Renderings of BSA and JAWA have landed
Last week we had featured an interesting piece of news about the Indian auto major Mahindra and Mahindra’s subsidiary, Classic Legends Pvt Ltd. (CLPL) purchasing the iconic British biker BSA Motorcycles and rights to the JAWA brand to launch new products which “will capture the character, DNA and ethos of these brands”, and that it will “develop products that are in sync with the DNA of the BSA and Jawa brands”. Check it here.
While we know that it would take at the least a couple of years to see their first iterations of what is touted as ‘The grand revival’, rendering artists across the globe have already started letting their imagination run wild. They say that ’Imagination is a place where all the important answers lies’ and I guess we have started to get ours.
An Italian artist who goes by the name Oberdan Bezzi and is also famously called as OBIBOI, has sketched some impressive looks of concepts which might be expected from the Mahindra stable in the future. They include desert runners, scramblers and street build concepts. Let’s have a look at these:
Mahindra purchased the iconic BSA and Jawa
Indian auto major Mahindra is the newest player in the two wheeler business and is making headlines in the right directions. Like on a shopping spree, Mahindra is on a roll. It entered the market after buying out Kinetic is 2010 and since then it has acquitted SSangyong in 2011, controlling stakes at Pininfarina (people who have designed Ferraris, Maseratis and Alfa Romeos), Reva Electric Car Company and recently 51% stake at Peugeot motorcycles. Anticipations of it buying BSA and Norton were running high for quite some time now.
Bajaj Dominar 400 Vs Mahindra Mojo
Bajaj Auto is almost on the verge of launching their upcoming power cruiser which they will most probably call Dominar400. This motorcycle will be their flagship offering for the Indian market but won’t be launched under the Pulsar sub brand. This will be the production variant of the CS400 concept which was showcased almost 2 years ago at the 2014 Auto expo. The motorcycle when launched has plenty of rivals to locks its horns with, some of the biggest names of this entry level performance motorcycles includes KTM Duke 390, Mahindra Mojo, Benelli TNT300 etc. While there will be plenty more entrant as well launching next year from the likes BMW and Suzuki.
Now because KTM already introduced the new Duke390 in the International market there is still some more time to actually wait and find out what changes will be made to the Indian spec variant when it finally launches here in 2017. The second biggest rival right now for the Bajaj Dominar is definitely Mahindra’s flagship offering the Mojo which too became an instant hit since its launch because of its touring capabilities.
So today we have decided to provide you all the details of the upcoming Bajaj Dominar 400 and the existing Mahindra Mojo and find out which provides a better deal.
Click past jump to read more about the Bajaj Dominar 400 and the Mahindra Mojo
Schemes and offers going on for 2016 festive season
No matter how much the Indian two wheeler market may be suffering from ups and downs in the entire tenure of one year, the one particular period which definitely sets the cash registers ringing for all of them is the festive season of Diwali. If we dig out the history of automobile industry, the performance of all the manufacturers during this particular period of time always goes on exemplary, with all of them playing in profits more than what they usually collect in other months of the year.
Like every other year, the festive season of 2016 too has witnessed all the major players of the tow wheeler industry of India coming forward with their lineup of schemes, offers, limited edition models and new variants of the already existing models. Following is a list of all the schemes which are being offered by all the two wheeler majors of the country. Here they are.
Comparison – Hero Passion Pro i3S vs Honda Dream Yuga vs Mahindra Centuro vs TVS Star City Plus
Gone are those days, when the basic entry level commuters were meant to be monotonous, mere functioning, boring motorcycles, whose only job was to ferry people from point A to point B. In today’s world, however, to match up with the changing times and perceptions, even the entry level motorcycles are becoming premium and rich, apart from performing their very best in their core aim which we have mentioned in the first line.
Speaking of the brigade of premium commuters, Hero (the then Hero Honda) started the trend with its ultra popular Passion, which has written numerous records, owing to its ease of ownership and handsome looks (for the segment). The brilliant fuel efficiency and simple mechanicals are the reason why the Passion has found more than a crore of buyers till date, a chunk of which comes from Tier-II and Tier-III cities.
And unlike most of the common low-priced commuters, the Hero Passion brand has withstood the tide of changing times, as the parent company has regularly given the periodic upgrades to the motorcycle, both in terms of styling and performance. Over the last fifteen years of its life till date, the Passion has received a number of upgrades, starting from Passion Plus and its updates, Passion Pro and its updates, a mild off-roader in the form of Passion Pro TR and a 110cc variant in the name of Passion X-Pro. Now, in its latest update, Hero has equipped the 100cc Passion Pro with the i3S technology, which claims to enhance the performance of the motorcycle.
But going for the new Passion Pro i3S is not so easy. The main reason why Hero updated the Passion Pro was the fact that it was facing stiff competition from other competitors in terms of design and novelty. Majority of that competition has been coming from Hero’s erstwhile partner Honda, which launched the Dream Yuga with the intention of dethroning Hero MotoCorp from being the numero uno among commuters.
The competition has only become spicier with the refreshed avatars of two more motorcycles – Mahindra Centuro and TVS Star City Plus. While the Centuro has tried to lure the consumers with its very premium car-like features, the new Star City Plus has upped the game with its premium upgrade and solid build, which has shown that TVS has still not lost the steam. Which motorcycle among the four emerges out to be the best semi-premium entry level motorcycle, let’s find out:-
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:-
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 Centuro Mirzya Edition
Mahindra hasn’t been able to replicate the success of the SUV/MUV segment into the business of two wheelers. While the sales of half of its product lineup have been lukewarm, the sales of the other half have actually bombed in the market. However, the one product on which the company has been riding smoothly and has trust upon is its first ever premium 110cc commuter motorcycle, Centuro.
The Mahindra Centuro, when launched, instantly gained a huge and positive response for showcasing a lot of useful and premium features, which were usually only seen in cars and not in scooters or motorcycles. Adding to it, the decent engine and ride quality ensured a good recipe for success in its favor.
Ever since its launch, the Centuro has been the best selling product of Mahindra Two Wheelers. Not only this, the motorcycle is also exported to a lot of countries. Witnessing its increasing popularity and positive response, Mahindra launched two more basic variants of the motorcycle, named as Centuro Rockstar.
For the year 2016, to keep the momentum of the sales going, Mahindra has quietly introduced a limited edition version of the motorcycle, with the name Mahindra Centuro Mirzya Edition. The quirky name is due to the fact that the manufacturer has collaborated with a soon-to-be-released Bollywood movie, with the motorcycle basting some cosmetic variations depicting the fantasy theme of the movie. Here’s our quick review of the all new limited production model of the Mahindra Centuro Mirzya Edition:-
Comparison – Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo vs Honda CBR 250R
It might have taken a long period of time, but finally, Royal Enfield has come up with an all new generation motorcycle which completely deciphers the pre-conceived notions attached with Royal Enfields. With the Himalayan, Royal Enfield has carved out a very niche segment of motorcycles, which is indeed a special and exclusive one, yet is the most practical one for the Indian conditions – that of adventure tourers. The segment which was restricted only in the higher end segments with Triumph and BMW Motorrad being the only major players has now become much more accessible, affordable and practical with the Royal Enfield Himalayan.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is a much more refined and practical motorcycle to live with when compared to the other Royal Enfield motorcycles. It is a motorcycle which promises a lot with its ability of off-road as well as long distance touring, without compromising on the daily duties as well. It indeed is a one-of-its-kind motorcycles currently in the price band to which it belongs right now, but then, some of its attributes are being shared with some other motorcycles. Here in question is the ability of touring, which are already being accomplished by two other motorcycles in its class (apart from the entire Royal Enfield lineup, which will not be discussed here) – Mahindra Mojo and CBR 250R.
Last year, Mahindra did finally put up an end to all the anticipations and doubts revolving around its Mojo project, by launching the much awaited Mojo, which has received rave reviews for its mechanical prowess and long distance touring abilities. Not to forget the Honda CBR 250R, the only fully faired sports tourer in this price, which was the first motorcycle in this price bracket to trigger the want of touring motorcycles with its punchy and refined engine as well as comfortable ergonomics.
In this story, we are going to compare the Royal Enfield Himalayan, Mahindra Mojo and CBR 250R, and find out which motorcycle emerges out to be the best of all the worlds, with the touring abilities being the topmost priority. Here we go:-
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:-
Caught Testing Is This The Cheaper Variant Of The Mahindra Mojo
According to the latest spy image and reports Mahindra has started experimenting with their recently launched motorcycle already. Recently from what looks like an early prototype of the upcoming reasonably priced Mojo was photographed while it was being tested in Maharashtra. The motorcycle looked like the existing Mojo but there were actually certain changes made to the test mule. From what it looked like the test mule was fitted with conventional telescopic forks towards the front instead of the upside down telescopic suspension setup finished in golden colour usually found in the standard Mojo which is on sale in the Indian market.
The other odd thing about the test mule was that it featured a single exhaust canister instead of Mojo’s signature duel exhaust canister setup on both side of the motorcycle. Now we are not too sure what exactly Mahindra is planning but it seemed like they are actually trying to launch a low priced Mojo as well which will be sold alongside the existing motorcycle.
The above noted changes point to that direction only because the conventional telescopic suspension setup and a single right hand side exhaust canister will help bring down the pricing of the motorcycle by a fair margin. And if we are not too wrong then Mahindra might even strip the more reasonably priced variant of the Mojo from its Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres as well and will perhaps replace them with standard MRF tyres. The other change might include the replacement of the twin DRL equipped headlamps with a single unit headlamp.
List of quarter liter (200-400cc) motorcycles available in India: PART 1
If there is one segment which is witnessing the fastest growth in the two wheeler industry, it has to be the quarter liter segment. This category, which consists of motorcycles ranging from 200cc to 400cc engines, has been in a solid action in the past 3-4 years, witnessing the arrival of new kinds of motorcycles, which were almost unheard in the market before. This segment is the new stepping stone for all those riders who have a craving for performance and wish to upgrade from their100-150cc commuters.
In this feature story, we are going to have a look on each and every single motorcycle which falls under this space of Indian two wheeler industry, which ranges from naked roadsters to adventure motorcycles. Here you go:-