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Here’s a sneak peek into the most awaited two-wheelers hitting Indian roads this year

Each motorcycle launch is special but the new year has a whole lot in store for every kind of rider. The biggest gainers are set to be the medium capacity segment with their great mix of practicality, performance and pricing. While there are some great new naked bikes hitting the market, could 2017 just be the year that the adventure motorcycle segment sees the biggest growth of them all? We’re keeping our fingers crossed to ride these in the months ahead!

For more details on each of these motorcycles, keep checking back on www.motorscribes.com

BMW G310 GS
Even with an engine capacity that is much lower than the legendary BMW 1200GS, the DNA remains the same with the G310GS that first broke cover, just a couple of months ago. With its powerplant shared with the G310R, the coming of the GS is the boost that adventure biking in India truly needs – after all, when a manufacturer decides to use such a big brand on a smaller capacity motorcycle, you’ve got to take notice. Details: bmw-motorrad.com

Suzuki V-Strom 250
Staying with the small capacity adventure motorcycle bug that seems to have bitten the manufacturers all at once, the Suzuki V-Strom 250 seems like an interesting machine. It takes its engine from the Suzuki Inazuma and features everything you’ll need to go off-tarmac and explore the great outdoors. Seat height seems to be low enough to be a good fit for Indian riders and the bike should come in with disc brakes and ABS on both wheels. Details: suzukimotorcycle.co.in

BMW G310R
The G310R made waves with its first look in the form of a stunting machine and then with its road-going production version on display at the Auto Expo (in Delhi) last February. There’s some unique technology there too – with the ‘introverted’ engine placing the exhaust ports to the rear and the inlets to the front. The G310R is being made by TVS for BMW Motorrad and we’re guessing that a price as close to the likes of the KTM 390 duke as possible (`2 – 2.5 lakh) should make the BMW G310R a big hit. Details: bmw-motorrad.com

Honda CBR250RR

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Back in July when the first images and videos of the brand new parallel-twin CBR 250RR surfaced, it pretty much broke the internet. Developed mainly for Asian markets, the CBR 250RR is still making waves – some even vaguely comparing it to older two-stroke machines of similar capacity thanks to its performance. There may be no concrete word on this one’s arrival in India yet, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed. Even if it does make it here, it will come in at a price! Details: honda2wheelersindia.com

Kawasaki Versys X300
At Milan and EICMA this year, lots of manufacturers displayed similar (in principle) motorcycles and some of these really caught my attention – the Kawasaki Versys X300 for example. If you’ve ridden the bigger Versys before, you’ll know how good a motorcycle it is for India and the X300 will carry on the same functionality with a smaller, 296cc engine borrowed from the Z250. Price however, will remain a big question considering the Japanese manufacturer’s previous pricing strategies. Details: kawasaki-india.com

TVS Akula
With BMW targetting lovers of the street and adventure type of motorcycles with the G310R and the G310GS, TVS will take the lead on the fully-faired track-bike types. For now, the Akula is embedded in our heads as the slick, carbon-fibre clad prototype that was showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo last year and if TVS can stick to the same design, the shark-inspired Akula could just be the big one for its maker in 2017. It could in fact, be the one that starts troubling the likes of the KTM RC 390 in the space! Details: tvsmotor.com

2017 KTM 390 Duke
By the time you read this, the KTM 390 Duke’s RC cousins will have already launched, but there can be no doubt that this is one of the most awaited motorcycles of 2017. With its all-new LED headlamp cluster, latest generation slipper clutch and complete smartphone connectivity, the big Duke is set to rule hearts all over again! There’s a bit of a redesign too and all we can say is that the new Duke is sharper than ever before. Anyone out there betting against KTM
continuing to sell bucket loads of these every day? Details: ktm.com/in

—Muntaser Mirkar

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