Rider community in India is increasing at a drastic pace and being a part of one is surely a delight. You see wonders by cruising with them on long trips. Also, on weekends they can act as a perfect getaway. That said, to be a part of a biker’s club you require a weapon.
This weapon can be of various genres and through the years the Indian motorcycle industry is on the front foot. That said, they offer a ton of motorcycles for every type of rider but still, there are motorcycles in the international market that we would love to see on Indian roads.
The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer launched the CB300R for the Indian market in 2019. But after the implementation of the BS6 emission norms, Honda pulled the plug on this naked motorcycle. That said, the CB300R gave a slight hint of what its bigger brother CB500F could be capable of.
Engine 471 cc, Parallel Twin, Liquid Cooled Transmission 6-Speed Power 43 Nm @ 6500 rpm Torque 47.5 PS @ 8600 rpm
In the market overseas, the bike is said to have really nimble dynamics coupled with a fine engine. Talking about the motor, Honda CB500F comes powered by a 471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine. Having two-cylinder says it all, the motorcycle has a decent low end and a good mid-range and an outstanding top end.
Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
After the launch of the Husqvarna twins, the motorcycles have done a decent job in terms of sale. So, as of now, there are speculations that the KTM owned Swedish brand Husqvarna might launch the Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 in the Indian market. Like the Husqvarna 250s, these 401 too will share the same engine from the KTM 390 series.
Engine 471 cc, Parallel Twin, Liquid Cooled Transmission 6-Speed Power 47.5 PS @ 8600 rpm Torque 43 Nm @ 6500 rpm
That said, the 390 engine in itself is a gem and is for hooligans. The engine offers a decent low end and an excellent mid and top end. It is the high compression ratio that gives the engine it’s characteristic sound.
Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
The German automotive giant BMW started the trend in the 900cc segment of offering a street naked and an adventure tourer with the same engine here in India. But this is not a new story in the market abroad. As of now, there are no rumours of Aprilia bringing the 900cc twins but we desperately want the 90-degree V-twin engine from the brand.
Engine 896.1cc, 90-Degree V-Twin, Liquid Cooled Transmission 6-Speed Power 95.1 ps @ 8750 rpm Torque 90 Nm @ 6500 rpm
Besides, Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 is the adventure motorcycle from the couple and offers a raised ride height with longer suspension travel. Also, the 891.6cc V-Twin engine produces a mind-blowing 95hp of max power and 90Nm of peak torque.
KTM Duke 890
The instant success of the KTMs expensive motorcycle here in India, we sure crave for a bit more fire to light the tracks and roads. Also, the recent KTM Duke 890 has the right package for the job and we assume KTM might bring the motorcycle to our Indian shores. Just for you to know, the KTM pulled the plug on the Duke 790 after the implementation of the BS6 emission norms.
Engine 890 cc, Parallel Twin. Transmission 6-Speed Power 121 hp @ 9250 rpm Torque 99 Nm @ 7750 rpm
Both the motorcycles 790 and 890 share the same chassis but have a drastic difference when it comes to power, for obvious reasons. The KTM Duke 890 is powered by an 890cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled, motor producing a jaw-dropping 121hp max power and 99Nm of peak torque.
One needs to drive the Yamaha YZF R3 to experience the power train. Why do we say so? well the MT-03 is the naked sibling of the YZF R3. For now, the R3 is not available for the Indian market, but we would not deny the fact that the MT03 is a fascinating motorcycle.
Engine 321 cc, Parallel Twin. Transmission 6-Speed Power 41.4 PS @ 10750 rpm Torque 29.6 Nm @ 9000 rpm
Yamaha MT-03 has the same basic DNA as the MT15 and is equally agile when manoeuvring the bike out in city traffic. MT-03 is powered by a 321cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine. The motor generated 41.4ps of max power and 29.6Nm of peak torque.
A naked motorcycle offers the perfect balance between the spirited riding and daily commuting and no wonder they are gaining pace here. Suzuki too has their set of street naked motorcycle and SV650 is one of the potent motorcycles. Offering a touch of retro appeal with no compromise on modern features and rider aids.
Engine 645 cc, DOHC V-Twin Transmission 6-Speed Power 75 hp @ 8500 rpm Torque 64 Nm @ 8100 rpm
The Suzuki SV650 comes powered by a 645cc liquid-cooled V-Twin engine that produces 75hp of max power and 64Nm of peak torque. Being a V-Twin, it is music two the ears and has enough grunt to keep you entertained cruising on highways.
Honda Rebel 300
Honda recently launched the CB350 H’ness in the Indian market. We are still waiting to figure out its response. That said before it’s launch we were expecting Honda to bring the Rebel 300 to our shores. But it went the other way round.
Engine 286.01 cc, DOHC, Single Cylinder Transmission 6-Speed Power 30.45 PS @ 8000 rpm Torque 27.4 Nm @ 6500 rpm
If you are not aware of the Honda Rebel 300, it is a low slung cruiser and offers a sofa like a relaxed riding position. Also, Rebel 300 comes powered by the same engine as the CB300R that came to India in 2019. The motor is a liquid-cooled engine producing 19.5hp of max power and 27Nm of peak torque.
Honda NC750X DCT
The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer is doing wonderfully in the International market with its state of the are motorcycles. Another motorcycle that still is not available in the domestic market is the Honda NC750X DCT. You heard that right DCT does stand for a Dual Clutch Transmission and NC750X comes with an automatic transmission.
Engine 745 cc, Parallel Twin Transmission 6-Speed Automatic (DCT) Power 57.1 PS @ 6750 rpm Torque 69 Nm @ 4750 rpm
The Honda NC750X DCT is a touring motorcycle that can munch miles at 120-140kmph without any hassle. Although, the power output from the 754cc parallel-twin motor does seem a bit low, but the DCT makes up for it. The engine generated 58hp of max power and about 70 Nm of peak torque.
Ducati Scrambler Sixty 2
There exist a Ducati Scrambler in the market now, but it is the top of the line model with a 1190cc engine. The Ducati Scrambler Sixty 2 is the entry-level motorcycle in the Scrambler lineup. This is in terms of size as well as the engine capacity. Both combined make the motorcycle value for money and affordable.
Engine 399cc, Air-cooled L-twin Transmission 6-Speed Power 40.0 hp @ 8,750 rpm Torque 34 Nm @ 8,000 rpm
Also, the linear power delivery from the 399cc L-twin engine makes it a good motorcycle to star with. Well, the gem engine produces, 40hp of max power and the max torque sits at 34Nm. Fact: Unlike other Ducati motorcycles the Scrambler Sixty2 is air-cooled.
An unusual motorcycle in the list is the Yamaha YZ450F. Seeing the images it is clear that the bike is purpose-built and is in no terms is for everyone. This bike takes the adrenalin rushing through our veins to a completely new level. Barel roll, loop to loop, and jumps, you just name the stunt and Yamaha YZ450F will handle them all.
That said, the bikes being expensive comes with just a 449cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke motor but it has 4 titanium valves. Similar expensive building materials escalate the price real quick.