KTM updates its RC 200 and 390 motorcycles for 2017
KTM is having a ball in the Indian two-wheeler industry with all its products smashing the competition right out of the ballpark. They have been the epitome of thrill and fun being experienced on two wheels, especially for the young riders entering the arena.
The brand launched the RC editions of the Duke series in 2014 and gave it full fairings and a different riding dynamics to their Duke counterparts. It handled much sharper and gave the rider better confidence due to the more sporty riding position than the upright in the Duke.
There is hardly any fault regarding the overall packaging of KTM with their RC and its approach towards performance-oriented segments of motorcycles. But, KTM believes in remaining at the top of the podium. Which is why, KTM has given their RC series an update, which now has better visual cues and better mechanical equipment, thus making it compliant to Euro-4 and BS-IV norms.
Made in India Suzuki Gixxer gets exported to Japan
Not all debuts are sure shot 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 for the 125cc scooter Access, no other product from Suzuki in India could shake up the already established models in their respective segments.
A New Powerful Streetfighter From Yamaha Is Hitting The Indian Road On January 24th
Yamaha has already started teasing their new upcoming motorcycle on their social media channels before its launch on 24th January 2017. We can assure you all that this is definitely not a small commuter motorcycle but something more powerful than the FZ. However we are still not sure about its name yet.
For the past one month or so a new motorcycle was caught being tested on the Indian road and although it was wrapped in camouflage but it looked like a more powerful variant of the FZ. We are not sure about the engine yet but expect the new engine to be in between 250-300 cc displacement. The spy picture clearly revealed that the upcoming motorcycle will be powered by an air cooled unit assisted by oil cooler.
Expect the new air cooled, single cylinder engine to produce around 20-25 ps of peak power. As far as the styling is concerned we expect the new motorcycle to gets some of its inspiration from the M-Slaz while its headlamps resemble that of the Yamaha MT03. Also expect some premium features like upside down forks, split seats, LED daytime running lamps etc.
Expect this soon to be launched 200+ cc streetfighter to compete with some other motorcycles of its segment like the KTM Duke 200 and the soon to be launched Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS.
We will definitely update you with more details as soon as the motorcycle is launched here on 24th January 2017.
Bajaj teases the updated 200 NS
Bajaj Auto has shared the first teaser image of their soon to be launched 2017 Pulsar NS 200 on their social network channels. The 200 NS first made its appearance back at in 2012 and for some reason Bajaj decided to discontinue the motorcycle from the Indian market instead of its popularity and impressive sales numbers. However the motorcycle is still exported to some other International markets from India.
Now with the increasing competition from TVS and KTM, Bajaj once again has decided to reintroduce the updated variant of the NS 200 in India. According to the latest reports the updated motorcycle will be launched soon in India and Bajaj has actually made some thorough changes to one of the most popular entry level naked streetfighters.
To begin with the updated 2017 Pulsar 200 NS gets fuel injection instead of carburettor now. The engine too is also completely new; the 194.4 cc single cylinder liquid cooled engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox now delivers 24.5 PS at 9500 rpm and 18.3 Nm of torque at 8000 rpm. The power output as you all can clearly notice has increased by 1 Ps.
Although we are still not sure about the cosmetic changes the new Pulsar NS200 will receive though but expect it to get perhaps a new duel tone colour option, and a relocated Pulsar logo. There is also a fair chance that Bajaj might provide a single channel ABS as well just like the ones found on their RS200.
There are no details of the prices available yet but expect it to be priced slightly higher than the current bike. However expect the 2017 Pulsar 200 NS to be priced much lower the KTM Duke 200.
We will definitely update you with more details once the motorcycle is launched here in India within the next few weeks.
TVS reveals about its Akula launch in Indonesia
Working on a somewhat similar frame as the KTM-Bajaj, TVS took the jump with BMW Motorrad, especially after their stunt with Suzuki did not quite hit the cord. Both TVS and BMW will be sharing and developing platforms together to distribute products locally and the global stage. This joint venture will benefit TVS by bringing in investments and expertise to further broaden their R&D capability to improve on existing projects and bring in new innovations across their product lineup. In fact, TVS has already showcased a concept, touted to be the flagship motorcycle for the company.
According to OTOMOTIFNET.COM, Mr Aditya Putra from Corporate Communication of PT TVS Motor Company, Indonesia, confirmed to them that TVS plans to bring a new sports product, to Indonesia in the first half of 2017. And we believe it is the Akula 310. The Akula 310 will, however, be christened as the Apache RTR 300 in India.
Hero MotoCorp hints at entering Moto3
There is ‘motorcycle’ and then there is ‘motorcycle racing’. Each of them has a different meaning for every manufacturer. And being associated with the latter is a form of prestige to them. The term ‘motorcycle racing’ was coined the day the second motorcycle was ever made. Since then, the world of racing has seen a great deal of competition and rivalry amongst competing manufacturers and builders, all vying for the glory of unadulterated use of power and the pride of being at the top of their game.
The Indian two-wheeler industry is now evolving to become a major player on the world stage. Today they are capable of producing motorcycles that beam innovation and technology acumen at the highest standards giving the competition a run for their money.
Did You All Watch The New TVS Apache 200 TVC: Video
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V has launched a new TVC for their most power motorcycle in the RTR series. The new TVC completely focuses on the motorcycles racing DNA as the rider unleashes that on the track.
The video showcases TVS distilled spirit of racing. The TVS racing rider astride the new motorcycle and takes off and accelerates up to 60 kmph from standstill in just 3.9 seconds. The Apache RTR 200 gets many racing equipment and features like Pirelli tyres, race spec speedometer, KVB mono shock suspension setup which has been race tuned for perfection and derived OC3 technology in the engine.
During the time of the launch, TVS said that they will offer their new motorcycle with both Carburetted as well fuel injected variants. The motorcycle gets C-shaped LED DRL’s, more powerful headlamps, the new instrument cluster looks bigger and provides plenty of information like the digital clock and speedometer situated in the central display along with a fuel tank indicator and Lap timer.
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V recently also won the 2016 Indian Motorcycle of The Year award. The Streetfighter is powered by a 197.75 cc 4 stroke, oil cooled engine capable of producing about 21 PS peak power at 8,500 rpm and 18 Nm peak torque at 7,000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag
The Dakar Rally (or simply "The Dakar"; formerly known as the "Paris–Dakar Rally") is the world’s most challenging cross-country rally event that judges the physical and mental aptitudes of the rider and the machine since its inception in 1978.
Man and machine are made to traverse the toughest of terrains that include sand dunes, mud, grass, rocks, ergs and everything inhumane for a catastrophic 9000 kilometres. It demands the greatest level of endurance and concentration to charter through the wild.
2017 RE Himalayan, Classic 500 & Bullet 500 Launched In UK Gets Updated With ABS & Euro IV Compliant Engine
Royal Enfield surely seems to be taking some big steps; they have recently showcased the updated 2017 Classic, Bullet and Continental GT Cruisers with an updated Euro IV complaint engine and duel channel ABS setup. Besides the new ABS setup both these motorcycles also features a rear disc brakes as well which was missing in the earlier variant.
For all your information the 2017 models are now already on sale in the markets of UK with Cooper B which is actually a Royal Enfield Dealer in UK. Cooper B has already listed the following RE motorcycles in their website including the 2017 Himalayan with ABS, Continental GT ABS, Classic 500 ABS and Bullet 500 ABS.
The prices for the above mentioned motorcycles are provided below:-
2017 Himalayan ABS – £9,999
2017 Continental GT ABS – £5,199 (2016 CGT price £4,799)
2017 Classic 500 ABS (Chrome) – £4,899 (2016 Classic 500 Chrome price £4,199)
2017 Bullet 500 ABS – £3,999
We also have researched a bit and found out that the Royal Enfield UK official website too have updated their motorcycles list with the 2017 models. The updated 2017 list of motorcycles which are available in UK with dual channel ABS setup includes Continental GT, Bullet 500 EFI, Classic (500, Chrome, Desert Storm, Battle Green and Squadron Blue).
When I first heard that someone was fitting two cylinders on a Royal Enfield, I was gobsmacked and almost went off-balance. Then, things on my face changed, from squinting confusion to pale blank to the awestruck excitement that elated to newfound happiness one sees in a child receiving his Christmas present. I was startled enough to start making saliva bubbles, and I wasn’t even sorry for it.
There are not many things in your life that take you to a place where you can feel euphoria. Motorcycling is one that does it in the most humble of manners. The term ‘Motorcycling’ means a lot to many people. Some need it to commute, for some, it is about passion and adventure, others, it is their chance to get away and find more of themselves. And people like me, make it our bread and butter.
Then there are a few divine beings who build motorcycles as an extension of their self. Every motorcycle out there was someone’s dream once upon a time, and it is because they dreamt, we are blessed to be able to feel the way we do while riding. One such man is from Australia who never stopped dreaming about having, not one, but two Enfield engines powering the legendary marquee, the Royal Enfield. People call this dreamer as Paul Carberry and he believes in having fun, twice.
KTM To Launch RC200 & RC390 In India On 19th January 2017
KTM officially announced that they will be launching the 2017 RC200 and RC390 in India on 19th January 2017. The RC series motorcycles gets some minor cosmetic updates which comes in the form of new colour updates. While the more powerful RC390 gets some mechanical upgrades as well.
The KTM RC390 gets a slightly bigger 300 mm disc brakes towards the front and a completely new side mounted exhaust system which has been constructed of lightweight materials to keep the overall weight down. The RC390 is still powered by the same 373 cc, single cylinder liquid cooled engine which is capable of producing about 44 ps of peak power and 36 Nm of torque. The torque amount has been increased by 1 Nm. The engine is still paired to the same 6 speed gearbox.
The RC200 on the other hand is still powered by the 199.5 cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled unit which is capable of producing about 25 Bhp of peak power and around 19 Nm of torque. This engine too is paired to a 6 speed gearbox. There has been no mechanical changes made to the RC200 engine however expect both the engine to be complaint to the BSIV emission norms.
Yamaha is reviving the RD 350 legacy
The Japanese Blue Team was, in fact, the one to give our country its first sports bike. In the 80’s, Yamaha came in with a motorcycle that was going to obliterate the records on any performance charts available at that time. The RD 350. The World’s fastest Indian.
The bike was first assembled in India from 1983 by the Escorts group under the brand name Rajdoot 350 (Hence RD 350), and by the end of 1990, the bike was completely manufactured here in India. This very motorcycle established the Rajdoot/Yamaha as a performance bike manufacturer in India which made the high accelerating, 2 stroke engine that could churn out 30.5 bhp with its 347cc engine. The stock Japanese version, however, made 39-40 bhp with the same power mill.
It was also the first motorcycle to feature a twin barrel exhaust and the famous “Torque Induction” ignition technology of Yamaha that could propel the bike to a cool 150-160 kph and sprint to a 100 kph in under 6 seconds. It became the undisputed king of uncharted territory in India.
Kinetic is now eyeing to bring SWM Motorcycles to India
Even though Kinetic is long gone from having their products on the road, they are very much active at the business ends of the market. They gave the country’s first electric start scooty which was a two-stroke scooter based on the Honda NH series.
Then, in 1998, the joint venture between Honda and Kinetic was terminated after which Kinetic Engineering continued to sell the models under the brand name ‘Kinetic’ until 2008. Post that, the interests were sold to Mahindra and currently the company holding’s - Motoroyale stores, started dealing with multiband motorcycles with MV Agusta being the first. Soon, MV Agusta got into partnership with Mercedes-AMG, the high-performance supercars division of Mercedes-Benz, taking 25% of stakes in MV Agusta.
But Mercedes-AMG was said to have pulled back after an acrimonious situation, leaving the Italian high and dry. Nonetheless, according to BikeDekho, Kinetic are back in the news again for having rumoured the possibility of it introducing yet another Italian firm to the Indian market through Motoroyale known as SWM Motorcycles.
Triumph will now make engines for Moto2
There is ‘motorcycle’ and then there is ‘motorcycle racing’. Each of them has a different meaning for every manufacturer. And being associated with the latter is a form of prestige to them. The term ‘motorcycle racing’ was coined the day the second motorcycle was ever made and since then, the world of racing has seen a great deal of competition and rivalry amongst manufacturers and builders, all vying for the glory of unadulterated use of power and the pride of being at the top of their game.
The FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix is the premier class of motorcycle road racing held since 1949. The Grand Prix is categorised into three formats - MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. All manufacturers put all their resources into running the best of their machines on the world stage and claim for the ultimate crown.
The 2017 R15 V3.0 has been rendered in your favourite colour
We have been following the development of the 2017 Yamaha YZF - R15 V3.0 since the first spy shot was seen making the rounds on the internet even since early 2016. Post that, various render artists have imagined the motorcycle and have been updating their work as and when new information spruces up.
When the YZF - R15 rolled in 2008, Yamaha gathered enough success as it managed to capture the market leader boards. It gave us a product that was like a gateway for riders to get into the motorsport arena with this fully faired motorcycle having a powerful 150 cc mill. A lot of young riders opted for this superbike looker having a decent engine with high levels of refinement Yamaha is known for.
It was updated with a facelift in 2011 and the R15 V2.0 received a lot of pomp and fair due to its striking design which now looked even sharper with very acute angles from every corner of the motorcycle. Off late, the R15 lost its lustre because of the insane amount of competition but that is about to change. Some were not very impressed with the YZF R15s either. Maybe they were hoping for the V3.0. Luckily for us, news, spy shots and renderings of the upcoming R15 touted as V3.0 is filling the internet and we couldn’t have been much happier.
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.
Piaggio Vespa SXL 150 vs Aprilia SR 150
The word ‘scooter’ was once a synonym for one cluttery low power thing that had two wheels and a handlebar. A device that to this day is frowned upon in the motorcycle community and blaming it for taking away the ‘biking experience’.
The only thing making it tick and stay is its ease of riding around the urban chaos and for people for whom shifting a gear is a daunting task to undertake. See the pun there? It’s there on purpose.
However, things started to change in 2016. It saw the entry of two 150cc Italian scooters which take the two-wheel game to a whole new level. They were onto mucking about the boring geared entry level motorcycles in full zest, style and a mountain full of panache.
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. Both scooters share the same capacity engine and this is where the similarities end. The rest of is chalk and cheese.
New 2017 KTM Duke 390 Spied Once Again On Indian Soil!
The motorcycle is already launched in the markets of US and Europe and now it’s almost time for its India launch. We are talking about the much awaited new generation KTM Duke 390. The motorcycle was already quite being tested on the Indian road. But this is the latest spy pictures of the motorcycle available at this moment. Although the motorcycle is strictly covered in heavy camouflage but its unique shape does not hide away the fact that this is actually the upcoming 2017 KTM Duke 390.
The motorcycle was first unveiled at the 2016 EICMA show and apart from being sharper and more responsive the Duke 390 also gets plenty of new exciting hardware as well. To begin with the Duke 390 gets a completely redesigned headlamp cluster which features LED lights; the instrument cluster too is all new and looks bigger than the older unit. It also gets a new exhaust system which has replaced the underbelly unit seen on its predecessor. The new generation Duke 390 also gets a chiselled and sharper looking fuel tank. Some other hardware which are carried over from its predecessor include the upside down front forks and the rear monoshock unit. For the safety of the occupants the Duke 390 gets Abs as standard.
Powering the new generation Duke 390 is the same old 373 cc single cylinder fuel injected, liquid cooled unit which produces exactly the same 44 Ps of power and 37 Nm of torque (the torque amount has increased by 2 percent).The engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox. The new engine with the new exhausts system is actually BSIV compliant.
Victory Motorcycles calls it a day
It is the first story of this year that does not end well. Polaris Industries announced that they are going to wind up with the Victory Motorcycles brand and related operations. A company that produced some of the finest cruisers, baggers and tourers. It had a good run for nearly 18 years. But all of this changed mostly in the last half a decade where it struggled to keep up with the attention pulled by the Harleys and the Indian.
New 2017 KTM RC200 & KTM RC390 Brochure Leaked Reveals New Details
All of you should be well aware of the fact that KTM is all set to unveil the new Duke series along with the updated RC series in India towards the first half of 2017. Motoroids was able to get their hands on the leaked brochure of both the new RC series motorcycles.
Both the RC 200 as well as the RC390 will get a completely new paint scheme, while the more powerful RC variant amongst the duo will also get the ride by wire throttle system which will be carried over from the new Duke 390. Besides the ride by wire throttle system the RC390 also gets a completely new exhaust system which also gets a stainless steel underfloor pre-silencer and a rear aluminium absorption silencer containing the catalytic converter which has helped in reducing the overall weight. However compared to the earlier motorcycle the updated RC390 gains little more weight. The RC390 now weighs 170 kilograms which is actually 4 kilograms more than the current motorcycle.
Now the slightly less powerful RC200 continues with the same underbelly exhaust. However the sports motorcycle gets an updated graphics. The rear pillion seat on the other hand 12 mm thicker than in the old motorcycle. The motorcycle also gets a new Orange and White paint scheme.
Coming to the powertrains the RC390 gets the same 373.3 cc single cylinder liquid cooled, fuel injected unit. This engine is capable of producing about 43.5 PS of maximum power at 9,000 rpm and 36 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm. The engine is coupled to a 6 speed gearbox. Although the engine hasn’t received any power upgrade but the torque amount has increased by 1 percent.
Automatic on two-wheels
Automatic vs Manual had been a topic hot for the four wheeler segment ever since the first automatic car was born in 1940 by General Motors’ Cadillac. And now, it seems like it will create a havoc in the two-wheeler segment. Or would it?
Everyone agrees that having gears and ratios is necessary to the inner workings of the transmission to power the vehicle but there is no general consensus regarding what kind of transmission is most suitable – auto shift or manual clutch lever and leg shifter. If you take cars, 90% people of the top five developed countries love the auto shift, but the same was not applicable to two-wheelers as hardly any manufacturers had them, until recently when the scooters came in. A device that to this day is frowned upon in the motorcycle community and blaming it for taking away the ‘biking experience’.
Nonetheless, they gave automatic a new meaning to the two-wheeled world and were largely preferred for their ease of use and decent performance for a very limited run. It became a fine option for urban commuters, youth and casual riders.
Honda has been a pioneer in developing new forms of transmission systems and clutch designs. Every manufacturer, if they have an automatic, have their own versions of them. They are basically trimmed into three kinds that are out there on the roads currently in use: