2017 Yamaha Fascino
In recent years, Yamaha Motor India has managed to get a makeover for itself by shifting its focus towards commuters including scooters, apart from just making performance oriented motorcycles. For a manufacturer that stayed off from making scooters till date, Yamaha now has a comprehensive lineup of scooters which cater to each and every segment of buyers in the market, ranging from college going youth to family oriented unisex scooter buyers to even fashion conscious fairer sex.
A couple of years ago, in a very bold and unexpected move, Yamaha introduced the neo-classic themed scooter Fascino, with which it tried to lure the female buyers intending to make their individualistic statement rather being just another regular part of the crowd. As a ritual of giving a midlife update to its every product in India, Yamaha now has given the Fascino its first ever update, which makes the scooter look fresher than before. Here’s a brief outlook on all the changes and details which the new Fascino gets:-
2017 BMW HP4 RACE
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.
2017 Kawasaki Z 250
After making a sweet spot in the hearts of enthusiasts with its Ninja 300, Kawasaki had struck again with its yet another onslaught in the entry-level performance motoring, Z250. It was first launched in 2015 and was the smallest displacement bike from Kawasaki into India (after they stopped making the Ninja 250). As the name suggests, the Z250 is a quarter litre motorcycle from the ‘Z’ family of naked streetfighters of Kawasaki. Designed and engineered on the lines of the bigger Z’s, the Z250 also promises to give the thrills of the Ninja in a more affordable package.
They may not have begun their journey high, but they do seem like having everything under control. After the Ninja 300, we were speculating that Kawasaki might launch its Z300 and replace the Z250, but that seems out of the question at the moment. Nonetheless, there is still oodles of potential waiting to be unleashed with the 250 and Kawasaki has done just the right thing by getting it to the market again and this time, it gets BS-IV compliant engine, new colour schemes and the much needed ABS. Good news is never too late.
2017 TVS Apache RTR 160
Why is there a 160cc category? That odd number is more of a marketing strategy really. Want people to shell out more money for you, give them another 10cc. TVS did just that with the advent of the RTR 160. It was the first ever bike to surpass the notion of selling only 150cc bikes, by giving the customers an upper advantage of extra 10cc in its engine and a little more equipment.
Launched first in 2007 to compete with the rest of the 150cc ones, it is a stylish looking Motorcycle and the word ’RTR’ means Racing Throttle Response which tells you that this motorcycle is built for speed. The bike was launched in parallel with the 180 nemeses and also received the major overhaul in 2012, and it made the Apache look sportier with possessed aggressive outlook. Now, for 2017, TVS has given it yet another mild upgrade which gives it a BS-IV engine and adorns the AHO feature. The rest remains unchanged. Let’s have a brief look at this year’s model.
2017 TVS Apache RTR 180
TVS Motor Company is the third largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India, and the Apache has been the company’s flagship brand since its launch in 2006. The “Racing Throttle Response" was the brand’s foray into the naked sports segment which, similar to the Pulsars, is gaining a lot of momentum into increasing the sub- brand’s product portfolio. The nameplate, which started with the unveiling of a 150cc motorcycle, has spawned into a variety of streetfighters, which somewhat have managed to create new benchmarks when it comes to delivering raw power in a relatively affordable package.
Running with three products under its Apache brand, the 180 sits right in the centre. It got a major upgrade in 2012 that adorned new cosmetic changes, and it made the Apache look sportier with possessed aggressive outlook. Although the rest of the mechanics remained the same, it remained as one of the most powerful and fastest motorcycles in this segment in India. Now, for 2017, TVS has given it yet another mild upgrade which gives it a BS-IV engine and adorns the AHO feature. The rest remains unchanged. Let’s have a brief look at this year’s model.
2017 Benelli Tornado 302 R
Benelli was finding it difficult to find its identity amidst in the modern and competitive world, even more after a Chinese firm acquired it. But now it seems like a thing of the past, more of a ‘myth’ one could say. Benelli started showcasing us products designed by CentroStile Benelli, and slowly their reputation got back to their original charm.
And now, the Italian marquee Benelli, which after raking in some interesting numbers with its range of naked streetfighters, is now coming up with its first fully faired motorcycle in the Indian market, the Tornado 302. First showcased at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, this entry level fully faired sports bike from the Italian powerhouse has managed to excite the enthusiasts ever since it was first announced.
2017 Yamaha Fazer
Launched in 2008, Yamaha’s FZ series of motorcycles had created a new meaning to the streetfighter nemesis in the country. The DNA embedded had street characteristics that made the FZ the number one in the segment pretty fast. Then, Yamaha launched Fazer in the year 2009 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’.
After a span of five years, Yamaha gave the faired Fazer an overhaul and called it the Fazer FI Version 2.0. Along with a fresh styling elements, the bike also got Fuel Injection Blue Core technology installed which increased both the performance as well as fuel efficiency. Now, the same iteration gets even better with AHO, new decals and a BS-IV engine to run cleaner that before. Let’s have a look at these in detail.
2017 Honda Dio
Honda entered the Indian market in 2001 with two scooters - a segment which was believed to be taking its last breath at the time of their arrival. Against all the odds, both the scooters - Activa and Dio - went on churning a large number of volumes for their parent company, which went on to become the second largest two wheeler manufacturer in the Indian market.
While the Activa was meant for the daily masses, the Dio took to the young street crowd. Marketed as the Moto Scooter, Dio was the favourites amongst the young generation because of its stylish lines and trendy looks. The scooter instantly hit the sweet spots of the hearts of all those wishful riders, who wanted to have a two-wheeler but found the motorcycles a bit intimidating. Although it shared the same 110cc engine as the Activa, it felt peppier due to the lightweight fibreglass body panels. Like the Activa, the Dio too has withstood the tide of time. It received a major overhaul from its first generation in 2012 which amplified its exuberant appeal even more. Now, for 2017, the scooter receives a mild update which will see BS-IV compliancy and Automatic Headlight On along with cosmetic changes. Will the new Dio continue to pluck the strings of hearts of its targeted audience? Here’s a quick overview of the scooter.
2017 Honda Activa 4G
Over and over again, we have repeatedly mentioned how the Honda Activa has proven itself to be a very significant model for not only establishing Honda in India but also in rejuvenating the scooter market in India that was dying a slow death post the discontinuation of Bajaj Chetak in the country. Paving the path for other four stroke automatic scooters in the country, the Activa was Honda’s first ever single product for the Indian market, which gradually went on to become so legendary that even after almost 17 years of its launch, it is still going very much strong and is recording as the highest selling two-wheeler.
Though, over the years, we have seen a couple of more iterations of the Activa brand in the form of a more slim and girly Activa-i and a more proper, powerful and premium 125cc scooter, the Activa 125. However, it is the original Activa which is churning out the majority of numbers even today. After a successful journey spawning three generation, the Honda Activa has entered its 17 years of existence in India with its fourth generation model, the new Activa 4G. It now comes with a couple of more cosmetic changes and a significant change to its powertrain, which makes it a bit more contemporary than before, if not much. So let’s see what’s new in the new Activa 4G:-
2017 Honda Activa 125
In today’s automotive scenario, the word ‘Honda Activa’ needs no introduction. For a scooter which revolutionised the entire scooter market, or to be precise, gave a fresh lease of life to the almost dying scooter, the Activa has enjoyed a golden journey to date becoming the highest selling two-wheeler in some of the previous months.
The Activa began its life with a 100cc engine which was later upgraded with an 110cc engine. A couple of years ago, Honda decided to make the Activa brand a bit more premium by launching a bigger and more powerful version of the same, the Activa 125.
The Activa 125 came with a slightly revised design and dimensions, the inclusion of a few new features and most importantly, a larger heart in the form of a bigger 125cc engine. This flagship scooter from Honda may not be a high volume churner as its 110cc counterpart, but it gave the scooter buyers an option to go for a big lifestyle or powerful scooter, which offers a more mature and better product over the regular Activa.
Recently, Honda silently launched the first ever facelift of the Activa 125, which hosts of a couple of new features and slight mechanical changes to its powertrain. Let’s have a look at what all changes the new Activa 125 has been blessed with:-
2017 BMW G310 R
When BMW Motorrad joined hands with TVS Motorcycles in 2013, we knew we were in for some special treat. And guess what? It’s time to taste the sweet.
BMW had a sub 500cc model in the works for quite some time which they intended it to cater to the global market. Unveiled at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, BMW surprised us with this G310R and created a buzz across the riding community with the entry-level naked roadster.
Although it is the smallest bike from BMW, when it comes to performance, it is anything but small. Perfect for a handful of folks new to motorcycles, it is a rocket trainer for the experienced purists and is sure hell lot of fun for everyone riding on this machine. The combination of being lightweight and having a real powerhouse has always won the wars for every manufacturer, and this is no exception.
2017 Yamaha XSR900 Abarth
When the best of two worlds meet, something spectacular is always bound to happen. And this is what the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth all about. The child of the Japanese Blue team and the Italian powerhouse has surfaced, and it looks absolutely stunning.
Abarth, an Italian tuning brand that turns normal family Fiat cars into their sporty mad-runner nemesis has for the first time tried their hand on motorbikes, thanks to the firm’s association with Yamaha’s MotoGP team. They have collaborated with Yamaha to produce for 2017 a limited-edition "Sport Heritage café racer special" based on Yamaha’s XSR900 847 cc inline-triple neo-retro motorcycle.
It is a lightweight, high-performance retro special whose authentic café racer design reflects the true spirit of the motorcycles in the 60’s era. But make no mistake, it is very much futuristic. This is the perfect blend of ultra-cool retro style with the grunt of a sports racer. And only a limited number of 695 will hit the streets.
Indian Motorcycle released a limited edition Jack Daniel’s Chieftain
In 2016, Indian Motorcycles and Jack Daniels, two legendary American brands joined forces to commemorate JD’s 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, which was registered in 1866. This occasion led to Indian Motorcycles building a very limited number (150 units) of the Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle models, all of which were sold barely under 8 hours within the launch.
For 2017, the same stalwarts came together again to produce yet another iconic spin-off of the sumptuousness Indian Chieftain and christened it as the Jack Daniel’s Chieftain. This time the limited number is only a 100 units which are all designed in conjunction with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles.
2017 Harley Davidson Street Rod
The craze of the mid-weight naked is becoming more and more alive in the Indian subcontinent, and Harley-Davidson is looking at getting a bigger piece of this market segment too. To try out their luck, the iconic American brand has launched the third member of its Street family. It has more aggressive styling and improved handling above all of the Streets.
That is the all new Harley-Davidson Street Rod. A little sparse, a little spare, and an exercise in understatement. The most sport-oriented version of the Street series offering an alternative to more conventional cruiser variants. This young generation of a machine is a serious effort to reach customers outside the likes of the classic Harley Davidsons’. Always something up their sleeves.
Back in 2006, Harley had their most sporting motorcycle ever sold called as VRSCR Street Rod (V-Twin Racing Street Custom). Bringing back this name from the dead, Harley has pimped up their street 750 and essentially made a hot-rodded machine out of it. And we are here to get an in-depth overview of this demon here:
2017 KTM Duke 200
For the entry level performance oriented motorcycle enthusiasts, the KTM Duke 200 has been nothing short of a dream come true, for the motorcycle offers a perfect blend of performance and features at a price which makes it a true value for money motorcycle. At a price where others are offering motorcycles which are slightly dated and lesser equipped, this offering from KTM has created some great benchmarks which are tall and difficult enough to conquer.
In a very short span of time, KTM has created a reputation of being the most serious player in the performance-oriented segment of the Indian motorcycling scenario. It is playing a key role in the tremendous growth of motorcycles which are high on performance and are becoming the most obvious choices for those who are planning to upgrade from their 150cc-200cc motorcycles.
For 2017, KTM has refurbished its lineup of motorcycles for India. While the Duke 390 has received a much comprehensive facelift and the Duke 250 too making its way for the first time in India, KTM has decided to keep the Duke 200 alive in its portfolio for India, with carrying some minute but noticeable changes. Here’s our comprehensive review of the refurbished KTM Duke 200:-
2017 Honda Aviator
After commencing its streak of success with its scooter duo of Activa and Dio, Honda expanded its scooter portfolio for the Indian two-wheeler market by introducing its full-size 110cc scooter, Aviator. Targeted at a more niche audience, the Honda Aviator opened up an all new segment of premium 110cc scooters, which was totally absent before its advent.
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 are completely flipping their BS-III models to BS-IV. This leads us to look into the Honda Aviator update that is now BS-IV compliant and is AHO enabled.
After updating their Unicorn 160 and Shine models with these features with their CB Hornet already running the upgraded motor, it was time for the scooters to taste the new smell. Starting with launching the new Activa 125, it was the brand’s stylish automatic scooter, the Aviator.
2017 Aprilia SR 150 Race
In 2016, Aprilia did something unbelievable for the Indian two-wheeler market by launching a mass oriented scooter SR 150. This was an ‘out-of-the-blues’ decision for a superbike maker like Aprilia, which is known for motorcycles that cost at least ₹ 20 lakh and upwards, thus targeting itself towards a niche audience. However, with the SR 150, Aprilia has widened its base and has created an all new segment of performance oriented scooters in India for the mass market buyers.
Touted to be the sportiest and fun-to-ride scooter to ever step into the Indian mass market for scooters, the SR 150 carries a lot on its shoulder, as it also is the very first model from Aprilia in the sub-1 lakh segment. And the scooter has been accepted with open hands in India, which is the reason why despite very limited sales network across India, the scooter has churned up some pretty impressive numbers.
To continue the momentum, Aprilia has launched a limited edition version of the scooter titled as SR 150 Race, which comes with some cosmetic as well as mechanical changes over its regular version. Here’s is a comprehensive review of the all new Aprilia SR 150 Race:-
2017 KTM Duke 250
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.
India got the first Duke 200 in 2013, and since then there has been no turning back for the Austrian Orange. Releasing the 390, they had completed the goal of leading the boards of the segment. But, looks like KTM had other things in mind for us.
Now in 2017 came a surprise from KTM when they launched the Duke 250 along with their updated 200 and the new phenomena called the 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.
2017 Suzuki Gixxer
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.
And this continued for almost five years, till Suzuki launched the very promising 155cc motorcycle, the Gixxer. Considering the last flops which included all of its motorcycles, including its very first 150cc bike, the GS 150R, Suzuki naturally had high hopes attached with the Gixxer. And as expected, the Gixxer became the very first hit from Suzuki in the mass market segment. With this, Suzuki too started showing signs of becoming a settled player like its Japanese rivals in India, Honda and Yamaha.
In 2016, Suzuki introduced a couple of changes to the Gixxer to counter the onslaught brought by Honda in the form of CB Hornet 160R, and now to make it even more upmarket than before, Suzuki has freshened up the Gixxer even more with a couple of new changes for 2017 model. Let’s take a look on what all changes Suzuki has carried out for the Gixxer:-