KAWASAKI VERSYS 1000
The Versys 1000 has been around for quite some time. But it seldom got any updates in a long time. The 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 will be locally assembled in India. Like its previous iteration, the comfortable mile munching ride enjoyment has remained the central focus in redesigning the Versys 1000. The engine is a liquid-cooled 1043cc inline-4 engine making 120 HP and a torque of 102 Nm. The gearbox mated to the engine is a 6-speed transmission unit. The Versys 1000 features adjustable USD forks at the front and a monoshock unit at the rear. It gets some significant changes to the design. The front-end has a sharper angles to it and accommodates the look of other bikes in the Kawasaki lineup of products. It also gets ride-by-wire and cruise control features.
The seat is set high for a very upright stance to facilitate a comfortable riding posture. It is equipped with Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC) offering the rider with two modes. The modes are sporty riding performance or the peace of mind under certain conditions to negotiate slippery surfaces. The Kawasaki Versys 1000 will be competitively priced as the Versys 1000 will be brought in to India by the CKD route.
- Sharper body design.
- 120 BHP.
- Multiple driving modes.
Come 2019 and the CBR650F will be replaced by the CBR650R. The Honda CBR650R will be a middleweight sports bike in the Honda’s lineup. The styling of the CBR650R is inspired by the CBR1000RR Fireblade. It gets sharp lines all across the cosmetic design. The side fairings have been extended and the rear-section is shorter in length.
The aggressive take on the motorcycle is made evident by moving the clip-on handlebars forward along with foot pegs moving rearward for an aggressive riding posture.
The CBR650R will come with dual LED headlights. The engine is the same 649cc inline four-cylinder engine which has been revisited to produce 93 BHP of power and 64 Nm of torque. This Honda will also sport a traction control system which is called Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system. The CBR650R will compete with the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 650. But we feel that it will be closer fight for a space in your garage with the naked Triumph Street Triple in terms of character and estimated price point. This Japanese bike is expected to arrive at Indian shores in 2019.
- 650cc in line four engine.
- 93 BHP.
- Middleweight Sport-Naked.
Suzuki Katana is the delicious blend of technology with looks that can kill, into one retro-modern package. It is the resurrection of Suzuki’s very own Katana brand which was one of the fastest production motorcycles of the 1980s.
The rectangular headlamp is a LED unit which is housed inside an aggressive front fairing. The sculpted fuel tank and floating tail give it an extremely sporty appeal. Despite the massive looking fuel tank it can just hold 12-litres.
The Katana is powered by a 999cc, liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder engine. The gearbox is a six-speed unit. The engine makes 150 HP of power and 108 Nm of torque. There is a slipper clutch and three-level traction control system which can be turned on or off as per conditions.
The suspension on the bike will be handled by a completely adjustable KYB 43mm Upside down fork at the front and the rear monoshock unit will come with preload and rebound damping. Brembo radial callipers and dual-channel ABS will be standard on the bike. This retro-modern legendary motorcycle is expected to hit Indian shores by late 2019.
- Design inspired from the original 1980s Suzuki Katana.
- Inline 4 engine.
- Loads of modern tech included Unique appeal.
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