We live in a diverse motorcycling world today, and Indian market is definitely fast catching up. The year of 2016 saw about 12 new bike launches of varied nature and caliber, bringing in new flavors and genres of biking to the Indian scene. We could also sense how these models are getting evolved, in terms of technology, performance, and styling. So, as we did with the Best News Cars of 2016, we focus not just on the hardware of these new bikes, but also their value proposition, impacts they have made in their segments, and innovation.
We bring you ‘the best’ new bikes of the year 2016 in India, also reasoning out briefly as to why they deserve such appreciation.
#1. TVS Apache RTR 200 4V
We have seen how far the home-grown Apache range of bikes have evolved over the past decade. The flagship 200 4V is the best Apache ever, thanks to its incredible power delivery all through the complete rev range. It is one of the best urban sport commuter with amazing looks and tech features, more importantly at affordable price point. In fact, the Apache RTR 200 has bagged this year’s Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY) award.
#2. Royal Enfield Himalayan
This all-new adventure-tourer crossover bike has definitely garnered new-bound interest on the legendary Royal Enfield brand that has an undeniable ‘cult’ among the motorists in India. The modernity-embracing Himalayan is a superb all-rounder with decent power and ride dynamics. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration if we say this bike has kindled the touring interest among the young bikers.
#3. Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS
Like the Himalayan, the Versys 650 is also a genuine all-road touring machine that has got punchy engine with sturdy chassis. Although priced little higher, the Versys has got all versatility and practicality you wanted. Very few bikes of this kind are available in India right now, so the Versys obviously takes the advantage.
#4. Aprilia SR 150
This bike is so gorgeous that we altogether forget that it is still a scooter. With flamboyant styling and attitude, the Aprilia brings together the excitement of a regular bike and the practicality of scooters. It has got great ride handling and performance, all at a very reasonable price.
#5. DSK Benelli TnT 25
It is the first single-cylinder entry-level sportbike from the Benelli in India. It has got great levels of refinement and a peppy power delivery, able enough to compete against the similar spec bikes from Honda and KTM. It styling is quite sensible from the rest of its rivals, and is competitively priced as well.
#6. Honda Navi
Not every bike brings fun and vividness to mundane city rides. The Honda Navi does, with an uncanny (also little weird!) image statement on the road. It isn’t practical, nor is upmarket in terms of plastics. It is not well-equipped either. Yet, the Navi wins appreciation for its innovative traits. It is quite amusing as well.
#7. Hero Splendor iSmart 110
The bare looks of 100cc commuters may be unexciting, but they are meant for something – hassle-free commutation. The Splendor is synonymous for that for about 2 decades. The new iSmart is a serious upgrade to the bike, retaining all of the pros from the past. It is one of the best commuter right now in the entry-level segment.
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