Best bikes of 2018

Editor@Throttle|Updated: December 27, 2018 8:56

As 2018 comes to an end, here are some of the best bike launches of 2018. The year saw a lot of much awaited bike launches and buyers were pretty happy to see their favourites. All prices mentioned are Ex-showroom, Delhi.



1. Yamaha YZF R15
The all new Yamaha R15 v3.0 is a substantial leap from its predecessor, the R15 v2.0. The new bodywork draws inspiration from the larger R1 and R6 superbikes and looks larger than the version 2.0. It gets modern features like LED headlamp and tail lamps and a full digital instrument cluster. Underneath the deltabox frame, it gets a new and larger 155cc liquid-cooled single. It gets variable valve timing for better performance throughout the rev range and makes 19.3PS, almost as much as the larger 200cc bikes out there. All in all, the track tool for beginners has gotten even better. It is priced at Rs.1.27 lakhs.
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2.  TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
The new TVS Apache RTR 160 4V set a new benchmark in the 160cc category. It carries the new Apache design and looks more like the RTR 200 than its predecessor. You have a highly refined 160cc air- and oil-cooled motor that can be had in carburetted or fuel-injected guises. This motor is the most powerful in the segment and impresses with its performance and tractability. The Showa-tuned suspension setup offers fantastic ride and handles well. TVS also offers the RTR 160 with a rear disc brake setup. The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is a well-rounded package that currently rules the 160cc roost.  It is priced at Rs. 82810. 
3.  Suzuki GSX-S70
Suzuki launched the GSX-S750, a naked sports bike. The bike comes with a sweet sounding inline-four motor that offers good low-end grunt and tractability. Rider aids include a 3-level traction control and ABS. It handles quite well for its portly size and the brakes offer fantastic bite. In fact, the GSX-S750 offers a user friendly ride experience that is fun as well as forgiving. It is priced at Rs. 7.46 lakhs.
4. Triumph Tiger 800
The new Tiger 800 offers even better long distance riding comfort, thanks to its more upright riding stance. Its updated 800cc in-line triple motor also offers more low-speed grunt for everyday riding around town. It now sounds throatier as well. There is now a larger and more rigidly mounted windshield that does not shake even at speeds close to 200kmph. The party trick though is the full colour TFT instrument console borrowed from the Street Triple RS that is quite comprehensive and easy to navigate via the new joystick on the left side handlebar controls. It is priced at Rs. 11.76 lakhs.
5. Suzuki V-strom 650 T
Suzuki launched the V-Strom 650 to rival the Kawasaki Versys 650. While Suzuki sells two models of the V-Strom 650 abroad, we get the off-road oriented and higher-spec 650XT variant that comes with larger spoke wheels and off-road oriented tubeless tyres. The 650cc V-twin motor offers usable power from low revs onwards which helps a lot while riding off the road. Overall, the V-Strorm 650 is a pretty capable package that should entice ADV riders looking for a capable bike under the Rs 10 lakh bracket.  It is priced at Rs. 7.46 lakhs.
6. Kawasaki Ninja 400
Kawasaki has worked really hard to get the Ninja 400 to the top of the sub-500cc sportbike segment and it shows. The new 400cc parallel-twin motor makes more power than the KTM RC 390 and is a proper performer. To harness this, the frame is an all-new trellis unit with a sharper rake and longer swingarm, similar to the Kawasaki ZX-10R. It also gets stickier Dunlop Sportmax tyres. The new Ninja 400 performs well, has sharp handling traits and should be a way superior track weapon than the Ninja 300 it replaces overseas. It is priced at Rs. 4.69 lakhs.
7. Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
The Interceptor impressed us in many ways. It looks properly authentic with fantastic level of fit and finish. The 650cc parallel-twin motor is refined and with its 270-degree crank offers good low to mid-range performance and a lovely soundtrack. It offers a good balance between ride and handling. It is pricedcomes at a starting price of Rs. 2.5 lakhs.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650
The Continental GT 650 is the sportier of the two models based on the 650cc twin cylinder platform from Royal Enfield. It follows the café racer format, The Continental GT has at its heart a fuel-injected 648cc parallel twin air/oil cooled motor that generates 47bhp and 52Nm. It feeds the rear wheel via a six-speed gearbox and chain drive. The chassis, brakes and suspension are all modern-feeling, with all the charm that their retro looks offer. The brakes are single discs at both ends, with a 320mm disc at the front, and a 240mm disc at the rear. ABS is standard. It comes at a starting price of 2.65 lakhs.
8. Jawa
The revival of Jawa motorcycles has an interesting twist. Unlike the Royal Enfield Classic 350 which carries retro underpinnings and powertrain with a neo-retro design, the Jaw looks properly old-school but hides modern underpinnings and motor underneath. Attention to detail is exquisite and can be seen on the 300cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder motor that has been designed to look like an air-cooled motor. It even gets twin exhaust pipes like the Jawa’s of yore. It is priced at Rs. 1.64 lakhs.
Jawa Forty Two

Jawa Motorcycles has re-entered the market with three new offerings. Jawa Forty Two is available for Rs. 1,55,000 (Ex-showroom, India). The new Jawa motorcycle gets a completely new frame and is different from that seen on the Mahindra Mojo. It is powered by 293cc liquid cooled single cylinder engine that produces 27hp and 28Nm of peak torque and be mated to a 6-speed gearboxThe bike gets a telescopic fork at the front and twin shock absorbers at the back with a gas-charged canister at the bottom. 




9. BMW G310 R and G310 SS


The entry-level, highly anticipated  bikes from BMW Motorrad - G 310 R and the G 310 GS are launched in India for Rs. 2.99 lakhs and Rs. 3.49 lakhs respectively (Ex-showroom). The BMW G310R was first unveiled in 2015 and is a result of the collaboration between BMW Motorrad and TVS Motor Company. The G 310 SS is based on the same platform and broke cover in 2016. Both bikes are in fact, produced at the TVS facility in Hosur, Tamil Nadu, and are exported to other markets globally.


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