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Upcoming Royal Enfield bikes in 2018

The legendary Chennai based two-wheeler making company, Royal Enfield is all set to introduce new bikes for 2018 very soon. The upcoming Royal Enfield bikes in 2018 are slotted to be launched by the third quarter of 2018 which means, you can assume the launches to happen around the festive season of 2018. The company has already announced it plans for this year, which definitely includes two new Royal Enfield 600cc plus models including Interceptor 650 and Café Racer 650. These bikes were first showcased by the company a few months back, and are the exclusive Royal Enfield 600cc bikes that the company has chosen to get back into higher capacity game, after decades. These two models will also be launched internationally very soon, that means Royal Enfield fans waiting around the globe to get their hands on these bikes won’t have to wait no more. That said, there are a couple of more 2018 Royal Enfield upcoming models in India which you can read about in the article below.

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650

Price- Rs 4 lakh to 4.4 lakh

Launch date- September to October 2018

Engine- 649 cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Parallel Twin

Power- 47.65 PS @ 7100 rpm

Torque- 52 Nm @ 4000 rpm

Mileage- 25 km/lt

Colours- N/A

The company has developed the new 650cc twin-cylinder engine that is slated to be used in three different models including the Continental GT 650, Interceptor 650 and the Himalayan 650. The company claims the new 650cc engine will be the most modern engine ever by Royal Enfield. Surely, Continental GT 650 specifications reveal that it will be a fun bike to ride because of torque abundancy and modern engineering that has gone inside the engine. Also, the company suggests, the fit and finish on the new bikes will be the best ever seen from a Royal Enfield bike.

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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Price- Rs 3.8 lakh to 4.2 lakh

Launch date- September to October 2018

Engine- 649 cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Parallel Twin

Power- 47.65 PS @ 7100 rpm

Torque- 52 Nm @ 4000 rpm

Mileage- 25 km/lt

Colours- N/A

The second confirmed launched in the new Royal Enfield bike launches for 2018 is the new Interceptor 650 that was showcased alongside its cousin we just talked about. Both the bikes will be built around the same engines but will serve two different categories of riders. The Interceptor will attract more of the retro roadster biking crowd while Continental GT will focus on the bikers with a thing for café racers. Also, both of them will be priced very closely and competitively against all of the competition. Though every other bike in the competition comes at a fairly higher premium, like the Ducati Scrambler, Triumph Street Twin, or the Harley-Davidson Street 750.

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New Royal Enfield Bullet Electra 350

Price- Rs 1.2 lakh to 1.3 lakh

Launch date- March to May 2018

Engine- 346cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Single-cylinder

Power- 23 PS

Torque- 30 Nm

Mileage- 40 km/lt

Colours- Black, Blue, Red

Also read: 5 solid reasons why Royal Enfield motorcycles suck

The Bullet Electra was discontinued from the Indian motorcycle market a few days back, but now the company is planning on the relaunching the same in an all new avatar. The new bike will feature new bells and whistles including AHO, BS4 complaint engine and ABS which is expected to be optional. Bullet Electra has a huge fan following in the Indian market and launching back such a famous model is expected to boost the sales of the company by a significant margin.

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X

Price- Rs 1.5 lakh to 1.8 lakh

Launch date- March to May 2018

Engine- 346cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Single-cylinder

Power- 20 PS

Torque- 28 Nm

Mileage- 38 km/lt

Colours- N/A

The bike was shot at one of the Royal Enfield dealerships in Delhi, and it is nothing but a tackier version of the standard Royal Enfield Thunder 350. It boasts of tubeless tyres and the new multi-spoke design of the alloys. Also, the paint scheme is all new that looks more on the sporty side than being classier. All of the body panels remains the same, but rear grab handle has been taken off to give the bike, a different, modern appeal. And our verdict, it looks great!

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X

Price- Rs 2 lakh to 2.2 lakh

Launch date- March to May 2018

Engine- 499 cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Single-cylinder

Power- 28 PS

Torque- 41.3 Nm

Mileage- 28 km/lt

Colours- Blue, White, Yellow and Red

Also read: KTM 390 Adventure bike spied for the first time

The new RE Thunderbird 500X is like its smaller sibling, the sporty variant of original Thunderbird 500. It will not have any mechanical upgrades but on the looks, it will significantly different. It is expected to come along with a whole new racy color scheme to woo the riders that demand slightly sporty appeal from the Royal Enfield motorcycles.

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Royal Enfield Himalayan 650

Price- Rs 4 lakh to 4.5 lakh

Launch date- December 2018 to March 2019

Engine- 649 cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Parallel Twin

Power- 47.65 PS @ 7100 rpm

Torque- 52 Nm @ 4000 rpm

Mileage -25 km/lt

Colours- N/A

The third bike to get the all-new 650cc double-cylinder engine from Royal Engine will be the Himalayan 650. But will not be launched anytime soon. You can expect the launch date on the same only after December this year, and when launched it will go head on with the Kawasaki Versys X-300 (not 650, it will too much to take in). Though it might sound illogical, but as per Indian market pricing, both will sit in a tight price bracket, hence if not technically, both will competitors at least in the similar price range.

Also read: Yamaha MT-03/ M-Slaz caught getting tested in Delhi

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Best 7 upcoming performance bikes to launch in 2017

2017 is surely going to be an exciting year and why is that? It’s because the year is going to bring a bunch of new performance machines that will surely woo a lot of bike enthusiast in the country. Manufacturers like KTM, BMW and TVS are going to bring some really exciting machines in the country. So we have collaborated a list that will help you with the best performance bike you can expect in 2017.

2017 KTM 390 Duke

The 2017 KTM 390 Duke has been upgraded from the ground up, and the changes have made the bike even better in all senses. It gets a new sub frame, new body design, new front headlights, new digital meter console with smartphone connectivity, new exhaust that makes the engine Euro IV compliant and many more upgrades. The bike is expected to be launched by February 2016 and at an expected price of not more than 2.05 lakh.

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BMW G310R

The bike was expected to be launched in the late 2016 but due to certain hiccups, the company shifted the launch date to early 2017. The small German beast runs on a 313cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine and delivers around 34bhp of power. It will face a serious competition from bikes such as the KTM 390 Duke, newly launched Bajaj Dominar 400 and the upcoming Yamaha MT-03. Expected a price tag of near Rs 1.80 lakh on the bike.

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TVS Akula 310

The bike has been built on the platform of the above bike. It shares the same engine and other parts from the BMW G310R. The difference is, it will be fully faired sports bike instead of a mean street naked. It will be sold as a TVS product instead of a BMW and that will make it more affordable than the latter. Expect the bike to be out by mid-2017. The bikes like KTM RC200, Pulsar RS200 ABS, and Honda CBR 250R will be a direct competitor to the TVS Akula 310. When launched it will have a price tag of near Rs 1.60 lakh.

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Yamaha MT-03

The bike is already present in the international market and now the company has made some solid agendas to launch the same in the Indian market and they don’t plan on delaying it. So expect the bike to roll out by late 2017. It will have a price tag of near Rs 3 lakh when launched. It will compete against the Kawasaki Z250, Benelli TNT 300 and the 2017 KTM 390 Duke.

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Benelli Tornado 300

The bike was earlier seen at the 2016 Autoexpo alongside other Benelli bikes. It has been built on the same platform as the TNT 300 but comes with a full fairing to make it look sportier and certainly more attractive. It will surely not be a cheap product and get ready to shower at least Rs 3.40 lakh on this bike. Expected launch date of Tornado 300? June 2017!

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Benelli TRK 502

One of the most interesting bikes in this list, but still not much information present on it as such. It’s sure one of the straight competitors to the Kawasaki Versys 650 but will stand in a much more affordable segment than the other mid-weight adventure bikes present in India today. Expected launch date and price on the Benelli TRK 502? Last quarter of 2017 and in the price bracket of Rs 5 lakh.

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Triumph Bonneville Bobber

It is one of the newest products from the British marque, it has already been introduced to the world and so will head to the Indian market by mid-2017. The bike comes with a 1200cc high torque engine, as seen in the Bonneville T120, and so it has enough torque to make you go weak in your knees. The engine delivers 79bhp of maximum power and peak torque of 105Nm. Expect a price of around Rs 9 lakh on the bike and stay tuned for more information on the upcoming bikes in 2017.

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also see: KTM 390 Adventure bike spied for the first timeKTM 390 Adventure bike spied for the first time

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The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 gets sharper, lighter and meaner!

The Japanese motorcycle maker, Kawasaki has dropped the bombshell, 2017 Ninja 650 at the INTERMOT show. The bike has received significant updates from inside out. It has transformed into a sharper, lighter, meaner looking machine. Cosmetically the bike has been upgraded with sleeker looking twin headlights at the front, sharper fairing, new tail section, new exhaust, seats, fuel tank and much more. The now looks completely different from the current generation Ninja 650 and has grown into a more aggressive motorcycle.

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While talking about the mechanicals, the bike now gets a completely new swing arm and tubular chassis, thanks to the upgrades the 2017 Ninja 650 is 19kgs lighter than its predecessor. There no significant updates on the engine part but it is now BS-4 compliant. But since the weight has been reduced drastically, the bike will have an enormous boost in the power to weight ratio. We expect the bike to be launched by mid-2016 at a slightly higher price tag than the present. Stay tuned as we bring you more updates.