Sagar Patil


A Bangalorean boy. A dreamer. I dream of everything having wheels and a heart. All the machines you see out there was sometime someone’s dream. And making them my lifestyle gives me a sense of direction and freedom because hey!... they are themselves at the epitome of what is called ’freedom’.

With a Masters’ in Automotive Engineering, anyone would ask what I am doing here. I did of course get my hands dirty, which is an other story for an other day, but I’ve always wanted to do something kick-a** and hence. Period.

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Can this 101 year old grandpa pass the riding assessment?

Can this 101 year old grandpa pass the riding assessment?

This article is all about the self-spirit this grandpa has. Here in India, it is just not possible for old folks to commute, especially in the metros. The chaos and pollution are alone enough to tire them up.

But it’s an all-together different case in the European countries where the traffic is minimal, roads and the air are clean and not filled with potholes. And surprisingly people from all age group ride and drive in those countries. That said, not often will you find a three digit aged person riding or driving.

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Watch what happens when the engine of a Kawasaki Ninja explodes at 300 kph.

Watch what happens when the engine of a Kawasaki Ninja explodes at 300 kph.

And it was a modified Ninja running at 300 bhp and 24 psi

When factories make machines, they do so with extreme accuracy and precision. With a good amount of tolerance levels, their machines are made to last quite long. And if the supercharged Ninja H2 is what we talking about, it is the most technologically advanced machine to come out of the famed Japanese green outfit that created a new benchmark in the industry.

When you take that 207 bhp monster and pump it all the way upto 300, you cannot expect even the best of Japanese engineering from saving your arse. That is exactly what happened to one unlucky Ninja H2 which ended up with an exploded crankcase when the bike was running at a whopping 300 kph in a motorsport event.

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Honda urges us to leave our house more often. Something is coming that will take you to "What lies beyond".

Honda urges us to leave our house more often. Something is coming that will take you to "What lies beyond".

And we think it is the 2018 Honda Goldwing.

Unveiled for the first time in the world at the Cologne Motorcycle Show in October 1974, the Honda Goldwing has, over the years, become more than just another motorcycle. It became an icon which is undoubtedly re-writing the rules and creating the benchmarks for touring motorcycles all these years.

In a five part ad campaign, Honda has released a video that hints the launch of this behemoth on the 24th of October, 2018. Honda is finally resurrecting the Goldwing for 2018 and with the amount of technology it is packing, the competition should run far away and never return.

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What else could you do instead of buying an iPhone X?

What else could you do instead of buying an iPhone X?

A 128gb device that can do more than just a phone call or an experience of a lifetime?

Yes, I know. It’s damn too cliché. "Here is another blatant iPhone joke" your brain could say. But c’mon you could cut me some slack because I can’t stop thinking about things I can do with that much money (₹ 1,02,000 is how much for a 128gb iPhone X). Not that I have it in my pocket, but if I did hypothetically, would I spend it on the phone or buy myself a better experience with my ride?

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Honda Motorcycles & Scooters India on a path to become the number one player in the motorcycle segment by 2020.

Honda Motorcycles & Scooters India on a path to become the number one player in the motorcycle segment by 2020.

With the way Honda is strategizing its game plan and its given performance in the current market, it taking the top slot is inevitable.

When Honda entered India, it did so with four ventures: Kinetic Honda Motor Ltd (1984-1998), Hero Honda (1984-2011) and Honda Siel Cars India (1995-2012). Each one of them gave the required push for the Japanese brand to establish itself into the roots of the automotive market and the rest, as they say, became history.

For the two wheel world though, it was the 2001 entrant scooters, Activa and Dio that went on churning a large number of volumes for their parent company. On this fortunes, Honda became the second largest two wheeler manufacturer in the Indian market and in 2016, Honda 2 Wheelers India became the number one contributor to Honda’s global two-wheeler business.

With such laurels up their alley, Honda decided to pump in major investments and R&D into the country’s production and service with one goal in sight: To become the number one player in the motorcycle segment by 2020 taking over reigns from Hero MotoCorp.

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For the first time, the Ducati's Devil looks sane.

For the first time, the Ducati’s Devil looks sane.

Diavel S gets an all new Iceberg White paintjob and its looks just as good.

First showcased at the EICMA motor show in Milan 2015, the xDiavel took all eyeballs for a trippy show. Long and low, with sleek and sexy lines, forward controls and a low seat height, this bike was something totally new from the Italian company known the world over for blending impeccable design and high-performance machines. Something like putting purists into a realm of more content and less bitter.

The bike always had a menacing outlook to it that was both handsome and evil at the same time. Rightfully it was quoted as ‘The Gentleman and The Bastard’. Now, the brand has given the premium ’S’ model of the bike a whole new character that contradicts its otherwise antagonist outlook. And they did it by just having the bike painted in Iceberg White.

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Bajaj is ploughing the field for the electric boom.

Bajaj is ploughing the field for the electric boom.

Codenamed “Urbanite", the company is planning to build a hot of EVs by 2020.

The Pune based manufacturer has been in the news for a lot of reasons, and most often than not, it is a good one. With the latest being the eyebrow-raiser Triumph-Bajaj global partnership, Bajaj is making the right moves to get ahead of the competition soon enough.

Now, fresh information from the industry sources is pointing out at the firm’s newfound love for alternative fuel powered vehicles, most probably being electric. Coined as "Urbanite", the new project will aim at developing upmarket products in the electric vehicle segment.

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Your favourite motorcycle makers to skip the 2018 Auto Expo.

Your favourite motorcycle makers to skip the 2018 Auto Expo.

High participation costs and low returns steer them away from participation at the biennial event.

South Asia’s biggest biennial Auto Expo will be back for the 14th edition at India Exposition Mart Ltd (IEML) in Greater Noida, New Delhi. Spread for six days in the February of 2018, the Motor Show will bring in a great opportunity to see some spectacular vehicles, some radical concepts and enchanting conversations about anything automotive.

But it is not the case with a few of the manufacturers who have decided to stay away from the Expo floors this year citing economical confrontations. Most of who have a huge presence in the country’s automotive market. And they include both two wheel and four wheel vehicle manufacturers.

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Triumph is blazing guns to get ready for the 2019 Moto2 World Championship.

Triumph is blazing guns to get ready for the 2019 Moto2 World Championship.

The British brand is on track with putting the race-spec 765cc engine through its paces.

Back in June this year, the British motorcycle manufacturer had announced their entry into the world of motorsports by replacing Honda as the engine manufacturer for the Moto2 Motorcycles from the 2019 season.

Making use of the talented 765cc Triumph Street Triple engine, the folks at the racing department are putting all their resources into tuning this three pot motor into a dedicated Moto2 worthy engine. With multiple enhancements and developments underway, the engine has successfully being tested with the second track test at the Ciudad del Motor de Aragón by Julian Simon, 2009 125cc World Champion, Moto2 runner-up and experienced Moto2 test rider.

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Future commuters from Honda will look like this.

Future commuters from Honda will look like this.

Launched in Thailand, the CB150R is a look into the future.

One of the largest motorcycle manufacturer, Honda, is firing on all pistons and doing tremendously well in pioneering many great technology and features onto the world streets. Now, they are getting busy in a run to stay as the world leaders by introducing newer models to their line-up and getting a fresh breed of motorcycles for us to grin about.

The latest one is the Honda CB 150R street motorcycle that the company launched in the Thailand market. It showcases an entirely new design language from Honda for the small capacity commuter motorcycles that will roll out of its plants in the near future.

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Ducati will now be powered by the 210 bhp Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine.

Ducati will now be powered by the 210 bhp Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine.

A new chapter in Ducati’s rich lineage of engines and the 1103cc plant screams at the top of its voice at 14000 rpm.

In what will go down as the biggest shift for the company, Ducati officially launched its four cylinder V4 Desmosedici Stradale engine at the Misano World Circuit on Thursday, 7th September 2017.

It will be replacing the Superquadro twin-cylinder which is having its final run on the mighty 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. The first motorcycle it will run on will be the Ducati Panigale V4 to be unveiled November 5, 2017.

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Decided to buy a used motorcycle? Here are a few tips for you to consider.

Decided to buy a used motorcycle? Here are a few tips for you to consider.

A guide to notice the obvious elements to watch out for before you buy one.

If you are reading this, then I bet you must be a motorcycle enthusiast who is looking to get into the world of two wheels or just want to try out a new style of riding. Whichever it is, you always want to get the best without it burning a hole in your pocket.

To do that, there are multiple considerations one must take into account if you want a satisfactory ride. Of course, you cannot expect it to be as good as brand new, but then there are quite a lot of passionate bikers out there who have taken care of their ride and not ridden it like a hooligan from Mad Max.

And if you are not already a used-bike mogul, you might end up spending way too much for way too less of a motorcycle that someone wants just to get rid of. Being smart in such situations saves you, and one way to be smart is to be informed of what checks you need to tick before zeroing on one bike.

Though not comprehensive, this guide should get you through buying yourself a satisfactorily good two wheeler for your usage:

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Fate of the second most expensive scooter of the country.

Fate of the second most expensive scooter of the country.

After selling zero units, Vespa 946 Emporio Armani gets takes off the shelves.

The reason I say that zero units have been sold is because Piaggio declined to release an official figure of the same. Nonetheless, there were rumours about orders and enquiries coming in for the Vespa 946 Emporio Armani.

After the Aprilia SRV 850 ABS/ATC (priced at ₹ 15 lakh), this scooter from another Italian maker was the most expensive scooter being on sale in India. It was commissioned by the famous Italian designer, Georgio Armani and was priced at ₹ 12.04 lakh. But now, since the contract between Armani and Piaggio has ended, the scooter is no longer on sale anywhere in the world.

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This is how KTM made the day for an al-Qaeda survivor.

This is how KTM made the day for an al-Qaeda survivor.

The man was held captive since 2011 and was released a couple of months ago.

Imagine you are going on a motorcycle tour from one country to another and you get abducted by the world’s biggest terror organisation, al-Qaeda, in an unknown country and are held captive for six years.

That is exactly what happened to a Swedish national, Johan Gustafsson and a few others while he was on a motorcycle trip from Sweden to South Africa in 2011. Now, after his release, he is being donated a brand new adventure motorcycle by his loved ones.

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Royal Enfield has heard us. The Classic models are getting updated with rear disc brakes.

Royal Enfield has heard us. The Classic models are getting updated with rear disc brakes.

Carrying over from the Thunderbird, they also get new color schemes and swingarm.

Be it that or the competition breathing fire down their neck, the Chennai based brand is adding more stuff to their best selling range of motorcycles, the Classic 350 and 500. What should have been updated along with the BS-IV and AHO editions, will see the limelight soon now.

The Classic range is set up to get the long due rear disc brakes on them that will increase braking power and safety by a huge margin. Apart from this, the bikes will see new swingarm and new colour options increasing their appeal even further.

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Mahindra is sketching a different course for its future.

Mahindra is sketching a different course for its future.

It all started after the company declined by 77 percent in the domestic market.

The Mahindra Group is billed at USD 19 billion currently but their motorcycle division hasn’t seen a single buck as profit on any year ever since its inception. Except for the 2012 launch Mojo, the rest of its housemates never entered the competition seriously and have been a disaster.

In a bid to tap the newfound interests in the sports tourer segment, Mahindra Two Wheelers is on the path to growing its premium motorcycle brand, Mojo. Doing so, the motorcycle division has officially withdrawn from the domestic mass market segment, and are looking to enter into the unknown.

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Here is KTM explaining safety systems available on their bikes that can save your life on the road.

Here is KTM explaining safety systems available on their bikes that can save your life on the road.

Watch KTM MTC, ABS, MSC and launch control working behind the scenes.

A rider is not born but is made. There is absolutely no harm in accepting that you are not the best rider and that there is always a better rider out there. But, that does not mean you don’t improve on it. You just ride more and try matching synergies with your motorcycle.

The same also applies to motorcycles. There is always a better one out there. So the manufacturers and engineers come up with new technologies that make that same motorcycle perform better and safer than before. And KTM is one of those which is world renowned for giving us bikes that loves walking on the edge of performance and handling.

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The buzz around Ducati's V4 Desmosedici Stradale.

The buzz around Ducati’s V4 Desmosedici Stradale.

In about a week, we will have a four pot Ducati showcasing.

It’s no new story to begin here. Ducatithemselves have been pretty vocal about their newfound love for a four cylinder version of their street bikes which will most probably change the whole dimension within the segment.

True to their ways of naming, the Italians have named it as the Desmosedici Stradale engine, and it is going to replace the Superquadro twin-cylinder which is having its final run on the mighty 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. It will be put on showcase at the Misano World Circuit on Thursday, 7th September 2017.

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Which motorcycle do you think has the finest looking face?

Which motorcycle do you think has the finest looking face?

Here are industry’s magnificient machines saying something:

Let’s leave the custom builds out of this because, honestly speaking, they wouldn’t have existed if they failed to give a motorcycle a deserving face. But then again, why do any manufacturer for that matter exist if they too fail to give a motorcycle a well-looking face?

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Fuel prices are set to break all previous records and you wouldn't have even known about it.

Fuel prices are set to break all previous records and you wouldn’t have even known about it.

With daily fuel price revisions, this was imminent.

Gone are the days when every fortnight you had to wait for, what felt like an eternity, to get your tank filled with petrol because it costs a rupee more. Stand in the queue for hours all just to save a couple of tens. That was the human psychology up till June 2017 when state-owned oil conglomerates chucked the 15-year-old practice where they revised fuel prices on the 1st and 16th of every month.

They instead opted to follow a dynamic daily price revisions that changed the fuel costs on a daily basis depending on the international crude oil market. A coup or not, it left the citizens in a daft about the price fluctuations as it happened every day and before we got any clue about it, petrol prices have reached a three year high.

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Royal Enfield has fired up their third factory near Chennai spread across 50 acres.

Royal Enfield has fired up their third factory near Chennai spread across 50 acres.

This will take up their annual productions to 8.25 lakh units.

When Eicher took over affairs of Royal Enfield into their strides, they revived the dying fire of the cult motorcycle manufacturer. Since then RE has been at the top of the game releasing products that got every motorcycle aphrodisiac’s blood racing. Right from the Classic 500 till the very recent Himalayan. These motorbikes spoke for themselves, and the sales figures are the proof of this.

To keep up with the demand, the Chennai based brand had purchased a 50-acre land back in 2014 and took a record 15 months to build their third production plant in the country.

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This is the sound of a new era at Ducati. Listen to the V4 "big-bang"

This is the sound of a new era at Ducati. Listen to the V4 "big-bang"

The Italian’s newfound love for four-pot sounds prodigious.

Like all good things coming to an end, the L-twin Brobdingnagian motor that is currently running on all street Ducati]s’ is also spurting towards the end and is being replaced by a V4 engine currently being developed for the Italian’s brand new fully faired superbike. It made its final act with the recently launched 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

Thanks to the guys of MaxxMoto, we have now heard what this piece of machinery sounds like much before Ducati intended us to.

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Should you buy the Fazer 25 or something else?

Should you buy the Fazer 25 or something else?

Yamaha’s new entrant says go "sports-touring". Can you really?

When Kawasaki launched the Ninja 1000 last month, we called it “The most serious sports tourer on the face of this planet, or any planet for that matter.” That is the best of both worlds. Period.

Now, the Japanese Blue team has come up with the “all-new aggressive tourer” Fazer 25. All they’ve done is slap a fairing onto the naked FZ 25 and called it a tourer. Not that I’m saying it’s wrong because that is what the Kawa guys did too with the Z1000. So technically, Yamaha’s Fazer 25 is marketed rightfully as a sports tourer.

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Five Enfield mods your eyes will thank you for

Five Enfield mods your eyes will thank you for

Sugar, spice and everything nice.

Any ardent biker always rides for the passion and craftsmanship that goes to rock his world between his legs. And with Royal Enfield fulfilling most of those, it only makes blind sense that they become the right weapon for those who live to get their wild imaginations etched.

Royal Enfield entered the motorcycle industry more than 115 years back in the UK which makes it the world’s oldest motorcycling company in continuous production. Since then, they have been giving us with simple and resilient machines that are ridden across some of the world’s most exciting terrains. Then there came a wave of this breed of custom builders who turned these spirited machines into a beacon of beauty, simplicity, class and definition.

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The Archeologist.

The Archeologist.

Premium Gin, Harley davidson part and craftsmanship.

For any ardent biker fan who knows the legacy of Harley Davidson has a stimulating news to hold onto. For a hard core Gin fanatic here in the club, has an equally sensational news to be heard. For a biker junkie with an exclusive taste for Gin, this read is a bonanza.

Ladies and gents, we present to you the vision and passion of a man in a bottle of spirit nesting some Harley relics. This relishing product is from one Uwe Ehinger who travels round the globe digging out for old motorbike parts and rebuilding motorcycles as a tribute to the past. This passion and spirit of Uwe Ehinger got him the name ‘The Archaeologist’ and is now honoured with the real spirit in a bottle that proudly boasts premium dry gin.

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What do you do when you get thrown off your bike at 250 mph?

What do you do when you get thrown off your bike at 250 mph?

Ask how Chris Matheson feels about his safety gear.

When all of us rant about wearing your helmet and your riding jacket at all times on the road, we weren’t just being pushy. Every motorcyclist would have had a bad fall on their ride at one point or the other and some might even have succumbed to it, unfortunately. And most often than not, that would be because the rider just did not care enough to protect his head or his body from the fall.

A few get lucky without a scratch on their body and a few come out with broken bones and fractures. Nonetheless, it is common sense that a helmet and protective suit and gear goes a long distance in minimising the effect of a fall. That is exactly what happened to Chris Matheson here who flew off his drag racer at 250 mph.

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Bajaj is all vocal about the Dominar 400 stamping on Royal Enfield

Bajaj is all vocal about the Dominar 400 stamping on Royal Enfield

They say: Don’t own an elephant.

When Bajaj launched the Dominar in 2016, it was highly pitted against the mighty Royal Enfield Classic 350. It was supposed to gorge away the sales of the RE and leave it hanging dry. I, for one, was actually very confused at this conjecture made by both Bajaj and the moto fraternity on how they interpreted this rivalry. There wasn’t any in the first place if you ask me.

To veer off loyalists from sticking onto Royal Enfields, Bajaj has started a Bulldog battle aiming straight at those RE purists and urge them to chuck the elephants and take onto the Dominar 400.

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The mighty BMW HP4's engine lasts only for 5000 kilometers.

The mighty BMW HP4’s engine lasts only for 5000 kilometers.

The 215 bhp Carbon fibre maniac sure is a high baller.

You know that it is a big deal when BMW themselves call the HP4 ‘the most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time’. And if you are hunting for one of these now, you may probably be very late. Even if you have $78,000 on you to spare, as only a handful of 750 will be built by the German technocrats.

Assuming you have already placed an order for yourself and are one amongst the 1 unit dedicated to the India, know that this strictly track-only bike will roughly last you somewhere between 10 to 15 full blown track days at your favourite circuit. And after that, it’s time for a brand new engine swap.

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Can the LS-2?? R get back the mojo for Lightning?

Can the LS-2?? R get back the mojo for Lightning?

To become the fastest production motorcycle.

Countering to the deals that lurk all around the use of combustion fuel and its effects on the environment, a greater deal of thought is gone into using alternative sources to power our vehicles, and one such company is Lightning Motorcycles. It has been involved in manufacturing electric motorcycles for almost a decade now and beams with superior efficiency, performance, and affordability than current gasoline alternatives.

Their first mass production model, the LS-218, was the fastest and most brutal machine running on electric power currently. It held three land speed records at the Bonneville salt flats including a 218 mph stint (hence the name) and many others until came the mighty Kawasaki Ninja H2R track only bike that did two mph more than the LS and snatched the throne.

Now, the company wants to get back its mojo with its second production bike, the LS-2?? R. Yes, there are two ‘question marks’ in the name but don’t worry, you’ll not have to call it so. At least not until it sets a new top speed figure at this year’s Bonneville Speed Week.

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Walkaround the upcoming Fazer 250.

Walkaround the upcoming Fazer 250.

This time the bike is seen in Grey-Cyan colour option.

Launched in 2008, Yamaha’s FZ series of motorcycles had created a new meaning to the streetfighter nemesis. The DNA embedded had street characteristics that made the FZ the number one in the segment pretty fast. Then, Yamaha had launched Fazer In the year 2008 under the FZ series, the Japanese Blue’s wonderful semi-faired sports tourers. It provided a perfect balance between the aggressive of Yamaha’s true-blue super sports and the very practical naked roadsters termed under the brand ‘FZ’.

Recently, Yamaha added a new boy to the FZ lineup, the FZ25. This is their official entry to the quarter-litre naked motorcycle segment in the country. Like history repeating itself, Yamaha is all gunning out to launch another faired tourer and call it the Fazer 250. And as per these new images and videos, Yamaha has gotten their testing phase done with and the full spec production versions will be rolling out soon. This time it gets a fully-faired kit rather than the erstwhile Fazer in India.

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Suzuki has launched the updated Gixxer SF with ABS.

Suzuki has launched the updated Gixxer SF with ABS.

For ₹ 99312, only the front brakes gets the ABS option.

Not all debuts are sure shot hits – ask Suzuki. When the Japanese manufacturer made its entry on its own almost a decade ago, it didn’t have a start as good as expected. Except for the 125cc scooter Access, no other product from Suzuki in India could shake up the already established models in their respective segments.

Then came the very promising 155cc motorcycle, the Gixxer and its faired sibling, the Gixxer SF. They became an instant hit in the mass market segment and over the years, they kept updating their best motorcycle to keep in touch with the growing competition. In 2017 too, the bikes received updates that gave them new dual tone paint schemes, disc brakes and graphics along with BH4 compliance and AHO unit. Now, the bike also gets a single channel ABS safety system under its umbrella.

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Carberry Motorcycles launched a brand new 1 lire V-twin engine.

Carberry Motorcycles launched a brand new 1 lire V-twin engine.

Unfortunately, these engines are not yet for everybody.

Carberry Motorcycles has been the new kid on the block for the custom scene in the country. The company that was the brainchild of an Australian chap, Paul Carberry, started ‘Dream Engines and Modifications (DEM)’ which started production in 2016 at Bhilai, Chattisgarh.

Their first product was christened as the ’Double Barrel’, an engine that gets the long 90mm stroke engine inherited from RE and uses the cylinders, heads and choice of 4 or 5-speed gearbox from RE. The company has just launched this new engine for enthusiasts around the world for ₹ 4.96 lakh. But there is a small catch here, its just not yet available for everybody.

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Triumph and Bajaj enter into a global partnership

Triumph and Bajaj enter into a global partnership

Both the companies will be keen to capitalize on each other’s offerings in their respective operations.

A few days ago, Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto said, "We are very close to finalising a very promising alliance, it’s not certain, that it will happen, but if it happens, it will open up enormous possibilities for the company."

Today, however, a press release cleared the air and has managed to lift up all eyebrows. The alliance Bajaj was talking about was a global partnership with the British legendary motorcycle manufacturer, Triumph.

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Honda cars wants to make use of Honda Motorcycle's dealer reach to boost rural sales.

Honda cars wants to make use of Honda Motorcycle’s dealer reach to boost rural sales.

With the competition enjoying a third of its sales in the rural market, Honda wants to increase its market shares too.

When Honda entered India, it did so with four ventures: Kinetic Honda Motor Ltd (1984-1998), Hero Honda (1984-2011) and Honda Siel Cars India (1995-2012). Now, the company operates out of two modes, HMSI for the two wheeler division and Honda Motor for the four wheeler division.

With the two-wheeler operation of the company getting some serious business, Honda Motor is trying to tap that source and double its share in the automobile market in the coming future. For this, Honda Motor will collaborate with the former’s dealer network, distribution and customer base and try to capture the rural reach.

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Royal Enfield will get two models in its upcoming 750cc range.

Royal Enfield will get two models in its upcoming 750cc range.

Apart from the Cafe-Racer styled, there will be a classic retro motorcycle running on the 750cc unit.

In a bid to create a niche market for themselves, the post-British Royal Enfield has a newfound interest in having multiple cylinders under its hood with added capacities. As we have been speculating about it ever since it was caught testing in Spain last year, fresh new spied shots of the bike has been surfacing the internet for a while now.

With these latest image snapped by enthusiasts on a social media platform, we now have proof of not one, but two 750cc motorcycles will be joining the bandwagon for 2018. Although there is minimal camouflaging, I think I’ve already fallen for this Classic 750 sprouting in all vibrant colours.

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India becomes the top production base for Honda worldwide.

India becomes the top production base for Honda worldwide.

The company commissioned a new line in the existing plant in Karnataka which makes it the biggest Honda plant in the world.

Honda entered the Indian market in 2001 with two scooters - a segment which was believed to be taking its last breath at the time of their arrival. Against all the odds, both the scooters - Activa and Dio - went on churning a large number of volumes for their parent company, which went on to become the second largest two wheeler manufacturer in the Indian market.

The company has come a long way since then and are on fire to go reach even higher heights. In the process, the Japanese Red has, together with its allied suppliers, invested ₹ 5400 crores into the Karnataka plant in Narasapura that just became the biggest two wheeler manufacturer for Honda in the entire world.

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Ducati has asked us to save the date for "The sound of a new era".

Ducati has asked us to save the date for "The sound of a new era".

And we have all reasons to believe that this is about the V4 Superbike in works.

Unless you have been living under a rock all this while, Ducati has stopped working on its superstar L - twin Superquadro powerhouse that made its final act with the recently launched 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

We must accept the end of something in order to build a new something which can take you past that feeling. It is becoming ever so difficult for Ducati to adhere to the rules package in most of the World Superbike Championships the Panigale is currently in competition; its v-twin superbikes will soon lose out to the four-cylinder counterparts. Luckily, the Italian company is also churning out a new V-4 superbike as we speak.

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2017 Moto guzzi V7 III

2017 Moto guzzi V7 III

A tribute to 50 years of passion and craftsmanship.

Celebrating 95 years for a company is a big thing, and to have survived against all the odds was a mountainous task for Moto Guzzi. Even after having such a rich racing history of winning almost 3000 races and a couple dozen world championships, the name Moto Guzzi had eerily vanished from the motorcycle scene, until now. The calm before the storm.

Paying tribute to their past, MG headed to a major revival plan and launched the new range of V9 platform that angles towards the cruiser style rather than the V7’s roadster theme. And now, the brand is getting the third iteration of their most celebrated model, the V7 which is also the first model created by MG. Celebrating the 50th year of the first, the brand is launching the V7 III which will have four editions to it: Stone, Special, Racer and a celebratory entrant Anniversario.

Manufacturers and now foraying into the current wave of enthusiasts wanting custom and classic motorbikes. And for Moto Guzzi, it has its own deep roots to draw upon for inspiration from which the ‘V7s have been prepped up for the consciousness of the new generation of motorcycling. The V7 models will be the same breed of bikes that differ slightly to imprint different characters carrying the same soul.

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Ducati launched the Scrambler Cafe Racer in India.

Ducati launched the Scrambler Cafe Racer in India.

This retro themed Scrambler looks at roping in the new generation of riders early on.

In the last couple of years, the Indian market has witnessed the arrival and introduction of many new motorcycles and concepts which have broken the conventional norms of motorcycling in India, and one of them is the Café-Racer. This in-house breeder is pure café style straight from the factory floor, and it hits the high note for being considerably the favourite one of the Scramblers.

After bringing in the Desert Sled into the country, Ducati has now also introduced its newest member of the Scrambler family, the Scrambler Cafe-Racer. Although it might sound very odd with having two different setups in one single bike, Ducati has managed to pull off an absolute beauty. And for ₹ 9.32 lakhs, it is on par with the Desert Sled.

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Suzuki is getting some new colours to its Gixxer Series. The FS is even getting ABS.

Suzuki is getting some new colours to its Gixxer Series. The FS is even getting ABS.

Keeping in touch with competition is always good for business.

Not all debuts are sure shot hits – ask Suzuki. When the Japanese manufacturer made its entry on its own almost a decade ago, it didn’t have a start as good as expected. Except for the 125cc scooter Access, no other product from Suzuki in India could shake up the already established models in their respective segments.

Then came the very promising 155cc motorcycle, the Gixxer and its faired sibling, the Gixxer SF. They became an instant hit in the mass market segment and over the years, they kept updating their best motorcycle to keep in touch with the growing competition. In 2017 too, the bikes received updates that gave them new dual tone paint schemes, disc brakes and graphics along with BH4 compliance and AHO unit.

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2018 Indian Springfield Dark Horse

2018 Indian Springfield Dark Horse

This is what happens when profanity takes the high road.

“Evil” is a complex thing. Sometimes evil is justified, and this is one of those times where Evil is all you want to be riding on a personified saga on a veil.

Indian Motorcycles is lifting itself to the pinnacle for 2018 and for its second instalment (the first being the Roadmaster Elite), the Polaris owned manufacturer has launched the 2018 Indian Springfield Dark Horse. It a solo saddle amalgamation of the mechanicals and stature of an Indian Springfield and the blacked out theme carried from the Indian Chief Darkhorse. This will be the third model in the American line-up to get the Dark Horse treatment.

It gets updated with subtle yet dark cosmetic changes to give it a stealth outlook while blacking out just about everything apart from the exhaust. It carried around the same panache and poise of the epoch Springfield, a motorcycle that leaves no question of having a prominent place in the lineup of this historic brand that knows retro indulgence.

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2018 Indian Roadmaster Elite

2018 Indian Roadmaster Elite

It’s Nostalgia. It’s sumptuous. It’s self-indulgence.

It is basically all possible "adjectives" that describes exactly those things. This right here is the cream of the crop of Indian motorcycles and is heading to raise the bar for comfort, convenience, power, style, infotainment, craftsmanship and most important of all - confidence. It is everything the Roadmaster stood for, and this time, this Elite rises higher with the industry-leading Ride Command system, a 300-watt premium audio system, chrome front and rear bumpers, passenger armrests and stylish pinnacle mirrors.

For the year 2018, this American oldest brand will give the world a brand new lineage of motorcycles that are sophisticated and technologically packed while keeping the core values of its predecessors intact of being the vintage charmers. One of them will be this Indian Roadmaster Elite which is the most ultra-premium of all Indians and the only one to get real 23K gold leaf badging on the tank. Real Gold.

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MV Agusta is sailing on safe waters now. Closes deal on new investments.

MV Agusta is sailing on safe waters now. Closes deal on new investments.

Our favourite Italian dream house is short on bills. But there is a silverlining to this from Russia.

Despite making gorgeous motorcycles, MV Agusta] always seems to find itself under the radar and it never seems to end for the Italian marquee. Last year, it was reported that the company allegedly misused $ 8 million of social security contributions of the employees. Post this, the company’s major owners, Mercedes-AMG looked out from the company after an acrimonious situation, leaving the Italian high and dry.

This made MV Agusta restructure its financial situation and was compelled to cut down its employees from 300 to just 190. They were even planning to cut down operations and production of newly developed motorcycles. And the company was hunting for investments. Then came the news from Russia, with Love.

After many allegations, the Italian has now signed an agreement to increase its capital with a Russian investment group-Black Ocean, which is a flagship satellite of Ocean Group holding company.

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So this is how the Fazer 250 will look like.

So this is how the Fazer 250 will look like.

Uncamouflaged and in full production spec, the Fazer 250 may not have the best first impressions.

Launched in 2008, Yamaha’s FZ series of motorcycles had created a new meaning to the streetfighter nemesis. The DNA embedded had street characteristics that made the FZ the number one in the segment pretty fast. Then, Yamaha had launched Fazer In the year 2008 under the FZ series, the Japanese Blue’s wonderful semi-faired sports tourers. It provided a perfect balance between the aggressive of Yamaha’s true-blue super sports and the very practical naked roadsters termed under the brand ‘FZ’.

Recently, Yamaha added a new boy to the FZ lineup, the FZ25. This is their official entry to the quarter-litre naked motorcycle segment in the country. Like history repeating itself, Yamaha is all gunning out to launch another faired tourer and call it the Fazer 250. And as per these new images, Yamaha is undertaking the final phases of testing. This time it gets a fully-faired kit rather than the erstwhile Fazer in India.

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BMW is busy testing the 2018 S1000RR and it seems that the Germans are thorough this time.

BMW is busy testing the 2018 S1000RR and it seems that the Germans are thorough this time.

BMW is finally getting all the bell and whistles of the current crop of superbikes posing a threat to the crowned.

Although late to the party, the Germans are finally upping the ante of their litre class superbike, the S 1000RR. The engineers gave it enough oomph to uphold its end of the bargain pretty well with the 2015 upgrade and the bike had a good run with class leading power figures and chassis structure, until now.

She is now, at eight years old, missing a few exquisite equipment list and sorts of electronic wizardry that adorns the modern 2017 competition like the Fireblades’, Ninjas’, R1s’ and the GSXs’. They are faster, lighter and cleverer than ever before and could easily clip off the S 1000 RR one by one. Luckily, BMW says enough is enough and are readying a machine that could spell out being the Pinnacle of German Engineering.

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Looks like Bajaj-KTM are gunning for buying out Ducati.

Looks like Bajaj-KTM are gunning for buying out Ducati.

Volkwagen is on the heels to sell the Italian brand, and everyone is prying.

A week ago, rumours filled the news about Harley-Davidson being the top contenders to buy the luxury two-wheeler Italian marquee from Volkswagen. For no fault of theirs, except for them being owned by VW, Ducati could possibly see a change of hands since the German company is in considerations of selling brands under its portfolio.

Now, there could be a new chapter in Ducati’s history books, courtesy, the Volkswagen Diesel Gate scandal. If reports are to be believed, KTM-Bajaj was approached by the German company to buy out the Italian brand, an initiative taken towards the new financial strategy set out by the company post the Diesel Gate scandal.

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What made a record at the recently concluded El Mirage was history, repeating itself.

What made a record at the recently concluded El Mirage was history, repeating itself.

In a glorious tribute to the legend Burt Munro, Indian Motorcycle built a Scout prodigy.

There is no apprehension about the fact that Indian Motorcycle doesn’t just make luxury yachts on two wheels. This American dream production house also makes racers, trackers and land-speed record breakers.

Home to Land Speed Racing (LSR) for more than half a century, it was race week at the El Mirage dry lake bed. Having speed trials there was one of the oldest American motorcycles manufacturer, Indian Motorcycle. With three of their thoroughbred machines, a 2015 Chief Classic, a 2015Indian Scout and the 2017 Spirit of Munro Scout, the folks at Indian set out to go on trial runs and made not one but three land speed records instead.

The highlight of this event is the Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout. A motorcycle that is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Burt Munro’s 1000cc class record of 296.19 kph on his Indian Scout Streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats. And the jaw-opening part of this story is that the chaps that worked on this Spirit of Munro volunteered to be a part of this historic attempt, working on the project “after hours.”

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The Italian storm maker has arrived to create havoc in the 300cc category.

The Italian storm maker has arrived to create havoc in the 300cc category.

Benelli officially launches the Tornado 302R at ₹ 3.48 Lakh.

Benelli was finding it difficult to find its identity amidst in the modern and competitive world, even more after it was acquired by a Chinese firm. But now it seems like a thing of the past, more of a ‘myth’ one could say. Benelli started showcasing us products designed by CentroStile Benelli and slowly their reputation got back to their original charm.

And now, the Italian marquee Benelli, which after raking in some interesting numbers with its range of naked streetfighters, has now coming up with its first fully faired motorcycle in the Indian market, the Tornado 302. After hoards of speculations of its launch dates, DSK Benelli has officially launched the 302R at a price tag of ₹ 3.48 lakh, ex-showroom.

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Yezdi . com goes live!

Yezdi . com goes live!

Mahindra is taking us down the nostalgia lane with this one.

By now we know that the Indian auto major Mahindra and Mahindra’s subsidiary, Classic Legends Pvt Ltd. (CLPL) purchased the iconic British biker BSA Motorcycles rights to the JAWA brand. With this, they plan to launch new products which “will capture the character, DNA and ethos of these brands”, and that it will “develop products that are in sync with the DNA of the BSA and Jawa brands”.

While we know that it would take at the least a couple of years to see their first iterations of what is touted as ‘The grand revival’, Mahindra has gone ahead and launched the official Yezdi.com website that pays homage to those twin exhaust pipes of the Yezdis of yore and will take us through the brand’s rich history and magnificent heritage of the classic motorcycles.

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Ducati launched the Desert Sled in India for ₹ 9.32 lakh.

Ducati launched the Desert Sled in India for ₹ 9.32 lakh.

A Scrambler that can finally take you places

Till today, Ducati has been making Scramblers which could have been abused but it pleased the urban way and masses and hence they became glorified street bikes. With five models in the lineup, this Desert Sled is finally the machine that is ready to get its feet properly dirty. Reinforced for off-road duty, this Desert Sled is most certainly a Scrambler-esque iteration of the South-West California and the Mexico’s Baja scenes in the ’60s and ’70s.

The Italian brand has now launched this ’ stripped off anything that is nonsensical’ motorcycle into the Indian markets at a higher price-tag than what we had expected, maybe for the GST interchanges.

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BMW Motorrad's instrument panel is getting an amazing new interface.

BMW Motorrad’s instrument panel is getting an amazing new interface.

Let’s see how it compares to the old school clusters.

They say competition is healthy. It brings the best out of each and everyone in the race and luckily for us, automotive manufacturers are looking for more than just brute power and performance to give the rider an experience he would never get elsewhere. The race to the top is getting more fearsome every passing day and the manufacturers are pulling out every little trick they have up their sleeves to make their product stand out from the rest.

BMW Motorrad is at the forefront of imagination, innovation and technology and proof of that is their latest instrument dashboard on their new generation motorcycles. Made up of a newfound technology known as the thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT LCD), the unit provides in for a far more intuitive rider interface that improves image qualities such as addressability and contrast compared to the standard LCD displays.

Although this piece of tech is not brand-new and is made use by almost all motorcycle manufacturers these days on their high-end bikes, BMW here thinks that they have got the best package available via the unique operating concept of the new Connectivity option. It features a high-quality 6.5-inch full-colour TFT display that can also connect to your smartphone device via Bluetooth to enhance many possibilities for your ride. And we are here to decipher why it fares better than the LCD counterparts.

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Carberry Motorcycles teases us with their Double Barrel 1000.

Carberry Motorcycles teases us with their Double Barrel 1000.

The twin Enfield powered motorcycle with a hand-built priced tag surfaces.

There are a few divine beings who build motorcycles as an extension of their self. Every motorcycle out there was someone’s dream once upon a time, and it is because they dreamt, we are blessed to be able to feel the way we do while riding. This here is the dream of one Paul Carberry and he believes in having fun, twice.

Fresh new teaser images of the Double Barrel 1000 have surfaced on their social media page and they have successfully gotten us excited about their brand new venture. Till now, we had seen their engine getting fired up and now, we also have the silhoutte of the ready motorcycle.

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Benelli will officially launch the 302R on the 25th of July.

Benelli will officially launch the 302R on the 25th of July.

The Ninja 300 and the R3 contender is finally coming after the BS-IV exchange.

Benelli was finding it difficult to find its identity amidst in the modern and competitive world, even more after it was acquired by a Chinese firm. But now it seems like a thing of the past, more of a ‘myth’ one could say. Benelli started showcasing us products designed by CentroStile Benelli and slowly their reputation got back to their original charm.

And now, the Italian marquee Benelli, which after raking in some interesting numbers with its range of naked streetfighters, is now coming up with its first fully faired motorcycle in the Indian market, the Tornado 302. After hoards of speculations of its launch dates, DSK Benelli has officially confirmed that they will be launching the 302R on the 25th of July, 2017.

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Kawasaki launched the KX 250F in India for a price tag of ₹ 7.5 lakh.

Kawasaki launched the KX 250F in India for a price tag of ₹ 7.5 lakh.

The most dominant motocross bike officially makes its way onto Indian turf.

The Japanese manufacturer is all set to enter the Indian Motocross scene in a big way by offering two of their renowned machines that have dominated the Motocross scene across the globe. Kawasaki India already sells the KLX 110 dirt motorcycle priced at ₹ 2.65 lakh. It is powered by a single cylinder, air-cooled 112cc engine mated to a four-speed transmission.

The biggest guy in this story here is the all new Kawasaki KX 250f. It is hands down is the single-most dominant motocross bike of the last decade. But for some time now, the Blue Crew has grabbed some of the limelight. And for Kawasaki, who have captured 16 titles already with their 250 motorcycles, are in for a setup that can make the Blues a run for their money and reign the territories again.

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TVS Motors is pumping ₹ 500 crores into new products and operations to take on the competition.

TVS Motors is pumping ₹ 500 crores into new products and operations to take on the competition.

With new launches and increased expenditures, the Chennai based company is gunning for increasing market share.

TVS Motor is the third largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India, whose strength lies in its goal of designing and development of new products that are a continuous source of inspiration. They produce machines that beam innovation and technology acumen at the highest standards giving the competition a run for their money.

Fuelling such visions, the Hosur based company is said to invest ₹ 500 crores in the coming future for launching new products and improving operations. According to the report, TVS is looking at launching a performance motorcycle along with a new scooter very soon. Also, the company is currently developing a brand new next generation engine to power its future products in a run to suppress the competition.

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2018 Indian Scout Bobber

2018 Indian Scout Bobber

This time, the vintage charmer is high on a vile.

When Polaris took over the operations ofIndian Motorcycles, they literally revived the brand from the dark shallows of the abyss and created a niche for the brand worldwide. Since then, Indian motorcycles seems to have found its stronghold in India and has been swiftly introducing more products to its existing lineup. For its new instalment on the Scout platform, the Polaris owned manufacturer has launched the 2018 Indian Scout Bobber. A black-out minimalistic approach of the Scout platform ready to tear apart the asphalt.

The reason it is in existence is credited to the purists and enthusiasts who started building one from their Scouts. So the folks at Indian decided to capture the American way of the ‘30s and built this brutally beautiful factory custom bobber. It carries around the same panache and poise of the Scout and leaves no question of having a prominent place in the lineup of this historic brand. This could just as well be the bike you’ve been waiting for, and I cannot wait to decipher the logic behind this.

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What is the most exclamation "!" thing you've seen on the road?

What is the most exclamation "!" thing you’ve seen on the road?

This is what I put my money in for. Three super cool dogs on a motorcycle.

I’m pretty sure there are many of you out there that knows about the freedom of the road and the companionship of a dog being the best combination there is. It is definitely a rare sight but for those who have a deeper connection with their dogs, wouldn’t have it any other way. Riding with you best buddy is just so damn cool and there are many ways one can pull that off.

But here is an example of how you shouldn’t be doing it. This video clip from India shows three dogs riding on a scooter, and are not even tied to the vehicle with any sort of leash or cagings. And to my surprise, those dos seem like they have been doing this since ages and are comfortable enough.

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Porsche 911 GT3 Bluetooth Speaker

Porsche 911 GT3 Bluetooth Speaker

The Sound of the Racetrack in your room

Porsche is not just a roaring name for the beast of machines they produce on four wheels. They are equally mean with their posh accessories and gadgets coming out of their official accessories department, Porsche-Design. Accessories for those less fortunate folks who could not get their hands on the actual car. One of such accessory that catches any fine eye for design and basic Porsche instincts is their new 911 Bluetooth speaker.

The 911 speakers is an apparatus that owes its origin and suave design to the parts acquired from the mad 911 GT3 car. Yes, this luxury high-end Bluetooth speaker is built using elements from the exhaust pipe of the 911 GT3 and is a design ecstasy to music gadget lover.

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Kawasaki Ninja 1000

Kawasaki Ninja 1000

The most serious sports tourer on the face of this planet, or any planet for that matter.

Kawasaki seems to have mastered the dark arts of slaying the competition in everything they put their hands in. Especially the way all their Ninjas’ are up on the throats of every other faired motorcycle in their classes. Having diversified their skill sets in recent years, the fearsome Ninja brand got an upgrade on each of its models, with the latest one being this 2017 Ninja 1000. Basically, the sports bike which can hold a couple of bags on it and is a tad bit comfortable for longer stints.

The 2017 edition promises to be sportier and more eager to roar than the outgoing one to give you a competitive edge on those interstate highways and the streets. Like having the best of both worlds, this new bike takes on the pedigrees of the ZX-10R and the Concours brothers and puts them in a sought after package that leaves you with nothing to complain about. Here is our take on this new Green Machine:

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Lambretta V-Special + Gallery

Lambretta V-Special + Gallery

The Italian Icon gets snazzed up to the brim.

Fashion and style statement has always run in the blood of Milan, Italy since centuries. And for Lambretta, this statement held on since World War II, the time it was born. It was solely manufactured in Italy and licensed to be made in other countries until 1972. Post that, it was then bought by the Indian government and it was made in India until 1997.

Now, for the first time in the 21st century, The Lambretta Consortium has re-launched the "Lambretta V-Special" Model. The model is designed by an Austrian firm knows as KISKA who also happen to design the latest iterations of the KTM motorcycles as well as the Husqvarna street models. The V-Special is available in three types - V50, V125 and V200.

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Kawasaki now operates out of its own factory and shop. More SKD motorcycles coming our way.

Kawasaki now operates out of its own factory and shop. More SKD motorcycles coming our way.

Local assembly and production has begun under Kawasaki’s own roof.

Kawasaki made its entry into the Indian market when it joined hands with our very own ‘Hamara Bajaj’ in 2009. This tie-up not only helped Bajaj spread its wings, Kawasaki too started selling and servicing their 650cc and below products in the Bajaj operated pro-biking showrooms in the country. Kawasaki also assembled their CKD motorcycles, at the Bajaj Auto’s facility in Chakan.

But now, the two companies have split, and Kawasaki is operating under its own subsidiary, India Kawasaki Motors (IKM). Until now, they used Bajaj’s Akrudi plant for their operations and now, IKM has set up a plant in Chakan which is already begun assembly and production of all its product in the Indian line-up, effective since July 1, 2017.

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2017 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

2017 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

Marking the end of the greatest show ever played by Ducati, the Panigale.

Ducati always has had this insanity in them to time and again bring up machines that push the boundaries of two-wheeled glory, a boundary that will make every other manufacturer look like a speck of dust. For this alone, we must hand it to the Italian with all pomp and flair that they can literally pull off a true bloody special edition.

And this expression was very much evident with their flagship model, the Panigale ever since it broke covers in 2011. It is one of the world’s most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle, and Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. This will mark the end of the L-twin Italian superbikes.

Under all this is what I call a ‘Brobdingnagian’ twin Superquadro powerhouse that can scare the daylights out of most seasoned riders. If that still does not fit your bill, the electronics package on this, one would need a Master’s degree and a PhD to understand the concepts of it, and by the time you do understand, you would stop caring about it because your brain is gizzing already.

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2017 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro

2017 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro

The wild one gets bigger teeth and claw to take up anything coming its way.

We all know that Ducati is one such motorcycle maker which makes machines straight from the heart. Every motorcycle in the stable of Ducati speaks of some purpose which is beautifully blended with the pinch of hardcore passion. Ducati made a surprising move some half a decade ago when it unveiled the Multistrada for the first time in front of the world. Out of all the motorcycles from Ducati, the Multistrada proved out to be the most practical motorcycle which still doesn’t miss out on the specific Ducati principles.

The Multistrada gradually went on creating a new niche of motorcycles, thus changing the image of Ducati as a manufacturer of only hard-core supersports. Then in 2015, they gave us the Enduro edition. Unlike the urban design of the standard Multistrada 1200, the new Multistrada 1200 Enduro claims to expose the wild side of Ducati, with its pure adventure appeal.

Now in 2017, the brand has taken it to the next level. They have given the adventure junkie more tools to let the 1200 Enduro go “even more globetrotter with the Pro version”. To allow treading on even less-beaten track, the Pro features rally tyres, new tank bars, new colour schemes, type-approved titanium exhaust sets and more. Let me go ranting about them:

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Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

This will mark the end of the L-twin Italian superbikes, but also is the mark of new four cylinder beginnings.

They say that when you end the show, you must do it with a bang. Ducati here seems to just know how to conclude their greatest show of all time, the Panigale. Amidst the beautiful setup of Pebble Beach, California, the Italian brand unveiled their final adieu to the L-twins with the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

Aptly named, this last one gets all the bells and whistles some of which made headlines with the 1299 Panigale, the Panigale R and the 1299 Superleggera. Apart from being a pretty Tri-colour paint job, it gets an upgraded engine and other mechanicals that takes the superbike to new levels of lust. At $40,000 (USA) it will also be the second most powerful twin-cylinder engine to run on our streets (after the Superleggera of course).

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Ducati's devil falls in the hands of Fred Krugger to work his witchcraft on it.

Ducati’s devil falls in the hands of Fred Krugger to work his witchcraft on it.

Ducati’s devil falls in the hands of Fred Krugger to work his witchcraft on it.

When Ducati rolled out the Diavel prototype for the first time out of the factory in 2010, one person who saw that chiselled rear exclaimed saying "Ignurànt comm’ al Diavel!" in Bolognese dialect. That means "Evil, like the devil!". The rest, as they say, is history.

Fast forward seven years and the Diavel still manages to rumble on the streets with aplomb and break necks, unlike anything. Now, Ducati has commissioned a Belgian custom builder Fred Krugger, one of planet earth’s highly acclaimed custom builder, to work his magic potion on the XDiavel S. The bike was showcased at the Bikers’ Classics at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, that was held on the first weekend of July 2017.

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Someone bought the only Ducati 1299 Superleggera set out for India paying a whopping ₹ 1.2 crore.

Someone bought the only Ducati 1299 Superleggera set out for India paying a whopping ₹ 1.2 crore.

Bike No: 209/500 officially becomes the most expensive motorcycle of the country.

Ducati always have had this insanity in them to time and again bring up machines that push the boundaries of two-wheeled glory, a boundary that will make every other manufacturer look like a speck of dust. So is the 215 bhp of carbon fibre, the Ducati 1299 Superleggera. Which by the name itself means “simply light”. This is, ladies and gentlemen, the world’s first factory built superbike that is equipped with frame, swingarm, subframe, bodywork and the wheels built out of carbon fibre.

Joining the family of Ducati 1299 Panigale S, Ducati 916 and the Ducati 1098 of one Mr. Vikram Oberoi, the only 1299 Superleggera meant for India makes its way into his garage. Limited to just 500 units worldwide, bike number 209 was handed over to him at the Buddh International Circuit, a place often visited by Vikram for his getaways from the mundane.

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Honda and Hitachi enter a joint venture on the electric path.

Honda and Hitachi enter a joint venture on the electric path.

Both Japanese technology giants will co-develop electric powertrain systems for vehicles of the future.

Honda has always been at the forefront of technology and is a major player in the world of artificial intelligence, robotics and big data. Now fresh new information has cropped up suggesting that the Japanese Red is getting serious about developing electric vehicles and so is being busy partnering with another technocrat, Hitachi Automotive Systems.

As a matter of fact, both these companies had signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this year in February and they have escalated those talks by signing in for a joint venture partnership in March. They have christened the JV as Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems, and it will be heeding to develop, manufacture and sales of motors for electric vehicles, both for Honda and other players.

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Vietnam is now fighting the war on motorcycles. Will ban them by 2030.

Vietnam is now fighting the war on motorcycles. Will ban them by 2030.

The country’s capital, Hanoi, will have five million two-wheelers taken off the streets by 2030.

Traffic in Vietnam is becoming a tourist highlight of sorts with people photographing it to share their experiences back home. The country’s rising economy has let down the limited infrastructure and the road systems have gone out for a toss. The traffic is causing gridlocks all across the towns and major cities like Hanoi even during non-peak hours. The severity of the problem is still underestimated by the 16000 deaths that occur each year due to the high traffic density and flouting of traffic violations.

To settle the city’s “hidden epidemic”, the country’s capital, Hanoi, is taking a major step towards restricting these legions of motorcycles creating environmental and congestion woes before they could go out of gear. The city council on July 4, 2017, has come to a stern decision to completely ban the usage of two-wheelers on the city streets by the year 2030.

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Its official. Bajaj will get Husqvarna into the country sometime in 2018.

Its official. Bajaj will get Husqvarna into the country sometime in 2018.

Bajaj will manufacture the 401 series in the Chakan plant and sell them alongside KTM bikes.

Since the time Husqvarna showcased its ‘Real Street’ Vitpilen 401 and the Swartipilen 401 concepts at the 2016 EICMA, the industry is abuzz to see some bonkers design unlike anything seen before on the streets. Ready to bring in the Swedish company’s name on the world stage, there were still speculations of where they will be made since Husqvarna is owned by KTM - a company that has Bajaj Auto as a shareholder.

Clearing the air, both Bajaj and KTM have released a joint press release and have confirmed that they intend to make the 401 models right here in India sometime in 2018 and sell them worldwide. Until then, however, the bikes will be made back home in Austria. But the Duke’s 390 engines that will run on these Huskies will be built right here in India by Bajaj.

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MV Agusta is giving the "America" special with the new limited edition Brutale 800.

MV Agusta is giving the "America" special with the new limited edition Brutale 800.

The Italian sings The Star-Spangled Banner.

Till what limit can the art on two wheels be extended to? Ask MV Agusta. Having made some of the most exotic Italian masterpieces on two wheels, MV has a tremendous history in terms of making some of the most beautiful looking motorcycles on the planet. And thankfully their lust is still going strong.

A while ago, we had featured the brand’s newest intoxication, the RVS#1 limited edition. A motorcycle that takes beauty and evil into its DNA and could possibly lie only in the eyes of the beholder. Now, coming from the same Italian powerhouse is another limited run model, and this time it is all just for the folks of America. The MV Agusta Brutale 800 America.

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Road rage and how not to get all wired up when it happens to you.

Road rage and how not to get all wired up when it happens to you.

We know you have been there and it is important you deal with it with a cool head.

We all do have some bad days and some good. And invariably it affects our riding styles on that day. All is well and good until you are a happy person under the sun, but on that unlucky day, your head is filled with all kind of thoughts, and in a jiffy, another distracted driver in a car is taking up your space in your lane and decides to cut you passing from behind.

All hell breaks loose in your head, and that adrenalin surge kicks in transferring all the blood to your muscles, charging it up for a big fight. That burning rage of anger will make you do some regrettable stuff including chasing that other driver at breakneck speeds, darting other road users, pounding on hoods, yelling and threatening. And if by any luck the other person is having a good day, he might end up apologising. If not, what happens next is the brutal Road Rage.

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Ducati's new V-4 Superbike gets snapped testing.

Ducati’s new V-4 Superbike gets snapped testing.

The first images are here and we cannot stop grinning about them.

When it comes to sports bikes with full fairings, there are not many chaps in the world who make them better than these Italians. The Panigale, for instance, is the most coveted superbike for the way it looks, handles and rides. It is one of those Italian Exotics that can sweep you off your feet every time you get yourself near it. And if you do ride one, you know what a fearless machine it is, always wanting to break your spine due to the insanity, unless you tame it.

But now, that superbike is seeing its last leg with Ducati teasing the ’final’ Panigale to come out of the Borgo gates. It will be the last L-twin superbike made by Ducati since it is ever so difficult for Ducati to adhere to the rules package in most of the World Superbike Championships the Panigale is currently in competition, its v-twin superbikes will soon lose out to the four-cylinder counterparts. Luckily, the Italian company is also churning out a new V-4 superbike as we speak. And the first images are out here as seen on Maxxmoto.

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Bajaj Pulsar NS 160

Bajaj Pulsar NS 160

This baby Pulsar takes on the sporty DNA of its elder sibling.

In the past fifteen years, the ‘Pulsar’ nameplate has become one of the most versatile brands in the field of motorcycles. The name has spawned a variety of bikes, ranging from 135cc to 200cc naked streetfighters, a 220cc semi-faired sports tourer and recently, a 200cc fully faired supersport motorcycle. Talking about the current range, it was the Pulsar NS 200 which turned out to be the model which opened up doors for an all new generation platform, engineering and design philosophy. It was this bike that came with new underpinnings rather than being based on the first generation Pulsar 150, upon which all the other Pulsar models were built before its arrival.

In 2017, that bike made a grand comeback and put Bajaj on the streetfighter map again. Calling it as the ’Pulsar 200 NS 2017 Laser Edged edition’, Bajaj is set to take the performance biking to a whole new level. Now, there is another sibling for the NS200 and it is heading our way very soon. The Pulsar NS 160 rumbles on. The model has already gone on sale in some of the international markets, with an Indian launch scheduled next month. Here’s our comprehensive review of the all new Pulsar NS 160:-

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Mahindra Racing calls quits on Moto3 World Championship.

Mahindra Racing calls quits on Moto3 World Championship.

After the 2017 season, the company wants to focus on electric racing.

Mahindra & Mahindra plunged into Moto3 motorcycle racing championships, in 2011. It already provides nine bikes to four teams and has edged past the Japanese Red King, Honda, into being a better constructor. Since their debut 6 seasons ago, the brand has enjoyed a successful stint with 13 podiums altogether and 3 wins in the 2016 season alone.

However, this USD19 billion Mahindra Group announced that it wants to shift its focus onto electric vehicle championships rather and hence will end its Moto3 tenure with the end of the 2017 season.

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2017 Honda Cliq

2017 Honda Cliq

The Japanese brand’s new scooter for the up-country customers

Honda might have struck gold with the now legendary 110cc Activa (now called Activa 4G) unisex family scooter, but apart from this, there has been no other scooter from Honda which has set the sales charts on fire. The Dio now feels too long in the tooth and feels dated even after having much sportier design as compared to its competition. On the other hand, the Activa 125 and Aviator appear to be priced in the premium range and are out of the radar of most of the prospected buyers in the scooter market, who put value for money over everything else on their need list.

Luckily for the rest of us, Honda has come up with another scooter for the up-country customers who wish to zoom around the countryside with the same ease as the city dwellers, the Honda Cliq they call it. The market in India sees an upward trend ever since 2010, thanks to the improved rural infrastructure and rising income levels, affordability has become a norm to people from small towns and villages too. Giving more utility and sturdy built quality, the Cliq will have an edge compared to other scooters for the non-urban customers. Here is an overview of this new scooter from Honda:

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Ducati's 'final' Panigale is coming on July 7. And we have a peek at the specs here.

Ducati’s ’final’ Panigale is coming on July 7. And we have a peek at the specs here.

This monster will make more than 200 bhp and will be priced less than half of the ultimate Superleggera.

Last week, the Italian manufacturer teased its final edition of the famous 1299 Panigale to the world. Titled as ’ When the end tells the whole story’, the video is filled with fast-paced takes on the bike’s red/white Corse livery, headlight and tail units and the titanium racing exhaust. the video is surely a nod to the last big-displacement v-twin superbike from Ducati. Why do I say this? The words “Panigale Final Edition” in the video title makes it very evident.

Now, we also get teased with mouthwatering specs of this ’last’ 1299 Panigale R which is going to debut at the Laguna Seca Moto GP weekend in California.on July 7, 2017. A dealer in the UK has released the specifications and with it making just 5 bhp and 3 Nm lesser than the brand’s super fighter, the Superleggera, and costing less than half of it, the Panigale is going to blow your mind.

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The Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 gets modified to break the top speed shackle.

The Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 gets modified to break the top speed shackle.

Takes the top speed to a colossal 178 kph mark!

In 2015, Bajaj Auto launched the first of a new-generation design philosophy in the form of the NS 200, an acronym for ’naked sport’. Then in 2017, it received a major update that included upgraded engine, a bunch of cosmetic changes and a couple of mechanical upgrades. It came in to take performance biking to a new state of adrenaline and Bajaj themselves termed it as “an adrenaline pumping beast”.

Now, there is a guy who has taken this very seriously and has taken his NS 200 to new performance levels that takes the manufacturer top speed of 140kph and make dinner out of it.

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Royal Enfield roped in four custom houses to give their apparel collection a new outlook.

Royal Enfield roped in four custom houses to give their apparel collection a new outlook.

Personalised and authentic apparels in collaboration with custom builders.

The world’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer in continuous production, Royal Enfield, has been the spoilt choice for many custom bikers and builders around the globe. They are mental, and they are a gold find for its simplistic construction and the liberty for customisation. You can chop it up and put them together to carry a whole new charm.

Taking this ’go anywhere, do anything’ philosophy to another dimension, the folks at Royal Enfield have taken up a new strategy to get in a collaboration with four custom builders across the country, only to give their apparels a touch of niche class. Along with building authentic Royal Enfield Custom builds, the company has also curated refreshed collection of riding apparel and gear inspired by these motorcycles.

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How about an air suspension for your two wheeler?

How about an air suspension for your two wheeler?

Take a look at this cool tech used on a Honda Grom by a Japanese fanatic.

You must have seen sophisticated suspension setups on the expensive four-wheeled counterparts with them having quirky adjectives like airmatic, airdrive or air ride. The reason is as simple as the name is. A ride as though you were literally floating in the air since there does not exist any mechanical part connecting the tyres and the body other than pure air.

All this high tech is reserved for four-wheelers for one simple fact which is availability of space. To carry a compressor, rubber bellows and an air-pump, one needs enough space available in the chassis. Yet, the idea of using the compressibility of air as a spring on two wheelers is as old as 1910. Fast forward to 2017, a chap in Japan has retrofitted a Honda Grom, another monkey bike from the same makers of the Navi. Using it as a suspension unit, he also made away with a side or centre stand and showcased his creation to the world.

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Ducati has taken down eight BS-III models from the shelves.

Ducati has taken down eight BS-III models from the shelves.

Along with introducing new models, they will replace the BS-III models with BS-IV ones.

As you all know, starting from April 1st, 2017, the Supreme Court has ordered all manufacturers to stop registering and selling vehicles still running on BS-III engines. To clear them before the deadline all dealers who had stock started levying massive discounts on their products, and some even lost money in this process. The industry took a ₹ 600 crore hit due to the three-day discount fest.

Then there were few motorcycles that just did not sell despite the discounts. This was the cue for the manufacturers to take them off the shelves completely and get a new replacement machine for the same ones. While all other manufacturers have already replaced them, Ducati has been on the sluggish area with respect to this. Only this week is when the Italian brand took down eight models from its Indian line-up. The brand will re-launch those models with BS-IV spec models and also introduce a few more to the country’s model list.

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The Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 gets spotted on our roads.

The Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 gets spotted on our roads.

The pocket streetfighter is currently undergoing tests to enter our market.

In 2015, Bajaj Auto launched the first of a new-generation design philosophy in the form of the NS 200, acronym for ’naked sport’. A streetfighter that was later discontinued for not being able to be compliant to the emission norms for some, gearbox issues for others and few say for braking judders. Whatever they were, Bajaj took it off the shelves.

In 2017, that bike made a grand comeback and put Bajaj on the streetfighter map again. Calling it as the ’Pulsar 200 NS 2017 Laser Edged edition’, Bajaj is set to take the performance biking to a whole new level. Now, there is another sibling for the NS200 and it is heading to India. The Pulsar NS 160 rumbles on. The bike was snapped testing on Indian roads and homologation is coming to the final stages.

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Honda launched a new scooter focused at the up-country customers. The Cliq.

Honda launched a new scooter focused at the up-country customers. The Cliq.

Priced at ₹ 42499, Cliq is a perfect blend of practicality, versatility and value for money.

Honda had, a while ago, promised us with four all-new models in the coming year and looks like they are on a roll to fulfil it. Targeting a 20% growth in volume, the Indian leg of the Japanese brand, Honda 2Wheelers has invested a tune of ₹ 1600 crore in new capacities and 4 new models it plans to launch in FY-18.

The brand launched the first model for the year and it’s a scooter christened as the Cliq. Positioned below the Honda Activa and the Dio, this scooter is also based on the same platform its siblings are. This scooter was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 which was dubbed as the Navi replacement. The edgy and sharp visual cues gave a lot of attractiveness and a bold outlook to the scooter. The production model, however, has a much more subtle outlook.

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Cleveland CycleWerks is going to set up shop in India by the end of the year.

Cleveland CycleWerks is going to set up shop in India by the end of the year.

This American manufacturer wants to taste how it is to run in the biggest market for two-wheelers.

In a country that is price conscious, it was a gamble played by motorcycle manufacturers when they decided to bring in their higher segment motorbikes. If statistics are to be believed, India is in the highest rankings in terms of growing economy. People started investing in premium motorcycles that were lauded in the performance and engineering arena. More and more players started entering the Indian subcontinent to showcase their entry level performance machines. And the gamble has paid off.

Now, not only well-established fully grown contenders are making their way into the country, but also ones that have just been fertilised on the planet. One of them is Cleveland CycleWerks and they are coming to India to taste what it is like to operate in the current biggest market for two-wheelers in the world.

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Honda Dio becomes the third scooter in the Top 10 selling Two Wheeler list for 2017.

Honda Dio becomes the third scooter in the Top 10 selling Two Wheeler list for 2017.

For the first time, this jazzy scooter from Honda is fighting with the big guns.

In today’s automotive scenario, the word ‘Honda Activa’ needs no introduction. For a scooter which revolutionised the entire scooter market, or to be precise, gave a fresh lease of life to the almost dying scooter. The Activa has enjoyed a golden journey to date becoming the highest selling two-wheeler in some of the previous months and currently, the Activa had taken the lead and is the highest seller amongst all two-wheelers in the world trumping the spoils from the erstwhile Hero MotoCorp.

Coming from the same brand is the Dio which took to the young street crowd. Marketed as the Moto Scooter, Dio was the favourites amongst the young generation because of its stylish lines and trendy looks. The scooter instantly hit the sweet spots of the hearts of all those wishful riders, who wanted to have a two-wheeler but found the motorcycles a bit intimidating. And now, this scooter has found its spot at the Top 10 selling two wheeler list for this year.

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Ducati just dropped a new teaser of their last Panigale.

Ducati just dropped a new teaser of their last Panigale.

The Italians are having one final go at their celebrated twin cylinder.

Ducati always has had this insanity in them to time and again bring up machines that push the boundaries of two-wheeled glory, a boundary that will make every other manufacturer look like a speck of dust. For this alone, we must hand it to the Italian with all pomp and flair that they can literally pull off a true bloody special edition.

And this expression was very much evident with their flagship model, the Panigale ever since it broke covers in 2011. It is one of the world’s most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle. This very feature is going to see the whole concept of twin-cylinder Ducati into the death pit. Nonetheless, the folks at Ducati are gunning for a final go at their most famous fully faired litre class motorcycle, and it’s coming on the July 7th, 2017.

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The BMW G 310 R is not coming to us until 2018!

The BMW G 310 R is not coming to us until 2018!

BMW Motorrad is keeping the baby Beemer away for 6 more months at least.

The whole world knows about BMW’s new mini streetfighter, the G 310 R. This single cylinder world bike produced here in India by TVS, is running on city streets across many foreign markets ever since it began production early this year. Production is in full swing and TVS Motor Company has begun with exporting the bike to several foreign markets as BMW Motorrad has made India home to their low capacity models.

Although the bike is out of testing and production, BMW is still hesitant to launch the bike in our markets due to reasons not made official. BMW was touted to launch this motorcycle here a couple of months ago, but according to the source, they have postponed it by at least more than 6 to 7 months, which puts the launch date in our country only in 2018.

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The Surf Racer and The Gentleman Brat. Royal Enfield's two new custom projects are out.

The Surf Racer and The Gentleman Brat. Royal Enfield’s two new custom projects are out.

Based on the Continental GT and the Himalayan, expressions are at a new high.

The world’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer in continuous production, Royal Enfield, has been the spoilt choice for many custom bikers and builders around the globe. They are mental and they are a gold find for its simplistic construction and the liberty for customisation. You can chop it up and put them together to carry a whole new charm.

With the soul of ’go anywhere, do anything’ taking up a new meaning every time it goes under the axe, it is in for a modern makeover this time around. Celebrating the spirit of motorcycle culture, Royal Enfield has roped in Sinroja Motorcycles from U.K. to showcase two of their builds at the Wheels and Waves 2017 festival. These bespoke builds are the souped-up version of the Continental GT and the Himalayan, and they call them ‘The Surf Racer’ and ‘The Gentleman Brat’.

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Manufacturers have begun revising prices of their models with GST coming soon.

Manufacturers have begun revising prices of their models with GST coming soon.

Some have reduced and a few have increased their base price.

Unless you have been living under a rock all this while, you must be aware of the Indian government’s grand scheme of putting all commodities into a single slab of taxation called the GST (Goods and Services Tax). It has been one of the key things that have caught the attention of the market given its implications on earnings of companies starting from July 1, 2017.

Accordingly, the two-wheeler market will also take this initiative of implementing these changes that would eventually result in either increasing or decreasing the prices of the models manufactured.

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Thailand has an answer for a cheaper Royal Enfield Continental GT

Thailand has an answer for a cheaper Royal Enfield Continental GT

Thailand-based Stallions Motor shows how to copy-paste and voila!

The Continental GT is Royal Enfield’s way of making the most powerful and the lightest modern day cafe racer which blends retro style with modern appeal perfectly. Powered by a 535cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine which generates more power than any other Royal Enfield motorcycle till date. Since its launch in 2010, the Continental looks and feel very much in the 60s’ and 70’s and is unique. Not anymore though.

A Thailand based motorcycle manufacturer called as Centaur recently launched a Continental GT lookalike and named it as the Stallion Centaur Siam 150cc. When I say lookalike, I mean a carbon copy. They have basically taken all the retro elements including the body panels off the GT and fixed on a smaller chassis and a smaller 150cc engine.

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Triumph is gunning for local assembly in India.

Triumph is gunning for local assembly in India.

In the months to come, Triumph’s Make In India initiative will take shape to give us the same machines with more affordability.

Triumph has been sweating it out on the arena and bringing us world shattering bikes for more than two decades now. Being one of the oldest manufacturers of two-wheels, Triumph Motorcycles have been the epitome of British engineering and design and they entered the Indian market half a decade ago with having 6.2% market share in the +500cc sector.

While the brand launched its new Street Triple model here in India, Triumph Motorcycles India Managing Director Vimal Sumbly gave us a sneak peak of future plans that includes local assembly of its models here in the country itself and signal their Make In India initiative.

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2017 MV Agusta RVS#1

2017 MV Agusta RVS#1

The true Italian dream sequence is here. And this time, it is evil.

Till what limit can the art on two wheels be extended to? Ask MV Agusta. Having made some of the most exotic Italian masterpieces on two wheels, MV has a tremendous history in terms of making some of the most beautiful looking motorcycles on the planet. And thankfully their lust is still going strong.

Some time back, MV Agusta created a special division called the Reparto Veicoli Speciali, or Special Vehicles Department, and handed them the task of creating the best MV Agusta machines that beam in terms of quality, research, performance and emotions. This division was joined by the San Marino Research Center Castiglioni (originally born as CRC, Cagiva Research Center) to work on the brand’s Brutale Dragster 800 RR and come out with an evil looking motorcycle that will scare the daylights out of anything on the road.

Enter the RVS#1. Drumrolls please.

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Ducati is finally launching the Monster 797 and Multistrada 950 on our streets.

Ducati is finally launching the Monster 797 and Multistrada 950 on our streets.

The Italian brand’s bill maker and the adventure junkie is headed our way and we couldn’t help but smile.

We all know thatDucati is one such motorcycle maker which makes machines straight from the heart. Each and every motorcycle in the stable of Ducati speaks of some purpose which is beautifully blended with the pinch of hardcore passion. And so are two brands from this Italian maker that have seen the world market grow in multiple dimensions, the Monster and the Multistrada.

We are in for a treat as we will soon be getting brand new motorcycles from each of the family and it will happen on the June 14th, 2017. The Monster 797 and the Multistrada 950 will make the scenes here to be the most affordable of the entire Ducati product line-ups.

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2017 Triumph Street Triple

2017 Triumph Street Triple

The Brit’s purebred attempt at slaughtering anything coming against it.

Over the past couple of years, Triumph has been sweating it out on the arena and treating us with exceptionally new modern classics over and over again. Their Bonneville range is selling as fast as they can make them and just when you thought it’s time for them to take a well-deserved breather, they just pushed themselves to change the rules of the street and prove that they can still rule the popular roadster/streetfighter category.

Triumph, a manufacturer having more than two decades of experience in building top class motorcycles, has bet big on their new upgraded Street Triple model. Giving the riders a distinctive appeal was the characterful and thrilling 675cc triple cylinder engine that had previously made the Street Triple what it was. The small roadster motorcycle became a Triumph icon back then, and the British brand has set to repeat the same with an all-new 2017 Triumph Street Triple.

It will now have a 765cc under the hood and will come in three variants: S, R and RS, each with their unique level of power, performance, technology and distinctive attitudes. With cutting edge technology, earth shattering equipment list, attention to detail and a new sinister powerplant, looks like the Brits have concocted a winner. Get on and choose your pick.

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Triumph will power the Moto2 World Championship from 2019.

Triumph will power the Moto2 World Championship from 2019.

The British manufacturer announces its entry into the world of Grand Prix

There is ‘motorcycle’ and then there is ‘motorcycle racing’. Each of them has a different meaning for every manufacturer. And being associated with the latter is a form of prestige to them. The term ‘motorcycle racing’ was coined the day the second motorcycle was ever made and since then, the world of racing has seen a great deal of competition and rivalry amongst manufacturers and builders, all vying for the glory of unadulterated use of power and the pride of being at the top of their game.

The FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix is the premier class of motorcycle road racing held since 1949. The Grand Prix is categorised into three formats - MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. All manufacturers put all their resources into running the best of their machines on the world stage and claim for the ultimate crown.

Now, Triumph has officially announced their entry into the world of motorsports and are readying to replace Honda as the engine manufacturer for the Moto2 Motorcycles from the 2019 season. And they are doing it with the dedicated race tuned 765cc Triumph triple engine, based on the powerplant from the all-new 2017 Triumph Street Triple.

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2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900

2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900

The supermoto crossover from Noale has everyone raise an eyebrow.

Aprilia has been firing on all pistons to give the world class leading performance motorcycles that make the riding aphrodisiac’s hearts racing. And as with them trying to stay with changing times, they add new updated models every year to their existing lineup to keep things fresh. Although they never made many headways before, it seems like they have now learnt things the hard way and have been busy making bikes that speak for themselves and beam technical prowess.

First seen on the EICMA 2016 stage, Aprilia launched the updated model of its adventure crossover, Dorsoduro 900. Dubbed as a “True Thrill Generator”, Aprilia have been making the Dorsoduro crossover for some time now, and it used to run on a 750cc before. Now, Noale has updated the part-supermotard-part-sportsbike motorcycle with an all-new 900cc machine that also makes a scene in the Shiver 900.

With more modern technologies and features embedded into a fine tune chassis built with the experience of the Aprilia Racing Department, there isn’t much that could go wrong with this adventure crossover here. New electronics, refined mechanics and an excellent chassis structure sees this motorcycle take new levels of riding pleasure and we are here to find out how.

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2017 Aprilia Shiver 900

2017 Aprilia Shiver 900

The Italian gets a bigger heart and better electronics to take on its brother from another mother.

Aprilia has been firing on all pistons to give the world class leading performance motorcycles that make the riding aphrodisiac’s hearts racing. And as with them trying to stay with changing times, they add new updated models every year to their existing lineup to keep things fresh. Although they never made many headways before, it seems like they have now learnt things the hard way and have been busy making bikes that speak for themselves and beam technical prowess.

First seen on the EICMA 2016 stage, Aprilia launched the updated models of its naked streetfighter, Shiver and it is heading our way as we speak. This was initially a 750cc motorcycle first launched in 2007, and it struggled because of its unearthing looks which were not any more striking than the competition. But now, it seems that Aprilia have given their magic touch to the 2017 edition, and it looks more so ever lively and strong. This will be the first time the Shiver bandwagon enters the country’s model lineup.

It carries a bigger 900 cc engine, a jump of a lethal 150 cc from the earlier models and they sit just below the Italian brand’s flagship models RSV4 RF and Tuono V4 1100 RF. New electronics, refined mechanics and an excellent chassis structure sees this motorcycle take new levels of riding pleasure and we are here to find out how.

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Triumph is finally rolling the 2017 Street Triple onto the country roads.

Triumph is finally rolling the 2017 Street Triple onto the country roads.

Bookings have opened for the striking new Street Triple and India launch is slated this month.

For a motorcycle that is said to change the rules of the street, Triumph, a manufacturer having more than two decades of experience in building motorcycles, has bet big on their new upgraded Street Triple model. A model that had already changed the notion of a streetfighter back when it was first launched in 2007.

Giving the riders a distinctive appeal was the characterful and thrilling 675cc triple cylinder engine that had previously made the Daytona 675 sportsbike what it was. The small roadster motorcycle became a Triumph icon back then and the British brand set to repeat the same with an all-new 2017 Triumph Street Triple which will now have a 765cc under the hood.

After launching this earth shattering motorcycle in London five months ago, the British maker has set the ball rolling to introduce this machine into the Indian market as we speak. The bookings for the same have begun across Triumph showrooms in the country and apparently, only the Street Triple ‘S’ variant will be made available for now post the June 12 launch. The ‘R’ and the ‘RS’ variants will, however, come in sometime later in the year.

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Aprilia launched its Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900 in India.

Aprilia launched its Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900 in India.

The streetfighter and the ADV shares the same engine, chassis, suspension and brakes. But are worlds apart.

First seen on the EICMA 2016 stage, Aprilia launched the updated models of its naked streetfighter Shiver and the supermoto crossover Dorsoduro in India. Both of them carry a bigger 900 cc engine, a jump of a lethal 150 cc from the earlier models and they sit just below the Italian brand’s flagship models RSV4 RF and Tuono V4 1100 RF.

Although we did have the option of buying ourselves the Dorsoduro 1200, which was shipped-by-order only, this will be the first time the Shiver bandwagon enters the country’s model lineup. As part of their 2017 updates, both the models get cosmetic and mechanical upgrades along with a bunch of modern electronic rider aides and technologies. Both of them run on the similar 896cc powerplant that configures as a liquid-cooled, 90-degree V-twin with DOHC and 4 valves per cylinder engine. It is capable of producing 95 bhp power and 90 Nm torque and has identical gear ratios for both the models.

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Hero MotoCorp will launch 6 new models in the coming year to increase their market share.

Hero MotoCorp will launch 6 new models in the coming year to increase their market share.

With Honda and TVS catching their breadth, Hero needs to fill their performance portfolios.

Hero MotoCorp is the world’s largest manufacturer of two wheels and no one understands commuting more than this company. Hero enjoys an unprecedented success when it comes to the commuter class of 100-110cc motorcycles. Out of the 24 models that they sell in the Indian market currently, 18 of them are in the 100-125cc commuter motorcycles and scooters, and just two models of the Karizma are in the 200cc sports bracket. It looks like this excessive focus and dependence on the commuter market is going to become Hero’s deterrent hurdle in terms of market share and sales.

There have not been any breakthrough model for the company in the performance models and with the ₹ 13.8 lakh Hayabusas outselling the ₹1.05 lakh Karizma’s, it was high time that Hero understood their problem and gave heed to its performance-oriented developments to tap the market shares.

Luckily, they have made some head starts just in time and have invested ₹ 2500 crores for new product developments, expanding capacities, upgrading their existing plants with more modern manufacturing techniques and setting up new plants. They have also announced the launch of six new models for the coming year to attain aggressive market share gains.

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Kawasaki is planning a full fledged plant in Chakan, Pune.

Kawasaki is planning a full fledged plant in Chakan, Pune.

Local assembly, local parts procurement and production in the cards.

Kawasaki made its entry into the Indian market when it joined hands with our very own ‘Hamara Bajaj’ in 2009. This tie-up not only helped Bajaj spread its wings, Kawasaki too started selling and servicing their 650cc and below products in the Bajaj operated pro-biking showrooms in the country. Kawasaki also assembled their CKD motorcycles, at the Bajaj Auto’s facility in Chakan. But now, the two companies have split, and Kawasaki is operation under its own subsidiary, India Kawasaki Motors (IKM).

A 100% subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Japan, the company is now planning to set up its own unit in Chakan that will cater to the assembly process of all its CKD models and also arrange for maximum localisation in its future developments.

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