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Upcoming Performance Bikes of 2017

Performance bikes have long been adored in India, however, mainly in the form of posters on our bedroom walls. I am sure most of us would agree on that, however, we assure you that the year 2017 is going to be a bit different. That’s right! You should keep reading till the end if you want to know more about the most awaited upcoming performance bikes in 2017.

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Upcoming Performance Bikes 2017: Triumph Bonneville Bobber
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Triumph Street Triple 800
Ducati Monster 797
Ducati Monster 797
Kawasaki Ninja 650
Kawasaki Ninja 650
DSK Benelli TRK 502
DSK Benelli TRK 502
KTM 1050 Adventure
KTM 1050 Adventure
Kawasaki Vulcan S
Kawasaki Vulcan S
Yamaha MT-03
Yamaha MT-03
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At first, here’s a bit of a back story. The Indian motorcycle market was plagued with the problem of hyper expensive imports for a long time, making these mean machines unattainable for us. The fact that the motorbike enthusiasts of the country crooned over performance bikes on every opportunity also made no difference at all. Hence, no wonder, you could only see a handful of these motorbikes on the Indian roads until a few years ago.

However, the situation has changed a lot since the time when some of the leading motorbike manufacturers such as Honda, Yamaha and KTM dared to introduce us to their range of affordable, entry level performance bikes. Nowadays, it isn’t unusual to see Duke 390s, CBR 250s and Yamaha R1s to be running on Indian roads.

The launch of the much loved KTMs in 2012, quite frankly, started it all. Their first bike in India, the Duke 200, went on to revolutionise the way we Indians looked at performance bikes, by bringing most of us closer to owning one to begin with. This change in the Indian motorbike scene has led many of us to now slowly warm up to the idea of upgrading to bigger, meaner and costlier performance bikes.

Let’s take a look at the upcoming performance bikes of 2017.

Triumph Bonneville Bobber

Type: Cruiser

Upcoming Performance Bikes 2017: Triumph Bonneville Bobber
Triumph Bonneville Bobber

The number one on our list is Triumph Bonneville Bobber. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful cruisers I’ve ever laid my eyes on. The exact launch date is yet to be announced by Triumph India, however, it’s for sure happening this year. It comes with a minimalistic built, staying true to the bobber theme that its name also carries. Now, if you know Triumph, they’ve been one of the masters of modern-day retro motorbikes and Bonneville Bobber is no exception. Let’s take a quick look at the spec sheet of this awesome motorbike.

Specifications:

  • Max Power – 76bhp @ 6100 rpm
  • Max Torque – 106 Nm @ 4000 rpm
  • Engine – 1200cc, multipoint sequential EFI
  • Brakes Front – 310 mm disc with 2-piston Nissin floating caliper
  • Brakes Rear – 255 mm disc (single) with single piston Nissin floating caliper
  • Front Suspension – 41 mm KYB forks, 90 mm travel
  • Rear Suspension – KYB mono shock with linkage, 76.9 mm travel

Expected Price: 10 Lakh (INR)

Triumph Street Triple 800

Type: Sport

Triumph Street Triple 800
Triumph Street Triple 800

Now, who isn’t in awe of the Street Triple bikes? I remember watching Tom Cruise in his Mission Impossible movies, chasing villains on this beauty of a motorbike back in the days. Due to its appearance in the movies, Triumph Street Triple series is perhaps the most widely recognised of all the Triumph motorbikes as well. Anyway, we all are excited to know that Triumph India is soon going to launch a new version of the bike, called Triumph Street Triple 800. Here are the specifications of the already hit motorbike in the international scene.

Specifications:

  • Max Power – 76 bhp @ 6100 rpm
  • Max Torque – 106 Nm @ 4000 rpm
  • Engine – 765cc
  • Brakes Front – 310 mm disc with 2-piston Nissin floating caliper
  • Brakes Rear – 255 mm disc (single) with single piston Nissin floating caliper
  • Front Suspension – 41 mm KYB forks, 90 mm travel
  • Rear Suspension – KYB mono shock with linkage, 76.9 mm travel

Expected Price: 8 Lakh (INR)

Ducati Monster 797

Type: Sport

Ducati Monster 797
Ducati Monster 797

Ducati Monster 797 stands true to its name as in it’s definitely one of the most monstrous, mean machine on the road.Though the smallest monster yet from the family of Ducati, Ducati Monster 797 manages to tick all the right boxes as needed. The exposed trellis frame, a Ducati Monster trademark, along with a beefy fuel tank and the original headlight design, keeps the motorbike true to its Monster lineage. Surprisingly, Ducati has gone old school with the introduction of an air cooled, 2-valve engine in the 2017 Monster 797, something that the original Monsters of the 90s used to come with. Although, the bike is missing a quick shifter, you’ll get a slipper clutch helping you to downshift aggressively.

Specifications:

  • Max Power – 75bhp @ 8250 rpm
  • Max Torque – 67 Nm @ 5750 rpm
  • Engine – 803cc Desmodue twin
  • Brakes Front – 320 mm discs with two4-piston M4-32 monoblock radial calipers
  • Brakes Rear – 245 mm disc (single) with one4-piston M4-32 monoblock radial caliper
  • Front Suspension – 43 mm KYB forks, 125 mm travel
  • Rear Suspension – Sachs shock without progressive linkage, 150 mm travel

Expected Price: 8 Lakh (INR)

Kawasaki Ninja 650

Type: Sport

Kawasaki Ninja 650
Kawasaki Ninja 650

Kawasaki Ninjas have always been all-rounders. I mean, they have always come packed with the features of a power sports motorbike that is a synonym with their Ninja lineage and yet are one of the most comfortable everyday bikes that you can hope for. The new 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 is all of that and bit more. It’s nimble and has strong power on the offering. Together with its meaty performance and easy to ride character, the new Ninja 650 also comes with aggressive styling.

Specifications:

  • Max Power – 71bhp @ 8250 rpm
  • Max Torque – 64 Nm @ 5750 rpm
  • Engine – 649cc 4-stroke, water cooled, 2-cylinder, DOHC
  • Brakes Front – 300 mm petal type discs with 2-piston calipers
  • Brakes Rear – 220 mm petal type disc with single piston caliper
  • Front Suspension – 41 mm hydraulic telescopic fork
  • Rear Suspension – Horizontal backlink with spring preload that’s adjustable

Expected Price: 5.5 Lakh (INR)

DSK Benelli TRK 502

Type: Adventure Tourer

DSK Benelli TRK 502
DSK Benelli TRK 502

For all those adventure junkies out there, this new bike from the house of Benelli is one that they’re certainly dying to get their hands on. First unveiled in EICMA 2015, Italy and then in India Bike Week, India the same year, the Benelli TRK 502 is being touted by many as the next big thing to hit the Indian motorcycle scene. All that noise is not without a reason for sure! With a reach of a massive 150 mm travel on both its front and rear suspension, this bike is sure to beg you to off-road every time you take it for a ride. Although, Benelli is expected to launch the bike in 2 options, one for the city roads and a separate ‘off-road’ version with a set of wire wheels. In any case, I know a lot of people who are waiting for this beauty to hit the market since this is the only bike that’s going to fill the void between the RE Himalayan and the pricey alternatives such as, the Kawasaki Versys or Triumph Tiger.

Specifications:

  • Max Power – 48bhp @ 8500 rpm
  • Max Torque – 45 Nm @ 4500 rpm
  • Engine – 500cc twin cylinder 4-stroke liquid cooled
  • Brakes Front – two 320 mm discs with 2-piston floating calipers
  • Brakes Rear – 260 mm disc with a 2-piston caliper
  • Front Suspension – 150 mmupside down adjustable fork
  • Rear Suspension – 150 mm swingarm with monoshock

Expected Price: 5 Lakh (INR)

KTM 1050 Adventure

Type: Adventure Tourer

KTM 1050 Adventure
KTM 1050 Adventure

KTM is yet to launch their proper adventure tourers in India and that may very well happen this year. If the rumours are to be believed, KTM is planning to launch its internationally well received adventure tourer, the KTM 1050 Adventure sometime this year. KTM has set a new standard of quality and electronics that the majority of Indian motorcyclists were not used to until a few years ago. This next launch is expected to be nothing less too. The KTM 1050 Adventure is famous for being one of the most comfortable adventure tourers all around the world. With a diverse geography as India, we need comfortable tourers in this country and the KTM 1050 Adventure is pretty much going to be the answer for that.

Specifications:

  • Max Power – 95bhp @ 6200 rpm
  • Max Torque – 107 Nm @ 6200 rpm
  • Engine – 1050cc 75o V-twin 4-stroke DOHC
  • Brakes Front – 320 mm discs with two 4-piston calipers
  • Brakes Rear – 267 mm disc with a 2-piston caliper
  • Front Suspension – 182 mm
  • Rear Suspension – WP suspension monoshock

Expected Price: 9 Lakh (INR)

Kawasaki Vulcan S

Type: Cruiser

Kawasaki Vulcan S
Kawasaki Vulcan S

Kawasaki Vulcan is another entry level performance bike that made its international debut last year and was well received in many countries. Expected to be launched this year in India, it will be the first true cruiser from the Kawasaki brand in the country. What will make it a sweet deal would be the fact that the company is even thinking of assembling it here in India. And, that will be a great thing for all of us as then the price of the bike will be considerably lower as compared to the ones that are imported. ABS comes standard in the bike and Kawasaki is also expected to offer customised ergonomics at par with the international market – which makes it an attractive proposition to all the Indian performance bike enthusiasts.

Specifications:

  • Max Power – 55.9bhp @ 7500 rpm
  • Max Torque – 62.7 Nm @ 6600 rpm
  • Engine – 649cc 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC
  • Brakes Front – 300 mm disc with 2-piston caliper
  • Brakes Rear – 250 mm disc with a single piston caliper
  • Front Suspension – 41 mm, telescopic fork
  • Rear Suspension – Lay-down offset with linkage and adjustable preload

Expected Price: 6 Lakh (INR)

Yamaha MT-03

Type: Sport

Yamaha MT-03
Yamaha MT-03

The whole world has been in awe of the Yamaha MT series since the new Yamaha MT-10 was showcased at EICMA Motorcycle Show, Milan in 2015. However, it’s the younger sibling of the M-10, the Yamaha MT-03, that holds real value in the context of India. Yamaha MT-03 is pretty much the naked version of the Yamaha YZF-R3 that’s been launched in the country already. Although, this time Yamaha has chosen to go with a single piece, wide handle bar instead of the clip-on bars, so the MT-03 must offer the rider a much more comfortable and upright riding stance than its 250cc fared sibling. The power and electronics on Yamaha MT-03 are pretty much the same as the YZF-R3, so one can expect the bike to be a great pleasure when it comes to riding at high speeds.

Specifications:

  • Max Power – 41.4bhp @ 10750 rpm
  • Max Torque – 29.8 Nm @ 9000 rpm
  • Engine – 321cc liquid-cooled, 4 valves per cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC
  • Brakes Front – 298 mm hydraulic disc
  • Brakes Rear – 220 mm hydraulic disc
  • Front Suspension – 129 mm telescopic fork
  • Rear Suspension – Swingarm with 124 mm travel

Expected Price: 3 Lakh (INR)

Upcoming performance bikes of 2017: What’s your favourite?

Upcoming performance bikes 2017 Quick Facts
Which one do you like?

So, there you have it! These are the top eight upcoming performance bikes of 2017 that we came across for you. Which one are you planning to go for and why? Did we miss out on any of the bikes you like? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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About Aankhi

Aankhi is a wanderer at heart and a biker with a passion for penning down meaningful words. Despite of a successful career in Finance, Aankhi soon found that she preferred writing stories that can help other bikers like her. Follow her on Twitter: @aankhib

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