipated motorbikes this year featured in the show. So, be sure to check out this space for the hottest first-hand top bike reviews which we will be publishing soon!
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