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High 10 two-wheeler highlights of 2021 | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

Revealed On Dec 14, 2021 01:05:00 PM

A glance again at among the largest occasions and hottest new launches from 2021.

1) Royal Rumble

It’s been an vital 12 months for the massive 4 Indian producers, who’ve all had spectacular new launches. Maybe, probably the most important of this 12 months is Royal Enfield, which rolled out its vastly vital 2021 Basic 350. It shares roughly the identical silhouette as its predecessor (one thing that’s been intentionally and painstakingly executed), however we’re completely happy to report that it’s a definite enchancment over the bike it replaces, on virtually all counts. 

Additionally Learn: 2021 Royal Enfield Basic 350 assessment, street take a look at

2) A recent pulse for Pulsar

 

With the launch of the recent 250cc twins, Bajaj injected recent life into the Pulsar line-up that was changing into more and more stale. And whereas the bikes might not pack within the wow issue that some Pulsars have proven previously, they nonetheless are very likeable and worthy flag-bearers for the Pulsar model.

Additionally Learn: Bajaj Pulsar N250, F250 assessment, take a look at trip

3) KTM’s race-y revisions

Arguably probably the most uncared for of all KTM’s mannequin line-ups in India, the race-y RC vary lastly obtained its first actual recent lease of life in 2021. The replace features a comprehensively revised chassis and a radical new look to match, amongst different issues. The Austrian model launched the 2022 RC 125 and RC 200 in India this 12 months, the latter of which we have ridden and you’ll take a look at our first impressions right here. The range-topping RC 390 is predicted to hit our market in January 2022.

4) Hero’s innovation

 

Hero has made its justifiable share of technological strides this 12 months, rolling out its very first 4-valve motorbike within the type of the Xpulse 200 4V. We had an opportunity to do that new and improved off-roader, and you’ll take a look at our impressions right here. In fact, the commuter phase is Hero’s bread and butter, so it might be not possible for the corporate to disregard it. And right here too, its Glamour Xtec has launched options like Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation for the very first time within the 125cc phase.

5) Thoughtfulness from TVS

TVS has made strides with its product portfolio, with a pair of spectacular new choices, in addition to useful enhancements to current fashions. Its flagship motorbike, the Apache RR 310, now provides a neat customisation program with helpful additions that may be made to the bike at a really affordable value. However the true stars of the present have been the enjoyable new Raider 125 and the beautifully smart Jupiter 125.

6) Yamaha’s daring transfer

 

Although it’s comparatively youthful than our motorbike market, the Indian scooter market remains to be very a lot evolving. 2021 has actually seen some recent shapes, sizes and approaches on the subject of scooters. Most spectacular of the lot has been the Yamaha Aerox 155, which claims to be a 155cc sports activities scooter and lives as much as that tag moderately properly. The alien-to-India step-through type issue helps it stand out, however the true star of the present is the YZF-R15 derived liquid-cooled engine. To seek out out simply the way it feels to trip, head right here.

7) The promise of revolution

Within the quickly evolving world of electrical scooters, the disruptive Ola S1 Professional e-scooter is aiming to maneuver the goalposts with class-leading acceleration, a 181km claimed vary determine, and novel options like cruise management. However 2022 would be the actual take a look at of how properly this revolutionary new machine lives as much as the hype created round it. You’ll be able to take a look at our first impressions right here.

8) Sluggish gross sales restoration

The remarkably sturdy bounceback proven by the two-wheeler market within the aftermath of the primary wave has confirmed tough to maintain, with gross sales figures in 2021 exhibiting a slight year-on-year enhance, however nonetheless a far cry from pre-pandemic ranges. 2021 hasn’t been with out its personal challenges, with the second wave (albeit briefer than the primary), and, maybe extra considerably, the worldwide semiconductor scarcity proving to be obstacles within the path of gross sales success. The excellent news right here is that the continued gross sales stoop is attributable largely to a scarcity of provide, moderately than a scarcity of demand, so as soon as the availability chain types itself out, it ought to pave the trail for a bounceback.

9) An electrifying market

Regardless of all this 12 months’s hardships, one pocket of the two-wheeler market that has flourished is electrical two-wheelers. For the very first time, E2Ws have bought greater than 1,00,000 models in a calendar 12 months in India, they usually even did it with a month to spare. As of November, the 1,16,669 models bought translated into an enormous 355 p.c year-on-year enhance. And whereas a big portion of that is e-scooters from Hero Electrical and Okinawa that aren’t strictly indigenously developed, the regionally birthed Ather scooters, TVS iQube and Bajaj Chetak have additionally seen a pointy uptick in gross sales figures, indicating that our market is slowly warming as much as these zero-emissions machines.

10) India Bike Week returns

After a COVID-induced hiatus, India’s largest biking competition made a comeback with a brand new location, however the identical previous action-packed environment. Held at Aamby Valley Metropolis in Maharashtra this time round, the 2021 version noticed the launch of the Harley-Davidson Sportster S and the Honda H’ness CB350 Anniversary Version, in addition to the revealing of the upcoming BS6-compliant Honda CB300R. Kawasaki additionally took to the stage to showcase its just lately launched Z650RS neo-retro motorbike.

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