Courtesy of the second wave of the COVID-19 virus, most of the major brands halted their production. However, amidst this trail of unnerving updates, we witnessed a few pleasant developments like the launch of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 in India. There were more such happening stories that went up on BikeWale and we give you a recap of the top five of them.
It’s known for a long time now that Bajaj is preparing to launch the all-new Pulsar 250. What added more excitement to this titbit last week were the spy shots of the semi-faired F version of the motorcycle. Besides a quarter fairing, it gets fairing-mounted mirrors, a taller windscreen, and a clip-on handlebar. On the hardware front, both the naked and faired F versions are likely to remain identical.
The Suzuki Burgman Street’s electric version was spotted undergoing test runs once again. While it looks identical to its ICE counterpart in terms of design, the lack of exhaust is an indicator of it being electric. Technical details about this scooter are still awaited. As for the competition, the Burgman Street electric is likely to go head-on against the TVS iQube and the Bajaj Chetak electric.
Ducati introduced its full-size super naked offering, the Streetfighter V4, in India. It is available in a standard and an S version with the latter incorporating more premium components. Powering the motorcycle is the same 1,103cc, V-four, Desmosedici Stradale motor that does duty in the Panigale V4. It churns out 205bhp and 123Nm. The closest rival of the Streetfighter V4 in India is the Kawasaki Ninja Z H2.
The BS6-compliant model of Kawasaki’s most affordable bike in India, the Ninja 300, has started arriving at dealerships. Deliveries are likely to commence soon. Besides a cleaner engine, Kawasaki has kept the motorcycle completely unaltered. However, it demands a premium of Rs 20,000 over its BS4 model with a price tag of 3.18 lakh. It goes up against the TVS Apache RR 310 and the KTM RC 390.
Yamaha has unveiled its smallest neo-retro motorcycle, the XSR125, for the European markets. It sports the same modern-classic styling as its bigger sibling, the XSR155. However, the hardware is borrowed from the MT125 naked and the R125 fully-faired motorcycles. While it comes across as an interesting package, it won’t be launched in India anytime soon. Instead, Yamaha will be introducing the FZ FI-based FZ X in India.
(All prices are ex-showroom)