All New Honda CB Unicorn 160 – Test Ride Review

Honda Unicorn is well known for its highly reliable performance and decent styling.  With tough competition among 150 -160 cc segment bikes delivering almost equal power output in range of 14 to 14.5PS. Honda launched the latest version of Unicorn with the latest engine featuring Honda Eco technology.  Honda has set new standards with respect to mileage of 160cc bikes.

 

Engine

Honda has introduced latest engine featuring Honda Eco Technology. The single cylinder 162.7 CC engine delivers power of 14.5 BHP at 8000 RPM and Torque of 14.61Nm at 6000RPM. The ARAI claimed mileage is 62 KMPL. This is in standard conditions. In city riding conditions one can expect around 55 to 60 kmpl for sure.

Styling

Honda has special reputation for their executive styled bikes getting appreciation from customers. The head light assembly and the front cowl though looks bit ordinary, the fuel tank design with 3D logo of Honda on it adds glamour to the bike boosting up the image. The seat design is made broad and smooth elevation given from center portion offering large space for the rider and pillion occupant.

Combination of alloy wheel and nicely designed silencer muffler covered with insulation gives decent looks from the side view. Tail lamp made in H design gets instant attention of the following commuters.  If Honda had  introduced clear lens for tail lamp, it would  have further enhanced the  looks.

Fully digital meter is introduced for giving accurate readings of speed, fuel level indication. Trip meter, digital clock adds to convenience. Broad display gets easy attention and pleasant feel of reading digital progress of speed and odometer readings. Tubeless tires with rating 80/100-17 used for front and 110/80-17 for rear black alloy wheels gives modern looks for the bike.

Honda Unicorn

Colour and price

Honda offers four colour options for the customers. Such as Imperial red metallic, Geny gray metallic, Perl Black, Sunbeam white. Among these Imperial Red could be the top of the selection one can make. The dashing bright colour can great image of owning a stylish bike.

Unicorn is available in two variants that of 160 STD and 160CBS. The ex showroom price at Bangalore ranges as Rs 75,559 for 160 STD and   Rs 80,999 for 160CBS. On road price amounts to Rs 92,085 and  Rs 98,244 respectively. Basic accessories offered include crash guard, engine guard, ladies handle, Saree guard, seat and grip cover, Teflon coating. Customers can choose optional accessories like Tank cover, Fork lock, body cover as per convenience.

Comparison

The main competition for Honda CB Unicorn is from TVS Apache 160. Apache has aggressive styling and offers  good power too. Wide spread service network for TVS  bikes is a added advantage for the same. With latest engine in use delivering best-in-class mileage and impressive styling giving executive looks to the rider, New Unicorn has slight edge over Apache 160.

Side View

Test Ride

With latest set of features and promising performance of engine along with best of mileage boosts up morals of customers like me. With press of button, engine starts quickly and operates smoothly. The riding   posture is made accurate with perfect design of seating position and wide handle bar. Smooth and quick acceleration propels the bike to cross 40 kmph mark within few seconds from the time of start.  Wide tyres with good thread design   assure perfect grip on road helping to take sharp turns. Braking safety and efficiency is got with front disc brakes featuring 240mm discs and rear drum brakes with size 130mm. With the powerful and high responsive engine one would feel exited in zooming it past 60kmph in quick acceleration. The effective braking system helps to bring the vehicle to a halt in bare minimum time.

In the test ride I took, I had taken to odd road conditions one can come across in city usage. The mono suspension is a great supporter for comfort of the rider and the tough design of body frame ensures the pillion rider weight is transferred to mono shocks provided.  Perfect balance and ride quality assure safe and sportive riding every time.

In the ride I took, within few seconds I could   easily   reach   speed of  80 to 90kmph. I could stop the bike at perfect timing with abrupt entry of pedestrians crossing the road. The perfect grip assured by tyres and highly efficient braking system encourage riders  for no compromise on desire of going at high speeds and bring to a halt to safely park the bike where it belongs.

Front Disc brake

Verdict

Honda Unicorn is not a new bike in the market, however the latest styling features, upgraded engine delivering excellent combination of power and mileage can certainly make a difference for the customer wishing to own a 160cc bike but had to think twice on the mileage figures one can get.  A bike with 14.5PS power and offering reliable mileage of 55 to 60kmpl can certainly bring smiles on the customers.

Hero Electric Photon and Mahindra Rodeo UZO 125

"Mahindra Rodeo 125"

Here is a comparison between Hero MotoCorp’s Electric Photon versus Mahindra’s Rodeo.

First off, MotoCorp’s electric vehicles division has announced the introduction of the all-new high-speed electric scooter – ‘Photon’ across India. The vehicle was first unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year. The company claims that “the product earned exceptional response during test marketing in select markets and was on waiting.” The new scooter comes with features like front telescopic suspensions, anti-theft alarm, float-cum-boost charger, and aerodynamic style, Economy & Power Mode.

Photon:

The Photon has a high mag-flux with 46 magnetic poles for high efficiency and high torque. The waterproof brushless DC motor with low electro-magnetic interference gives a virtually noiseless ride. The scooter also has electronic controllers with 12 mosfets, 24MHz high-speed controller that gives instant response to the drive train with minimum signal losses. The Photon’s AGM VRLA battery is especially made for the harshest of Indian environmental conditions. The Photon is available in 3-colours; Vivid, Burgundy, vanilla white and Velvet Black. The photon’s steel chassis gives the bike a conventional scooter with a round headlamp, indicators on the apron as well as telescopic fork front suspension. The 10-inch wheels carry a disk and a drum brake at the front and rear respectively. Its 1500W waterproof DC motor carries 2 drive modes- power and economy.  The bike can achieve a top speed of 45 kph and a range of 50 km per charge or 80 km per charge in the power and economy modes respectively. The Photon is installed with a VRLA battery and carries a multi-stage charger with in0built memory that regulates charge based on battery condition. It also carries a miniature circuit breaker along with battery charge conservation during long storage along with a fire-resistant wiring harness for safety.

"Hero Photon "
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The Photon’s multi-stage charger with in-built memory regulates the charge based on the battery condition, giving the highest charge efficiency. The Hero Electric Photon scooter is priced at Rs. 54,110 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Hero electric dealers are offering finance on the Photon for 8 months to their customers. Additional offers include easy battery EMI scheme with 24 months of purchase through the “Super Saver Battery Scheme”

"Hero Photon"
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The vehicle is available across 5 metro cities in India.

Photon- Pros and Cons:

The Photon makes a great electronic scooter that is low maintenance, electric drive and it is eco friendly. Sadly, this ride is slow and speed cannot be expected. The range on this bike is insufficient. Also, the price of this electronic scooter is higher than the usual electric bikes.

Mahindra Rodeo UZO:

Mahindra Two Wheeler Ltd (MTWL) two-wheeler division of Mahindra Group has introduced the new Rodeo that is named Rodeo UZO 125.

The new Rodeo UZO:

The new UZO 125 comes with a new body, ornate graphics, colored wheels that bring out quite a sporty appeal. Moreover, it gets the double tone-dual texture seat that has been designed to “minimize slippage in high acceleration and sharp braking usage.”

"Mahindra Rodeo 125"
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The company claims that the new UZO 125 is pretty advanced as a scooter in terms of technology. The UZO 125 happens to be the only Indian scooter that comes equipped with advanced DCDI technology along with AILA system. This technology ensures better performance and lower maintenance. The UZO 125 has the first-in-class external front fuelling along with features such as fully digital dashboard that incorporates functions of a speedometer, tachometer, odometer, fuel indicator, clock, high-speed alarm as well as an accelerometer.  Additionally, a 4-in-1 antitheft key protects this scooter; it also carries a mobile charging point as a standard feature as well as 22-litres of storage space. This scooter has an ARAI certified mileage of 59kmpl.

"Rodeo UZO 125"
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The scooter has Racing style body graphics, Accented body colored impact resistant mirrors, Striking colored wheels, sporty seat with anti-slip dual texture seat, 4 exciting sports colors, front telescopic suspension, high ground clearance of 154 mm and 6 color feature loaded with fully digital dashboard and side stand safety buzzer. The 4-stroke engine carries a displacement of 124.6 cc and has 8 bhp power with 7000 rpm and 9 Nm torque at 5500 rpm.

Bottom Line:

Price is definitely a factor in the case of this comparison between Hero Electric Photon and Mahindra Rodeo. The electric Photon is a great introduction to the electric scooter sector. But, its disadvantages are hard to miss out. The scooter seems to be overpriced and contains a lot less features than the Mahindra Rodeo. The Rodeo UZO has a great engine, excellent features and the price is very competitive. Overall, the Rodeo makes up for a great scooter with excellent graphics!!!

Yamaha Saluto: Test drive

Yamaha Saluto
Yamaha Saluto

 

Yamaha Saluto Test Ride

 Yamaha is well known for its stylish and superior technology bikes. With the latest trend of stylish bikes on-road that come with high price tag, there is rise in demand for bikes with blend of stylish features and offering equally good utility and mileage. The latest version of 125cc bike from Yamaha i.e. Saluto has gained good popularity with perfect blend of utility, mileage and styling features. I took a test ride of Saluto and here is the article about the same.

Yamaha Saluto
Yamaha Saluto

 

Engine

Yamaha has replaced the earlier 125cc engine with the new one featuring ‘Yamaha’s New generation Engine Development Concept’ of Blue Core technology aimed at providing advanced engine with higher combustion efficiency making maximum out of every unit of fuel supplied. In specifications,it has 125cc single cylinder 4 stroke air cooled petrol engine delivering power of 8.3PS/7000RPM, torque of 10.1Nm/4500RPM. The engine is mated with constant mesh 4 speed gearbox.  There is change in gear shift mechanism as compared to earlier version such as SS125 and Gladiator. Unlike first gear down and higher gear up shift as in earlier bikes, here all gear up mechanism is used. It is technically a good development as one had to take special care while shifting gears in the earlier version. The beginners always found it difficult to bring  gear to nutural as compared to other make bikes.

Yamaha Saluto Engine Bay
Yamaha Saluto Engine Bay

 

Efficiency

The ARAI claimed mileage is 78KMPL. Mileage can vary depending upon traffic conditions, road conditions , riding habits, maintenance. In general, one can rely upon an average of 70kmpl.

Yamaha Saluto Speedometer
Yamaha Saluto Speedometer

 

Dimensional features

Saluto has excellent dimensional features.  Special focus is given for seat design. It is designed to provide perfect position for the rider with ample cushioning and support for the hip. Making way for comfortable long ride. Further, the pillion rider is also provided with extra space and offers comfortable seating for any person. Yamaha engineers have thought well of  what best can be provided for the common pillion riders in Indian scenario.  Ground clearance of 180mm does make ride easier in any road conditions.

Suspension and wheels

Saluto features telescopic fork suspension for front and swing arm suspension at the rear. The double swing arm suspension is positioned nicely to take up load of the rider and pillion rider. There is perfect balance with respect to dimensions of the bike and probable load distribution depending upon profile of rider and pillion rider. Instead of conventional tubes tyres as in earlier versions, here Tubeless tyres are fitted  with alloy wheels for better ride quality and longer life.  Saluto features drum brakes at front and rear. Disc brake version is available but there is waiting time for the same.

Yamaha Saluto Front View
Yamaha Saluto Front View

 

Styling

The major boosting factor about Saluto is its design. The design reminds Fazer series of bikes from Yamaha. The stylish fuel tank, positioning of the handle bar, seating position of rider makes one feel like riding a sports bike. New instrument cluster has eco mode feature with which rider is constantly reminded of best speed for getting maximum mileage. Clear lens front cowl with wind screen gives perfect modern look for the otherwise simple image of earlier versions.Halogen bulb used for the headlights gets best illumination during night time riding.

Special Features

Along with the regular kick start, there is electric start switch for quick and easy access to  ON/OFF of the engine. The pillion rider is provided with convenient grab bar for safety on the move and Saree guard and foot rest  assures safety and comfortable seating for women.

Variant and Price

Yamaha Saluto is available in only one variant with drum brakes at front and rear. The customers have options to choose from two colors Victory Red and Brave Black. Ex showroom price at Bangalore is Rs 54,600 and on-road price cost Rs 66,309.

Test Ride

In the test ride I took, I really enjoyed the seating and handle bar positioning. There is no  compromise in rider position and is in par with sports bikes . The click of the button starts the engine and there is kick start feature as well. The conventional gear change mechanism is an added advantage enabling for easy gear shifting. The engine is very responsive to acceleration inputs and I could easily reach speeds of 50 to 60KMPH.  As it was a brand new bike, there was no much provision for really testing hard to check the maximum speeds it can reach.  However one can be sure of crossing  90KMPH mark once the engine is set. The ground clearance of 180mm plays a significant role in coping with unplanned road humps and pits created due to rains.Braking efficiency is excellent in bringing the vehicle to a halt from high speed to stop in minimum time and distance. The rider position is perfect and assure comfort during long  rides.

Verdict

Yamaha Saluto has all that a normal family person opting  to own a bike with perfect blend of styling and utility. Yamaha has done a good job in introducing latest technology for the engine assuring superior quality of ride. There is ample space on seats for two persons (probably a kid in between if situation demands)to ride comfortably. In short, if you are a Yamaha bike enthusiast but thought the Yamaha bikes are meant for youngsters with racing attitude, taking a test ride would reveal its beauty. Maybe you could also win special prizes by sending test ride photos to Yamaha India!

Benelli Bikes India

"Benelli 899"

Established in 1911, Benelli is one of the oldest and the most popular motorcycle manufacturers in the world. The company dates back to the time when it used to manufacture shotguns. This Italian giant is known in plenty of countries and now its time that this company is getting a taste of desi tadka. DSK motowheels is a Pune based company well known in the auto industry for bringing Hyosung to India. Now, the company has signed a joint venture with Benelli. The Italian firm is now a part of motor group Qianjiang, a Chinese corporation. DSK-Benelli is importing its wide range of motorcycles ranging from 300 cc to 1130 cc via the CKD route. The assembling, marketing and servicing is handled by DSK MotoWheels India.  Currently, the company has introduced 5 new bikes to the Indian roads. Within no time, DSK Motowheels achieved a major milestone by 100 superbike registrations in just 3 months. The same sales record followed in Bengaluru. Here is a small review on the Benelli bikes released in India:

Benelli TNT 300: (TNT stands for Tornado Naked Tray) 

Benelli TNT 300 is one of the most sought after superbikes in India. The bike offers comfortable riding posture with 795mm seat height, the tall handle bars and a wide seat for the rider and the pillion as well. It has an extended wheelbase of 1410 mm for a stable ride. The large tail light and the chunky grab rails flows well with the rest of the TNT 300 design. With a fuel tank capacity of 16 liters, it’s decent.

"Benelli TNT 300"
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Engine:   The TNT 300 300 is powered by a 300cc, 4-stroke, 8-valve, liquid cooled, two-cylinder, DOHC engine which generates a maximum power of 37.73 Bhp at 11,500 rpm and a peak torque of 26.5 Nm at 10,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a six speed transmission and a wet clutch. It uses the electronic injection with twin 38 mm throttle bodies.

"benelli 300 engine"
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Price: The TNT 300 is available in 3 different shades; Black, Red and White. The bike has been priced at INR 2.83 lakhs (Ex-Showroom Delhi).

Benelli 600i:

Benelli 600i is one of the finest bikes to touch Indian roads. Its massive looks, its sound and the bright color tone it carries is a wonder. The new TNT 600i uses 120/70R17 Metzeler Sportec tyre for the front and a 180/55R17 Metzeler Sportec tyre for the rear. The bike has 150 mm of ground clearance and a 15-litre fuel tank.

"Benelli 600i"
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Engine:.

The new TNT 600i is powered by 600 cc, 4-stroke, 16 valves, 4-cylinder DOHC engine, which is liquid, cooled. It produces 83.90 BHP @ 11,500 rpm and a torque of 54.6 NM @ 10,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox.

"Benelli 600 i"
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Price:

This is one such bike that is worth every penny spent. The sound, the dynamics and the speed is just too good to be true. Benelli TNT 600i is available in three shades namely Black, White and Red. It has been priced at INR 5,15,000 (Ex-Showroom Delhi).

 

Benelli TNT 600 GT:

"Benelli 600 GT"
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If the 600i is not enough, may be the 600 GT should grab your attention. The new TNT 600GT uses 120/70R17 Metzeler Sportec tyre for the front and a 180/55R17 Metzeler Sportec tyre for the rear. The bike has 150 mm of ground clearance and a 27 litre fuel tank. This bike is suitable for those who like exploring new roads. Ideal for long rides, secluded from the hubbubs of the society.

Engine:

The Benelli TNT 600GT is powered by 600 cc, 4-stroke, 16 valves, 4-cylinder DOHC engine, which is liquid, cooled. It produces 83.90 BHP @ 11,500 rpm and a torque of 54.6 NM @ 10,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox.

"Benelli 600 GT"
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Price:

Benelli TNT 600GT is available in White shade only. It has been priced at INR 5,62,000 (Ex-Showroom Delhi).

Benelli TNT 899:

If you are merciless on the roads, you ought to love the Benelli TNT 899 bike. The bike is thirsty for 16 liters of petrol at a time.

"benelli TNT 899"
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Engine:

The engine being an 899 cc powerhouse, generates 118.36 BHP @ 9500 rpm and 88 NM @ 8000 rpm. For keeping the horses calm, a liquid cooling system has been installed. Electronic fuel injection with three 53 mm diameter throttle bodies has been used for the best use of fuel being supplied. The six speed manual transmission makes it a true sprinter with more than enough power for each gear provided. A combination of technology and classic appeal surely defines the instrument cluster of the TNT 899. With a digital speedometer and an analogue tachometer, the thrill of watching your-self fly has been equally balanced. A digital clock for some time bound missions has also been provided into the digital console. The tachometer needle seems greedy as it always wishes for the highest position and after 8000 rpm, goose bumps are guaranteed.  

"Benelli 899"
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Price:

Benelli has priced the TNT 899 for INR 9,48,000 (ex-showroom New Delhi).

Benelli TNT 1130:

Currently, the 1130 happens to be the most expensive offering by TNT to Indian Bikers. This massive sized street bike screams out power. It’s available in a single seat option, making it a totally personal asset. Before buying, make sure that you have the alone riding capability inside you.  

"Benelli TNT 1130"
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Engine:

The giant has 1131 cc motor, producing a mind blowing 155.84 BHP, which in turn can blow everything, which comes in its way. Beware haters, 120 NM of torque is enough for letting the eyes get wide open. The ride is a true performer. Clubbed with six gears, the machine won’t let you know what the losing is all about. Ceasing the motion is not anyone’s cup of tea, but for the 320 mm twin floating wave discs with radial mounted Brembo 4 piston calipers, it’s just a daily routine. A 240 mm single disc with Brembo 2 piston calipers handles the rear. Not just that, 120/70-R17 tyre for the front and a huge 190/50-R17 for the rear accompany the safety team. Suspension expert Marzocchi’s 50 mm upside down forks care for the front end and ZF Sach’s fully adjustable rear monoshock handles the rear. In short, ease and comfort rides along the rider all the time. With its analogue and digital combination of the instrument console, the TNT 1130 makes a mark on the rider’s heart every time he goes for a ride. The style enhancing and space saving exhaust design, which comes out of the taillight differentiates it from all the street fighters. Even the tyre hugger at the back gets the same color as that of the body, making it one in a million.  

"Benelli TNT 1130 R"
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Price:

Benelli has introduced the TNT 1130 at a price of INR 11,81,000 (ex-showroom New Delhi)  

Triumph Motorcycles India- Part II

"Triumph Rocket 3"

If you have missed the part I ( check it out HERE ) & Here’s Part II of the available models of Triumph models in India:

Triumph Daytona 675 ABS

The Daytona 675 ABS from Triumph is the only sports bike in the Triumph range. That said, this lethal machine has replaced the original 650 in 2008. The new model carries more thrust and more power. The quirky looking Daytona is well constructed. It carries a split headlamp and sculpted body.

Engine:

A three-cylinder engine and no awards for guessing that it displaces 675cc also power the Dayton 675. The in-line triple is good for 126bhp @12,500rpm and 74Nm @11,900rpm making it one of the quickest bikes in its segment. The motorcycle rides on 120/70 R17 front and 180/55 R 17 rear tires, with twin 310mm floating discs for front and 220mm Brembo single piston caliper disc for rear. With the change in regulations, the 2013 Dayton 675 comes with switchable ABS as standard.

"Triumph Daytona"
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This bike carries a basic price tag ranging from an upwards of Rs. 11.5 lakhs.

 

 Triumph Thunderbird Storm:

The Triumph Thunderbird is nothing like the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 😛

 

This bike is based on the original Thunderbird and is a downsized version. The bike is swathed in minimal chrome than the usual Thunderbird.  This bike carries a couple in interesting features. To start with, it has ABS, tank mounted speedometer, which includes an on-board computer, compact rev counter and electronic self-cancelling indicators. The bike can be availed in jet black, matte black and matte graphite colours.

"Triumph Thunderbird"
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Engine:

Based on the original Thunderbird, the Storm keeps the pure Triumph twin headlights but adds a low, blacked out look that guarantees lots of street presence. At the heart of this machine lies a 1,700cc parallel-twin engine, which puts out 97bhp of power at 5,200rpm and 156Nm of torque at 2,950rpm.
The Triumph Thunderbird storm would cost you an upwards of Rs. 14,62,000/-


Triumph Thunderbird LT:

If the Thunderbird doesn’t catch your eye, you might be interested in the LT model. The Thunderbird LT is a much a premium version of the Thunderbird Storm and comes loaded with a long list of creature comforts for a better touring experience. It is the third cruiser in Triumph’s Indian line-up and slots in between the Thunderbird Storm and the massive Rocket III. The bike has plenty of chrome and has a blacked out look. Additional aesthetics include leather saddle bags, white walled radial tires, a three-piece headlamp, a chromed two into one into two exhaust system, wire-spoke wheels and a tall windshield, all of which give it massive street presence. It also gets a massive 21.9-litre fuel tank, to ensure a longer range. The bike includes an ABS system, electronic self-cancelling indicators and a tank mounted instrument cluster, which integrates a speedometer, an on-board computer and a rev counter. The Thunderbird LT is available in two paint schemes- caspian blue/crystal white and lava red/phantom black.

"Triumph Thunderbird"
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Engine:

The Thunderbird LT is built around a tubular steel, twin spine frame. It powered by the world’s largest production parallel twin engine, which is shared with its sibling, the Thunderbird Storm. The fuel-injected 1699cc engine churns out 94bhpbhp and 151Nm of torque and comes mated to a six-speed gearbox. It is pretty powerful and howls out real loud on the streets.

This howler carries a premium price that starts off at Rs. 17,00,000/-

 

Triumph Rocket III Roadster

Rocket III from Triumph is the largest production motorcycle from the iconic British bike maker. Launched for the global markets in late 2004, it was brought to the Indian market in its latest avatar late last year as a part of Triumph’s presence in India. The Rocket III is named after the BSA Rocket 3, which in turn was also called the Triumph Trident. First off, this is not a joke, it is a massive bike built for serious bikers. The rider of this bike sits behind most of the engine into the seat that sinks low into the bike’s well thought design. Chrome addition has not been a priority on this bike but the 3X1 dual exhaust pipes are definitely note worthy.

"Triumph Rocket 3"
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Engine:

This massive power abundant beast has a 2.3-litre three-cylinder engine that produces 146bhp and 221Nm of torque. It has been mated to a five-speed sequential gearbox, which sends power to the rear wheel via shaft drive. The bike has a tubulat steel chassis that is underpinned USD forks in front and five-way adjustable twin spring shocks for the rear. Stopping power for such massive machine comes courtesy 320mm dual floating discs in front and a single piece unit 316mm unit in the rear.

This is one of the premium bike that carries quite a hefty price tag. The bike is priced at Rs. 22.50 lakhs.

 

Triumph Motorcycles India: Part-I

"Triumph Thruxton"

Triumph Motorcycles Ltd is the largest British motorcycle manufacturer. John Bloor established the company in 1984 and it happens to be one of the most famous bike manufacturers in the world. After making its high impact appearance for nearly 2 years, Triumph has finally launched its produces for commercial sales in India. The initial offering by Triumph is 10 models spread across all of its model lines.

Here is an article on all the Triumph models that are whirring across unchartered roads and unclaimed territories.

Bonneville:

Bonneville happens to be the entrant model that comes at a base price of Rs. 5.7 lakhs. This bike is named after the famous American record holding ground, Bonneville Salt Flats. This bike was first introduced in 1959 and since then the motorcycle has gone through many mechanical and cosmetic changes. That said, its styling hasn’t changed ever since. During 2013, the company added a few changes and gave the bike odometer, clock and trip information.

"Triumph Bonnie"
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Engine:

The Bonneville comes powered by 865cc air-cooled fuel-injected parallel twin engine, which churns out 68PS at 7500rpm and 68Nm of torque. The engine is mated to 5-speed gearbox and the motorcycle has a kerb weight of 225kg. It gets the light cast 17-inch wheels with 110/70 and 130/80 tires at the front and rear respectively. The bike gets a fuel tank capacity of 16 liters that is quite less for a bike.

The bike is priced at Rs. 5.7 lakhs and comes through a completely knocked down (CKD) through the company’s plant in Gurgaon.

Triumph Bonneville T100:

Sharing the classiest design among others, the Triumph Bonneville T100 has the 60’s styling and boasts a distinctive look. This bike has twin peashooter exhausts and chrome engine covers. The Triumph logo is placed on the seat and this bike has a two-tone paint; spoke wheels as well as fork gaiters.  This bike, unlike the regular Bonneville has a twin pod instrument cluster, speedometer as well as a tachometer.

Engine:

An 865cc parallel twin engine that produces 67bhp at 7500rpm and maximum torque of 68Nm powers the Bonneville T100. The engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox with one down and four up gearshift pattern.

"Bonnie T100"
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This bike comes with a price tag of approximately Rs. 7,50,000/-

 

Triumph Thruxton:

Thruxton happens to be Triumph’s only café racer model among all its bikes. This motorcycle shares its past with the 1960’s café racer, when the trend was very popular. This bike is designed reminiscing the 1960’s. The bike has a typical single seat, low-end handlebars with traditional bar-end mirrors and a fly screen. The twin pod instrument cluster gets analog speedometer and tachometer that goes well with the overall look of the bike.

Engine:

This bike comes powered by the same 865cc parallel twin air-cooled engine that powers the Bonneville. The engine churns out 69PS at 7,400rpm and has a peak torque of 69Nm at 5,800rpm with plenty available at low revs. The engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox and the bike has a kerb weight of 230kg.

"Triumph Thruxton"
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The Thruxton’s price starts off at Rs. 7,50,000/-

 

Triumph Street Triple:

Triumph tried to enter all the sub segments of the biking community in India. The Triumph street grabs attention of plenty of bikers. This street fighter segment machine has a pretty evil looking design.

 

"Street Triple r"
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Although the headlight setup has mixed reactions, the beast still has design cues to die for. The tail lamps get a neat design and the turning indicators are integrated with LED lamps. The fact is that the overall design is very radical. The front brakes are equipped with a 310mm disc used against a Nissin caliper while the rear brake gets a 220 mm Brembo. The front suspension comes with a 41 mm inverted fork, while the rear one is an adjustable mono shock, KYB being used in both. This bike has a switchable ABS option and features a coded immobilizer that protects the bike from being stolen.

 

Engine:

The Street Triple comes powered by a 675cc triple-cylinder engine that produces 107bhp of power and 69Nm of torque. The chassis is incorporated with aluminum and on account of the twin spar design, the motorcycle has a low centre of gravity.
This bike is aggressively priced at Rs. 8,32,000/-

 

Triumph Speed Triple ABS:

This light-weight machine has power that screams out loud and clear. It has pretty good characteristics and makes every road feel like a track.

 

Engine:

The ABS model of the Speed Triple comes powered by a liquid-cooled three-cylinder 1050cc engine, which churns out 133bhp and 111Nm of torque. The fuel-injected unit is connected to a six-speed manual gearbox with a wet multi plate clutch and a lightweight three-into-two exhaust system.

"Triumph Street triple ABS"
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The price of this bike starts off at Rs. 11,61,000/-

Concepts that might change the way you look at bikes..!!

"Lambor biker concept"

Wouldn’t you just cry if your dream bike comes to life and may be if snuggles in your budget? Well, I certainly would.

I recently came across some of the most insane concept bikes that can make any superbike look like a namby-pamby. Here is my compilation of some of the most insane concept bikes, you probably might have good dreams tonight.

Lambor Biker:

You might have come across this wallpaper and might have thought, heh yeah-right lambo bike. For those who think Lamborghini cars are overrated, this is probably something that might suit your whims and fancies.

"Lamborghini bike concept"
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Designed by the famous Flavio Adriani who created this two-wheel masterpiece as a tribute to the late Ferrucio lamborghini as well as the osmos wheel, a wheel without a central hub that actually runs on the rim. This is a low-slung bike and would certainly attract a lot of attention.

"Lambor biker concept"
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Sadly, this is just a concept and might remain just an image on your screen, but the dream of conceiving such a bike is definitely amazing. Kudos to the designer who took his inspiration from two great names in invention, engineering as well as design; Nikola Tesla as well as Ferrucio lamborghini.

"Lambor Biker concept bike"
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2015 Honda CB 750:

Futuristic or what? Igor Chak, who put in a lot more than just beauty, designed this dazzling beauty. The brains behind the CB 750 lay in an on-board computer that is controlled through a 5”OLED multi-touch display. Placing the display towards the right side of the fuel tank makes operation easier. The bike has 3 menus that the rider can choose from; the GPS, Drive and Diagnostics mode. The bike is powered from a 4-cylinder liquid hydrogen engine. If only this concept comes to life (well, I wouldn’t get it, but it would be fun to watch such a bike on the streets)

"Honda CB750 Concept Bike"
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"Honda CB750 concept Bike"
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"Honda CB 750 Concept Bike"
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Super Skinny Swordfish & Stalker:

With a lot of introspection and may be a little peering into the future of motorcycles come these beautifully designed concepts. Designed by Alexander Kotlyarevsky, these bikes have unique yet minimalistic designed alloys. The sleek silver hotrod a.k.a Swordfish is designed with its counterpart, the metallic pink Stalker. These are a deadly duo; sadly only concept versions of these rides exist.

"Super Skinny Swordfish and Stalker concept bikes"
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 Magic Tricycle:

 A tricycle does capture attention, but the Magic Tricycle is born to shine. Designed by Javad, an Iranian designer, the Magic Tricycle drives on all three wheels, but the exciting part is that it can rotate around a longitudinal axis running from the front to rear wheel with the left wheel elevated into the air. This Tricycle can be used as a motorcycle, its seats rotate to keep the occupants sitting upright and the airborne wheel opens up blades which work like a helicopter tail propeller to aid stability. Pretty cool and magical right?

"Magic Tricycle"
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Electric Motorbike: ZEVS:

Bikers always had to take a halt to fuel up. But, this bike that was designed by three designers Bernhard Ranner, Anders August Kittilsen and Rudolf Stefanich, worked to make ZEVS, “The first electric motorcycle for the “real biker.”

 

"ZEVS Electric bike concept"
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The bike targets “real men” who don’t like going easy on smooth roads, rather they prefer dusty roads with their jaunty ride. This bike reminisces a chopper or a cruiser with a bolt of modernization.

 

The Bull:

 

"The Bull Concept"
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Riding the bull, well it might seem cocky but designer Barrend Massow Hemmes who was known for the Jaguar shaped bike has bought out this bull. Attaching horns to this bull required a lot of thought. The bike looks red, loud and definitely shiny. Thinking about making this bike a reality is definitely something that most bike enthusiasts dream of. Let’s hope this concept motorcycle comes to life.

 

Ghost & Devil Motorcycle Concepts:

 Ghost/Devil seem like pretty sinister terms. However, the following machine has been turned into a slick speed ride that brings out the mean spirit of biking into a concept. Designed by Muhammad Imran who kept the flying falcon while designing this bike is an inspiration from the movie Ghost Rider. Young riders and their fascination towards reckless riding and the ever-increasing need for speed will never grow old. So named the Devil bike that was designed by Robert Liddell had aimed to give this motorcycle a V-Twin engine along with a shiny black personality with a passion for speed that goes inline with style.

"Ghost and Devil Concept Bikes"
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Mad Max Aitu Motorbike:

"Mad Max Aitu Concept"
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 This bike looks street ready at first glimpse. It looks like it has the rough and sturdy attitude to go miles. This Mad Max Concept was designed by Renato Gshwend who intends on attracting adventurous souls (such as yourselves) who like attention wherever you go and for a pretty good reason. The bike features a V-Twin 1800 cc engine and non-silent exhaust that roars wherever you go.

 

Harley Davidson Circa 2020:

"Tron Inspired Concept Bike from Harley Davidson"
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 Tron Much?

This bike somehow resembles a Tron-like body. The 883 cc engine on this bike is sufficient enough to make heads turn. Harley’s are known for their distinctive roar and their prominent charisma. This bike would certainly top the charts in that department, that is, if it were to come alive.

 

Ferrari V4 Superbike Concept:

 

"Ferrari V4 concept Bike"
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Lamborghini isn’t the only one to tease the masses with its super bike concept. Designed by Amir Gilnik, this Ferrari V4 superbike has its design built around the theoretical application of the Ferrari Enzo’s V12 Motorcycle frame. This too is sadly a concept.

Let’s just sit back and wait patiently for a sign of hope 🙂

The Most Precious Bikes in the world

"BMS Chopper "

It’s all about money these days. If you have it, you can pretty much own anything.

But, when your pockets are quite deep, exorbitant expenditures on some of the most superfluous objects becomes an inevitable necessity (at least for those who seem to disregard money)

Here are some of the most expensive bikes in the world. Owning one would require more than a smile from lady luck.

MV Augusta F4 CC:

Created by Claudio Castiglioni, MV’s Director, this bike was indeed a unique combination of design, style and met the company’s marketing and strategic needs.

"MV Augusta"
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The motorcycle has its very own initials “CC” and costs a staggering $ 120,000 (Rs. 74 lakhs)

Built with a 1078 cc and 198 hp producing engine, this bike goes as fast as 315 kph (Whew!! That’s fast)

The bike flaunts its platinum plate that is located next to the top of its steering column. The exorbitant price comes naturally because of the limited units produced. Only 100 units of the F4CC were built. In case you buy one of these beauties, don’t forget to collect the free gift that comes along with the motorcycle.

 

"MV Augusta RR with watch"
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The Bike comes with a Girard Perregaux Laureato EVO F4CC w wrist watch. The watch alone costs 12.5 lakhs.  Only 100 units of the watch were produced.

 

Coventry Eage Flying:

This spectacular looking bike dates back to the Victorian times when Coventry Eagle, a bike manufacturer built a diverse range of motorcycles until the outbreak of the Second World War. The Bikes carried a reasonable reputation (then) because of the craftsmanship that went behind making these bikes and their dignified glory.

The Coventry-Eagle had a range of 3 motorcycles. However, during 1920’s the line-ups were chopped and changed to the availability of the engine. The most popular motorcycle was the Flying-8 that took its name from the engine’s RAC rating of 8hp.

"Coventry Eagle Flying"
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The bike was sold at the Bonhams auction on 18 August 2011 for $ 2,65,00 or Rs. 1.66 crores.

Ecosse Titanium Series FE Ti XX:

Only 13 units of this beauty ever rolled out of Ecosse Moto Work’s garage. The company is known for its exquisite and exclusive range of motorcycles. The Ti XX is the latest inclusion in the list of superbikes. The bike is made out of Titanium and is considered one of the most expensive motorcycles in the world.

"Ecosse Titanium"
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The bike costs an eye-popping $ 3, 00,000 (Rs. 1.86 crores)

The motorcycle is powered by a 2409 cc billet aluminium power plant. With 228 PS power to the rear wheel, you can fly on roads. Carbon fibre plays an important role in the detailing of most parts on this bike. The saddles have been handcrafted by posh Italian leather-maker Berluti.

That said, this bike has grade-9 titanium exhaust popes and have ceramic media shot-preened finish on them (hence the exorbitant amount)

 

Yamaha Roadster BMS Chopper (Nehmesis):

"BMS Chopper Gold Plated"
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BMS Choppers specialize in customizing stock metric motorcycles. The Florida based custom house has modified bikes like the Yamaha V-Star, Road Star, Warrior and Honda VTX 1200.

"Gold Plated Chopper"
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The 1000 cc Roadster BMS chopper is certain to take a big chunk out of your savings. This Gold Plated Custom Chopper is one of the most expensive bikes in the world. Apart from its Gold Plated body, the stunning shopper looks like a show stopper.

"BMS Chopper "
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But, taking a chopper made out of gold out on the streets might not be such a good idea. The chopper costs $ 5,00,000 (3.10 crores)

 

Dodge Tomahawk:

If you first lay eyes on this bike, you would probably think of it as a bike that’s worth watching on the big screen but never in real life. But, this V 10 powered, 8.3 liter engine that was caused from the Dodge Viper, powers this massive machine. With 500 HP force, this ultimate machine can go up to 420 miles an hour.

"Dodge Tomahawk"
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The Dodge Tomahawk has a peculiar shape but costs a massive 5, 55,000 USD that translates to Rs. 3.5 crores.

 

Harley Davidson Cosmic Starship:

Artist Jack Armstrong unveiled the first million dollar Harley-Davidson. That’s right, a million dollar Harley, sounds pretty insane.

The “Cosmic Starship” bike is a 1250 cc V-Rod engine. The bike carries Jack’s Cosmic Extensionalism that has been applied to the Harley-Davidson V-Rod. The Bike has been painted to appear like it has literally dropped down from outer space.

"Million Dollar Harley"
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This Harley broke the record, to be the most expensive Harley ever.

Would you pay Rs. 6  crore for this Harley Davidson?

 

Gold Bike:

The following bike might look like it has come out of some dump, but this is recorded to be one of the most expensive bike in the world.

"Presenting 315kg Gold powered bike"
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Some experts believe that the bikes frame alone costs an upward of $ 1 million.

The bike was designed by an extremely wealthy Turkish motorcycle fan, Tarhan Telli. The bike has a 1801 cc V-Twin engine with 125 horsepower, 6 speed transmission and 700 pound curb weight. But these are just common specifications, but the most unique thing about this bike is that it’s made out of gold.

"Tarhan Telli Gold bike"
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"Tarhan Telli Gold Bike"
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This bike has Medusa’s head adorned on its tank and the serpent that warps all the way around the bike of the bike. This bike has been given an antique look and has been specifically designed to avoid shine. This bike also holds a record at the Guiness Book of World Records.

 

If you think that’s the most expensive bike, check out the following.

Ecosse Spirit ES 1:

In case even your soul craves for speed, and you have plenty of Washington’s stacked up in your account?

The Ecosse Spirit ES1 is the perfect machine for your bucks.

A collaboration of an American, Don Atchison and two Brits, Richard Glover and Andy Le Fleming resulted in this revolutionary motorcycle.

"Ecosse Spirit"
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The Spirit ES1 is unlike any motorcycle presented by any manufacturer. This superbike of superbikes has the same principles that apply to building F1 cars, the same formula goes into making these brutal forces!

The bike’s speed comes from the ultra light aerodynamic design and its mighty engine. The double horsepower with a bespoke 1000cc IL4 engine thrusts the bike to 230 miles an hour. The motorcycle performs like a F1 car.

Its frameless chassis is covered in carbon fiber and luxe-leather seat. The rider maneuvers great control by sitting in a position that allows the knees to be closer to the body. The bike also has different suspension systems for its front and rear.

Bringing this bike to your garage requires the perspective buyer will have to meet with the design team to specifically build the bike to fit their needs. Details like colour, finish etc are decided by the buyer and the team.

The following 2 weeks, the buyer has to attend a minimum of 2-weeks training period with a championship racer and the team to learn how to tame this two-wheeled beast.

"Ecosse"
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But, the basic requirement is $ 3.6 million (Rs. 22 crores)

Happy Riding Folks 🙂

BMW S1000R – lot more than a bike

Naked bikes have become an essential part of the bikers’ world these days. This naked street bike market has found a great elevation due to their styling, performance and handling. 2014 has seen wide range of street riders and a tough competition for conquering the crown. Some machines made their way to the top in this epic battle. The BMW S1000R is a jewel at the topper list competing Aprilia Tuono V4R, Ducati Monster 1200, KTM 1290 Super Duke R. This competition is a big one to catch up, because except the S1000R the others have a superior engine configuration, but when it comes to performance all these machines share a closer margin.

Frankly speaking the BMW has fixed a reasonable price tag for this roadster with various special features that are synthesized with the bike’s body. If you take a KTM Super duke, it’s a mean machine offering more and more torque but the BMW gives you a fantastic road presence in addition to a punchy torque while the Ducati and Aprilia makes a tranquil rise to their top speeds.

Conquer the Asphalt on the S1000R

Now let us get deep into our subject, the S1000R. The BMW Motorrad has come up with its S1000R in a mindset of giving  the riders an experience of the legendary S1000RR stuffed in a naked bike. Yes, the S1000R and the S1000RR are siblings with a slight difference in design and performance. The S1000R uses the same 4-cylinder in-line engine derived from the S1000RR with a minor optimization which results in an extreme linear torque delivered for a constant forward actuation across the entire speed range. Focusing into the optimization we can find that the power has been cut out by 30bhp from that of ‘RR’ and the torque remains the same.

It seems that the BMW has declared that this power is enough for the naked bike. But trust me, the S1000R is nothing inferior to the RR with a reduced power, because the R will go wild on the streets. The 0-100km/h is attained at 3.1 seconds with the top speed of 275km/h which makes the S1000R the fastest for its engine configuration.

Technical Specifications:

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If we look at the technical specifications listed by the manufacturer we may wonder how cool this machine has been designed. The street rider has an electronic fuel injected water/oil-cooled 4 cylinder engine using the 4-valve technology with a capacity of 999CC and two overhead camshafts. Theoretically the power has been rated as 160bhp at 11000 rpm with a maximum torque of 112Nm at 9,250 rpm. Here the maximum torque is a same number as that of the mighty S1000RR.

The most important area is the power transmission, this is taken care bya 6-speed constant-mesh gearbox supported with a multiplate anti hopping clutch unit. This provides the bike with a quick-shift between the gears, the engine can cruise at any speed at any gear which is probably an issue in the KTM Super Duke, Aprilia Tuono and Ducati Monster. I seriously admire the S1000R because the 100km/h is crossed at the first gear which is an impossible dream with my little FZ-S. Ok I was just kidding, the FZ-S doesn’t belong to this big league, but cruising above 100km/h at the first gear is an amazing experience. Well done BMW Motorrad 🙂 that’s a wonderful job you people have done with the design of that quick-shift gearbox.

Now let us take a look at the chassis configuration and the dimensional specifications with which the S1000R naked roadster has been built. The integral part, the frame has been made of aluminium composite material for a mixed result of light weight, good strength and corrosion resistance. The front and the rear suspension system are adjustable electronically for a good biking experience on a variety of roads. The brake system has been constructed with the same set of front and rear discs offered in the S1000RR. The front wheel has twin disc brake with the diameter and thickness of 320mm and 5mm respectively. The rear wheel has a single disc with a diameter of 220mm and thickness of 5mm. In addition to this the BMW Motorrad has given the BMW a Race ABS that can be controlled electronically. The R has a dimension of 2057mm X 845mm X 1228mm that is entirely different from the S1000RR. The fuel tank can carry 17.5l of fuel with an estimated fuel consumption of 5.4l per 100km at a constant speed of 90km/h and 0.2l extra for a same distance at 120km/h.

Main Highlights

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The major attractions of this BMW machine is the cutting edge electronic system that provides a better company to support the rider with his biking experience. There are three riding modes that can be switched over to and be used on various conditions. These riding modes are programmed to provide a variation in throttling and torque on the go. So 4 riding modes that’s awesome, what are they? Rain mode, Road mode, Dynamic mode and Dynamic Pro mode… yes these are the four riding modes that can be switched using the simple menu available in the bike’s control display, ok the main display or speedometer unit.

The Rain mode offers a sensitive ASC/ABS response on wet road surface. The Road mode offers an optimum throttle and ASC/ABS response for an outstanding acceleration on dry roads. The Dynamic and the Dynamic pro mode is available on an optional package with DTC for very notorious riders who are happy to follow their own riding style without the full assist of ABS.

Not only this, the R has Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC). I have mentioned DTC in the previous paragraph, before going to DTC let’s see what Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) is. The DDC is nothing but the ability of the roadster to adjust and adapt its suspension system within milliseconds according to the condition of the road surface. Whereas the Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) is nothing but an assistance system housing a sensor to prevent the rear wheel from slipping during low friction at roads and provide maximum possible throttle. In addition to this there is a wheelie control system and anti-rear lift system which ensures in providing maximum safety.

The Verdict

The BMW S1000R is a wonderful bike that deserves a lot of appreciation. Somewhere around the internet I have come across an article comparing the S1000R with the Nissan GT-R. It’s really a strange comparison, but the bike conquers your heart. If u are getting the same kind of experience at the price one tenth of the GT-R you will definitely go for it. And yeah I can write a 100 pages about this bike and its reading experience! The BMW S1000R is lot more than a bike as the title tells you. So if u are ready to spend on a 1000CC range street bike you can go for the S1000R.

2015 Indian motorcycles – Part II

8. Hero HX 250 R:

Hero Moto Corp is also set to transform its image in India and for a good reason. The HX 250 R was displayed at the Auto Expo and has got various bikers eagerly praying for the early launch of this bike. Hero had seriously messed up the (once famous) Karizma. However, to make up for that, Hero plans on making the HX 250 a hit among the 2015 Indian motorcycles.

The Bike is going to be developed in collaboration with ERIC Buell Racing. This is certainly not an Indian Hero that India has ever seen.

"2015 Hero HX250R"- 2015 Indian motorcycles
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Engine:

Powered by a modest 249 cc single cylinder, all aluminium DOHC engine, the bike would have 31 Hp power. The HX 250 R will also have exciting features like Under seat exhaust, Fuel injection, liquid cooling and it will be mated to a 6-speed transmission.

The bike would do 0-60 kmps in 3 seconds. It would also come in an optional ABS version.

Price:

The HX 250 is expected to cost 1.5 lakhs for the non-ABS version. But, Hero has its hopes in this bike. Let’s hope it does well.

 

9. Hero Hastur:

This bikes looks too good to be true. Sadly, I keep thinking about the quote, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t”

"2015 Hero Hastur"- Indian motorcycles 2015
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The Hastur is one of the freakishly awesome looking bikes that would grab attention anywhere, everywhere. Sadly, this bike has less chances of being produced in India.

In my opinion, Hero should just suck it in and grow a pair and flaunt this beauty on Indian roads. If this wouldn’t be a success, I would lose faith in humanity.

The Hero Hastur has a futuristic design along with a short wheelbase complimented by stubby looks & is definitely the most stylish 2015 Indian motorcycles. To top it all, it has dual projectors. If this bike comes to India, here is what you can expect.

Engine:

A 620 cc parallel twin engine with liquid cooling, 1 to 1 underbelly exhaust, Dual projector headlights and 70 hp power with 60 NM of torque, you can touch 200 kmph speed with this beauty.

Price:

Disturbingly, the Hastur is not going to be such an easy buy. If it is launched, the bike will cross the 4 lakh price mark. Let’s hope it’s a lakh or two cheaper 😛

 

10. Hero Zir:

Hero Moto Corp is paying attention to scooters as well. To advertise the new Scooter at Auto Expo 2014, Actor Ranveer Kapoor promoted the all new Zir. The 150 cc scooter comes in two variants, the flat floor board model as well as the European Style step-thru model.

"Hero ZIR"- Indian motorcycles 2015
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Engine:

The ZIR is powered by a Liquid Cooled, 4 stroke 2 Valve OHC engine that produces the maximum power of 10.5 kW and torque of 12.7 Nm. The Dynamic Cooling Air System on the scooter provides apt temperature of the liquid coolant during long high speed rides.

The ZIR has European-Styled step seat, sporty front protection screen, dual projector lamps with day running lights, flower type disc plates, bright LED winkers and tail lamp, integrated pillion handle and a combo of digital – analog console. The ZIR also has a mobile phone charging socket and EFI system. The system will communicate with smart phone for all Engine / Riding information through Ride-Stat app. Although the app is being tested and isn’t fully functional, it should be out soon.

This is probably the only scooter in the list of 2015 Indian motorcycles.

11. TVS Draken- X21:

TVS had displayed an interesting concept during the 2014 Auto Expo. The company calls the Draken a ‘thoroughbred naked bike with aggression and attitude’.

"TVS Draken 2015"- 2015 Indian motorcycles
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Engine:

The Draken is going to be a 250 cc powered short-stroke bike with liquid cooling that would put out around 39hp of power and 23Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed transmission along with ABS braking.

The Draken-X21 will also have aluminium trellis frame with mono suspension & can be called the sleekest looking model in the list of 2015 Indian motorcycles

"TVS Draken Specs"- Indian motorcycles 2015
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Price:

The TVS Draken might cost around 1.75 lakhs to 2 lakhs.

 

12. TVS Apache 250:

TVS motors also have plans into entering the 250 cc bike segment. The Apache 250 could share the Draken’s design and might have a few mechanical changes.

The Apache 250 might also get the Racing Throttle Response (RTR) branding like its younger siblings. You can expect an ABS version too.

"TVS Apache 250"- Indian motorcycles 2015
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Price:

Although, the engine indicated towards a 250 cc engine, the official specs are awaited. The price of the Apache 250 is expected to range between Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 1.30 lakhs.

Lets wait and see how much love this bike gets in the list of 2015 Indian motorcycles.

13.  TVS Victor:

Those good ole days in the early 2000’s when TVS Victors were famous and were the highest selling bikes in India had become a distant memory. However, things are going to change in 2015. The company has confirmed the arrival of the 2014/15 victor at a launch event of the Star City Plus.

"2015 TVS Victor"- 2015 Indian motorcycles
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Engine:

Pacing up with new times, the company is most likely going to fit a new 125 cc engine on the new Victor. More power and style will surely make you a victor. With 125 cc single pot motor that would produce 11 bhp power and 11 Nm of torque, the bike should regain its title.

Price:

Expected to be launched during early/mid 2015, the new Victor should cost between Rs. 50,000 to Rs, 60,000/- & is one of the most economical motorcycle in the list of 2015 Indian motorcycles

 

14. TVS Graphite based scooter:

TVS has also given the scooter segment a new and fancy addition. The new asymmetrically designed stylish scooter was unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo. It was named TVS Graphite and has been inspired by stealth military aircraft engineering. TVS says that ‘It’s (Graphite’s) class leading sports performance and handling is an upshot of the rich legacy of TVS Racing’.

"TVS Graphite Concept"- Indian motorcycles 2015
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The graphite would feature automated manual transmission technology (AMT) with paddle shift, inbuilt immobilizer, smart electronic keys and LCD console display.

"2015 Tvs Graphite"- 2015 Indian motorcycles
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Price:

The Graphite scooter should be priced at around Rs. 70,000/- & is one of the most advanced looking scooters in the list of 2015 Indian motorcycles

15. Yamaha R25:

Yamaha is quiet, but it has planned something big for 2015. It would be called as the most anticipated 2015 Indian motorcycles. The company has brought the new R25 bike that fits into the Quarter liter segment. With an aim to capture a huge chunk of India’s market, the company is aiming at creating a huge potential.

"Yamaha R25"
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Price:

The R25 is a twin cylinder variant that would touch the Rs. 3 lakh price margin. Yamaha enthusiasts have a new bike to look forward to this new year.

Hope you enjoyed this article?  Stay Tuned for more. 🙂