KTM 790 Duke
The KTM 790 Duke promises a superb blend of performance and handling
We’ve all heard and read rave reviews about the KTM 790 Duke. Dubbed the ‘scalpel’ by sections of the international media for its razor sharp handling, the 790 Duke will offer a level of performance and handling at a price, which will likely disrupt the segment. Powered by a 799 cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine capable of putting out 103 bhp and 86 Nm, the 790 Duke also comes loaded with electronic rider aids, including an up/down quickshifter, cornering ABS, multiple riding modes, traction control, wheelie control, throttle response control and more. To be launched in India after assembled from completely knocked down (CKD) units, if KTM manages to price it at around or just below ₹ 7 lakh (ex-showroom), the 790 Duke could be the ideal upgrade for performance junkies. Needless to say, this one promises a lot of entertainment, and we just can’t wait to get astride one, soon!
The Kawasaki ZX-6R promises a superb package as a road and track supersport
Sales in the supersport class may be slowing down globally, in favour of litre-class superbikes, but that hasn’t stopped Kawasaki from introducing the 2019 Kawasaki ZX-6R. And this year, it will be introduced in India too, and will be the only supersport offering in the market, after the Triumph Daytona 675 was discontinued. For 2019, the Kawasaki ZX-6R comes with a quickshifter and Showa separate function forks, race-spec Monobloc brake calipers, as well as standard traction control system. Add to that, nearly 130 bhp of power at 13,500 rpm from the 636 cc, in-line four-cylinder engine, the ZX-6R offers a versatile package for both road and track use, and is definitely on our wish-list to hustle it around a racetrack.
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The 2019 Honda CBR650R features revised styling and an updated engine
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) will introduce the updated for 2019 650 cc sport tourer, but with a new name and some significant updates as well. The existing Honda CBR650F is certainly a very capable long-distance tourer, but for 2019, Honda has added some spunk and ‘sport’ into the 650 cc machine, with a name change as well. Now to be called the Honda CBR650R, the design is inspired by the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, the CBR650R features a new intake and exhaust, full-LED lighting, and a new LCD instrument panel. Featuring revised ergonomics, Honda Selectable Torque Control and a slipper clutch, the 2019 Honda CBR650R promises to be more entertaining and more fun than the CBR650F and this is one bike which will likely be one of the most affordable full-faired, in-line four-cylinder sportbikes available in the market when it’s launched. Yes, we’re waiting to see what Big Red offers in the CBR650R. 2019 will be a good time for a long ride on an open highway.
Triumph Speed Twin
Triumph will launch the Speed Twin in India sometime in the middle of 2019
Triumph Motorcycles will add a sportier and more performance-oriented model in its modern classic range, with a name which has been taken from the British brand’s storied past. The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin is what will be a sporty, modern classic, with easy ergonomics, but the performance and handling associated with the cafe racer in the same family – the Triumph Thruxton R. Lighter engine components, a revised clutch assembly, and a high compression head differentiates it from the ‘high power’ Bonneville 1200 engine of the Thruxton R. And with the understated, yet sporty new silhouette, the Speed Twin certainly promises to be a performance-packed modern classic. We hope to ride it soon, in 2019, and have a lot of expectations!
you may be thinking only about sportbikes, or even naked performance bikes, but this year, a couple of dark horses also promise to bring in that zing and extra punch to motorcycling. The Ducati Diavel will get a brand new engine, which is bigger, and more powerful, and of course, there will be a couple of performance-oriented modern classic models as well, which promise entertaining performance. Here’s a look at the best performance bikes we are itching to spend some quality time with in 2019