Indian FTR 1200 S
Indian Motorcycle India has officially started taking bookings for the FTR 1200 S and 1200 S Race Replica, priced at Rs 14.99 lakh and Rs 15.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), respectively. Inspired by the championship-winning FTR 750 flat-track race bike, the pair of motorcycles were revealed in October last year. The FTR series is powered by a new liquid-cooled 1203cc V-twin engine which produces 120bhp and 112.5Nm of peak torque and is mated to a 6-speed transmission.
Although the engine is inspired by the one found on the Scout, Indian Motorcycle claims that 80 per cent of the components are new, including a new crankshaft that helps the engine rev quicker. Unlike true flat-track motorbikes which have same sized 19-inch wheels on the front and back, the FTR 1200 S arrives on the more conventional street tyres. The motorcycle has an upright seating position, similar to a scrambler. Indian has added several premium features to the FTR 1200 S, including Bosch stability control with a six-axis inertial sensor, selectable riding modes, all controlled by a bright 4.3-inch colour touchscreen instrument console. The company will bring the FTR 1200 range to India as a CBU, like all other Indian models, and the deliveries are expected to begin from next month.
A design update for the Ninja
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R: Kawasaki India has launched the ZX-6R in India, priced at Rs10.49 lakh. The Japanese brand started accepting pre-bookings back in October last year with a token amount of Rs 1.5 lakh.
For this year, Kawasaki gave the Ninja ZX-6R a design update, making this model resemble its big brother, the ZX-10R. Other changes include reworked ergonomics and new LED headlamps. The supersport is powered by a 636cc in-line four-cylinder engine that produces 128bhp at 13,500rpm and develops 70.5Nm of peak torque at 11,500rpm. The Ninja ZX-6R is also equipped with rider aids like KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System), KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control), and KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter) to make it one of the best middle-weight supersport motorcycles on sale around the world. What’s to be noted is the fact that the Ninja ZX-6R is the only 600cc middleweight sports bike on sale in India. And in the absence of Yamaha R6 and Triumph Daytona, the Ninja ZX-6R has practically no competition in its segment.
Custom-made to triumph
2019 Triumph Thruxton TFC: Triumph has revealed the limited edition 2019 Triumph Thruxton TFC, to introduce the company’s new line of factory-custom motorcycles called Triumph Factory Customs. Limited to just 750 units worldwide, the special-edition Thruxton is an uprated version of the 1,200cc parallel twin which produces an extra 10 horsepower, taking the power figure from 96 to 106hp. Additionally, the Thruxton TFC gets titanium Vance & Hines exhaust, and new engine mapping including revised riding modes for Rain, Road, and Sport.
Not only is the Thruxton more powerful, it is also 5kg lighter than the standard variant, weighing in at 198kg (dry). It sports a special carbon-fibre bodywork along with a 'Deep Satin Black' paint finish and brushed-aluminium-finished inserts on the tank. The 2019 Triumph Thruxton TFC is currently available in the UK on order with a price-tag of £17,500 (or Rs 16.15 lakh).
Harley bets big on the LiveWire
Harley-Davidson LiveWire: We now have a price tag on Harley Davidson's first electric motorcycle, LiveWire. The company revealed the production ready version of the bike at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month and announced the pricing: It starts at $29,799 (about `21 lakh). Harley, which has been working on the LiveWire project for the last five years, claims that it represents the future of the company. Though the iconic brand is yet to reveal Livewire's power and performance figures, it claims the bike's power from its H-D Revelation electric powertrain will arrive at 100 per cent as soon as you twist the throttle, which will propel the bike from zero to 96kmph in under 3.5 seconds. It offers a range of about 117km of “urban roads” on a full charge. The 2020 LiveWire is currently only available for pre-ordering in the US with deliveries expected in the second half this year. The availability for other markets is yet to be announced by the company.
BMW R 1250 GS
BMW R 1250 GS: BMW Motorrad has launched the new R 1250 GS adventure-tourer in India with a starting price of Rs16.85. It is the replacement model of the iconic R 1200 GS that made its debut in 2004. The 2019 BMW R 1250 GS gets a larger 1,245cc boxer motor replacing the 1,170cc engine powering its predecessor. Thanks to the bigger engine, the power figure has also gone up. While the older engine produced 125hp and 125Nm of torque, the new R 1250 GS’s engine makes 136hp at 7,750rpm and 143Nm of torque at 6,250rpm. BMW has also added VVT (Variable Valve Timing) tech, which BMW calls ‘ShiftCam’ technology, to the engine, making R 1250 GS the first production BMW motorcycle to feature the technology. BMW has equipped it with a 6.5-inch full-colour TFT screen along with an LED headlamp cluster. The motorcycle is available in BMW R 1250 GS and BMW R 1250 GS Adventure variants.