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Bajaj and Kawasaki have now officially split

Bajaj and Kawasaki have now officially split

Starting April 1st, you wont find any green in the Pro biking showrooms.
Bajaj and Kawasaki have now officially split

Back in 2009, our very own ‘Hamara Bajaj’ and the Japanese green team Kawasaki joined hands to market motorbikes globally across developing countries, including Asia and South America. This tie-up not only helped Bajaj spread its wings, Kawasaki too started selling and servicing their 650cc and below products in the Bajaj operated pro-biking showrooms in the country. Kawasaki also assembled their CKD motorcycles, at the Bajaj Auto’s facility in Chakan.

Now, eight years after this successful partnership, both Bajaj and Kawasaki want to part away. With Bajaj making an official statement, it is safe to think that the Indian must have initiated this brink. With KTM doing very well for Bajaj, they want to indulge more in operating the Austrian orange into sharing spaces in their Pro-Biking showrooms.

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What are the most underrated mass oriented bikes of India?

What are the most underrated mass oriented bikes of India?

The list includes a model from almost all the manufacturers from India. We ought to give them some slack.
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:-

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Kawasaki launched the much awaited Ninja ZX-10RR

Kawasaki launched the much awaited Ninja ZX-10RR

Feel the WSBK on the streets of India now for ₹ 21.19 lakh.
Kawasaki launched the much awaited Ninja ZX-10RR

Within a year of its official launch, Kawasaki has mildly updated the motorcycle by giving in a few more equipment and mild changes to its powertrain. But instead of launching it as the ‘all new Ninja ZX-10R’, Kawasaki is terming this new version of the motorcycle as an additional variant of the same.

Say hello to the new 2017 Ninja ZX-10RR then, which promises to be sportier and more eager to roar than the standard ZX-10R. It was launched in India yesterday and ’extremely limited’ number of units coming this way.

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Honda and Kawasaki are giving you 1 lakh off their middleweight superstars.

Honda and Kawasaki are giving you 1 lakh off their middleweight superstars.

The CBR 650F and the ER-6N is now cheaper. But there is a catch.
Honda and Kawasaki are giving you 1 lakh off their middleweight superstars.
Honda and Kawasaki are giving you 1 lakh off their middleweight superstars.
Honda and Kawasaki are giving you 1 lakh off their middleweight superstars.
Honda and Kawasaki are giving you 1 lakh off their middleweight superstars.
Honda and Kawasaki are giving you 1 lakh off their middleweight superstars.
Honda and Kawasaki are giving you 1 lakh off their middleweight superstars.
Honda and Kawasaki are giving you 1 lakh off their middleweight superstars.
Honda and Kawasaki are giving you 1 lakh off their middleweight superstars.

If you are looking at getting yourself a middleweight Japanese motorcycle, then there was no better time to do that than now. Both Honda and Kawasaki are offering you discounts close to ₹ 1 lakh on their 600cc bikes, and this could be the most enticing deal on the block.

Honda is offering you their Honda CBR 650F sports bike while Kawasaki will be doing that with their naked sport Kawasaki ER-6N. This offer is most probably to get their BS-III stocks exhausted before the BS-IV amendments kick in starting April 1st.

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Kawasaki is planning to get back the four cylinder for a new 250cc sportsbike.

Kawasaki is planning to get back the four cylinder for a new 250cc sportsbike.

The Japanese green garage is busy cooking a game changer.
Kawasaki is planning to get back the four cylinder for a new 250cc sportsbike.
Kawasaki is planning to get back the four cylinder for a new 250cc sportsbike.
Kawasaki is planning to get back the four cylinder for a new 250cc sportsbike.
Kawasaki is planning to get back the four cylinder for a new 250cc sportsbike.
Kawasaki is planning to get back the four cylinder for a new 250cc sportsbike.
Kawasaki is planning to get back the four cylinder for a new 250cc sportsbike.

TMC blog, an Indonesian automotive portal has published excerpts from an interview with Mr. Michael Tanadhi, Deputy Head of Sales and Promotion PT Kawasaki Motor Indonesia where he confirmed that the Japanese brand is currently scouring for opportunities to develop a new four-cylinder quarter-litre.

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2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

Feel the WSBK on the streets
2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR
2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR
2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR
2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR
2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR
2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR
2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR
2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

Towards the end of 2015, Kawasaki surprised everyone with the much-awaited upgrade to its litre class supersport, the Ninja ZX-10R. The motorcycle, which has always remained as one of the one of the most user-friendly and equally precise-to-use supersport in the world, received a thorough upgrade in each aspect, be its design, performance, mechanicals and set of electronics.

Within a year of its official launch, Kawasaki has mildly updated the motorcycle by giving in a few more equipment and mild changes to its powertrain. But instead of launching it as the ‘all new Ninja ZX-10R’, Kawasaki is terming this new version of the motorcycle as an additional variant of the same. Say hello to the new Ninja ZX-10RR then, which promises to be sportier and more eager to roar than the standard ZX-10R. Here’s a quick look at what all changes do the new Ninja ZX-10RR is adorned with, over the standard ZX-10R:-

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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.
Kawasaki launched the KLX 140 Motocross Motorcycle
Kawasaki launched the KLX 140 Motocross Motorcycle
Kawasaki launched the KLX 140 Motocross Motorcycle
Kawasaki launched the KLX 140 Motocross Motorcycle
Kawasaki launched the KLX 140 Motocross Motorcycle
Kawasaki launched the KLX 140 Motocross Motorcycle
Kawasaki launched the KLX 140 Motocross Motorcycle
Kawasaki launched the KLX 140 Motocross Motorcycle

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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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300

The Japanese entry-level king. And this time it is more than just green
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300

During the final leg of 2016, Kawasaki made it official about bringing a fresh new outlook for its entry-level sports segment, the Ninja 300. A much loved motorcycle in India which gained a lot of respect and its own share of criticism.

The 300 had replaced the unanimous quarter-litre king back in 2013 with collaboration with Bajaj Auto. The new bike was sportier, more aggressive and more fun to ride than the lesser cubed 250 cc Ninja. The bike was also packed with enough alphabet-soup tech acronyms that were scarce in other motorcycles in the segment at that time, and this made it very entertaining and accessible to new riders.

For 2017, the Japanese Green team have given this machine brand new livery and a limited edition one too. Along with the original Ninja 300, 300 ABS and the KRT edition, there is now a Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition that takes on the looks of the Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) team during their off-season test sessions.

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Kawasaki Motorcycles is going to be your 'Jarvis'

Kawasaki Motorcycles is going to be your ’Jarvis’

The Japanese Green are working on Artificial Intelligence
Kawasaki Motorcycles is going to be your 'Jarvis'
Kawasaki Motorcycles is going to be your 'Jarvis'
Kawasaki Motorcycles is going to be your 'Jarvis'
Kawasaki Motorcycles is going to be your 'Jarvis'
Kawasaki Motorcycles is going to be your 'Jarvis'
Kawasaki Motorcycles is going to be your 'Jarvis'
Kawasaki Motorcycles is going to be your 'Jarvis'
Kawasaki Motorcycles is going to be your 'Jarvis'

If you’ve been a fan of the Iron Man series, you must have definitely been jealous about Robert Downey Jr owning Stark Industries and his very own talking computer which is Just A Rather Very Intelligent System.

Similar to its British voice, Kawasaki has been busy with playing with its own version of artificial intelligence on the other side of the world. The Japanese giant will be developing this technology to introduce it on its motorcycle products and it will ‘have a personality and can grow along with the rider’.

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List of big capacity roadsters and adventure tourers launched in India in 2016

List of big capacity roadsters and adventure tourers launched in India in 2016

The completely list of motorcycle which are available in India now
List of big capacity roadsters and adventure tourers launched in India in 2016
List of big capacity roadsters and adventure tourers launched in India in 2016
List of big capacity roadsters and adventure tourers launched in India in 2016
List of big capacity roadsters and adventure tourers launched in India in 2016
List of big capacity roadsters and adventure tourers launched in India in 2016
List of big capacity roadsters and adventure tourers launched in India in 2016
List of big capacity roadsters and adventure tourers launched in India in 2016
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:-

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Kawasaki and Bajaj break ties

Kawasaki and Bajaj break ties

The Japanese decides to go solo.
Kawasaki and Bajaj break ties

Back in 2012, our very own ‘Hamara Bajaj’ and the Japanese green team Kawasaki joined hands to market mobikes globally across developing countries, including Asia and South America. This tie-up not only helped Bajaj spread its wings, Kawasaki too started selling and servicing their 650cc and below products in the Bajaj operated pro-biking showrooms in the country, which also happens to see the Austrian KTM motorcycles sharing spaces. Kawasaki also assembled their CKD motorcycles, at the Bajaj Auto’s facility in Chakan.

Four years after this successful partnership, both Bajaj and Kawasaki want to part away for reasons not made official to us. But MotorBeam speculates that this could be because of two reasons. One, Kawasaki has been busy setting up its own dealer network and it is on its way to set its foot firmly in the country. The other could be KTM’s more affordable offerings under the same roof affecting sales for the Japanese.

Kawasaki will move all its sales to its dedicated showrooms selling all their motorcycles in the Indian product line-up. Although, assembly of their CKD products will still be undertaken at Bajaj’s new facility at Akurdi. But, will be handled completely by India Kawasaki Motors, a 100% subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Japan.

Coming to Baja’s point of view, it is an obvious rationale that KTM’s sales gave Bajaj a better financial stability that the Kawasaki’s expensive options. Moreover, Bajaj-KTM have a stronger bond with respect to partnership compliance and KTM is all setting up to bring its premium Husqvarna motorcycles to the Indian stride.

As the KTM Duke series is manufactured in India for global consumption, Husqvarna will also manufacture their models at Bajaj’s Chakan plant near Pune and call India their home. They will hit the showrooms in the first quarter of 2017 across the globe and will be expected to be priced slightly above the KTM Duke 390.

And this break-up is going to benefit both Bajaj and KTM to have more office space to showcase the upcoming offerings and the Husqvarna brand of motorcycles.

This will benefit new Kawa customers as it will make Kawasaki drop a few thousands on their CKD products as Bajaj will no longer take any profit on their sales. You can expect all their bikes at dedicated Kawasaki showrooms including their CBU imports, like before. Ninja ZX-14R and Ninja ZX-10R will continue in those showrooms alsong with the 300 cc and 650 cc bikes. All said, Kawasaki has a huge mountain to cross before it can start competing furiously at the niche segment.

Overseas however, both these brands will still be going strong by selling the Kawasaki Bajaj badged Pulsar through the Kawasaki network in Asian countries and will be doing the same in Brazil as well.

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List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched in 2016

List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched in 2016

The complete list of all the motorcycles and scooters
List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched in 2016
List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched in 2016
List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched in 2016
List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched in 2016
List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched in 2016
List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched in 2016
List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched in 2016
List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched 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 bike launches in the mass oriented segments of the Indian two wheeler market, with some of them have been build up from scratch and are only redefining the segments and creating new records for value for money. Following are those all new bike launches meant for the common masses, with the criteria being sub-500cc category and below the price point of Rs. 2.5 lakh:-

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2016 Kawasaki KX100

2016 Kawasaki KX100

A motocross bike built for the rising stars
2016 Kawasaki KX100
2016 Kawasaki KX100
2016 Kawasaki KX100
2016 Kawasaki KX100
2016 Kawasaki KX100
2016 Kawasaki KX100
2016 Kawasaki KX100
2016 Kawasaki KX100

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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The 2017 Indian Motorcycle of the Year is announced.

The 2017 Indian Motorcycle of the Year is announced.

And it is not a surprise
The 2017 Indian Motorcycle of the Year is announced.
The 2017 Indian Motorcycle of the Year is announced.
The 2017 Indian Motorcycle of the Year is announced.
The 2017 Indian Motorcycle of the Year is announced.
The 2017 Indian Motorcycle of the Year is announced.
The 2017 Indian Motorcycle of the Year is announced.

The year 2016 is coming towards an end and what a year it has been for the automotive industry in India. If statistics are to be believed, India is in the highest rankings in terms of growing economy. People have started investing in higher range of motorcycles that are lauded in the performance and engineering arena. More and more players started entering the Indian subcontinent to showcase their entry level performance machines. It just didn’t stop there. Players in India also fired all their pistons to go head to head with their foreign counterparts.

Not long ago had we featured the CNBC-TV18 OVERDRIVE Awards which christened the Apache RTR 200 4V as their Motorcycle of the year. Christmas came a little early for TVS and now the celebration has doubled as their flagship model, the Apache RTR 200 4V has won yet another coveted award, this time it is even bigger.

It has now bagged the IMOTY (Indian Motorcycle of the Year) 2017 in a huge bells and whistles ceremony in Mumbai. It is the most credible and fancied awards in the country for the two wheeler segment.

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2016 Kawasaki KX250f

2016 Kawasaki KX250f

The single-most dominant motocross bike of the last decade.
2016 Kawasaki KX250f
2016 Kawasaki KX250f
2016 Kawasaki KX250f
2016 Kawasaki KX250f
2016 Kawasaki KX250f
2016 Kawasaki KX250f
2016 Kawasaki KX250f
2016 Kawasaki KX250f

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!
Kawasaki is getting its Motocross to India
Kawasaki is getting its Motocross to India
Kawasaki is getting its Motocross to India
Kawasaki is getting its Motocross to India
Kawasaki is getting its Motocross to India
Kawasaki is getting its Motocross to India
Kawasaki is getting its Motocross to India
Kawasaki is getting its Motocross to India

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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Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N

Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N

Find out who ends on top
Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N
Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N
Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N
Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N
Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N
Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N
Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N
Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N

When we talk about the Indian two wheeler market in person, this fastest growing market in the world for two wheelers, which perhaps will become the biggest as well in the upcoming years surpassing the markets positioned above it, has shown a tremendous shift in terms of customer preferences. Within this market, if we talk about the performance oriented segments as well, the category of 200-250cc motorcycles has become the range starting class, unlike that of the 150cc commuters as before.

Due to this shift, sense of increased maturity and flow of money, the riders are now looking out for middleweight motorcycles more, while upgrading their riding skills from a 200-250cc motorcycle. This has resulted in an increased interest and sales numbers of middleweight category motorcycles. Since the liter class superbikes are a bit impractical for their upgrade and usage, the middleweight motorcycles are currently considered to be the best bet to be their next purchase. The middleweight segment of motorcycles consists of all kinds of motorcycles right now, with the segment of roadsters being the most practical and preferred ones, which is quite reflected in their sales numbers as well. Currently, the Indian market has four different motorcycles in this space of 600-800cc roadsters – Kawasaki ER-6n, Triumph Street Triple, Benelli TNT 600i and Hyosung GT 650N.

However, Kawasaki has recently announced that it will soon be replacing the aging and dated ER-6n with an all new generation motorcycle, the Z650, which is a roadster based on the new generation Ninja 650. Like the ER-6n, the Z650 will continue the rivalry of Kawasaki with its competitors – Triumph Street Triple, Benelli TNT 600i and Hyosung GT 650N, all of which have varying strengths of their own. All these four motorcycles are made here via the CKD route, which explains their affordable pricing as well. Which brings us to the quest that which one of the four emerges out to be the best bet for your money? Let’s find out:-

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