Piaggio Vespa SXL 150 vs Aprilia SR 150
The word ‘scooter’ was once a synonym for one cluttery low power thing that had two wheels and a handlebar. A device that to this day is frowned upon in the motorcycle community and blaming it for taking away the ‘biking experience’.
The only thing making it tick and stay is its ease of riding around the urban chaos and for people for whom shifting a gear is a daunting task to undertake. See the pun there? It’s there on purpose.
However, things started to change in 2016. It saw the entry of two 150cc Italian scooters which take the two-wheel game to a whole new level. They were onto mucking about the boring geared entry level motorcycles in full zest, style and a mountain full of panache.
Piaggio introduced the decade’s first 150 cc scooter with the Vespa SXL 150 and set the ball rolling. Then came a machine from the same bloodline, but with racing written all over it, the Aprilia SR 150. Both scooters share the same capacity engine and this is where the similarities end. The rest of is chalk and cheese.
Honda Introduces Navi Adventure & Chrome editions
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd (HMSI) has started their New Year with a bang by launching two new variants of their popular entry level two wheeler Navi. The two newest variants are called the Adventure and Chrome editions and both of them were previewed at the 2016 Auto expo held last year.
Both the customized variants are available only with Black colour options though. The Adventure edition gets a windscreen on top of the headlamp unit, knuckle guards, added protection surrounding the headlamp, engine underguard, a duel tone seat cover and a luggage box. The entire kit is priced at INR. 8,525. The Honda Navi Chrome editions on the other hand gets luggage box, side lower guards, chrome headlamp cluster and crash guard. The entire chrome kit will set you back an additional INR. 5, 065 over the ex showroom Price.
The Honda Navi hasn’t received any mechanical changes though and is still powered by the 109.19 cc, single cylinder, four stroke, HET (Honda Eco Technology) engine which is capable of producing about 8 PS of peak power at 7,000 rpm and 8.96 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. Power is delivered to the wheels via the V-matic continuously variable transmission.
The standard NAVi is available in 5 colour options: Patriot Red, Hopper Green, Shasta White, Sparky Orange & Black. The Navi also achieved a huge milestone of exporting 2000 units dispatched within just 4 months. The Scooter is currently being exported to the Countries like Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Honda Navi Customized Variants Launching Soon!
Honda promised everyone during the time of launch of the Navi that they will bring plenty of customization option for their entry level scooter at a later stage. Now after almost a year of its launch Honda kept their promise and introduced the Customization option for the Navi.
Apart from the different coloured parts the Navi will also get two new variants in the form of Navi Chrome and Navi Adventure Edition. Now these variants only received cosmetic upgrades while under the skin the Navi still houses the 109.19 cc HET air cooled mill capable of producing 8 bhp of maximum power at 7,000 rpm and 8.96 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm. This is the same engine which also powers Honda’s range of automatic scooters as well including the Activa.
If we talk about the two customized variants, the Navi chrome gets additional headlight protector, side lower cover, rear grip finished in chrome while it also gets an additional luggage box as well. The entire package is available only with the Black colour scheme and will cost you an extra INR. 5,065 over the ex showroom Price.
The other customized variant which will be available along with the Chrome edition is called the Navi Adventure edition. This variant gets front knuckle protector, rear grip underguard, headlight protector, a completely new seat cover, luggage box and new graphics. This entire package will set you back an additional INR. 8,525 over the ex showroom price of the scooter.
The Honda Navi is priced at INR. 39, 648 (ex showroom Delhi), while the Navi Chrome has a price tag of INR 44,713, the Navi Adventure is priced at INR 48,173 (both ex-showroom, Delhi). The Navi variants will be available soon at a showroom a near you.
“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.
Piaggio creates the Vespa (RED)
Since its discovery in 1981, AIDS has been responsible for the loss of more than 35 million people and more than 37 million people are living with HIV in this world. And these numbers are only increasing by the second. What is even more alarming is that life-saving anti-retroviral treatments cost as little as 30 bucks a day and yet, many affected with HIV will not see a day where they will be made aware of such a medicine even in existence.
To curb such a massive outcast, two greats named Bono and Bobby Shriver began paving the way for a new idea – (RED). It is a new generation of an organisation that was founded in 2006 with a simple mission – ‘to make it easy for people and businesses to join the fight against the deadly virus’.
(RED) has managed to raise an impressive $365 million with help of kind partners. How? (RED) puts it this way ‘When you buy (RED), a (RED) partner will give up some of its profits to fight AIDS. It’s as simple as that. Be (RED). Start the end of AIDS now.’ With this, (RED) have been associated with ‘The Global Fund’ which is a 21st-century organisation designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.
This organisation have since touched over 70 million souls and assisted them in their battle against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by mobilising $4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 140 countries.
(RED) got a new partner recently and it is from Italy. The Piaggio Group has collaborated with the organisation and have created the stunning (VESPA 946) RED – an all-red version of the classic scooter. Every purchase of this beautiful scooter, Piaggio will donate towards initiatives fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched in 2016
Like every passing year, the year 2016 too has proven to be one year which has only been progressive enough to make the Indian two wheeler market more mature and versatile. Almost all the bike makers of India did came up with something which was revolutionary and game changer for the price at which they are offered.
In this feature story, we are going to discuss all those significant all new bike launches in the mass oriented segments of the Indian two wheeler market, with some of them have been build up from scratch and are only redefining the segments and creating new records for value for money. Following are those all new bike launches meant for the common masses, with the criteria being sub-500cc category and below the price point of Rs. 2.5 lakh:-
Bajaj To Relaunch New Fully Automatic Chetak Scooter In 2017
Our very own two wheeler manufacturer Bajaj definitely has done extremely well for themselves in the recent years. Their product range Pulsar was able to create the magic that most of the two wheeler manufacturer’s dreams of. The Pulsar product range was able to provide exciting and powerful motorcycle according to Indian standards at affordable prices. They recently even introduced a completely new 150 cc motorcycle V15 which managed to look different from every other 150 cc premium commuter motorcycle available in the Indian market. The motorcycle had another interesting selling strategy and that its fuel tank is made from the metal of one of the most memorable warships of Indian war history.
One thing that we all questioned ourselves though was while the Indian scooter segment was flourishing fast why Bajaj was still missing from the scene. While Honda picked up a huge amount of success with their Activa scooter, TVS too made quite a name for themselves with their Jupiter scooter range. But now according to the recent reports Bajaj too will be reentering the scooter segment and will also resurrect one of the most renowned and trustable nameplate from their stable the ‘Chetak’ scooter.
That’s right Bajaj will be relaunching the Chetak scooter once again and this time the new scooter will be available in a modern avatar. Expect the new scooter to get a lightweight chassis, completely new engine, better brakes and comfortable suspension setup etc. Although no details of the engine are available yet but expect it to get powered by a single cylinder, air cooled engine which will be displaced in between 125-150 cc segment.
Gaadiwaadi also managed to get their hands on the leaked patented image of the scooter as well and there is no doubt that the new scooter definitely looks impressive and premium as well at the same time.
Second Aprilla Scooter Coming In January 2017
The small entry level scooter from Aprillia definitely won plenty of attention here in India when it launched almost three months ago at an attractive introductory price. Since then the scooter has received tremendous response amongst the Indian crowd. Now according to the recent reports Aprillia has decided to introduce one more scooter to the SR range.
Stefano Pelle, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Piaggio India, said in an interview that they will be bringing another new SR scooter in India. Recently Piaggio launched two new special edition scooters in India which includes the 946 Emporio Armani Edition and the Vespa 70th Anniversary edition recently. When the official was asked to provide some other details of the scooter he just commented that it will perhaps be a more peppier variant of the existing scooter.
So the statement indicates that it might perhaps be a more powerful scooter than the existing SR 150. Expect the upcoming motorcycle to also be pricier than the existing scooter and might also gets plenty of new features as well.
Their present scooter is powered by a 150 cc, single cylinder engine which is capable of producing about 11.4bhp of peak power and develops 11.5Nm of peak torque. Expect the existing SR150 as well as the new scooter to be available across all Vespa showrooms from the end of January onward.
2017 Vespa 946 Emporio Armani Edition
How far can you stretch your imagination of creativity, if you are given a chance to make a scooter as extravagant as possible. Till date, in the Indian market, we have been used to see a variety of female oriented, male oriented and unisex family scooters, all of which are designed keeping the needs and requirements of the Indian audience.
However, it all changed when Vespa made its re-entry in the Indian market few years back, with its lineup of models which seek some inspiration from its international lineup but are somewhat positioned as per the Indian consumers. As compared to otherwise functional and practical scooters, the models of Vespa somehow manage to look apart from the usual crowd with distinctive retro styling and premium hardware, which is why they all sell decently despite their high asking price.
All the models of Vespa are currently considered as much more premium than the other scooters available from other manufacturers. However, Vespa has managed to surpass its own benchmark of making exclusive scooters with the all new Vespa 946 Emporio Armani Edition, which is, by far the most extravagant, exclusive and expensive scooter India has ever witnessed. Having some inspiration from the renowned designer Emporio Armani, this 946 based scooter has some really cool bits to be talked about. Want to know, what all things does make the Vespa 946 Emporio Armani Edition such a premium and exclusive scooter? Here’s a comprehensive review of the same:-
List of limited edition two wheelers launched for festive season of 2016
No matter how much slowdown the Indian two wheeler market will be facing, the one time period which brings a smile to all the automobile majors is the festive season of Navratri and Diwali. All the two wheeler manufacturers of the Indian market try their best to make their products as best as possible, by either introducing sweet and tempting deals and discounts, or to increase their profits and margins by launching limited edition models.
Out of these two moves by the two wheeler manufacturers for the festive season, the latter one seems to be more interesting, as it somewhat makes the already existing products a bit more desirable and value for money. These limited edition models do ask a slight premium (sometimes, they don’t ask that premium as well), which we feel is worthy given the fact that they do look a bit different and eye catchy on the road.
Following is a list of all the limited edition models by various two wheeler manufacturers of India for the festive season of 2016, which range from a puny 110cc scooter to a mighty middleweight naked roadster. Here you go:-
2016 Mahindra Gusto 110 Special Edition
If you have been keenly observing the scooter market in the country, you must have seen that Mahindra has been trying to be a serious player in the segment. Till date, the manufacturer has been selling a range of scooters which do have the potential of being good sellers for their value for money quotient, but then, they have not been able to crack the code and are not churning up decent numbers for the manufacturer.
With high hopes, Mahindra did launch the Gusto 110 in 2014, with which it tried to revive its fortunes in the 110cc scooter segment. Designed and engineered as its first grounds up scooter, the Gusto was a good improvised product over the erstwhile scooters from Mahindra. However, considering the cut throat competition in the segment, the Gusto ended up as an average selling product, despite being good on several aspects.
Now, to boost the sales and its impact in the 110cc segment, Mahindra has come up with a limited edition version of the Gusto 110, which boasts of a couple of cosmetic advancements, while keeping its mechanical credentials intact. Here’s our comprehensive review of the Mahindra Gusto Special Edition:-
2016 Suzuki Access Special Edition
In the Indian market, the Honda Activa has remained (and still is) an undisputed choice for all those who are looking a unisex scooter which can be used by all the family members. Suzuki did tried to give the Activa a run for its money by launching the 125cc Access more than half a decade ago.
Now, the Access did got everything to put the Activa on the back seat – it got a more powerful 125cc engine which is a gem to say the least, it too has a strong metal body, the build quality of Suzuki is reliable and unquestionable and it is easy on the pocket as well, in terms of price and fuel efficiency. Suzuki made its debut in the Indian mass market with this very product, and it started off quite well too, in terms of sales, with making Suzuki a recognizable name in the Indian minds.
However, the Access began to fade away into the oblivion due to arrival of more contemporary and feature rich scooters, which is why Suzuki felt the need of giving a much needed substantial upgrade to the scooter. With the most recent update which the Access has got, Suzuki has once again managed to make its best shot in the 125cc segment a bit stronger. And now, keeping in view the importance of festive season, Suzuki has launched a special edition version of the Access 125, which has got a small list of cosmetic enhancements over the standard version. Here’s our comprehensive review of the all new Suzuki Access Special Edition:-
2016 Aprilia SR Motard 50
We all have been knowing Aprilia as a manufacturer which makes some of the most exotic and furious superbikes with some of their qualities being the benchmarks in their respective segments. But apart from making some of the most desirable motorcycles across the globe, this Italian manufacturer, in many countries, is also known for making something extremely different on the other end of the spectrum – affordable small capacity scooters.
Recently, Aprilia did announce that it is soon going to launch its first ever mass market scooter in India, the 150cc SR 150. But from Aprilia, it is not the only small capacity scooter in its portfolio. The scooter has yet another smaller sibling in the form of SR Motard 50, a 50cc scooter which shares a lot with the SR 150 including the basic design. But then, there’s much more to a two wheeler apart from the design, isn’t it? Here’s our comprehensive review of the Aprilia SR Motard 50, the smallest product in the Aprilia’s entire global lineup of products:-
2016 Aprilla SR 150
Aprilla is trying hard to enter Indian market for a long time now although they did not have a successful stint in the Indian market with their range of motorcycles so now they are all set to enter the Indian scooter market as well. That’s right! Aprilla showcased their newest scooter at the 2016 Auto Expo where it surely attracted lot of attention and why not the scooter will be manufactured in the Indian market which means that it will also be priced aggressively as well. This will also be powered by a powerful 150 cc unit which actually means that it will be one of the most powerful scooters available in the Indian market.
Indian scoter market was on its top position during the mid early 90’s till the mid 90’s era but suddenly the introduction of brand new commuter motorcycles was the cause of decline of Indian scooters. But the trend of Indian scooters once again started from the mid 2000 and people once again started proffering scooters over motorcycles for their daily commute.
There is no doubt in the fact that scooters are definitely more practical than motorcycle when it comes to riding within city traffic. However we are not so sure whether the market for premium scooters is still there or not. Aprilla has plans to launch their newest offering in India in the month of August and we are here to provide you all the details available at this moment about the soon to be launched Aprilla SR 150.
Update 22.08.2016:-Aprilla has launched the SR150 scooter in India. The prices and details has been provided below.
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Aprilla Launching The SR 150 Today: Five Things That You Should Be Well Aware Of
Aprilla will be launching the SR150 in India today. They already did announce the introductory prices and also informed that they will be launching their newest scooter in the Indian market on 22nd August 2016. The new scoter from Aprilla will be available across all the Piaggio showrooms and actually also will be their cheapest offering for their Indian buyers.
The Aprilla SR 150 was first showcased at the 2016 Auto expo and will be one of the most powerful scooters of the 150 cc segment. Aprilla perhaps might also launch more scooters under the SR brand in the near future if this becomes successful.
The scooters sale in India once again is on the rise and according to the reports in the year 2015 a total of 5 million units of the scooter was sold in India and thus keeping those figures in mind there is absolutely no other better time to actually launch the new offering here. The new SR 150 is available at an introductory price of just INR. 65, 000 ex showroom which actually also makes it one of the cheapest 150 scooters offerings of the Indian scooter market.
Below provided are some of the important points that you should be well aware of about the new Aprilla SR 150.