Listen to the Honda CBX 1050. An F1 shaming motorcycle.
Don’t you always, I mean every single time, turn around whenever you listen to the glory symphony coming out of a four-pot motorcycle? It has become an instant reflex built in your body that will make you forget what you are doing and your eye starts searching the source of this vibration that is making airspace.
Here is a bike from Japan that is no ordinary motorcycle. It takes the vibe game to another level with having six cylinders under the belly rather than the contemporary four. Yes, it will make any four cylinder motorcycle sound like a baby and gives serious competitions to the Formula One cars. We are talking about the Honda CBX 1050.
Manufactured by Honda between 1978 and 1982, it is a production bike that has deceiving bodywork and a massive 1047cc inline, 24-valve, 6-cylinder engine that produced 105 bhp. That low-frequency rumble coming out of this at idle and the high pitch tone when revved will make the hair on the back of your neck stand.
Close your eyes, put on to some niche headphones, and turn the volume up.
This Double Barrel thumper is brought to life. And it sounds gothic.
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. Check out his new upload of the brand new twin cylinder engine called as ’The Double Barrel 1000" firing up.
KTM fires the hooligans responsible for abusing the new Duke 250 and 390 in the showroom.
Last week, an idiotic chap posted a live video on the social media site, Facebook, where a group of 5 who happens to be the employees at one of the KTM showrooms in Kerala, abused the newly launched Duke 250 and 390 bike.
The video went viral because of the heart-wrenching content that saw this group of hooligans revving the engine hard till the redline and playing with the headlight operating switches in a very harsh manner. To top it all, they were found dancing and shouting around just for the sake of the LIVE feed.
Take a look at it yourself, and hold a hand on your heart. It is painful.
This video tells you why ABS for motorcycles is so important
There has never been a rider comfortable in a situation where his wheel got locked due to aggressive braking. This is where ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) comes into the picture.
Bajaj has made a video for us to know how this tech works in favour of keeping us safe and prevent any untoward accidents from happening.
TVS commences exporting the BMW G 310R
TVS is already producing a single cylinder G 310R for BMW Motorrad in their Hosur plant. This is no new news that BMW teamed up with TVS Motors in a Euro 20 million partnership to support them with the manufacturing and distribution of smaller capacity motorcycles, starting with the G 310R.
Now, TVS is doing just that. 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.
2017 Honda Activa 4G
Over and over again, we have repeatedly mentioned how the Honda Activa has proven itself to be a very significant model for not only establishing Honda in India but also in rejuvenating the scooter market in India that was dying a slow death post the discontinuation of Bajaj Chetak in the country. Paving the path for other four stroke automatic scooters in the country, the Activa was Honda’s first ever single product for the Indian market, which gradually went on to become so legendary that even after almost 17 years of its launch, it is still going very much strong and is recording as the highest selling two-wheeler.
Though, over the years, we have seen a couple of more iterations of the Activa brand in the form of a more slim and girly Activa-i and a more proper, powerful and premium 125cc scooter, the Activa 125. However, it is the original Activa which is churning out the majority of numbers even today. After a successful journey spawning three generation, the Honda Activa has entered its 17 years of existence in India with its fourth generation model, the new Activa 4G. It now comes with a couple of more cosmetic changes and a significant change to its powertrain, which makes it a bit more contemporary than before, if not much. So let’s see what’s new in the new Activa 4G:-
How to get your motorcycle driving license in India
If you just turned 18 and are looking to get yourself a driving license, then you are at the right place folks. Just so that it is clear, a driving licence is the official document which authorises its holder to operate various types of motor vehicle on highways and some other roads to which the public have access.
We will give you a step by step procedure to get yourself licensed to ride around in your favourite machine. It is a fairly simple procedure that you must follow that will have you fill applications, necessary document papers and finally to give your theory and practical examinations. As it is a valid document issued by the government within the country and can, therefore, also be considered as valid proof of identification in non-driving contexts (e.g. when opening a bank account) or age (e.g. when applying for a mobile connection).
Royal Enfield is testing a new twin cylinder on our roads
We have been giving your reports of Royal Enfield developing a brand new- game changing product that will set the standards for the middleweight category. Looks like we were not wrong.
Spied by a reader at Team-BHP, this image shows that the twin cylinder cafe-racer has landed in India and the company is currently testing it on our roads near the Royal Enfield factory in Chennai.
2017 Honda Activa 125
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.
The Activa began its life with a 100cc engine which was later upgraded with an 110cc engine. A couple of years ago, Honda decided to make the Activa brand a bit more premium by launching a bigger and more powerful version of the same, the Activa 125.
The Activa 125 came with a slightly revised design and dimensions, the inclusion of a few new features and most importantly, a larger heart in the form of a bigger 125cc engine. This flagship scooter from Honda may not be a high volume churner as its 110cc counterpart, but it gave the scooter buyers an option to go for a big lifestyle or powerful scooter, which offers a more mature and better product over the regular Activa.
Recently, Honda silently launched the first ever facelift of the Activa 125, which hosts of a couple of new features and slight mechanical changes to its powertrain. Let’s have a look at what all changes the new Activa 125 has been blessed with:-
The supreme court wants a list of unsold BS-III motorcycles.
2017 BMW G310 R
When BMW Motorrad joined hands with TVS Motorcycles in 2013, we knew we were in for some special treat. And guess what? It’s time to taste the sweet.
BMW had a sub 500cc model in the works for quite some time which they intended it to cater to the global market. Unveiled at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, BMW surprised us with this G310R and created a buzz across the riding community with the entry-level naked roadster.
Although it is the smallest bike from BMW, when it comes to performance, it is anything but small. Perfect for a handful of folks new to motorcycles, it is a rocket trainer for the experienced purists and is sure hell lot of fun for everyone riding on this machine. The combination of being lightweight and having a real powerhouse has always won the wars for every manufacturer, and this is no exception.
Honda wants to compete with Royal Enfield’s middleweight category.
When Bajaj launched the Dominar in 2016, it was highly pitted against the mighty Royal Enfield Classic 350. It was supposed to gorge away from the sales of the RE and leave it hanging dry. Nonetheless, people did compare them, wrote and spoke sagas about it but it looks like the universe had different plans for them. The sales figures were the scary truth for Bajaj where they understood that they played the wrong card.
Now, the Japanese Red are planning to lock horns with RE to have their go at the middleweight segment and give a stiff fight to the Enfield’s 500-535cc motors.
DIY KTM exhaust kit. For ₹ 25 only.
You have to agree that everyone after some point of time develops an affinity towards the throaty exhaust note of the KTM Dukes’ and the RCs’. Unfortunately, you have to buy one to extract all the feels of it. There is only one thing that stops us from doing that. The steep prices of these machines.
Not that it is a lot or it is not worth it, it so much is. But a major part of the country’s population cannot afford it. So what if you cannot buy the whole motorcycle? You can at least customise your commuter to sound like one. A chap here has done exactly that, but not by spending huge sums to replace his exhaust unit. Instead, he makes use of an empty soda can.
Yes, with just an aerated can of your favourite drink that cost just ₹ 25. He has fastened the can onto the exhaust unit in such a way that the mouth/opening of the can face the exhaust outlet of the Honda commuter motorcycle. And when he starts the ignition, you wouldn’t believe your ears how similar to the KTM exhaust note it sounds.
If you go to a small shack selling snacks and drinks or even to your corner grocery store, you don’t even have to spend that ₹ 25, you will find cans thrown away. So basically, all you then need is a fastener metal wire that will hoist the can into place. And Voila!, you have your very own DIY KTM exhaust unit.
TVS Apache gets rendered into ten different variants
TVS Motor Company is the third largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India, and the Apache has been the company’s flagship 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.
An Italian artist who goes by the name Oberdan Bezzi, also famously called as OBIBOI, has sketched some impressive looking concepts which might be expected from the TVS Apache stable in the future. They include ten different versions of the same bike, and all of them are running on 180cc and 310cc engines.
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.
This is the rally world’s biggest event and for one to be selected in this, has to go through many qualifying rounds that are held across the world. This year, the organisers have identified India’s rally-raid as one of the Dakar’s qualifying round for the 2018 Dakar rally.
India’s TVS Racing has just released a video showcasing their entry into this event that is going to take place on April 7th to April 9th.
What are the most underrated mass oriented bikes of India?
In our number of stories, we have repeatedly said that the Indian two wheeler market is one tough field to study. The kind of demands we Indians do ask from two-wheeler makers are quite hard to conquer, as we want literally everything in one product.
Keeping in view of such demands from a very competitive market, the manufacturers too are doing a tremendous job by offering products which are offering a good blend of all the traits in one single package. Out of all these products, some do hit the sales charts with massive popularity, while some of them end up being average or low sellers, despite being a brilliant piece of engineering and design.
In this feature story, we are going to throw some light on the latter category of motorcycles and scooters, ones which are not selling as expected despite being wonderful in one way or the other. Here’s a list of all such unfortunate and underrated motorcycles and scooters, and we seriously wish that they do post impressive numbers for their makers:-
TVS launches 2017 updates of the Jupiter and the Apache 200 4V.
As are with the recent upgrades in the emission norms, April 1st is the set date by the EPCA (Environment Pollution Control Authority) of India by when all automotive manufacturers are said to adhere to releasing products that run on BS-IV compliant engines.
Although late to the party of bandwagons that have updated their models, it is still before the set date that TVS decided to upgrade their models too to having the BS-IV compliant engine and the Automatic Headlamp On feature. They have started with getting their champ scooter, the Jupiter, and their flagship motorcycle, the Apache RTR 200 4V with these updates.
The Jupiter also gets two new colours on its palette and a new braking technology. The Apache, on the other hand, gets fuel injection for 2017.
2017 Yamaha XSR900 Abarth
When the best of two worlds meet, something spectacular is always bound to happen. And this is what the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth all about. The child of the Japanese Blue team and the Italian powerhouse has surfaced, and it looks absolutely stunning.
Abarth, an Italian tuning brand that turns normal family Fiat cars into their sporty mad-runner nemesis has for the first time tried their hand on motorbikes, thanks to the firm’s association with Yamaha’s MotoGP team. They have collaborated with Yamaha to produce for 2017 a limited-edition "Sport Heritage café racer special" based on Yamaha’s XSR900 847 cc inline-triple neo-retro motorcycle.
It is a lightweight, high-performance retro special whose authentic café racer design reflects the true spirit of the motorcycles in the 60’s era. But make no mistake, it is very much futuristic. This is the perfect blend of ultra-cool retro style with the grunt of a sports racer. And only a limited number of 695 will hit the streets.
Yamaha makes a headway and goes ahead patenting a Two Wheel Drive motorcycle
Yamaha has come up with an idea that is going to take us all by surprise and will have upped the ante by changing the game of the motorcycling world. They have just been awarded with a patent that carries an indigenous piece of technology that can possibly change the way we perceive the motorcycling experience.
The Japanese brand is developing an all-wheel drive motorcycle where power is given to both the wheels of the motorcycle, and according to the spy grabs, Yamaha will use two different energy sources to power the motorcycle.
Indian Motorcycle released a limited edition Jack Daniel’s Chieftain
In 2016, Indian Motorcycles and Jack Daniels, two legendary American brands joined forces to commemorate JD’s 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, which was registered in 1866. This occasion led to Indian Motorcycles building a very limited number (150 units) of the Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle models, all of which were sold barely under 8 hours within the launch.
For 2017, the same stalwarts came together again to produce yet another iconic spin-off of the sumptuousness Indian Chieftain and christened it as the Jack Daniel’s Chieftain. This time the limited number is only a 100 units which are all designed in conjunction with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles.
Kawasaki launched the much awaited Ninja ZX-10RR
Within a year of its official launch, Kawasaki has mildly updated the motorcycle by giving in a few more equipment and mild changes to its powertrain. But instead of launching it as the ‘all new Ninja ZX-10R’, Kawasaki is terming this new version of the motorcycle as an additional variant of the same.
Say hello to the new 2017 Ninja ZX-10RR then, which promises to be sportier and more eager to roar than the standard ZX-10R. It was launched in India yesterday and ’extremely limited’ number of units coming this way.
Dorna cheif hints at having electric Moto GP style races.
Dorna Sports, S.L. is that commercial entity that holds the rights to conduct all MotoGP Championships and all forms of supersport and superbike racing held around the world. Now, this organisation is prepping up for conducting races that will consist of electrically powered superbikes.
Dorna boss, Carmelo Ezpeleta, confirmed the same during an interview with a Spanish publication, Motciclismo.