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Royal Enfield, Honda to launch two new bikes in August: What to expect

The month of July has been busy for two-wheeler makers in India launching or offering test rides for their brand new products like the recently-launched BMW G310 RR and the test rides for Bajaj Pulsar N160 and Simple One electric scooter. August is closing in and this busyness will continue. There are several new products expected, of which the most anticipated ones will be a new Royal Enfield and a Honda. Here’s what to expect.
Royal Enfield Hunter 350
Royal Enfield Hunter 350 has been spotted a number of times while on test. Expected to launch in the coming weeks, the Hunter 350 will be powered by the same J-platform 349cc single-cylinder engine that was introduced with the Meteor 350 and then later the new Classic 350. So, it’ll deliver the same 20 hp and 27 Nm of torque.
A roadster-style motorcycle, the Hunter will have a more upright seating position. It is expected to have two variants – one with alloy wheels and fork gaitors and another with spoke wheels but no gaitors.

Like all new Royal Enfield motorcycles, starting with the Meteor 350, the new Classic 350 and then the Himalayan, the Hunter 350 will also get RE’s Tripper navigation. However, it’ll most likely be an additional extra.
The Hunter 350 is expected to be either the most affordable J-platform 350 or the most affordable Royal Enfield eventually after the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 is moved from the older UCE platform. Expect the price to be about Rs 1.3-1.4 lakh (ex-showroom).
A new Honda
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India has announced that it will be launching a new product on the 8th of August. While not a lot is known yet, Honda have confirmed that it will be a Honda BigWing motorcycle, so expect it be in the 300-500cc space. There are a lot of speculations over it. It could very well be a new iteration of the CB350 platform.
Reports suggest that it may be a 500cc motorcycle. Honda retails the CB500X in the segment currently but its doesn’t do very well in sales owing to a very steep price tag. Plus, a CRF300L was recently spotted at a dealership. While it sounds unlikely for Honda to launch a full-fledged off-road bike in India, it’ll be very interesting to find out what’ll it be. We will be test riding the new motorcycle right after the launch. Watch this space for more details.

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