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Top five key bike launches in 2019

  • There was much to cheer about for bike lovers in 2019 with almost every company bringing about either a new model or giving its existing product(s) a vital lifeline.

In 2019, the bike industry saw quite a few intriguing launches and announcements. From Bangalore based Ultraviolette Automotive launching its first automobile, the F 77 electric, to Harley Davidson bringing out a modified version of the Harley Davidson Forty-Eight in the Harley Davidson Forty-Eight Special, or Leoncino unveiling its smallest bike ever, this has been the year of variety.

Here's a look at five key bike launches of 2019:

Jawa Perak

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra launches the new bike Jawa Perak in Mumbai, (PTI Photo)
Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra launches the new bike Jawa Perak in Mumbai, (PTI Photo)

An iconic brand, the Jawa Perak features a 334cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that produces 30bph and 31Nm torque. The bike has a double cradle tubular frame and sports a mono-shock absorber as well as 7 step adjustable rear suspension. It also has a longer swingarm, and dual-channel anti-lock braking system.

Ultraviolette Automotive F 77 electric

Ultraviolette F77 electric motorcycles
Ultraviolette F77 electric motorcycles

Bangalore-based start-up Ultraviolette Automotive launched its first product this year, the Ultraviolette F77 electric motorcycle. With a maximum power output of 25,000 watts and acceleration from 0 to 60km/ hour in 2.9 seconds, the F77 will sport ride telematics, remote diagnostics, regenerative breaking, ride analytics, and bike tracking.

The bike can reach a top speed of 147kmph. According to reports, the bike can power from zero to 80 percent in 50 minutes and zero to 100 percent in 90 minutes. The F77 comes in three variants, Airstrike, Shadow, Laser and has a matte black chassis.

Harley Davidson Forty-Eight Special

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight.
Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight.

Launched in India in March, the Hog’s new version sports a slightly bigger 1200 cc Evolution engine and replaced the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight. The bike sports retro art on the tank. Sporting chrome finishes, it has black Tallboy handlebars, a slammed speedometer and 49mm front forks.

This Harley has torque output of 97Nm and has dual pistons on both front and back. It also sports time-of-day clock, dual tripmeter, low fuel warning light, low oil pressure light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights.

Benelli Leoncino 250

Benelli Leoncino 250
Benelli Leoncino 250

The smallest of Leoncino's bikes, visually, it resembles a smaller Leoncino 500 and shares almost an identical design. The bike has edgy lines and has been termed by the brand as being modern-day reincarnation of a classic motorcycle.

The bike sports a single-cylinder, four-stroke engine, which is liquid-cooled with double overhead camshaft timing system and electronic fuel injection. The bike's maximum power is 25.8PS @ 9250rpm, with a torque output of 21Nm at 8000rpm. The instrument console for the bike is pure digital and it also sports full-LED headlight assembly like the Leoncino 500.

Suzuki Gixxer 250

Suzuki Gixxer 250
Suzuki Gixxer 250

Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Ltd, back in August announced the launch of the Gixxer 250. The bike is powered by a four-stroke 249cc engine which can make 26 bhp at 9000 rpm and 22.6 Nm of peak torque at 7000 rpm. The Gixxer sports Suzuki's oil-cooled system and has six-speed gearbox with dual channel anti-lock brake system (ABS) offering better braking efficiency. It comes with 41mm large diameter front forks and has both LED headlamps and LED tail lamps.

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