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Fate of the second most expensive scooter of the country.

Fate of the second most expensive scooter of the country.

After selling zero units, Vespa 946 Emporio Armani gets takes off the shelves.

The reason I say that zero units have been sold is because Piaggio declined to release an official figure of the same. Nonetheless, there were rumours about orders and enquiries coming in for the Vespa 946 Emporio Armani.

After the Aprilia SRV 850 ABS/ATC (priced at ₹ 15 lakh), this scooter from another Italian maker was the most expensive scooter being on sale in India. It was commissioned by the famous Italian designer, Georgio Armani and was priced at ₹ 12.04 lakh. But now, since the contract between Armani and Piaggio has ended, the scooter is no longer on sale anywhere in the world.

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What is the most exclamation "!" thing you've seen on the road?

What is the most exclamation "!" thing you’ve seen on the road?

This is what I put my money in for. Three super cool dogs on a motorcycle.

I’m pretty sure there are many of you out there that knows about the freedom of the road and the companionship of a dog being the best combination there is. It is definitely a rare sight but for those who have a deeper connection with their dogs, wouldn’t have it any other way. Riding with you best buddy is just so damn cool and there are many ways one can pull that off.

But here is an example of how you shouldn’t be doing it. This video clip from India shows three dogs riding on a scooter, and are not even tied to the vehicle with any sort of leash or cagings. And to my surprise, those dos seem like they have been doing this since ages and are comfortable enough.

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Lambretta V-Special + Gallery

Lambretta V-Special + Gallery

The Italian Icon gets snazzed up to the brim.

Fashion and style statement has always run in the blood of Milan, Italy since centuries. And for Lambretta, this statement held on since World War II, the time it was born. It was solely manufactured in Italy and licensed to be made in other countries until 1972. Post that, it was then bought by the Indian government and it was made in India until 1997.

Now, for the first time in the 21st century, The Lambretta Consortium has re-launched the "Lambretta V-Special" Model. The model is designed by an Austrian firm knows as KISKA who also happen to design the latest iterations of the KTM motorcycles as well as the Husqvarna street models. The V-Special is available in three types - V50, V125 and V200.

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2017 Honda Cliq

2017 Honda Cliq

The Japanese brand’s new scooter for the up-country customers

Honda might have struck gold with the now legendary 110cc Activa (now called Activa 4G) unisex family scooter, but apart from this, there has been no other scooter from Honda which has set the sales charts on fire. The Dio now feels too long in the tooth and feels dated even after having much sportier design as compared to its competition. On the other hand, the Activa 125 and Aviator appear to be priced in the premium range and are out of the radar of most of the prospected buyers in the scooter market, who put value for money over everything else on their need list.

Luckily for the rest of us, Honda has come up with another scooter for the up-country customers who wish to zoom around the countryside with the same ease as the city dwellers, the Honda Cliq they call it. The market in India sees an upward trend ever since 2010, thanks to the improved rural infrastructure and rising income levels, affordability has become a norm to people from small towns and villages too. Giving more utility and sturdy built quality, the Cliq will have an edge compared to other scooters for the non-urban customers. Here is an overview of this new scooter from Honda:

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Honda launched a new scooter focused at the up-country customers. The Cliq.

Honda launched a new scooter focused at the up-country customers. The Cliq.

Priced at ₹ 42499, Cliq is a perfect blend of practicality, versatility and value for money.

Honda had, a while ago, promised us with four all-new models in the coming year and looks like they are on a roll to fulfil it. Targeting a 20% growth in volume, the Indian leg of the Japanese brand, Honda 2Wheelers has invested a tune of ₹ 1600 crore in new capacities and 4 new models it plans to launch in FY-18.

The brand launched the first model for the year and it’s a scooter christened as the Cliq. Positioned below the Honda Activa and the Dio, this scooter is also based on the same platform its siblings are. This scooter was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 which was dubbed as the Navi replacement. The edgy and sharp visual cues gave a lot of attractiveness and a bold outlook to the scooter. The production model, however, has a much more subtle outlook.

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Honda Dio becomes the third scooter in the Top 10 selling Two Wheeler list for 2017.

Honda Dio becomes the third scooter in the Top 10 selling Two Wheeler list for 2017.

For the first time, this jazzy scooter from Honda is fighting with the big guns.

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 and currently, the Activa had taken the lead and is the highest seller amongst all two-wheelers in the world trumping the spoils from the erstwhile Hero MotoCorp.

Coming from the same brand is the Dio which 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. And now, this scooter has found its spot at the Top 10 selling two wheeler list for this year.

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Aprilia is busy with preparing its new 125 cc SR scooter to launch in India soon.

Aprilia is busy with preparing its new 125 cc SR scooter to launch in India soon.

The SR 125 is undergoing homologation tests at the ARAI for approvals.

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.

Now, Aprilia wishes to continue the momentum by getting a smaller and less expensive version of the same scooter so that it could be accessible to a lot more customers and eventually increase their market share. Spied at the ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) in Pune, Aprilia is taking the SR 125 scooter through homologation tests to make it legislation approved so that they can launch the scooter as soon as possible in the market.

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2017 Hero Duet

2017 Hero Duet

The sturdy package from Hero receives a couple of upgrades for 2017.

Till date, Hero has enjoyed quite a good amount of success with its scooter range which until two years ago was restricted to only two scooters – Pleasure and Maestro. Although both of these scooters have been unable to dethrone the Honda Activa from the number one spot, it has helped Hero Motocorp to secure the second position in the scooter segment. To take on this success streak even further, Hero introduced two more scooters which not only expanded the scooter lineup of Hero and gave the buyers more options to choose from, but also helped Hero to increase its share in the scooter category.

Out of the two new scooters which were launched by Hero – Maestro Edge and Duet, the latter has a wider customer base for being a unisex metal bodied scooter. Though slowly, the Duet is being accepted by the masses for being a sturdy scooter that is loaded enough to make it a good value for money product. The Duet has been updated for the year 2017 as a slightly more modern package with a couple of changes on the board, which has freshened up its overall appeal. Here’s a quick look at what all changed does the new Duet gets:-

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Feature – List of 15 bikes which got discontinued due to BS-III shutdown.

Feature – List of 15 bikes which got discontinued due to BS-III shutdown.

Manufacturers took them off the shelves to make way for new models.

As you all know, starting from April 1st, 2017, the Supreme Court has ordered all manufacturers to stop registering and selling vehicles still running on BS-III engines. To clear them before the deadline all dealers who had stock started levying massive discounts on their products, and some even lost money in this process. The industry took a ₹ 600 crore hit due to the three-day discount fest.

Then there were few motorcycles that just did not sell despite the discounts. This was the cue for the manufacturers to take them off the shelves completely and get a new replacement machine for the same ones. While some of them have been replaced, few others just could not manage to burn the midnight oil and live up to expectation. They were just phased out of the assembly lines. Here is a list of those who couldn’t make it to the party this year:-

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Vespa launched a new Special edition Elegante 150 in India.

Vespa launched a new Special edition Elegante 150 in India.

The premium scooter shifts to carrying more poise rather than sport.

Piaggio created quite a stir in the Indian market when it single-handedly planned the re-entrance for the brand ‘Vespa’ in the Indian market. The Vespa takes the best of fine Italian dressing and packs it in a niche retro silhouette. It became a cornucopia of sorts for people wanting a machine that could take them back in time and re-live the classic age.

Then Piaggio introduced the decade’s first 150 cc scooter with the Vespa VXL 150 and set the ball rolling. To increase the appeal selectively, they have now launched a limited edition of the VXL 150 christened as the Vespa Elegante 150 for ₹ 91077 (ex-showroom).

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2017 Honda Activa i

2017 Honda Activa i

The entry-level scooter from Honda gets new paint scheme and a mobile charger unit. And that is about it.

Honda might have struck gold with the now legendary 110cc Activa (now called Activa 4G) unisex family scooter, but apart from this, there has been no other scooter from Honda which has set the sales charts on fire. The Dio now feels too long in the tooth and feels dated even after having much sportier design as compared to its competition. On the other hand, the Activa 125 and Aviator appear to be priced in the premium range and are out of the radar of most of the prospected buyers in the scooter market, who put value for money over everything else on their need list.

Like the aforementioned three scooters of Honda, the little 2015 launch Activa i too has received the same fate of very few units rolling out of the showroom floors. Honda has been trying its best to make this scooter a star player, as big as the Activa 4G. In doing so, Honda has given the scooter a couple of cosmetic facelifts in a very short span of time. And now, the Activa-i is up in the market with its third update. Here’s our take on the all new Activa i:-

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A new record has been set for the longest Wheelie on a two-wheeler.

A new record has been set for the longest Wheelie on a two-wheeler.

Masaru Abe rode on his Yamaha Jog Scooter for more than 500 km, on one wheel !

Do you remember the iconic Bajaj Chetak scooters your uncle used to ride back then? The one that was famous for coining the ‘Hamara Bajaj’ for the entire brand was a household workhorse back in the 80s’ and the 90s’. Then, the industry moved to geared motorcycles and scooters were gradually phased out. But again, the demand for scooters started close to a decade ago with the launch of the Honda Activa, triggering every other manufacturer to go down this path of making automatic four stroke scooters for commuting.

The love of scooters has also taken up a guy from Japan who goes by the name Masaru Abe. A trick-master, 33-year-old Abe loves riding a Yamaha Jog scooter and pulls crazy stunts on the motorised scooter. Donuts, BMX flatland style and wheelies are some of the easiest things he does on his scooter and this time, he is going to set a world record on for the longest Wheelie ever pulled.

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2017 Yamaha Alpha

2017 Yamaha Alpha

The Japanese still think there is some juice left in the Alpha and have given it BS-IV and AHO

After creating a stature of a maker of performance oriented motorcycles across the globe as well as in the Indian two wheeler market, Yamaha entered the automatic scooter segment in India with the Ray siblings. As per Yamaha’s self-belief and expectations, both the Ray as well as Ray Z gave a tough fight to the established scooters from its arch rivals in the 110cc automatic scooter space.

Yamaha then launched the Alpha in the Indian market which has helped its parent manufacturer in recording consistent sales in the scooter segment. The scooter did receive a very quick mechanical upgrade within a year of its launch, with the addition of Yamaha’s ‘Blue Core’ technology to its 113cc powertrain. However, Yamaha was blamed for making the Alpha too simple and monotonous with a very basic design and lack of features, as compared to its other contemporary rivals. And now, Yamaha has timely updated the Alpha both cosmetically and mechanically to make it feel much fresher and modern than ever. Here’s a detailed preview of what all changes the new Alpha has received in its latest avatar:-

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Honda Activa becomes the first auto scooter to reach 1.5 crore customers

Honda Activa becomes the first auto scooter to reach 1.5 crore customers

The King of scooters is also the bestseller two-wheeler in the world today

In 2001, the world’s second highest manufacturer of two-wheelers launched the Activa in India which became the country’s first ever four-stroke automatic scooter. It singlehandedly showed signs of the rise and comeback of scooters in India. It was the first independent product from Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India Limited, a venture which Honda started on its own alongside its separate joint venture with the Hero group (the then Hero Honda). Its simplistic design and engine reliability made it an overnight success, which it reaps even today, 17 years after its first launch.

Today, the brand has rolled out its 1,50,00,000’th Activa from its plant in Gujarat, making it the first scooter in the country to reach such a milestone.

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Mommy said never to play with swapping engines.

Mommy said never to play with swapping engines.

But looks like these lads seems to not care.

An engine swap is done basically if your old engine fails or if you want more horses, efficiency and performance under the hood. Sometimes your vintage two-wheeler cannot find spare parts and is always more expensive to keep it in running order. This swapping of engines in cars are a common practice but rarely do we come across people doing engine swaps on a motorcycle.

But here are two chaps who have upgraded their old charming Vespas into a monster truck of two wheelers by getting it a Harley Davidson engine and a Diesel powerhouse. To do so, they have each built custom engine mounts and transmission bell housing adaptors to interface them along with a custom built driveshaft. Then you have that big-ol radiator to cool things down and, of course, that exhaust note.

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2017 Hero Maestro Edge

2017 Hero Maestro Edge

Hero’s number one scooter is a feature packed all-rounder.

Hero enjoys an unprecedented success when it comes to the commuter class of 100-110cc motorcycles. But when it comes to the segment of automatic scooters, it didn’t have an offering to thrash the undisputed leadership of the scooters, the Honda Activa. Though the Maestro and Pleasure did churn up decent volumes for the manufacturer in the country, they still haven’t been able to bring down the sales of Honda scooters, which have been selling like hot cakes.

Then came the Maestro Edge and Duet, which further strengthen the scooter lineup for Hero in the country. However, the sales of the Maestro Edge have turned out to be a bit lower than what Hero had expected. So now, Hero has tried to infuse some novelty in the Maestro Edge for the year 2017 by adding a couple of new features to the scooter. Let’s have a look at what all changes do the new Maestro Edge get:-

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2017 Yamaha Fascino

2017 Yamaha Fascino

The skin, heart and soul gets a fresh new update to become a fashion statement.

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:-

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Honda will launch four 'all-new' models by FY18. Here is what we think are coming.

Honda will launch four ’all-new’ models by FY18. Here is what we think are coming.

By investing ₹ 1600 cr, Honda 2Wheelers India aims at top trumps.

One of the largest motorcycle manufacturer, Honda, is firing on all pistons and doing tremendously well in pioneering many great technology and features onto the world streets. Now, they are getting busy in a run to stay as the world leaders by introducing newer models to their line-up and getting a fresh breed of motorcycles for us to grin about.

The Indian leg of the Japanese brand, Honda 2Wheelers, is also targeting a 20% growth in volume and has reportedly invested a tune of ₹ 1600 crore in new capacities and 4 new models it plans to launch in FY-18. Doing so, the Japanese are gunning for the pole position, grabbing it from its erstwhile partner Hero MotoCorp.

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2017 Honda Dio

2017 Honda Dio

The MotoScooter gets more snazzy

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.

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2017 Honda Activa 4G

2017 Honda Activa 4G

The country’s highest selling two-wheeler gets a new update

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:-

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