Triumph will now make engines for Moto2
There is ‘motorcycle’ and then there is ‘motorcycle racing’. Each of them has a different meaning for every manufacturer. And being associated with the latter is a form of prestige to them. The term ‘motorcycle racing’ was coined the day the second motorcycle was ever made and since then, the world of racing has seen a great deal of competition and rivalry amongst manufacturers and builders, all vying for the glory of unadulterated use of power and the pride of being at the top of their game.
The FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix is the premier class of motorcycle road racing held since 1949. The Grand Prix is categorised into three formats - MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. All manufacturers put all their resources into running the best of their machines on the world stage and claim for the ultimate crown.
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:-
Time to know which is the best Two Wheeler in the Country this year
The year 2016 is coming towards an end and what a year it has been for the automotive industry in India. If statistics are to be believed, India is in the highest rankings in terms of growing economy. People have started investing in higher range of motorcycles that are lauded in the performance and engineering arena. More and more players started entering the Indian subcontinent to showcase their entry level performance machines. It just didn’t stop there. Players in India also fired all their pistons to go head to head with their foreign counterparts.
Since 1955, the year when the first batch of motorcycles in India were manufactured by Royal Enfield of United Kingdom, put together in Madras (Chennai), the motorcycle industry in the country has grown mountains with its own share of valleys. And somewhere in between promising players emerged within and managed to live up to the expectations and more. Today they are capable of producing motorcycles that beam innovation and technology acumen at the highest standards giving the competition a run for their money.
The CNBC-TV18 OVERDRIVE Awards have been one of the few coveted award ceremonies where every manufacturer wants to grab top honours. This has been the way since the beginning of this century and is the only one held in association with all the apex industry bodies (CII, SIAM and ACMA). Every year these awards recognise achievements in multiple categories across the automotive galaxy. For things having two wheels, there are six categories of awards and the process of identifying these awards includes a jury consisting of members of the media house and experts in their respective fields.
Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N
When we talk about the Indian two wheeler market in person, this fastest growing market in the world for two wheelers, which perhaps will become the biggest as well in the upcoming years surpassing the markets positioned above it, has shown a tremendous shift in terms of customer preferences. Within this market, if we talk about the performance oriented segments as well, the category of 200-250cc motorcycles has become the range starting class, unlike that of the 150cc commuters as before.
Due to this shift, sense of increased maturity and flow of money, the riders are now looking out for middleweight motorcycles more, while upgrading their riding skills from a 200-250cc motorcycle. This has resulted in an increased interest and sales numbers of middleweight category motorcycles. Since the liter class superbikes are a bit impractical for their upgrade and usage, the middleweight motorcycles are currently considered to be the best bet to be their next purchase. The middleweight segment of motorcycles consists of all kinds of motorcycles right now, with the segment of roadsters being the most practical and preferred ones, which is quite reflected in their sales numbers as well. Currently, the Indian market has four different motorcycles in this space of 600-800cc roadsters – Kawasaki ER-6n, Triumph Street Triple, Benelli TNT 600i and Hyosung GT 650N.
However, Kawasaki has recently announced that it will soon be replacing the aging and dated ER-6n with an all new generation motorcycle, the Z650, which is a roadster based on the new generation Ninja 650. Like the ER-6n, the Z650 will continue the rivalry of Kawasaki with its competitors – Triumph Street Triple, Benelli TNT 600i and Hyosung GT 650N, all of which have varying strengths of their own. All these four motorcycles are made here via the CKD route, which explains their affordable pricing as well. Which brings us to the quest that which one of the four emerges out to be the best bet for your money? Let’s find out:-
2017 Triumph Street Scrambler
This is Triumph’s efforts to prove that they still can rule the popular scrambler category. Pulling wraps at the ongoing EICMA, Triumph revealed the much needed answer everyone were asking for when they had released their Street Twin. Meet the Triumph Street Scrambler. The other sibling for the Street Cup born out of the Bonneville family.
Bringing in a significant update in capability and style to the iconic British company, the Scrambler builds on the Street Twin’s position as the fun and accessible machine and vies for top honours at the crowded segment which every motorcycle manufacturer is going collectively mad over. Luckily for Triumph, they have a history with the Scramblers that dates back to the legend Steve McQueen.
2017 Triumph Street Cup
When Triumph, for the very first time, came out with the Thruxton café racer range, little did we all know that this very particular motorcycle will go into the history books to be recorded as one of the most beautiful motorcycles to have ever made its existence in the world of motorcycles.
And why wouldn’t it be, as the motorcycle is a perfect combination of old school and retro stance with modern design cues.
However, with the passage of time, the new Thruxton has become a bit more inaccessible for the new-for-the middleweight-segment riders, as the new Thruxton range comes fitted with 1200cc powertrain, thus becoming a bit intimidating for new big bike riders. Triumph too understands this very fact, which is why, it has came up with an all new middleweight café racer based on its new smaller Street Twin lineup.
Say hello to the all new Street Cup, a café racer based on the new small middleweight ‘Street Twin’ lineup of Bonneville, which will remind you of the previous generation Thruxton. Here’s our comprehensive review of the all new Street Cup:-
Schemes and offers going on for 2016 festive season
No matter how much the Indian two wheeler market may be suffering from ups and downs in the entire tenure of one year, the one particular period which definitely sets the cash registers ringing for all of them is the festive season of Diwali. If we dig out the history of automobile industry, the performance of all the manufacturers during this particular period of time always goes on exemplary, with all of them playing in profits more than what they usually collect in other months of the year.
Like every other year, the festive season of 2016 too has witnessed all the major players of the tow wheeler industry of India coming forward with their lineup of schemes, offers, limited edition models and new variants of the already existing models. Following is a list of all the schemes which are being offered by all the two wheeler majors of the country. Here they are.
2016 Triumph Bonneville T100
We all love the very beautiful Triumph Bonneville, don’t we! Over the last many decades, the Triumph Bonneville has been able to make the motorcyclists feel the unadulterated essence of motorcycling with its simplistic design and smooth power delivery, making the rider fall in love with the Bonneville each and every time he sits on the saddle of it.
But with the changing times, it is necessary to move with those changes and be up to date with the latest trends. Triumph too feels the same, and in an intention of making the classic roadster even more desirable, it has worked on the Bonneville platform to make it slightly more contemporary and more powerful. Few months back, Triumph upped the game by replacing the erstwhile existing Bonneville T100 with the more powerful and bigger Bonneville T120. But owing to the demand, Triumph has brought back the Bonneville T100 with some noticeable and comprehensive changes. Here’s our latest version of the all new Bonneville T100.
2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber
Over the past twelve months, 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 into uncharted territory.
Calling it a “pure Bonneville hot rod” the British manufacturer captured the American way of the ‘30s in this brutally beautiful factory custom bobber. This is enough proof that this company has the guts to look elsewhere for inspiration when designing new models. And by the looks of it, they might have just manage to pull one over the Harleys or the Indian. That folks, is a statement.
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 Triumph Speed Triple R
Triumph may have garnered a huge interest of the Indian enthusiasts for its adventure range of motorcycles, but as we all know, the British manufacturer has a wide variety of motorcycles on offer, amongst which is its range of naked roadsters. The triple cylinder beasts, with their characteristic styling and performance, have made them a bit distinctive and special in terms if character, which is different from that of the regular breed of twin or inline four cylinder motorcycles.
In this particular range of roadsters from Triumph, the Speed Triple happens to be the flagship motorcycle, which was given a substantial makeover at the EICMA 2015. Along with the standard version, which is now known as Speed Triple S, Triumph did introduce a more hardcore and focused version of the motorcycle by the name Speed Triple R, which comes with a number of cosmetic changes, feature additions and a major boost in performance, courtesy the changes carried out to the engine, which has made the motorcycle a choice hard to resist from. Here’s our quick look on the all new Speed Triple R.
Triumph Motorcycles Partnered With Smile Foundation To Organise ’Ride For Freedom’
To celebrate India’s 70 years Independence Triumph Motorcycles and Smile Foundation actually came together for the second consecutive year to support the Girl child’s education. Christened as ‘Ride for Freedom’ this ride will be organized across 12 cities of our Country. After only 30 months of operation in India Triumph Motorcycles has already made a strong customer and fan base in the country.
Those riders who actually participate in the ‘Ride for Freedom’ can also donate to the Smile foundation to actually support Girl Child Education. For those who are unaware of what Smile foundation actually does, they take care of healthcare, education and livelihood of children along with undertaking women empowerment programs. This is a national level development which actually benefits more than 400 ,000 children and their families every year. The Smile foundation runs over 200 live welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment, in over 950 remote villages and slums across 25 states of India.
The rides will be flagged from Triumphs dealerships of the respective cities and will also actually end at the dealerships as well.
Those who want to register and wants to know more about these rides can actually visit their facebook page by clicking the link here.