Top 5 Upcoming Adventure Bikes To Be Launched In India | India is slowly being gripped by the fever of adventure motorcycles and 2020 promises to be a mouth-watering year for new ADV launches. There will be

Top 5 Upcoming Adventure Bikes To Be Launched In India

Top 5 Upcoming Adventure Bikes To Be Launched In India

Top 5 Upcoming Adventure Bikes To Be Launched In India

Top 5 Upcoming Adventure Bikes To Be Launched In India

Top 5 Upcoming Adventure Bikes To Be Launched In India

Top 5 Upcoming Adventure Bikes To Be Launched In India
Top 5 Upcoming Adventure Bikes To Be Launched In India
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Indian motorcycling enthusiasts are slowly embracing the versatility that adventure motorcycles offer. Be it urban use, touring or off-roading, these bikes do it all with aplomb. And the good news is that 2020 will be a great year to own an adventure bike! Why we say so, because there will be new launches which will suit all budgets. Right from the Hero XPulse Rally Edition, the much-awaited KTM 390 Duke to the new Triumph Tiger 900 and the new Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin, 2020 promises to be a feast for adventure motorcycle enthusiasts. We tell you all about the top adventure bikes which will be launched in India next year with the KTM 250 Adventure and the KTM 390 Adventure launch in December 2019. 

Hero XPulse 200 Rally Kit

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(The Rally Kit offers increased ground clearance, fully adjustable suspension and change in the sprocket sizes)

Also Read: EICMA 2019: Hero XPulse Rally Kit Unveiled

Hero MotoCorp has unveiled a new Rally Kit for the Hero XPulse 200 at the EICMA 2019 Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy. According to Hero, the Rally Kit has been specifically developed for the XPulse 200 integrating learnings from Hero MotoSports Team Rally's experience at the Dakar Rally. The kit consists of fully adjustable, taller front and rear suspension, a flatter seat for easily changing position while off-road riding, extended gear pedal to suit off-road boots, handlebar risers for greater manoeuvrability while riding standing up, extended side stand for additional ground clearance, a 12-teeth front sprocket and 40-teeth rear sprocket for added grunt, and rally tyres for more traction while riding off-road. The Rally Kit is ready to fit on the Hero XPulse 200, and will transform the street-legal XPulse 200 into an all-out rally machine. Do keep in mind though that if you do get the Rally Kit for your XPulse, you won't be able to ride it on road as the Rally Kit is not homologated for road use.

KTM 250 Adventure

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(The 250 Adventure looks identical to the 390 Adventure and there are a number of components shared by the two bikes)

Also Read: KTM 250 Adventure Breaks Cover

KTM silently unveiled the 250 Adventure and while it wasn't showcased at EICMA, it is a model that will come to India as the brand's entry-level ADV offering. In fact, the KTM 250 Adventure was spotted on test multiple occasions and will be made in India as well. The KTM 250 Adventure carries over the 248.8 cc motor from the KTM 250 Duke. Power figures are identical as expected, and belts out a little over 29 bhp and 24 Nm of peak torque. Dual-sport tyres, 200 mm ground clearance and a set height of 855 mm confirm the 250 Adventure's 'adventure' cred. Although the bike does miss out on ride-by-wire and adjustable suspension! We expect the price of the KTM 250 Adventure to be about ₹ 2 lakh to ₹ 2.5 lakh. It will be launched in India in December 2019 and deliveries could begin in early 2020.

KTM 390 Adventure

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(2020 KTM 390 Adventure)

Also Read: EICMA 2019: KTM 390 Adventure Unveiled

The KTM 390 Adventure, perhaps the most awaited, anticipated motorcycle launch in two years, was unveiled at the 2019 EICMA motorcycle show. Power on the KTM 390 Adventure comes from the 373 cc single-cylinder motor from the 390 Duke that develops 43 bhp at 9,000 rpm. That's the same output as the 390 Duke, while torque remains the same at 37 Nm at 7,000 rpm. The bike gets 19-inch and 17-inch wheels at the front and rear along with adjustable WP suspension with increased travel. There is Bosch 9.1MP ABS which can be disengaged for off-road use along with ride-by-wire and traction control as well. Plus, dual-sport tyres, collapsible footpegs, bash plate, knuckle guards are also offered as standard on the 390 Adventure. We expect it to be priced at about ₹ 3 lakh.

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

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(The 2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin will be first introduced in Europe, with a possible debut in India in mid-2020)

Also Read: 2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Revealed

Honda took the wraps off the new 2020 Africa Twin earlier this year and it will be coming to India in 2020 as well. The bike now gets slimmer bodywork and it looks leaner and meaner. The big difference in the 2020 Honda Africa Twin range is the new and bigger engine, with a displacement bump to 1,084 cc, with 7 per cent more torque and 6 per cent more peak power. The 1,084 cc, parallel-twin has a compression ratio of 10.1:1 and puts out 101 bhp at 7,500 rpm and 105 Nm of peak torque at 6,250 rpm. The electronics suite of the 2020 Honda Africa Twin has also been completely updated, with the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), Honda's version of traction control system, now powered by the six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU). The engine now features four power levels and three levels of electronic engine braking, with seven levels of HSTC. Honda has also added wheelie control to the latest model of the Africa Twin with three levels of input. The new Africa Twin gets four default riding mode options - Tour, Urban, Gravel and Off-Road, and two more additional, and customisable User modes.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900

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(An earlier spy shot of the 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 reveals quite a few design details of the new bike)

Also Read: Triumph Teases 2020 Tiger 900

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Triumph will be taking the wraps off the new 2020 Tiger 900 next month. As the name suggests, we expect the new Tiger to get a bigger engine, more power and torque and possibly a new electronics suite as well. The new Tiger 900 will have two variants, Rally and GT for off-road and touring, respectively. The chassis and suspension are expected to be reworked as well. Cosmetically, the front end of the new Tiger 900 will sport a completely redesigned look and it looks to be slimmer too, although the silhouette is unmistakably that of a Triumph Tiger.

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Volkswagen Cuts Medium-Term Outlook For Operating Profit, Sales

Volkswagen Cuts Medium-Term Outlook For Operating Profit, Sales

German carmaker Volkswagen on Monday cut its medium-term outlook for operating profit as the industry is being hit by a global downturn.

VW now expects operating profit before special items to grow by at least 25% in the 2016-2020 period, down from a previous forecast of more than 30%, slides for a presentation showed.

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The Wolfsburg-based company also cut its forecast for medium-term sales growth to 20% from more than 25%.



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Lyft Inches A Step Closer To Driverless Ridesharing: Report

Lyft Inches A Step Closer To Driverless Ridesharing: Report

Top US ride-hailing company Lyft is moving closer towards self-driving ridesharing as it has added Chrysler Pacifica hybrids to its autonomous vehicle (AV) testing fleet. The firm is also opening a new self-driving vehicle test facility East Palo Alto, in California t hat will allow Lyft to increase the number of AV tests it can run, Motly Fool reported on Sunday. The centre will be near its self-driving HQ the "Level 5 Engineering Center".

At the new centre, engineers will mimic real-world driving scenarios involving intersections, traffic lights, roadway merges, pedestrian pathways, and other public roads, components of which will be reconfigurable, according to Venture Beat. Lyft says that it's driving four times more autonomous miles per quarter than it was just six months ago and has about 400 employees worldwide working on self-driving tech.

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That figure is likely to expand, considering that Lyft has more than 40 autonomous vehicle job openings listed on its website, the Motly Fool report added. Meanwhile, Lyft is also cutting down its scooter operations in several cities across the US. This comes in the wake of low ridership than what the company had expected, so Lyft is focusing on other places.



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Ola, Microsoft Research To Measure Real-Time Air Quality

Ola, Microsoft Research To Measure Real-Time Air Quality

In a bid to support the government's efforts to combat air pollution, private cab aggregator Ola and Microsoft Research on Monday joined hands to measure real-time street level air quality data in Delhi-NCR. Particulate Matter (PM 2.5) data will be collected through sensors mounted on Ola's fleet of vehicles. Ola's fleet of cars for this has been identified, based on complex algorithms to ensure maximum geographical coverage of data.

The sensors to be mounted in the engine compartment of the cars have been custom-made by a Delhi-based company Purelogic Labs India Pvt. Ltd. "At Microsoft Research India, we have a track record of conducting research that addresses pressing societal issues with innovative technology. The recent launch of our Societal impact through Cloud and AI (SCAI) initiative enables us to deepen our engagement with like-minded collaborators. We are excited to be partnering with Ola on the critical challenge of air pollution, leveraging their reach in the country and our expertise in edge technologies such as IoT-based sensing and AI," Venkat Padmanabhan, Deputy Managing Director, Microsoft Research India, said in a statement.

The project is set to begin this month and is expected to collect millions of data points over the course of one year to complete the spectrum of variation in Delhi's air-pollution. "Air pollution is one of the biggest global environmental challenges of today. Most air-quality sensors today measure ambient air-quality which is not reflective of the street-level pollution people are subjected to on a daily basis. This project is part of 'Ola City Sense', a programme to provide intelligent data based insights to cities," said Anand Shah, Head, Ola Mobility Institute.

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Under this partnership, Ola Mobility Institute and Microsoft Research will leverage their strong research and data science capabilities to jointly conduct research to provide periodic reports and insights from the data collected. The data along with traffic and speed data can provide information on bad air-quality hotspots in the city.



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