BMW builds a hover-superbike taken from a LEGO dream.
Not many days ago we had shown you a Russian company’s big dream plan of getting us a hover bike called us ‘The Scorpion 3’. A high-tech quadcopter that is a unique electric-powered vessel combining a motorcycle seat with quadcopter drone technology.
Now, we have found ourselves enthralled by the Bavarian Motor Work’s creationmade possible as it teamed up with our childhood king of toys and building blocks – LEGO. Folks at both the toy companies have conceptualised a dream hoverbike that is basically brought to life a 603 piece LEGO set.
TVS reveals about its Akula launch in Indonesia
Working on a somewhat similar frame as the KTM-Bajaj, TVS took the jump with BMW Motorrad, especially after their stunt with Suzuki did not quite hit the cord. Both TVS and BMW will be sharing and developing platforms together to distribute products locally and the global stage. 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.
According to OTOMOTIFNET.COM, Mr Aditya Putra from Corporate Communication of PT TVS Motor Company, Indonesia, confirmed to them that TVS plans to bring a new sports product, to Indonesia in the first half of 2017. And we believe it is the Akula 310. The Akula 310 will, however, be christened as the Apache RTR 300 in India.
BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100
BMW is not some run of the mill company. It has one of the most prestigious history books and for nearly a century, they have been making impeccable products that beam innovation and technological acumen. Started as an aircraft engine manufacturer, BMW started manufacturing two wheelers in 1923 with the R32 that made use of the iconic flat-twin boxer configuration engine.
100 years down the line, BMW Motorrad still uses this boxer engine to power the finest of the finest motorcycles. To commemorate this heritage, BMW has offered us a sneak at how its next 100 years is going to be by showcasing the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 at the “Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience” exhibition in Los Angeles.
After giving us saliva bubbles with its vision of the future through the MINI, Rolls-Royce and the BMW concepts, BMW now gives us BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100, a motorcycle that is a completely radical concept of the traditional machine on two wheels today. Almost like being officiated at the altar of Utopia, this is “the essence of motorcycling and a symbol of the ultimate riding experience of the future” according to Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.
Munich-based industrial designer who goes by the name Christian Zanzotti has come out with his latest creation using a newfangled piece of technology, the virtual reality.
Zanzotti’s approach to design is a highly emotional one and at the same time characterised by reduced forms. His striking designs lead to outstanding results by exploring technological boundaries which have also won him the German Design Award as Best Newcomer of the Year in 2014. His designs include products that range far and wide, from whiskey bottles and time-trackers to tables and chairs. But now, he’s tried his hand at designing a breath-taking motorcycle. A machine that lurked his interests ever since his childhood.
2017 BMW R NineT Urban G/S
Success was not a problem with BMW, especially for their R NineT. It has absolutely been a hit story for the German ever since it launched the R Nine T in 2013. It was so good that BMW struggled initially to keep up with the demand and they released one version after the other in succession to the world stage that include the Pure (roadster) and Racer (café/endurance-style), as well as the Scrambler. It is a no brainer that BMW Motorrad will see it fitting to extend their range even further.
The GS motorcycles refers to either Gelände/Straße (German: off-road/road) and are distinguished by their long travel suspension, upright riding position and larger front wheels. Taking up the same moniker is the Urban G/S which is purpose built street-oriented motorcycle that has a charm bound to resonate with onlookers. Based on the ‘Lac Rose’ concept seen at Wheels and Waves earlier this year, the German finally took the wraps off their new 2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/S at this year’s EICMA in Milan.
Paying homage to the original 1980 BMW R80G/S, this urban combines the classic motorcycle with modern technology and sophisticated craftsmanship that can transport anyone back to the days when the GS abbreviation meant a sense of freedom and the passion for adventure on two wheels, both on-road and off-road. But this time they’re for looks and not for bashing your way across unpaved expanses of Africa.
BMW - TVS entering a new era of partnership.
BMW Motorrad has not necessarily been a household name. With them costing a bomb to import and maintaining them was a nightmare for the complexity the Bavarian company had put into them. But things are up for a change as we speak and by the time you will be reading this piece, TVS is already producing a single cylinder G 310R for BMW in their Hosur plant in full swing.
It is generally a thing with BMW that once you buy their bike, they will pretty much be the brand you will buy for the rest of your life. But, the problem for BMW was that people who never owned one would never consider their motorcycle in their decision making process. And there is a good point for ‘why?’. They made motorcycles which were simply too quirky, and by that, BMW purists know that it was that very stigma which pulled them into the motorcycle brand. For the rest of the crowd, those motorcycles were just not relevant to the traditional categories of segments.
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. It is an advanced prototype of the power star, 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. It will be a purposeful hand built motorcycle by the blokes at BMW and should begin with supplying this limited edition of limited editions in the second half of 2017.
BMW Motorrad India Confirmed That The G 310 GS Duel Sport Version Will Launch In India In 2017
BMW Motorrad’s entry level duel sport motorcycle BMW G310 GS made its debut at the EICMA motorcycle show. We all are excited about this new motorcycle which actually based on their streetfighter G 310 R but carries the GS nameplate which is used for BMW’s touring and offroading motorcycle initials. Recently BMW Motorrad officially confirmed through their twitter handle that they will be introducing this new motorcycle in the Indian market towards the end of 2017.
This motorcycle will be BMW’s second sub 500 cc offering in the world market after the naked streetfighter G 310R. The motorcycle is also slightly bigger than the G310 R. As far as the powertrain is concerned it is powered by the same 313 cc water-cooled, single-cylinder engine which is capable of producing about 34 PS of peak power at 9,500 rpm and 28 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. The EUIV complaint engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox.
The extra additional equipments that you get with the G310 GS includes a longer suspension travel of 180 mm upside down forks towards the front and 180 mm monoshock setup for the rear as well. As far as the styling is concerned the duel sport motorcycle gets a bigger and longer beak towards the front while the GS initials can be found on the fuel tank. The rest of the motorcycle’s styling remains the same with that of the G 310 R Streetfighter.
The motorcycle will be manufactured at the TVS-BMW manufacturing plant in Hosur, Tamil Nadu.
2017 BMW G310 GS
While we did not get over the fact completely that BMW is actually launching an entry level naked streetfighter in India which will be affordable for common people. Then BMW again drops a bomb in the form of a new spyshot which actually turns out to be of a new dual purpose motorcycle based on the same G310R motorcycle which will be launched in the Indian market towards the end of this year.
There was a lot of doubt about what the motorcycle will be called but there was a rumour that BMW might add the GS initial before or after their new dual purpose motorcycle. Now that it is finally introduced that rumour actually came true the G 310 R based adventurer tourer actually was called G 310 GS and it not only borrows the initials but styling as well.
BMW finally took the covers off the new much anticipated motorcycles at the 2016 EICMA Motorcycle show and to our surprise this looked nothing like the motorcycle that it is based upon instead it borrowed all its styling from the bigger GS series of motorcycles. As far as the powertrain is concerned the G310 GS will be powered by the same 313 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine known from the G 310 R.
Click past jump to learn more about the 2017 BMW G310 GS
List of bikes launched in INTERMOT 2016 – Part 2
Needless to say, the INTERMOT has always been one bigshot event for all the motorcycle manufacturers to display their best and latest offerings for the enthusiasts worldwide. With all the big names present on this stage, the INTERMOT has always been one big platform for all the new and modern motorcycles to make their grand entry into the world of motorcycling.
For the year 2016 too, the INTERMOT was one big and successful event, with all the major manufacturers coming up with substantial refreshes as well as all new models for the upcoming times. In this story, we have listed down all big launches that happened at the INTERMOT 2016. Here they are:-
BMW G310 R Based Adventure Motorcycle Spied Once Again
All the reports are currently indicating that BMW will be launching the G310R based adventure motorcycle at the 2016 EICMA in Milan, Italy, which will start from 10th November onward.
The motorcycle seems to have borrowed its overall design from the bigger and more powerful R 1200 GS. The motorcycle was caught couple of times being tested on road and as you all know by now the upcoming motorcycle is based on BMW’s latest entry level G310 R Streetfighter.
This image clearly reveals few design changes that you will notice in the Adventure motorcycle. The adventure bike sports a half fairing with the GS logo on top of it. While the handlebar, the instrument cluster and the headlamp design looks identical to the streetfighter. To give it a proper off roader appeal the 310 GS also gets a long travel suspension and also a different on and off road tyres. The rear profile also has been redesigned which gets a rear luggage mount on it for carrying more luggage. Furthermore the motorcycle has also been fitted with on and off road tyres.
Powering this new motorcycle will be the same 313 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine which produces about34 hp and 28 Nm of torque on the naked streetbike variant, however some reports states that the engine could be retuned for the adventure tourer and might get deliver more torque.
2017 BMW S 1000 RR
BMW has released all the details of their updated 2017 model year S1000RR Supersports and S 1000 R Roadster. Now we all know that both these models are the final results of Pinnacle of German Engineering and are considered as two of the fiercest competitors in the Quarter Litre sportsbike category.
While all the other two wheeler manufacturers are also busy with updating their motorcycles which includes Suzuki and Kawasaki BMW too silently gave some minor updates to their machines to make them more aggressive while also user friendly at the same time.
Below provided are the list of changes that you will notice in the S1000 RR Supersports.
Feature – 15 most expensive motorcycles of India
There was a time when the Indian two wheeler market was conscious about only two things – price and fuel efficiency. The purchase of a particular motorcycle or scooter was purely dependent on these two major factors, with the aspects like design, performance and riding dynamics taking a back seat.
However, with the changing times, the priorities have begun to change, and people are not minding to spend the additional dough from their pocket, provided they get additional performance, style and equipment. The results have been so dramatic that what we have got now is a range of some super exotic motorcycles with pricing equivalent to a 2BHK apartment.
In this feature list, we are going to have a look on the fifteen most expensive motorcycles available in the Indian market, which have started a new trend of trading in for luxury and exotic motorcycles. Following are those mean machines:-
BMW G 310 R Being Tested With Its Rivals: Video
Only yesterday we have reported that BMW won’t be launching their much anticipated G 310R streetfighter in 2016 and you can expect this motorcycle to only enter Indian market towards the first half of the year 2017. However that actually does not stop us from getting all the details of this motorcycle.
In this new video you can actually watch the upcoming motorcycle in action. You can actually watch the motorcycle being ridden with few of its other rivals like the Yamaha MT-03, the KTM Duke 390 and the Kawasaki Z300 which is actually a bonus. You can quite honestly hear the G 310 R’s exhaust note while also watch the acceleration and few other details as well at the same time.
Now as you all already aware of the fact that the motorcycle was displayed at the 2016 Auto expo and is being developed in association with TVS Motor company. The G 310 R uses a 313cc, liquid-cooled, fuel injected, single-cylinder engine that develops 34 hp at 9,500 rpm and 28Nm of peak torque at 7,500 rpm. The engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox. The motorcycle gets USD front forks and monoshock setup towards the rear. The motorcycle also gets ABS as standard. Expect the motorcycle to be priced in between NR 1.8-2 lakhs in India.
Watch this new motorcycle in action in this video and also watch how it scores against its rivals.
Touring Iceland On BMW 700 GS : Video
Iceland is considered as one of the most beautiful places on this planet earth and we have seen many conquer this place on their cars and even on their cycles, but this is one unique video in where you will actually watch a man touring the whole of Iceland on a BMW 700 GS.
That person is none other than Alex Chacon who is one popular one of the most recognized motorcycle adventurer. Towards the beginning of the video you can actually watch Alex riding his BMW 700 GS through some barren and unclaimed land in Iceland. The roads looks empty and deserted and you can actually watch the amount of ice that is actually on both sides of the road which also gives us an idea of the cold temperature of that place. The climate surely is unforgiving in Iceland. The raw nature and the time lapse videos surely look intimidating. From what it looks like Alex Chacon is riding with another rider on this journey and he is using the drone shots to tape his epic encounter with raw unclaimed nature.
Just watch this amazing motorcycle trip video which actually also does justice to the original title added with the video.
Unfortunately! BMW Will not Launch G 310R In 2016
There is some really bad news for the motorcycle enthusiast of the Country. BMW has actually decided not to launch their entry level offering the G 310R streetfighter in the Indian market in 2016. This decision came all of a sudden from their end as was reported exclusively by Overdrive.
The G 310R was the first motorcycle which was developed under joint venture between BMW and TVS Motors after they decided to work together in 2013 on the sub 500 cc platform. The BMW Motorrad was the first motorcycle from BMW which was actually planned to be produces in India at the TVS Motors manufacturing facility especially for the Indian market.
We all were quite excited when we saw the motorcycle in flesh at the 2016 Auto Expo and when we also were informed earlier that BMW has actually plans to introduce their entry leveler offering in the In the Indian market towards the end of this year. But now according to the reports the delay in launch of the motorcycle is most likely due to supply constraints. BMW will launch their newest offering in some handful European markets initially and as of now from what it looks like premium German two wheelers maker is actually taking their own time. Thus you can expect the new motorcycle not to launch in India in 2016 and atleast not before February 2017.
Upcoming BMW G 310R & KTM Duke 390: What Do We Know So Far
We all are eagerly waiting for the two of the most anticipated entry level performance motorcycles of the Country one is from the very popular Austrian manufacturer KTM while the other motorcycle which will be launching soon is from a popular premium two wheeler brand BMW. For those who do not have an idea of what we are exactly talking about here KTM will be launching their updated Duke 390 next year while BMW too has plans to launch their entry level performance motorcycle in the Indian market within the next couple of months.
Although we have covered everything about these upcoming motorcycles but today we decided to add some more updates which are available at this moment about these upcoming motorcycles. Now According to some reports on the internet BMW too has started producing the G310 R at the TVS plant which actually indicates that they will perhaps launch their new product within the next couple of months in India. As far as the updated Duke 390 is concerned expect it to make it to the Indian market only towards next year end.
Today we have gathered some information about this upcoming motorcycle and provided you their details below
6 New Motorcycles You Don’t Want To Miss In 2016
At the beginning of this year we have seen plenty of new motorcycle along with cars which were showcased at the 2016 Auto expo. Now that it’s already middle of the year while many of them are already launched in the Indian market some of them still left to make their grand entry. Today we have decided to provide you all the details of five of the most important as well as promising motorcycles that are all set to the hit the Indian market within the next few months.
Click past jump to read 5 of the most promising upcoming motorcycle which will hit the Indian market this year
In recent years, BMW has emerged as one of the most updated and sophisticated motorcycle manufacturers, with surpassing the benchmarks in whichever segment they are venturing into. Out of all the segments in which they have made their presence, it is that of the roadsters which has seen a massive improvement in the last decade.
Days are gone when the BMW K 1300 R was the only reminiscent BMW roadster to be talked about. In the present day, there is a host of roadsters to choose from BMW, all of which have characteristics of their own. Even the most affordable motorcycle from BMW is now a roadster – the 313cc single cylinder BMW G 310 R.
Apart from launching new models, BMW has also worked on substantially enhancing their current motorcycles, one of which is the underrated R 1200 R. The previous generation R 1200 R didn’t created any ripples in the segment. However, with the all new updated R 1200 R, BMW is eyeing to take on established rivals from the European players like Benelli and Ducati. Currently, the R 1200 R happens to be the flagship and most powerful roadster from the stable of BMW, which has been positioned above the S 1000 R. Here’s our comprehensive review of the current flagship roadster from BMW, the R 1200 R.
When it comes to making one of the most sophisticated motorcycles for touring purposes, there is no other manufacturer which matches the stature of BMW Motorrad. Though this German manufacturer has lately started focusing on the supersport platform as well as roadsters, but the fact that it has got the speciality of making full sized touring motorcycles as well as adventure touring bikes gives it the status of a high profile motorcycle maker in the current times.
In past, we have seen a number of touring motorcycles from BMW which have established benchmarks in their respective segments. Right from the flagship BMW K 1300 S to the mammoth K 1600 GT, the touring motorcycles from BMW has created new standards in terms of technologies which they offer on their motorcycles.
A couple of years ago, BMW pulled out the plug off from the K 1300 S, which left a huge void which was challenging to fill. However, what the German manufacturer has managed to bring in as its replacement is the all new R 1200 RS, which promises to make the touring experience of the BMW spiced up with the sportiness of the S 1000 RR. Here’s our take on the all new BMW R 1200 RS:-
In this age of cutting-edge technologies and electronic aids, there are some motorcycles in the world, which provide you the unadulterated and simple-some feel for riding. One such category of motorcycles is that of the scramblers. Built with the purpose of clocking miles in small intervals and instantaneous time records, the scramblers usually boast of retro design philosophy with classic lines.
There are several scramblers available in the two wheeler market of India, majority of them coming from the European players. BMW Motorrad, the German giant, has also one such motorcycle in the face of R NineT Scrambler. Before the advent of R NineT Scrambler, the R NineT café racer was launched to commemorate the ninety years of BMW’s excellent journey in making glorious motorcycles. This lifestyle motorcycle did gained a celebrity status in a very short span of time, owing to its uniqueness, authentic feel and plethora of customization options available. And now, with the R NineT Scrambler, BMW has shown that how much potential this platform carries, in terms of evoking the riding pleasure of the motorcycles of yesteryears
The R NineT Scrambler is one of those motorcycles from BMW Motorrad which are soon going to be launched in the Indian market. Destined to be a niche product, here’s an elaborated preview of the elegant BMW R NineT Scrambler.