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Upcoming bikes in October 2020: Royal Enfield Meteor, Honda H’Ness CB350, and more

Upcoming bikes in October 2020: Honda H’Ness CB350, Royal Enfield Meteor, BS6 G 310 GS, and G 310 R are some of the new motorcycles that will be launched in India this month.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Honda H’Ness CB350’s price in India will be announced this month
  • BS6 G 310 and G 310 R bikes wil be launched on 8 October
  • Royal Enfield Meteor will replace Thunderbird 350X

The Indian automobile has started showing signs of revival from the damage caused by COVID-19. Surprisingly, the recovery has been soon than anticipated by the industry players. This is especially true of the motorcycle segment in the country where one can notice a substantial growth in demand. The coronavirus outbreak has pushed people towards personal mobility, which is why there’s a spike in the sales of entry-level commuter bikes in the country. But even other motorcycle segments are showing good signs of recovery. To take advantage of the increasing demand and the upcoming festive season, the companies are relying on new product launches to attract customers. Let’s take a look at some new motorcycles that will go on sale this year.

1. Royal Enfield Meteor

Royal Enfield will replace Thunderbird 350X in its lineup with an all-new offering — Meteor 350. Expected to be available in three variants, namely, Fireball, Stellar, and Supernova. Royal Enfield Meteor 350 will be underpinned by an all-new platform and powered by a new 349 cc single-cylinder engine that delivers 20.2 bhp and 27 Nm of peak torque. But marking a big departure from other RE bikes, the Meteor will come equipped with modern features like a digital instrument console with Bluetooth for provisions like smartphone connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation, etc.

2. BS6 BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS

BMW will launch BS6 G 310 R and G 310 GS bikes in India on 8 October and has already started manufacturing the bikes. In their new avatar, the G 310 twins receive a new headlight cluster with LED DRL, new body graphics, and new colour options. Powering BS6 BMW G 310 GS and G 310 R will be a 312.2 cc, liquid-cooled engine that generates a maximum power out of 34 bhp and a peak torque of 27 Nm. This engine will be paired to a six-speed gearbox and perhaps with slipper-clutch as standard. Another major change with BMW motorcycles is that they will now be available with ride-by-wire technology. 

3. Honda H’Ness CB350

Honda H’Ness CB350 retro-cruiser was revealed last month and will go on sale this month. The bike will take on the likes of Royal Classic 350, Jawa twins, and the upcoming Royal Enfield Meteor. Expected to start from ₹1.9 lakh, the H’Ness CB350 will come powered by a 348.36 cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine that puts out 21 bhp and 30 Nm of peak torque at 3,000 rpm. This engine comes coupled to a five-speed gearbox with assist and slipper clutch. The H’Ness will be one of the most feature-loaded retro motorcycles in its segment with provisions like Honda Smartphone Voice Control (HSVC) system for smartphone connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation, Honda Selectable Torque Control system engine start-stop switch, and hazard switch.

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