2015 Indian motorcycles- Part I

"Bajaj Pulsar 400 CS"

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India’s two wheeler segment is booming every year, and 2015 is going to introduce you to your dreams with 2 wheels. Here’s an article that would take you on a jaunty trip (disregarding the chuckholes) to some of the most anticipated 2015 Indian motorcycles.

1. Honda CBR 650 F:

Honda CBR bike series are common among racers. Honda has announced the launch of the CBR 650 F that is definitely going to be a massive impetus for the Indian bikers and biking sector. This bold move by Honda, to make a huge capacity motorcycle is supposedly going to be one of the most price-sensitive 4 cylinder bike from Honda. Good news is that the CBR 650F is going to be exported to other countries too and so, the price should be in the rider’s favor.

" 2015 Honda CBR 650F"- 2015 Indian motorcycles
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Engine:

The 649 cc inline four DOHC Engine on the CBR 650F will have 87 hp power with 63 Nm torque @ 8000 RPM. The 6-speed manual transmission bike should provide 21kmpl fuel efficiency. The bike’s 17.3 Liter fuel tank should last for a while. The Bike will have adjustable rear mono-shocks along with an impressive 320mm as well as 250 mm single discs on the front and rear. The brakes would commandeer the 120/70 front and wide 180/55 rear radial tires.

The bike will also feature Anti-Locking Braking System (ABS) as well as four-into-two-into-one exhaust system that would produce a sound like never before. Although the bike shares similarities to the CBR 250 R, this is more masculine and superior in terms of looks and class.

Price:

Sadly, the company Honda isn’t as fast as the bikes it makes. The Prices are yet to be revealed. But this motorcycle is one of the most anticipated 2015 Indian motorcycles

 

2. Honda CBR 500 R:

Adding another Honda is definitely a festivity to the biking community. Another feathered ride that is ruffle up some roads in 2015 is the CBR 500 R. Influenced from the CBR 600 RR, the 500 is going to be an exciting girlfriend.

"2015 Honda CBR 500R"- 2015 Indian motorcycles
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Engine:

This fully-clad grunge munching bike is surely going to capture attention in India.  Built with a 471 cc parallel twin engine that is meaner than a nightmare and it packs some serious riding dynamics.  The bike churns out 47 hp and 43 Nm of torque.

The 500 R will have a 320 mm front and 240 mm rear disc with 120 and 160 rubber tires. The bike will be available with optional C-ABS.  A bit on the heavier side, but once you’re on it, it’ll take care of you just fine. At 190 kmph, the Honda is going ruffle your wings too.

Price:

The bike is expected to be price around 4.5-5 lakhs. Good time to start saving no?

Although the CBR 500 R should be available in India, Honda has its own lame reasons to not introduce this ride to India. Still motorcycle enthusiasts eagerly await this model among the upcoming 2015 Indian motorcycles.

 

3. Bajaj Pulsar 400 CS:

Bajaj Pulsars have been the wannabe rides for most riders. Many stunts, wheelies, disc brakes and whatnots have been utilized for numerous reasons (left up to your imaginations)

However, the company has given India a rather surprising revelation. Online pages were flooded with rumors about Bajaj’s plan to launch a new Avenger bike. However, the company baffled all the loud mouth nitwits by offering something totally unique.

Bajaj had strategized a move that was required to keep the 400 CS discreet. By promoting the Pulsar 200 SS that was mistaken Pulsar 400 SS, the company maintained its secrecy about the higher model.

The CS is short for Cruiser Sport. The new 400 CS looks like some sort of cross breed between a Ducati Diavel and its desi girlfriend, thereby creating a new power cruiser segment. Spectacular styling and a stubby look is a great combination.

"Bajaj Pulsar 400 CS"- Indian motorcycles 2015
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Engine:

Powered by a 375 cc single cylinder engine that comes from the famous KTM 390, the bike will produce 44 hp and 35 Nm of torque. With the benefit of oil cooling and fuel injection, the bike is certainly going to be a great transition from the boring 150 cc or less segment.

The bike is said to touch 180 kmph top speed (I’m sure you’d want to test it yourself too right?) The bike will also have Metzeler tires, the same pair found on the KTM Duke 390.

The bike will have a prominent instrument console. The front console would only indicate the RPM, trip, time as well as fuel. The speed as well as the gear shift indicators is located on the fuel tank (come to think of it, it’s a pretty illogical placement)

Price:

The Bike is expected to be released towards the beginning of 2015. Let’s hope Bajaj brings out this bike as soon as possible. The bike would cost an onwards of Rs.1.60 lakhs.  Spending that much on a Pulsar might seem eerie, but with such features and power, the price justifies the Gandhi’s you’re going to spend.

This bike is one of the most waited among Indian youths in the list of upcoming 2015 Indian motorcycles.

4. Pulsar 400 SS:

CS and SS sound like some sort of degrees. Adding another surprise to the Indian Biking family is the stunning 400 SS. The looks are simply mesmerizing and it is certainly a great bike by Bajaj. It is definitely one of the gorgeous looking 2015 Indian motorcycles.

"2015 Bajaj Pulsar SS 400"- Indian motorcycles 2015
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Engine:

The 400 SS will also have the same KTM 390 engine but, will have certain pleasant additions such as projectors and ABS. Needless to say, this bike is going to sell well and you might find speed freaks revving the Pulsars unnecessarily. But then again, what are bikes built for right?

Thankfully, the 400 SS is not going to be just a faired version of the 400 CS, the entire bike is going to carry uniqueness. The bike also looks way different and is pretty cool. It shares no design similarity with the recently launched KTM RC 390.

Price:

The Pulsar 400 SS is expected to touch the 2 lakh rupee margin. This machine would be a tough competitor to rival bikes in the same rupee range.

 

5. Bajaj Pulsar 200 SS:

The Bajaj Pulsar 200 SS has been the most eagerly anticipated 2015 Indian motorcycles. The company is most likely going to launch the 200 SS in the first half of 2015. The production of the bikes has already begun at the Pimpri plant located in Pune.

The bike was unveiled at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. It gains a little inspiration from the 400 SS.

"Bajaj Pulsar 200 SS"- Indian motorcycles 2015
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Engine:

The 200 SS will have a 199.5 cc engine that is also found in the Pulsar NS 200. The engine produces 23 bhp power and 18 Nm of peak torque. The bike will also have an ABS version that would cost a tad more.

Price:

The 200 SS Pulsar is expected to cost anywhere between Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 1.30 lakhs.

 

6. Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS:

2015 is certainly in Bajaj’s favor. The company is launching a lot of Pulsars and is set to give the customer’s pulse a hard beat. The demand for naked bikes is increasing in our country. For this very same sentiment and for lucrative reasons, Bajaj is producing the Pulsar 160 NS.

Get ready to bid farewell to the Pulsar 150 cc, the Pulsar 160 cc is going to be the least pricey of all the new Pulsars.

 

"Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS"- 2015 Indian motorcycles
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Engine:

The all new 160 NS Pulsar will share design similarities with the 200 NS. The bike will feature a 160 cc single cylinder engine that will be based on the engine that powers the 200 NS. The bike will have an air-cooled engine with a 5-speed transmission.

Price:

The expected price of the 160 NS Pulsar is around Rs. 70,000/- & is one of the most economical 2015 Indian motorcycles.

 

7. Bajaj Platina- Upgraded:

Bajaj Platina 100 was a sure-shot success in India. That said, the sales was taking a hit from competitors like Hero Splendor, Hero Passion and Honda Dream series bikes. After its launch in 2006, not much has changed in the Bajaj Platina.

But, as a part of bringing new changes, Bajaj is planning to launch the new and updated Platina in India by early 2015 & enter the 2015 Indian motorcycles list. In fact, the company plans to re-launch the powerful 125 cc Platina that was unfortunately discontinued in 2012.  While the design is not going to be going through any change, the company might increase the bike’s fuel efficiency along with its power.

"All new 2015 Bajaj Platina"- 2015 Indian motorcycles
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Price:

The expected price of the new Platina is expected at around Rs. 37,000 to Rs. 40,000/-

Hope you liked Part-I of the exciting 2015 Indian motorcycles 🙂 Check part 2 HERE.

The new BUMBLEBEE: The Bajaj Pulsar 200ss

Pulsar 200 SS

This time and Bajaj Auto is back to the market with another eye catchy fearless monster, the new Pulsar 200ss. The Delhi Auto Expo 2014 has been a biggest turning point for Bajaj auto with the prototype launch of the full-fairing Pulsar SS400 and the naked style Pulsar CS400 concepts. Both the prototypes looked stunning and aggressive. Automobile enthusiasts all over the country have been expecting for the launch of one of these bikes in the 400cc criteria which has not drawn much attention in our country. The RC 390 by KTM was expected to compete with the 400cc pulsars. But it seems like Bajaj auto has planned to make a strategic shift by staying active and dominate the 200cc range of bikes with the carbon copy of SS400, the Pulsar 200ss that is believed to be on the launch pad anytime soon this month. Bajaj autos has been testing its new bike around the country for this purpose.

Bajaj Pulsar 200SS The new Bajaj Pulsar 200SS is the trending talk of the Indian bike sector with an improved performance and a jazzy look that would write another history in the Pulsar trademark. As mentioned above, this new maniac from the pulsar family has been spotted around the country during its test run and it was reported that the bike has nothing similar in looks with its elder brothers. Until the official launch the exact specifications and the special features cannot not be discussed deeper, but rumors that have been spread around about the pulsar 200SS gives a clear picture about the performance and other features. For now we have lot of leaked information that would tell us about the next generation pulsar.
Bajaj Pulsar 200SS Appearance: The first and foremost is the elegant appearance of the Pulsar 200SS. One would keep on talking more about the appearance if they had a glimpse of the next gen pulsar. Several images of the pulsar have been leaked since the month of May. These images have made one thing clear, the new pulsar will have a full-fairing which makes it look like a super sports bike with a postfix ‘SS’ denoting the same. It is said that the fairing is double layered. In this bike only a little part of the engine is exposed outside the fairing. The 200SS is the first bike from the pulsar family to have a full-fairing that makes this Indian born bike a unique machine. Due to the covered sides, the bike is equipped with a radiator that plays an essential role in cooling the engine. The best part of the Bajaj Pulsar 200SS is its front styling. The front doom makes the bike look more stylish with a cool styled visor and all the perfectly matching decals that makes it look like a super styled rockstar. The center of attraction are the twin projector lamps with the LED pilot lights. These pair of projectors and pilot lights are symmetrically placed at each side of the front face with a black portion in the middle coming straight down from behind the visor. This front part will look like a head that makes it resemble like the famous Autobot, the Bumblebee. I personally feel that this bike appears like a two wheeled bumblebee with a yellow color option that is available. The indicators are placed compactly within the doom and refreshingly equipped with LEDs which makes it durable. Alike the Pulsar 220, the yet to be released pulsar 200SS has the rear view mirrors attached on the front doom. The rear styling of the pulsar 200ss is totally different from the rest of its family members. There is a super cool looking muffler head that looks like a makeover of the Honda’s CBR150R. The same kind of split seat that is present in the pulsar 200NS is present in the pulsar 200SS. Here the tail lamp has a special look that no other bike on the Indian roads have. During the night they appear like a cobra’s head from a certain distance. If we take a close look, it will appear such that a boomerang is mirrored. The tail light along with a pair of the rear indicator lights are built with the highly reliable LEDs. Bajaj auto has made sure that the new Pulsar 200SS should look amazingly sporty and muscular. The fuel tank and the instrumental cluster appear to look the same as that of the pulsar 200NS. The main drawback with the super sports bike are that, they seem to trouble the riders with a back pain on a long run, but here the drawback is rectified by increasing the handle bar to a slightly higher point avoiding the rider to bend more. Performance: As the pulsar 200SS is not launched yet officially, there is nothing much to about its specifications. Bajaj auto has been rolling out the 200SS in a full swing to the dealers across the country. According to the sources, the 199.5cc heart of the bike yields about 23.52Ps@9500rpm with 18.3Nm torque @8000rpm. Pulsar 200SS is expected to be equipped with a triple spark engine similar to that of the 200NS with improved acceleration. The engine is mated with a 6speed transmission system and has a fuel injection system that is aimed to make this 2-wheeler a more economic one of the pulsar family. Concise: With the new 200cc machine priced between 1.2lakhs-1.3lakhs that is waiting to roll out, Bajaj auto has a greater advantage of scoring a greater profit with this bike that would stand a tough fight with the Honda CBR 150R, Yamaha YZF R15 and KTM Duke 200. So let us await the official launch of the style statement at our Indian market for more information regarding the special features and other specifications. [yop_poll id="3"]

Yamaha RX135-Longterm review

Yamaha RX is a widely known motorcycle in India. There are different variants like the Rx100, RXZ, and RX135. The one that I own is the Yamaha RX135, 2002 model. It is the best two stroke motorcycle in India. When the Yamaha RX variants were sold it was a golden period for Yamaha, the company had sold vast number of motorcycles back then.

Yamaha RX135
I have used RX100 Side panels 🙂

The people of the present generation who know nothing about motorcycles might consider it as a dirty oil burning two stroke, but for the biking community it is a priced possession. Even today bikers are ready to spend huge sums of money for the restoration of the motorcycle.

Advantages of owning two stroke motorcycle over the four stroke

I am sure not many people know that a two stroke has a good part to play as well. So let’s make it clear. A two stroke engine is lubricated by the fuel, which means we need to mix oil with petrol. You might say “ hoo its causing pollution what is the good part in it”. Here are the advantages, to start with we will consider the silencer. The silencer of the motorcycle is prevented from rust, as oil deposits in the inner sides of the silencer preventing corrosion. In the four stroke motorcycle you are sure to encounter rust in the silencer. Next, this attribute also prevents rust in the fuel tank and the fuel line. So in a way you are preserving your motorcycle.

Next, the engine, the two stroke has only two moving parts, which is the piston and the crank, so the wear and tear is limited to these components, unlike the four stroke which has may be more than 10 moving parts, which are subjected to wear and tear, and will run you pocket dry in case you rebuild your  engine.

Service and maintenance

You don’t have to worry about the vehicle, it does not require much attention like the four stroke bikes. There are not many moving parts so you don’t have the problem of adjusting the engine timing, valve opening etc. The service will not cost you as much as the four stroke, and it is very simple and can be performed by any individual with a little knowledge. The gear oil does not require frequent changing as it is separate from the engine. I spend Rs:400 per service in the local mechanic shop, and if I want to replace the oil I have to pay 300 more for the oil. The bike gives a decent mileage of 40Kmlp in the city and 30 to 35Kmpl in the highway. The production of the bike is stopped and the availability of original spare parts is limited, this is the only major setback, most of the parts are of very bad quality and destroy the harmony of the motorcycle when installed.Yamaha RX135 Ride experience The bike is capable of achieving a top speed of 110kmph. It’s got a very good acceleration but does not have good braking, this is because it is light weight. There is solution to this problem, you could install a disk brake in the front, which will improve the capacity of the bike to break better. If you apply the brakes to hard you might end up locking the front tire and the situation may turn out to be dangerous. If you bike comes with a CAT silencer, do not uninstall it, because it helps in braking. “What!! Breaking, how does a CAT silencer help” confused right… so this is how it works, the CAT silencer is a lot heavy than the previous one, so it adds more weight to the bike and helps to stop better. The silencer also helps in achieving good suspension action as the silencer contributes to sprung mass of the bike. So if you bike comes with a CAT silencer do not remove it just because you are not getting enough sound. Most of the people do not use the side oil tank, they prefer to mix oil directly into the petrol tank. This is not a good option, if you want your bike to run better and the engine to last longer make it a point to use the side oil tank. Build quality The quality of the bike is very great. When you compare the bike with other bikes of the same category this bike stands apart in every aspect. The materials used for the build are of a very good standard which saves bike from the problem of rust. The bikes of the present generation do not last as long as the old bikes. The sound is another major factor that makes the bike more adorable. The bike has got a very distinctive sound and gives you the racing feel. This motorcycle is built to last a life time. Conclusion Overall the bike feels very refined to ride even though if it is from the past. The bike harmonizes with the rider and gives the rider superior feel when he/she rides it. The Motorcycle is sure to bring a smile on the riders face 🙂

Kawasaki’s Insane Powered H2R Explored

How would you react if someone told you that he/she owns a vehicle that pumps out 300 bhp?? Without any second thoughts you would be like WOWW!! and yeah, you would then ask which car are they talking about. So much of  power being pumped out by a V6 or a V8 aint a big deal right? But recently what Kawasaki has built will surely change the above phenomena. After reading this post or maybe if you are already aware about what this post is about, you may ask “ 300 bhp! ...Is it a car or a motorbike?” That’s right, 300 bhp in a car is good. But in an Inline-4,Supercharged bike is not just good- it is badass and it is even more evil when it comes from a Japanese Bike maker. Presenting to you the world’s most fastest production bike – Kawasaki H2R.

Kawasaki H2R review   Kawasaki  has  emphasized on their  “Built Beyond Belief” motto for sure with their latest offering to the market. Not only with the power figures but also with the bike’s physical appearance , the product is definitely a wake up call for the entire motorcycle world. For years , the big players in the market have been rolling out products trying to touch the 200 bhp figure. But Kawasaki came in with a bang with a wild specification sheet . The most notable aspect of the bike is the supercharger which is built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Gas Turbine and Machinery Co. Powered by an Inlin- 4 supercharged 998 cc liquid cooled engine which is expected to churn out 300 bhp, the H2R is for sure gonna give its rival Suzuki Hayabusa as well as its sibling ZX-14R a run for their money. Until the arrival of the new Kawasaki,  Hayabusa and ZX-14 were the super-sports, who have been dominating the motorcycle world with their performance on the drag strips and street as well. The duo have speed records of touching the 300Kmph mark on the speedo but the H2R can do much more than this.Talking about the speed, the console on the H2R is quite simple. Maybe Kawasaki has been following the Less fancy and More Muscle principle 😛
Kawasaki H2R Console   “Reflect on the outside what you are on the inside”- is a quote Kawasaki has taken way too seriously in designing the bike. With its monster power engine on the inside, the designers have been successful to give it a shape that goes well with the engine. One look at the beast and words like mean machine, aggressive and beast (BTW many more words will come to your mind but lets continue for now :P)  start playing in your mind. From what it seems from their latest offering to the market, Kawasaki is wanting to repeat what it had done in the 70’s. The Kawasaki H2R is somewhat related to the H2 2 stroke triple which was a beast at the time of its launch. With the black body and the Kawa green colored trellis frame, the aesthetic feel of the bike is mesmerizing. It is a perfect combination of aggression and art, simply said Beauty and the Beast.
Single Sided Swingarm - Kawasaki H2R review The single sided swingarm makes it look like a hyperbike; which it already is :P. The bike has sharp edges and looks quite devilish when viewed from some specific angles. It is equipped with racing slicks both in the front and rear.
H2R Front View   When viewed from the front, at first it seems the bike has got some badass black smoked headlamps . But we are wrong if we believe it. Those are actually air winglets for feeding air into the supercharger. Both the lower and upper winglets are carbon fiber and have aerodynamic significance.
Supercharger Winglets   Ever wondered why Hayabusa and ZX 14 have such long wheelbase? Long wheelbase complements high speed stability. The duo have speed records on straight asphalt patches but no one has ever heard about them setting records on a race track. Bearing all this in mind, the good people at Kawasaki have stepped ahead of them both. The Kawasaki H2R is meant to be a fast riding bike as well as a bike you could lean onto the tarmac with. So in order to fulfill both the purposes , they shortened the wheel base to make the bike more easy for maneuvering but at the same time to maintain high speed stability( which was other wise possible to achieve with a longer wheel base but at the cost of cornering abilities) they focused more on the aerodynamics.
Unfaired H2R with Supercharger The H2R is a revolutionary product by Kawasaki but what we as a street rider can get out of it is the H2- the street legal, down-powered ( lesser power compared to the H2R ) version of the H2R. Though the H2 may not be making 300, 200 bhp is being anticipated and honestly said; 200 for a street bike is way too awesome 😉 With the bike yet to be revealed completely,the exact specification figures are not yet available. Kawasaki is being a santa claus in this case and we being the kids eagerly waiting for Santa . So stay tuned to turbozens for updates on when this Santa will come with jingling bells.

Face Off:Yamaha FZ v2.0 vs Suzuki Gixxer

Yamaha FZ16 V2

It’s the battle for the throne by the two Japanese giants, Yamaha and  Suzuki for the ultimate possession of the 150CC segment bike market in India with the new improved Yamaha FZ V2.0 FI and the new exclusive Suzuki Gixxer150. Both the bikes are very unique in their style and performance with a quite affordable price. These two machines are aimed at attracting the consumers between the age group of 18 to 30. The new improved Yamaha FZ V2.0 FI is equipped with a fuel injected powerhouse which uses the Blue Core technology that was introduced by Yamaha for good fuel economy and power as well. On the other hand we have the Suzuki’s new challenger, the Gixxer150 which is designed by the expert team that worked for the super bikes in the legendary GSX-R series & is produced with the new path breaking and cutting edge Suzuki Eco Performance(SEP) technology which delivers top class fuel efficiency without compromising on power and performance. Now let us see the ups and downs of these two street macho's in various aspects.

Suzuki Gixxer vs Yamaha FZ v2.0

Engine  Both the bikes are crafted with the super powered compact engines that deliver nearly same amount of power as that of the other. The Yamaha FZ V2.0 FI has a 149cc, 4-stroke Air cooled power generator which is controlled with a constant mesh 5-speed transmission system that is capable of producing a smooth 12.9 BHP @ 8000rpm. The specialty of this engine is the ‘Blue Core’ technology which is claimed to improve the mileage up by 14% leading it to around 50.64Kmpl at city and 53Kmpl at highways. This bike gets the glory of being the first in the Indian 150cc bike segment to get a fuel injection system. This advanced fuel injection system uses special sensors to detect the changes in temperature, pressure and the engine condition and deliver only the needed amount of fuel to be burnt. This move by Yamaha targets to attract the customers who are keen about fuel efficiency & milage. It was said at the launch that the power of the engine has been reduced from 14BHP to 13BHP. But it feels nearly the same as its predecessor with a slight decrease at its top speed. The bike escalates to 100kph at 20.4sec and stays study at that speed. The Suzuki Gixxer150 has an engine displacement of 154.9cc. This engine is also molded with fins which makes it look similar to the other typical air-cooled engines. It was expected that the bike will be powered by a 6-speed transmission system like the GS150R but the manufacturers were happy with the 5-speed transmission which does its job well. Here the engine produces a raw power of 14.6BHP@8000rpm which nearly units more than that of the FZ S. This engine is pretty dynamic and touches 100kph at mere 19.2sec. The Gixxer’s fuel is delivered to its engine by a carburetor. The Suzuki Eco Performance engine has been designed in such a way that all the losses of energy during the working of the engine is decreased by the modification of the materials that are used to build the engine. This makes this engine a racy beast with a higher fuel economy. It was certified by ARAI that the bike is capable of burning a litre of petrol for every 64Km under ideal conditions. But the bike is capable of giving 51kmpl at city and 56kmpl at the highways. Dimensions The FZ V2.0 and the Gixxer are fabulously designed in such a way that throttling through the stretches keeps the rider feel no tired for hours as the bends and curves are always a great fun to get through. The FZ V2.0 has a compact dimension of 1990mm*770mm*1030mm. This makes the bike get good control and better handling throughout the journey. The bike has a wheelbase of 1330mm and a ground clearance of 160mm. Yamaha corp. has reduced the weight of this machine to 132Kg which makes the bike ride a joy. The Gixxer alike its competitor has an overall length, width and height of 2025mm, 785mm and 1030mm. This street racer also shares the same ground clearance as that of FZ V2.0. Although the Gixxer is 2Kg heavier than the Lord of the streets, it feels perfectly matched with its structural properties. Style and Features 
Odometer Console Both the naked bikes share more or less the similar type of styling and other technical features starting with the well-built muscular 12 litre fuel tank to the sporty tail lights. These two street fighters are rolled out with almost the same type of 100/80-17 front tyres and 140/60R-17 rear tyres combined with the Matt-black alloy wheels. The FZ V2.0 has a well exposed engine cabin compared to that of the Gixxer. The chassis of the FZ is solid as that of its predecessor. As usual the FZ has the telescopic front forks and a squashy mono-cross suspension for a smooth ride. The braking system comprises of the 267mm disc brake at the front and a simple 130mm drum brake at the back. The FZ's instrument cluster looks refreshing with a new style which comes with an choice of three black lights. The Gixxer has a pretty packed look at its engine cabin with a strong chassis aimed for great maneuverability. The same story as that of FZ is followed here in case of the suspension system. The braking system is made up of 240mm front disc brake and the similar type of 130mm drum brake. The Gixxer is equipped with a generously styled instrument cluster that looks clean and futuristic with a gear indicator in it. The FZ V2.0 feels sporty with a split seat at a ride height of 790mm and the Gixxer has an ordinary seat at 780mm from the ground. Conclusion These two rides give a tough fight with one another and are stunning with their wonderful features in store. The best part about Yamaha is that they offer a good after sale service but for the Suzuki with a new hope, its bit tough to catch up with the customers due to the lack of concentration in the Indian market all these years. All together these two street kings make a perfect clash of titans in the Indian bike market.

Faceoff:Suzuki Hayate vs Mahindra Centuro Rockstar

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With the raising competition in the two wheeler’s market, it is important for the manufacturers to come up with changes in their existing models which can attract customers in terms of technology, design and styling and cost effectiveness. Updates in bikes involves slight changes which involves rendering of the bikes and new features installation.Here we will look at two such updated models, Facelifted Suzuki Hayate and Mahindra Centuro Rockstar.

DESIGN AND STYLING:

Mahindra Centuro has a unique style in its range of bikes. Its frontal golden ribs provides it a rugged style and tough look. Chisled like body and tattoo like decals makes it watchable anywhere. The bike from Mahindra two wheelers look very fresh in its design and definitely stands itself out of the conventional designs.  The Rockstar model will come with combination of bright red, black and gold colour which adds premium looks to the bike. The bike is equipped with  LED brake lights.

Mahindra Centuro Ribs
Golden Ribs in Mahindra Centuro (Source: google.com)
Mahindra Centuro Rockstar brake lights
LED Brake Lights of Mahindra Centuro (Source: google.com)
Decals in Mahindra Centuro Rockstar
Tattoo like decals in Mahindra Centuro (Source: google.com)

When we come to Suzuki Hayate, it looks like a slim designed bike with all systems arranged in a compact manner. The face lift model comes with a fully painted side cowls which adds to the styling. The vehicle will be offered in Glass Sparkle Black- Red Graphic Glass Sparkle Black- Blue Graphic, Pearl Mirage White, Pearl Mira Red/Glass Sparkle Black and Pearl Moon Stone Grey. The bike with its styling and colour options does not give a tougher body language when compared to Mahindra Centuro Rockstar. Thus here Mahindra Centuro comes higher in design and styling.

ERGONOMICS AND BUILD QUALITY:

Comfort and eergonomics play a vital role in the minds of customers. Mahindra Centuro Rockstar has been designed keeping that in mind with extra large seats for comfort. Hayate has its own way of sleek styling of seats. Build quality of both the bikes are appreciable and are comparable to each other.

POWERTRAIN:

Centuro Rockstar is powered by Mahindra’s indigenously developed 100 cc intelligent Mci (Micro chip ignited 5-curve) Engine which delivers a power output of 8.6 PS @ 7500 RPM. It also has a patented lubrication system which helps it in achieving mileage of 85.4 kmpl as per ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) . It provides a smart balance between power and fuel economy and is coupled with 4 speed manual transmission.

Centuro Rockstar engine
Mahindra Centuro Rockstar: Micro Chip 5-Curve Ignited Engine (Source: google.com)

Suzuki Hayate comes with a 112cc engine with a mileage of around 75-80 kmpl at standard test conditions.  It comes with a 4 speed manual transmission for powering the rear wheels.  The engine provides a maximum power of 8.4 PS @ 7500 RPM.

Indigenous and fuel efficient engine of Centuro comes up in the higher position.

SUSPENSION , BRAKES AND WHEELS:

Centuro Rockstar is having telescopic coiled spring dampers in the front and five step adjustable damper in the rear. Drum brakes are installed in both front and rear wheels allowing comfortable braking responses to the rider. Alloy wheels make the bike look new and also reduces weight of the bike.

Suzuki Hayate is also equipped with telescopic coiled spring dampers in the front  and coiled spring damper in the rear with swing arm. The swing arm helps in maintaining stability at higher speeds. Drum brakes are installed in both front and rear wheels and is also equipped with alloy wheels same as that of Centuro Rockstar.

 COST AND OTHER FEATURES:

Suzuki Hayate self start model costs Rs. 47,727 on -road at Gurgaon and Centuro Rockstar costs Rs. 43,774 on-road a Gurgaon. This shows the cost effectiveness of Mahindra Centuro.

Also Centuro is equipped with features like stylish flip key, anti-theft system, easy pass switch and handle mounted choke. Suzuki Hayate comes with maintainence free battery, and tubeless tyres as its major features.

Considering all the above mentioned parameters, Mahidnra Centuro has taken lead in front of Suzuki Hayate. Mahindra is new to the two wheelers market, but still its Centuro Rockstar definetly has the potential of taking on many bikes in major aspects. Mahindra two wheelers has also shown an aggressive futuristic display of products in 2014 Auto Show with Mojo being the latest to be launched.

Recent sales report from Mahindra two wheelers shows that they have sold 2 lakh units of Centuro till day.

India Serenades with Renegade Commando

Renegade Commando

India has only a few available cruiser bikes that fit into the budget / mid budget segment. After the launch of the Avenger 220 and if you are wondering that the Royal Enfield fits into the cruiser segment, then you’re probably wrong because they are your standard motorcycles that are used by plenty of riders to cruise. Most Bike manufacturers have not made their presence felt in this category yet. However, American United Motorcycles (UM) has found a potential on Indian roads that would provide Indian cruisers an offering (well 2 offerings) that they would find hard to resist. The two small cc cruiser bikes are going to fill in the gap between choosing an Avenger 220 or the Aquilla (Hyosung) 250. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbqDkTULc7I As a part of UM’s strategic joint venture with Lohia Auto (India) the 50:50 partnership agreement between both two wheeler giants has led into the formation of UML that is set to launch the popular 'Renegade' series of bikes’ to India, thereby increasing the number of cruiser enthusiasts and riders. Adding to this exciting news Mr Ayush Lohia, Director, Lohia Auto said, "The Products of UM blend with our strength of manufacturing will definitely enthrall to Indian bike lovers. We are committed to produce the world class quality Bikes at our Kashipur plant. We are also committed to delight Indian consumers with our sales, after sales services and products." The company has initial plans of entering the Indian market with various offerings such as the 100-200 cc offerings followed by the 350-500 cc offerings. There are soon going to be around 25 dealerships spread across 15 different cities in India. Let’s take a quick look at the looks and performance of the Renegade bikes. [caption id="attachment_3075" align="aligncenter" width="1100"]"renegade commando cruiser" Image Source: images.maxabout.com[/caption] Key Features: Indians are surely going to get a hint of the true American cruisers, the vintage looks shared by the Renegade Commando reminisce cruising down a smooth road. The sexy bike has the right curves and trims to get a grip on her and take her on a ride. The bike is equipped with a mighty 17-litre fuel tank along with an emblem above the fuel cap that reads ‘Conquer the World’ (If you are riding on a few rickety Indian roads, you might conquer everything but the world) Riding the Renegade gets more fun with its single cylinder 230 cc air-cooled engine that can generate a peak power of 18 hp @8000 rpm that performs like a charm(although this might seem “middle of the road” sounding power, its performance takes this beauty a class above the rest) [caption id="attachment_3076" align="aligncenter" width="1685"]"renegade commando 225 cc engine" Image Source: performancefactory.in[/caption] There is another sweet spot with this bike, the addition of technology is a must and the bike comes loaded with it. You will find a USB port, located just under its headlight, enabling riders to charge their electrical devices that make a neat addition, there is also a Blind Spot View (BSV) another extolling feature that helps riders see vehicles in the background that they wouldn’t normally see in regular rear-view mirrors and making it easier for the rider to avoid a possibly fatal accident especially while changing lanes (this is certainly a good feature considering the worsening traffic condition on the Indian streets where roads have no rules and lead to chaos) accompanied by 110 mm front disc and 130 mm rear brakes that constitute a good gripping power and come in handy most of the time. The bike also has Anti-Flat Sealant tires that are a great addition because while cruising, there are chances of facing the flat tire and in such situations, the tires mend themselves. This is a joyous addition for bike riders and they can try riding this bike on pot-holed roads without having to worry about the tire (at least) Design and Looks: The bike has low seats as well as the typical cruiser type handle bars that bring out quite a vintage appeal. According to UM Global, the “traditional headlights, dual silencers and a stealthy matte finish round up this bike for an unavoidably sexy figure that’s worthy of a double take” which is undeniably true. [caption id="attachment_3077" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]"classy renegade commando cruiser" Image Source: performancefactory.in[/caption] You might love this bike for its lack of “gewgaw” yet maintaining its modish appeal that comes in a vintage package. It does seem a little like the Royal Enfield bikes but then again, this bike has a separate class of its own. Price: You can own this American Styled cruiser beauty (Renegade Commando) at a very aggressive price of Rs1.25 lac* which sounds like a good deal for a classy cruiser. Verdict: The Renegade Commando offers a decent mileage of around 30 km/ltr which is quite good and the bike is designed with utmost comfort and a ravishing design that provides the rider a good handling ability. The cruiser bike performs really well on smooth roads (Yes, India has a few smooth roads, so cruise and find outJ) The Cruiser might get a little challenging to steer at sharp turns and changing gears on this ride can get a little difficult during challenging conditions. But, you cannot simply ignore this beauty on wheels that comes at a very strategic price. So, if you are booking one soon, let me know. We can go explore those smooth roads in India 😛 Happy Riding 🙂

Yezdi Roadking: ForEver Bike ForEver Value

The Indian Muscle Car Hindustan Motor’s Contessa to Indian Automobile Queen Premier Padmini, these automobile legends stay in my heart forever. Many people don’t know about Indian made cars, and bikes. Even I was one of them. I knew about the Indian made cars Premier and Contessa, but I really didn’t know that India had a very own Motorcycle company too in earlier days.

I felt very sad on hearing that, like Premier, this manufacturer stopped production and became history now. The brand which was once known for its great tagline “ForEver Bike ForEver Value” – Yezdi Roadking. When I searched about this bike, I was surprised to see that, it was once compared with one of the most sought bikes in automobile history “Royal Enfield Bullet” and “Rajdoot”. This bike has a glorious history and a dramatic downfall. So, let’s find out some of the interesting aspects of our very own Indian motorcycle.

Yezdi Roadking

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History and Origin:

The Yezdi Roadking was a motorcycle which was produced in India by Ideal Jawa during 1978-1996. Ideal jawa is a Mysore based company which produced its motorcycles with a “Yezdi” signature. Like Padmini was produced under the license from FIAT, this motorcycle was also produced under the license of a Czechoslovakian company JAWA. Jawa was the biggest Eastern motorcycle manufacturing unit, producing a top capacity of 1,00,000 motorcycles annually, but unfortunately many peoples don’t know about this amazing fact and consider it as a small one.

It is also considered as one of the companies who participate in GP and Enduro Competitions till now at present too. The Jawa motorcycles were first introduced in India in 1960’s when it first released the oil king to the market. It a separate oil lube system via an oil pump, but unfortunately this model is considered as failure. The failure of this leads to the birth of road king. Yezdi Roadking was the one of the most successful and predominant model in Ideal Jawa’s History. It was based on CZ 250 ridden by rider Jaroslav Falta. With this he won runner-up spot in the 1974 motocross world championship. It also won several rallies across India. I have to quote one racing situation in the history.

Jaroslav walter and cz250ccCZ-250 Image Source: vintagebike.co.uk

Yezdi Castrol Continental Ride:

In October 1942, Deepak Kamath and G.H.Basavaraj from Bangalore undertook an expedition to travel 6 continents on this bike. Their goal is to achieve 42,038 km ride and they initially planned that, it will take around 119 days to complete it. But, what was happened was amazing. They completed the race within 47 days and thus they became the first to circumnavigate the globe in the shortest period of time. It’s really amazing. It shows how powerful the road king in reality.

After that this expedition was famed as “Yezdi Castrol Continental Ride”.

Downfall:

They are no specific reason for this bike’s downfall in particular, they are several. One of the main reason for the downfall is the vigorous competition and the Yezdi bikes was actually designed for youngsters, and those are slowly opted out from buying this bike due to the release of new models from Yamaha, and Royal Enfield. This coupled with emission norms, lack of engine upgrades  lead to the company downfall in 1996.

Technical-Specs:

These are some technical specification of Road king. Yezdi Roadking Specs

Styling:

Yezdi Roadking, the name itself has the royalty embeded in it. The masculine look of Roadking will surely attract you in the first glance itself. The most attractive part of this bike is its large unique shaped tanks, which has the monogram ‘YEZDI’ embedded on it. The two silencers at the back of the bike look very attractive and appealing. In fact this maneuver has made this bike to look like a sport material. The standard handlebar offers a comfort ride even on long travels.

The above continental ride example will prove this for sure. The only drawback in handling the bike was that the grips are hard and felt too plastic, however we could manage them by adding some good handle accessories. One of the worst case scenarios of this bike is that it is quite easily exposed to corrosion, as the internal parts have less tendency towards the environmental issues. Hence the corrosion of this bike becomes a head ache for most of the Yezdi users. Coming to seats, the seats of Roadking was real classy. It decreases the styling quotient for sure, but in the matter of comfort, these seats were better than any other bikes of that time.

Engine and Performance:

The Roadking is equipped with a 250 cc Air-cooled, two-stroke cycle, single cylinder, twin exhaust engine system. With CB point ignition system and 4-speed gearbox the road king can achieve a total power output up to 17.00 hp @ 5250 rpm and a peak torque ranging up to 2.43 Kgm at 4250 RPM.

This bike also has some unique features, the kick-starter and the gear shared the same rod and another feature is the Primary Kick can be started in any gear by just depressing the Clutch. With these unique engine and transmission features the road king could achieve higher speed up to 120KMPH.

Yezdi Roadking Engine bay                         Image Source: wikimedia.org

Handling and Braking:

The handling of this bike was very good at average speeds i.e. up to 60-65Kmph. But, while going for top speeds such as 80-90, the bike shaked sometime. This happened because the engine was directly fitted onto the bike’s chassis without any supportive elements. Hence the strain occurred on the engine that affected the bike’s handling. Road king is said to have good handling aspects while cornering and it also tends to have highest road grip. The Road king was accommodated with drum brakes at front and rear as well. Though they are not so reliable like the present disc brakes, these brakes could stop the bike without any failure at speed ranging up to 60-75Mph.

Chassis and Suspension:

As it is a motocross type, the bike was accommodated with a square tube, in a single frame type chassis work which suits for both on road and off road traveling. Coming to the suspension, Road king was accommodated with a Telescopic suspension at front & with Hydraulic Travel up to 130 mm, and in rear Hydraulic Shock Absorbers were used.

Bottom-Line:

This Road king was a true classic and surely deserves the name “King Of Indian Road”. As a true Indian, everybody should know about this bike for sure. It is my utmost pleasure to write a review on one of the most outrageous motorbike in Indian history. I feel very proud in paying tribute to this Indian pride and it will stay in my heart forever. This is a “true road king”

Face Off: Yamaha R15 vs Honda CBR 150R

 

Yamaha R15 review

The Yamaha YZF-R15  is a uni-cylinder sport motorcycle that has been in the Indian motorcycle scene since 2008  and had impressive supremacy over the rest of the sports bikes of its kind. With the same engine and chassis the R15 was descended from the V-Ixion manufactured and sold  in Indonesia , its design and looks were pretty much influenced and inspired by the Yamaha YZF-R1. The bikes petrol engine was fine tuned  to achieve higher torque and better performance , 6-speed transmission was  adopted and state of the art linked type of sport suspension was fitted at the back. Since its first appearance the Yamaha R15 has seen a major face-lift in 2011 and the contemporary version is the R15 V2.0 .

The Honda CBR is the successor to the 2-stroke Honda NSR 150 , the bike is forged and marketed in Thailand since 2002 and have been exported to many Asian and African countries. HONDA CBR 150R  is the younger sibling to the more popular CBR 250R with much similarities , it might not  be so powerful and impressive as the CBR 150R but it manages to create a balance between performance  and efficiency. The  CBR 150R  is the four stroke 150 cc sport motor bike a part of HONDA CBR series manufactured by Honda.

 

Design and Dynamics 

Honda CBR 150R

Honda CBR 150R review

Nothing can beat Honda bikes when it comes to ergonomic design and performance,  you are ought to be satisfied with the irresistible  looks and appearance  of the bike . CBR 150 with its unique head light design manages to produce a crystal clear bright beam without compromising on striking looks. If performance is needed engine has to be kept cool which is  achieved by the state of art liquid cooling system . The highlighted strips on the bike give it the true sporty character and also impressive appearance. The cowling of the bike represents the true spirit of the Honda bike racing with the perfect balance of aerodynamics and sporty style making it one of a  kind bike. The instrumental panel with its futuristic design manages to display all the information the driver needs

Yamaha R15 V2.0

Yamaha r15 review

There is no other bike of its kind which can compete with R15 in terms of  appearance and aggressive sport look.Without spoiling the racing soul of the bike  yamaha R15 was upgraded to Yamaha R15 V2 with distinct changes . The integrated split seats , the re-designed middle and rear and the futuristic taillights not only give the bike a well defined sporty look but also reduce the drag by 4%. Yamaha now fine tuned the standard upright sitting posture to a sporty lean type of sitting posture . IT is the of the first liquid cooled engine which reduce vibrations to give a high quality ride .The newly designed exhaust system add on to the sporty style of the bike , the angle at which it is mounted give the feeling of the thrust travelling upward.

When it comes to appearance  and aggressive sport looks, Yamaha R15 has the upper hand with improved  dynamics and the new design makes it the best bike of  two interms of appearance  and design.

 

Engine And Performance

Honda CBR 150R

honda cbr 150r deluxe review

The Honda CBR 150R is forged with a 149.4cc 4-stroke liquid cooled SI petrol engine , made for performance to be delivered. When the engine is put to the test it can deliver a maximum power of 17.57bhp  produced at 10500rpm . This beast is capable of producing a torque of  12.66Nm at 8500rpm. The highly responsive Honda engine enables you to zoom from 0 to 100kmph in just 11.87 sec. Honda adopted a more advanced double overhead camshaft (DOHC) mechanism which helps implementation of 4-stroke engine and better valve operation which results in impressive performance and higher speeds. When operated in its highest gear it takes a sloppy 17.52 sec to travel from 30-70kmph. When put to the real test CBR 150 R can zoom up to a maximum velocity of 125kmph. 

Yamaha R15 V2.0

Yamaha R15 V2

In the heart of this beauty lies a 149.8cc 4-stroke liquid cooled SOHC petrol engine , very conventional engine but performance is not compromised. The Yamaha R15 is capable of producing similar numbers as the CBR150R , it produces about 17PS of power at 8500rpm .It can yield a maximum torque of 15Nm revolving at 7500 rpm. To reach the magic number 100kmph all the way from stand still R15 will take you 13.15sec.  Yamaha adopted a conventional single over head shaft (SOHC) claims to have some advantage over heavier DOHC making it able to achieve low end torque when compared to DOHC engines  . In the fifth gear R15 takes just 10.75sec . The Yamaha R15 V2.o has also a very impressive maximum speed of 145kmph. R15 is a more lively engine with better throttle response especially around the corners.

Both the bikes are neck to neck interms of performance and numbers , it is tough to conclude but the winner in this section would be the Yamaha R15 . The low end toque capability allows the r15 to zoom through the city traffic without any hitch and the huge ingear margin makes it the best performing sport bike of its kind.

Ride and Handling

Yamaha r15 v2 vs Honda CBR 150

Honda CBR 150R

Honda CBR 150R opted dual disc brakes for the front and back tires for superb braking performance and with perfect safety and confidence for the buyers. It has the diamond type rigid frame work to give a strong backbone , there is no compromise when it comes to ergonomics in the CBR . The steering of the bike is light and smooth with all the ample space and the clip on handle bars gives such pleasure to ride it . The bikes is fitted with the usual telescopic suspension up front and the mono-shocks at the rear combined with the larger rear wheel gives the best possible ride. The CBR’s perfect balance of ergonomics and performance with its ability to outrun the r15 gives its riders such pleasure to explore its full potential .

Yamaha R15 V2.0

Yamaha R15 also uses a rigid frame well known delta frame which is also used in the YamahaR1 , combined with the rear disc brakes gives perfect safety for the riders. The more radial rear tire gives it better grip than the CBR . The disappointing factor about the bike is the cramped cockpit making it little tough to make the sharp turns and maneuvers.It has a rather agressive and sporty sitting posture when compared to the CBR.

Well we have a clear winner in this section and it is the CBR 150R , with the balance of ergonomics and performance , making it the bike which is more committed to the track.

 

The Verdict:

The clear cut victor would be the Yamaha R15 for conquering 2/3 sections , Whether it be the low gear performance or ingear margin CBR cant match with the R15 .Conquering the roads with high speed and performance or moving through the city traffic without any hitch R15 does the job perfectly .Both the bikes give about the same range of mileage 35-40 kmpl . Despite the aggressive sport look and ease to ride it comes with  such affordable price tag when compared to the more expensive CBR 150R making it  the best buy among the two .

Harley Davidson – LiveWire… the electric machine!

Electric bikes have been around longer than you expected. The first electric motorcycle was patented in 1897. Then, there was no progress in the electric motorcycle development for about a 100 years. Now, a lot of manufacturers are taking interest in the electric motorcycle and one of the most conservative, conventional and traditional manufacturer, Harley Davidson, has taken interest in the electric motorcycle and started project LiveWire.

Harley Davidson - LiveWire
LiveWire Badge

It is good to see the company progressing and coming up with such new ideas.

Harley-Davidson kicked off a US tour travelling through 30 Harley dealerships and it also intends to do the same across Europe and Canada. All this to show the product and take a customer survey.

Harley Davidson - LiveWire bikes
Prototype LiveWire’s

Anyone who thinks about Harley’s, the first thing that comes to mind in a beautifully thumping V-Twin Motor. The Project Live Wire is nothing like that. It is an opportunity for Harley Davidson’s customers to get on an all electric motorcycle and give Harley Davidson a little feedback on what they feel.

We as human beings have a tendency to resist change. It’s just a natural phenomenon. Over time we then come to accept these changes. The traditional Harley riders are a little skeptical about this change and want to stick to the traditional loud bikes but the feedback from the newer generation riders has been amazing. The bike is pegged for female riders and customers from other brands too.

Harley Davidson does not intend to change over to these types of bikes. The V-Twin powered bikes will continue to be produced alongside.

The biggest problem with any vehicle powered by electricity is range. The range on this concept has been optimized as a demonstration vehicle of 53 miles. They are taking feedback from riders about what sort of range they would like on the bike.
The battery technology is fast growing and over time, when this motorcycle does come into production, it will have a really optimized range.

The design team who makes the Harley’s, have their design centered around the jewel of the bike, the v-twin engine, similarly, the design of the LiveWire was designed to focus and highlight on the longitudinally mounted motor. The motor looks like an in-line 4 cylinder engine when you look at the casing.

The bike uses a traditional Harley Davidson belt drive and is a single speed gearbox. This gives amazing throttle response and a 0-100 kmph just under 4 seconds.

Harley Davidson - LiveWire speed
Harley Davidson LiveWire

The stance of the bike is aggressive, which features an ultra light cast aluminium frame weighing just above 6 kgs. The whole bike weighs 210 kgs. A adjustable rear mounted mono shock suspension, fully adjustable inverted front forks.

The bike is really comfortable for people of all sizes and girls as well.

The design is a blend of both old and new, the lights are are a combination of both reflector and projector LED technology and all the lights are full LED. LED’s certainly are expensive but they are light, compact and consume very less power and at the same time provide bright illumination.

Harley Davidson - LiveWire looks
Full LED front Headlamps and Indicator Stocks

The instrument cluster, a touchscreen interface, isn’t completely integrated into the design and looks like a large smartphone or tablet.

Harley Davidson - LiveWire dashboard
Touchscreen Instrument Cluster

The bike is great for new riders as it has no clutch, no gears to shift and is a complete get on and go bike. The only things that need a service are the brake fluids and the tires.

The team made some deliberate decisions as far as the sound of the bike is concerned. Unlike other electric bikes which are distinctly silent, the LiveWire makes a characteristic sound. It’s best described as the sound of a jet engine. The sound is based on a gear noise and not artificially generated. The longitudinally mounted motor which is transmitted up a bevel gear which helps make its characteristic sound.

To start the bike, flick a switch from the off position to the run position which is activated by the key fob, similar to the key-less entry systems on cars. Then press and hold the start button.

Before starting off, riders have to choose between a range mode and a power ride mode which run for 59 & 29 miles respectively on full charge. However, to switch over you need to stop.

The ride is pleasant at speed and the bike is light weight and handles it really well. Top speed is 92 MPH. The re-gen is just amazing and the brake pads are hardly used. Both used in conjunction is really amazing and the bike has only one disc on the front. This is more than sufficient. The throttle is progressive and at no point does it lurch or jerk in any way.
Compared to the traditional Harley’s with the foot clutch and hand shift this is the complete opposite to ride.

The LiveWire is a running prototype that will set the baseline for the models that Harley’s generate, based on the same concept.

Harley Davidson - LiveWire specifications
Harley Davidson LiveWire

I commend Harley Davidson from sticking their head in the sand and making the same thing year in and year out. It is the reason why we saw the demise of many British motorcycle companies and also Indian. As traditional a manufacturer as Harley Davidson may be, it is good to see them thinking ahead about the future.

In a couple of years when electric bike’s become faster and more convenient, that is when the revolution is going to start and i am confident that Harley Davidson will be one of the leaders to be a part of this revolution.