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We take a deep look into the 2017 KTM Duke model range

We take a deep look into the 2017 KTM Duke model range

There is the all new 390, the updated 200 and a brand new 250.
We take a deep look into the 2017 KTM Duke model range
We take a deep look into the 2017 KTM Duke model range
We take a deep look into the 2017 KTM Duke model range
We take a deep look into the 2017 KTM Duke model range
We take a deep look into the 2017 KTM Duke model range
We take a deep look into the 2017 KTM Duke model range
We take a deep look into the 2017 KTM Duke model range
We take a deep look into the 2017 KTM Duke model range

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. In 2017, a whole new face hit the streets starting with the 1290 Super Duke R, the Beast Mode 2.0.

Today, KTM India officially launched the next iteration of the Dukes that are ready to take the streets and rule them. The all-new 2017 Duke 390, updated Duke 200 and a brand new model in the Duke lineup, the Duke 250.

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Suzuki updates the Gixxer and Access for 2017.

Suzuki updates the Gixxer and Access for 2017.

Their breadwinners get AHO and BS-IV compliance.
Suzuki updates the Gixxer and Access for 2017.
Suzuki updates the Gixxer and Access for 2017.
Suzuki updates the Gixxer and Access for 2017.
Suzuki updates the Gixxer and Access for 2017.
Suzuki updates the Gixxer and Access for 2017.
Suzuki updates the Gixxer and Access for 2017.
Suzuki updates the Gixxer and Access for 2017.
Suzuki updates the Gixxer and Access for 2017.

While Bajaj has been the first and only manufacturer to have completely switched to BS-IV engines, others are slowly catching up on it. Suzuki is the new entry on the block with the launch of its 2017 line-up featuring the Gixxer series and the Access with the updated engine and Automatic Headlamp On feature.

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KTM has 'Duke-em' surprises for us in store ! A brand new 200 and a 250.

KTM has ’Duke-em’ surprises for us in store ! A brand new 200 and a 250.

KTM really knows hows to play the silent inspector game.
KTM has 'Duke-em' surprises for us in store ! A brand new 200 and a 250.
KTM has 'Duke-em' surprises for us in store ! A brand new 200 and a 250.
KTM has 'Duke-em' surprises for us in store ! A brand new 200 and a 250.
KTM has 'Duke-em' surprises for us in store ! A brand new 200 and a 250.
KTM has 'Duke-em' surprises for us in store ! A brand new 200 and a 250.
KTM has 'Duke-em' surprises for us in store ! A brand new 200 and a 250.
KTM has 'Duke-em' surprises for us in store ! A brand new 200 and a 250.
KTM has 'Duke-em' surprises for us in store ! A brand new 200 and a 250.

Last week we were enthralled about the news of the launch of a brand new generation of the KTM Duke 390 happening on the 23rd of this month, just a few days more. It is an iteration of the Austrian Orange streetfighters that started with the 1290 Super Duke R, the Beast Mode 2.0.

When KTM made this announcement, they were not at all hinting at something else hiding in store for us. But, according to a few sources buzzing on the internet right now, it seems KTM does have a surprise waiting to be unveiled on the 23rd along with the 390. And it comes in the form of 390’s younger siblings, the 200 and a 250.

Yes. That is two surprises on the same day.

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The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?

The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?

Bajaj Pulsar NS 150 vs Honda CB Hornet 160 R vs Suzuki Gixxer vs Yamaha FZ-S FI. Choose your weapon of choice to ride the streets
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?
The 150 cc commuter segment is spoilt for choice. Which one would you pick?

The segment of 150cc motorcycles has been completely revived after a very long time, as we can see a prominent presence of almost all the major players of Indian two wheeler motoring in this category of motorcycles. From a segment which was earlier, in initial stages, was believed to have a very niche audience which values performance more over the commonly perceived notions of low maintenance and high fuel economy, the 150cc segment has now spawned into a number of categories within itself. However, the most of the volumes of this segment come out of premium 150cc commuter streetfighters, which are perfectly well spaced between the entry level 150cc commuters as well as 150cc sports tourers and super sports.

Speaking of this segment in particular, it all started when Yamaha launched the very macho looking and attractive FZ-16 back in 2008, which, at the time of its launch, became an instant success, for the motorcycle brought some international levels of design traits, build quality and features, some things which made it look like a scaled-down version of the liter class roadster from Yamaha, the FZ1.

Today, this segment has become more of a single player territory, as almost all the biggies of this industry now have a presence. However, speaking of the favourites, the trio of Japanese makes – Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki – are ruling the roosts with their respective offerings, the CB Hornet 160 R, FZ-S FI Version 2.0 and Gixxer. With their brawny styling, typical Japanese build quality and refinement and adequate performance, all these three motorcycles are the most prominent and one of the best-selling motorcycles for their respective parent manufacturers.

Seeing the success of the Japanese motorcycles, how can Bajaj, the pioneer of the 150cc segment, can be left behind? After having a glorious journey of the very popular Pulsar brand, the manufacturer is all set to unleash its offering in the premium 150cc streetfighter category with the all-new Pulsar NS 150. A lesser powerful and lesser equipped version of the Pulsar NS 200, the Pulsar NS 150 will be positioned above the Pulsar 150 to take on the competition from Japanese rivals.

Now which one emerges to be a winner out of this tough battle? Let’s find out:-

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Husqvarna will not make India its hub

Husqvarna will not make India its hub

To keep the premium outlook, they will make their products in Austria
Husqvarna will not make India its hub

Last year Bajaj had confirmed that it will launch the Swedish motorcycle manufacturer Husqvarna, owned by KTM - a company that has Bajaj Auto as a shareholder.

We were in a belief that as KTM Duke series is manufactured in India for global consumption, Husqvarna will also manufacture their models at Bajaj’s Chakan plant near Pune and call India their home. But according to a recent interview of Husqvarna’s boss, Oliver Goering, he sees the company’s future developing, but not in India.

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2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150

2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150

The pocket streetfighter rises on the horizon.
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 150

In the past fifteen years, the ‘Pulsar’ nameplate has become one of the most versatile brands in the field of motorcycles. The name has spawned a variety of bikes, ranging from 135cc to 200cc naked streetfighters, a 220cc semi-faired sports tourer and recently, a 200cc fully faired supersport motorcycle. Talking about the current range, it was the Pulsar NS 200 which turned out to be the model which opened up doors for an all new generation platform, engineering and design philosophy. It was this bike that came with new underpinnings rather than being based on the first generation Pulsar 150, upon which all the other Pulsar models were built before its arrival.

After the arrival of the Pulsar NS 200 on the block, Bajaj came up with few more all new generation offerings, which included Pulsar RS 200, Pulsar AS 200 and Pulsar AS 150. Now, to make its range even more elaborated, Bajaj has added one more version of the Pulsar in the form of Pulsar NS 150. Now, the Pulsar NS 150 is to Pulsar AS 150, what the Pulsar NS 200 is to Pulsar AS 200, and by that we mean to say, that it is, more or less, a naked version of the already existing Pulsar NS 150, which is already selling in good numbers for Bajaj in India. The model has already gone on sale in some of the international markets, with an Indian launch scheduled this year. Here’s our comprehensive review of the all new Pulsar NS 150:-

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2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200

2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200

Your chance to get your ’stealth-mode’ on.
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200

In 2015, Bajaj Auto launched the first of a new-generation design philosophy in the form of the NS 200, acronym for ’naked sport’. A streetfighter that was later discontinued for not being able to be compliant to the emission norms for some, gearbox issues for others and few say for braking judders. Whatever they were, Bajaj took it off the shelves.

The bike is making a grand comeback in 2017, and we couldn’t have been more excited with Bajaj’s attempt to get back in the streetfighter segment, giving the competition a run for their money. The new edition will see an engine that is BS IV compliant and carries a bunch of cosmetic changes and a couple of mechanical upgrades.

Bajaj calls it the Pulsar 200 NS 2017 Laser Edged edition, and it is all set to take performance biking to a new state of adrenaline. Bajaj termed it as “an adrenaline pumping beast” and we are here to find out why.

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Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video

Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video

Well how many of you wants to see Sumo Wrestlers performing stunts
Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video
Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video
Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video
Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video
Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video
Did You All Watch The New Funny Bajaj Pulsar NS200 TV Commercial: Video

Bajaj Auto launched the 2017 Pulsar NS200 in India recently and the new motorcycle is already available on sale across all Bajaj dealerships. Unfortunately, the new NS200 is launched minus the FI and ABS here in India which is a huge disappointment for many Pulsar fans across the country. The ABS is not even offered as an option like the ones they offer in the Dominar 400 or the Pulsar RS200.

For the Indian market, the updated Pulsar NS200 is offered with the same 199.5 cc, single cylinder engine which delivers around 23 Hp of peak power and 18.3 Nm of torque. The powerful unit, as usual, is paired to a 6-speed gearbox. The kerb weight of the motorcycle is 145 kilograms. Apart from the new graphics and colours the only other feature which has been added to the motorcycle is the AHO (Always headlamp on). The motorcycle is offered with three colour options which include Wild Red, Mirage White, and Graphite Black. Surprisingly the same motorcycle is offered with a completely new 194.4 cc, fuel injected unit for the International markets. The new engine produces about 24.5 Ps of peak power and the same 18.3 Nm of torque like the Indian market.

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2017 Yamaha FZ25

2017 Yamaha FZ25

The Super Streetfighter is a new homegrown breed of metal
2017 Yamaha FZ25
2017 Yamaha FZ25
2017 Yamaha FZ25
2017 Yamaha FZ25
2017 Yamaha FZ25
2017 Yamaha FZ25
2017 Yamaha FZ25
2017 Yamaha FZ25

Yamaha India has officially taken the wraps off the FZ25 in New Delhi and doing so, they have now officially entered the quarter-litre naked motorcycle segment in the country. This is Japanese’s answer to the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, the KTM Duke 200 and the Pulsar 200 range of motorcycles and sits neatly in between its siblings, the YZF-R15 and the YZF R3.

Launched in 2008, Yamaha’s FZ series of motorcycles had created a new meaning to the streetfighter nemesis. The DNA embedded had street characteristics that made the FZ the number one in the segment pretty fast. The engineers at Yamaha had a new challenge ahead of them: to create the new generation of street rumblers with a bigger engine and better dynamics. This led to the birth of the FZ25 and here is our attempt to declassify it.

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Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.

Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.

Deliveries have already started for the Naked Sport
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.
Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms.

In 2015, Bajaj Auto launched the first of a new-generation design philosophy in the form of the NS 200, acronym for ’naked sport’. A streetfighter that was later discontinued for not being able to be compliant to the emission norms, few say.

Down the line, TVS launched the Apache RTR 200 4V and recently Yamaha with their FZ25. To get back at this homegrown competition, Bajaj is all set to re-enter the streetfighter segment with the launch of the 2017 Pulsar NS 200, which was teased a few weeks back. The official launch, however, will happen this month but Bajaj has silently started accepting booking for the motorcycles and some showrooms have already begun delivering them the very next day.

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Yamaha launched the FZ25

Yamaha launched the FZ25

A new breed of home grown metal
Yamaha launched the FZ25
Yamaha launched the FZ25
Yamaha launched the FZ25
Yamaha launched the FZ25
Yamaha launched the FZ25
Yamaha launched the FZ25
Yamaha launched the FZ25
Yamaha launched the FZ25

Yamaha India has officially taken the wraps off the FZ25 in New Delhi and doing so, they have now officially entered the quarter-litre naked motorcycle segment in the country. This is Japanese’s answer to the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, the KTM Duke 200 and the Pulsar 200 range of motorcycles and sits neatly in between its siblings, the YZF-R15 and the YZF R3.

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2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S

2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S

The ultimate streetfighter from the Italian marquee
2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S
2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S
2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S
2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S
2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S
2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S
2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S
2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S

There is a thing with Ducati and its naked streetfighters. While someone will reckon Ducati for giving us some exciting and legendary faired superbikes like the 999, 1098 and Panigale, it is the range of its streetfighters which have been the easily accessible fun tools for most of the Ducati fans across the world. In the past, the Monster range and Streetfighter sold like hot cakes and played a major role in the expansion of the Ducati family.

Now, as the Streetfighter series has made its way in the books of history, the expectations from the Monster sub-brand have naturally reached a new height. Which is why Ducati refurbished its Monster range by launching an all new middle-weight variant of the motorcycle in the face of Monster 797 as well as a range-topping version in the form of the Monster 1200. But in order to make its roadster platform even more aggressive, Ducati did come up with a fiercer avatar of the Monster 1200. Dubbed as Monster 1200 S, the motorcycle is positioned between the standard Monster 1200 and the most powerful roadster from Ducati ever, the Monster 1200R.

Now, as a periodic ritual of refreshing its models, Ducati recently gave the Monster 1200 S a minor facelift, which has enhanced both the aesthetic appeal as well as performance while on the go. Here’s our take on what all changes make the new Monster 1200 S different from the older one:-

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A New Powerful Streetfighter From Yamaha Is Hitting The Indian Road On January 24th

A New Powerful Streetfighter From Yamaha Is Hitting The Indian Road On January 24th

The upcoming motorcycle will compete directly with some other 200+ cc motorcycles of the country
A New Powerful Streetfighter From Yamaha Is Hitting The Indian Road On January 24th

Yamaha has already started teasing their new upcoming motorcycle on their social media channels before its launch on 24th January 2017. We can assure you all that this is definitely not a small commuter motorcycle but something more powerful than the FZ. However we are still not sure about its name yet.

For the past one month or so a new motorcycle was caught being tested on the Indian road and although it was wrapped in camouflage but it looked like a more powerful variant of the FZ. We are not sure about the engine yet but expect the new engine to be in between 250-300 cc displacement. The spy picture clearly revealed that the upcoming motorcycle will be powered by an air cooled unit assisted by oil cooler.

Expect the new air cooled, single cylinder engine to produce around 20-25 ps of peak power. As far as the styling is concerned we expect the new motorcycle to gets some of its inspiration from the M-Slaz while its headlamps resemble that of the Yamaha MT03. Also expect some premium features like upside down forks, split seats, LED daytime running lamps etc.

Expect this soon to be launched 200+ cc streetfighter to compete with some other motorcycles of its segment like the KTM Duke 200 and the soon to be launched Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS.

We will definitely update you with more details as soon as the motorcycle is launched here on 24th January 2017.

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Bajaj teases the updated 200 NS

Bajaj teases the updated 200 NS

The motorcycle now gets fuel injected powertrain and some cosmetic updates
Bajaj teases the updated 200 NS

Bajaj Auto has shared the first teaser image of their soon to be launched 2017 Pulsar NS 200 on their social network channels. The 200 NS first made its appearance back at in 2012 and for some reason Bajaj decided to discontinue the motorcycle from the Indian market instead of its popularity and impressive sales numbers. However the motorcycle is still exported to some other International markets from India.

Now with the increasing competition from TVS and KTM, Bajaj once again has decided to reintroduce the updated variant of the NS 200 in India. According to the latest reports the updated motorcycle will be launched soon in India and Bajaj has actually made some thorough changes to one of the most popular entry level naked streetfighters.

To begin with the updated 2017 Pulsar 200 NS gets fuel injection instead of carburettor now. The engine too is also completely new; the 194.4 cc single cylinder liquid cooled engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox now delivers 24.5 PS at 9500 rpm and 18.3 Nm of torque at 8000 rpm. The power output as you all can clearly notice has increased by 1 Ps.

Although we are still not sure about the cosmetic changes the new Pulsar NS200 will receive though but expect it to get perhaps a new duel tone colour option, and a relocated Pulsar logo. There is also a fair chance that Bajaj might provide a single channel ABS as well just like the ones found on their RS200.

There are no details of the prices available yet but expect it to be priced slightly higher than the current bike. However expect the 2017 Pulsar 200 NS to be priced much lower the KTM Duke 200.

We will definitely update you with more details once the motorcycle is launched here in India within the next few weeks.

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Did You All Watch The New TVS Apache 200 TVC: Video

Did You All Watch The New TVS Apache 200 TVC: Video

The new TVC throws light on the motorcycles wild side
Did You All Watch The New TVS Apache 200 TVC: Video

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V has launched a new TVC for their most power motorcycle in the RTR series. The new TVC completely focuses on the motorcycles racing DNA as the rider unleashes that on the track.

The video showcases TVS distilled spirit of racing. The TVS racing rider astride the new motorcycle and takes off and accelerates up to 60 kmph from standstill in just 3.9 seconds. The Apache RTR 200 gets many racing equipment and features like Pirelli tyres, race spec speedometer, KVB mono shock suspension setup which has been race tuned for perfection and derived OC3 technology in the engine.

During the time of the launch, TVS said that they will offer their new motorcycle with both Carburetted as well fuel injected variants. The motorcycle gets C-shaped LED DRL’s, more powerful headlamps, the new instrument cluster looks bigger and provides plenty of information like the digital clock and speedometer situated in the central display along with a fuel tank indicator and Lap timer.

The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V recently also won the 2016 Indian Motorcycle of The Year award. The Streetfighter is powered by a 197.75 cc 4 stroke, oil cooled engine capable of producing about 21 PS peak power at 8,500 rpm and 18 Nm peak torque at 7,000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission.

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2017 Ducati Monster 797

2017 Ducati Monster 797

The bill maker of Ducati
2017 Ducati Monster 797
2017 Ducati Monster 797
2017 Ducati Monster 797
2017 Ducati Monster 797
2017 Ducati Monster 797
2017 Ducati Monster 797
2017 Ducati Monster 797
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:-

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