MV Agusta F4 RR
If there is one manufacturer which has the ability to meticulous art when it comes to sportbikes, there is no other name which comes close to MV Agusta. Having made some of the most exotic Italian masterpieces on two wheels, the MV Agusta has a tremendous history in terms of making some of the most beautiful looking and aerodynamic motorcycles on the planet.
The year 2016 proved to be a landmark one for India, for the year witnessed the advent of MV Agusta in India. Though the manufacturer may not have entered into the Indian market in a full-fledged manner with its entire global line-up, the motorcycles with which it has made its way in India surely have raised the bars and expectations of enthusiasts and supersport fans.
Among all the motorcycles with which MV Agusta made its debut in India, the range topping F4 supersport happens to be the flagship motorcycle for the Italian bike maker for the time being in India. The wet dream of all those enthusiasts who love to have a perfect equilibrium of design and performance, the MV Agusta F4 looks equally when on the go as well as while being on the still as well. But that’s not enough, besides the regular F4, MV Agusta has also brought in the more aggressive version of the same to India, the mighty F4 RR, which happens to be the biggest and baddest MV Agusta to ever appear on the block. Here’s our quick review on the MV Agusta F4 RR:-
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.
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 Yamaha MT-10 SP
Surpassing the fables of its famous FZ range, Yamaha has refurbished its naked streetfighter lineup with the MT range across the globe. Compared to the bulky and muscular looking motorcycles of FZ range, the entire roadster portfolio has been revised by the manufacturer with the new MT portfolio, which features new edgy and futuristic styling, new powertrains and new mechanicals, which have given an importance to Yamaha in the segment of naked streetfighters – a category in which Yamaha hasn’t been able to replicate as much tremendous recognition as it has achieved in the segment of faired supersports.
Starting off from the entry level MT-125 and extending all the way up to MT-10, Yamaha now has a comprehensive lineup of roadsters with the MT nameplate with a prominent presence in each and every segment. Speaking off the flagship, the MT-10, recently at the 2016 EICMA, Yamaha unveiled what can be its most outrageous looking motorcycle in its entire history till date, a performance specific variant of the MT-10, the new MT-10 SP. In simple words, the MT-10 SP is to MT-10 what the YZF R1M is to YZF R1. Here’s a quick outlook on what all revisions and additions does the new MT-10 SP gets over the regular MT-10:-
Aprilia’s "Factory Works" has couped up a 250 bhp RSV4!
Recently, we had featured a piece where the Austrian Orange is readying its production motorcycle of the MotoGP spec KTM RC16 for 2018. It boasted a massive 240 bhp power mill and all of us blew the trumpets with joy.
With regards to what is coming up, that RC16 might feel a little soft and supple.
A couple of years ago Aprilia Racing christened its ‘Factory Works’ project which allowed customers to get access to their special, high performance machines. It is the most advanced development, innovation and experimentation platform that began life as the extraordinary RSV4. It was the single most exciting thing to come out of the 2015 EICMA convention which got every moto aphrodisiac’s blood racing.
The first iteration from the Noale-based manufacturer was the Aprilia RSV4 R-FW ‘Misano’ which was showcased at the 2015 EICMA. It demonstrated the level of possibility that the Factory Works machine can dispatch. A monstrous performance motorbike while maintaining elevated overall balance and reliability.
From then on, Aprilia has been evolving and getting in the best of technology into their superbike and superstock machines. And for 2017, they have updated their ultimate offering with a 250 bhp Aprilia RSV4 R FW-GP. The nearest one can get to the MotoGP experience.
Along with this, customers can also get their hands on three different mods that suit their expectations and are compliant with Superstock and Superbike Championship regulations in each country it will be put to test. And each of them will carry various levels of chassis, engine and electronic preparations with a maximum configuration that exceeds 200 bhp.
KTM RC16 production racer with 240 bhp is coming in 2018
KTM is the brand new entry to the MotoGP championships and are touted to participate from the 2017-18 season. The Austrian company started developing their MotoGP spec motorcycle, the RC16, more than a year back and the company successfully conducted the tests by participating at this year’s Valencia GP in Spain.
From the very first day, KTM never made it a secret that the literal "Ready to Race" motto machine KTM RC16 will also be offered to the ’admiring the sport’ customers too.
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 MV Agusta F3 800 RC
The hottest performing middleweight sportbike in production wearing civilian clothing is the F3 800. The blend of performance similar to a litre class and handling prowess of a 600cc track machine is the DNA of every F3 800. And this limited-production RC (Reparto Corse) edition is a legitimate celebration of this MV Agusta’s superior qualities created by the honchos at the racing department, Jules Cluzel and Lorenzo Zanetti.
There aren’t many quintessential motorcycle manufacturer like this Italian. They have had their own share of trumps and falls throughout their history but now it seems like MV is enjoying a rare period of sustained growth. Turning motorcycles into a work of art has become a trait at MV and this RC edition of the F3 is a graphically accurate duplicate of the factory racers including the AMG logo and the signatures of the company’s racing World SuperSport Title riders.
2017 Vespa 946 Emporio Armani Edition
How far can you stretch your imagination of creativity, if you are given a chance to make a scooter as extravagant as possible. Till date, in the Indian market, we have been used to see a variety of female oriented, male oriented and unisex family scooters, all of which are designed keeping the needs and requirements of the Indian audience.
However, it all changed when Vespa made its re-entry in the Indian market few years back, with its lineup of models which seek some inspiration from its international lineup but are somewhat positioned as per the Indian consumers. As compared to otherwise functional and practical scooters, the models of Vespa somehow manage to look apart from the usual crowd with distinctive retro styling and premium hardware, which is why they all sell decently despite their high asking price.
All the models of Vespa are currently considered as much more premium than the other scooters available from other manufacturers. However, Vespa has managed to surpass its own benchmark of making exclusive scooters with the all new Vespa 946 Emporio Armani Edition, which is, by far the most extravagant, exclusive and expensive scooter India has ever witnessed. Having some inspiration from the renowned designer Emporio Armani, this 946 based scooter has some really cool bits to be talked about. Want to know, what all things does make the Vespa 946 Emporio Armani Edition such a premium and exclusive scooter? Here’s a comprehensive review of the same:-
2017 Harley Davidson CVO Limited
This right here is the cream of the crop of Harley Davidson motorcycles. The most expensive one of the lot having the entire range of Project Rushmore enhancements and the brand new Twin-Cooled 1868cc Milwaukee-Eight engine, the largest displacement motor from the American touring king touted as the next great engine revolution.
The Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) Limited is heading to raise the bar for comfort, convenience, power, style, infotainment, craftsmanship and most important of all - confidence. With the very best of Harley-Davidson, the CVO Limited is taking the battle of the best V-twin and ultra-luxury of two wheelers to the next level and shoving it in the face of every others vying for this spot.
2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon
You are allowed to think that Kawasaki has mastered the dark arts and yet again cooked up this mad looking H2 Carbon from a parallel universe. There is so much more to the ‘Carbon’ than what meets the eye.
While we were still drooling over the radical H2 and H2R that can put any super sports to shame, Kawasaki thought the sci-fi needed a tweak and updated it with this possessed Carbon editionfor 2016 Intermot.
Co-developed by Kawasaki’s motorcycle and aerospace division, this ‘world’s only’ supercharged hypersport motorcycle got every purists into a realm of more content and less bitter ever since it was launched in 2015. And for 2017, there are more surprises in store.
List of limited edition two wheelers launched for festive season of 2016
No matter how much slowdown the Indian two wheeler market will be facing, the one time period which brings a smile to all the automobile majors is the festive season of Navratri and Diwali. All the two wheeler manufacturers of the Indian market try their best to make their products as best as possible, by either introducing sweet and tempting deals and discounts, or to increase their profits and margins by launching limited edition models.
Out of these two moves by the two wheeler manufacturers for the festive season, the latter one seems to be more interesting, as it somewhat makes the already existing products a bit more desirable and value for money. These limited edition models do ask a slight premium (sometimes, they don’t ask that premium as well), which we feel is worthy given the fact that they do look a bit different and eye catchy on the road.
Following is a list of all the limited edition models by various two wheeler manufacturers of India for the festive season of 2016, which range from a puny 110cc scooter to a mighty middleweight naked roadster. Here you go:-
Stop Breathing! & Say Hello To The Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon Limited Edition: Video
This is a limited edition Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon Edition that we are talking here and this motorcycle has received quite a few significant change though for the model year 2017.
To begin with the 2017 model gets a carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) upper fairing cowl which has received almost the same paint scheme as the track going Ninja H2R however the former has received Matte Black paint finish to it though. The motorcycle also gets a new Ohlins TTX rear shock absorber as well. This suspension system although is standard across all Kawasaki’s hyperbike range for the year 2017. If you are not happy with that Kawasaki has also provided a redesigned shock linkage as well which claims to improve the motorcycles track performance as well.
For the safety of the rider the Ninja H2 also gets Bosch six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU), which is cornering ABS.
However what has remained unchanged though is the engine but the engine has been updated to meet the Euro 4 emission standard. The engines exhaust collector layout has been altered while the silencers also have been revised inwards. Plus the bigger catalytic converter which now gets even more precious minerals inside it. Lastly the motorcycle also gets a quick downshifter as well for quick downshifting.
If we talk about the powertrain the Ninja H2 Carbon Edition is powered by an inline four, liquid cooled, 16-valve, 998cc motor, which with the assistance of ram air induction, churns out a whopping 208PS of peak power. The engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox.
This motorcycle will be available in limited numbers though and also expect it to be priced slightly higher than the standard H2.
2016 Mahindra Mojo Tourer Edition
Mahindra has been attracting quite a lot of attention with their newly launched Mojo. They are trying to enter a segment which has very little competition specially keeping the price point in mind. The Mahindra Mojo seems to fulfil dreams of those who want to get their hands on a well equipped yet powerful motorcycle which they can use for some serious touring purposes besides the well renowned Royal Enfield Cruisers.
Recently Mahindra have launched a special edition Mojo which is called Mahindra Mojo Tourer Edition. This particular motorcycle has been equipped with many additional accessories which definitely will help if you are planning long trips on your motorcycle.
The Mojo is the flagship offering from Mahindra two wheeler and is powered by 295 cc, single cylinder liquid cooled fuel injected engine which produces about 27 bhp of peak power at 8,000 rpm and 30 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm. The engine is paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox.
Although nothing actually has changed but the additional accessories definitely will attract the attention of those buyers who wants to get their hands on a well equipped touring machine.
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2016 Mahindra Gusto 110 Special Edition
If you have been keenly observing the scooter market in the country, you must have seen that Mahindra has been trying to be a serious player in the segment. Till date, the manufacturer has been selling a range of scooters which do have the potential of being good sellers for their value for money quotient, but then, they have not been able to crack the code and are not churning up decent numbers for the manufacturer.
With high hopes, Mahindra did launch the Gusto 110 in 2014, with which it tried to revive its fortunes in the 110cc scooter segment. Designed and engineered as its first grounds up scooter, the Gusto was a good improvised product over the erstwhile scooters from Mahindra. However, considering the cut throat competition in the segment, the Gusto ended up as an average selling product, despite being good on several aspects.
Now, to boost the sales and its impact in the 110cc segment, Mahindra has come up with a limited edition version of the Gusto 110, which boasts of a couple of cosmetic advancements, while keeping its mechanical credentials intact. Here’s our comprehensive review of the Mahindra Gusto Special Edition:-
2016 Suzuki Gixxer SF SP Edition
In its early days of making entry into the Indian market, Suzuki wasn’t as lucky with its range of motorcycles as it was with its scooters. The Access 125 was a good shot by Suzuki in the segment of 125cc scooters, with which it made sure that it is a serious player in the Indian two wheeler market, and the volumes of the Access selling out in the market reflected this fact.
Though, when it came to motorcycles, Suzuki was not that lucky, with all of its mass oriented motorcycles ending up being low sellers. The key reason behind that was the fact that none of its motorcycles had the temperament of shaking up the competition. But all changed with the Gixxer, which not only set up benchmarks in the segment of 150cc motorcycles, but also refurbished the image of Suzuki in the market. The fully faired version of the same, christened as Gixxer SF, followed the same footsteps, and having the advantage of being the most affordable fully faired motorcycle in the country, it became a sure shot hit too.
For the year 2016, Suzuki did mildly updated Gixxer SF with a couple of more features, enhanced styling and more. And now, seeing the importance of festive season of 2016, Suzuki has recently launched a limited edition version of the Gixxer SF. Named as Gixxer SF SP, the motorcycle carries a small list of cosmetic changes over the standard Gixxer SF, and given the fact it will be produced in limited numbers, the limited edition version adds some essence of exclusivity over the otherwise now-common-on-the-roads model. Here’s our brief overview of the latest version of the Gixxer SF:-
2016 Suzuki Access Special Edition
In the Indian market, the Honda Activa has remained (and still is) an undisputed choice for all those who are looking a unisex scooter which can be used by all the family members. Suzuki did tried to give the Activa a run for its money by launching the 125cc Access more than half a decade ago.
Now, the Access did got everything to put the Activa on the back seat – it got a more powerful 125cc engine which is a gem to say the least, it too has a strong metal body, the build quality of Suzuki is reliable and unquestionable and it is easy on the pocket as well, in terms of price and fuel efficiency. Suzuki made its debut in the Indian mass market with this very product, and it started off quite well too, in terms of sales, with making Suzuki a recognizable name in the Indian minds.
However, the Access began to fade away into the oblivion due to arrival of more contemporary and feature rich scooters, which is why Suzuki felt the need of giving a much needed substantial upgrade to the scooter. With the most recent update which the Access has got, Suzuki has once again managed to make its best shot in the 125cc segment a bit stronger. And now, keeping in view the importance of festive season, Suzuki has launched a special edition version of the Access 125, which has got a small list of cosmetic enhancements over the standard version. Here’s our comprehensive review of the all new Suzuki Access Special Edition:-
2016 Suzuki Gixxer SP
Not all debuts are sureshot hits – ask Suzuki. When the Japanese manufacturer made its entry on its own almost a decade ago, it didn’t have a start as good as expected. Except the 125cc scooter Access, no other product from Suzuki in India could shake up the already established models in their respective segments.
And this continued for almost five years, till Suzuki launched the very promising 155cc motorcycle, the Gixxer. Considering the last flops which included all of its motorcycles, including its very first 150cc bike, the GS 150R, Suzuki naturally had high hopes attached with the Gixxer. And as expected, the Gixxer became the very first hit from Suzuki in the mass market segment. With this, Suzuki too started showing signs of becoming a settled player like its Japanese rivals in India, Honda and Yamaha.
In the beginning of the year 2016, Suzuki did give a mild refresh to the motorcycle by adding a couple of minute cosmetic changes and features, the most major of which was the addition of rear disc brake as optional equipment. Now, seeing the importance of festive season of 2016, Suzuki has recently launched a limited edition version of the Gixxer. Named as Gixxer SP, the motorcycle carries a small list of cosmetic changes over the standard Gixxer, and given the fact it will be produced in limited numbers, the limited edition version adds some essence of exclusivity over the otherwise now-common-on-the-roads model. Here’s our comprehensive review of the Suzuki Gixxer SP:-
Honda CB Hornet 160R Gets Two New Colours For Its Special Edition Model
It’s official now Honda has launched two new colors for their 150 cc motorcycle CB-Hornet 160R which is definitely helping Honda to provide some sales numbers. There is no doubt in the fact that the Hornet has received an overwhelming response from the buyers and just to celebrate the success of their new motorcycle they have introduced this special edition models which are available in two different colour schemes which include the Mars Orange and striking green.
The only change that you will notice in this special edition models are the new colour schemes. Apart from this new color scheme you won’t find any other changes though. The special edition Honda CB-Hornet 160R is powered by the same 162.7 cc, air cooled, single cylinder engine which is capable of producing about 11.68 KW of peak power at 8, 500 rpm and 14.76 Nm of torque at 6, 500 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual transmission.
The new Honda CB-Hornet 160R can now be booked via an innovative Smartphone Application. The buyers can not only book the motorcycle via app but can also take a 360 view of the motorcycle. The Apps also provides plenty of images too of the motorcycle.
The new Hornet as you all k now is available in two variants one gets the single disc setup towards the front and drum brakes at the rear while the other is available with duel disc brake option as well which even comes with CBS as well.
2016 Honda CB Hornet 160R Special Edition
Ever since its commencement of innings in the Indian market, Honda has been finding one lucky chance to strike the gold in the 150cc commuter segment. Since the launch of the first product in its segment, Honda Unicorn to the CB Trigger, Honda hasn’t been able to create a product in the 150cc segment which could set the benchmarks in the segment. The reason was simple – All the 150cc motorcycles which Honda did came up with didn’t had an aggressive stance as that offered by its rivals in the same segment, which forced Honda to rethink their strategies for this space.
And then, Honda finally came up with one such motorcycle in the form of CB Hornet 160R, the first ever sporty looking 150cc motorcycle which indeed gave some serious threats to the established players in the segment like the Yamaha FZ-S and Suzuki Gixxer. It happened to be the first ever success story for Honda in the premium 150cc commuter segment, owing to its sharp and macho looks as well as a list of nice features.
Now, in order to make the motorcycle a bit more interesting buying proposition, Honda has come up with a special edition version of the CB Hornet 160R. This limited edition model boasts of some cosmetic features, which make the motorcycle a bit smarter looking than the standard one. Here’s our comprehensive review of the CB Hornet 160R Special Edition.