2016 was a special year for motorcycle fanatics of Nepal. It has been a remarkable year in terms of new companies being introduced along with new bikes from popular companies. From the rumble of Harley Davidson to the adventure stories of the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the craze for dirt bikes, we have seen it all. 2016 has introduced some remarkable motorcycles in the biking scene of Nepal. The change and the massive flow of newer models have fueled the enthusiasm and craze of Nepali people towards a wide variety of 2-wheeler machines ranging from 125cc to 1200cc. This raises the question: what will we be able to see next in 2017, regarding newer models of the existing companies besides welcoming bikes from new companies. Here are a few of the upcoming motorcycles that should be out on the streets of Nepal in 2017. With the launch of Royal Enfield's Himalayan, Honda's Navi, Yamaha's R3, Bajaj's CS 400, and Husqvarna's dirt models, these companies have set a higher level of competition by bringing out the best motorcycles.
The much awaited TVS Racing machine, the TVS Akula 310 is expected to be launched in 2017. After the tie-up of TVS and BMW in India, the company started popping some photos of the then developing Akula 310. At first glance, the Akula 310 has the genes of a racing machine. From the appearance of the Akula in a few autoshows, the bike is a much awaited machine for man enthusiasts. It is equipped with a 313cc single-cylinder engine which exerts up to 34 bhp and 28 Nm torque. Its power delivery and electronics have been derived from the TVS BMW G310R which is gaining popularity in the naked series. The concept version of Akula has a full carbon fiber body, ram air induction kits, aluminium trellis sub frame, and various other components fit for a racing machine. However, the production bike may be different from the concept bike that has been introduced by the company. In Nepal, TVS with the launch of the Apache RTR 200, has a new generation bike, making an entrance to compete with other 200cc categories like the Pulsar NS200 and KTM Duke 200. Although, the launch dates have not been specified by the company, the motorcycle has been in the news as tests were conducted in India.
This mean machine has been the heart throb of many since 2013. The S1000RR is also considered one of BMW's best productions till date. The 999cc liquid-cooled in-line four claims to have 199hp and weighs 183 kgs (dry weight). The S1000RR has a 17.5 liter fuel tank and goes up to 299kmph. It has been compared with various other competitors like Ducati Panigale 1199, ApriliaRSV4, Honda CBR1000RR, and the Yamaha R1 M. Being compared with all these other beauties, the BMW still gets strong recommendations and positive reviews. The motorcycle takes 3.4 seconds to accelerate from 60-100 kmph. With the updated technologies of BMW, this machine shows outstanding performance in street riding as well as long rides. The appearance is truly breathtaking and has also claimed to take its position in the wish list of many. With the popularity of higher cc motorcycles in Nepal, and the craze for fairing motorcycles, the BMW S1000RR is a much awaited bike for many. With a limited number of 1000cc category motorcycles in Nepal, The S1000RR with its rider-friendly riding compatibility and comfort could be a high selling brand. Also, with the introduction to other models like the GS adventure series and 2016 R9T models that have reached Nepal, rumors of the S1000RR have been around for a long time. This bike is expected to arrive in Nepal in 2017 but the price has not been revealed as yet.
CF 250 Twin (Classic Wheels)
Classic wheels Pvt. Ltd has been in the limelight with their famous Crossfire XZ250R which has been fulfilling the dreams of dirt bike and supermotard riders of Nepal. With back-to-back wins in Racemandu, Crossfire is famous for its balanced power delivery, light weight, and riding compatibility. The company has introduced the CF 250 twin that competes with other naked motorcycles series of KTM like; KTM Duke, Pulsar ns 200, and Apache 200. The CF twin is a 250cc power-pack machine with water cooled engine along with Delphi EFI and exerts 28 bhp. The fuel tank capacity is 16 liters and gives a mileage of 28-30 kmpl. The body is supported with alloy high carbon steel frame with led tail lights and side lights. The company fits the CF with Dunlop tyres (preferably, the GPR 300). It also has dual headlights for better visibility and foldable keys for easy reach. The most interesting features of the CF 250 twin are the twin headlights and the twin exhausts. Most importantly, it resembles the Triumph Speed Triple R. Classic wheels are the importers of Crossfire 250, Ace motorcycles, Italjet, and now the CF 250 Twin. According to the company, the bike is available for test rides and sales will begin from June 2017.
Honda CBR1000RR/1000RR SP
Honda has stepped up its game by developing advanced technologies to be introduced in the CBR1000RR. Compared to the previous 1000cc model, the 2017 has newer upgrades increasing its horsepower and decreasing a lot of its weight. The 2017 model has a totally re-designed engine, chasis, suspensions, and bodywork. Similarly, the new model comes in standard ABS, SP, and SP2 edition which has upgrades like Ohlins smart electronic control suspension, titanium muffler that is designed for racing. The 999cc engine exhales 189bhp with 114Nm torque. The re-designed body and headlights portray an aggressive bike. Honda is an established brand in Nepal with its top selling smaller bikes like Shine, Hornet, and CBR250r.In the past year, Honda introduced a few newer models in the 'big-bike' section with the 2015 Honda CBR600RR, 1000 Fireblade, CBR650F, and the CRF 250 Rally. Honda faced some criticism on the 2015 CBR 600 in terms of appearance and the low bhp, but with the introduction of the new Fireblade, the company has tried to silence the critics with improvements. Also, the new Fireblade has been tested in the SBK races by the late Nicky Hayden.
Honda Africa Twin
It has been some time since Honda's Africa Twin, commonly known as the CRF1000L had rumors doing the rounds that it was coming to Nepal. The Africa Twin is a highly recommended adventure motorcycle since its remarkable performance in the Dakar rally and other motorcycle adventure sports. The Africa Twin is a 998cc 8 valve-parellel twin engine which exerts 98Nm torque. The wheels and suspensions are designed for adventure with slipper clutch and ABS. The wheels are aluminium spoke rims and it has an 18.8 liter tank. The adventure-touring motorcycle has stepped into the international market for adventure enthusiasts who like Japanese motorcycles. We are hoping this machine will arrive in Nepal to compete with other adventure series motorcycles. The Africa Twin has been reviewed as a machine comfortable for long tours as well as urban maneuvers with good handling and a user-friendly cockpit.
Beta RR Enduro 350 4T
The craze for dirt and enduro motorcycles in Nepal is a growing phenomenon. With the popularity of Crossfire, Cross X, and Royal Enfield Himalayan, Beta motorcycles is being introduced in Nepal. Beta Motorcycles is an Italy based company established in 1905. The company started its production with 125cc bikes and are developing bikes up to 480cc. The company specializes in trial, enduro, street, and alp motorcycles ranging from 50cc to 480cc. This is the company's introduction in Nepal with its popular RR 350 4T Enduro motorcycle series. The motorcycle is popular amongst dirt bikes as well as enduro racing categories. The 350 4T is a racing machine with a single cylinder, four stroke carburetor system steel double cradle frame. The engine has titanium valves and exceeds 13000rpm. The Beta 350 4T could be a suitable choice for people who seek adventure with a powerful machine. It is equipped with a 7.5 liter tank, wet multi-plate clutch, and spoke alloy rims. The front suspensions are 250mm hydraulic forks and the rear suspension is 205mm monoshock with adjustable spring preload. It weighs 106 kg with 335mm ground clearance. The 350 4T is expected to arrive by June 2017.
MV Augusta Brutale 800 Dragster RR
MV Augusta with its passion to develop precisely crafted machines with beastly engines and radical designs has come up with quite a breathtaking machine. The company's popular models, the Dragster 800RR is coming up with new upgrades and refined 798cc in line three, four stroke engine which exhales 140hp with 86Nm torque. Preciously, the RR badge was used by other models like the CBR but this is the first time MV is using the RR badge in a line three engine. The Brutale 800 RR has been developed with the combination of superb power delivery, chassis design, head-turner styling, and refined electronics. It has a top speed of 245kmph. According to the company, the 3 cylinder engine optimizes weight distribution and MV is the only company that produces motorcycles equaling that power in a 3 cylinder engine. MV has been introduced in Nepal by Gear Venture Nepal and has introduced models like the F3 675, F4 RC, Brutale 1090R, Dragster 800, Rivale 800, and also the Turismo Veloce. The F3 is a popular beast in the streets of Nepal with its compact body efficient power delivery. According to the company the Dragster 800RR will soon be seen in the streets of Nepal.
Yamaha has been dominating the market with its 150cc class racing machines, the R15. The version 2.0 of the R15 has been the favorite of many riders and bike enthusiasts. Also, with the latest entry of R3, Yamaha is now able to compete with its machines in the 300cc category as well. This might have encouraged the company to re-introduce the R15 version 3 with upgrades that are quite remarkable. The V3 comes with a 155cc displacement where the V2 was a 149cc with an additional increase of 3bhp. The motorcycle is 1kg heavier than the previous model but with a 1 litre reduced tank capacity (11 ltrs). Similarly, the V2 had a top speed of 131 kmph but the V3 has a 144kmph. Likewise, in terms of appearance, the V3 has received a face lift with dual headlamps similar to that of the R6. The body work has also been modified which includes the tank, tail body, rearset, exhaust, and rims. The bike has been developed by mixing the concept of the 2017 R6 and will definitely be a head turner. The airflow on the tail section gives it a close resemblance to the 2017 R1 M series.
Fantic 250 Enduro and Motard
The Fantic 250 is the new kid on the block in Nepal's motorcycle market. The Italian company is being introduced by Bikers Nepal who also import Cross X motorcycles to Nepal. The Fantic is a 249cc singe cylinder 4 strokes, liquid cooled machine and comes in two models; Casa and Competition. At first glimpse the Fantic Motard is a charmer with its compact body, sporty appearance, and the Fantic exhaust designed by Arrow. The motorcycle comes with black anodized aluminium wheels and a tank of 7.5 liters. Similarly, the Fantic 250E is a dirt bike with the replacement of dirt tyres. The Fantic is preferred more in trail riding and enduro with good reviews in terms of its reliability and the power of the 28 bhp. Its power is mostly compared to the XR 250 and the ride is comfortable as well. The bike performs really well in the roads as well as a pretty thrilling experience in the off-road as well. With the increasing craze for dirt bikes and adventure riding in Nepal, the Fantic 250 could be a choice for many as far as reliability is concerned.
Along with the above mentioned beasts that are arriving in Nepal this year, here are a few honorable mentions. In 2017, the most awaited KTM Duke 390 has arrived with a refined engine and a body set which makes it look like the Super Duke. Similarly, early 2017 has seen Harley Davidson motorcycles, BMW GS series, BMW R9T, and of course the newer models of Ducati as well. Motorcycle enthusiasts would also love to see the new Yamaha R1 M and R6, Honda CBR250RR, Suzuki GSXR, TVS BMW productions this year.