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
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.
2016 Harley Davidson Road Glide Special
Touring is synonymous with motorcycles; it’s an integral part of the riding experience. No other feeling satisfies a man’s desire to freedom, to head in a direction unknown. And if you don’t have the right tool to do it, the whole feeling just becomes uncanny. Harley Davidson is one company that understands your emotions and requirements and have been giving us some of the greatest hits of the touring motorcycles since the beginning of the 20th century.
For the year 2017, this American legend will give the world a brand new lineage of motorcycles that are sophisticated and technologically packed while keeping the core values of its predecessors intact. Running under the hood of each of them will be the all-new Milwaukee-Eight, the ninth generation of Harley-Davidson V-Twin engines that delivers power and reliability unlike no other before.
Running this new power mill will be one of HD’s iconic tourer, the venerable Road Glide Special. The bike takes the touring must-haves and wraps them in a no-apologies style making it the motorcycle of choice for the high-mileage road warrior.
2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300
Everyone on the face of this planet enjoys living the adventure life. Few have made it their life and the rest envy such people. Kawasaki has an answer to those ‘rest’. Those who are at their mundane life thinking that they are killing it out there and are in desperate need of a break to cut shackles and wander out.
As people are maturing, so is the adventure-bike segment. Call it trend or being sensible, manufacturers are contesting even in lower-displacement machines. This renewed interest is bringing all the positives to the manufacturer into cultivating young riders to brand loyalty. Kawasaki is no child. By showcasing the Kawasaki Versys X-300 at the recently culminated EICMA show in Milan, it has given a breather to those craving to have the perfect getaway, even if it is just for the weekend. There are more and more riders wanting to climb on their motorcycles and go curving on the highest roads in Leh and Ladakh or anywhere in the country for that matter. Can this Japanese green machine answer their calls? Let us decipher it by the bits.
Bajaj Dominar 400 Vs Mahindra Mojo
Bajaj Auto is almost on the verge of launching their upcoming power cruiser which they will most probably call Dominar400. This motorcycle will be their flagship offering for the Indian market but won’t be launched under the Pulsar sub brand. This will be the production variant of the CS400 concept which was showcased almost 2 years ago at the 2014 Auto expo. The motorcycle when launched has plenty of rivals to locks its horns with, some of the biggest names of this entry level performance motorcycles includes KTM Duke 390, Mahindra Mojo, Benelli TNT300 etc. While there will be plenty more entrant as well launching next year from the likes BMW and Suzuki.
Now because KTM already introduced the new Duke390 in the International market there is still some more time to actually wait and find out what changes will be made to the Indian spec variant when it finally launches here in 2017. The second biggest rival right now for the Bajaj Dominar is definitely Mahindra’s flagship offering the Mojo which too became an instant hit since its launch because of its touring capabilities.
So today we have decided to provide you all the details of the upcoming Bajaj Dominar 400 and the existing Mahindra Mojo and find out which provides a better deal.
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Both Bajaj Pulsar AS150 & AS200 Getting BSIV Upgrades
We all are hearing rumors for a long time that Bajaj has discontinued the Pulsar AS150 as well as the AS200. Howver according to the recent reports on Motor Beam Bajaj has not discontinued the two most popular products after the Pulsar 220F and the RS200 but actually decided to give them the BSIV upgrade. However Bajaj has decided to stay tight lipped about this.
However the rumors are that these motorcycles won’t actually get the engine upgrades but at the same time will also get some cosmetic updates as well.
The AS150 you all know uses the new Perimeter frame chassis and is powered by the 149.5 cc DTS-i twin-spark engine which produces about 17 PS of peak power at 9,500 rpm and 13 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. The air-cooled engine is paired to a 5-speed transmission. The three colour options available with this model are Red, Blue and Black.
The more powerful Pulsar AS200 on the other hand gets the 199.5 cc DTS-i triple-spark engine which produces about 23.5 PS of peak power at 9,500 rpm and 18.3 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm. This engine is paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox.
We will definitely update you with more details as soon as they are available with us.
2017 BMW G310 GS
While we did not get over the fact completely that BMW is actually launching an entry level naked streetfighter in India which will be affordable for common people. Then BMW again drops a bomb in the form of a new spyshot which actually turns out to be of a new dual purpose motorcycle based on the same G310R motorcycle which will be launched in the Indian market towards the end of this year.
There was a lot of doubt about what the motorcycle will be called but there was a rumour that BMW might add the GS initial before or after their new dual purpose motorcycle. Now that it is finally introduced that rumour actually came true the G 310 R based adventurer tourer actually was called G 310 GS and it not only borrows the initials but styling as well.
BMW finally took the covers off the new much anticipated motorcycles at the 2016 EICMA Motorcycle show and to our surprise this looked nothing like the motorcycle that it is based upon instead it borrowed all its styling from the bigger GS series of motorcycles. As far as the powertrain is concerned the G310 GS will be powered by the same 313 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine known from the G 310 R.
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Comparison of 150cc sport tourers – Suzuki Gixxer SF FI vs Yamaha Fazer FI
There was a time when the 150cc segment of naked commuters was considered to be the gateway to performance oriented segments of the Indian two wheeler market. Reason? There was simply nothing above it which could satisfy the craving for performance of the enthusiasts, except for a couple of exceptions and the super pricey liter class superbikes. However, with the passing times, the Indian market has become way more mature than what it used to be before, and now we have a variety of motorcycles, which are priced and positioned adequately according to the varying tastes of the prospected buyers.
This has led to the fact that the segment of 150cc naked commuters is now a mere option for upgrading to a better and a more premium commuter from a 100/125cc motorcycle, as there are now a number of options in the 200-250cc segment to fulfill that particular hunger for performance. Though, there is one category in the 150cc segment which still manages to impart the much needed ‘big-bike’ feel for the price at which they are offered – that of the sport tourers.
The category of sport tourers in this end of the segment of sub-1 lakh started all the way back in 2003, when Hero (the then Hero Honda) came up with the Karizma, which instantly earned the stature of a legend, owing to its looks and design inspired from the motorcycles from one segment above. Now that the market has become more mature and price conscious (and the Karizma too has become a motorcycle which has lost its steam and stature), the category of 150cc sport tourers has born, which at present is leaded by two major players – both are Japanese, both are fuel injected – Suzuki Gixxer SF FI and Yamaha Fazer FI. Yes, the segment consists of even the Bajaj Pulsar AS 150, however, the mechanicals and build of the former two are in an altogether different league from the Bajaj’s offering.
The Yamaha Fazer has been in the market now for quite a long time, and it is one of those motorcycles which has brought Yamaha back into the game of volumes. With its current guise, the Fazer FI, Yamaha has tried to make the motorcycle more premium and techonologically advanced than before. On the other hand, the Gixxer SF, along with its naked counterpart Gixxer, has made us sure that Suzuki can make brilliant motorcycles in the volume-conscious segments as well, just in the way as it makes in the other end of the spectrum (read Hayabusa and GSX-R1000). Suzuki has recently added the fuel injection technology and a couple of more features to the Gixxer SF and gave it a mild refresh. Which of the two motorcycles fare out to be the better one in comparison? Let’s find out:-
Kawasaki Versys 250 Will Also Make It To The Indian Market By 2017
The details of an entry level adventure tourer motorcycle have surfaced on the internet and this seems to look like the smaller variant of the Kawasaki Versys 650.
Now although the reports states that the evidence are not enough but tmcblog has managed to find some proofs about the motorcycle. If the motorcycle in question is not any other 250 cc motorcycle then that motorcycle is definitely the upcoming Kawasaki Versys 250. The reports also states that Kawasaki will be introducing the 250 cc motorcycle soon in the Indonesian market and this will also make it to the Indian market as well in 2017.
If we are not wrong then the smaller 250 cc model will borrow all its design cues from the bigger 650 cc variant. The Versys as already mentioned above is targeted towards those who loves touring, thus the motorcycle will be built around the same diamond framework which promises to provide better high speed stability. For comfortable handling the motorcycle is also expected to get an upside down forks as well while the rear will get a monoshock suspension setup.
Powering the motorcycle will be the same 249cc, 8 valves, twin cylinder unit which is capable of producing about 32 bhp of peak power and 21 Nm torque. This engine is paired to 6 speed gearbox. This is also the same engine which powers the Kawasaki Z250R as well as the Ninja 250R.
Although nothing has been confirmed as of yet but we will definitely provide you more details of the motorcycle as soon as they are available. The motorcycle if launched in Indian market will be a direct competitor of the upcoming BMW G310GS which too will be launched soon in our market.
Feature – List of bikes launched in INTERMOT 2016 – Part 1
Needless to say, the INTERMOT has always been one bigshot event for all the motorcycle manufacturers to display their best and latest offerings for the enthusiasts worldwide. With all the big names present on this stage, the INTERMOT has always been one big platform for all the new and modern motorcycles to make their grand entry into the world of motorcycling.
For the year 2016 too, the INTERMOT was one big and successful event, with all the major manufacturers coming up with substantial refreshes as well as all new models for the upcoming times. In this story, we have listed down all big launches that happened at the INTERMOT 2016. Here they are.
2016 Mahindra Mojo Tourer Edition
Mahindra has been attracting quite a lot of attention with their newly launched Mojo. They are trying to enter a segment which has very little competition specially keeping the price point in mind. The Mahindra Mojo seems to fulfil dreams of those who want to get their hands on a well equipped yet powerful motorcycle which they can use for some serious touring purposes besides the well renowned Royal Enfield Cruisers.
Recently Mahindra have launched a special edition Mojo which is called Mahindra Mojo Tourer Edition. This particular motorcycle has been equipped with many additional accessories which definitely will help if you are planning long trips on your motorcycle.
The Mojo is the flagship offering from Mahindra two wheeler and is powered by 295 cc, single cylinder liquid cooled fuel injected engine which produces about 27 bhp of peak power at 8,000 rpm and 30 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm. The engine is paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox.
Although nothing actually has changed but the additional accessories definitely will attract the attention of those buyers who wants to get their hands on a well equipped touring machine.
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Comparison – Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo vs Honda CBR 250R
It might have taken a long period of time, but finally, Royal Enfield has come up with an all new generation motorcycle which completely deciphers the pre-conceived notions attached with Royal Enfields. With the Himalayan, Royal Enfield has carved out a very niche segment of motorcycles, which is indeed a special and exclusive one, yet is the most practical one for the Indian conditions – that of adventure tourers. The segment which was restricted only in the higher end segments with Triumph and BMW Motorrad being the only major players has now become much more accessible, affordable and practical with the Royal Enfield Himalayan.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is a much more refined and practical motorcycle to live with when compared to the other Royal Enfield motorcycles. It is a motorcycle which promises a lot with its ability of off-road as well as long distance touring, without compromising on the daily duties as well. It indeed is a one-of-its-kind motorcycles currently in the price band to which it belongs right now, but then, some of its attributes are being shared with some other motorcycles. Here in question is the ability of touring, which are already being accomplished by two other motorcycles in its class (apart from the entire Royal Enfield lineup, which will not be discussed here) – Mahindra Mojo and CBR 250R.
Last year, Mahindra did finally put up an end to all the anticipations and doubts revolving around its Mojo project, by launching the much awaited Mojo, which has received rave reviews for its mechanical prowess and long distance touring abilities. Not to forget the Honda CBR 250R, the only fully faired sports tourer in this price, which was the first motorcycle in this price bracket to trigger the want of touring motorcycles with its punchy and refined engine as well as comfortable ergonomics.
In this story, we are going to compare the Royal Enfield Himalayan, Mahindra Mojo and CBR 250R, and find out which motorcycle emerges out to be the best of all the worlds, with the touring abilities being the topmost priority. Here we go:-