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2017 Moto guzzi V7 III

2017 Moto guzzi V7 III

A tribute to 50 years of passion and craftsmanship.

Celebrating 95 years for a company is a big thing, and to have survived against all the odds was a mountainous task for Moto Guzzi. Even after having such a rich racing history of winning almost 3000 races and a couple dozen world championships, the name Moto Guzzi had eerily vanished from the motorcycle scene, until now. The calm before the storm.

Paying tribute to their past, MG headed to a major revival plan and launched the new range of V9 platform that angles towards the cruiser style rather than the V7’s roadster theme. And now, the brand is getting the third iteration of their most celebrated model, the V7 which is also the first model created by MG. Celebrating the 50th year of the first, the brand is launching the V7 III which will have four editions to it: Stone, Special, Racer and a celebratory entrant Anniversario.

Manufacturers and now foraying into the current wave of enthusiasts wanting custom and classic motorbikes. And for Moto Guzzi, it has its own deep roots to draw upon for inspiration from which the ‘V7s have been prepped up for the consciousness of the new generation of motorcycling. The V7 models will be the same breed of bikes that differ slightly to imprint different characters carrying the same soul.

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Suzuki is getting some new colours to its Gixxer Series. The FS is even getting ABS.

Suzuki is getting some new colours to its Gixxer Series. The FS is even getting ABS.

Keeping in touch with competition is always good for business.

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.

Then came the very promising 155cc motorcycle, the Gixxer and its faired sibling, the Gixxer SF. They became an instant hit in the mass market segment and over the years, they kept updating their best motorcycle to keep in touch with the growing competition. In 2017 too, the bikes received updates that gave them new dual tone paint schemes, disc brakes and graphics along with BH4 compliance and AHO unit.

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The Italian storm maker has arrived to create havoc in the 300cc category.

The Italian storm maker has arrived to create havoc in the 300cc category.

Benelli officially launches the Tornado 302R at ₹ 3.48 Lakh.

Benelli was finding it difficult to find its identity amidst in the modern and competitive world, even more after it was acquired by a Chinese firm. 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, has now coming up with its first fully faired motorcycle in the Indian market, the Tornado 302. After hoards of speculations of its launch dates, DSK Benelli has officially launched the 302R at a price tag of ₹ 3.48 lakh, ex-showroom.

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Benelli will officially launch the 302R on the 25th of July.

Benelli will officially launch the 302R on the 25th of July.

The Ninja 300 and the R3 contender is finally coming after the BS-IV exchange.

Benelli was finding it difficult to find its identity amidst in the modern and competitive world, even more after it was acquired by a Chinese firm. 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. After hoards of speculations of its launch dates, DSK Benelli has officially confirmed that they will be launching the 302R on the 25th of July, 2017.

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Kawasaki Ninja 1000

Kawasaki Ninja 1000

The most serious sports tourer on the face of this planet, or any planet for that matter.

Kawasaki seems to have mastered the dark arts of slaying the competition in everything they put their hands in. Especially the way all their Ninjas’ are up on the throats of every other faired motorcycle in their classes. Having diversified their skill sets in recent years, the fearsome Ninja brand got an upgrade on each of its models, with the latest one being this 2017 Ninja 1000. Basically, the sports bike which can hold a couple of bags on it and is a tad bit comfortable for longer stints.

The 2017 edition promises to be sportier and more eager to roar than the outgoing one to give you a competitive edge on those interstate highways and the streets. Like having the best of both worlds, this new bike takes on the pedigrees of the ZX-10R and the Concours brothers and puts them in a sought after package that leaves you with nothing to complain about. Here is our take on this new Green Machine:

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2017 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro

2017 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro

The wild one gets bigger teeth and claw to take up anything coming its way.

We all know that Ducati is one such motorcycle maker which makes machines straight from the heart. Every motorcycle in the stable of Ducati speaks of some purpose which is beautifully blended with the pinch of hardcore passion. Ducati made a surprising move some half a decade ago when it unveiled the Multistrada for the first time in front of the world. Out of all the motorcycles from Ducati, the Multistrada proved out to be the most practical motorcycle which still doesn’t miss out on the specific Ducati principles.

The Multistrada gradually went on creating a new niche of motorcycles, thus changing the image of Ducati as a manufacturer of only hard-core supersports. Then in 2015, they gave us the Enduro edition. Unlike the urban design of the standard Multistrada 1200, the new Multistrada 1200 Enduro claims to expose the wild side of Ducati, with its pure adventure appeal.

Now in 2017, the brand has taken it to the next level. They have given the adventure junkie more tools to let the 1200 Enduro go “even more globetrotter with the Pro version”. To allow treading on even less-beaten track, the Pro features rally tyres, new tank bars, new colour schemes, type-approved titanium exhaust sets and more. Let me go ranting about them:

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Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

This will mark the end of the L-twin Italian superbikes, but also is the mark of new four cylinder beginnings.

They say that when you end the show, you must do it with a bang. Ducati here seems to just know how to conclude their greatest show of all time, the Panigale. Amidst the beautiful setup of Pebble Beach, California, the Italian brand unveiled their final adieu to the L-twins with the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

Aptly named, this last one gets all the bells and whistles some of which made headlines with the 1299 Panigale, the Panigale R and the 1299 Superleggera. Apart from being a pretty Tri-colour paint job, it gets an upgraded engine and other mechanicals that takes the superbike to new levels of lust. At $40,000 (USA) it will also be the second most powerful twin-cylinder engine to run on our streets (after the Superleggera of course).

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2017 MV Agusta RVS#1

2017 MV Agusta RVS#1

The true Italian dream sequence is here. And this time, it is evil.

Till what limit can the art on two wheels be extended to? Ask MV Agusta. Having made some of the most exotic Italian masterpieces on two wheels, MV has a tremendous history in terms of making some of the most beautiful looking motorcycles on the planet. And thankfully their lust is still going strong.

Some time back, MV Agusta created a special division called the Reparto Veicoli Speciali, or Special Vehicles Department, and handed them the task of creating the best MV Agusta machines that beam in terms of quality, research, performance and emotions. This division was joined by the San Marino Research Center Castiglioni (originally born as CRC, Cagiva Research Center) to work on the brand’s Brutale Dragster 800 RR and come out with an evil looking motorcycle that will scare the daylights out of anything on the road.

Enter the RVS#1. Drumrolls please.

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Ducati is finally launching the Monster 797 and Multistrada 950 on our streets.

Ducati is finally launching the Monster 797 and Multistrada 950 on our streets.

The Italian brand’s bill maker and the adventure junkie is headed our way and we couldn’t help but smile.

We all know thatDucati is one such motorcycle maker which makes machines straight from the heart. Each and every motorcycle in the stable of Ducati speaks of some purpose which is beautifully blended with the pinch of hardcore passion. And so are two brands from this Italian maker that have seen the world market grow in multiple dimensions, the Monster and the Multistrada.

We are in for a treat as we will soon be getting brand new motorcycles from each of the family and it will happen on the June 14th, 2017. The Monster 797 and the Multistrada 950 will make the scenes here to be the most affordable of the entire Ducati product line-ups.

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2017 Triumph Street Triple

2017 Triumph Street Triple

The Brit’s purebred attempt at slaughtering anything coming against it.

Over the past couple of years, Triumph has been sweating it out on the arena and treating us with exceptionally new modern classics over and over again. Their Bonneville range is selling as fast as they can make them and just when you thought it’s time for them to take a well-deserved breather, they just pushed themselves to change the rules of the street and prove that they can still rule the popular roadster/streetfighter category.

Triumph, a manufacturer having more than two decades of experience in building top class motorcycles, has bet big on their new upgraded Street Triple model. Giving the riders a distinctive appeal was the characterful and thrilling 675cc triple cylinder engine that had previously made the Street Triple what it was. The small roadster motorcycle became a Triumph icon back then, and the British brand has set to repeat the same with an all-new 2017 Triumph Street Triple.

It will now have a 765cc under the hood and will come in three variants: S, R and RS, each with their unique level of power, performance, technology and distinctive attitudes. With cutting edge technology, earth shattering equipment list, attention to detail and a new sinister powerplant, looks like the Brits have concocted a winner. Get on and choose your pick.

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2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900

2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900

The supermoto crossover from Noale has everyone raise an eyebrow.

Aprilia has been firing on all pistons to give the world class leading performance motorcycles that make the riding aphrodisiac’s hearts racing. And as with them trying to stay with changing times, they add new updated models every year to their existing lineup to keep things fresh. Although they never made many headways before, it seems like they have now learnt things the hard way and have been busy making bikes that speak for themselves and beam technical prowess.

First seen on the EICMA 2016 stage, Aprilia launched the updated model of its adventure crossover, Dorsoduro 900. Dubbed as a “True Thrill Generator”, Aprilia have been making the Dorsoduro crossover for some time now, and it used to run on a 750cc before. Now, Noale has updated the part-supermotard-part-sportsbike motorcycle with an all-new 900cc machine that also makes a scene in the Shiver 900.

With more modern technologies and features embedded into a fine tune chassis built with the experience of the Aprilia Racing Department, there isn’t much that could go wrong with this adventure crossover here. New electronics, refined mechanics and an excellent chassis structure sees this motorcycle take new levels of riding pleasure and we are here to find out how.

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2017 Aprilia Shiver 900

2017 Aprilia Shiver 900

The Italian gets a bigger heart and better electronics to take on its brother from another mother.

Aprilia has been firing on all pistons to give the world class leading performance motorcycles that make the riding aphrodisiac’s hearts racing. And as with them trying to stay with changing times, they add new updated models every year to their existing lineup to keep things fresh. Although they never made many headways before, it seems like they have now learnt things the hard way and have been busy making bikes that speak for themselves and beam technical prowess.

First seen on the EICMA 2016 stage, Aprilia launched the updated models of its naked streetfighter, Shiver and it is heading our way as we speak. This was initially a 750cc motorcycle first launched in 2007, and it struggled because of its unearthing looks which were not any more striking than the competition. But now, it seems that Aprilia have given their magic touch to the 2017 edition, and it looks more so ever lively and strong. This will be the first time the Shiver bandwagon enters the country’s model lineup.

It carries a bigger 900 cc engine, a jump of a lethal 150 cc from the earlier models and they sit just below the Italian brand’s flagship models RSV4 RF and Tuono V4 1100 RF. New electronics, refined mechanics and an excellent chassis structure sees this motorcycle take new levels of riding pleasure and we are here to find out how.

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Performance

2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Performance

The ultimate litre-class machine gets more premium equipment to rule the segment.

Towards the end of 2015, Kawasaki surprised everyone with the much-awaited upgrade to its litre class supersport, the Ninja ZX-10R. The motorcycle, which has always remained as one of the one of the most user-friendly and equally precise-to-use supersport in the world, received a thorough upgrade in every aspect, be its design, performance, mechanicals and set of electronics. With three WorldSBK titles under its belt, it proves its worth of being the ultimate Kawasaki litre class bike having mind-bending performance, as well as legendary Kawasaki reliability both on and off the track.

Given the fact that it is one of the most important models for Kawasaki in India, the Japanese manufacturer launched the motorcycle in 2016, which again shook up the competition in the litre class supersport segment. Within a year of its official launch, Kawasaki has mildly updated the motorcycle by giving in a few more equipment and mild changes to its powertrain. Say hello to the new Ninja ZX-10R Performance then.

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JAWA launched the 660 Vintage in Czech Republic. Should we smile or grin?

JAWA launched the 660 Vintage in Czech Republic. Should we smile or grin?

After the 350, this new 4 stroke gives us more hopes.

Last week, we had featured the launch of the new 4 stroke 350cc motorcycle in the Czech Republic. While we know that it would take at the least a couple of years to see their first iterations of what is touted as ‘The grand revival’ in India, JAWA has gone ahead and launched the 2017 edition of its iconic 350 motorcycles. This time, carrying a four stroke engine with single overhead camshaft to be able to comply with the Euro - IV emission norms. ( Read the full story here.)

On the same lines, JAWA has launched another brand new motorcycle running on their 2011 engine, the 660 Vintage. With more premium equipment on board, this scrambler series motorcycle builds on elements of the JAWA 350 for design cues.

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2017 Suzuki GSX-R 1000

2017 Suzuki GSX-R 1000

The King Of Sportbikes is back, better than ever, ready to reign.

In a world where outright horsepower and straight-line speed hold centre stage, this Japanese brand’s Superbikes have always been the epitome of a reputation for being the most practical superbikes in all of its class respectively. There is no doubt regarding the fact that Suzuki has one of the most expansive and versatile lineups of superbikes in the Indian market and has an advantage of being one of the first movers in the upper end of the Indian motorcycling scenario. They stormed into the field without any competition and had become a serious conscience for sportbikes in the country.

Of all that we have, the 2001 entry kid GSX-R1000 is regarded as one of the most usable supersport bikes on sale in the Indian two-wheeler market, which is tamable effectively by both the amateur as well as seasonal bikers.Launched to the world almost three decades ago, the GSX-R 1000 has humbled more than a million customers and has single-handedly transformed the open sportbike class constantly. People soon called it The King of Sportbikes. Then competition happened and it soon lost the throne to the other European and Japanese lords.

Suzuki has regularly managed to update the GSX-R1000 time and again with a series of minimal cosmetic and mechanical upgrades. For this 6th generation, however, the folks at Suzuki are determined to restore the GSX-R1000 to its throne and become the top performing motorcycle to the world to see. Built by engineers with years of experience and dominations in production-based Superbike, Superstock and Endurance races worldwide, and most importantly the WSBK MotoGP technology, the 2017 GSX-R 1000 is touted to become the most compact, the most aerodynamic and the best-handling GSX-R 1000 ever. Let’s have a look at this new King:

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Suzuki launched its most advanced GSX-R 1000 for ₹ 19 lakh

Suzuki launched its most advanced GSX-R 1000 for ₹ 19 lakh

It is a revolution than an evolution. A brand new engine and electronics will take it to the moon and back.

In a world where outright horsepower and straight-line speed hold centre stage, this Japanese brand’s Superbikes have always been the epitome of a reputation for being the most practical superbikes in all of its class respectively. There is no doubt regarding the fact that Suzuki has one of the most expansive and versatile lineups of superbikes in the Indian market and has an advantage of being one of the first movers in the upper end of the Indian motorcycling scenario. They stormed into the field without any competition and had become a serious conscience for sportbikes in the country.

Of all that we have, the 2001 entry kid GSX-R1000 is regarded as one of the most usable supersport bikes on sale in the Indian two-wheeler market, which is tamable effectively by both the amateur as well as seasonal bikers.Suzuki has regularly managed to update the GSX-R1000 every year with a series of minimal cosmetic and mechanical upgrades. This 998 cc supersport machine has recently received a major upgrade for the current calendar year, the highlights of which makes this 6th generation sportbike the most powerful, hardest-accelerating, cleanest-running GSX-R ever built.

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2017 Ducati 939 Supersport

2017 Ducati 939 Supersport

Experience ecstasy Italian style. You don’t even have to spend much this time.

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.

When it comes to sports bikes with full fairings, there are not many chaps in the world who make them better than these Italians. The Panigale, for instance, is the most coveted superbike for the way it looks, handles and rides. It is one of those Italian Exotics that can sweep you off your feet every time you get yourself near it. And if you do ride one, you know what a fearless machine it is, always wanting to break your spine due to the insanity, unless you tame it.

The current generations of Panigale is a bit intimidating and out-of-reach for a majority of buyers, due to its big and powerful engine and large denominations, in particular for riders who are new to the big bike world. It seems that Ducati has understood this fact, which is why it has come up with the all-new Supersport series, the re-entry of the brand into the family of Ducati. It takes in the 937 Testastretta motor bolted on a relaxed sports bike trellis frame and gets the power lower in the rev range.

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The new TVS Akula 310 we know will be called as the Apache RR 310 S.

The new TVS Akula 310 we know will be called as the Apache RR 310 S.

The company has now registered the motorcycle giving this name on the patent document.

TVS Akula 310 concept made global debut at the 2016 Auto Expo and now is slated to launch sometime in July 2017. Until now, we knew that the new bull out of the TVS cage was all getting prepped up for the big fight and was tainted to be called as the Akula 310 or as the Apache RTR 310 in India.

TVS went ahead and filed a patent on this new 310 a week back, and in the document submitted, we see that the company has called it as ’TVS APACHE RR 310S’. Doing so, they have moved away from the RTR “Racing Throttle Response" naked brand to a brand new RR nameplate for the fully faired motorcycles.

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TVS Akula 310 aka Apache RTR 300 is getting all dressed up for the big party.

TVS Akula 310 aka Apache RTR 300 is getting all dressed up for the big party.

Someone snapped pictures of this strikingly beautiful machine doing the dyno runs.

TVS had, a while ago, revealed about its launch in Indonesia in the first half of 2017. Working on a somewhat similar frame as the KTM-Bajaj, TVS took the jump with BMW Motorrad. This joint venture will benefit TVS by bringing in investments and expertise to further broaden their R&D capability to improve on existing projects and bring in new innovations across their product lineup. In fact, TVS has already showcased a concept, touted to be the flagship motorcycle for the company.

Today, we see this partnership taking shape in the form these spy images surfacing the internet where the bike is undergoing dyno tests on the factory floor. This is after we found them sitting outside on the factory yard last week. TVS Akula 310 concept made global debut at the 2016 Auto Expo and now is slated to launch sometime in July, 2017. The Akula 310 will, however, be christened as the Apache RTR 310 in India.

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Honda launched its new Fireblade in the country and it is scorching hot

Honda launched its new Fireblade in the country and it is scorching hot

Honda brings this madness to our streets and I cannot stop being a kid again.

Honda made everyone sweat when they launched the CBR900RR in 1992 having huge power numbers and weighing lesser than the closest competitor. For the Fireblade’s 25th anniversary, Honda has gone big with the updated engine, chassis, electronic suspension and a whole bunch of rider aids package all combined with the hefty weight loss giving the rivals a run for their money.

Yesterday, the Japanese Red launched the screaming CBR 1000 RR Fireblade in all pomp and fanfare.

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2017 Kawasaki Z 250

2017 Kawasaki Z 250

The baby naked is back to the Green stable with a BS-IV power mill

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.

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2017 TVS Apache RTR 160

2017 TVS Apache RTR 160

The entry level race bred horse from the TVS stable.

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.

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Kawasaki will launch its updated naked beasts on April 22

Kawasaki will launch its updated naked beasts on April 22

The Z1000 and Z250 will get BS-IV compliance and minor updates.

The Japanese Green Machine were kind of caught unsettled with the BS-IV fiasco and they took a little more time to convert their entire line-up into BS-IV compliant. Especially, when their split with Bajaj and them establishing an independent business-<. But, good news is never too late.

They may not have begun their journey strong, but they do seem like having everything under control. After the Ninja 300 and the ZX10-RR, it’s time for their naked cousins to lunch their BS-IV compliant motorcycles, the Z250.

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