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Triumph is blazing guns to get ready for the 2019 Moto2 World Championship.

Triumph is blazing guns to get ready for the 2019 Moto2 World Championship.

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.

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Can the LS-2?? R get back the mojo for Lightning?

Can the LS-2?? R get back the mojo for Lightning?

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.

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What made a record at the recently concluded El Mirage was history, repeating itself.

What made a record at the recently concluded El Mirage was history, repeating itself.

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.”

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Mahindra Racing calls quits on Moto3 World Championship.

Mahindra Racing calls quits on Moto3 World Championship.

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.

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Triumph will power the Moto2 World Championship from 2019.

Triumph will power the Moto2 World Championship from 2019.

The British manufacturer announces its entry into the world of Grand Prix

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.

Now, Triumph has officially announced their entry into the world of motorsports and are readying to replace Honda as the engine manufacturer for the Moto2 Motorcycles from the 2019 season. And they are doing it with the dedicated race tuned 765cc Triumph triple engine, based on the powerplant from the all-new 2017 Triumph Street Triple.

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2017 BMW HP4 RACE

2017 BMW HP4 RACE

A 215 bhp Carbon fibre maniac straight from the heavens

You know that it is a big deal when BMW themselves call it ‘the most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time’. At this year’s EICMA, BMW Motorrad revealed to the world an initial glimpse of the most exclusive model in its history to date: the sinister looking BMW HP4 RACE. The Germans have now showcased the production version of the same at the ongoing Shanghai Auto Expo 2017.

It will be a purposefully limited edition hand built motorcycle by the blokes at BMW, which will itself be a notch higher than the brand’s superstar, the S 1000RR-HP4. With a full carbon fibre twin-spar main frame and rims that are made in the same factory that makes carbon fibre components for BMW’s iconic ‘i-series’ and 7 series of cars.

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Three Indians qualify to ride in this year's Dakar rally

Three Indians qualify to ride in this year’s Dakar rally

Both Hero Motorsports and TVS Racing have managed to qualify for the ultimate rally.

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.

Last year, we saw two Indian teams competing in this gruelling contest, Hero MotoSports Team Rally and TVS Racing Sherco, and each had an Indian at the helm of their machines. Hero Motorsport’s C.S Santosh and TVS Racing’s K.P Aravind. This year, the organisers have identified India’s rally-raid as one of the Dakar’s qualifying round for the 2018 Dakar rally in which apart from the mentioned two Indians, TVS Racing added another name - Tanveer. And all of them have aced up and got themselves selected for the toughest rally.

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Watch this to know why the MotoGP is one of the most dreadful motorsports.

Watch this to know why the MotoGP is one of the most dreadful motorsports.

With speeds crossing 350 kph, the 2016 season saw some narrow escapes and some broken bones.

It has been over a month that the world has witnessed the start of the World Superbike Championship. But for many like me, the season has just begun with the opening race of the MotoGP in Qatar. The Losail International Circuit saw shimmering machines under floodlights vying to their limits. With the guys racing like it was their final race like always, we got to see some nail biting overtakes and spectacular riding. The talent and the knack of precision shown by these riders is no ordinary show and we are always in awe.

But what we tend to often forget is the fact that not only MotoGP, any kind of motorsports activity is dangerous. With MotoGP being the pinnacle of it, you can expect it to be one of the most vicious events that happen on the face of the planet.

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Dorna cheif hints at having electric Moto GP style races.

Dorna cheif hints at having electric Moto GP style races.

In the future, motorcycles will whiz past you on the tracks but you won’t hear a thing!

Dorna Sports, S.L. is that commercial entity that holds the rights to conduct all MotoGP Championships and all forms of supersport and superbike racing held around the world. Now, this organisation is prepping up for conducting races that will consist of electrically powered superbikes.

Dorna boss, Carmelo Ezpeleta, confirmed the same during an interview with a Spanish publication, Motciclismo.

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Hero MotoCorp hints at entering Moto3

Hero MotoCorp hints at entering Moto3

And become the second Indian to do so after Mahindra

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.

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Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag

Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag

Both Indian teams complete the gruelling course successfully

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.

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Triumph will now make engines for Moto2

Triumph will now make engines for Moto2

The British manufacturer announces its entry into the world of Grand Prix

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.

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TVS Racing's Dakar rider KP Aravind calls it a day

TVS Racing’s Dakar rider KP Aravind calls it a day

The Indian rider crashes on the third day of the rally and retires.

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.

The 2017 edition that started this week has already seen four days of exciting stages where both man and machine have been put through the gruelling courses that test them to the limit and more.

For the first time, India has two teams running the Dakar. Hero Motorsports and TVS Racing, and each have an Indian behind the helm of their machines. Two Indian men with two different Indian teams are vying at the world rally stage and going by the history books, we will get to see our country’s first motorsports rivalry taking shape.

Hero MotoCorp is the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer and now they have joined hands with the German off-roading specialist Speedbrain GmbH (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung which is German for "company with limited liability") to formally create the ‘Hero MotoSports Team Rally’. And the India rider running with this team is the country’s top motorsport athlete CS Santhosh who had participated in the Dakar in the previous year.

TVS Racing also entered the Dakar with the technical partner, Sherco Motorcycles, who have successfully participated the world rally for a couple of years now. Soon after hero made the announcement, TVS Racing also showcased their Dakar plans. Riding their RTR450 will be another Indian debutante who goes by the name Aravind KP.

Both the Indian riders were looking good up to the second stage where towards the end, KP Aravind was invited to few fractures due to a crash. Meanwhile, CS Santhosh was still floating at a humble 56th position.

In the third leg, riders had to traverse for 64 kilometres from San Miguel de Tucuman to San Salvador de Jujuy. TVS rider Aravind had another nasty crash which found him fallen off the motorcycle close to 40 kilometres from the start point.

Although he was determined to finish the rally, his grievous shoulder that got injured was not recuperable and this made him retire for the rest of the stages, shattering the debutante’s dreams.

TVS Sherco’s riders Pedrero Garcia and Adrian Metge finished in the 16th and 30th slots respectively.

CS Santhosh too had navigation issues and eventually settled for 67th in the third stage. But unfortunately, it was a bad day for him too as he was penalised to 81st position for having missed a waypoint. However, Hero’s second rider Joaquim Rodrigues is having a successful campaign and is currently floating high in the 18th position.

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Hero Motorsports to enter the Dakar rally

Hero Motorsports to enter the Dakar rally

India’s first attempt at the world’s most grueling rally

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 includes sand dunes, mud, grass, rocks, ergs and everything inhumane for a catastrophical 9000 kilometres. It demands the greatest level of endurance and concentration to charter through the wild.

Each of the 12 stages can range from short distances up to 800–900 kilometres per day. Both amateur and professional teams participate in this off-road endurance event on motorcycles, quad-bikes, cars and trucks across three countries in South America (since 2009). And the first entry to this monster rally from India in the Motorcycle segment is the Hero Motorsports team which will be participating for the 2017 stage that is beginning in four days from the time you will be reading this. This is the outfit’s first big milestone into motorsports.

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KP Aravind wins MRF MOGRIP FMSCI National Rally Championship

KP Aravind wins MRF MOGRIP FMSCI National Rally Championship

It seems KP Aravind is riding high on success. Just after winning the 2015 Raid de Himalaya, the Mangalore based rider won the MRF MOGRIP FMSCI National Rally Championship at Chikmagalur. Representing Team TVS Racing, he dominated the championship and in the fourth race at Chikmagalur he finished the race in 49.8 minutes.

Aravind’s teammate R Nataraj came out second as he finished the race in 49.29 minutes, emerged second. Aravind and Nataraj both were competing in the Group “A” class, while Abdul Wahid, became winner in the Group “B” M3 & M4: 4 stroke motorcycles 166-260 cc class, was third fastest overall with a total time of 53:04 minutes. Out of the 40 participants who started the race, only one could not finish. The race covered a total of 70 km. The special stage distance of the race was about 50 km, with a total of three sections. The stages were run inside the Kuvempu PG Centre and Police Training Centre.

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Feature – One make racing championships conducted in India

Feature – One make racing championships conducted in India

Motorsports is something we Indians as masses have never found too attachment to. In a country that is so obsessed with cricket as the only sport which is given a status equal to a religion, it is naturally very hard for other kind of sport to find its ground in the nation. Yet there are fanatics and praisers of motorsports in the country, the fan base of which is small but strong enough for the sustainability of the sport in the nation.

Talking about motorsports, though there is a much larger fan base of formula 1 and other car sports in the country, but the same can’t be said for the two wheeled motorsports. The arena of motorcycle races and bike racing championships is still a very niche territory, which isn’t explored to the fullest.

But thanks to the arising knowledge and awareness of this kind of motorsport in the country, different major bike manufacturers have now started to take this notion quite seriously. In the recent years, there have been several one make racing championships in the country which have made the enthusiasts believe that there is still some hope for them regarding this particular motorsport.

In this feature story, we are throwing some light on the four most popular one make racing championships organized by different bike makers in the country, which have given both the budding as well as expert racers in the country platforms to show and nurture their talent and skills. Kudos to these four bike manufacturers for taking such a bold and unconventional move of promoting motorsports for bikes in a country, which is obsessed with only economy when it comes to motorcycles. All these four one make racing championships are well recognized and authorized by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) and are organized in the most comprehensive race tracks of the country.

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India Bike Week 2015 - Preview

India Bike Week 2015 - Preview

February has the shortest number of days but it is a month when the celebrations are at their large. Before we could get over with the celebrations of the so-called ‘love week’, here comes another reason for our enjoyment, the India Bike Week, 2015 (IBW). This event has been organised by the SEVENTY Event Media Group in association with FOX Life. Bookings and registrations have been started since the month of October last year and it is expected that a huge crowd of over 12000 motorcycle fans across the country. IBW is being held since 2013 and is a global event which is gaining its popularity each year, this year too, it is going to be a thrilling experience for the visitors.

This event is not only meant for rides, rallies and racing but a lot more than all this, like stunts, dyno wars, vertical machine, bicycle jousting and lots more. Its main attraction will be the customized bike by Yuvraj Singh, RCM Street 750 cafe racer and the most lucrative attraction will be the presence of Grant and Susan Johnson who have been travelling throughout the world since 11years who will share their travel story with all the moto-enthusiasts. Apart from all these, the superbike companies like Harley Davidson, DSK Benelli, Royal Enfield, RCM etc. will showcase some of their products.

It is expected that it will again be a electrifying experience for all those people who will be the part of this event this year. But those who will not be able to visit this year, here is a short preview of what this year’s IBW will be like.

Click past the jump to read more about India Bike Week, 2015

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2013 KTM Duke 390

2013 KTM Duke 390

The Austrian motorcycle manufacturer stepped into the Indian market a year ago with the KTM Duke 200, there was much hype surrounding this new motorcycle after all it was a naked street bike with a powerful engine and an impressive styling and lastly its orange color. Now KTM is back with another of their interesting product the KTM 390. This is the new bigger avatar of the Duke 200 and will be produced at the Bajaj Chakan facility which is situated just on the outskirts of Pune. You must be wondering why I am telling all this? and the answer to your question is that the Duke 390 has been priced very aggressively due to its large localisation to attract huge attention from the crowd.

Now let’s talk about the figures, the KTM 390 is powered by a DOHC, Single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled 373.2 cc engine which generates 43bhp of maximum power at 9000rpm and an impressive 3.57kgm of maximum torque at 7000rpm. The figures will surely impress anybody. Let us know about the details of this Motorcycle and its other exciting features.

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