The Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Ather 450X Drag Race Shows That Instantaneous Torque Is Not All That You Need!
The RE Classic 350 is close to 90 kilos heavier than the Ather 450X, but it also makes more than twice the horsepower
The folks are PowerDrift are back with another fuel-powered vs electric drag race video. We recently saw the MG ZS EV take on the Volkswagen Polo GTI, but this time, the race is between two two-wheelers. The contenders for this race are the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the Ather 450X. The bullet makes more power, but it is also a lot heavier than the Ather. Not to mention, the electric scooter has an instantaneous torque advantage, too. Which two-wheeler are you betting on?
Do You Think A Royal Enfield Interceptor Stands A Chance Against A KTM 390 Duke In Straight-Line Races?
The Duke Is quicker off the line, but the Interceptor has a bigger engine, more power, and has in it to beat the Austrian
The KTM 390 Duke and the Royal Enfield Interceptor are two different beasts. In fact, they even cater to a different set of customers. Bullets are generally known for their thumps and attention-seeking nature, but the Interceptor is a different breed. The KTM 390 Duke, on the other hand, is more of a racer that prefers making heads turn with its speed and agility, rather than the slow, processional grandeur. The folks at PowerDrift pit these two hooligans against each other for a fun little drag race. The Duke is fast, but can the Interceptor pull an upset victory here?
And it was a modified Ninja running at 300 bhp and 24 psi
When factories make machines, they do so with extreme accuracy and precision. With a good amount of tolerance levels, their machines are made to last quite long. And if the supercharged Ninja H2 is what we talking about, it is the most technologically advanced machine to come out of the famed Japanese green outfit that created a new benchmark in the industry.
When you take that 207 bhp monster and pump it all the way upto 300, you cannot expect even the best of Japanese engineering from saving your arse. That is exactly what happened to one unlucky Ninja H2 which ended up with an exploded crankcase when the bike was running at a whopping 300 kph in a motorsport event.
The British brand is on track with putting the race-spec 765cc engine through its paces.
Back in June this year, the British motorcycle manufacturer had announced their entry into the world of motorsports by replacing Honda as the engine manufacturer for the Moto2 Motorcycles from the 2019 season.
Making use of the talented 765cc Triumph Street Triple engine, the folks at the racing department are putting all their resources into tuning this three pot motor into a dedicated Moto2 worthy engine. With multiple enhancements and developments underway, the engine has successfully being tested with the second track test at the Ciudad del Motor de Aragón by Julian Simon, 2009 125cc World Champion, Moto2 runner-up and experienced Moto2 test rider.
The Italian’s newfound love for four-pot sounds prodigious.
Like all good things coming to an end, the L-twin Brobdingnagian motor that is currently running on all street Ducati]s’ is also spurting towards the end and is being replaced by a V4 engine currently being developed for the Italian’s brand new fully faired superbike. It made its final act with the recently launched 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.
Thanks to the guys of MaxxMoto, we have now heard what this piece of machinery sounds like much before Ducati intended us to.
The 215 bhp Carbon fibre maniac sure is a high baller.
You know that it is a big deal when BMW themselves call the HP4 ‘the most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time’. And if you are hunting for one of these now, you may probably be very late. Even if you have $78,000 on you to spare, as only a handful of 750 will be built by the German technocrats.
Assuming you have already placed an order for yourself and are one amongst the 1 unit dedicated to the India, know that this strictly track-only bike will roughly last you somewhere between 10 to 15 full blown track days at your favourite circuit. And after that, it’s time for a brand new engine swap.
To become the fastest production motorcycle.
Countering to the deals that lurk all around the use of combustion fuel and its effects on the environment, a greater deal of thought is gone into using alternative sources to power our vehicles, and one such company is Lightning Motorcycles. It has been involved in manufacturing electric motorcycles for almost a decade now and beams with superior efficiency, performance, and affordability than current gasoline alternatives.
Their first mass production model, the LS-218, was the fastest and most brutal machine running on electric power currently. It held three land speed records at the Bonneville salt flats including a 218 mph stint (hence the name) and many others until came the mighty Kawasaki Ninja H2R track only bike that did two mph more than the LS and snatched the throne.
Now, the company wants to get back its mojo with its second production bike, the LS-2?? R. Yes, there are two ‘question marks’ in the name but don’t worry, you’ll not have to call it so. At least not until it sets a new top speed figure at this year’s Bonneville Speed Week.
In a glorious tribute to the legend Burt Munro, Indian Motorcycle built a Scout prodigy.
There is no apprehension about the fact that Indian Motorcycle doesn’t just make luxury yachts on two wheels. This American dream production house also makes racers, trackers and land-speed record breakers.
Home to Land Speed Racing (LSR) for more than half a century, it was race week at the El Mirage dry lake bed. Having speed trials there was one of the oldest American motorcycles manufacturer, Indian Motorcycle. With three of their thoroughbred machines, a 2015 Chief Classic, a 2015Indian Scout and the 2017 Spirit of Munro Scout, the folks at Indian set out to go on trial runs and made not one but three land speed records instead.
The highlight of this event is the Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout. A motorcycle that is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Burt Munro’s 1000cc class record of 296.19 kph on his Indian Scout Streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats. And the jaw-opening part of this story is that the chaps that worked on this Spirit of Munro volunteered to be a part of this historic attempt, working on the project “after hours.”
The most dominant motocross bike officially makes its way onto Indian turf.
The Japanese manufacturer is all set to enter 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. 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.
Marking the end of the greatest show ever played by Ducati, the Panigale.
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 a true bloody special edition.
And this expression was very much evident with their flagship model, the Panigale ever since it broke covers in 2011. It is one of the world’s most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle, and Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. This will mark the end of the L-twin Italian superbikes.
Under all this is what I call a ‘Brobdingnagian’ twin Superquadro powerhouse 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.
Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.
This will mark the end of the L-twin Italian superbikes, but also is the mark of new four cylinder beginnings.
They say that when you end the show, you must do it with a bang. Ducati here seems to just know how to conclude their greatest show of all time, the Panigale. Amidst the beautiful setup of Pebble Beach, California, the Italian brand unveiled their final adieu to the L-twins with the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.
Aptly named, this last one gets all the bells and whistles some of which made headlines with the 1299 Panigale, the Panigale R and the 1299 Superleggera. Apart from being a pretty Tri-colour paint job, it gets an upgraded engine and other mechanicals that takes the superbike to new levels of lust. At $40,000 (USA) it will also be the second most powerful twin-cylinder engine to run on our streets (after the Superleggera of course).
Bike No: 209/500 officially becomes the most expensive motorcycle of the country.
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. So is the 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.
Joining the family of Ducati 1299 Panigale S, Ducati 916 and the Ducati 1098 of one Mr. Vikram Oberoi, the only 1299 Superleggera meant for India makes its way into his garage. Limited to just 500 units worldwide, bike number 209 was handed over to him at the Buddh International Circuit, a place often visited by Vikram for his getaways from the mundane.
After the 2017 season, the company wants to focus on electric racing.
Mahindra & Mahindra plunged into Moto3 motorcycle racing championships, in 2011. It already provides nine bikes to four teams and has edged past the Japanese Red King, Honda, into being a better constructor. Since their debut 6 seasons ago, the brand has enjoyed a successful stint with 13 podiums altogether and 3 wins in the 2016 season alone.
However, this USD19 billion Mahindra Group announced that it wants to shift its focus onto electric vehicle championships rather and hence will end its Moto3 tenure with the end of the 2017 season.