Yamaha’s new entrant says go "sports-touring". Can you really?
When Kawasaki launched the Ninja 1000 last month, we called it “The most serious sports tourer on the face of this planet, or any planet for that matter.” That is the best of both worlds. Period.
Now, the Japanese Blue team has come up with the “all-new aggressive tourer” Fazer 25. All they’ve done is slap a fairing onto the naked FZ 25 and called it a tourer. Not that I’m saying it’s wrong because that is what the Kawa guys did too with the Z1000. So technically, Yamaha’s Fazer 25 is marketed rightfully as a sports tourer.
It’s Nostalgia. It’s sumptuous. It’s self-indulgence.
It is basically all possible "adjectives" that describes exactly those things. This right here is the cream of the crop of Indian motorcycles and is heading to raise the bar for comfort, convenience, power, style, infotainment, craftsmanship and most important of all - confidence. It is everything the Roadmaster stood for, and this time, this Elite rises higher with the industry-leading Ride Command system, a 300-watt premium audio system, chrome front and rear bumpers, passenger armrests and stylish pinnacle mirrors.
For the year 2018, this American oldest brand 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 of being the vintage charmers. One of them will be this Indian Roadmaster Elite which is the most ultra-premium of all Indians and the only one to get real 23K gold leaf badging on the tank. Real Gold.
This time, the vintage charmer is high on a vile.
When Polaris took over the operations ofIndian Motorcycles, they literally revived the brand from the dark shallows of the abyss and created a niche for the brand worldwide. Since then, Indian motorcycles seems to have found its stronghold in India and has been swiftly introducing more products to its existing lineup. For its new instalment on the Scout platform, the Polaris owned manufacturer has launched the 2018 Indian Scout Bobber. A black-out minimalistic approach of the Scout platform ready to tear apart the asphalt.
The reason it is in existence is credited to the purists and enthusiasts who started building one from their Scouts. So the folks at Indian decided to capture the American way of the ‘30s and built this brutally beautiful factory custom bobber. It carries around the same panache and poise of the Scout and leaves no question of having a prominent place in the lineup of this historic brand. This could just as well be the bike you’ve been waiting for, and I cannot wait to decipher the logic behind this.
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:
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:
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.
Kinetic MotoRoyale will launch 2 mid-weight Superdual adventure series of motorcycles.
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.
At ₹ 12.9 lakhs, it is much less than what we had speculated and only 50 of these are coming ashore.
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.
These are the most clear and up-close pictures of the new Cafe-Racer.
Unless you have been living under a rock, the entire country is waiting for Royal Enfield’s newfound interest in adding multiple cylinders under its hood. As we have been speculating about it ever since it was caught testing in Spain last year, fresh new spied shots of the bike has surfaced the internet now, and these are the clearest ones of the lot.
Clicked in Chennai, the company’s home plant, the motorcycle was snapped while it was at rest during its testing runs on our roads near the Royal Enfield factory in Chennai. We have been giving your reports of Royal Enfield developing a brand new- game changing product that will set the standards for the middleweight category. Looks like we were not wrong.
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.
The tale of a British Legend and an American Blockbuster.
The influence both these people have on us is simply a matter of a little sparse, a little spare, and an exercise in understatement. We just love it when we see either of them on our streets, and without a doubt being some of the world’s oldest motorcycle manufacturers, they’ve become the jack of their trades. Both Harley-Davidson and Triumph have ever been at the neck of each other and giving us products of exclusivity at its best.
For 2017, they take the game up a notch and have sounded all bells and whistles. Having a rich heritage to back them up with their newfound designs, both Harley and Triumph have created pieces of modern art that look too good to be true. They may have in some way or the other taken inspiration from each other to give birth to what could be some of the best looking iterations of their iconic brands vis-à-vis the Sportster series and the Bonneville range.
Both these machines have been launched on our soil, both of them cost the same, both of them have similar engine sizes, and both of them are the next big thing for their family lineage. Here is our extensive though on how these two modern machines live up to their iconic silhouettes.
The Indian master builder will be launching these in the coming months.
As are with the recent upgrades in the emission norms by every manufacturer, the post-British Royal Enfield is following suit. RE has by now updated all their products in their line-up for 2017 with the new Automatic Headlamp On (AHO) feature, and their engines are now going to be BS-IV compliant.
Although their models were thought of having no mechanical changes, the official website of the models says otherwise. Both the Himalayan and the Bullet 500 model specification pages sees the fuel supply as ’Electronic Fuel Injection’.
Marking the second anniversary of the joining forces of two American stalwarts
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, together with its Pulsar and Dominar, is not even making a dent. The messers have become the messies.
When Bajaj launched the Dominar in 2016, it was highly pitted against the mighty Royal Enfield Classic 350. It was supposed to gorge away the sales of the RE and leave it hanging dry. I, for one, was actually very confused at this conjecture made by both Bajaj and the moto fraternity on how they interpreted this rivalry. There wasn’t any in the first place if you ask me.
Both the bikes, though not poles apart, are not to be put against each other. Yes, they have similar engine capacity but that does not put them on the same page. It is like comparing cricket and baseball just because of a bat and a ball being in play.
Nonetheless, people did compare them, wrote and spoke sagas about it but it looks like the universe had different plans for them.
It is not a hidden fact that Mahindra Two Wheelers is the newest two wheeler maker in the Indian market. The company took over the sinking two wheeler business of Kinetic Engineering in 2008, and since then, the company has been putting up decent sales in the entry level segments.
Till now, Mahindra hasn’t been able to pose a serious threat to the established competitors, with the entry level 110cc commuter Centuro and the 110cc scooter Gusto too selling in average numbers. Mahindra is in a need of making its product portfolio stronger to make itself an established and serious auto maker in this very business. In order to expand its portfolio, the company has launched its first ever premium motorcycle, the 300cc naked streetfighter Mojo.
It took Mahindra more than three years to develop its first ever premium motorcycle in the form of Mojo. The Mojo, which was first showcased in Auto Expo 2012, has now arrived to take on the growing competition in the 250-300cc entry level sportsbikes. Pitched as a sport tourer, can the Mahindra Mojo carve a niche for itself in the crowd of KTMs, Kawasakis and Yamahas? Here’s a quick review to find out what all mojo does the new Mojo pack in:-
Seldom comes a motorcycle when it is an exemplar of unprecedented luxury and sumptuousness. But in case of Indian Motorcycles, there have been several such examples. A company as old as over a century, the Indian Motorcycles offers you bikes like no other manufacturer with its machines which successfully try to pamper you with their sybaritic appeal.
The motorcycles of Indian are certainly not cheap, and not for everyone too. There are very few motorcycles in the world which come close to the opulent persona of the Indian’s motorcycles, especially the one which are positioned at the topmost end. The Roadmaster is one such motorcycle from Indian which has raised the standards of craft and attention to detail in case of motorcycles.
In today’s date, the Roadmaster is the flagship motorcycle from Indian, and is regarded as one of the most impeccable touring motorcycles sold around the world. Overall, the Roadmaster looks premium and lavish from every angle, and tries to justify its premium positioning in terms of price and segment. Here’s a quick look on what all things make the Indian Roadmaster this desirable.
Indian Motorcycles has launched a new two-wheeler, Roadmaster in India few days back but they have not made any public announcement so far.
The bike is a touring cruiser and its price starts from Rs. 37, 00, 000, the price differs based on the color of the bike that you choose. Indian Motorcycle is basically an American brand based in Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S. with a glorious history of its own. This two-wheeler company has seen many ups and downs, it was even a great competitor to Harley Davidson and presently it still stands apart from the other two-wheeler companies based on the quality bikes it produces.
The 2015 Indian Roadmaster, according to its company is built upon the exemplary Roadmaster name used by Indian in the 1940s. This bike bears in it the impression of a classic American Luxury and has been built keeping in view the Indian Motorcycle comfort, styling and performance out on the open road, for the long distance rides and is available in three shades namely - thunder black, red ivory cream and red.
Indian Roadmaster comes with some standard features like a Thunder Stroke 111 engine for high performance delivery, Remote Locking saddle storage bags, Pathfinder LED headlamps, Keyless Ignition and Desert Tan Genuine Leather Seats for the rider’s comfort. Apart from the standard features, the bike also bears the luxury features such as Horizon Power Windshield with push-button adjustability, a total of 37 Gallons of weatherproof storage placed at different sides of the bike within an easy reach of the rider while riding, Heated rider and passenger seats with individual controls and Adjust heated grips for the right temperature with ten settings.
Apart from all these one will find many custom options for this bike too. So far with all the features included, it looks a promising bike that costs 37 Lakhs, but the reason for IM to keep the launch under the wraps is quite confusing.
Some other motorcycles currently being sold by the manufacturer in India are Indian Scout, Indian Chieftain, Indian Chief Vintage and Indian Chief Classic.
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