2017 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce
Turning motorcycles into a work of art has become a trait at MV Agusta, and truly have been a bedroom wallpaper design. People who owned one, usually have another motorcycle from some other brand as well to do their everyday riding.
Until now, MV Agusta only built motorcycles that would eat apexes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Machines built to just simply look and go fast and handle like a stealth ninja. Now, the company has entered a whole new dimension. A touring motorcycle that has NOT been made by the inspirations of the marquee’s 75 world titles or racetrack pedigree. And what came out is the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce.
The boldest move by MV which meant redefining the process of making a world class motorcycle that could trump other brands. Now, even in the touring segment. Instead of crunching apexes and punching the straight, MV is giving you the pleasure of conquering the world of sweeping bends, stunning scenery and open roads.
A few days back we had featured the sinister looking BMW HP4 RACE. It is an advanced prototype of the power star, the S 1000RR-HP4 with full carbon fibre twin-spar main frame and rims that are made in the same factory that makes components for BMW’s iconic ‘i-series’ and 7 series of cars. It is a purposeful hand built by the blokes at BMW.
To build this exotic machine dripping with carbon fibre lust will feel like, considering their vast amount or resources and experience, an easy-peasy task for BMW, with regards to what is coming next.
Carbon fibre has been considered the most exotic material ever since McLaren first made use of it to build a monocoque chassis for its Formula One car, 35 years ago. And so did Rolf van der Heide, a Dutch engineer who had worked for Spyker and Carver (makers of three-wheeled road machines) in the past, saw endless possibilities of carbon fibre composites and went on to create the motorcycle of his dreams with it.
With his brother Sjors handling the business end and industrial designer Michiel, the ‘Gentleman’s Racer’ was born. With a 100% carbon fibre monocoque chassis, a 100% carbon fibre swing arm, a 100% carbon fibre front end and a patent pending revolutionary designed suspension system, we see this as a genesis of a new breed of mankind who is not scared witless to venture into the realm reserved only for the upper-crust.
2017 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin
For some people, adventure is about finding your way through the unknown and doing things most have not or seeing things never seen before is a savour best felt. But unless you plan on walking, you need a way to get there. This is where Honda’s new offering comes in and sweeps you off your feet in the most humble and matured way.
Almost 30 years ago, the Africa Twin conquered the Paris-Dakar Rally. This year, it’s been re-imagined with the same True Adventure spirit and is hitting the Indian shores after a delay of nearly a couple of years.
With the Dakar rally, some manufacturers were happy about being participated, but Honda went on to win 1-2-3 positions in 1986. Just 5 years after their first appearance. And they did it on the then Africa Twin.
Honda have now made use of that wild experience and fed it into their brand new avatar of that legendary Dakar motorcycle, the NXR750, and gives us the CRF 1000L Africa Twin. A machine born in the factory but tamed in the wilderness that inherits the “go anywhere” phenomena and embodies the latest of technology and engine construction to literally do just that without any fuss.
With this motorcycle, Honda throws a challenge at us - ‘It’s not a question of how far your Honda will go. It’s how far you’re willing to take it’. And knowing the reliability of a Honda, I’m guessing it’s a challenge for us to take upon without having to think twice about the machine.
2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera
Ducati always have had this insanity in them to time and again bring up machines that push the boundaries of two-wheeled glory, a boundary that will make every other manufacturer look like a speck of dust. For this alone, we must hand it to the Italian with all pomp and flair that they can literally pull off a true bloody special edition.
And this time we are talking about a 215 bhp of carbon fibre, the Ducati 1299 Superleggera. Which by the name itself means “simply light”. This is, ladies and gentlemen, the world’s first factory built superbike that is equipped with frame, swingarm, subframe, bodywork and the wheels built out of carbon fibre.
Ducati tells the world that ‘The 1299 Superleggera is the greatest expression of engineering, technology and performance ever put into mass production by a motorcycle manufacturer‘. It is a reminiscence of the legendary 1199 Superleggera.
Under all this is what I call a ‘Brobdingnagian’ twin Superquadro power house that can scare the daylights out of most seasoned riders. If that still does not fit your bill, the electronics package on this, one would need a Master’s degree and a PhD to understand the concepts of it, and by the time you do understand, you would stop caring about it because your brain is gizzing already.
2017 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RC
The same Italian madhouse production that gave us the F3 800 RC, the hottest performing middleweight sportbike in production, upgraded their Reparto Corse line-up with this condescending streetfighter born out of the experience gained by MV Agusta with their rich participation in World Superbike and Supersport arenas. The limited edition MV Agusta Dragster 800 RC.
Based on the original Dragster 800 and the RR, this stunning piece of entry by the house of Varese is for an audience who desire the best of both worlds. Beauty and performance. Wearing jazzier clothes, this RC can let you taste the spirit of racing and technology that thrives on pure emotions and a rich heritage. It was unveiled at EICMA in Milan, Italy.
2017 KTM Duke 390 vs Yamaha YZF-R3 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300
Buckle up because it is going to be a wild ride. 2017 will see the launch of the brand new KTM Duke 390 that is said to wipe out the competition. The Australian company decided to give the already successful KTM Duke 390 a revamp and what we’ve noticed is that the naked version is up for a spotlight rather than the full faired RC edition. It made its global debut at the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show in Italy and post its debut, will make way into the Indian market in 2017.
The Yamaha YZF-R3 was released in 2016 and it made the rest of the 300cc line-up shake by winning the coveted Bike of the year for 2016 and it threatened the rule of the RC 390 as well because of its all-round package. Then there was the Kawasaki Ninja 300 which although it was trumped by the other two in many categories it has earned the reputation of being a reliable, well built, and refined offering in this class.
All the three motorcycles have had a condescending effect on the Indian 2 wheeler market and they got in the fresh breed of entry level fully flaired performance motorcycles to blaze the much needed thrilling experience to enthusiasts and purists. Now with speculations running high of the Duke 390 Facelift, it will definitely try to bring havoc in the sales of its competition and make motorcyclist get into a realm of more content and less bitter.
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. And the gamble payed off. 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. To help you have a clear decision making ability, we have compiled 10 bikes that fall under ₹ 5 lakhs that can suffice all your needs and dreams of owning a bike that can be both practical and fun to ride.
2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP
Honda’s stable at the 2016 Intermot motorcycle show was all pomp and fanfare as they showcased their 2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP. This is an all new redesigned package from Honda which showcased major updates from since nearly a decade to give them a fighting chance in the already competitive high-tech superbike arena.
Honda made everyone sweat when they launched the CBR900RR in 1992 having huge power numbers and weighing lesser than the closest competitor. For the Fireblade’s 25th anniversary, Honda has gone big with the updated engine, chassis, electronic suspension and a whole bunch of rider aids package all combined with the hefty weight loss giving the rivals a run for their money.
Bajaj Platina Comfortec vs Honda CD 110 Dream DX vs Hero HF Deluxe vs TVS Sport
No matter how much growth or potential does the new segments of performance oriented motorcycles are showing in recent years, there is no denying fact that the majority of the volumes have been coming (and will still continue to come) from the entry level 100-110cc commuters. For the simple purpose of rising from point A to point B, an average Indian Joe wants a simple commuter which is high on fuel efficiency and low on maintenance, thus being a fuss-free machine. For him, the segment of basic entry level commuters is perfect, given their simple mechanics.
It all started when Hero (the then Hero Honda) tried to commence an all new era by launching the CD 100, which not only slowed down the sales of two-stroke motorcycles back in that time, but also paved a path for more and more four stroke commuters. Today, Hero has split from its erstwhile partner Honda, but that hasn’t stopped it from churning out high numbers in that segment. The manufacturer has ten different commuters in the 100-110cc space, within which the HF Deluxe is the one of the most affordable of them all.
Hero’s partner from the heydays Honda did split from the former, only for the sole purpose of leading the front on its own. In that direction, it did launch its cheapest motorcycle, CD 110 Dream, which was updated only recently with a couple of additional features. TVS has been performing in this end of spectrum decently with its sole 100cc offering, the Sport, which continues to be one of the freshest looking motorcycles in this company. And now, Bajaj has recently upgraded its Platina brand with the all new Platina Comfortec, by making some mild changes to its chassis and engine, which makes it more fuel efficient and comfortable than before.
In this writeup, we are going to compare all these four entry level basic commuters to find out which one of these is the most perfect commuter for the common man. Here we go.
2016 Yamaha Fascino- Road Test Review
Ever since the refurbishment of the scooter segment in India posts the arrival of Honda Activa into the scene in early 2000s, there has been a lot of change in the way scooters are perceived in India. There was a time when the scooter segment was almost dead, after the dusk of the era of two stroke scooters from Bajaj and LML. The debut of Honda Activa in the market and its open-handed receival by the ‘aam aadmi’ of India not only made us rethink that there is still a lot more action to be seen in the scooter segment, but also it forced other two wheeler manufacturers to rethink their strategy and come up with more and more scooters.
Now, such is the scenario, that every other mass market two wheeler maker, barring Bajaj Auto and Royal Enfield, has entered into the game of scooter production and sales. This is where the versatility has come in this segment as well. From a time, when the Honda Activa paved the path of only conventional looking unisex family scooters, in the current times, we can see a variety of scooters plying on the roads. And by variety, we mean to say that the scooters now differ a lot from each other in terms of body style, features and performance.
Among all the scooters existing today, the segment of retro or neo-classic scooters is undoubtedly the most unique and attractive one. Initiated by Piaggio with its legendary Vespa range, the segment of retro/neo-classic scooters is the one which focuses on overall styling rather than performance and other aspects. It is there cool design bits inspired by the scooters from the yesteryears, fused with the modern styling cues, which make them look standout from the crowd of monotonous scooters.
Ever since the success of Vespa, in spite of their steep pricing, other manufacturers too have started taking a note about it. The first manufacturer to follow the foot steps of Vespa happens to be Yamaha, which is the newest manufacturer to enter into the scooter segment. The scooter in question here is the Yamaha Fascino, which is currently the highest selling scooter from the stable of Yamaha, owing to its distinctive design. But as they say, it takes prowess in all aspects to be a game changer. So, apart from design, what more does the Yamaha Fascino packs in? Let’s find out.
2016 Royal Enfield Dirty Duck
Royal Enfield has upped their games recently and quite honestly they actually are dominating the entry level cruiser market of the country with their range of products. Now that they can sit back and relax because they do not actually have any other commitments right now RE decided to build some of their own custom motorcycles. This not only shows their dedication towards two wheelers but also an urge to prove themselves every single time.
Recently at the Wheels & Waves custom bike show held in Biarritz, France Royal Enfield showcased their very first official custom made motorcycle. This was definitely a huge day not only for Royal Enfield but also for the RE fans as well. The two motorcycles which were showcased at the show was based on their very own existing models including the Classic500 and the Continental GT which actually make things more interesting as well as exciting at the same time. The two motorcycles were also given separate individual names.
We already have provided you all the information about the Mo Powa which is actually designed to be a dragster and is based on the Classic 500 model while as you already would have read that towards the rear it uses an extended swingarm from Continental GT to extend the wheelbase. The motorcycle also employs a turbocharger as well which definitely has been added to generate more power. The other motorcycle which we will be talking here has been christened as the Dirty Duck and it is actually based on the Continental GT and looks out of this world. If you have offroading genes in you then definitely bound to love this Dirty Duck.
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Considered as one of the most underrated two wheeler manufacturers, TVS may not have had a rich history in making motorcycles, but whichever motorcycles it has come up with till date have been rated as one of the best in their respective segments. Right from the inception of its first indigenously developed motorcycle, the 110cc Victor, to the all new Apache RTR 200, TVS has come up a long way, by bringing in innovative engineering for the motoring of common man.
Though TVS’s key focus is going to be on the premium segments of the mass market motorcycles in the near future, it too understands that the motorcycles which will help it in bringing in volumes will be the bikes falling under 100-110cc motorcycles. While the bikes such as Star City Plus and Victor are currently right at the top of the game as far as engineering prowess is concerned, their entry level motorcycle, the 100cc Sport, was bringing in decent volumes for the manufacturer.
Now, keeping in mind that the majority of the sales come from this very segment of entry level 100cc motorcycles, especially in small towns and rural areas, TVS has given a mild update to the Sport, with key focus on enhancing the fuel efficiency and suspension of the motorcycle. Here’s a quick look on the revived TVS Sport.
Comparison – Yamaha Saluto vs Hero Splendor Plus vs Honda Dream Neo vs Suzuki Hayate EP
No matter how much growth the premium and performance oriented motorcycles have witnessed in the recent times, there is no doubt that the entry level commuter segment will be of the most significance in the Indian two wheeler market. And it has to be – the 100-110cc commuter segment, for the time being, has a market share of almost 60 per cent as far as sales are concerned.
This segment of 100-110cc motorcycles too has become much more versatile and broader than before. In the entry level space of this segment of 100-110cc motorcycles itself, there are nearly 2-3 categories of motorcycles, which though being pretty much the same in terms of maintenance and fuel efficiency, they do differ in terms of styling, equipment and overall performance.
From the day one, Hero has undoubtedly dominated this segment with its Splendor range, which has seen a number of alterations in its existence of more than two decades. In today’s time, while the Splendor range includes almost five different iterations (including an interesting and distinctive café racer), it is the Splendor Plus which happens to be the oldest and highest selling model and the model which falls in the segment which we are discussing here.
Hero’s erstwhile partner, Honda, too has managed to grab a lot of share of this segment with its ‘Dream’ range of commuters, with the Dream Neo being the highest selling 110cc model from this Japanese giant. The Dream Neo, like the Splendor Pro, has been designed as per the requirements of a common man from a daily commuting machine.
Few days back, Suzuki too refreshed its lone 110cc model in India, the Hayate, by revamping its design and refreshing its mechanicals like adding a new frame and changes to its engine, and renamed it as Hayate EP. And now, with Honda and Suzuki having potent motorcycles in the 110cc segment, their arch rival from Japan, Yamaha, too has made a comeback to the 110cc segment, by replacing its ‘too long in the tooth’ YBR 110 with the all new Saluto RX. With the Saluto RX, Yamaha intends to eat into the sales of Hero and Honda which are making majority of their profits from this very segment of 100-110cc commuters. Let’s take a look on all these four motorcycles, and find out which one emerges out to be the best of them all.
In the Indian market, there is no other manufacturer which enjoys a status and reputation which Harley Davidson has got. The manufacturer entered into India almost a decade ago, and since then, has been recording excellent sales, thanks to its global reputation as a niche cruiser maker.
Though Harley Davidson has got cruisers ranging from an entry level cruiser like Street 750 to a mammoth personalized cruiser in the form of a CVO Limited, the maximum number of sales does come from the Street 750, Sportster and Dyna family. Among these three families within Harley Davidson, the Dyna family consists of the most powerful motorcycles, if not more than those of the Softail or Touring range. The Dyna family in the Indian market comprises of only two motorcycles – Street Bob and Fat Bob.
Out of these two motorcycles, the Fat Bob is the more expensive one, and has a muscular stance comparable to the old school Fat Boy. Existing exactly in the midrange of the Harley Davidson portfolio, here’s our comprehensive review of the Harley Davidson Fat Bob.
As a manufacturer of fully faired and naked motorcycles, Ducati has come a long way by enticing the motorcycling enthusiasts in the right amount of flavor. With its numerical range of motorcycles such as 999, 1199, 848 etc. as well as the Monster range, Ducati has garnered a lot of attention as well as sales numbers, thus expanding its reach in many other new markets, including that of India as well.
Though the sales proved out to be fruitful for Ducati, but the Italian marquee had the hunger for success even more, which is why it worked on an all new platform of adventure motorcycles and came out with the Multistrada range. One of the latest motorcycles in Ducati’s lineup, the Multistrada range has proved out to be a boon for all those who wanted a practical package, which is equally at home on both on-road and off-road turfs.
In the current range of Multistrada, Ducati has worked out on launching two new different versions, the Multistrada 1200 S being the more powerful and advanced one. The ‘S’ suffix surely has some substance, as it packs in few more goodies and added performance over the standard Multistrada 1200. Here’s our take on the all new Ducati Multistrada 1200 S.
In current times, no other fully faired motorcycle in the entry level segment has created as massive fan following and benchmarks as the RC range from KTM. The range of fully faired motorcycles, which extend from 125cc to 390cc, has created a great havoc for its rivals from other manufacturers, particularly due to the price to package ratio and incredible amount of raw performance extractable from them.
In the Indian market too, both the RC 200 as well as RC 390 have been the best selling motorcycles in their respective segments right from day one. Though in some other global markets, it’s not the RC 200 which is the range starting model, but the RC 125. Immensely popular in many European markets, the RC 125 serves as a beginner’s bike, which introduces the newly brewed riders to the more focusing traits of riding, which can be availed from a fully faired motorcycle more precisely.
Besides having a full-fledged fully faired design and pocket-rocket like performance, the RC 125 has more in its kitty. Here’s our take on the most affordable fully faired motorcycle from KTM, the RC 125.
For decades, the Ninja has been the chief weapon of Kawasaki in every segment of the supersport motorcycles. Owing to their stupendous performance and the razor-sharp handling they boast of, the Ninjas have left their mark in every category - whether 250cc or 1400cc. Following the tradition, the latest Ninja on the block has taken the whole game one notch above. The latest Ninja - Ninja H2.
Now, the H2 acronym is not a new nomenclature for Kawasaki, as it is the same name of a 750cc three-cylinder motorcycle which was launched way back in 1971 and was regarded as the fastest accelerating motorcycle. The latest H2 - Ninja H2 - is no short of revolutionary machine. For starters, this is the world’s first production motorcycle with a supercharged engine. And this one fact is enough to boggle many minds, in a positive manner, of course.
But that’s not all. The Ninja H2 promises to be the fastest, most powerful and most technologically advanced motorcycle Kawasaki has ever produced in its entire history. Is the Kawasaki Ninja H2 really worth the hype which has been built around it? Here’s a quick review of Ninja H2:-
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Suzuki launched the new V-Strom in the Indian market at the 2014, Auto Expo held in Delhi. The concept of an Adventure Tourer is definitely new in the Indian market although there are some more Tourers available in the Indian market but the V-Strom definitely attracted some attention with its sleek looks and powerful engine. This new Motorcycle replaced the DL 1000 which has dominated the Suzuki Tourer segment for a long time. The problem with the DL 1000 was that it was bulky and big comparatively the new V-Strom is light and sleek, it even has a more powerful engine which also comes with a bigger displacement. Another advantage with the new V-Strom is that it generates impressive amount of torque at lower rpm which also helps the rider to overcome any obstacle thrown in their way.
Suzuki is known all over the world for their sportsbike Hayabusa but this motorcycle has a totally different character and also is easy to ride and handles pretty well on any roads. Suzuki claims that the power of this motorcycle is manageable and its the simple electronic setups on board which makes the overall handling very easy. Suzuki has also provided two stages of traction control on the motorcycle while the ABS comes as standard feature.
Suzuki claims the V-Strom is a motorcycle which can be used daily; it has a fuel efficient and a powerful engine and is fairly comfortable to ride. This 2014 V-Strom is powered by a V-twin and liquid-cooled engine which comes with a displacement of 1037cc which is definitely more than its predecessor. This is one interesting motorcycle which has a duel character and which means it can be ridden on tarmac without any hassle while this motorcycle is also capable of taking you to your destination even when the road runs out.
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