The battle of the new quarter-litre nakeds. KTM Duke 250 vs Yamaha FZ25
A match between the Austrian Orange and the Japanese Blue team was never on the cards. But with KTM launching the surprise wildcard Duke 250, the entire notion has changed.
It all started when Yamaha India launched the naked version of their quarter-litre Fazer motorcycle last month. Doing so, they have officially entered the segment of quarter-litres in India, surpassing the Yamaha R15.
Then came a surprise from KTM when they launched the Duke 250. Another naked that sits between the 200 and the mighty 390 Duke. Although KTM had once rubbished news about the brand planning to get the Duke 250 to India, this launch has been a wild card. Meant only for Indonesia and Thailand, the 250 makes a scene on Indian roads too.
This, folks, gives us the official rivalry of the segment that starts to take the business seriously. Although both the bikes are made for different purposes, they run similar capacity engines, thereby pitting them against each other in a bitter rivalry that can take the other down not to be able to rise again. Read below and catch the action.
Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS launched in Nepal
In 2015, Bajaj Auto launched the first of a new-generation design philosophy in the form of the NS 200, acronym for ’naked sport’. A streetfighter that was later discontinued for not being able to be compliant to the emission norms for some, gearbox issues for others and few say for braking judders. Whatever they were, Bajaj took it off the shelves.
In 2017, that bike made a grand comeback and put Bajaj on the streetfighter map again. Calling it as the ’Pulsar 200 NS 2017 Laser Edged edition’, Bajaj is set to take the performance biking to a whole new level. Now, there is another sibling for the NS200 and it is heading to Nepal. The Pulsar NS 160 rumbles on.
BMW builds a hover-superbike taken from a LEGO dream.
Not many days ago we had shown you a Russian company’s big dream plan of getting us a hover bike called us ‘The Scorpion 3’s creation made possible as it teamed up with our childhood king of toys and building blocks – LEGO. Folks at both the toy companies have conceptualised a dream hoverbike that is basically brought to life a 603 piece LEGO set.
Watch a resurrected gas turbine powered demon start-up
Unless you’ve been living all your life under a rock, you would have known about the great 420 kph MTT Y2K Turbine superbike. It was also featured in the fast-paced movie, Torque, one which every motorcycle enthusiast with the adrenaline for things on two wheels should have watched.
Here is one another such gas powered bike that has just been restored from its grave. Built by an over 70 years old builder knows as Arlen Ness, he made use of a helicopter engine and retro-fitted to his "Mach Ness" superbike.
In this clip, you can hear the bike starting with a sweet whining of the engine that builds up to a monstrous flame-spitting behemoth. The flames go from blue to hot red to literally chucking out chunks of flame particles from the chimney sized exhaust, enough to burn you and your car if you make the mistake of tailgating it.
The two large batteries see in the picture feed the starter power but also an additional electric motor that drives the motorcycle at more frequent services. This bike was recently given a makeover and the owner will be more than proud to show-off his chimneys throwing up flames and making the sound of a demon.
Flying past the traffic might be a reality soon.
We all living in the urban metropolitan cities, which we boast about to everyone, have faced one thing in common that we hate the most. Getting stuck in traffic. We are always in shock and denial, and even though we knew it was coming, we always find ourselves amazed at the hour-long stand still line.
You feel so helpless, and the worst thing of all is that you will not see the end of it, and when it does, you pray this will never happen to you again. But as you know, it always comes back to haunt you. Luckily for us, there is someone out there looking for our problems and finding the right solutions. And right now, they come from Russia with love.
Suzuki updates the Gixxer and Access for 2017.
While Bajaj has been the first and only manufacturer to have completely switched to BS-IV engines, others are slowly catching up on it. Suzuki is the new entry on the block with the launch of its 2017 line-up featuring the Gixxer series and the Access with the updated engine and Automatic Headlamp On feature.
KTM has ’Duke-em’ surprises for us in store ! A brand new 200 and a 250.
Last week we were enthralled about the news of the launch of a brand new generation of the KTM Duke 390 happening on the 23rd of this month, just a few days more. It is an iteration of the Austrian Orange streetfighters that started with the 1290 Super Duke R, the Beast Mode 2.0.
When KTM made this announcement, they were not at all hinting at something else hiding in store for us. But, according to a few sources buzzing on the internet right now, it seems KTM does have a surprise waiting to be unveiled on the 23rd along with the 390. And it comes in the form of 390’s younger siblings, the 200 and a 250.
Yes. That is two surprises on the same day.
Yamaha YZF R3 has been recalled over faulty tank brackets and switch assembly.
With recalls in USA underway, Yamaha Motors India has officially issued a statement for the Indian recall. The affected bikes are the ones manufactured between the year 2015 and 2016 that might have faulty tank brackets and main switch subassembly.
In total, there are 1555 units of the R3 spore spike that were manufactured in that period and all those bikes will undergo free replacements of the affected parts at their respective dealers as per the global
Bajaj is not happy about the competition wanting amnesty on BS-IV implementation.
April 1st is the set date by the EPCA (Environment Pollution Control Authority) of India were all automotive manufacturers are said to adhere to releasing products that run on BS-IV compliant engines. Doing so, the Pune based manufacturer, Bajaj, has been the first and only manufacturer who has now switched all their two and three wheeler product line-up with engines that satisfy the new emission norms.
There are however a few manufacturers who are looking out to get an extension to produce BS-IV vehicles by a month or two, only so that they can exhaust their BS-III stocks. And this has infuriated the top heads at Bajaj and they strongly condemn this act.
KTM will launch the "all-new" Duke 390 on the 23rd of February.
When the first Duke hit the streets a few years ago, it was not here to make friends. The bike changed the game and re-wrote the rule books. A bold call to all to head to the straight narrow and embrace the life that lives at the very limit. In 2017, a whole new face hit the streets starting with the 1290 Super Duke R, the Beast Mode 2.0.
The next iteration entering the country streets is the 2017 KTM 390 Duke. On the 23rd of this month, this Austrian Orange is officially landing to take over the crown for the ultimate streetfighter in the segment. And almost everything is new on this motorcycle.
Honda’s dream V4 ’speed-monster’ has been leaked
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 CBR portfolio and launching the Honda CBR1000RR SP & SP2.
Now, as revealed on MoreBikes, we can see new plans of Honda that might basically rejuvenate the mighty V4s’ that made debut with the VFR750 in 1995, a bike still termed as the ‘best road bike ever built’.
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
The segment of 150cc motorcycles has been completely revived after a very long time, as we can see a prominent presence of almost all the major players of Indian two wheeler motoring in this category of motorcycles. From a segment which was earlier, in initial stages, was believed to have a very niche audience which values performance more over the commonly perceived notions of low maintenance and high fuel economy, the 150cc segment has now spawned into a number of categories within itself. However, the most of the volumes of this segment come out of premium 150cc commuter streetfighters, which are perfectly well spaced between the entry level 150cc commuters as well as 150cc sports tourers and super sports.
Speaking of this segment in particular, it all started when Yamaha launched the very macho looking and attractive FZ-16 back in 2008, which, at the time of its launch, became an instant success, for the motorcycle brought some international levels of design traits, build quality and features, some things which made it look like a scaled-down version of the liter class roadster from Yamaha, the FZ1.
Today, this segment has become more of a single player territory, as almost all the biggies of this industry now have a presence. However, speaking of the favourites, the trio of Japanese makes – Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki – are ruling the roosts with their respective offerings, the CB Hornet 160 R, FZ-S FI Version 2.0 and Gixxer. With their brawny styling, typical Japanese build quality and refinement and adequate performance, all these three motorcycles are the most prominent and one of the best-selling motorcycles for their respective parent manufacturers.
Seeing the success of the Japanese motorcycles, how can Bajaj, the pioneer of the 150cc segment, can be left behind? After having a glorious journey of the very popular Pulsar brand, the manufacturer is all set to unleash its offering in the premium 150cc streetfighter category with the all-new Pulsar NS 150. A lesser powerful and lesser equipped version of the Pulsar NS 200, the Pulsar NS 150 will be positioned above the Pulsar 150 to take on the competition from Japanese rivals.
Now which one emerges to be a winner out of this tough battle? Let’s find out:-
Honda is working on autonomous braking system for two-wheelers
In the recently concluded Las Vegas International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES), Honda announced their big new project called the “Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem” that is touted to transform the mobility experience of the future and improve customers’ quality of life.
Honda has always been at the forefront of technology and is a major player in the world of artificial intelligence, robotics and big data. Now fresh new information has cropped up suggesting the Japanese Red being busy patenting an automatic braking system for motorcycles
Husqvarna will not make India its hub
Last year Bajaj had confirmed that it will launch the Swedish motorcycle manufacturer Husqvarna, owned by KTM - a company that has Bajaj Auto as a shareholder.
We were in a belief that as 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. But according to a recent interview of Husqvarna’s boss, Oliver Goering, he sees the company’s future developing, but not in India.
How about a Yamaha Fazer 250?
Launched in 2008, Yamaha’s FZ series of motorcycles had created a new meaning to the streetfighter nemesis. The DNA embedded had street characteristics that made the FZ the number one in the segment pretty fast. Then, Yamaha had launched Fazer In the year 2008 under the FZ series, the Japanese Blue’s wonderful semi-faired sports tourers. It provided a perfect balance between the aggressive of Yamaha’s true-blue super sports and the very practical naked roadsters termed under the brand ‘FZ’.
Recently, Yamaha added a new boy to the FZ lineup, the FZ25. This is their official entry to the quarter-litre naked motorcycle segment in the country. Like history repeating itself, we believe Yamaha will launch another semi-faired tourer and call it the Fazer 250.
Honda’s new ’Frontastic’ Activa 125
The launch of the Activa saw the country’s first ever four-stroke automatic scooter. It singlehandedly showed signs of the rise and comeback of scooters in India. It was the first independent product from Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India Limited, a venture which Honda started on its own alongside its separate joint venture with the Hero group (the then Hero Honda).
Its simplistic design and engine reliability made it an overnight success, which it reaps even today, 15 years after its first launch. And now, Honda launched an exciting update of this start performer and christened it at the Honda Activa 125 BSIV.
Ducati might tie the knot with an Indian brand
Ducati always has 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 true bloody special motorcycles of unmistakable design and most profound sporting spirit.
Now, according to Economic Times, this iconic motorcycle manufacturer are planning to enter into a partnership with companies like Hero MotoCorp or Royal Enfield to have a new dig at possible engine manufacturing or strategic technology sharing capabilities.
Honda is gearing up for a new ’Frontastic Ride’ Scooter
As the entire nation’s manufacturers are busy updating their models to run on BS-IV engines, the Japanese Red are also doing the same and gave us a hint at bringing in a new scooter to its product line-up.
Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India’s senior vice-president, YS Guleria confirmed this development and hinted at it being a ’surprise’ for all of us. He said "It will be launched very soon and what it is, is a surprise, so wait for the launch. We can’t say anything more at this stage,".
Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video
Bajaj Auto launched the 2017 Pulsar NS200 in India recently and the new motorcycle is already available on sale across all Bajaj dealerships. Unfortunately, the new NS200 is launched minus the FI and ABS here in India which is a huge disappointment for many Pulsar fans across the country. The ABS is not even offered as an option like the ones they offer in the Dominar 400 or the Pulsar RS200.
For the Indian market, the updated Pulsar NS200 is offered with the same 199.5 cc, single cylinder engine which delivers around 23 Hp of peak power and 18.3 Nm of torque. The powerful unit, as usual, is paired to a 6-speed gearbox. The kerb weight of the motorcycle is 145 kilograms. Apart from the new graphics and colours the only other feature which has been added to the motorcycle is the AHO (Always headlamp on). The motorcycle is offered with three colour options which include Wild Red, Mirage White, and Graphite Black. Surprisingly the same motorcycle is offered with a completely new 194.4 cc, fuel injected unit for the International markets. The new engine produces about 24.5 Ps of peak power and the same 18.3 Nm of torque like the Indian market.
Piaggio is prepping up a RACE edition for the SR 150
Piaggio introduced the decade’s first 150 cc scooter with the Vespa SXL 150 and set the ball rolling. Then came a machine from the same bloodline, but with racing written all over it, the Aprilia SR 150.
According to Autos Arena, the Italian marquee is readying a launch of a new edition of the fastest 150cc scooter for the 9th and calling it the "Aprilia SR 150 RACE". It is expected to be a limited edition.