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Ducati launched the Desert Sled in India for ₹ 9.32 lakh.

Ducati launched the Desert Sled in India for ₹ 9.32 lakh.

A Scrambler that can finally take you places

Till today, Ducati has been making Scramblers which could have been abused but it pleased the urban way and masses and hence they became glorified street bikes. With five models in the lineup, this Desert Sled is finally the machine that is ready to get its feet properly dirty. Reinforced for off-road duty, this Desert Sled is most certainly a Scrambler-esque iteration of the South-West California and the Mexico’s Baja scenes in the ’60s and ’70s.

The Italian brand has now launched this ’ stripped off anything that is nonsensical’ motorcycle into the Indian markets at a higher price-tag than what we had expected, maybe for the GST interchanges.

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Kawasaki launched the KX 250F in India for a price tag of ₹ 7.5 lakh.

Kawasaki launched the KX 250F in India for a price tag of ₹ 7.5 lakh.

The most dominant motocross bike officially makes its way onto Indian turf.

The Japanese manufacturer is all set to enter the Indian Motocross scene in a big way by offering two of their renowned machines that have dominated the Motocross scene across the globe. Kawasaki India already sells the KLX 110 dirt motorcycle priced at ₹ 2.65 lakh. It is powered by a single cylinder, air-cooled 112cc engine mated to a four-speed transmission.

The biggest guy in this story here is the all new Kawasaki KX 250f. It is hands down is the single-most dominant motocross bike of the last decade. But for some time now, the Blue Crew has grabbed some of the limelight. And for Kawasaki, who have captured 16 titles already with their 250 motorcycles, are in for a setup that can make the Blues a run for their money and reign the territories again.

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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.

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Jumping 100ft up in the air on a dirt bike might land you on the hood of a car.

Jumping 100ft up in the air on a dirt bike might land you on the hood of a car.

Watch how this dune jumper got saved by the whisker.

The Qatari desert has some of the world’s highest sand dunes where the adventure junkies meet up to run on Dune bashing sessions. You can find all forms of vehicles, be it two wheels, 4x4s, Quads, ATVs pumping their adrenaline on the soft sands of the desert.

There are also freeride motocross sessions where riders hop onto their dirt trail bikes and race up a towering sand dune to jump almost up to 100ft in the air to finally land on the soft sand. One lad here was doing his usual runs where he built up speed normally and took the jump also normally. But when he was about to land, his whole life must have flashed before his eyes.

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Start on a bike. End up in a parachute.

Start on a bike. End up in a parachute.

This could be the maddest thing you would have ever seen done on a dirt bike.

I’m sure all of you at one point must have seen daredevil dirt bikers jumping off slopes and showing off stunts. It is fun to watch no doubt. All they need is a wacky little dirt bike and a very big ramp to shoot themselves up in the air long enough to showcase their talent and land safely.

But Pro MotoX rider Brad O’Neal here has taken this concept to the next level. Part of an old crazy Crusty Demons gang, this kid here came up with an idea to go all out crazy with his dirt bike. In a video titled "Follow your Fears", Brad explains how he planned to zoom up a ridiculously vertical ramp and shooting himself as high as he can go before pulling his chute and, hopefully, floating to the ground.

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Have you seen a motorcycle power a boat? Here you go

Have you seen a motorcycle power a boat? Here you go

This chap has a neat solution to replace the expensive boat engines

When you were a kid (or even now), if you have been to a hill station in the country with your family, you would have definitely tried the boat ride around the lake nearby. It is all exciting the first time but the feeling wears off every next time you guys decide to take the boat ride. But then here is a guy who knows how to keep us all excited into it.

This guy makes use of his old dirt bike, modified his tyres and fastened it to the boat where the engine would usually sit. This ingenious method is sure to grab a few eyeballs and a lot of critics too.

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Three Indians qualify to ride in this year's Dakar rally

Three Indians qualify to ride in this year’s Dakar rally

Both Hero Motorsports and TVS Racing have managed to qualify for the ultimate rally.

The Dakar Rally (or simply "The Dakar"; formerly known as the "Paris–Dakar Rally") is the world’s most challenging cross-country rally event that judges the physical and mental aptitudes of the rider and the machine since its inception in 1978.

Last year, we saw two Indian teams competing in this gruelling contest, Hero MotoSports Team Rally and TVS Racing Sherco, and each had an Indian at the helm of their machines. Hero Motorsport’s C.S Santosh and TVS Racing’s K.P Aravind. This year, the organisers have identified India’s rally-raid as one of the Dakar’s qualifying round for the 2018 Dakar rally in which apart from the mentioned two Indians, TVS Racing added another name - Tanveer. And all of them have aced up and got themselves selected for the toughest rally.

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TVS Apache gets rendered into ten different variants

TVS Apache gets rendered into ten different variants

And we so badly want all of them on our roads.

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.

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TVS Racing is all set to blaze on the India Baja 2017.

TVS Racing is all set to blaze on the India Baja 2017.

The Dakar Rally (or simply "The Dakar"; formerly known as the "Paris–Dakar Rally") is the world’s most challenging cross-country rally event that judges the physical and mental aptitudes of the rider and the machine since its inception in 1978.

This is the rally world’s biggest event and for one to be selected in this, has to go through many qualifying rounds that are held across the world. This year, the organisers have identified India’s rally-raid as one of the Dakar’s qualifying round for the 2018 Dakar rally.

India’s TVS Racing has just released a video showcasing their entry into this event that is going to take place on April 7th to April 9th.

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Kawasaki launched the KLX 140 Motocross Motorcycle

Kawasaki launched the KLX 140 Motocross Motorcycle

With this, the Japanese Green has four motocross styled bikes on Indian soil.

The Japanese manufacturer has already entered the Indian Motocross scene in a big way by offering two of their renowned machines that have dominated the Motocross scene across the globe. Kawasaki India already sells the KLX 110 dirt motorcycle priced at ₹ 2.65 lakh.

Then, in 2016, Kawasaki launched the KX100, a motorcycle built for the rising stars and the KX 250f, the single-most dominant motocross bike of the last decade. Now, the brand has added another cap to its motocross lineup in the country by launching the KLX140.

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Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag

Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag

Both Indian teams complete the gruelling course successfully

The Dakar Rally (or simply "The Dakar"; formerly known as the "Paris–Dakar Rally") is the world’s most challenging cross-country rally event that judges the physical and mental aptitudes of the rider and the machine since its inception in 1978.

Man and machine are made to traverse the toughest of terrains that include sand dunes, mud, grass, rocks, ergs and everything inhumane for a catastrophic 9000 kilometres. It demands the greatest level of endurance and concentration to charter through the wild.

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TVS Racing's Dakar rider KP Aravind calls it a day

TVS Racing’s Dakar rider KP Aravind calls it a day

The Indian rider crashes on the third day of the rally and retires.

The Dakar Rally (or simply "The Dakar"; formerly known as the "Paris–Dakar Rally") is the world’s most challenging cross-country rally event that judges the physical and mental aptitudes of the rider and the machine since its inception in 1978.

The 2017 edition that started this week has already seen four days of exciting stages where both man and machine have been put through the gruelling courses that test them to the limit and more.

For the first time, India has two teams running the Dakar. Hero Motorsports and TVS Racing, and each have an Indian behind the helm of their machines. Two Indian men with two different Indian teams are vying at the world rally stage and going by the history books, we will get to see our country’s first motorsports rivalry taking shape.

Hero MotoCorp is the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer and now they have joined hands with the German off-roading specialist Speedbrain GmbH (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung which is German for "company with limited liability") to formally create the ‘Hero MotoSports Team Rally’. And the India rider running with this team is the country’s top motorsport athlete CS Santhosh who had participated in the Dakar in the previous year.

TVS Racing also entered the Dakar with the technical partner, Sherco Motorcycles, who have successfully participated the world rally for a couple of years now. Soon after hero made the announcement, TVS Racing also showcased their Dakar plans. Riding their RTR450 will be another Indian debutante who goes by the name Aravind KP.

Both the Indian riders were looking good up to the second stage where towards the end, KP Aravind was invited to few fractures due to a crash. Meanwhile, CS Santhosh was still floating at a humble 56th position.

In the third leg, riders had to traverse for 64 kilometres from San Miguel de Tucuman to San Salvador de Jujuy. TVS rider Aravind had another nasty crash which found him fallen off the motorcycle close to 40 kilometres from the start point.

Although he was determined to finish the rally, his grievous shoulder that got injured was not recuperable and this made him retire for the rest of the stages, shattering the debutante’s dreams.

TVS Sherco’s riders Pedrero Garcia and Adrian Metge finished in the 16th and 30th slots respectively.

CS Santhosh too had navigation issues and eventually settled for 67th in the third stage. But unfortunately, it was a bad day for him too as he was penalised to 81st position for having missed a waypoint. However, Hero’s second rider Joaquim Rodrigues is having a successful campaign and is currently floating high in the 18th position.

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Hero Motorsports to enter the Dakar rally

Hero Motorsports to enter the Dakar rally

India’s first attempt at the world’s most grueling rally

The Dakar Rally (or simply "The Dakar"; formerly known as the "Paris–Dakar Rally") is the world’s most challenging cross-country rally event that judges the physical and mental aptitudes of the rider and the machine since its inception in 1978.

Man and machine are made to traverse the toughest of terrains that includes sand dunes, mud, grass, rocks, ergs and everything inhumane for a catastrophical 9000 kilometres. It demands the greatest level of endurance and concentration to charter through the wild.

Each of the 12 stages can range from short distances up to 800–900 kilometres per day. Both amateur and professional teams participate in this off-road endurance event on motorcycles, quad-bikes, cars and trucks across three countries in South America (since 2009). And the first entry to this monster rally from India in the Motorcycle segment is the Hero Motorsports team which will be participating for the 2017 stage that is beginning in four days from the time you will be reading this. This is the outfit’s first big milestone into motorsports.

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2016 Kawasaki KX100

2016 Kawasaki KX100

A motocross bike built for the rising stars

The greats of the motorcycle world have always had in in their stride since the very beginning of their life. You look at every legendary figure of the motorsports world, one thing they have in common is their passion for things on two wheels from a very young age, some even when they have just begun to walk and talk.

Pushing kids to a motorsport world is at a nascent stage in India. Although it is widening its horizon, giving them the right tool to do so was difficult. Enter the Green Team from Japan.

Along with launching their KX 250F, Kawasaki has also introducing their smaller guy, the KX100 dirt motorcycle. Kawasaki has officially enter the Indian Motocross scene in a big way by offering two of their renowned machines that has dominated the Motocross world across the globe.

They did however served the KLX110 in India for a year, powered by an 112cc single-cylinder and priced at ₹ 2.65 lakh. The KX100 will continue to widen this segment and get in a much lighter bike with a more sophisticated engine, better suspension and braking units to go the full throttle way for the young stars interested in dirt riding and want to make a career out of it. An ideal learning curve en-route to the big bikes. In return Kawasaki has relied on its aspiring young stars to provide input to help develop winning products.

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2016 Kawasaki KX250f

2016 Kawasaki KX250f

The single-most dominant motocross bike of the last decade.

Motocross was a sport enjoyed by Europeans for the most part of the time. Then the madness spread like wildfire and it was not long ago that it came to India as well. More and more people started entering the sport, for outright fun and competition.

By basic definition, motocross is a form of off-road motorcycle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits that boasts of terrain, uphill’s, downhill’s, corners, jumps, etc. It is a great spectator sport and equally challenging to compete in. The reason it is so good is because one gets the fine combination of thrills, excitement, colour, speed, strategy, endurance and above all smacking dirt. It offers the satisfaction and every man’s fascination with motors and wheels to which the traditional ‘stick and ball’ sports cannot respond to.

The Japanese manufacturer is all set to enter the Indian Motocross scene in a big way by offering two of their renowned machines that has dominated the Motocross scene across the globe. Kawasaki India already sells the KLX 110 dirt motorcycle priced at ₹ 2.65 lakh. It is powered by a single cylinder, air-cooled 112cc engine mated to a four-speed transmission.

The biggest guy in this story here is the all new Kawasaki KX 250f. It is hands down is the single-most dominant motocross bike of the last decade. But for some time now, the Blue Crew has grabbed some of the limelight. And for Kawasaki, who have captured 16 titles already with their 250 motorcycles, are in for a setup that can make the Blues a run for their money and reign the territories again.

For 2017, the KX250F has received a full makeover, with a new lighter chassis, improved suspension settings, increased power delivery, and comfortable slimmer ergonomics.

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Kawasaki is getting its Motocross to India

Kawasaki is getting its Motocross to India

It is going to get dirty around folks!

Motocross was a sport enjoyed by Europeans for the most part of the time. Then the madness spread like wildfire and it was not long ago that it came to India as well. More and more people started entering the sport, for outright fun or for outright competition.

By basic definition, motocross is a form of off-road motorcycle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits that boasts of terrain, uphill’s, downhill’s, corners, jumps, etc. It is a great spectator sport and equally challenging to compete in. The reason it is so good is because one gets the fine combination of thrills, excitement, colour, speed, strategy, endurance and above all smacking dirt. It offers the satisfaction and every man’s fascination with motors and wheels to which the traditional ‘stick and ball’ sports cannot respond to.

Kawasaki, the Japanese brand offering the finest motocross motorcycles and opted by world champions is set to launch two of their motocross machines in India. Kawasaki India already sells the KLX 110 dirt motorcycle priced at ₹ 2.65 lakh. It is powered by a single cylinder, air-cooled 112cc engine mated to a four-speed transmission.

The KX250 and KX100 will be setting foot on December 18th, 2016 and are exclusively ‘track-only’ motorcycles. They will have a strictly competition only specs without a headlamp cluster, indicators or license plates; which of course cannot be registered to be used on the public roads. These motorcycles specifically offer powerful engines, a significantly lighter chassis, high ground clearance, long travel suspension and slimmer ergonomics to be able to move around the dirt and jump hills without any hindrance.

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2016 Kawasaki KLX 110

2016 Kawasaki KLX 110

This is one motorcycle you definitely want for your weekends

The Indian market is yet to accept the culture of motocross motorcycles, which coincidently happens to be one of the most practical motorcycle segments for the Indian market, given the varying conditions of tarmac in the Indian sub-continent region. Though, the Indian motorcycling culture has always been more of naked commuters and faired motorcycles, this particular segment of motorcycles is yet to catch up its pace here in India.

It all started when Hero MotoCorp decided to kickstart this segment properly with its first indigenously developed motorcycle post its split from Honda, the Impulse. However, no matter how brilliant the Impulse is, the fact that its underpowered engine doesn’t complement its brilliant chassis has curbed its popularity.

Now, Kawasaki tries to grab the growth-maker of this segment by venturing into this segment with the KLX 110. Now, the KLX 110 might not be a street-legal motorcycle as the Impulse or any other motorcycle in its segment, but Kawasaki has launched it in the Indian market to make it as a good learner’s motorcycle for all the budding off-road enthusiasts, with its very promising chassis and power-to-weight ratio. Here’s our quick review of the Kawasaki KLX 110, which also happens to be the most affordable motorcycle from Kawasaki in India.

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