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:-
2017 KTM Duke 390
KTM surely knows how to impress their fans and enthusiastic motorcycle riders of the country alike. It’s been four years since KTM introduced the Duke series which consists of the entry level Duke 200 and the Duke 390. Since their launch, they haven’t received any big change except few cosmetic jobs which came in the form of new colour schemes. Yet, they sold like hot cakes.
Last year it was reported that the 2017 Duke 390 was caught testing in Europe first, then on Indian roads. Much later the new motorcycle was also caught undisguised at the Bajaj factory in Pune. Like we all expected, KTM unveiled the completely new 2017 Duke 390 at the EICMA motorcycle show last year, and it inevitably attracted all the attention because of its aggressive new sharper styling and plenty of exciting features.
The naked bike has gone through a decent amount of mechanical upgrades and surely has gone through a major overhaul regarding styling. The new Duke 390 has received its styling inspiration from the bigger and more aggressive Super Duke who happens to be the most powerful naked streetfighter.
For the first time since it came into existence, it also has received the ride by wire throttle system which makes sure that the throttle response is more crisp and accurate. There are plenty of other hardware upgrades which the Duke 390 received which comes in the form of a new 5-way adjustable clutch and brake lever, bigger disc brakes towards the front full LED headlamps and daytime running lamps and a new subframe.