TVS has just recently saved Norton from bankruptcy after it successfully acquired the British motorcycle manufacturer. About two years ago, TVS teased us with a “high-tech” cruiser concept which they displayed at the 2018 Auto Expo which went by the name of the Zeppelin. The words “cruiser” and “high-tech” normally don’t blend so well together, but this is nothing new as Ducati made waves before when they first launched the Diavel several years back.
The Zeppelin was showcased along with some really impressive tech and features including aa built-in action cam, a full LED lighting system, a bio key, and a 1200W regenerative assist motor with a 48V Li-Ion battery — you heard that right, the Zeppelin was built as a hybrid motorcycle. That makes up more than enough for being equipped with a measly 220 cc engine, but even that could be poised for a change.
In February, TVS has filed a trademark application for the name “Ronin”, reportedly for an upcoming motorcycle model. It is speculated that the new trademark could be used as the name for the production version of the Zeppelin. While this could very well be little clues to the production of the Zeppelin concept, it is also highly likely that it wouldn’t be the only model slated to roll out under the trademark.
Following its partnership with BMW in producing the G 310 GS and G 310 GR, not only will we be seeing a slightly bigger engine following the same platform for the Ronin, but it’s also highly conceivable for TVS to draw out from the BMW G 310 parts bin to use some of its components in developing a lightweight streetfighter and adventure bike. Thus, we can expect three different “Ronins” in the near future rolling out of their assembly line with the same 313 cc engine from the BMW G 310 motorcycles.