The Indian bike market is in for exciting times nowadays. There have been a slew of new launches in the market and motorbike enthusiasts and lovers are spoilt for choice across a variety of segments. There are a plethora of new superbikes launched which can take each other on without any problems. Here we pit the exciting new Triumph Bonneville against the drop dead gorgeous Hyosung Aquila. These are motorbikes which challenge conventional biking kits and equipment.
The Hyosung Aquila 250
The Hyosung Aquila 250 was launched at the Delhi Auto Expo in 2014. This was one of the most eagerly awaited launches this year. It comes in a special white shade just for Indian customers. This powerful bike also had shades of black and red. Looking at the bike, one can make out that this is a stunning bike. This bike will definitely catch the eyes of onlookers. This bike comes with a halogen headlamp which has chrome finishing at the front. Visibility at night should be top notch and there are two gills which are placed under the headlight casing, thereby functioning as air ducts. The bike looks aesthetically appealing as a result and the amount of chrome present on the same is simply stunning.
The Hyosung Aquila 250 gets features like an analogue speedometer, digital display box, tachometer and a twin trip meter as well in addition to a special meter for fuel and an odometer. There is a clock as well and several warning indicators. In addition, the wide handlebar offers optimum comfort. The bike also contains grips, mirrors and switch gear in addition to a sturdy and large fuel tank. A total of 13.3 liters can be stored in this mammoth fuel tank with beautifully showcased EFI logos and a red split seat border which looks quite refreshing. There are straps for pillion riders which are a unique and effective feature of sorts. Alongside, clear lens indicators are placed right at the back and front of the bike and a tail lamp that looks quite retro and subsequently, charming. This bike possesses solid build quality and looks fabulous to say the least!
With regard to features, there is a four stroke, V-twin powerful 249cc engine with fuel injection. Power of 26.2 BHP of is produced along with 7000 rpm of torque. The engine is very responsive and the handling experience is top class as well. One can access the total power band and shift gears with relative ease. Power delivery may be somewhat erratic at low speeds while riding and idling is quite frequent. There is also a five speed gear box and somewhat stiff shifting may also be a problem for bikers. The exposed drive chain on the bike shifts power to the rear wheels. The clutch quality could also have been enhanced. This is a fabulous cruiser in a market that does not have multiple true blue cruiser options. The steel cradle frame and the hydraulic shock absorbers deserve special mention. The box swingarm is pretty decent along with telescopic forks. Ride dynamics and ergonomics are also of top quality.
The comfort of riders has been enhanced considerably by Hyosung and the Aquila 250 is a top notch option in its segment. Tire grip is quite excellent and Indian roads can be taken care of with elan. The Hyosung Aquila 250 will come at a sticker price of INR 2.65 lakhs according to ex showroom Delhi figures. Overall, this bike makes for a decent cruiser option for bike lovers and enthusiasts.
The Triumph Bonneville T100
Triumph recently launched its range of iconic motorcycles in India and the Bonneville T100 is one of the most exciting bikes witnessed in its particular segment. The design of the bike harks back to the 60’s and the embossed badges on the tank, the spoke wheels, white-piping backed flat and long seat and the dual tone paint. Peashooter exhausts with generous chrome along with engine covers with chrome. The switch for the ignition is situated on the left side of the headlight assembly which is in line with classic bikes of yesteryears. Alongside, a handlebar lock key is present in addition to hand painted tank lines and inscribed foot peg rubber. The rear gets badging as well and there are round and attractive mirrors.
Grip is decent enough and there is a special kill switch present on the bike as well. The latter shuts off the bike by cutting off the engine and shutting power to the instrument cluster. The tail light, headlight and parking light will be switched on though. The bike has a speedometer, tachometer and odometer in addition to a couple of trip meters. Fuel injection features are also present. Riding quality is good with a relaxed posture and the seat is long enough for added comfort. This bike is fabulous for travelling long distances. There is a steel tubular cradle which is air cooled. The twin 865cc motor dishes out a more powerful 67 BHP and 68 Nm of torque. There is a five speed gearbox and shifting is quite easy as well in addition to smooth and slick delivery of power.
The levers for the brakes and the clutch are very light and easy to use. There are dual exhausts that look striking and this bike feels quite flexible and powerful. The bike also comes with Kayaba adjustable suspension which can take speed breakers and bumps quite immaculately. The Metzeler tires and the disc brakes from Nissin are added plus points. The Triumph Bonneville T100 will sport a price tag of INR 6.6 lakhs as per ex showroom Delhi figures. This bike will take on the Hyosung Aquila at a very basic level along with the Harley Davidson.
The Triumph Bonneville T100 is more expensive and comes with better power, features and riding dynamics. The Hyosung Aquila 250 is a top notch cruiser with a plethora of competent features of its own. Which is the better bike for India? Our verdict rests surprisingly with the Hyosung Aquila 250 which feels like a more practical and effective option for Indian roads!