5 Upcoming Bikes Set To Thrill You With Their Performance
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5 Upcoming Bikes Set To Thrill You With Their Performance

Featured Stories by Team Drivio | Jul 22, 2023

The list has multiple brands from around the world. 

  • The Yamaha R7 and MT-07 will finally be making their way to India.
  • Royal Enfield is gearing up to enter the performance-oriented space with the Himalayan 450.
  • There are a couple of Japanese bikes in this list as well.

The world witnessed a slow return to normalcy after the pandemic in 2022, and the motorcycle industry was no exception. Remarkable bikes like the Royal Enfield Hunter and the all-new Bajaj Pulsar P150 graced us with their presence, leaving enthusiasts thrilled. 

However, 2023 promises more as these five performance-oriented bikes will be making their way to our shores and us enthusiasts couldn’t be any more excited! Here’s a quick lowdown onto all of them:

   1.Yamaha R7 & MT-07

For years, Yamaha has left us yearning for their big bikes, causing a fair amount of frustration among enthusiasts. While we did get a taste of the MT-09 in the past, it was unfortunately discontinued rather quickly. However, there is a glimmer of hope for 2023 as Yamaha may finally heed our calls and grace us with the MT-07 and, fingers crossed, the R7 as well.

Both bikes pack an exciting parallel twin mill, one that a few of us have experienced, and we’ve all come back raving about it. So now that there’s a chance that both bikes will come to India, we’re extremely happy about them! 

   2.2023 KTM 390 Duke

Prepare to be amazed once again as KTM is gearing up to unleash the third-generation 390 Duke by the end of 2023. Building on its legacy of mind-blowing performance from the 2013 original and the feature-packed second-gen update in 2017, this new iteration is set to take things to a whole new level.

The most exciting upgrade comes in the form of a larger engine, now boasting 399cc, providing a significant boost in power, torque, and sheer excitement. Spy shots have also revealed a revamped frame, subframe, and swingarm, promising improved handling and agility. 

Expect the suspension to receive an update as well, and let's hope that KTM decides to offer adjustable suspension in the Indian version too - a feature that enthusiasts would undoubtedly appreciate.

But that's not all! Alongside these enhancements, KTM is not holding back on the technology front. The third-gen 390 Duke will come with a completely revised electronics package, opening the door to even more exciting features. However, with all these upgrades and advancements, it's reasonable to anticipate a considerable price jump compared to its predecessors.

  3.Royal Enfield Himalayan 450

Get ready to embrace the most advanced Royal Enfield yet – the Himalayan 450! While it will retain a single-cylinder engine, this time it will come equipped with liquid-cooling technology, promising an impressive performance that could rival the likes of the KTM 390 Adventure, if not surpass it. And that’s definitely exciting given the 390 Adventure itself packs a punch! 

What's even more exciting is that the Himalayan 450 is said to be designed as a lightweight and robust off-road-capable adventure machine, making it a perfect companion for hardcore enthusiasts. The anticipation has been building as the bike has been spotted countless times, and even the Royal Enfield CEO, Siddharth Lal, has teased it on his Instagram account. With all the buzz surrounding it, we are hopeful that the Himalayan 450 will grace our roads as soon as August of this year. 

  4.Honda Hornet & Transalp

In 2022, Honda introduced a new motorcycle called the CB750 Hornet. It's similar to the CB500 but has a more powerful 750cc engine. That sounds pretty good, right? But what's even more exciting is the possibility of an adventure bike based on this 750 platform.

They call it the Transalp 750, and it could be like a smaller version of the Africa Twin adventure bike. Adventure enthusiasts like us can't help but get excited about it. We hope that Honda brings both the new Hornet and Transalp to India, maybe around mid to late 2023.

However, we are a bit worried because Honda has a history of pricing their big bikes quite high. We don't have much hope that these two bikes will be affordable. But we're keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that Honda proves us wrong!

  5.Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

Suzuki gave us an exciting surprise at EICMA 2022 with the unveiling of the V-Strom 800 DE, the perfect upgrade to the V-Strom 650. Unlike its V-twin predecessor, this one features an 800cc parallel twin motor. 

Despite the change in engine type, Suzuki promises that the parallel twin has been finely tuned to deliver torque similar to a V-twin, ensuring a thrilling riding experience. Similar to the V-Strom 650, the V-Strom 800 DE is designed to provide an optimal balance of on-road and off-road performance, making it a versatile and capable adventure bike.

Moreover, Suzuki has given the V-Strom 800 DE a modern touch in every aspect. With its updated features and improvements, the bike is set to captivate riders seeking the latest advancements in adventure touring. Given how impressive we’ve always found the V-Strom 650XT to be, our hopes for this one are high too.