New BS6 Bikes

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  • TATA AIG Team
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  • 18/07/2023

BS6, Bharat Stage 6, is the emission norm implemented in India in April 2020 for two- and four-wheeler vehicles. These norms are designed to reduce the pollutant and overall air pollution emitted by vehicles in the air. After implementing BS6, manufacturers invested in research and technology to upgrade their engines and exhaust systems for BS6 bikes in India to meet the new regulations, resulting in improved engine performance, fuel efficiency, and reduced emissions.

BS6 engine bike emission norms are bringing the country's emission standards in line with Europe's. And these BS6 norms impact the Indian automobile industry, particularly in the two-wheeler segment. In this blog, we will take a look at upcoming BS6 bikes that have been launched in the market.

New BS6 Bikes

- Bajaj Pulsar 125

The Bajaj Pulsar 125 is one of the most popular bikes and the family's affordable motorcycle in the 125cc segment, and this BS6 bike launch date in India is 20th April 2021. Bajaj Pulsar 125 comes with a significant upgrade and starts coming in both single and split-seat variants.

Bajaj added lighting switches to this bike to add a premium touch. In addition, the more expensive Carbon Fibre trim incorporates a split-seat arrangement with pillion grab rails, and an engine cowl to give it a hint of sportiness. The Bajaj Pulsar 125 Engine is powered by a 124.4cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, counterbalanced engine producing 11.8PS and 10.8Nm and connected to a five-speed gearbox.

- Honda Hornet 2.0

Honda bikes BS6 comes with The Honda Hornet 2.0 is a new addition to the 180-200cc segment, which replaces the CB Hornet 160R, and bike enthusiasts have received it well. Hornet was well-known for its aggressive appearance and high performance. The new Hornet 2.0 intends to take this to a whole new level. This Honda is quite luxurious due to the presence of golden upside-down forks. Other premium amenities include an LCD instrument cluster, LED illumination, and valuable features such as a warning switch.

Hornet 2.0. is powered by a 184cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine with a max torque of 16.1Nm. This motor is coupled to a five-speed transmission. The bike has disc brakes on both ends, with a 276mm disc in front and a 220mm disc in the back. ABS with a single channel is standard.

- Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

The Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 is a popular sport bike in the 250cc segment which comes with significant changes to come under the BS6 version of the bike. The Gixxer SF 250's style cues include a streamlined design, full fairing with sporty clip-on handlebars and split seats. The slightly rear-set footpegs also add to the sportiness of the bike. The motorcycle has a full LED headlamp unit, an LED tail lamp, and a fully digital instrument dashboard. The dual-barrel exhaust is the Gixxer’s distinguishing feature.

The Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 comes with a 249cc BS6 engine that producing 26.13 horsepower and 22.2 Nm of torque. This bike has an anti-lock braking system with both front and rear disc brakes. The Gixxer SF 250 weighs 161 kilograms and has a gasoline tank capacity of 12 litres.

- TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is the first BS6-compliant vehicle and has been a popular choice in the 160cc segment. TVS TVS is well ahead of the game with some significant upgrades by rolling out BS6 models many months ahead of the deadline given by the government. The new Apache RTR 160 4 V's main selling point is its bright LED headlamp. Aside from that, the BS6 RTR 160 4V gets new decals and now has a dual-tone seat. Aside from these modifications, the new RTR 160 4V has received no visual updates.

If we talk about the power and engine compliant with BS6, the new RTR 160 4V comes with a 159.7cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled engine that now produces 16.02PS and 14.12Nm, 0.77PS, and 0.68Nm less than the BS4 model. It is also now equipped with fuel injection.

- KTM Duke 250

The KTM Duke 250 is popular among young consumers in the 250cc segment. Its BS6 version is an absolute beast with a fantastic blend of speed, strength, and stability. In addition, it comes with a digital instrument cluster, which shows normal and real-time details such as average and gear location.

The new KTM 250 sports a fuel injection system and a BS6-compliant 248.8cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine. The maximum torque of its BS6 motor is 24 Nm at 7250 RPM, and its maximum power is 29.5 bhp at 9000 RPM. His engine is linked to a six-speed transmission with a slipper clutch which improves fuel efficiency and overall performance.

- Yamaha FZ 25

Yamaha BS6 bikes come with the Yamaha FZ 25, a street bike that comes in the 250cc segment. The latest quarter-litre vehicle, like its predecessor, will be offered in two variants: FZ 25 and FZS 25. The design characteristics, however, remain unchanged, which means the 25 range continues to sport a muscular fuel tank with shrouds, split-style seats, and a side-slung exhaust. A flyscreen and knuckle protectors are also standard on the FZS 25 model. In addition, the FZ 25 comes with a bi-functional LED headlight, a negative LCD instrument cluster, and dual-channel ABS. It also has a side stand with an engine cut-off button.

Mechanical specs also remain unaltered, with the FZ 25 series retaining the BS6-compliant 249cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC engine producing 20.5bhp at 8,000rpm and 20.1Nm at 6,000rpm. This FZ25 motorcycle weighs 153 kg and has a 14-litre fuel tank.

- Royal Enfield Himalayan

The Royal Enfield Himalayan is an adventure motorcycle in six variants and colours. It has a Semi-digital instrument cluster with a Tripper navigation pod and USB charging port. In addition, the LCD inset displays the trip metre, odometer, gear position indication, clock, temperature, gasoline gauge, and a digital compass and fuel gauge. The motorcycle includes a switchable ABS (rear) and caution lamp switch.

The Royal Enfield Himalayan is powered by a 411cc air/oil-cooled BS6 engine that produces 24.3bhp at 6,500rpm and 32Nm at 4,500rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed transmission. The ADV has a fuel tank size of 15 litres and a weight of 199 kg. The Himalayan is outfitted with disc brakes on both ends and dual-channel ABS as standard equipment. The bike also has a bash plate for added engine protection and a tough tail rack to hold your stuff.

Apart from all these motorcycles, there are many other choices for the consumer. Bikes like the Yamaha MT-15, Hero Splendor Plus, Hero Xtreme 160R of Hero Bikes BS6, and more are BS 6 compatible.

Conclusion

Shifting towards BS6 emission norms will be great for both consumers and the whole society. With the new BS6 bikes, the consumer has a wide range of options while following the standards. However, along with following these norms, one should remember to have insurance for 2-wheelers. In India, having a bike insurance policy is mandatory. So to save yourself from any legal hassles, you must invest in insurance for a two-wheeler from a reliable insurance provider company. In TATA AIG, we always recommend our clients compare two-wheeler insurance plans and choose the one that suits them best while following the BS6 standard norms.

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