Best bikes of 2019: Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, Honda CBR650R, Ducati Scrambler Range and more

2019 bike launches: From 2020 Triumph Rocket to Ducati Scrambler Range, here's a list of the best bikes.

2020 Triumph Rocket: Speculation has been rife that it might be the end of the road for the iconic Triumph Rocket. However, the next-generation model has been caught testing in the UK, which looks ready for production. Last year, Triumph showed an image of a new Rocket at its dealership conferences, which was followed by the official reveal of a special edition version of the Rocket developed by Triumph's in-house custom motorcycle division called the Triumph Factory Custom. 

Triumph only disclosed that a total of 750 units would be made of the special edition and the rest of the details would be divulged on later. 

But, spy images confirm that the British brand is readying a more powerful, emission norm-compliant next-generation model of the Triumph Rocket. While details of the upcoming motorcycle are sketchy at the moment, with most of them being mere speculation at best, it’s believed that Triumph will upgrade the 2294cc three-cylinder engine from the current model to a bigger, more powerful 2500cc engine. The power figure is also expected to rise from the current model’s 150hp to a healthy 180hp, which will make it more potent than the Ducati Diavel 1260.

2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R: Kawasaki has started accepting bookings for the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R with a token amount of Rs 1.5 lakh. The Japanese brand is yet to announce the pricing. Like the outgoing model, the 2019 version will be assembled locally. 

Kawasaki has given the ZX-10R quite a few updates. The most important of these includes a 998cc inline-four engine which has been re-tuned to produce 203hp, an increase of 3hp over its predecessor. 

The bike's output can be increased to 213hp with the ram-air assist. The 2019 model of the superbike also gets a finger follower valve train instead of the bucket and shim setup as found on the previous model. 

In addition to that, the new Ninja ZX-10R will also be equipped with a bi-directional quick-shifter and self-healing paint, which first debuted on the 2019 Ninja H2. Once it goes on sale, it will compete against the likes of BMW S1000RR, Yamaha R1, Ducati Panigale V4, and the Suzuki GSX1000R.

Triumph Speed Twin: The all-new Triumph Speed Twin was recently launched in India with a price tag of Rs 9.46 lakh (ex-showroom). It's Rs 2 lakh more expensive than the lower-capacity Triumph Street Twin, making it a very competitively priced motorcycle. The 12th and the latest model to join the British motorcycle manufacturer’s ever-growing Bonneville range, it was introduced to mark the 80th anniversary of the original Triumph Speed Twin. 

The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin promises the performance of Thruxton R in a body that has styling and relaxed riding posture of Street Twin. It shares the 1,200cc parallel-twin engine with the Thruxton R, which churns out a peak power of 97hp. 

In terms of updates to the engine, it has magnesium cam cover to reduce weight, and a revised clutch assembly assisting the 6-speed transmission. It is also the lightest in Triumph’s Modern Classic range with a dry weight of 196kg, which is 10kg lighter than the Thruxton. The Triumph Speed Twin uses KYB sourced suspension at either end and is equipped with three riding modes — Road, Rain, and Sport.

2019 Honda CBR650R: Honda has launched the new CBR650R in India priced at Rs 7.70 lakh (ex-showroom). The middle-weight motorcycle is the replacement for the CBR 650F. While the outgoing model was more of a sports-tourer with very neutral styling, Honda has made the CBR650R a more fun bike with quite a few design and performance upgrades. The styling of the middle-weight sports bike is heavily inspired by the company’s sportier and bigger CBR1000RR Fireblade, especially the front. The sculpted front end of the motorcycle, along with the twin-headlight set-up and a new LED instrument cluster (it replaces the dated analogue display), has completely transformed its looks. The chassis of the motorcycle has also been updated, which along with other tweaks has made it lighter by 6kg. 

The 649cc liquid cooled four-cylinder engine produces 84hp, which is 5 per cent more than its predecessor. 

The CBR650R also comes equipped with a slipper clutch and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) that maintains rear wheel traction and can be switched off whenever needed.

2019 Ducati Scrambler Range: Ducati has introduced four variants of the Scrambler in the country: Icon, Full Throttle, Cafe Racer and Desert Sled, which are priced at Rs 7.89 lakh, Rs 8.92 lakh, Rs 9.78 lakh and Rs 9.93 lakh, respectively (all ex-showroom). 

The biggest update to the 2019 range comes in the form cornering ABS which has been added as standard equipment. Also new is the hydraulically actuated clutch which makes the clutch pull much lighter and enhances rider comfort. 

Both the brake and clutch levers are now adjustable. Additional updates include a new gear position indicator and fuel gauge in the instrument cluster, and redesigned switchgear. All the four variants come with updated headlights that have LED DRLs. The instrument cluster has also been made compatible with the optional Ducati Multimedia System which can pair up with a smartphone via Bluetooth. 

All the four versions are powered by the same 803cc Desmodromic L-twin air-cooled engine, like their predecessors, that produces 73.4hp and is paired to a six-speed transmission aided with a slipper clutch.


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