Triumph launched the much awaited Bonneville Bobber in India
Over the past twelve months, Triumph has been sweating it out on the arena and treating us with exceptionally new modern classics over and over again. Their Bonneville range is selling as fast as they can make them and just when you thought it’s time for them to take a well-deserved breather, they just pushed themselves into uncharted territory.
Today, the Brit launched this beast of a looker called the Bonneville Bobber onto the Indian streets for a price tag much less than what we expected. Based on the Triumph T120, this modern classic can be yours for a price tag of ₹9.09 lakh (ex-showroom). (Much lesser than what we expected it to be at around ₹12 lakh)
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:-
2017 Harley Davidson Street Rod
The craze of the mid-weight naked is becoming more and more alive in the Indian subcontinent, and Harley-Davidson is looking at getting a bigger piece of this market segment too. To try out their luck, the iconic American brand has launched the third member of its Street family. It has more aggressive styling and improved handling above all of the Streets.
That is the all new Harley-Davidson Street Rod. A little sparse, a little spare, and an exercise in understatement. The most sport-oriented version of the Street series offering an alternative to more conventional cruiser variants. This young generation of a machine is a serious effort to reach customers outside the likes of the classic Harley Davidsons’. Always something up their sleeves.
Back in 2006, Harley had their most sporting motorcycle ever sold called as VRSCR Street Rod (V-Twin Racing Street Custom). Bringing back this name from the dead, Harley has pimped up their street 750 and essentially made a hot-rodded machine out of it. And we are here to get an in-depth overview of this demon here:
Royal Enfield’s sales is not disturbed by any competition.
When Bajaj launched the Dominar in 2016, it was highly pitted against the mighty Royal Enfield Classic 350. It was supposed to gorge away the sales of the RE and leave it hanging dry. I, for one, was actually very confused at this conjecture made by both Bajaj and the moto fraternity on how they interpreted this rivalry. There wasn’t any in the first place if you ask me.
Both the bikes, though not poles apart, are not to be put against each other. Yes, they have similar engine capacity but that does not put them on the same page. It is like comparing cricket and baseball just because of a bat and a ball being in play.
Nonetheless, people did compare them, wrote and spoke sagas about it but it looks like the universe had different plans for them.
DSK Huosung launched the limited edition Aquila 250
DSK Hyosung might not be the favourite brand in town, but they have some serious potential machines that could give a stiff stare to the competition. One of them is the Hyosung Aquila 250 that was launched in 2014. Doing so, it officially became the most affordable V-twin cruiser available in India today.
For 2107, the bike received an update with three new colour options and this updated version is set to be a limited run of only 100 units. There are however no mechanical changes on this and also seems to miss out on the Automatic Headlamp On feature that seems to come on all the updates by other manufacturers. Neither is the engine BS-IV compliant.
2017 Ducati Diavel by Diesel
You are allowed to think that Ducati has mastered the dark arts and cooked up this mad looking Diavel from a parallel universe with help of another Italian madhouse Haute couture production, Diesel.
Together they have couped up a radical looking post-apocalyptic machine that will tear apart any other cruiser down to its soul.
This motorcycle was announced as part of Milan Men’s Fashion Week 2017 and is going to be showcased at the upcoming Motor Bike Expo Italy from 20 to 22 January 2017.
In the words of Ducati Motor Holding CEO Claudio Domenicali - “The collaboration with Diesel enabled us to explore original stylistic and technical aspects whilst staying within the Ducati brand and fully respecting its values. In this case we worked with Diesel on an already uniquely original bike like the Diavel and the result was surprising to put it mildly. The details characterizing the Diavel Diesel cannot fail to captivate connoisseurs of special bikes but also people from different walks of life, such as fashion. It’s always stimulating for us to move outside the world of motorcycling and widen our brand’s areas of interest”.
2017 RE Himalayan, Classic 500 & Bullet 500 Launched In UK Gets Updated With ABS & Euro IV Compliant Engine
Royal Enfield surely seems to be taking some big steps; they have recently showcased the updated 2017 Classic, Bullet and Continental GT Cruisers with an updated Euro IV complaint engine and duel channel ABS setup. Besides the new ABS setup both these motorcycles also features a rear disc brakes as well which was missing in the earlier variant.
For all your information the 2017 models are now already on sale in the markets of UK with Cooper B which is actually a Royal Enfield Dealer in UK. Cooper B has already listed the following RE motorcycles in their website including the 2017 Himalayan with ABS, Continental GT ABS, Classic 500 ABS and Bullet 500 ABS.
The prices for the above mentioned motorcycles are provided below:-
2017 Himalayan ABS – £9,999
2017 Continental GT ABS – £5,199 (2016 CGT price £4,799)
2017 Classic 500 ABS (Chrome) – £4,899 (2016 Classic 500 Chrome price £4,199)
2017 Bullet 500 ABS – £3,999
We also have researched a bit and found out that the Royal Enfield UK official website too have updated their motorcycles list with the 2017 models. The updated 2017 list of motorcycles which are available in UK with dual channel ABS setup includes Continental GT, Bullet 500 EFI, Classic (500, Chrome, Desert Storm, Battle Green and Squadron Blue).
When I first heard that someone was fitting two cylinders on a Royal Enfield, I was gobsmacked and almost went off-balance. Then, things on my face changed, from squinting confusion to pale blank to the awestruck excitement that elated to newfound happiness one sees in a child receiving his Christmas present. I was startled enough to start making saliva bubbles, and I wasn’t even sorry for it.
There are not many things in your life that take you to a place where you can feel euphoria. Motorcycling is one that does it in the most humble of manners. The term ‘Motorcycling’ means a lot to many people. Some need it to commute, for some, it is about passion and adventure, others, it is their chance to get away and find more of themselves. And people like me, make it our bread and butter.
Then 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. One such man is from Australia who never stopped dreaming about having, not one, but two Enfield engines powering the legendary marquee, the Royal Enfield. People call this dreamer as Paul Carberry and he believes in having fun, twice.
Everthing You Want To Know About the Royal Enfield Redditch Edition
This was actually a surprising move from Royal Enfield; the popular Cruiser manufacturer introduced special edition models for their Classic series towards the beginning of the New Year. The Classic 350 is the best selling motorcycles from Royal Enfield lineup and is the only motorcycle which has helped RE gain those amazing sales numbers.
The Classic is popular amongst the crowd for its old school styling and the new Redditch Edition will further give its sales figure a further boost. Redditch is a small town in UK which is located about 15 miles away South of Birmingham. This is the same town where the Royal Enfield Motorcycles were made.
The history says it all the Royal Enfield Redditch monogram first was used on the tank of prototype 125cc ’Royal Baby’ 2-stroke motorcycle in 1939. While due to World War 2 the plan of its production for the general public was put on hold but the motorcycle was adopted by the British armed forces. In 2008 the RE monogram, still encapsulated within a winged emblem was used on the Classic 350 when it was launched. The Classic monogram is still used in the Classic motorcycles engines of the present Classic, Desert Storm, Battle Green and Squadron Blue motorcycles, the Bullet 350 and 500, the Thunderbird cruisers and obviously the Thunderbird Cruisers as well and lastly on the Continental GT cafe racer.
Harley Davidson Project LiveWire
You know things are actually getting serious when stalwarts like the Harley Davidson are putting their money and testing out electricity to power their machines. And if you have been following the Marvel studio’s Avenger series, you might have caught the stunning Scarlett Johansson picking up things for the boys on a stealthy looking black widow’s electric motorcycle.
That very bike is the next major milestone for the Milwaukee company who have made a handful of the LiveWire bikes to bring it on the streets of the world and gain feedback from customers. What one might think of it as blasphemy, few were simply awestruck at what the engineers at Harley Davidson have come up with pulling off something that seem impossible by the brand.
2016 Moto Guzzi MGX-21
Moto Guzzi has been the greatest brands in the motorcycling world and boasts of nearly a century of rich history and expertise helping them produce motorcycles that are often ahead of their time. The company has not, even for today, compromised its Italian soul be it the race track or the streets. And for the first time in the company’s portfolio, it has developed a motorcycle that expresses the same influence of its past in an increasingly personal and an exclusively styled machine that you can tour and put your favourite music on.
Given the evocative sobriquet as the “Flying Fortress”, the MGX-21 is Italian’s take at the traditionally styled cruisers and tourers or what we also call as Baggers, a mainstay of motorcycling in America.
It has been nearly thirty-five years since McLaren first made use of carbon-fibre to build a monocoque chassis for its Formula One car. Since then, it has come a long way into making its use as both an aesthetical and functional unit of high-end production products as this MGX-21 which is abbreviated for Moto Guzzi eXperimental and 21’, the year when the first motorcycle came out of the Mandello del Lario factory.
This motorcycle was primarily developed to boost the brand’s American sales and now has entered the Indian shores along with the V9s’. As stealth as something on two wheels can get, this motorcycle features everything you would expect in a bagger. Half-fairings, sound system, hard panniers, comfy saddle and a whole lot of flair being exuberated; if you can still see it after it has absorbed all forms of radiations.
List of big capacity roadsters and adventure tourers launched in India in 2016
Like every passing year, the year 2016 too has proven to be one year which has only been progressive enough to make the Indian two wheeler market more mature and versatile. Almost all the bike makers of India did came up with something which was revolutionary and game changer for the price at which they are offered.
In this feature story, we are going to discuss all those significant all new naked roadster and adventure tourer motorcycle launches in the middleweight and liter class segments of the Indian two wheeler market, which do form niche categories on their own, but then have seen a tremendous growth in terms of sales in recent years. Following are those all new naked roadster and adventure tourer launches meant for the niche buyers who have prime focus on design and performance, with the criteria being 500-1200cc category and above the price point of Rs. 6 lakh:-
First Ride Review Of The Bajaj Dominar 400: Video
Bajaj’s new motorcycle the Dominar 400 is definitely trending on every Auto website as well social media after its launch on 15th December 2016. The motorcycle is already available for test rides in different Bajaj showrooms across 22 Cities of India. One can book the motorcycle online by via Bajaj Auto’s Dominar 400 website paying a token amount of INR. 9, 000 but the deliveries of this new cruiser will only begin from mid January 2017 onward.
Now while the Media is still waiting to get their hands on this motorcycle for test ride some motovloggers already got their hands on the new motorcycle and even finished their test ride. Here in this video you will watch the renowned motovlogger Dino gets his hands on the new motorcycle and shares his thoughts on the motorcycle.
The Bajaj Dominar 400 is the most powerful motorcycle from Bajaj till date and is powered by a 373 cc single cylinder liquid cooled fuel injected mill which is capable of producing about 35 Hp of peak power and 35 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to 6 speed gearbox. Besides the powerful engine the Domianr 400 also gets full LED Headlamp setup as well which also features AHO (auto headlamp on) feature. Bajaj claims that the Dominar 400 headlamp is the most powerful in its segment. The motorcycle has low seat height and full digital instrument cluster which provides plenty of information.
You can also read our entire review of the Bajaj Dominar 400 here.
Watch Bajaj Dominar 400 Drag Races KTM Duke 390: Video
Bajaj has launched the Dominar 400 on 15th December 2016 In India. This motorcycle happens to be their most powerful product on offer till date and also the fastest. Recently we were able to get our hands on this exclusive video which shows the newly launched Dominar 400 drag races the KTM Duke 390 on the street.
We all already know by now that the Duke 390 and the Dominar400 uses the same 373 cc, single cylinder liquid cooled, fuel injected power mill. While the engine produces 44 Hp of peak power and 35 Nm of peak torque on the Duke 390, it produces little less power on the Dominar 400. The same unit has been incorporated with Bajaj’s DTS-I technology and it produces 35 Hp of peak power and 35 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox. Just like the Duke the Dominar 400 also gets slipper clutch as well which helps in quick downshifting from high revs.
Here in this video you can watch the Dominar 400 races with the KTM Duke 390 and as you can clearly watch that although the Dominar 400 is less powerful as well as heavier than the Duke but it still manages to keep up with the Duke 390 which is not only powerful but also lighter at the same time.
Although Bajaj claims that The Dominar 400 has a top speed of 148 km/h mark but here in this video you can watch the motorcycle surprisingly hitting a top speed of 168 km/h (which can be a speedo error as well).
2017 Bajaj Dominar 400
Bajaj did not participated at the 2016 Auto expo but they did leave quite a huge impact at the 2014 Auto expo where they showcased two of their latest concept motorcycles, the SS400 and CS400. Bajaj already launched the smaller variant of the SS400 popularly known as the RS200 which is powered by a 199.5 cc, single cylinder liquid cooled engine. The RS200 attracted lot of attention and even managed to sweep almost all the awards last year. Now that Bajaj have already launched the RS200 it was time for them to plan something big in order to enter and dominate a new segment.
Besides the SS400 the other concept which was showcased at the 2014 Auto show was called the CS400. Compared to the SS400 the CS400 definitely looked more like cruiser and it was powered by a 400 cc power mill.
But keep all that aside and imagine Bajaj Auto launching a 400 cc motorcycle in India. What does that actually mean? The motorcycle was supposed to be priced aggressively which will make it accessible for many motorcycle enthusiasts who wants to own a powerful motorcycle, it definitely is feature loaded which includes powerful headlamps, more informative digital instrument cluster and above all an ABS system for the safety of the rider.
The production test mule of the CS400 concept was spotted several times on Indian roads which indicate that the motorcycle has received all its inputs in India keeping the Indian road conditions in mind. Now that its launched in the Indian market and like we expected has been priced quite aggressively we have provided all the details of the motorcycle in this overview article
Update 15.12.2016:- Watch The Live Streaming Of The Bajaj Dominar400 here.
Update 15.12.2016:- Bajaj has released a new official teaser video of the Dominar 400
Update 15.12.2016:- Bajaj Auto has launched the Dominar 400 in India with starting prices of INR. 1, 36, 000 (ex showroom, Delhi) for the non ABS variant while the prices of the ABS equipped variant has been updated in this article.
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Bajaj Launched Their Flagship Motorcycle Dominar 400 In India (Official TVC)
Bajaj today launched their much anticipated flagship offering the Dominar 400 in India. The Dominar 400 is powered by a single cylinder, liquid cooled, fuel injected engine which is capable of producing about 35 Ps of peak power at 8, 000 rpm and 35 Nm of torque at 6, 500 rpm. The engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox. The new motorcycle is available in two variants; the base variant comes without ABS while the top end variant gets a duel channel ABS setup.
Coming to the most important part its price, surprisingly Bajaj has priced their flagship offering aggressively. The non ABS variant is priced at INR. 1, 36, 000 ( ex showroom, Delhi) while the top end ABS equipped variant has been priced at INR. 1, 50, 000 (ex showroom, Delhi). For the first time the motorcycle will be available for booking online and one will have to pay a token amount of INR. 9, 000 to book the motorcycle. The supplies of the Dominar 400 will only begin from January 2017 onward.
Bajaj To Launch Dominar 400 Tomorrow
The Launch Date of the much anticipated new Cruiser from Bajaj Auto is finally here. The homegrown two wheeler manufacturers will launch their flagship offering which also will be their most powerful motorcycle ever launched tomorrow.
The motorcycle made its world debut at the 2014 Auto expo as the CS400 concept and it took more than two years for Bajaj to bring it to the Indian street. Powered by a 373 cc, single cylinder , liquid cooled engine the Dominar400 is expected to produce around 35 Hp of peak power and around 35-37 Nm of torque which will make it the most powerful Bajaj Motorcycle ever launched in the Indian market. The engine will be coupled to a 6 speed gearbox.
For all your information the production of the new motorcycle has already commenced at Bajaj’s Chakan plant in Pune and the first lo0t of motorcycles are already despatched from the factory. Bajaj aims to sell around 10, 000 units of the motorcycle every month. This motorcycle takes on the cruiser segment of the Indian market and above all will lock its horns with one of the most renowned cruiser brands of India, Royal Enfield.
2017 Harley Davidson Road King Classic
Whitewalls, spoked wheels, train-ish headlights and leather bound saddlebag inserts. This is not a new meaning for ‘retro’, but it is very much the retro.
After a brief abruption, the Road king made an entry back to the Indian market in 2016. Of the five different platforms in the Harley line-up, the touring segment sits right at the top. And the entry-level tourer is the quintessential Road King. A no-frills motorcycle that appears to have been carved out from a billet the size of a bus with classic design that harks back to Harley’s big bikes from the sixties; nothing modern in the looks department whatsoever, which is actually the good part.
For 2017, Harley Davidson is set to up the ante and take us back to the sixties again, but this time with even more panache. Enter the Road King Classic. It’s the stripped down tourer having no fuss whatsoever and is a mesh of nostalgic style meeting the performance and versatility of a modern Harley-Davidson touring machine.
It still carries the Hiawatha headlamp and nacelle born in the 1960’s, a time when chrome ruled the streets. What’s changed is the power unit which now is the new Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine bringing all into the here and now in a hurry. Along with it is the new suspension unit designed to give you a plush ride. In short, it is a timeless classic built for today.
Production Variant Of The Bajaj Dominar 400 Spied Undisguised Before Its Launch This Week
These are perhaps the first proper undisguised images of the production variant of Bajaj’s upcoming cruiser Dominar 400. Bajaj Auto will be launching this motorcycle in India on 15th December 2016 and honestly we all are quite excited about this new motorcycle because this will be their flagship offering for the Indian market.
Like we already reported earlier Bajaj has already launched a microsite for their upcoming motorcycle along with a Twitter page. The motorcycle will also be our home grown two wheelers manufacturer’s most powerful product ever. Like you all already know the Dominar 400 will be powered by a 373 cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled unit which will also feature Bajaj’s patented triple spark technology. This engine will produce about 34 Hp of peak power and about 35 Nm of torque while the engine will be paired to a 6 speed gearbox.
Coming to the styling the upcoming Dominar 400 is the production variant of the CS400 concept showcased at the 2014 Auto expo. The Cruiser posses a low slung stance which will make it easier for rider of every height and build to enjoy riding the motorcycle without actually comprising their riding position or balance. Some of the highlighted features of the motorcycle includes a full LED headlamps which will be the very first for any Indian motorcycle, full digital instrument cluster along with an auxiliary display positioned on the fuel tank, chiselled fuel tank and wide rear tyres. For the safety of the rider the motorcycle will also be equipped with dual channel ABS system as well.
Comparison of entry level cruisers – Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 vs UM Renegade Sport S
In India, we have always been fascinated by the aspect of speed and thrill when it comes to the word ‘motorcycle’. Especially in our teenage days, when we see one riding a motorcycle, our dreams of owning one and opening up the throttle to the fullest on an open stretch are fueled up. The hands start to itch, to own a fast moving sportbike as soon as possible. This very trait of the Indian enthusiasts has led to the rising popularity of the sales of entry level 150-250cc sportbikes, as these are those motorcycles which form a stepping stone towards the world of motorcycling.
However, to the contrast, there is one more category of riders who believe to ride slow and enjoy each and every second of the moment of their motorcycling, by keeping a smooth and calm pace. These riders don’t want to rip off their throttles, but ride their motorcycle sedately. For such riders, the segment of cruisers prove out to be a big boon, for these motorcycles give you torque enough to climb a mountain, but the power delivery is something which is not as adrenaline rushing as a roadster of supersport, but has a relaxed nature in the way it shoots to higher rpms.
Previously, the Indian market hadn’t been that friendly with the cruiser motorcycles, with a very limited option of cruisers in India. However, in the past decade, the sales of cruisers has seen an instant surge and thanks to the rising popularity of brands like Royal Enfield and Harley Davidson which are traditional players in making cruisers, the cruisers too have started to have their own fan following. Talking about the former, Royal Enfield, from the day one, is making some of the most famous retro styled motorcycles, and only in the late nineties, it came up with its first ever cruiser, the Thunderbird 350, which since its launch, has remained an unchallenged cruiser in the lower end of the market. In its current generation model, it has only become better and evolved, with the facelift having a number of contemporary features.
Seeing the success of Royal Enfield in making cruisers and retro roadsters, the renowned American brand United Motorcycles, popularly known as UM globally, has made its way in India with two motorcycles for the time being, with the Renegade Sport S being one of them. Targeted specially at the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350, the Renegade Sport S has a slightly different and more contemporary approach towards the cruiser segment, with new styling cues and features introduced to this segment of entry level cruisers.
In this features story, we are going to compare the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 and UM Renegade Sport S, which happen to be the only two motorcycles in the entry level segment of cruisers (300-400cc), and find out which one emerges out to be better choice for the cruiser lovers in India. Here we go:-