Honda urges us to leave our house more often. Something is coming that will take you to "What lies beyond".
Unveiled for the first time in the world at the Cologne Motorcycle Show in October 1974, the Honda Goldwing has, over the years, become more than just another motorcycle. It became an icon which is undoubtedly re-writing the rules and creating the benchmarks for touring motorcycles all these years.
In a five part ad campaign, Honda has released a video that hints the launch of this behemoth on the 24th of October, 2018. Honda is finally resurrecting the Goldwing for 2018 and with the amount of technology it is packing, the competition should run far away and never return.
This is how KTM made the day for an al-Qaeda survivor.
Imagine you are going on a motorcycle tour from one country to another and you get abducted by the world’s biggest terror organisation, al-Qaeda, in an unknown country and are held captive for six years.
That is exactly what happened to a Swedish national, Johan Gustafsson and a few others while he was on a motorcycle trip from Sweden to South Africa in 2011. Now, after his release, he is being donated a brand new adventure motorcycle by his loved ones.
2017 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro
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:
Ducati is finally launching the Monster 797 and Multistrada 950 on our streets.
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.
2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
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.
It’s official. SWM Motorcycles are coming to India by December 2017.
We know, for one, that manufacturers are showing so much love to the ADV motorcycle category off-late, and it’s high time that we get out and do a little exploring for ourselves.With CRFs, Tigers, Multistradas and Versys entering the country, add one more Italian name to the list of Adventure tourers heading our way. SWM Motorcycles.
There were speculations about Kinetic working out the possibility of introducing yet another Italian firm to the Indian market through Motoroyale known as SWM Motorcycles. (The first one being MV Agusta). Now, Kinetic has confirmed that the will introduce the Italian brand into the country by getting the SWM 650 SuperDual Adventure Motorcycles through the completely knocked down (CKD) route.
Honda launched the Africa Twin in India with an unbelievable price tag. But you’ve to hurry up.
With the Dakar rally, some manufacturers were happy about being participated, but Honda went on to win 1-2-3 positions in 1986. Just 5 years after their first appearance. And they did it on the then Africa Twin. Almost 30 years ago, the Africa Twin conquered the Paris-Dakar Rally. This year, it’s been re-imagined with the same True Adventure spirit and is hitting the Indian shores after a delay of nearly a couple of years.
The CRF 1000L Africa Twin is that wild experience machine being fed with all that Honda has to offer in this turf. First showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has launched this motorcycle here in India with an astonishing price tag of just ₹ 12.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and making it its first 1000cc ‘Make in India’ model.
Ducati is betting big on the Indian market and is launching 5 new models for this year.
90 years of passion, emotions and excellence. This is what Ducati has created since its inception in 1926 from its Borgo Panigale factory in Italy. The history of Ducati is driven by a unique engineering talent that has always generated motorcycles of unmistakable design and most profound sporting spirit.
Brought into India in 2014, the company achieved great growth in less than three years and the entire range of products have been very well received by the Indian market. There are currently 24 models sold by Ducati and the Italian powerhouse is now planning to add five more to the list of beauties.
Honda will launch four ’all-new’ models by FY18. Here is what we think are coming.
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.
Indian Motorcycle released a limited edition Jack Daniel’s Chieftain
In 2016, Indian Motorcycles and Jack Daniels, two legendary American brands joined forces to commemorate JD’s 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, which was registered in 1866. This occasion led to Indian Motorcycles building a very limited number (150 units) of the Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle models, all of which were sold barely under 8 hours within the launch.
For 2017, the same stalwarts came together again to produce yet another iconic spin-off of the sumptuousness Indian Chieftain and christened it as the Jack Daniel’s Chieftain. This time the limited number is only a 100 units which are all designed in conjunction with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles.
Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Mahindra Mojo
It might have taken a long time, but then, the segment of naked sports tourers has finally begun to burgeon in India. It all started way back in 2012, when Mahindra previewed the Mojo concept for the first time in a raw form, something which still needed a finalised finishing to be launched in a full-fledged manner. Until this year, it was only Royal Enfield which had the presence in the entry level middleweight segment with its range of 350cc cruisers and roadsters.
In 2015, Mahindra finally introduced the Mojo as the only naked sports tourer which had the potential of rivalling the Royal Enfield offerings, with its distinctive styling, excellent engine and top notch hardware. Being the flagship product from Mahindra, the Mojo had to succeed in each and every aspect, owing to the fact that it took a long period of three years in the name of research, development and testing. And then, the end product turned out to be something which was beyond the expectations of enthusiasts, who had little hopes from Mahindra in the premium motorcycle category.
Now that the trumpet was blown by the Mahindra Mojo, how could the competition remain behind? Speaking of the premium sportbike makers, India’s most serious player in this particular segment, Bajaj Auto, had something cooking in its R&D centre. A preview of this process was shown at the Auto Expo 2014 when Bajaj showcased the Pulsar CS400 concept, which was aimed at naked sport tourer lovers. With its premium and unique design elements and the KTM connection in its mechanicals, the Pulsar CS400 generated huge hype around it, with the enthusiasts eagerly waiting it to be unleashed on the market.
And finally, towards the end of the year 2016, Bajaj surprised us with the all new Dominar 400, a product completely based on the Pulsar CS 400 concept. What was more astonishing is the fact that the motorcycle, more or less, is exactly the same machine as the Pulsar CS 400, barring a couple of changes. With a positively shocking starting price, the Dominar is all set to join the Mojo to expand the naked sports tourer segment. However, given the spirit of competition, we need to find out which one of the two emerges out to be the better machine, keeping all the aspects in mind.
In this feature story, we are going to compare two motorcycles in an all new segment of naked sports tourers – both coming from home-grown manufacturers, but do possess a lot of internationalism in their design and engineering. Here’s our comprehensive comparison between the all new Bajaj Dominar 400 and the Mahindra Mojo:-
2017 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce
Turning motorcycles into a work of art has become a trait at MV Agusta, and truly have been a bedroom wallpaper design. People who owned one, usually have another motorcycle from some other brand as well to do their everyday riding.
Until now, MV Agusta only built motorcycles that would eat apexes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Machines built to just simply look and go fast and handle like a stealth ninja. Now, the company has entered a whole new dimension. A touring motorcycle that has NOT been made by the inspirations of the marquee’s 75 world titles or racetrack pedigree. And what came out is the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce.
The boldest move by MV which meant redefining the process of making a world class motorcycle that could trump other brands. Now, even in the touring segment. Instead of crunching apexes and punching the straight, MV is giving you the pleasure of conquering the world of sweeping bends, stunning scenery and open roads.
Royal Enfield Classic and Bullet are entering 2017 in new colours
Your favourite touring companion – The Royal Enfield Classic, and the loyal – Bullet 350, are having a colourful entry into the New Year and ironically, they looks even the more retro and chic.
In 2016, the Classic range saw exciting and bold colours like the Battle Green, Squadron Blue, Desert Storm and the Classic Chrome. And for 2017, it is getting more youthfull.
Both the 350cc and the 500cc Classic motorcycles will get this update that comes in three new colour palettes: Red, Blue and Green. The Red and Green are borrowed from the Continental GT. The Blue however is new. It’s more of a Blood Red, Sky Blue and Leaf Green, and is restricted only to the tank section. The rest of the elements including both front and rear fenders, battery box, headlamp unit and levers will be as black as night.
Surprisingly, all sorts of vinyl graphics or stickerings including the coach lines will be omitted for the new colours and just the branding will be kept in white. Trust me, this clean look will get you addicted to it. What’s also new for 17’ is the saddle. It is freshly trimmed and has a crisp white piping running along its seam. This makes the motorcycle look more vibrant and animated, and you can go along clicking colourful photos along with it. Score!!
The Bullet 350 however borrows the Blue and Red colours borrowed from its cousin – The Continental GT. It is however not clear if these colours too are only provided to the tank region like the Classic or the entire motorcycle. This will make the Bullet too to look high-spirited and lively.
List of big capacity roadsters and adventure tourers launched in India 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 naked roadster and adventure tourer motorcycle launches in the middleweight and liter class segments of the Indian two wheeler market, which do form niche categories on their own, but then have seen a tremendous growth in terms of sales in recent years. Following are those all new naked roadster and adventure tourer launches meant for the niche buyers who have prime focus on design and performance, with the criteria being 500-1200cc category and above the price point of Rs. 6 lakh:-