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TVS Raider 125cc motorcycle launched

TVS Raider 125cc motorcycle launched

Priced from Rs 77,500 onwards and gets a host of segment first features

This new 125cc undercuts most of its rivals and yet packs in better punch and more features. TVS, it seems, has left no stone unturned to ensure the Raider excels over other offerings.

September 16, 2021 08:47
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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.

August 23, 2017 14:15
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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:-

June 29, 2017 07:52
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OVERVIEW 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:

June 27, 2017 10:40
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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.

June 22, 2017 03:15
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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.

June 21, 2017 04:00
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Aprilia is busy with preparing its new 125 cc SR scooter to launch in India soon.

Aprilia is busy with preparing its new 125 cc SR scooter to launch in India soon.

The SR 125 is undergoing homologation tests at the ARAI for approvals.

In 2016, Aprilia did something unbelievable for the Indian two-wheeler market by launching a mass oriented scooter SR 150. This was an ‘out-of-the-blues’ decision for a superbike maker like Aprilia, which is known for motorcycles that cost at least ₹ 20 lakh and upwards, thus targeting itself towards a niche audience. However, with the SR 150, Aprilia has widened its base and has created an all new segment of performance oriented scooters in India for the mass market buyers.

Now, Aprilia wishes to continue the momentum by getting a smaller and less expensive version of the same scooter so that it could be accessible to a lot more customers and eventually increase their market share. Spied at the ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) in Pune, Aprilia is taking the SR 125 scooter through homologation tests to make it legislation approved so that they can launch the scooter as soon as possible in the market.

May 24, 2017 05:30
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2017 Hero Duet

2017 Hero Duet

The sturdy package from Hero receives a couple of upgrades for 2017.

Till date, Hero has enjoyed quite a good amount of success with its scooter range which until two years ago was restricted to only two scooters – Pleasure and Maestro. Although both of these scooters have been unable to dethrone the Honda Activa from the number one spot, it has helped Hero Motocorp to secure the second position in the scooter segment. To take on this success streak even further, Hero introduced two more scooters which not only expanded the scooter lineup of Hero and gave the buyers more options to choose from, but also helped Hero to increase its share in the scooter category.

Out of the two new scooters which were launched by Hero – Maestro Edge and Duet, the latter has a wider customer base for being a unisex metal bodied scooter. Though slowly, the Duet is being accepted by the masses for being a sturdy scooter that is loaded enough to make it a good value for money product. The Duet has been updated for the year 2017 as a slightly more modern package with a couple of changes on the board, which has freshened up its overall appeal. Here’s a quick look at what all changed does the new Duet gets:-

May 23, 2017 06:00
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OVERVIEW 2017 Honda CD 110 Dream DX

2017 Honda CD 110 Dream DX

Honda’s entry-level commuter ticks most of the right boxes

After achieving humongous success with its range of 110cc scooters, especially the flag carrier Activa, Honda tried to make it large and replicate the same amount of success in the entry-level 110cc category of commuters. With this intention, the Japanese manufacturer launched a series of motorcycles under the ‘Dream’ nameplate, with the Dream Yuga being the first model to initiate the things.

Though the Dream Yuga and Dream Neo started churning out decent volumes from day one, they were still not enough to pip out the segment leader Hero in terms of volumes, with the latter leading the segment with its range of Splendors, Passion and CD Deluxe. Honda realised that it needed one more basic entry level model to multiply its volumes, as a result of which the CD 110 Dream was added to the range.

To start with, the CD 110 Dream was introduced as a bare bones model which was too utilitarian for the way it was presented. To freshen up its appeal, Honda recently gave a midlife facelift to the motorcycle, which has seen the addition of a couple of new features and a minor revision in overall performance. Let’s find out what all changes Honda carried out for the new CD 110 Dream, which is now termed as CD 110 Dream DX:-

May 12, 2017 09:30
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2017 Honda Activa i

2017 Honda Activa i

The entry-level scooter from Honda gets new paint scheme and a mobile charger unit. And that is about it.

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.

Like the aforementioned three scooters of Honda, the little 2015 launch Activa i too has received the same fate of very few units rolling out of the showroom floors. Honda has been trying its best to make this scooter a star player, as big as the Activa 4G. In doing so, Honda has given the scooter a couple of cosmetic facelifts in a very short span of time. And now, the Activa-i is up in the market with its third update. Here’s our take on the all new Activa i:-

May 11, 2017 13:41
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OVERVIEW 2017 Honda Dream Neo

2017 Honda Dream Neo

Honda’s entry-level commuter ticks all the right boxes.

With its ‘Dream’ range of 110cc commuters, Honda has tried everything to dethrone the likes of Splendor and Passion from Hero MotoCorp in the segment of entry-level premium 100-110cc commuters. The range, which made its debut with the premium 110cc commuter Dream Yuga, went off with a flying start with excellent sales, surpassing other rivals, but not the Splendor. Sooner than later, Honda realised that only Dream Yuga is not enough to fulfil its aspiration of becoming the segment leader, a segment which churns out the maximum number of sales for every manufacturer in the country offering in this category. Thus, the more economic in comparison Dream Neo came into the picture.

In comparison to the more stylish Dream Yuga, the Dream Neo was more basic and utilitarian, which was designed keeping in mind the audience of Tier II and Tier III cities. But since the growth rate of these cities is also on a higher side, the Dream Neo soon began to seem a bit pale and expensive for what it offered, considering that the rivals offered more.

Hence Honda, to make the Dream Neo a bit more serious player, gave the motorcycle a mild update, both cosmetically and mechanically, which has made the motorcycle much more appealing than before. So let’s have a look on the all new Dream Neo:-

May 11, 2017 05:49
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OVERVIEW 2017 Hero Glamour FI

2017 Hero Glamour FI

The most affordable fuel injected motorcycle now gets more marks on styling too.

When it comes to the commuter segment of motorcycles in the Indian market, the technology of fuel injection is seen as a rather premium feature, which is limited to only a handful of them. It all started with Hero/Hero Honda launching the Glamour PGM-FI back in 2006, which was followed by the Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-FI and Honda Stunner PGM-FI. And then came a slew of entry-level performance motorcycles, all of which came with this feature as standard.

Talking about the inception of fuel injection in commuters, the Glamour FI was the first motorcycle to incorporate this feature. And given the fact that Hero seldom discontinues its motorcycles, the Glamour FI is still on sale, thus being the most affordable fuel injected motorcycle on sale in the Indian two wheeler market.

For 2017, the Glamour has been completely revamped with the new model officially available on the shelf and Hero has launched the fuel injected version of the same. The Glamour FI, obviously, is completely based on the new standard carbureted Glamour, except for a few changes. Here’s a quick look at the latest iteration of the Hero Glamour FI:-

May 10, 2017 07:52
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