If you are someone who is In the market to buy a superbike in India, you are spoilt for choice, in almost every segment. For example, in supersports, you have got the Panigale V4 from Ducati, the ZX-10R from Kawasaki, in the adventure tourer segment you have got the Versys, Multistrada, Tiger, etc. But little do we know, there are a lot of bikes that don’t make it to Indian shores due to things like demand, response, cost of import ,etc. Today, we will be mentioning 3 such bikes that are not available in India, but are a delight to own and ride.
- Yamaha XSR900
To begin with, the XSR 900 is a really beautiful motorcycle. It has an amazing retro look and feel to it, you’ve got lovely old-school round mirrors, round headlight and taillight and an alluring fuel tank, which is very hard to find nowadays. Being powered by the same engine found in the MT-09 makes it an absolute belter when it comes to performance. The engine is a 3 cylinder unit which produces 115 BHP and 88 NM of torque, which guarantees one thing for sure – SPEEEEEEEED
The XSR might look old-school but is loaded when it comes to electronic aids, which go hand-in-hand with the intense power the bike produces. It is equipped with Dual channel ABS, Traction Control, Riding modes, Ride-by-wire throttle and an Assist & Slipper Clutch. The Braking department is looked after by a 300m dual-disc setup at the front and a single 245mm disc at the back. Weighing in at 195 Kg, it makes the bike really light and it is bound to shoot like a rocket when you pin the throttle.
2. Honda VFR 1200X
The Honda VFR 1200X is a no nonsense adventure tourer motorcycle. Clean, crisp lines, simple design and oh-so Japanese. And one of the best upsides this bike has, in my personal opinion, is the fact that it is a Honda. Honda has been known to produce a variety of well built, super reliable and extremely fun motorcycles. And that’s exactly the case with this one as well.
Powered by a lovely V4 engine, the VFR produces 127 BHP and 126 Nm of torque, which is plenty if you ask me, considering the fact that you enough power on the tarmac and off it too. You’ve got a 6-speed transmission which is completely shaft driven and also have an option of getting a DCT too and with electronic aids like a fully adjustable traction control, you know for sure you have got a tremendous package. The suspension consists of a 43mm inverted telescopic forks with hydraulic damping, preload and rebound damping adjustment at the front and Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, preload and step-less rebound damping adjustment at the rear. Braking is superbly handled by a 310mm Dual-Disc setup at the front and a massive 275mm single disc at the back. Weight is 275 kgs and yes, it is quite a handful, but it shouldn’t be noticeable at all once you hit the road. All in all, a lovely adventure from Honda which missed its trip to India.
3. Kawasaki Z400 ABS
Bikes from the Z family of Kawasaki mean things like a super aggressive yet pretty design, insane engine with a LOT of power and really good price tag. We’ve seen what Kawasaki is capable of with the Zs. The Z800, Z900 and Z1000 and spectacular motorcycles that are available in the Indian market, yet the Z400 is a motorcycle that just hasn’t made the cut for the Indian line-up.
Powered by an entertaining 399cc, twin cylinder engine, it produces a respectable 45 bhp and 38Nm of torque, which is plenty for zipping through the city and pulling away on the highways. The braking is handled by a single 310mm petal disc up front and at the rear you’ve got a single 220mm disc, which is complimented by a dual channel ABS system. With an extremely light weight of 167 KGs, it is to be a hoon for sure.