2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel
You are allowed to think that Ducati has mastered the dark arts and cooked up this mad looking Diavel from a parallel universe with help of another Italian madhouse Haute couture production, Diesel.
Together they have couped up a radical looking post-apocalyptic machine that will tear apart any other cruiser down to its soul.
This motorcycle was announced as part of Milan Men’s Fashion Week 2017 and is going to be showcased at the upcoming Motor Bike Expo Italy from 20 to 22 January 2017.
In the words of Ducati Motor Holding CEO Claudio Domenicali - “The collaboration with Diesel enabled us to explore original stylistic and technical aspects whilst staying within the Ducati brand and fully respecting its values. In this case we worked with Diesel on an already uniquely original bike like the Diavel and the result was surprising to put it mildly. The details characterizing the Diavel Diesel cannot fail to captivate connoisseurs of special bikes but also people from different walks of life, such as fashion. It’s always stimulating for us to move outside the world of motorcycling and widen our brand’s areas of interest”.
2017 Ducati Monster 797
If there is one range of motorcycles which has made the brand ‘Ducati’ accessible to most of its fans, it is the ‘Monster’. With the Monster series of motorcycles, Ducati has managed to churn out huge volumes and increase its sales. The Monster was Ducati’s first attempt at making proper streetfighters, apart from fascinating the enthusiasts with its fully faired motorcycles.
Years have passed, and Ducati, in order to expand its global presence, came with Monster 795 a few years back. The Monster 795 was specifically crafted keeping the emerging markets of developing nations in mind, including that of India. In Ducati’s previous stint in the Indian market, the Monster 795 was pegged as the most significant model of its lineup, primarily due to its affordable pricing.
Now, as we all know that the Monster 795 has departed into the history books as one of the most successful entry-level Ducati in its entire history, the Italian manufacturer has filled the void left by the Monster 795 with the all new Monster 797. Touted to be the spiritual successor of the Monster 795, the Monster 797 has replaced the Monster 821 as the most affordable model of the Monster family and will co-exist with the Scrambler series to act as the perfect gateway to be a part of the Ducati family.
Premiered for the very first time at the INTERMOT 20916, the Monster 797, needless to say, has its eyes on the Indian market as well, as it will serve as the aptest model for the positively growing middleweight segment, a huge share of which Ducati intends to grab. Here’s our comprehensive review of the all new Ducati Monster 797:-
2017 MV Agusta F4 RR
If there is one manufacturer which has the ability to meticulous art when it comes to sportbikes, there is no other name which comes close to MV Agusta. Having made some of the most exotic Italian masterpieces on two wheels, the MV Agusta has a tremendous history in terms of making some of the most beautiful looking and aerodynamic motorcycles on the planet.
The year 2016 proved to be a landmark one for India, for the year witnessed the advent of MV Agusta in India. Though the manufacturer may not have entered the Indian market in a full-fledged manner with its entire global line-up, the motorcycles with which it has made its way in India surely have raised the bars and expectations of enthusiasts and supersport fans.
Among all the motorcycles with which MV Agusta made its debut in India, the range-topping F4 supersport happens to be the flagship motorcycle for the Italian bike maker for the time being in India. The wet dream of all those enthusiasts who love to have a perfect equilibrium of design and performance, the MV Agusta F4 looks equally when on the go as well as while being on the still as well. But that’s not enough, besides the regular F4, MV Agusta has also brought in the most aggressive version of the same to India, the mighty F4 RR, which happens to be the biggest and baddest MV Agusta to ever appear on the block. Here’s our quick review on the MV Agusta F4 RR:-
2017 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce
Turning motorcycles into a work of art has become a trait at MV Agusta, and truly have been a bedroom wallpaper design. People who owned one, usually have another motorcycle from some other brand as well to do their everyday riding.
Until now, MV Agusta only built motorcycles that would eat apexes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Machines built to just simply look and go fast and handle like a stealth ninja. Now, the company has entered a whole new dimension. A touring motorcycle that has NOT been made by the inspirations of the marquee’s 75 world titles or racetrack pedigree. And what came out is the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce.
The boldest move by MV which meant redefining the process of making a world class motorcycle that could trump other brands. Now, even in the touring segment. Instead of crunching apexes and punching the straight, MV is giving you the pleasure of conquering the world of sweeping bends, stunning scenery and open roads.
2017 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin
For some people, adventure is about finding your way through the unknown and doing things most have not or seeing things never seen before is a savour best felt. But unless you plan on walking, you need a way to get there. This is where Honda’s new offering comes in and sweeps you off your feet in the most humble and matured way.
Almost 30 years ago, the Africa Twin conquered the Paris-Dakar Rally. This year, it’s been re-imagined with the same True Adventure spirit and is hitting the Indian shores after a delay of nearly a couple of years.
With the Dakar rally, some manufacturers were happy about being participated, but Honda went on to win 1-2-3 positions in 1986. Just 5 years after their first appearance. And they did it on the then Africa Twin.
Honda have now made use of that wild experience and fed it into their brand new avatar of that legendary Dakar motorcycle, the NXR750, and gives us the CRF 1000L Africa Twin. A machine born in the factory but tamed in the wilderness that inherits the “go anywhere” phenomena and embodies the latest of technology and engine construction to literally do just that without any fuss.
With this motorcycle, Honda throws a challenge at us - ‘It’s not a question of how far your Honda will go. It’s how far you’re willing to take it’. And knowing the reliability of a Honda, I’m guessing it’s a challenge for us to take upon without having to think twice about the machine.
2017 Bajaj V12
Bajaj definitely made many Indian bikers happy when they actually launched the V15 commuter in India. This was positioned below the Pulsar range of motorcycles and offered plenty of exciting new features not to mention its one of a kind styling was well appreciated too by many as well.
Quite honestly Bajaj was actually looking for a replacement for their commuter brand Discover which has been here for a long time and quite honestly their sales figures were going Southward due to increasing competition. Bajaj’s new strategy seemed to have worked in their favour because their newest 150 cc commuter surely became a hit in the Indian market. The newly launched 150 cc motorcycle had all the hit recipes like fuel efficient engine, cafe racer type styling, comfortable seats and that powerful 60 watt headlamp at the front.
Now Bajaj wants to expand the ‘V’ brand and while the rumours of a smaller 125 cc motorcycle was going rounds on the internet it seems like the motorcycle finally broke its cover when it was spotted recently at a dealership. The new motorcycle joins Bajaj’s ‘V’ range of motorcycles which currently consists of only one motorcycle. The smaller V12 is more affordable compared to the slightly premium V15 and thus will be in reach of many average Indian bike buyers who wants a .
Update 04.01.2017:-Bajaj launched the V12 in India, the new 125 cc motorcycle which has been positioned below the V15. The details and prices has been updated in this review
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2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera
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. 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 time we are talking about a 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.
Ducati tells the world that ‘The 1299 Superleggera is the greatest expression of engineering, technology and performance ever put into mass production by a motorcycle manufacturer‘. It is a reminiscence of the legendary 1199 Superleggera.
Under all this is what I call a ‘Brobdingnagian’ twin Superquadro power house 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.
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300
During the final leg of 2016, Kawasaki made it official about bringing a fresh new outlook for its entry-level sports segment, the Ninja 300. A much loved motorcycle in India which gained a lot of respect and its own share of criticism.
The 300 had replaced the unanimous quarter-litre king back in 2013 with collaboration with Bajaj Auto. The new bike was sportier, more aggressive and more fun to ride than the lesser cubed 250 cc Ninja. The bike was also packed with enough alphabet-soup tech acronyms that were scarce in other motorcycles in the segment at that time, and this made it very entertaining and accessible to new riders.
For 2017, the Japanese Green team have given this machine brand new livery and a limited edition one too. Along with the original Ninja 300, 300 ABS and the KRT edition, there is now a Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition that takes on the looks of the Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) team during their off-season test sessions.
BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100
BMW is not some run of the mill company. It has one of the most prestigious history books and for nearly a century, they have been making impeccable products that beam innovation and technological acumen. Started as an aircraft engine manufacturer, BMW started manufacturing two wheelers in 1923 with the R32 that made use of the iconic flat-twin boxer configuration engine.
100 years down the line, BMW Motorrad still uses this boxer engine to power the finest of the finest motorcycles. To commemorate this heritage, BMW has offered us a sneak at how its next 100 years is going to be by showcasing the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 at the “Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience” exhibition in Los Angeles.
After giving us saliva bubbles with its vision of the future through the MINI, Rolls-Royce and the BMW concepts, BMW now gives us BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100, a motorcycle that is a completely radical concept of the traditional machine on two wheels today. Almost like being officiated at the altar of Utopia, this is “the essence of motorcycling and a symbol of the ultimate riding experience of the future” according to Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.
2017 Honda CB Unicorn 160
We Indians are all quite smitten by the prowess of the Honda Activa. The simple yet practical scooter from Honda has become the de-facto choice of Indians when it comes to owning a no-nonsense family scooter. With the 150cc Unicorn as its first ever motorcycle in the Indian market, Honda tried too hard to make an impact in the segment as deep as it did in the scooter segment with the Activa. But while the Activa went on writing new stories of success and sales numbers, the Unicorn was overshadowed by the likes of Bajaj Pulsar and Yamaha FZ in the segment.
Though, the Unicorn had some really good positives up in its sleeves – its bullet proof build quality, excellent engine refinement and reliability have been second to none in its category. But then, the buyers of this segment (most of them) wanted more, which resulted in the birth of its new generation model – the CB Unicorn 160.
Besides having the good characteristics of the 150cc CB Unicorn, the CB Unicorn 160 brought some dash of chiseled looks and features on board. However, like the 150cc Unicorn, the CB Unicorn 160 too has turned out to be an average seller, particularly due to the fact that its premium sibling, the CB Hornet 160, has become a more popular player in this space owing to its sportier stance and sharper looks. Now, in a wake to make it an even stronger player, Honda has mildly updated the CB Unicorn 160 with some additional features and slight changes to its powertrain. We take a look on what all changes does the new CB Unicorn 160 gets:-
“Electric vehicles is the future” is what you will see under the banner of every automotive manufacturer now. They are moving away from the addiction to liquefied dinosaurs in a bid to a cleaner alternative to protect the environment. Time and again it has been proved that electric/hybrid vehicles have an overwhelming advantage especially to ride within the town and this evolution has been a gradual process for some – and an exciting start for others.
We had, not long ago, featured the Tork T6X: the country’s first production electric motorcycle. Now, a Bangalore-based startup, Ather Energy, has been in this pursuit since their inception in 2013 and are on an epic journey to give the country’s first premium electric smart scooter christened as Ather S340. The company was founded by two IIT-ians who are committed to building smart, connected, uncompromising vehicles and seeks to reimagine urban commute with the help of technology.
Their first offering is the Ather S340, which they are building it from the ground up and promise to change the way we perceive the electric transport till now. The company has received fundings to the tune of ₹6.3 crores from Flipkart, ₹76 crores from Tiger Global and the very recently ₹205 crores from the world’s biggest manufacturer of two wheelers, Hero MotoCorp. This has allowed Ather to sustain momentum in its journey of building a future-ready product platform and to accelerate the infrastructure and ecosystem development around electric vehicles in the country.
2017 Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS
Recently we have reported that Bajaj Auto will be re launching their 200 cc streetfighter the Pulsar NS in January 2017. Gaadiwaadi was able to get some exclusive images from the local dealership meet where the updated Pulsar 200 NS for the model year 2017 was showcased.
There were rumours that Bajaj has actually axed their popular naked streetfighter which was launched back in the year 2012 in the year 2016 to make way for the slightly better equipped Pulsar AS200. However that is not the case Bajaj surely did cut the supply of the NS200 but they once again will be relaunching the motorcycle and this time this is definitely better equipped and also gets plenty of styling updates as well.
Now this is definitely a good time to relaunch the naked streetfighter as it can directly take on its biggest rival the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V which has definitely swiped away all the awards and became a hot favourite amongst the Indian biking enthusiast. Now that we know that the updated 2017 Pulsar 200 NS will be launching here in the Indian market next month eher are all the details available at this moment about the new naked streetfighter.
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