Arch Motorcycles- The Keanu Reeves brand

Matrix superstar Keanu Reeves is an absolutely marvelous person by heart and in the motorcycle world. Sounds a bit absurd right? Well, the 50 year old actor’s dream (just like most celebrities) started off by wanting a custom made bike. Instead, Keanu ended up owning a bike company (sigh!! Celebrities and their lifestyle)

Anyhow, the actor says that he had a “Harley Davidson Dyna” that he wanted to customize and what he was doing was, well lets just say “up to the mark”

That’s when Reeves says “I met Keith Oliver at Bill Walls, who was doing some custom seats, and I wanted a sissy bar. And he was like, ‘Yeah, this dude needs some help.’ He called Gard Hollinger, and we rode over later that day. Hollinger just looked at me and said, ‘You know, I don’t make sissy bars, but why don’t you come inside and see what we do here?’

 

ARCH:

Keanu Reeves chose the company’s name “Arch” because an arch “Provides strength, connection and passage.” Many models were bandied about- Enemy, Nemesis as well as Rival. Later, they settled on the alphanumeric KRGT-1.

"Arch Motorcycles"
“Arch Motorcycles”

So, What’s this bike all about?

Arch’s first motorcycle looks pretty modish and built for the 21st century. The bike comes with its proprietary S&S powered 2032 cc Twin Cam V-Twin phone that is a Harley Davidson “clone” motor however, the styling of this bike is of a “sport cruiser” the likes of which haven’t been since Victory’s V92SC. This bike is just downright impressive and it should be. Bikes such as these come from a 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility and there is definitely something with it.

It has a 2-piece gas tank that isn’t something you’d probably be reminded of the Fat Bob. It comes machined from aluminum billet and it also houses a K&N air cleaner that comes accompanying a downdraft induction system.

SPECIFICATIONS
|Arch KRGT-1
ENGINE TYPE|OHV V-twin
DISPLACEMENT|2032cc
SEAT HEIGHT|27.8 in.
FUEL CAPACITY|5.0 gal.
CLAIMED DRY WEIGHT|538 lb.
PRICE|$78,000

 

Design:

The road race-style solo tail is engineered from billet and is weight-bearing. This bike carries plenty of design touches that are stunning. The arch double-cradle steel frame is coupled to the billet swing arm along with billet side plates. The bike has a billet oil tank that accompanies the engine and its gearbox. It also carries a bandit belt working with right-side chain final drive. It also has an upswept yoshimura exhaust with carbon-fiber end cap. That said, it also has a cove-style reflective Led taillight along with tidy bar-end mirrors. Buyers have the liberty to choose 2 or 3-inch bar risers, forward or mid-controls along with narrow or wide-mounted foot pegs. All of these come machined from billet and they are created using a sophisticated computer-aided design program. Strangely enough, this bike has no brand name or model designation anywhere on the bike except the dash.

"Arch Motorcycles"
“Arch Motorcycles”

The KRGT-1 has a long 68-inch wheelbase and its 613 pounds heavy. The bike comes with heavy muscle and respectable composure along with ISR brakes that carry twin 6-piston calipers up front that provide immense stopping power. Its rear suspension is also designed in such a way that makes up for an exceptional cruiser. The rear 240/40-18 Michelin commander tire makes the KRGT-1 feel like nothing so much as a Diavel. It comes with a 6-speed baker gearbox that helps immensely. The KRGT-1 that’s based on a custom Harley-Davidson Dyna that Reeves brought to Arch co-founder Gard Hollinder half-finished with a passenger seat and sissy bar. It’s almost a café racer.

"Arch Bikes"
“Arch Bikes”

Costs:

This is by far something that makes a boutique brand unique from the rest. Wondering about the costs that go into making the KRGT-1? Well, you’ve got to know that the company plans to sell only 50 units of this motorcycle. Here comes the major part, this motor cycle is priced at a whooping $ 78,000/-. It’s certainly stunning to hear such a huge price tag. Many would consider settling in for a luxury car rather than settling in for this expensive a bike. But, if you are really in for limited edition bikes and you want to settle for nothing less, this is certainly worth the dollars you spend. After all, its got Keanu Reeves vouching for it.

 

“Keanu’s Bike”

Bottom Line:

The KRGT-1 is an exceptionally designed motorcycle that comes at a premium price. This isn’t a bike that you would come across every day. It redefines a completely new sector named sports cruisers. It’s bikes like these that will set a rider apart from the rest.

Royal Enfield Continental GT – A BLAST FROM THE PAST!

“A café racer is a lightweight, lightly powered motorcycle optimized for speed and handling rather than comfort – and for quick rides over short distances. With bodywork and control layout recalling early 1960’s Grand Prix road racing motorcycles, café racers are noted for their visual minimalism, featuring low-mounted handlebars, prominent seat cowling and elongated fuel tank – and frequently knee-grips indented in the fuel tank.

Royal-Enfield-Continental-GT

The term developed among British motorcycle enthusiasts of the early 1960s, specifically the Rocker or “Ton-Up Boys” subculture, where the bikes were used for short, quick rides between cafés – in other words, drinking establishments.”

And Royal Enfield has left no stone unturned in making sure it fits that definition.

This stunning piece of eye candy looks absolutely stunning in the bright set of colors it comes in – Red, Yellow and Black; and looks exactly as if it just popped out of a 70’s automotive magazine. But amazingly though, the engineering that has gone into making the 535 cc. EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) engine is the exact opposite. The dynamic “Butterfly” chasis along with the Brembo disc setup on both the front and back along with braided brake cables work like a charm. And so does the instrument cluster which comes with a digital odometer and trip meter, much unlike other Royal Enfields, except the latest Thunderbird ofcourse.

Its an amazingly nimble and fast machine even though it weighs near about  184 kilos. The motorcycle looks really premium from a distance, but on close inspection, the plastic mudguards on the front and rear along with welding marks throughout the entire chasis really makes you lose the premium feel.

The bike felt really compatible for the highway but on the city roads it felt like a pain in the butt. I’ve made a city ride and review video on the motorcycle which you can see below.

Well if I had to reach a final verdict on this bike, then I’d have to say that one should not buy this motorcycle if they want it for all round use. This definitely isn’t an everyday bike. The price it comes for is also not on the very affordable end; 2.35 lakhs on-road. But for the occasional tourer hiding inside of you which only loves coming out on weekends and holidays, this is the bike that best fits your taste.

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Royal Enfield Himalayan 410: A new breed of Enfield

"RE Himalayan"

The Royal Enfield cult in India is quite prominent on all sorts of streets. Some popular models such as the Classis and the Bullet have achieved stellar success and a lot of popularity. The brand has become quite a foothold in India and has been faring quite well even in the export markets.

The Royal Enfield is currently going through the process of expanding its product portfolio, which could lead to a considerable boost in sales in both domestic and export markets.
The latest addition to the Enfield family was the all-new Continental GT 535 Café Racer that was launched in 2013. Although the Royal Enfield does not really have an exciting new product set out to an aggressive sales in 2015. But, the year 2016 could be a game changer for the brand. The motorcycle manufacturer has from a grapevine perspective quite likely to debut two new motorcycles. First off, the Himalayan Scrambler that is under development for quite sometime now has various spy shots floating rapidly across the Internet. These test mules indicate the approach of the new and exciting production version of the Himalayan.
Going to the Himalayas on an Enfield is pretty much a rider’s fantasy in India. The trend has shifted onto Thai borders these days after the announcement of the new highway connecting India and Thailand. The upcoming Himalayan motorcycle should help tour plenty of travel crazed riders.

Here is a preview on the Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle:
Design:
From a design standpoint, the upcoming Royal Enfield Himalayan 410 cc scrambler seems to be an adventure bike along with a few off-road capabilities. The upcoming Royal Enfield Himalayan 410cc scrambler will feature a GT525-like front mudguard, spoke wheels, disc brakes with steel braided brake lines, black-painted engine, raised handlebar, an ever-so-slightly upswept exhaust, round-shaped headlight and round-shaped rear view mirrors. The latest pictures reveal an almost production ready model which highlights certain Scrambler like features of the bike. The fuel tank of the Himalayan also seems to get a style statement.

"RE Himalayan"
Image Source: indianautosblog.com

Engine & Performance:
The new Himalayan Motorcycle is said to come with a ingle cylinder 410 cc engine that may produce around 28-32 BHP of power and 40-44 NM of maximum torque. The new engine line of the Royal Enfield is said to be more efficient than the existing series, making way for new products with higher power values, leading to a really tough competition for other manufacturers.
It is said that the motorcycle might get 2-engine options- a 750 cc twin cylinder and a 410 cc unit. Both these engine options considering a whooping 500 crore investment by Enfield should pretty soon join the company’s assembly line.
Brakes and Suspension:

"Royal Enfield himalayan"
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The Himalayan seems to have off-roading capabilities as well. Hence, the braking has to be rigid enough to withstand and put a leash on any obstacle. The braking on the Himalyan is handled by a double disc arrangement that comes with a larger disc on the front and a smaller one at the rear. Never before has a mono-shock been spotted on an Enfield bike. However, Royal Enfield seems to have an open mind in terms of adopting new technology by keeping its vintage essence. The telescopic forks along with the combination of rough tires should be a healthy combination that should touch the heart of an explorer.

Expected Ex-showroom Price:

Conquering a rough terrain or a humongous mountain in the North on two wheels is certainly a challenging task. That is one of the most primary reasons for any rider to opt for a Royal Enfield motorcycle. That said, even from a service standpoint, RE has better service accessibility than other brands. This seems to be a logical reason for RE to have built a motorcycle built especially for the riders and their journey towards Himalayas.

Officials at Royal Enfield claim that : “The management has decided that the Himalayan will not be priced above the psychological barrier of Rs 2 lakh, because once that is crossed, customers do not hesitate to move on to products which are priced even at the Rs 3 lakh or Rs 3.75-4 lakh range. Royal Enfield bikes have been selling in large volumes and the management is very clear that the Himalayan should attract customers like the way all Royal Enfield motorcycles do. So the price will be very competitive

The Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure motorcycle is most likely going to touch showrooms in November 2015. The final price is yet to be decided, but it is expected that the Himalayan will be priced between Rs 1.65 lakh and Rs 1.85 lakh, he said.

Bottom Line:
If properly marketed and if the right message goes out loud and clear to riders all across the country, RE Himalayan is going to break any sales record. November isn’t too far, so lets keep our hopes and wallets ready for something different.

P.S: The Images  displayed above are tentative. The production version of the himalayan might be different.

FaceOff: New Bajaj Avenger Street Vs Royal Enfield Classic 350

"RE Classic 350"

Any layman’s answer when asked about a few bike manufacturers will certainly have the inclusions of names such as Bajaj and Royal Enfield. The reason for this is fairly simple. With millions upon millions of riders flooding the streets everyday, it is quite obvious for anybody to remember these names.

The bike manufacturers have already created a mighty spark in the market and in order to retain their credibility, they are taking efforts to push design, aesthetics and features to unchartered boundaries.

Bajaj is a home bred player with a very strong presence pan India. The bikes manufactured by Bajaj are built for riders ranging from pretty much all walks of life. The company had recently announced the launch of the new Bajaj Avenger Street, a cruising segment bike that has gone through various structural and engine changes. This bike is likely to be launched anytime in the market, with the bike already reaching some dealerships.

Royal Enfield on the other end is built for those who like to consume a mighty chunk of adventure. The bikes from RE are a tad on the higher side in comparison with Bajaj. However, the biking enthusiasts look beyond the pricing barriers to own the Enfield. You’d know an Enfield just by the sound of it and what better way to rumble on Indian roads than cruising on the Enfield Classic 350.

For those who think that budget is no constraint but confusion sets your decisions ablaze, here is a comparison between the Bajaj Avenger Street and the Royal Enfield Classic 350.

P.s you are welcome 🙂

Design:

The Bajaj Avenger Street seems to have adapted plenty of design cues from its cousin; the Avenger cruiser. The Street comes with an all-black treatment and contains very less chrome. The looks are appreciation worthy for sure.

Combining the design aesthetics with Bajaj’s frugal way of going easy on your pocket is a great way of promoting the brand name. Further more, you can be assured of a great sales network and reputation. However pragmatic the arguments between Bajaj’s Avenger Street and the Enfield Classic, it is surely a tough decision to choose one bike over the other. The Avenger has a telescopic front suspension, Hydraulic Shock Absorber as the rear suspension. The bike has Tube type Unidirectional – 90 / 90 x 17″ front tires and Tube type Unidirectional – 130 / 90 x 15″ rear tires. The braking on this bike consists of Disc, Dia. 260 mm front and Drum, Dia. 130 mm rear brakes.

"Bajaj vs Enfield"
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The Royal Enfield Classic 350 comes with a timeless design that looks recognizable in a crowd. The bike, since its inception has gone through minor changes but managed to retain the same design.

A Royal Enfield biker, supposedly a macho guy who knows no limits and boundaries seems oblivious to other bikes and seems to have focus towards what’s between his legs 😛

The classic 350 has Telescopic, 35mm forks, 130 mm travel front suspension accompanied by Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel rear suspension. The bike has 90/90 – 19 front tire and 110/90 – 18 rear tire. Braking is handled by 280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper front and 153mm Drum, Single Lead Internal Expanding rear brakes.

Technical prowess set aside, the RE brand is gaining immense popularity with each passing day. The sales are proof of the brand’s popularity and the Classic 350 doesn’t seem to have even a dent in terms of sales in comparison with the Avenger.

Engine & Mileage:

The Bajaj Avenger Street comes with a 219.8 cc, 4-stroke, single cylinder, DTS-i, air-cooled engine. The engine produces 19.03 Bhp of power @ 8400 Rpm. With a top speed of 120 kmph, the bike produces 17.5 Nm of torque @ 7000 Rpm. This bike accelerates from 0 to 60 kmph in just 5.2 seconds. In terms of mileage, the Avenger Street delivers an average of 35-40 kmpl mileage.

"Bajaj Avenger 220 Street"
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The Royal Enfield Classic 350 on the other hand is powered by a 346 cc, Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twin spark engine. The engine produces19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm. In terms of torque, the RE Classic 350 produces 28 Nm of torque @ 4000 rpm. With a top speed of 130 kmph, the bikes goes from 0 to 60 in 8 seconds. In terms of mileage, this bike averages a mileage from 40 to 45 kmpl.

"RE Classic 350"
Image Source: royalenfield.com

The Bajaj Avenger seems to have an advantage over the initial speed with its comparatively light body. The RE Classic on the other hand delivers better mileage and gains better speed eventually on the roads.

Price:

In terms of Ex-showroom pricing, the Bajaj Avenger Street out performs the Classic 350. The Avenger is priced at Rs. 80,800/- (Ex-showroom) that beats the likes of Rs. 1,25,000/- (Ex-showroom) for the Classic 350. That said, if price isn’t a constraint, the classic 350 has arguably better performance and power over its competing counterpart.

Maintenance:

Price is just the first hurdle of the journey. The Maintenance of a bike is the main vacuum lightening your pocket. The Avenger Street comes with excellent build quality.  In terms of sales and service network, this brand maintains its frugality and provides maintenance free rides that is certainly a delight.

Royal Enfield on the other hand have had their notorious attitude for quite sometime. Sadly, the service standard is pretty dodgy. With the launch of new and improved Twin spark units, the niggles cannot be overruled. Royal Enfields have been quite maintenance hungry machines and this certainly leaves behind a remark on the brand’s reputation.

They look muscular and suitable for machos, but these supposed robust bikes have been notorious for their build quality. No matter how devoted a RE enthusiast is, for the price they pay, there is always an expectation of a better build quality that is missing.

 

Verdict

It shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve limited your options to these two bikes and there is wee-bit of confusion. If you’re on the lookout for performance, reliability that go in sync with low maintenance and overall a less price, Bajaj Avenger is the right ride for you.

But, of you are an RE motor head and feel that the other bikes have a superfluous influence on the RE, this leisure befriending bike should offer you a steady cruise over your jaunty journey.

 

Piaggio Liberty- Soon to join the Indian Two wheeler segment

"Piaggio Liberty"

The Piaggio Vespa is a successfully running scooter in India. It carries a premium price with an Italian design that looks pretty amazing. It seemed like the Vespa, considering a higher price would not perform well in India. But, the company achieved quite a lucrative response from the country. The company announced the launch of a new two-wheeled scooter with 2-different versions in India named Liberty.

The liberty was showcased at the recently conducted 2014 Auto Expo. The scooter was seen sharing stage with other Vespa scooters like the 946 and the S, and interestingly, got a very good response. Now, there are reports that the Italian manufacturer is planning to launch the Liberty Scooter in India.
Unlike the other scooters sold in the market, Liberty is a step-through that is quite famous in markets like Indonesia and Thailand. The company is currently talking to various vendors to source the parts, as the scooter will be completely manufactured at the company’s Baramati facility.

"Piaggio Liberty"
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Here is something that you should know about the Piaggio Liberty:

According to Ravi Chopra, Chairman and Managing director, Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd, the Piaggio Liberty is being seriously considered for India. He feels the large-wheeled scooter has a lot of potential in a market like India and that the company is currently conducting feasibility study on the Liberty’s possible launch.

Engine:

The Piaggio Liberty will carry the same 125 cc engine that was seen on the standard Vespa. However, the Liberty will lose the 3-valve technology to cut cost and will be tuned to deliver better fuel efficiency. The Liberty happens to be a step-through and happens to be quite popular in South East Asian markets. The Liberty will hope to achieve is some interest with its utilitarian image and fuel efficiency.

The Liberty will have a 4-stroke 3-valve single cylinder engine with 124 cc capacity. The vehicle has a 52 mm x 58.6 mm Bore X Stroke. The Liberty has 7.6 kW-10.3 CV of power at 7500 RPM. The torque produced by this car is 10.4 Nm at 6000 RPM. It has an Injection Fuel system with forced air-cooling. The vehicle has a wet sump lubrication and has electric starter with freewheel. The Liberty carries a CVT gearbox with torque server and has Automatic centrifugal dry clutch. It also has a High strength tubular steel single cradle frame chassis with Hydraulic telescopic fork front suspension and Hydraulic shock absorber adjustable in preload rear suspension.

Design:

The Piaggio Liberty measures 1920 mm (L) x 700 mm (W) x 1345 mm (Wheelbase). The vehicle has 790 mm seat height. It also has 6.5 litres of fuel tank capacity with Euro 3 emissions compliance.

"Piaggio Liberty"
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This two wheeler carries 3 –color options; Bianco, Perla and Blu Midnight. This scooter is carefully designed for city use and features a sleek and contemporary design along with a comfortable riding position and a smooth and efficient engine.

In terms of wheels, the scooter has 15-inch front and 14 inch rear wheels that are wrapped in 80/90-15”and 100/80-90 tubeless tires.

Features:

In terms of features, the Piaggio Liberty has a standard electronic immobilizer that features a wide footrest, under seat storage, low and comfy seats as well as a revolutionary instrument panel. The scooter also has a theft immobilizer that is a standard feature on the scooter. The vehicle has an instrument cluster that shows the speedometer, trip meter, fuel indicator and a clock with date. Front disc brake is standard and with a storage capacity of 10.8-litre, it can accommodate a half face helmet easily. The company claims a fuel efficiency of 59kmpl at 50kmph.

"Piaggio Liberty"
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In addition to the above, the liberty also has standard protective bodywork, large windshield and a top trunk that makes this model quite practical and weather effective.

Price:

It is claimed that the new Vespa Liberty will be priced a little above Honda Activa. This hopefully shouldn’t burn a deep hole in the buyers pocket.

More from Vespa:

As far as the Vespa is concerned, the company head Mr. Chopra has outlined two strategies to help build the brand further. Piaggio will launch the Vespa 946 in India this year to showcase what Vespa has and can achieve as a brand when it comes to style, luxury and technology. The 946, which is currently undergoing homologation, will come via the CBU route and could cost close to Rs 10 lakh!

Piaggio also aiming at a personalization segment that will feature customization and merchandise options for the Vespa and Vespa VX.

Wrap up:

Piaggio motors are working out to an extent wherein the company gains an amount of popularity that would help build Vespa’s in India rather than having to import them from Italy.

 

 

2015 KTM 1050 Adventure and Aprilla RSV 4

"Aprilla RSV4"

KTM came to India, caught the attention of millions and has stayed in the hearts of riders ever since. Those of you wondering why KTM needs to build both an 1190 Adventure as well as a 1290 Super Adventure, here is your chance to get bewildered. This Austrian Motorcycle brand officially unveiled the new 1050 Adventure that is an ADV machine at the EICMA show held at Milan in 2014. This brand is headed to India in 2015.

 

KTM says that the new 1050 is intended for that person who believes a two-cylinder enduro bike can never be light enough, or someone who simply despises the added weight that always seems to magically appear on large sport-tourers.

Here is everything that you need to know about the 1050 KTM bike.

"Ktm 1050 adventure"
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Engine:

Powering the KTM 1050 Adventure is a 1,050cc, 75-degree V-twin petrol motor producing a claimed 95 BHP of power & 75 Nm of torqque mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The motorcycle weighs well over 200 kg, but shouldn’t be too much of a problem since most of the big-bike owners are used to handling their 200 kg + motorcycles on the Indian streets. Seat height of 840+ mm will surely not invite riders of all heights.

"1050 Adventure"
Image Source: blog.ktm.com

Features:

In terms of features, KTM has ensured that this bike will consist of everything that is essential for modern day riders. With a hefty price tag, this bike surely provides a lot. Firstly, you will come across the ferocious and powerful LED DRL’s. The bike has KTM trellis frame in signature orange that compliments the black bodywork. It has WP Suspension and carries Keihin engine management system. Interestingly, this bike has 3 different riding modes; Sport, Street and Rain. It also has features like Traction Control, ABS, Slipper clutch, cat alloy wheel whims, Adjustable foot pegs, Adjustable handle bar, Adjustable front windscreen, Wrist guards, Long Conventional exhaust pipe, luggage mounting section at the back, Engine Sump Guard, a 23 liter fuel tank, 110 / 80 / R 18 front tyre and 150/70/R17 rear tyre.

"050 Adventure KTM"
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Build Quality:

KTM has great reliability and the build quality of the upcoming bike seems quite reliable.

"KTM"
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Price:

The KTM 1050 Adventure is not quite a price friendly bike. With a whooping price tag ranging between Rs. 10 to Rs. 15 lakhs, you might be wondering if the bike would get any buyers. But, it is sure to attract plenty of buyers.

 

"KTM 1050"
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Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS:

The RSV 4 from Aprilla was launched way back in 2009. The little company from Noale, Italy, has won four manufacturer and three rider titles in World Superbike competition. The RSV4 has been a great platform, and the 2016 version represents another crucial step in the ongoing development of the RSV4 model.

"Aprilla RSV4"
Image Source: www.autoevolution.com

 

Engine:

First off, the Aprilla ASV4 Engine carries a DOHC 65-degree V-4, four valves per cylinder with Unleaded Petrol fuel capacity. It has a total capacity of 999.6 cc and has a bore X Stroke 78 x 52.3 mm. The vehicle delivers a maximum power of 201 hp at 13000 RPM. The vehicle has an Air box with front dynamic air intakes. Variable-length intake ducts controlled via the engine control unit. 4 Marelli 48-mm throttle bodies with 8 injectors and latest generation Ride-By-Wire engine management. Multiple engine maps selectable by the rider with bike in motion: T (Track), S (Sport), R (Race). The vehicle has 6-speed transmission.

Features:

In terms of features, the vehicle carries an APRC System (Aprilia Performance Ride Control), which includes Traction Control (ATC), Wheelie Control (AWC), Launch Control (ALC), all of which can be configured and deactivated independently. It RSV4 comes in 2-different designations; RR and the limited edition RF (only 500 units will be made).

"Aprilla"
Image Source: www.totalmotorcycle.com

 

Build Quality:

The vehicle carries Aluminum dual beam chassis with pressed and cast sheet elements. It has plenty of foreseen adjustments such as headstock position and rake, new engine height, swing arm pin height, non=adjustable sachs steering damper.

"Aprilla RSV 4"
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In terms of suspension, the bike has Sachs fork with 43 mm stanchions; [Öhlins fork with TIN surface treatment]. Low profile forged aluminum radial calliper mountings. Adjustable spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. It also has 120 mm wheel travel. The rear suspension on this bike consists of Double braced aluminum swing arm; mixed low thickness and sheet casting technology. Sachs monoshock adjustable in: hydraulics in rebound damping and compression, spring preload, centre-to-centre length [Öhlins Racing monoshock with piggy-back, fully adjustable in: spring preload, wheelbase and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. APS progressive linkage. Wheel travel 130 mm. In terms of braking, the bike has Dual 320-mm diameter floating stainless steel disc with lightweight stainless steel rotor and aluminum flange with 6 pins. Brembo M430 monobloc radial callipers with four 30 mm opposing pistons. Sintered pads. Radial pump and metal braided brake hose front brakes. In terms of rear braking, the bike has 220 mm diameter disc; Brembo calliper with two 32 mm separate pistons. Sintered pads. Pump with integrated tank and metal braided hose. ABS Bosch 9MP, adjustable to 3 maps, equipped with RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation) strategy which can be disengaged.

 

"Aprilla RSV 4"
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Features:

In terms of features, the Bike has Digital Speedometer, Fuel gauge, Analogue Tachometer, Digital fuel gauge, Trip meter and electric start.

The bike is available in a few exciting colors; Racing Black, Glam White, Black Competition and Sunlit yellow.

Price:

In terms of pricing, owning the Aprilla RSV 4 bike is almost as close as fantasy. The bike is priced at Rs. 26, 83, 560/- (Ex showroom Mumbai)

 

The Art Of Metalworking – 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan

"Vulcan S"

First time biker and you really don’t mind hitting the roads? Speed isn’t a concern and neither is the price?

Vulcan is the name of Kawasaki’s custom or cruiser bikes. These bikes have been around since 1984 and they’ve ranged from 125 cc to 2053 cc. These bikes are spectacular and powerful. A rare combination found in bikes these days.

Picking a new bike is not unlike trying on a new pair of shoes, and it is here that the all-new Kawasaki Vulcan S Ergo-Fit concept provides a fresh approach to those looking for a fantastic and powerful bike. More so, you would love the Vulcan because it gets your customized touch to it.

Kawasaki has always been known for building some of the sturdiest bikes in the market and the company didn’t pull any punches telling the world that the Vulcan S was designed to a be a stable road runner for riders of varying sizes. That’s quite an interesting concept that sounds pretty revolutionary.

Ergo-Fit Centers:

Most Kawasaki dealers have signed on as Ergo-Fit Centers, which allows prospective buyers to mix and match dealer-installed seat, footpeg, and handlebar options at time of purchase for no additional cost. The Vulcan’s forward-mounted pegs offer a trio of mounting points spanning a three-inch range, an alteration that requires an appropriate length shift rod. Likewise, three sculpted seats are available, in reduced-, mid-, or extended-reach form. Additionally, the pullback-style handlebar comes in two flavors, a mid-reach design and a reduced-reach bar that places the grips 1.4 inches closer to the rider.

 

"Ergo Fit"
Image Source: www.kawasaki.co.uk

Vulcan:

Vulcan has been a mainstay of Japanese cruisers for decades. It combines the precise engineering Kawasaki is known for with a modern style that can’t be beat. Perhaps one of the best beginner cruisers available right now is the Vulcan type S. Imagine the looks of the Harley V-rod at less than half the price. Now that is bound to get some attention!

"Kawasaki Vulcan S"
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Engine:

The all-new Vulcan from Kawasaki comes powered by a liquid-cooled 649 cc parallel twin engine that is derived from the Ninja 650. This is a fuel-injected DOHC eight-valve motor with revised cam profiles, plus a modified intake tract, exhaust, and ECU. These changes, along with a 28 percent increase in flywheel mass, have resulted in improved low- and mid-range response and smoother overall operation. The power delivery of this bike is very linear.

Design language:

The Vulcan from Kawasaki is everything you’d want in a cruiser, at least as far as its design goes. All the elements of a tried-and-true cruiser are there. From the teardrop-shaped fuel tank to the inverted triangular headlights and the wide handlebars, the Vulcan S is a cruiser in every sense of the word. But the thing about the Vulcan that really stands out is its capability to be customized depending on the rider. Yeah, bikes aren’t as easily customizable as cars so having this feature is definitely a huge god-gift. The color options are pretty limited, but that shouldn’t be a problem because Kawasaki did the smart thing by offering three distinct color styles. There’s the flashy one (Candy Lime Green), the sleek, classy one (Flat Ebony), and the clean one (Pearl Crystal White). You’d definitely fall flat for any of these 3 colors.

"Vulcan S"
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The Vulcan S has a sporty character that is complimented by a nimble chassis and a uber-cool neutral steering. It has a tubular frame and a single lay-down KYB shock that offers 3.2 inches of wheel. It also has well-damped 41 mm conventional fork that is kicked out at 31 degrees of rake and offers 4.7 inches of stability. The ABD-equipped Vulcan has a phenomenal braking ability. The single 300mm rotor/twin-piston Nissin front combo is forgiving, having subtle initial bite but plenty of power when a handful is applied. The front tire tracked well when braking hard over rough surfaces, with surprisingly little ABS interaction. The rear anti-lock cycled quite readily, doing an excellent job of keeping the rear in line even when stomping the pedal mid-turn.

Pricing:

In terms of Pricing, the Vulcan is relatively affordable off-shore. It carries an aggressive price tag of  $ 6,999 (Roughly around Rs. 4.5 lakhs) for the standard trim and $ 7,399 for the ABS model (Roughly around Rs. 4.75 lakhs)

However, in India the onwards price is Rs. 6,00,000/- (Sad but true!)

"Vulcan S"
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Any purchase of either of these two trims comes with a 12-month limited warranty with an option to avail of Kawasaki’s Protection Plus warranty.

Kawasaki offers 3-different seating options:

  • The standard seat for people 5’7″ to 6 foot
  • The ‘Extended Reach‘ seat which lets you slide back in the saddle a bit more and raise you up.
  • The shorter seat which is about 2 inches shorter than standard in the tapered section.

 

"Vulcan S Kawasaki"
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This makes it comfortable for any kind of rider to enjoy a long and hassle-free ride.

 

 

Bottom Line:

This bike is quite sexy and modern for a cruiser. It has 27.8 Inch seat height that makes it ideal for short rides. It also has Ergo-Fit customization that is best for all sorts of riders from 5’6” to 6’ 1” height. On the downside, this bike comes with a parallel twin instead of a v-twin that might not meet the likes of every rider. Overall, this is an excellent ride under 700 cc.

BMW S1000XR and BMW S1000RR Motorbikes

"2015 BMW S1000 RR"

Motorcycle performance is everything to a rider. Putting those iron horses to their peak is essentially what brings out the best in a ride. The BMW S 1000 XR is no ordinary bike; it is definitely not for the faint hearted. Well, what else can you expect when you fuse a sporty bike with a lot of adventure genes and splice the DNA of a demon?

BMW S1000XR

The S1000 XR is a beaky long-legged super-naked bike that is based out with a competing mission as opposed to Ducati.

The thought behind touring segment bikes dates 35 years ago, when BMW introduced the R 80G/S, an adventure-touring bike. The inception of the XR series of bikes came into existence because of Ducati.

The Multistrada 1200 from Ducati is one of the major reasons behind the introduction of the S 1000 XR.

"BMW S1000 XR 2015"
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Engine:

The XR uses the same 999cc, four-cylinder engine as the S1000R, held in a new aluminum-framed chassis whose adjustable screen, upright riding position and luggage-carrying ability that remind us of the R 1200 GS bike.

The 16-valve liquid-cooled power plant is essentially a de-tuned unit that is pretty identical to the S 1000 R machine. However, the S1000XR has gone through a fresh mapping and a whole new exhaust system. The output of this bike has hence not changed; thereby altering a new and mighty torque spread inline with the engine that churns out 160 Hp at 11,000 RPM. BMW has added an option of a new quick-shifter that is pretty unique and can be found only on this bike.

 

Build:

The chassis layout on the XR 1000 comes into existence by combining an aluminum beam frame and mating it with telescopic forks and a rear mono-shock. The frame on the XR is more relaxed and there’s a generous 150mm of travel up front and 140mm at the rear, and a longer aluminum swing-arm helps stretch the wheelbase by 9mm to 1548mm. It has non-adjustable dual-seat that is 840 mm high.

 

"2015 BMW S1000 XR"
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Variants:

The S1000XR from BMW alongside the obvious basic model is available in the S1000XR Sport variant. This variant adds more refined DTC traction control, extra riding modes, cruise control, heated grips and more; and a top-spec Sport SE that includes Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension plus touring-friendly options including centre-stand, luggage rack and pannier fastenings. This also carries the sports name to it. BMW says the XR has the riding position and appearance of the GS model but is intended for 95% on-road use. The XR or the base model comes equipped with two riding modes, Road and Rain. These modes adjust throttle response, ABS as well as ASC (Automatic Stability Control) for both dry and wet conditions.

 

BMW S1000RR

 

"BMW S1000 RR"
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This is BMW’s unabashed Bavarian Bravado, the classy supersports S 1000 RR. This bike, with all the subtlety of a V2 rocket, blows away the establishment with awesome power and advanced technology previously unheard of in a mass-produced superbike. And now, for 2015, the onslaught continues, with the latest S1000RR losing 9 lb weight. While gaining a host of refinements and other features directly derived from BMW’s race development.

Engine:

The 999cc liquid-cooled inline-four, reworked in several areas, has gained 6 hp and peak output is now a claimed 199 hp. On the intake side are reshaped ports, revised cam profile, lighter valves and shorter velocity stacks drawing from a larger air box. An all-new exhaust has eliminated the previous model’s under-engine canister, pairing some 6.6 lb. while the new muffler placement has shifted the CG slightly higher and rearward, closer to the swing arm pivot. This is a significant upgrade (third to be specific) of B<W’s S 1000 RR bike. There have been updates to the water-cooled four-cylinder in-line engine. The power band is much broader with the usable rev-range peaking constantly between 9,500 and 12,000 rpm. But the force is strong with this one at much lower rpms.

Build:

The 2015 model looks pretty similar to the previous models, but there are various changes. The new RR’s lighter frame structure with a blend of rigidity and flexibility offers greater traction, precision and feedback.  Chassis consists of four individual aluminum cast pieces welded together with the engine tilted forward at a 32-degree angle and integrated as a load bearing element. The fork overlap of the immersion tubes was reduced to 6 mm and the steering head angle increased 0.5 degrees to 66.5 without any change in the yoke offset. The swing arm pivot point was lowered by 3 mm and the wheelbase lengthened by 15 mm. The new chassis geometry provides increased rider feedback from the front end the rear wheel, especially when pushing the RR to its limits.

"2015 BMW S 1000 RR"
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The new model has various modes for various road conditions:

  • Riding modes “Rain”, “Sport” and “Race” as standard plus the option of the Ride Modes Pro, 
which adds two additional modes, “Slick” and “User” (configurable), for optimum adaptation 
to riding conditions.
  • Pit-lane speed limiter for maintaining an exact speed in the pit lane as part of the optional Ride 
Mode’s Pro feature
  • Further improved version of electronic Dynamic Damping Control (DDC).
  • Race ABS with optimized set-up
  • Dynamic traction control (DTC) with precision calibration in 7 +/- steps
  • New electrical system with a more powerful sensor box and lighter battery
"2015 BMW S1000 RR"
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Bottom Line:

If you’re in search of power, performance and pure riding action, these are the bikes for you. The only condition is that you’ve got to have the “Paisa” for that. You’d be amazed with these bikes simply because they are ladies on the street but freaks on the track. Do share your experiences on BMW Bikes below 🙂

Happy riding J

Sneak-Peek Into The 2016 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

"2016 harleys"

Harley Davidson gains popular all across India with its miraculous rides. The brand is popular worldwide and it gains popularity with the increasing amount of riders.

The company has announced updates to its existing bikes with new style enhancements, new tweaks and a new style.  Pallavi Singh, director (Marketing), Harley-Davidson India said, This is another historic year for Harley-Davidson. We’re raising the bar on Dark Custom motorcycles with the new Iron 883, Forty-Eight and Street 750, the purest expression of the design. And we’re extending our lead in touring with the return of the Road King and redesign of the popular Heritage Softail Classic.”

Here is an article on some of the newest bikes and upgrades to be expected:

Iron 883 and the Forty-Eight (New sportsters):

Under the Sportster segment comes the all-new Iron 883. The new Iron 883 Sportster comes equipped with new and sturdy front and rear suspension. They will also carry comfortable and supportive seats that come with a high-quality cover. These bikes come equipped with nitrogen-charged shock absorbers are said to offer improved damping in compression and rebound. Furthermore, these bikes feature internal valve stacks with 36mm pistons and upgraded oil, the shocks are designed work well over small bumps, helping keep the Sportster’s rear tire in contact with the road on uneven surfaces. The bikes also have under-seat wrench to adjust spring-preload via threaded collars on the new shocks.

"2016 harleys"
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Harley says the new Iron 883 is purposefully raw and rough, boasting a look that’s inspired by garage-built bobbers of the past and present. Thanks to its upgraded suspension, lightweight cast wheels, and comfortable seat, the Dark Custom Sportster will likely stay on Harley’s best-seller list for 2016. These bikes have big front tires and large forks.

The bikes also have dark and monstrous looks. With the new Iron 883, you are assured of raw and rough edges that compliment the modern design that is inspired by garage-built bobbers. It also increases the rider’s comfort and control to smooth the roads ahead. The Forty-Eight on the other hand has a menacing stance thanks to the burly front tire, mag wheels that come as a surprise and massive front end with 49 mm forks. The bikes reminisce of retro times and have cues to perfect the ratio of black colour with the right amount of chrome.

 

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Indian roads can definitely be easy to tame (especially the rough ones) with the sportsters proving their performance with the new front and rear-suspensions. The re-engineered Sportsters have coil-over shocks with new front cartridge forks. It also has a triple-rate spring as well as oil lock that allow the forks to resist wheel hop under hard braking.

 

Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S:

The S series limited edition cruisers are more valuable with the limited edition tag aren’t they?

Well, sources suggest that the 2016 Fat Boy S and 2016 Softail Slim will get the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine. As such, Harley says these new 2016 cruisers, which have an updated “dark” look, will deliver the extra engine performance that was once the exclusive domain of the CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) models.

 

"2016 harley Davidson"
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Road Glide Ultra:

The Road Glide seemed to have vanished from Harley’s manufacturing unit. Well, at least for 2 years. The Road Glide Ultra is going to make a great comeback in 2016. With an enhanced style, better aerodynamics, and improved long-distance ergonomics for rider and passenger, you can be sure to put a pedal to this hotrod. The 2016 Road Glide Ultra will carry the Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 engines, the liquid cooling on which boosts power and torque and shedding engine heat away from the rider and passenger. The frame-mounted fairing (with Day maker LED headlight) is new.

 

"2016 harley"
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Heritage Softail Classic:
The Heritage Softail classic brings back Harley’s heritage.  This bike is a great combination of nostalgia that balances style with the right amount of Softail performance. Styling aside, the new Heritage Softail classic carries a High Output Twin Cam 103 engine. That said, it also carries standard electronic cruise control and a stronger support structure for the soft saddlebags.

 

"2016 harley"
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Street 750 and Street 500:

The Street 750 has noticed plenty of Indian roads. But news is that the new 2016 Street 750 based on customer feedbacks comes with various tweaks. The improved 750 models come with improved brakes and are developed in conjunction with brembo. This is certainly going to improve the confidence and would offer more inspiration on the roads. This sure seems like a much needed upgrade since the last roll out.

 

"2016 harley"
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Bottom Line:

These models are coming to dealerships near you. While some of you might have already taken a sneak peek at some new Harleys, Indian roads are sure to rumble.

Yamaha Fascino- Fascinated by the beauty

In order to provide best of information and views that could be handy while choosing a car or a bike, I recently conducted an interview with a friend who bought a Yamaha Fascino recently.

Here is the conversation.

Me:  Congratulations !  on owning a new scooter.

Owner: Thank you

Yamaha Fascino
Yamaha Fascino

 

Me:  Having a background of owning a lot of two wheelers, can you share with us about your last used scooter.

Owner: The most recent two wheeler I used is an electric scooter i.e. Yo Spark.  It was a fantastic two wheeler and an electric vehicle. Though it had its own limitations such as  limited range of usage, it served us well with no need of frequent fueling as in conventional scooters, and virtually no breakdowns in two years of usage. I used it to travel from my home to work place covering a distance of 20km both ways included. These days my daily usage has mounted up and hence thought of going for new one.

Me: Would you recommend electric two wheelers for others?

Owner:  Electric vehicles does help you a lot in saving the money spent of petrol and more than that you can feel proud of saving fuel and hence contribute for national economy.  Considering cost of the vehicle, if you are using at an average of 20 to 25km per day then it is worth the money spent.  If usage is less than that, it’s not worth such investment and if usage is high then it won’t be a suitable companion as it needs frequent charging and range of distance per full charge is also less.

Me:  How is the condition of  Yo Spark and do you have  any plans of selling it?

Owner:  It is in very good condition. With entry of new scooter, it is going to stay idle in our garage for long time. Though we don’t have plans of selling it, we do have plans of donating it to deserving persons at our business center.

 

Yamaha Fascino
Yamaha Fascino

Me: How did you choose Yamaha Fascino?

Owner:  When I thought of going for new one, I did visit few dealers and took test ride of scooters like Honda Activa 3G , TVS Jupiter and others. When I visited Yamaha  show room, I was impressed with styling of this scooter.  As the specifications and price also matched my requirements, I opted for it instantly.

 

Yamaha Fascino
Yamaha Fascino

Me: How was the test ride and how was the experience with customer service?

Owner: First of all the dealer showroom was bit crowded as it was a general holiday. The sales  executives somehow could not arrange for the test ride.  However with past experiences of owning of scooters and being aware of quality of Yamaha scooters, I thought its ok not taking a test ride and straight away booked the vehicle.

Me:  How about color selection?

Owner: This vehicle is available in color options like Sassy Cyan, Rouge Red, Haute White, Cool Cobalt, Tuxedo Black. I found Cool Cobalt  to be bright and looks great. So I preferred the same.

 

Yamaha Fascino
Yamaha Fascino

Me: What was the on road price?

Owner:  It cost us around 67,000 Rs on road. It included few additional accessories like front guard, back guard, ladies foot rest.

Interviewer:  How about the features of this scooter?

Owner:  It has all basic features of scooters such as spacious  under seat storage, stylish instrument cluster and so on. I would have been more happy if it had features like unlocking seat without having to take out the key from ignition key slot.

 

Yamaha Fascino
Yamaha Fascino

Me: How is the ride quality of this scooter?

Owner: Though I booked it without taking test ride, I feel good with the experience so for. Its pick up is good and offers smooth riding without much noise from engine. Riding at road humps is also easy. So far not got any under frame hit at the unplanned road humps.  The ground clearance of  128mm does make way for easy riding.  As its still new and used for only 30 km from time of buying, it will be too early to say it’s the best.  However so for so good, it is giving us good service and I hope it continues to do so in future too.  As far as the styling is concerned, I have got good lot of  acknowledgment from my friends and relatives for choosing a stylish scooter.

Me: What is your suggestion for prospective customers of Yamaha Fascino?

Owner: It is a very stylish and truly updated scooter one can own and  does make  a difference in the crowd of scooters on road. Personal opinions differ and hence I recommend them to take a test ride before buying.

Yamaha Fascino
Yamaha Fascino

Conclusion:  This is an attempt to give our viewers the direct conversation with owners of vehicles  and opinion that could help to choose a scooter. I would be bringing you more such interviews with owners of cars and bikes. Comments from viewers would be helpful in this regard.