Weekly Bike News Wrapup: Kawasaki Ninja 300 BS6, Cheaper Apache RTR 200 Launched, CFMoto 300SR, 2021 Suzuki Hayabusa Inbound And More!
The week that went by saw several new launches, news on upcoming bikes, and even some inside information on CFMoto’s plans
The past couple of weeks have been quite exciting for two-wheeler enthusiasts. The economy seems to be recovering and so is the Indian two-wheeler market. This week brings more exciting news. We’ve witnessed several launches and received inside information on CFMoto’s plans for India as well as Suzuki’s intentions of bringing the 2021 Busa to India. Just in case you missed out, here’s a brief look at all that happened in the last five days in the Indian two-wheeler space:
Kawasaki Ninja 300 Launch
The wait is finally over. The BS6 Ninja 300 is here, unfortunately, it’s not all good news. The bike comes in some fresh new colours, but that’s about it. No hint of any cosmetic, feature or mechanical update apart from, of course, a BS6-compliant engine. The worst part: it costs Rs 20,000 more. Here’s a closer look at the Japanese brand’s most successful bike.
Hayabusa India Launch Confirmed
Yes, it’s true! Suzuki has confirmed the launch of the 2021 Hayabusa for India by teasing the bike via social media. It’s expected to be priced around Rs 18 lakh to Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom) since it'll be imported via the CBU route initially. The India-spec Busa will see a couple of alterations, though, to comply with Indian laws. This may include the much-despised saree guard, a front-mounted number plate holder, and rear-view mirror-integrated turn indicators. Just how different is the 2021 Busa from the previous-gen model? Head here to find out.
Our sources suggest CFMoto has huge plans for the Indian market. This involves launching one new model every eight months. It has already launched the BS6 300NK in India at a competitive price tag and intends to follow up with the sportier full-faired 300SR. Here’s what you could expect from the bike.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V And Star City Plus
TVS is known for its expertise on the track, some of which trickles down to its road-going products. The recently launched 2021 RTR 200 4V is a perfect representation of this. That said, it’s still a bit on the expensive side for some, so TVS decided to offer a cheaper single-channel ABS alternative. It brings down the price by Rs 5,000 but retains all the essential goodies. Check it out here.
The Star City, on the other hand, gets better braking equipment thanks to a front disc. But the added feature comes at a price: Rs 2,600 more than the front drum brake-equipped variant. Read more about it here.
Bajaj Platina 100 ES and Platina 110 ABS Launch
Bajaj has launched the Platina 100 with an electric start, making it the most affordable bike to get one. It followed this up with the launch of the Platina 110 which gets single-channel ABS, making it the first 110cc bike in India to come with ABS as standard. But that’s not all, the Platina 110 ABS also gets a new rearview mirror design for improved visibility and a set of handguards for enhanced safety.