If you are a motorbike (or even a scooter) aficionado, then you are in for a grand time choosing the two-wheeler of your dreams. You could choose a pricey Ducati if you want to splurge. You could become nostalgic and choose an iconic Jawa or Royal Enfield refurbished with modern technologies. You could be a budget shopper and you can choose from a large selection of pocket-friendly two wheelers. You could become environmentally friendly and choose an electric vehicle.
No matter what model you choose, you can assure yourself of availing a two-wheeler loan to own the two-wheeler of your choice.
Let’s look at some of the models slated for launch in 2019 in a little more detail.
Ducati Diavel 1260
An eagerly awaited release in the first few months of 2019 is the Ducati Diavel 1260 motorbike. This powerful bike hosts the 1262 cc V-twin engine that is liquid-cooled delivering 159 bhp of power and 129 Nm of torque. A six-speed transmission unit with a bi-directional quick-shifter responds instantaneously to any gear shifts. The other exciting features include three riding modes – eight-level traction control, Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and wheelie control. With several other features such as cornering ABS, the Ducati Diavel carries an expected price in excess of Rs 20 lakh (higher than the standard Ducati).
From 1960 to 1996, the Jawa motorbike was a cult figure. Now, after M & M has entered the fray it has made a strong comeback with three models – Jawa 300, Jawa 42 and Jawa Perak. While the first two have been launched, Jawa Perak will make an entry in the scheduled May 2019 launch.
Jawa Perak is a Bobber, custom-made in the factory. The custom-made features include dual exhaust (a first for Jawa motorbikes), single seat, tail lamps and rear fender, all enhancing the retro Bobber feel. The rear tire is also different, a shade larger than for other Jawa motorbikes. The Perak engine comes with a larger bore increasing the displacement substantially through a single cylinder 332 ccs 4 stroke DOHC unit liquid cooled. It produces 30 Bhp of peak power which is more than what competitors offer. The Perak sports a competitive price tag of Rs 1.89 lakh ex-showroom. While this amount may seem like a lot right now, a two-wheeler loan can help you make your dream of having this retro bike come true.
Royal Enfield Scrambler
Another blast from the past is the Royal Enfield. It is the maker of the highly popular Bullet motorcycle. This intuitive but high-technology oriented brand is showcasing its latest offering in the first half of 2019 with two models – the Bullet Trials 350 and Bullet Trials 500. The Bullet Trials 500 hosts some great features. Sample these: spoke wheels, knobby tires, wider and raised up handlebar, single seat and upswept exhaust; and gaitered telescopic forks up front, air-cooled 27.2PS, 41.3Nm fuel-injected engine, dual-channel ABS and raised rear fender. With these features, the Scrambler is a perfect bike for the urban landscape and an invigorating ride on the trails.
Hero XPulse 200 and XPulse 200T
Slated for a first-quarter launch in 2019, the Hero stable is offering two models of the XPulse 200. The XPulse 200 is suitable for the off-road adventurer whereas the XPulse 200T is more suitable for the conservative urban rider.
Both models host the A 200 cc air-cooled engine delivering 17.1 Nm of torque and power of 18.7 PS mates with a 5-speed gearbox. They also feature single-channel ABS, rear monoshock and long-travel telescopic forks up front. Both feature smartphone-connected all-digital instrument console, turn-by-turn navigation, all-LED tail light and headlight.
The off-road bike boasts a high-mounted exhaust, knuckle guards, raised beak, fork gaiter, metal skid plate and a clear flyscreen. The spoked 18-inch rear and 21-inch front wheels hosting dual-purpose tyres offer better grip off-road. This variant may launch at a price of Rs 1.2 lakh.
On the other hand, the XPulse 200T comes with normal guards, 17-inch alloy wheels hosting road-biased tires, convention front fender and engine cover made of plastic. The exhaust is low-set. This variant may launch at a price of Rs 1.1 lakh.
Bajaj Dominar 400
In 2019, you can see the launch of the Bajaj Dominar 400 motorbike priced between Rs 1.7 to 1.8 lakh. The feature-rich motorbike boasts major improvements. These include better performing ABS, inverted front forks, newer radiator for more efficient cooling, higher raise for the handlebar, refurbished instrument cluster and more fuel efficiency. The improved features reduce the kerb weight providing more bang for the buck – fuel efficiency, ride quality, handling and braking. The Dominar will offer the highest value for money in that segment of the bike market.
Honda Activa 5G
Despite the fact that it is the highest selling two-wheeler on the market, the company adds improved features each year. For 2019, the improvements include both aesthetic and performance features. Aesthetically, the chrome accents enhance the beauty of the front apron along with the LED headlamp. This model comes with a choice of 8 colours. On the performance features, the major change is in the instrument cluster which includes digital display beneath the analogue speedometer with indications for fuel, trip meter and odometer and clock. It also includes a new ignition slot.
TVS Creon Electric Scooter
The TVS brand is making an entry with its first ever electric scooter – Creon. The Creon will host features that make the Electric scooter a performance-oriented one. It boasts a 12 kW electric motor providing acceleration 0-60 Kmph in 5.1 seconds or under. The range is 80 Km. the charging system ensures charging up to 80% of capacity within 1-hour. The price may settle around Rs 90,000.
Now that you have seen a curtain raiser for the kind of vehicles you can expect in 2019, you can apply for two-wheeler loan from an NBFC such as Tata Capital. Irrespective of your choice, you will be able to avail a two wheeler loan in a simple and hassle-free process. So, go ahead and choose your next ride without worrying about money, after all you are going to be spoilt for choices.