Aprilia launched its Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900 in India.
First seen on the EICMA 2016 stage, Aprilia launched the updated models of its naked streetfighter Shiver and the supermoto crossover Dorsoduro in India. Both of them carry a bigger 900 cc engine, a jump of a lethal 150 cc from the earlier models and they sit just below the Italian brand’s flagship models RSV4 RF and Tuono V4 1100 RF.
Although we did have the option of buying ourselves the Dorsoduro 1200, which was shipped-by-order only, this will be the first time the Shiver bandwagon enters the country’s model lineup. As part of their 2017 updates, both the models get cosmetic and mechanical upgrades along with a bunch of modern electronic rider aides and technologies. Both of them run on the similar 896cc powerplant that configures as a liquid-cooled, 90-degree V-twin with DOHC and 4 valves per cylinder engine. It is capable of producing 95 bhp power and 90 Nm torque and has identical gear ratios for both the models.
2017 Yamaha Fazer
Launched in 2008, Yamaha’s FZ series of motorcycles had created a new meaning to the streetfighter nemesis in the country. The DNA embedded had street characteristics that made the FZ the number one in the segment pretty fast. Then, Yamaha launched Fazer in the year 2009 under the FZ series, the Japanese Blue’s wonderful semi-faired sports tourers. It provided a perfect balance between the aggressive of Yamaha’s true-blue super sports and the very practical naked roadsters termed under the brand ‘FZ’.
After a span of five years, Yamaha gave the faired Fazer an overhaul and called it the Fazer FI Version 2.0. Along with a fresh styling elements, the bike also got Fuel Injection Blue Core technology installed which increased both the performance as well as fuel efficiency. Now, the same iteration gets even better with AHO, new decals and a BS-IV engine to run cleaner that before. Let’s have a look at these in detail.
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.
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.
List of motorcycles launched by Ducati at EICMA 2016
Ducati has always managed to surprise and amuse us every time it takes the center stage at any major motorcycle exhibition or any such kind of major platform. This brings us to the EICMA, which is termed to be the biggest platform for any motorcycle major to showcase its latest tech-packed modern and up-to-date motorcycles. Like every year, Ducati once again created some very eye-catching headlines at the 2016 edition of the EICMA, with the ‘Ducati Premiere 2016’ having an array of new-age, cutting-edge motorcycles from Ducati for the new oncoming year of 2017.
In this particular write-up, we are going to discuss on each and every motorcycle/variant which Ducati has introduced for its new 2017 lineup, which starts from the comeback of an air-cooled range starting Monster to an unimaginable and extremely desirable range topping Panigale-based supersport. Following is that list of new motorcycles from Ducati, here you go:-
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.
Check from where Honda Navi took inspiration
Honda Grom, sounds familiar? It may not. But you surely know about the Honda Navi, right?
Well, Honda Grom is where the Navi has taken inspiration from. Unveiled at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo Honda has created a new niche in Indian market. The Honda Navi can be described as a motorcycle like scooter or scooter like motorcycle. It looks odd with its design. It features short scooter like wheels and stance, while the chassis and frame looks like motorcycle.
Honda first introduced the Grom, which showed the potential of such a scooter sized motorcycle. The Honda Grom is also known as MSX125. If you look at it, it looks very much identical to the Honda Navi. It comes with a bit more powerful and larger engine although. The Honda Grom is powered by a 124.9 cc single cylinder air cooled four stroke engine. On the other hand the Honda Navi is powered by a 109.2 cc single cylinder air cooled four stroke engine. It gets a V-matic automatic transmission and generates 8.3 PS of peak power and 8.96 Nm of peak torque. The top speed for Honda Navi is 81 kmph while it offers 60 kmpl of fuel efficiency.
Here let’s take a look at the Honda Grom’s video review.
Yamaha Ray VS Honda Navi VS TVS Jupiter
Scooters are definitely the newest trend in the Indian market and we have already said this before and we are saying it once again. The most competitive scooter segment of the market has to be the 110 cc segment where there are plenty of competitors from different manufacturers but the newest competitor in the block surely has gathered lot of positive response from the people being practical for as well as sporty at the same time.
I mean think once again the new Honda Navi which was launched at the 2016 Auto Expo instantly become a hit but although it is completely different than the other scooters that it competes with in its segment but that does not actually take away the fact that the Honda Navi is actually powered by the same Honda Activa engine and even uses the same Activa frame as well. The Honda Navi basically is a crossover in between scooter and motorcycle but the added amount of practicality to it is what makes it unique.
So without any further due let us get straight into the comparison between three of the popular two wheeler right now in the scooter market the list includes the Honda Navi, updated Yamaha Ray and the popular TVS Jupiter.
Bajaj V15 Gets A New Color Option
Bajaj launched the V15 with two different color options including the Ebony Black and Pearl white but now they have decided to add one more color to the list. Called the Cocktail Wine Red., this color definitely looks good and gets the same graphics as already seen on the V15 motorcycles.
Since its launch the V15 definitely has attracted lot of attention and also has helped Bajaj with sales numbers. As you already may be aware of the fact that the Bajaj V15 uses metals from the INS Vikrant aircraft carrier which played a major role in the Indo-Pak war. The Bajaj V15 is the latest commuter from Bajaj which has been positioned in between their Discover and Pulsar series.
The Bajaj V15 is powered by a an 150cc single-cylinder air cooled unit which makes about 12 Ps of peak power at 7500 rpm and 13 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm. The engine as you all can expect is paired to a 5 speed gearbox. The Bajaj V15 gets 60 watt halogen headlamps towards the front, it also gets an analogue instrument cluster, wide handlebars and a seat which adds a premium feel to the motorcycle. The motorcycle also gets disc brake towards the front and drum brakes towards the rear, there is also a 33mm diameter telescopic fork and Twin-Spring loaded hydraulic type- with gas filled suspension setup for its rear. The other two features which are unique in this motorcycle is the inclusion of a rear seat cowl which can be placed or taken off with the help of a key and a retro styled taillamps.
Obviously there will be no extra charges for the new color and thus it is priced at around INR. 61,999, (ex-Showroom, New Delhi).
2016 Bajaj V15 : Driven
Bajaj launched their newest commuter in India called the’ V’ which perhaps breaks the stereotypes of commuter motorcycles in India. This new offering from Bajaj looks different from the rest of the lot and also carries a premium feel with it. What sets this motorcycle apart from the rest is the fact that each and everytime you swing your leg over the motorcycle you are opening an important chapter of history. The Bajaj V as you all know by now carries the metal from the scrapped INS Vikrant warship which served Indian navy in one of the most prestigious battle between Indian and Pakistan in 1971.
After the first aircraft carrier of India was relieved from its duty it was preserved as a museum ship in Mumbai. Later the museum was closed for safety of the visitors and in January 2014 this aircraft carrier was scrapped for metal. Bajaj brought the scrap metal ship and decided to engrave the same metal onto the fuel tank of their latest commuter motorcycle and thus "the legend is born once again".
After the successful stint with the Pulsar 150, Bajaj needed a new commuter which could win the hearts of the people equally. If we take a closer look the new V15 has been positioned cleverly in between the Discover and the Pulsar range giving a hint that the ’V’ is not exactly your daily commuter like the Discover series neither it wants to become a sporty commuter like the Pulsar series. So there you have it, a completely new 150 cc motorcycle which stands out in the group.
Recently I was able to get my hands on this motorcycle for an entire day so read the whole review to find out whether this new entrant in the 150 cc space has what it takes to make its presence felt in one of the most competitive motorcycle segments of the Country or not.
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When it comes to adventure motorcycles and touring bikes, Honda hasn’t had a remarkable motorcycle till date which could rival the likes of Triumph and BMW, especially in the middleweight category. The Japanese manufacturer, which is renowned for its famed CBR range as well as some of its naked roadsters, has had only two motorcycles under the adventure/touring category which are considered as almost legendary – CRF 1000L/Africa Twin and Goldwing.
In order to take on its European counterparts, Honda has finally started working on the right direction, which is why in recent times, we have seen a couple of all new adventure/touring motorcycles from Honda, one of which is the all new VFR 800X Crossrunner.
If seen in a whole, the VFR 800X Crossrunner is based on the faired VFR 800F, with thew former sharing most of the mechanical components with the latter. Though, there are several changes in the aspects of both visual appeal as well as under the skin, which makes the VFR 800X Crossrunner a very different motorcycle in character. As planned, the VFR 800X Crossrunner is Honda’s take on the brewing segment of middleweight adventure category, and with the same, Honda is trying to make a mark in that part of the middleweight segment, where it didn’t had a remarkable presence – that of 750-850cc. So, here’s our take on the latest version of the VFR 800X Crossrunner which has been recently unveiled on the global platform.
Bajaj V- Five things you’ll like and four things you won’t
In the last few months, Bajaj has been surprising everyone by launching a spree of products, which are gradually creating new niche and benchmarks in the respective segments in which they are entering. With the arrival of Pulsar RS 200, Pulsar AS 150 and the new range of Avengers, Bajaj is now back in the game of launching motorcycles opposite to the common notions and creating new segments.
Now, Bajaj has kickstarted the year 2016 on a very interesting note by launching the all new V15. Like majority of its motorcycles, the V15 too is unique on its own, due to a couple of reasons. First is its unexplored combination of a cruiser, a commuter and a café racer, and secondly, is its connection with the INS Vikrant.
In this feature story, we will be throwing some light on the five most likeable aspects of the V15 and four shortcomings of V15 which may curb its initial hype. Here we go:-
Not only in India, but across the globe, in general, there are only two types of two wheelers used by people – scooters and motorcycles. Though over the years, thanks to many advancements and technology and engineering practices, there have been a couple of products which have broken the common notions and carved a niche for themselves, like Piaggio MP3, Harley Davidson Trike and many more.
In the Indian two wheeler market, though, there are only motorcycles and scooters which are sold (yes, there was a bebek from Hero Honda called the Street but was soon pulled off due to negligible demand). We Indians like to stick with common notions and seldom give a chance to something which breaks the ice and has the capability to be revolutionary.
Honda has taken that opportunity to carve a niche and has come up with something unusual. Yes, the substance in talks here is the all new Navi, which was one of the most talked about two wheeler unveiled in the Auto Expo 2016. The Navi has already created a huge amount of anticipation for its stance, which is something in the middle of a scooter and a motorcycle. Putting up a full stop to all the anticipation and queries, here’s our comprehensive review of the all new Honda Navi.
When it comes to making motorcycles with passion and creativity, there are very few manufacturers who succeed in their intention. One such manufacturer is Bajaj Auto. One of the most renowned brands in the field of two wheelers, Bajaj, in the past, has given a number of successful products which not only changed our vision of seeing two wheelers, but also has managed to be successfully acceptable on the expectations of the consumers and be emotionally attached with them.
Bajaj Auto has once again proved that it doesn’t lack the spirit of making motorcycles with soul and vehemence, with the all new V15. So, what’s special about this all new motorcycle from Bajaj, you ask? Well, this premium commuter motorcycle has contains the invincible metal of the mighty INS Vikrant, the famous warship/aircraft carrier, which was one of heroes of the memorable 1971 Indo-Pak battle.
With the intention of not letting history fade into the oblivion, Bajaj has utilized the remains of INS Vikrant, which was dismantled in 2014, in its all new V15. But there’s a lot more to the V15, which also happens to be the first ever café racer from Bajaj Auto. Here’s our comprehensive take on the all new Bajaj V15.
If you are an Adventure enthusiast and want to explore every corner of India on your two wheeler what options do you have really if you are running on a tight budget.
Wait, let me give you the options and make it easier for you, it has to be either a Royal Enfield Classic 350 or 500, a Bullet 350 or 500 and the best option you can get is the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 or 500. Now we Indian are best known for ‘Jugaads’ right. So what we usually do is take our everyday motorcycles and try to make it an offroader, an adventure motorcycle or whatever you like to call it before actually taking it out on these tough motorcycle killer roads.
I mean seriously! Please pay some pity on these Machines for God’s sake, they are your average commuter and sportsbikes and when they actually came out of their assembly lines these motorcycles had many dreams before falling into the hands of their cruel owners (Pun Intended).
But I know I can understand what goes through these adventure enthusiasts mind while you actually take your beloved well maintained cruisers and sportsbikes on a trip to Ladakh or any place which is definitely not your motorcycle playground. I can also understand what goes through these adventure seekers mind when they come back from the journey and actually give this motorcycles for a service and maintenance. The worse situation that you could face is either you end up selling your motorcycle on some buying and selling online websites at a cheap rate or to those buyers (who does not actually give a…) and ride their motorcycle till it breathes its last breathe.
Well Royal Enfield is actually giving the adventure enthusiast a reason to cheer about and we are glad it will be priced well within your budget.
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Bajaj is all set to re-write the rules of the Indian performance motorcycle segment with the 2012 Pulsar 200NS that is scheduled to go on sale in April 2012 at around the Rs 75,000 mark. The 200cc liquid-cooled engine develops 23.5PS of power, enough to lend the bike sizzling performance that will complement the sporty, modern and racy design language. The Pulsar 200NS will also pave the way for future Pulsar models that will be sold in various engine configurations.