2019 best bikes: Suzuki Hayabusa, Triumph Daytona, Scout Bobber Twenty, and more

For long the symbol of unadulterated straight-line power, Suzuki's giving a new lease of life to its iconic street bike, Hayabusa

Suzuki Hayabusa Suzuki Hayabusa

Suzuki Hayabusa has been in production since 1999, which means it completed two decades this year. However, the superbike, which previously held the title of the ‘world’s fastest production motorcycle’, was discontinued in Europe and several other markets as it didn’t comply with Euro 4 emission norms, casting a shadow over its future. 

But Suzuki continued to sell it in India and the US, and the newly-launched 2020 line-up of Suzuki street bikes in the US confirms that the Hayabusa will also be available next year without any changes, except for new colour schemes: Candy Daring Red and Metallic Thunder Grey. 

The Suzuki Hayabusa is powered by a 1340cc, in-line four-cylinder, DOHC engine that churns out 197bhp and 155Nm of torque, and is fixed to a rigid twin-spar aluminium frame. It is also equipped with Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) that lets riders select between three engine maps for different riding conditions. 

However, a patent application filed by Suzuki suggests the Japanese brand is working on the next-generation model that is expected to be unveiled next year and will arrive with an all-new Euro 5-compliant engine, a new chassis, revised styling, and more sophisticated electronics package.

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In the mood for adventure?

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800: Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta, which operates in India under the umbrella of Motoroyale Kinetic, recently launched the Turismo Veloce 800 in the country. 

The sports-tourer is available in four variants in the international markets — Standard, 800 Lusso, Lusso SCS and a limited-edition RC SCS. However, the brand has only launched the standard version in India for now, with the other versions expected to be introduced later. 

The design of the motorcycle shares a lot of styling cues with the other offerings in MV Agusta’s line-up, including the signature headlight design, F3-like fairing and the triple-pipe exhaust inspired by the Brutale 800. The sports-tourer is powered by the company’s 798cc three-cylinder engine that is borrowed from the F3. It churns out a maximum of 108bhp of power and a peak torque 80Nm. The motorcycle gets a sophisticated EAS 2.0 electronic quick-shifter as standard for the 6-speed transmission. The extensive electronic rider aids also feature an MVICS electronic system with a full multi-map ride-by-wire throttle and 8-level traction control, along with dual-channel Bosch 9 Plus ABS. The new MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 will go head-to-head with the likes of the Triumph Tiger 800 and the Ducati Multistrada 950.

Rs 18.99 lakh

Made for racing, but street legal

Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited-Edition Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited-Edition

Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited-Edition: British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph has launched a new Daytona. However, it has arrived in the form of a limited-edition model inspired by the Moto2 race machines instead of the highly anticipated next-generation variant. Created as a special project by a small team within the company, only 1530 units of the Daytona Moto2 765 Limited-Edition will be built. Also, though it is purpose-built for race tracks, the bike is completely road legal. 

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The fully-faired supersport motorcycle is powered by a ‘Moto2-derived’ engine that makes 130hp and 80Nm, both higher than the Street Triple RS. The three-cylinder 765cc engine in the Daytona Moto2 has a higher redline at 13,250rpm and features changes on the inside, including stronger pistons, new cam profile, and increased compression ratio. It also gets a Moto2-inspired titanium exhaust system and a new gearbox with ratios optimised for race tracks.

The chassis has been modified and lightened to reduce weight and is suspended on top-of-the-line fully-adjustable Ohlins NIX30 fork and TTX36 shock. Its carbon fibre bodywork, shortened bolts, and lighter main frame and swingarm reduce its weight even more. There is no information yet on the number of units that will make it to the Indian shores. 

Rs 13.90 lakh (approx)

America's oldest, in true Indian colours

2020 Indian Scout Bobber Twenty and Scout 100 Anniversary 2020 Indian Scout Bobber Twenty and Scout 100 Anniversary

2020 Indian Scout Bobber Twenty and Scout 100 Anniversary: The Indian Scout moniker turned 100 years old this year as the iconic American brand launched the very first Scout motorcycle back in 1919. To celebrate the important milestone, Indian announced its 2020 Scout line-up, which includes two new models: The Scout Bobber Twenty and the Scout 100th Anniversary. The first bike is powered by the same 1133cc water-cooled v-twin engine as the standard Bobber that makes 94bhp, along with featuring the same chassis. What’s different is its retro-styled aesthetic that’s inspired by old school bobbers, which includes a lot of chrome and blacked-out parts. It also gets wire-spoked wheels, a single ‘floating’ bobber seat and ape hanger bars. The Indian Scout 100th Anniversary,  a limited-edition model, takes styling cues from the original Scout and gets a beautiful classic red finish with gold trim and badges. The special edition comes with black wire wheels, a ‘desert tan’ leather saddle, beach bars, and luggage rack.

Back to the streets

Harley-Davidson Street 750 10th Anniversary Edition Harley-Davidson Street 750 10th Anniversary Edition

Harley-Davidson Street 750 10th Anniversary Edition: To mark a decade of its presence in India, Harley Davidson has launched a special edition motorcycle called the Street 750 10th Anniversary. Based on the standard HD Street 750, the new model is limited to just 300 units to maintain its exclusivity. It is also the first motorcycle in the brand’s line-up to meet the upcoming BS6 emission norms. 

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Other than cosmetic changes, which include a unique livery inspired by Indian art, the Street 750 10th Anniversary is powered by the same 749cc, liquid-cooled, Revolution X V-Twin engine that produces 60Nm of peak torque at 3750rpm. The engine, however, has been upgraded for the new and stringent emission norms. The mechanical components are the same as the standard model, including telescopic forks up front and twin shocks at the rear and disc brakes with dual-channel ABS.

Rs 5.47 lakh


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