2017 Hero Super Splendor i3S
It’s no surprise that the brand ‘Splendor’ is responsible for the Hero MotoCorp fame and success stories one would find in its record books. The Splendor has seen several iterations in the 100cc segment, ranging from the conventional commuter to a café racer. Hero did intend to cash in this popularity of Splendor even in the segment of 125cc commuters, courtesy the Super Splendor.
Launched as a more premium and powerful version of the 100cc Splendor Plus, the Super Splendor looks like a perfect evolution of the latter. It was with the Super Splendor that Hero MotoCorp made its foray into a more premium segment of commuters, 125cc motorcycles to be precise.
In its entire span of existence, the Super Splendor has undergone a number of minimal updates, which have managed to keep the motorcycle fresh in order to face the tide of time effectively. The motorcycle has once again received a minor update recently, which includes only a couple of cosmetic changes and feature additions. Here’s a brief preview of the latest version of the Hero Super Splendor:-
2017 Hero Maestro Edge
Hero enjoys an unprecedented success when it comes to the commuter class of 100-110cc motorcycles. But when it comes to the segment of automatic scooters, it didn’t have an offering to thrash the undisputed leadership of the scooters, the Honda Activa. Though the Maestro and Pleasure did churn up decent volumes for the manufacturer in the country, they still haven’t been able to bring down the sales of Honda scooters, which have been selling like hot cakes.
Then came the Maestro Edge and Duet, which further strengthen the scooter lineup for Hero in the country. However, the sales of the Maestro Edge have turned out to be a bit lower than what Hero had expected. So now, Hero has tried to infuse some novelty in the Maestro Edge for the year 2017 by adding a couple of new features to the scooter. Let’s have a look at what all changes do the new Maestro Edge get:-
Royal Enfield enters Brazil, the fourth largest two wheeler market in the world.
Royal Enfield entered the motorcycle industry more than 116 years back in the UK. This 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.
After winning over customers in India, it has continued its stride of expansion and has opened up an exclusive brand outlet and sets up a direct distribution subsidiary in Brazil headquartered in Sao Paulo as part of its growing strategy. Enfield’s new retail format showcases “Pure Motorcycling” as its brand philosophy and has now entered the fourth biggest two-wheeler market in the world.
2017 Yamaha Fascino
In recent years, Yamaha Motor India has managed to get a makeover for itself by shifting its focus towards commuters including scooters, apart from just making performance oriented motorcycles. For a manufacturer that stayed off from making scooters till date, Yamaha now has a comprehensive lineup of scooters which cater to each and every segment of buyers in the market, ranging from college going youth to family oriented unisex scooter buyers to even fashion conscious fairer sex.
A couple of years ago, in a very bold and unexpected move, Yamaha introduced the neo-classic themed scooter Fascino, with which it tried to lure the female buyers intending to make their individualistic statement rather being just another regular part of the crowd. As a ritual of giving a midlife update to its every product in India, Yamaha now has given the Fascino its first ever update, which makes the scooter look fresher than before. Here’s a brief outlook on all the changes and details which the new Fascino gets:-
TVS Akula 310 aka Apache RTR 300 is getting all dressed up for the big party.
TVS had, a while ago, revealed about its launch in Indonesia in the first half of 2017. Working on a somewhat similar frame as the KTM-Bajaj, TVS took the jump with BMW Motorrad. This joint venture will benefit TVS by bringing in investments and expertise to further broaden their R&D capability to improve on existing projects and bring in new innovations across their product lineup. In fact, TVS has already showcased a concept, touted to be the flagship motorcycle for the company.
Today, we see this partnership taking shape in the form these spy images surfacing the internet where the bike is undergoing dyno tests on the factory floor. This is after we found them sitting outside on the factory yard last week. TVS Akula 310 concept made global debut at the 2016 Auto Expo and now is slated to launch sometime in July, 2017. The Akula 310 will, however, be christened as the Apache RTR 310 in India.
2017 BMW HP4 RACE
You know that it is a big deal when BMW themselves call it ‘the most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time’. At this year’s EICMA, BMW Motorrad revealed to the world an initial glimpse of the most exclusive model in its history to date: the sinister looking BMW HP4 RACE. The Germans have now showcased the production version of the same at the ongoing Shanghai Auto Expo 2017.
It will be a purposefully limited edition hand built motorcycle by the blokes at BMW, which will itself be a notch higher than the brand’s superstar, the S 1000RR-HP4. With a full carbon fibre twin-spar main frame and rims that are made in the same factory that makes carbon fibre components for BMW’s iconic ‘i-series’ and 7 series of cars.
Someone caught the Honda XRE 300 on the shopfloor in India.
For some people, adventure is about finding your way through the unknown and doing things most have not or seeing things never seen before is a savour best felt. But unless you plan on walking, you need a way to get there. This is where Honda’s new offering comes in and sweeps you off your feet in the most humble and matured way.
Recently we discussed about Honda eyeing to get the brand’s adventure motorcycle, the XRE 300 into the country as part of their four ’all-new’ two wheelers for FY2018. Looks like our speculations were right if we have to believe this snap of Team-BHP’s reader is true.
Honda has exterminated the CBR 150R and CBR 250R. What is the plan here?
The Indian leg of the Japanese brand, Honda 2Wheelers, is targeting a 20% growth in volume and has reportedly invested a tune of ₹ 1600 crore in new capacities and 4 new models it plans to launch in FY-18. Doing so, the Japanese are gunning for the pole position, grabbing it from its erstwhile partner Hero MotoCorp.
Meanwhile, what we know so far is that Honda has taken off their faired commuters, the CBR 150R and the CBR 250R off their official websites too and have stopped selling them. This could be due to the BS-IV regulations and they might even be updated with BS-IV engines and AHO. Or is the brand launching new generations of the brands?
Honda will launch four ’all-new’ models by FY18. Here is what we think are coming.
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 Indian leg of the Japanese brand, Honda 2Wheelers, is also targeting a 20% growth in volume and has reportedly invested a tune of ₹ 1600 crore in new capacities and 4 new models it plans to launch in FY-18. Doing so, the Japanese are gunning for the pole position, grabbing it from its erstwhile partner Hero MotoCorp.
Watch Sarah Lezito take up the Park N Ride Challenge on the BMW G 310 R
There are many women taking up riding now and unlike before it is no more a taboo as perceived by society. Then there are those few who kick out all norms and do what they believe in. Enter Sarah ‘Lezito’ Vignot. A girl who has been gifted with a bank of talent to dance around with a machine on two-wheels. Where, for some, balancing on two wheels becomes a task, Sarah takes it to a different level altogether.
In this new video, she goes on a downhill race in the car park with bikes and longboards. Starting at the top of a multi-storey car park, three bikes along with people on longboards partner up and race down the building in a fun filled activity created by BMW Motorrad. And obviously, she is seen riding the BMW G 310 R.
NOTE: We do not endorse/promote stunt riding on public roads. Always consider safety first and wear a helmet and all riding gear.
Inside are some of the scintillating images of the all new BMW HP4 Race
BMW Motorrad recently launched a 215 bhp Carbon Fibre maniac from the heavens, the BMW HP4 Race. It is ‘the most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time’ according to the German chaps and we have no doubt about it.
It will be a purposefully limited edition hand built motorcycle by the blokes at BMW who had showcased an initial glimpse of the most exclusive model in its history to date at the EICMA in 2016. Now, the production version gets its skin painted and is ready to be shipped to the lucky 750 customers having € 80000 (appx ₹ 56 lakh) to spare.
Here is our weekend treat for you. Our pick of the best snapshots for your eyes only. And of course, the wallpaper needs some changing.
The Royal Enfield BRAT-BOB. A play choreographed by artisans.
Royal Enfield has been the spoilt choice for man custom bikers and builders around the globe. Enfields are mental and they are a gold find for few for its simplistic construction and for customisation. You can chop it up and put them together and it carries 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 some Bobber makeover this time around from a custom house in Kerala called Grid7 Customs.
BMW Motorrad launched the HP4 RACE, a 215 bhp Carbon Fibre maniac from the heavens.
You know that it is a big deal when BMW themselves call it ‘the most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time’. At this year’s EICMA, BMW Motorrad revealed to the world an initial glimpse of the most exclusive model in its history to date: the sinister looking BMW HP4 RACE. The Germans have now showcased the production version of the same at the ongoing Shanghai Auto Expo 2017. They have released information, fresh new pictures and an official video of the hyperbike for us to drool at.
It will be a purposefully limited edition hand built motorcycle by the blokes at BMW, which will itself be a notch higher than the brand’s superstar, the S 1000RR-HP4; with full carbon fibre twin-spar main frame and rims that are made in the same factory that makes carbon fibre components for BMW’s iconic ‘i-series’ and 7 series of cars.
Harley Davidson Street Rod vs Triumph Street Cup vs Ducati Scrambler Café Racer
Ever since its entry into the Indian market, Harley-Davidson has become a cult name and has carved a niche among all the motorcycle lovers who ride for the pure passion of motorcycling. Within the portfolio of Harley Davidson in India, though all the motorcycles have been accepted with open arms irrespective of their high price tags and few obvious shortcomings, the most recognised motorcycle among all happens to be the Street 750. It made its debut in India at the Auto Expo 2014 and became an instant success, for the fact that it was (and still is) the most affordable way to lay your hands on a motorcycle from the iconic brand Harley-Davidson is.
The craze of the mid-weight naked is becoming more and more alive in the Indian subcontinent, and Harley-Davidson is looking at getting a bigger piece of this market segment too. To try out their luck, the iconic American brand has launched the third member of its Street family. It had more aggressive styling and improved handling above all of the Streets. That is the all new Harley-Davidson Street Rod. A little sparse, a little spare, and an exercise in understatement. The most sport-oriented version of the Street series offering an alternative to more conventional cruiser variants. This young generation of a machine is a serious effort to reach customers outside the likes of the classic Harley Davidsons’.
This strategy has been already undertaken by the British and Italian powerhouses, and each has launched their 21st-century machines to rope in the new generation of riders early on. We are talking about the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer and the Triumph Street Cup, which too are based on their retro-themed versions – the Ducati Scrambler and Triumph Street Twin. Here’s a comprehensive comparison to find out if Harley’s new baby accomplishes to stand out from Ducati and Triumph to be the most lucrative motorcycle to own. Here you go:-
Honda launched its new Fireblade in the country and it is scorching hot
Honda made everyone sweat when they launched the CBR900RR in 1992 having huge power numbers and weighing lesser than the closest competitor. For the Fireblade’s 25th anniversary, Honda has gone big with the updated engine, chassis, electronic suspension and a whole bunch of rider aids package all combined with the hefty weight loss giving the rivals a run for their money.
Yesterday, the Japanese Red launched the screaming CBR 1000 RR Fireblade in all pomp and fanfare.
2017 Kawasaki Z 250
After making a sweet spot in the hearts of enthusiasts with its Ninja 300, Kawasaki had struck again with its yet another onslaught in the entry-level performance motoring, Z250. It was first launched in 2015 and was the smallest displacement bike from Kawasaki into India (after they stopped making the Ninja 250). As the name suggests, the Z250 is a quarter litre motorcycle from the ‘Z’ family of naked streetfighters of Kawasaki. Designed and engineered on the lines of the bigger Z’s, the Z250 also promises to give the thrills of the Ninja in a more affordable package.
They may not have begun their journey high, but they do seem like having everything under control. After the Ninja 300, we were speculating that Kawasaki might launch its Z300 and replace the Z250, but that seems out of the question at the moment. Nonetheless, there is still oodles of potential waiting to be unleashed with the 250 and Kawasaki has done just the right thing by getting it to the market again and this time, it gets BS-IV compliant engine, new colour schemes and the much needed ABS. Good news is never too late.
Hero Electric has tied up with Bosch for powertrain partnership
Hero Electric has been the sub-brand of Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. The company is a multi-product and a multi-location enterprise with interests in Electric Vehicles, Bicycles and Healthcare. With the newfound interest in electric powertrains, Hero has made strides in this direction and are betting big on the technology.
It has been launching electric two-wheelers for some time now and has sold over 1 lakh customers. They, however, were not market spec vehicles like the Tork T6X or Ather S340 and were very underpowered. Now, they have tied up with the German Technology giant, Bosch, to get things around for them.
2017 TVS Apache RTR 160
Why is there a 160cc category? That odd number is more of a marketing strategy really. Want people to shell out more money for you, give them another 10cc. TVS did just that with the advent of the RTR 160. It was the first ever bike to surpass the notion of selling only 150cc bikes, by giving the customers an upper advantage of extra 10cc in its engine and a little more equipment.
Launched first in 2007 to compete with the rest of the 150cc ones, it is a stylish looking Motorcycle and the word ’RTR’ means Racing Throttle Response which tells you that this motorcycle is built for speed. The bike was launched in parallel with the 180 nemeses and also received the major overhaul in 2012, and it made the Apache look sportier with possessed aggressive outlook. Now, for 2017, TVS has given it yet another mild upgrade which gives it a BS-IV engine and adorns the AHO feature. The rest remains unchanged. Let’s have a brief look at this year’s model.
Kawasaki will launch its updated naked beasts on April 22
The Japanese Green Machine were kind of caught unsettled with the BS-IV fiasco and they took a little more time to convert their entire line-up into BS-IV compliant. Especially, when their split with Bajaj and them establishing an independent business-<. But, good news is never too late.
They may not have begun their journey strong, but they do seem like having everything under control. After the Ninja 300 and the ZX10-RR, it’s time for their naked cousins to lunch their BS-IV compliant motorcycles, the Z250.
2017 TVS Apache RTR 180
TVS Motor Company is the third largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India, and the Apache has been the company’s flagship brand since its launch in 2006. The “Racing Throttle Response" was the brand’s foray into the naked sports segment which, similar to the Pulsars, is gaining a lot of momentum into increasing the sub- brand’s product portfolio. The nameplate, which started with the unveiling of a 150cc motorcycle, has spawned into a variety of streetfighters, which somewhat have managed to create new benchmarks when it comes to delivering raw power in a relatively affordable package.
Running with three products under its Apache brand, the 180 sits right in the centre. It got a major upgrade in 2012 that adorned new cosmetic changes, and it made the Apache look sportier with possessed aggressive outlook. Although the rest of the mechanics remained the same, it remained as one of the most powerful and fastest motorcycles in this segment in India. Now, for 2017, TVS has given it yet another mild upgrade which gives it a BS-IV engine and adorns the AHO feature. The rest remains unchanged. Let’s have a brief look at this year’s model.
How about doing a wheelie through stranded traffic?
We all living in the urban metropolitan cities, which we boast about to everyone, have faced one thing in common that we hate the most. Getting stuck in traffic. We are always in shock and denial, and even though we knew it was coming, we always find ourselves amazed at the hour-long stand still line.
Then there is this guy who beats it on his two-wheels. And he just doesn’t ride it through small spaces but does it in his own style.. pops a wheelie.
NOTE: We do not endorse/promote stunt riding on public roads. Keep yourself and other road users safe. Always consider safety first and wear a helmet and all riding gear.
Three Indians qualify to ride in this year’s Dakar rally
The Dakar Rally (or simply "The Dakar"; formerly known as the "Paris–Dakar Rally") is the world’s most challenging cross-country rally event that judges the physical and mental aptitudes of the rider and the machine since its inception in 1978.
Last year, we saw two Indian teams competing in this gruelling contest, Hero MotoSports Team Rally and TVS Racing Sherco, and each had an Indian at the helm of their machines. Hero Motorsport’s C.S Santosh and TVS Racing’s K.P Aravind. This year, the organisers have identified India’s rally-raid as one of the Dakar’s qualifying round for the 2018 Dakar rally in which apart from the mentioned two Indians, TVS Racing added another name - Tanveer. And all of them have aced up and got themselves selected for the toughest rally.
2017 Benelli Tornado 302 R
Benelli was finding it difficult to find its identity amidst in the modern and competitive world, even more after a Chinese firm acquired it. 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. First showcased at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, this entry level fully faired sports bike from the Italian powerhouse has managed to excite the enthusiasts ever since it was first announced.