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’s creation made 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.
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.
2018 Vanguard Roadster
When you imagine a motorcycle, you can see two wheels, handlebar, tank, engine and a saddle being the prominent ones. It is not every day that you see all of this conglomerated but still fail to register that it is a motorcycle; because it looks more like a chauvinist sci-fi industrial ‘thing’ made of metal, metal and metal.
This industrial being is the brand new motorcycle by a brand new American manufacturer that is all about celebrating utilitarianism. The Vanguard Roadster is their first brainchild and it just debuted at the New York Motorcycle Show at Manhattan’s Javitz Center this month, the same city where the motorcycle took shape in. The brand is touted to be an entirely new and distinct premium motorcycle that is decisive on re-shaping the rule books or rather obliterated and flicked it out of the window entirely.
Designed by someone who worked at Confederate bikes, it is not by chance that this motorcycle looks like a metal mountain. Instead of taking the simple route of sticking to either old school or a café-racer styling, not even the cutting-edge superbikes making the cut, Vanguard Roadster adopts a more fanatic industrial silhouette featuring the engine as the structural element that shows off as a unitized crankcase and having the exhaust integrated into the framework. At first, you’ll think ‘what in the god’s name is happening here!!?’, and then when your brain begins to handle the dripping lust, you will thank me for the hankering. Pun totally intended.
So This Is What The KTM 790 Duke Prototype Is Capable Of: Video
KTM showcased the 790 Duke prototype along with the updated Duke range at the 2016 EICMA Motorcycle show. The new prototype gets a 800 cc parallel twin-cylinder engine which has been bolted to the lightweight and extremely agile steel frame chassis. Reports are that that this new powertrain will also be shared with Husqvarna bikes as well. This new motorcycle will actually help in closing the gap in between the 690 Duke and the flagship offering 1290 Duke.
The production variant of the motorcycle is expected to debut in the year 2017. Although the power output details are not out yet but some reports states that the new powertrain will produce around 85 to 90 Ps of peak powr and will be paired to a 6 speed gearbox. The motorcycle will also get many modern technologies like ride by wire throttle and traction control as well.
Now watch what the rider actually does with the 790 Duke prototype, the motorcycle will get sharp handling characteristics, cornering ability and off course straight line stability at high speeds.
Although there are no details whether the production version of this middleweight monster will hit the Indian shores or not but if it does it will definitely be not before the year 2019 for sure.
Imagine a world in 2050. Actually, you know what… don’t bother. Because this is what it’ll look like.
An Italian company (obviously), Aero, has managed to coup up this extraterrestrial green motorcycle which seems more like a hypothetical or a fictional character from a sci-fi flick. And it is called the E-Racer. This Aero project was in collaboration with an Italian automotive magazine – Inmoto and after almost a year of work, they landed this space age E-Racer in the 2016 EICMA show in Milan.
List of motorcycles launched by KTM at EICMA 2016
In the Indian context, currently, there is no other manufacturer which is as serious and committed towards changing the scenario of performance motoring on two wheels, as KTM. This big name hailing from Austria did revolutionized the entry level performance oriented segments with the 200cc and 390cc Dukes and RCs. On the global platform too, the manufacturer did dropped many jaws, when it launched the updated range of adventure motorcycles and tourers at the recently concluded INTERMOT 2016.
However, in the EICMA 2016, KTM decided to focus more on its naked motorcycle portfolio, rather than adventure tourers or faired supersports. Featuring an all new sharper design philosophy, the new four naked motorcycles from KTM do show that what KTM has planned for the future. Considering the Indian context, the most significant motorcycle out of the KTM’s display models is the all new Duke 390, which is going to be the base of the forthcoming motorcycles from KTM for India.
Following is the list and brief description of all the four motorcycles which KTM had put up on show at the EICMA 2016. Here you go:-
TVS Akula 310 Production Variant To Be Called ’Apache 300’
According to the latest report the upcoming production variant of the Akula 310 which was showcased at the TVS stand at the 2016 Auto expo will actually be called the “Apache 300” when the production variant launches in the Indian market. The reports also states that the powertrain which actually will power the new motorcycle has been developed in collaboration with TVS and BMW after they decided to work together on sub 500 cc platform.
The new powertrain which is actually a single cylinder, liquid cooled, fuel injected engine will be specially tuned to deal with low quality fuel which is available in India and as a result og all that detuning the motorcycle will be able to produce an estimated overall power output in between 29-32 Bhp.
The reports also states that the production motorcycle will definitely take its inspiration from the concept but it will actually be a lot bulkier than the original motorcycle showcased at the expo. Although the motorcycle will be the most powerful Apache offered by TVS in India still TVS will make it a more daily useable motorcycle and will be comparatively less aggressive than the KTM RC series. Although the launch date is not available at this moment but expect this motorcycle to be priced lot less than the RC 390 when it finally launches in the Indian market.
2017 Hero Xtreme 200S
The entry level performance motorcycle segment is perhaps the hottest property right now, we have got some pretty exciting motorcycle from different two wheeler manufactures flocking in this market. Bajaj is definitely on top of their game with their semi faired variant of the NS christened AS while they also have the RS which is selling like a hot cake right now. Apart from Bajaj KTM which too is actually doing business in the Indian market with the help of Bajaj is also popular in this segment for their particular Duke model. There are plenty of other two wheeler manufacturer like Honda who launched the CBR 250R way back and that too has became quite a hit in the Indian market. TVS too stepped in this big game with their latest offering the all new Apache RTR 200 4V. Lastly our very own Hero Motocorp who was popular and was counted as one of the top contenders of their game however lost the crown.
When Hero launched the first generation Karizma which was actually powered by a 220 cc powermil immediately attracted the attention of those motorcycle enthusiasts who wanted a big and powerful bike. After the first generation Karizma received updates along with a new name. Christened as Karizma ZMR it failed to impress the crowd. The reason still remains a mystery though,while many said that it has lost the old charm of Karizma while others did not like the new styling. Whatever may be the case Hero definitely lost their ground in this particular segment. But Hero didn’t gave up and they once again wants to claim the lost spot and that is also the reason why they are planning to introduce some big bikes as well.
Hero showcased the Xtreme 200S at the 2016 Auto expo and this motorcycle is carrying a completely new powerplant which has been designed inhouse by Hero and which will used in some of their other upcoming motorcycle as well. So without any further due let us get straight into the details which are available at this moment about the all new upcoming Hero Xtreme 200S which was showcased at the Auto expo.
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Mahindra Two Wheelers at AETMS 2016
With one of the biggest halls at the recently concluded Auto Expo 2016, Mahindra showcased everything ranging from SUVs to trucks to buses to two wheelers. While Mahindra has a tremendous history in making commercial and utility vehicles in the past, it is relatively very new in making scooters and motorcycles. Since its inception in 2008, the pace of growth of Mahindra Two Wheelers was not as rapid as expected.
However, in the past couple of years, Mahindra has shown signs of aggressiveness, with some very capable products like Centuro, Gusto and Mojo already on the block and raising customer interest towards the brand. To keep the momentum going on, Mahindra showcased the best of its engineering and aesthetic prowess at the Auto Expo 2016, by showcasing a range of concepts as well as production ready models.
Along with its very own products, Mahindra also showcased a couple of Peugeot scooters, the parent company of which was acquired by the Indian giant in only last year. Here’s our detailed story on Mahindra Two Wheeler’s venture in the Auto Expo 2016.
In all over these years, TVS has repeatedly proved that it is not far behind other international biggies, as far as technology in its products is concerned. Though the manufacturer has by far maintained a very conventional approach when it comes to product launches, but when it does, it then establishes benchmarks in whichever segment it makes a launch.
And then, in every renowned auto show or exhibition, TVS introduces some drool worthy concepts, which not only promise a lot for the future of motorcycles/scooters in India, but also makes us feel proud that how a home grown manufacturer has been successfully making an impact in the aspect of two wheeler motoring.
TVS, once again, proved its mettle at the recently concluded Auto Expo 2016, where apart from some minor updates to its currently available products, some all new products as well as concepts were kept on display as well. Here’s our take on what all products TVS showcased at the Auto Expo 2016.
BMW has taken building bikes very seriously and although they are new to this business but there products truly standout from the crowd and also has their own identity. Talking about identity this is the latest creation from their stable and is called the Concept 101.
In this video you can watch the Concept 101 in action, this particular cruiser has been built in collaboration with the famous American custom builder Roland sands and it uses the same 1649 cc, 6 cylinder engine from the K1600 GT Tourer. This is one bike which will definitely make it to the production and soon and when it does it will definitely storm in and target the American Cruiser market.
Now when it comes to its styling surely this Cruiser looks huge and we definitely loved the flowing lines and especially how the taillamps are designed and crafted. The Concept 101 surely carries some handcrafted touches and also uses wood to its finish which are actually seen used mostly in high end cars interiors. As far as the engine of this motorcycle is concerned this will definitely generate tons of torque which will help this motorcycle to cruise without any effort.
Now obviously what you are seeing in this video is only in its concept form but we can’t wait to see this motorcycle in flesh.
Honda created quite a strong stir in the upper segments of hyper exclusive motorcycle, when it unveiled the RC213V-S at the 2014 EICMA in Milan. The motorcycle is said to be a street legal version of its proven track machine, RC213V, which emerged as victorious in the 2014 season of MotoGP with Marc Marquez on its saddle.Being inspired from the MotoGP machine, the RC213V-S packs in a lot of technical prowess which Honda has showcased in the former
This motorcycle will be unveiled finally at the 2014 EICMA which will be held in Milan and exactly what we are talking about here?
We are talking about the soon to be launched Kawasaki Ninja H2R which will also be the most powerful production bike ever made and it will use a supercharger to crank up those horses. But this motorcycle will be powered by a 1.0-litre, supercharged, 4-cylinder 998 c engine which will produce about 300 hp of peak power.
The Kawasaki H2R Concept first made is public appearance at the INTERMOT 2014 and Kawasaki has already teased a production version of the motorcycle in their website and has released some videos of the motorcycle being tested on track. Now there is no doubt that this motorcycle will set a new benchmark in the history of sportbike segment. The Kawasaki H2R uses a turbocharger in its engine which has been designed by Kawasaki taking some inputs from the KH1 group namely the Gas Turbine & Machinery Company, Aerospace Company, and the Corporate Technology Division. The main aim of fitting a supercharger with the engine was to extract the maximum power from the engine and brutal acceleration.
The chassis of this motorcycle too has been designed especially to make sure that the motorcycle stays stable at high speeds and also during cornering afterall this is a high performance unit. So to achieve all these feats the frame of the Kawasaki H2R needed not only to be stiff but also be able to withstand everything during high speed riding. So Kawasaki has used a developed version of the Trellis frame which could handle anything and still remain balanced and return the right amount of feedback during high speeds.
Hero Motocorp showcased interesting new concepts and almost production ready models at the 2014 Auto expo. We covered all of that and brought all the necessary details from the Auto expo but one particular motorcycle which attracted our attention was the Hastur concept showcased by Hero Motocorp.
The Hastur is basically an aggressive looking lightweight Streetfighter powered by a 620 cc water cooled parallel-twin motor engine which will generate somewhere around 80 ps of maximum power at 9600 rpm and 70 Nm of torque. This bike has been designed and jointly developed with Erik Buell Racing for the International as well as our domestic market.
The Hastur Concept is built on the bright yellow trellis chassis and uses the engine as a stress member to provide an optimum mass centralization. According to Hero the bike will be extremely fuel efficient and low on emission which was made possible by using some of the most advanced technology available. The front of the motorcycle has twin projector headlamps while at the rear it uses LED tail lamps. It also has been fitted with an upside down forks and mososhock suspension at the rear. To provide better stopping power it has twin discs brakes at the front and a single disc at the rear.
This Chiseled wild look of the motorcycle will definitely attract everyone’s attention but to everyone’s disappointment Hero Motocorp absolutely has no plans of launching this motorcycle anytime soon here in India.
Let’s be frank here Hero Motocorp is the largest two wheeler manufacturer of the Country but there was not a single product from their stable apart from the Karizma which attracted the sports bike enthusiasts of the Country. Whereas on the other hand their rival Bajaj auto worked hard and revolutionized their product Pulsar and for the first time Indian bike enthusiast got something which they can really boast and feel proud of.
So in order to compete with its rivals and extend their product portfolio further Hero Motocorp developed and showcased a new concept called HX250R which is almost ready for production and probably will be launched by the end of this year.
We have informed you earlier that the HX250R is a sportsbike which debuted at the 2014 Auto Expo and is powered by a new single cylinder engine which has a bigger displacement than the existing Karizma. We will definitely inform you all the details of the engine which are available at this time along with other exclusive details about this motorcycle. So without wasting any more time let us get straight into thje details of this motorcycle.
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There were rumors that Bajaj will perhaps showcase the new Pulsar SS400 at the 2014, Auto Expo and we also have seen lots of spy shots and images of the Pulsar new SS400 and Bajaj really surprised everybody and showcased the Pulsar SS400 which is almost production ready and will be launched this year. Bajaj did showcased another concept the Pulsar CS400 which is a cruiser bike but looks more aggressive and sporty.
Although the CS400 is not yet production ready and will not be launched this year but the SS400 surely is all set to unleash its fury on Indian roads. The SS400 will be powered by a 375 cc, liquid cooled 4 valve triple spark with fuel injection which will generate an impressive amount of power and will be mated to a 6 speed transmission, the brakes also has been provided with ABS for added safety of the rider. The models which was displayed at the Expo were equipped with Metzeler tyres and we sincerely hope that this will make its way into the production version as well. Beside that the new Pulsar SS400 also has many other interesting features too like twin projector headlamps which definitely will offer more illumination than the conventional headlamps.
Although Bajaj has been tight lipped about its prices but it will be definitely be priced below the 2 Lakh bracket for sure.
Hit the jump to watch the images of the new Pulsar SS400 and the CS400 concept from the Expo
Yamaha stands at the Auto Expo attracted lot of crowd especially because of one particular exhibit which was the Yamaha R25 concept. The R25 concept made its global debut at the Tokyo Motor show which was held last year and soon will be headed for production.
Although Yamaha is still tight lipped about its engine but there is a slight hint that the R25 will perhaps be powered by a liquid cooled double cylinder engine which has a displacement of 249 cc and will generate somewhere around 25 to 30 PS of power and this engine will be mated to a 6 speed gearbox. The concept definitely looks sportier and has the appeal to attract the crowd towards it.
We did mention earlier that it will be an entry level sportbike for the Countries like Japan and Europe whereas for the developing countries like ours it will be offered as a performance sportsbike.
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When all the manufacturers are preparing themselves for the upcoming Auto Expo Hero Motocorp took a step ahead and unveiled five of their new products for the Indian market. These five new vehicles include two motorcycles, two new scooters and a diesel hybrid concept.
Hero Motocorp promised to bring a range of new products and innovations which will open the door towards a new age of technologically advanced vehicles targeted mainly towards the youth of the Country. All these new vehicles that Hero Motocorp unveiled are based on new platforms and developed by Hero Motocorp themselves. Hero engineers have tried their best by utilizing all the modern technologies they have in developing these new and innovative products which will soon be available not only for the Indian people but also for those people who are scattered around the World.
Hit the jump to find out all the details of the unveiled products