Top 5 superbikes in India: KTM 790 Duke, Yamaha VMAX, Honda Africa Twin, and more

Check out the list of top-ranked super bikes along with prices, photos, specifications, and more

KTM's 790 Duke shares styling cues with the brand's flagship, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R KTM's 790 Duke shares styling cues with the brand's flagship, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R

This naked big duke is a stunner

The KTM 790 Duke has finally been launched in India after being delayed by several months. The middle-weight naked motorcycle carries an introductory price of Rs 8.64 lakh (ex-showroom) and can be booked across nine cities — Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Surat, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Guwahati. Also known as the Scalpel, the new Duke 790 was first displayed at the 2018 EICMA in Milan and shares styling cues with the company’s flagship motorcycle, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, and most of the design elements, including the body panels, are sharp and bold. It also gets a TFT instrument panel and an eye-catching LED headlamp unit with daytime running LEDs, similar to the Duke 390. The KTM 790 Duke is powered by a 799cc, LC8c twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that produces 105hp  and 87Nm of peak torque. The 6-speed transmission is assisted by a quickshifter+ system along with a cable-operated PASC slipper clutch. KTM has provided the 790 Duke with a long list of electronic rider aids. The traction control system has 4 modes: Sport, Street, Rain and a dedicated Track mode; however, it can be completely shut down. The track mode also gets launch control function for quick starts, variable slip adjustment and increased throttle response. In addition, it also features wheelie control and concerning ABS by Bosch.

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The raven black is as radical as they get

2020 Yamaha VMAX

2020 Yamaha VMAX: Yamaha recently revealed its 2020 line-up for the US market and it includes the new VMAX, which now has been made a part of the company’s Sport Heritage category. The sports cruiser has arrived with no major updates for 2020. The only change comes in the form of a completely blacked-out paint scheme that Yamaha calls Raven Black. Despite the fact that the styling hasn’t changed since the revamped version made its debut in 2012, it still looks radical thanks to its unique design, especially the distinctive 4-into-1-into-2-into-4 exhaust system. The VMAX continues to be powered by the same fuel-injected, 65-degree, four-valves-per-cylinder, 1,679cc V-4 that produces more than 170hp  and 135Nm of torque. For blistering acceleration throughout the broad powerband, the VMAX features downdraft four-bore fuel injection with YCC-I intake technology and YCC-T fly-by-wire throttle. To give it a sports bike like performance, the VMAX has features like slipper clutch, wave-style brake discs, ABS, and suspension adjustability.

A worthy successor to a bestseller

2020 Honda Africa Twin 2020 Honda Africa Twin

2020 Honda Africa Twin: Honda's  Africa Twin is getting a complete revamp, including styling and hardware updates, over the current generation model. The significantly updated 2020 Africa Twin promises to be a more powerful, lighter and easier to ride dual-sport motorcycle. Like the current Africa Twin,  the successor will also be available in two distinct flavours; and just like before, both the versions will be offered with and without the dual-clutch transmission. For the first time, the standard Africa Twin and the Adventure Sports get distinct front styling and colour schemes. The chassis has also been tweaked to be more rigid, improving the model’s off-road capability. On the Adventure Sports model, the tank size has also been increased to 24.5 litres, giving it a better range. The biggest change, however, comes in the form of a bigger Euro-5-compliant engine. The all-new 1084cc twin-cylinder engine replaces the current 998cc twin and produces an output of 101hp. 

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The most popular just got more powerful

BMW R 1250 R and R 1250 RT BMW R 1250 R and R 1250 RT

BMW R 1250 R and R 1250 RT: After launching its flagship supersport motorcycle, the S1000RR, this year in June, BMW Motorrad has now introduced the new R 1250 R and R 1250 RT Pro in India, priced at Rs 15.95 lakh and Rs 22.50 lakh, respectively (both ex-showroom). Both the new motorcycles come with subtle aesthetic updates, which make them look more premium than their predecessors. The R 1250 R is available with a new Black Storm metallic colour scheme, while the R 1250 RT gets an option of either Blue Planet metallic or Sparkling Storm metallic. The R 1250 R is a naked sport motorcycle, while the R 1250 RT is a sports tourer; however; both are powered by the same 1,254cc twin-cylinder boxer engine that produces 136hp at and a peak torque of 143Nm. It’s the same unit that debuted last year on the BMW R 1250 GS adventurer tourer and features the company’s ShiftCam technology. It increases power across the entire speed range, at the same time reducing emissions and fuel consumption. The standard electronics package includes Automatic Stability Control, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS Pro) and Hill Start Control. The R 1250 R comes with a 6.5-inch full-colour TFT screen, while the R 1250 RT features a 5.7-inch TFT screen.

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Packaged for adventure

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Adventure 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Adventure

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Adventure: For 2020, Suzuki has added a new variant to its V-Strom 650 line-up, which was completely revamped in 2017. The new variant uses the V-Strom 650XT as a starting point and adds a few travel-friendly features to the package to make it a more touring-oriented motorcycle. In fact, the V-Strom 650XT Touring isn’t a part of the 2020 line-up and it looks like the Adventure variant is its replacement. The additional accessories and features added by Suzuki on the V-Strom 650XT Adventure include hard side cases, a centrestand, a handlebar cross brace, and a crash guard, which the company is oddly calling an “accessory bar”. That’s not all: Suzuki has also added some adventure-oriented add-ons like tubeless wire W-spoke wheels, a skid plate, and mirror extensions. Optional accessories include a top case, auxiliary lights, low and high-profile seat, heated handgrips, adventure footpegs, and a tank bag. Everything else on the Adventure variant is almost identical to the standard model. it is powered by the same 645cc 90-degree V-twin that churns out 67hp  and a peak torque of 60Nm.

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