Kawasaki Z800- an Overview

“Big bikes means big cost” , more the power you desire more it is going to cost you – oh yeah ! It is amazing to witness the ever growing  number of multi-cylinder bikes in the Indian market. There is one thing common with  all these multi-cylinder bikes though , they come with a huge price tag !  😐

Kawasaki have their reputation to be considered, they manufacture the meanest and most desirable super bikes world wide . This Japanese mean machine might not just awe-strike you in the first look or feel , but  it gradually grows on to you like music. The more you listen to a song the more you will love it  , Kawasaki Z800 is exactly the same- the more you ride and romp with it the more you will helplessly fall in love with it .

Kawasaki Z800

Much of the soul and body was inspired all the way from 1972 when Kawasaki Z series was introduced .The  Z1,  was one of a kind  motorcycle of its time, in the heart of the Kawasaki Z800 lies a  82bhp, 900cc in-line, four-cylinder gasoline engine that is good for over 200kph, which stands as a milestone in the era of super bikes . The Kawasaki Z800 has a very assertive and muscular look which every street head must posses.It is forged in such a brilliant way that you will be nodding in appreciation. Seating for the motor cycle is straight out of a street naked handbook – with a flat and wide handle bar , the foot pegs are slightly raised and towards the rear and there is that massive tank to lock your knees in.You will have to lean your body weight forward to achieve  a comfortable ride.

Design and Appearance 

The all new Kawasaki Z800 (as it is called – the muscular bike ) has a very comprehensive muscle bound look . The only factor that differentiates the much pricy Z1000 and the Z800 is that awesome looking headlight you get with the Z1000. The headlight gleams bright enough with an impressive spread of light  .The bikes instrument cluster is surprisingly easy to read  and also not to mention very informative . There are loads of aggression in-terms of looks of the bike but it lacks a modern essence. Its tail lamps give a nice opposing look and nice touch to the bikes appearance.Then there is the weight factor, it weighs a staggering  231kg ( you will have slight trouble battling the city traffic and performing sharp cuts and turns)

Engine and Performance 

In the heart of this magnificent beast lies a powerhouse of a 806cc petrol engine that produces 113PS at 10,200rpm while 83Nm of torque at a peak of 8000rpm.The engine is so smooth that you almost can’t feel it humming under your seat. This beauty is more than what it meets the eye, just the slightest press on throttle you will find yourself zooming at a high speed in a heartbeat. The engine responses so urgently, so swiftly that it gives such a pleasure to ride it , this is the reason why we Indians just cant resist a four cylinder engine .The clutch is little bit stiff but not so unmanageable , this stiffness gives a slight jerk while you press on to the throttle .The Kawasaki Z800 has a short gear which is typical of a street bike making it so well founded . The company claims that it cant reach from 0 to the magic figure of 100kmph in just 3.5sec and pull out a maximum of 120000 rpm. This beast is claimed to achieve high speeds around of 2oo kmph .

Kawasaki Z800 wheelie  Similar to all those other naked bikes , once you cross speed limits of 180 kmph it becomes such a physical struggle to keep up to the fight with such terrific gales. It is undoubtedly one the most quickest bikes around and the brake system is just so tremendous and so impressive. It might not be so robust as its bigger brother the Kawasaki  Z1000, but is just strong enough to decelerate you efficiently.The twin front brakes offers you a crisp bite and good movement . It looks a bit stiff but it is very surprisingly smooth and has very damp suspensions. It is so noticeable that each and every bump is so smooth, you would fall in love with it instantly. When taken on a long drive – it certainly runs smooth and crisp !

Specifications  

Displacement: 806.00 ccm (49.18 cubic inches)
Engine type: V2, four-stroke
Power: 111.30 HP (81.2 kW)) @ 10200 RPM
Torque: 83.00 Nm (8.5 kgf-m or 61.2 ft.lbs) @ 8500 RPM
Compression: 11.9:1
Bore x stroke: 71.0 x 50.9 mm (2.8 x 2.0 inches)
Valves per cylinder: 4
Fuel system: Injection
Fuel control: OHV
Ignition: Digital
Lubrication system: Forced lubrication, wet sump
Cooling system: Liquid
Transmission type, final drive: Chain
Clutch: Wet multi-disc, manual
Driveline: Sealed chain
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Frame type: Tubular backbone (with engine sub-frame), high-tensile steel
Rake (fork angle): 31.0°
Front suspension: 41 mm inverted fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Rear suspension: Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock with piggyback reservoir and stepless rebound damping and preload adjustability
Front tyre dimensions: 120/70-ZR17
Rear tyre dimensions: 180/55-ZR17
Front brakes: Double disc. Petal discs, dual opposed 4-piston
Front brakes diameter: 310 mm (12.2 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc. Petal disc, single-piston
Rear brakes diameter: 250 mm (9.8 inches

source: http://www.kawasaki.eu/en/products/sports/2014/z800

Bottom Line:

Kawasaki  Z800 isn’t just a toned down friendly bike , it has very impressive and has a lively engine , it handles things magnificently and brakes even better . Adding on to this , with its upright seating gives a pleasant ride quality and has no heating issues.

The Kawasaki Z800 isn’t the best of its kind or the most perfect naked bike but all that power and performance with such an attractive price makes it the most affordable four stroke engines around.

For more info visit:  http://kawasaki-india.com

Ducati -Demystifying The Diavel

Ducati:

Exhilarated just by the looks? Read on and cruise though the darkest side of power.

The Ducati Diavel is definitely sexier than any super hot model! Innovative curves that evoke your senses, the wicked LED lights that glare into your very soul, and a brutish force that just wouldn’t stop. Although the Ducati Diavel has the looks of a cruiser, its sporty looks would leave you bewildered.

The Demon on Wheels:

The posture permeates supremacy and a confident prowling force. The Diavel’s wide sinewy shoulders caress the engine and lead towards the belly-fairing oil cooler, adding masculinity to the bike.

After unveiling the 2015 Ducati Diavel at the 84th Geneva Motor Show held at Switzerland, The Italian Motorcycle Manufacturer emphasized on the striking features, a meaner design and charged with more power than ever, making it a noteworthy cruiser that is going to “top” the cruiser bike list soon.

DUCATI DIAVEL
DUCATI DIAVEL Image Source: www.complex.com

The Diavel 2015 is going to sport evolutionary changes.  Although, the existing design might seem just about same to the untrained eye, the design has undergone functional upgrades, making Diavel more desirable. The headlight has got a whole new look with the newly installed sports all LED illumination, the indicators carry the same LED design. The rider can derive the benefits of the new dual seat that provides better comfort to the seated duo.

WHAT'S NEW: Beside the functional upgrades, the 2015 Ducati Diavel is going to roar louder than ever, with an updated 1198 cc Testastretta-11° Dual Spark Engine.

[caption id="attachment_874" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]TESTASTRETTA 110DUAL SPARK ENGINE TESTASTRETTA 110DUAL SPARK ENGINE Image Source: www.motorcycle-usa.com[/caption] The completely new and upgraded engine will have combined intake and exhaust ports, the cam timing is also going to face complete changes. Diavel is also going to be graced with new pistons that would ensure a better compression ratio than the previous versions and the fuel spraying is also going to be taken care of by installing new fuel injectors. The new engine has enhanced power and improved performance. You can expect a vigorous 162 Horse power from the new engine with 9250 RPM producing 130.5 Nm of torque at 8000 RPM. The new engine is paired up with a 6-speed transmission. Ducati has added Marzocchi forks to the Diavel along with monoblock Brembo ABS Brakes to calm the beast. The tires on the Diavel are as Legendary as the bike. The 120 mm front tyre and the 240-section rear tyre is built to handle you like a baby (made by Pirelli Diablo Rosso II) taking you closer to a safely handled prodigious ride. [caption id="attachment_875" align="aligncenter" width="275"]Ducati Diavel tyres Image Source: www.il-ducatista.com[/caption] The bar risers in Diavel are certainly a prominent upgrade, you might also be impressed by the TFT screen that has been smartly straddled upon the fuel tank which also features three different riding modes that the rider can choose from; The Sport mode, The Touring mode and the Urban mode that are pretty much self explanatory.  Other featured displays include side-stand warning light, LCD that displays speed, RPM etc. VERSIONS: The Ducati Diavel is going to be made available in two versions. You can choose between the standard Dark Stealth version which has a black theme embracing the entire bike or you could choose the Red Diavel Carbon version that has more offerings such as stainless steel silencers, carbon finish, and black wheels paired with red trellis frame. You can also opt for the Star White Carbon I. One of the accessory that would make you fall in love with the Diavel is the black ceramic coated header pipes which look marvelous, they help lowering about a third of  the surface temperature of the exhaust.
[caption id="attachment_878" align="aligncenter" width="639"]Termignoni silencers on Ducati Diavel Carbon Termignoni silencers on Ducati Diavel Carbon. Image Source: www.my-italia.us[/caption] As an option you might also upgrade your Diavel with Termignioni silencers. What else would one expect? Diavel costumed with carbon fiber finish and Marchesini forged aluminum wheels. Makes you want to spend valentines day with this 205 kg engineered critter.  The Diavel carbon embodies peculiar styling with a frolic soul that keeps the rider thrilled. Booking One: Who says you cannot own the Diavel? You can own the  Diavel Dark Stealth for $ 17,995 (Approx Rs. 11 lakhs +) or if you want to go into the extremes, you can get the 2015 Red/Star White Diavel Carbon which costs $ 20,995 (12.60 lakhs +) only 🙂 Bottom Line: The 2015 Ducati Diavel has revolutionized the belief about cruiser bikes. "With great power comes greater competition". The Diavel 2015 is certain to contend with bikes such as the KTM 1290 Super Duke or the Honda Valkyrie.The Diavel 2015 certainly seems to have the Ducati DNA running in it. The design speaks of a legacy that comes from passionate motorcycling wrapped with a stunning design. If you are a Ducati fan, You wouldn't want to miss the Diavel.  Happy Riding!!! Visit the Ducati Websitehttp://www.ducati.com ————————————————————————————————- Like this post?  Please share generously 🙂

KTM 390 Duke-Ownership Review

During the middle Ages, the title “Duke” refers to the member of noble classes or the Monarch ruling a fief. In India, people are not much used to this title until few years ago, when Austria based motorcycle manufacturer KTM launched its KTM Bikes here. Bajaj autos has partnered with KTM to launch a series of KTM bikes in India. This partnership has seen a runaway success through the KTM 200 Duke and KTM 390 Duke. KTM 390 Duke was launched in India in mid 2013.

Lead up:

I have owned a Yamaha RX100, Pulsar 150 and Pulsar 200NS so far. Pleased with the performance of Pulsar motorbikes, i would call myself as a fan. Bajaj Auto owns a considerable stake in KTM, which produces KTM bikes at the Chakan unit, Pune. As per the law of natural progression I started to look for my next valuable possession which is an orange and black KTM 390 Duke.  I opted for this color scheme due to its striking attitude and eye catching graphics. And finally took delivery of the bike from Khivraj motors, Bangalore.

With the Bike:

KTM 390

 KTM 390 Duke:

If you feel that KTM 200 Duke offers you adequate power, you need to rethink because KTM 390 offers you much more. The fun of riding a KTM 390 comes from the 375 CC liquid cooled single cylinder engine. The moment you start to shift gears, you will feel the racier personality of the bike which starts to surround the rider too. KTM 390 refined 6 speed gearbox gives you a rewarding experience at higher rpm. KTM 390 develops 43bhp which gives this leaner bike a better power to weight ratio. The bike starts to give a satisfying performance starting from 5000 rpm onwards.

KTM 390

The factory fitted silencer is not an Akrapovic, but the 3 chamber silencer is well positioned near to the overall center of gravity of the bike. The exhaust note sounds music to your ears at higher power band. Catalytic converter helps in meeting the emission norms. The 11 litre fuel tank is ergonomically designed which offers a better knee contact. The front and rear disc brakes offer a better braking experience. The front disc is fitted on the left side and the rear one on the right side of the tire.

The wide rear metzeler tire offers better grip in dry and wet road conditions. The riding position is good and not compromised for its sporty stance. Even when taking long trips – given the fact that I used to do frequent weekend trips from Bangalore to Mysore on KTM 390. It’s faster as well as quicker. It’s brilliant. Now coming to factors which could have been better is its overheating and pillion seat comfort. Overheating makes me uncomfortable at times especially in bumper to bumper traffic. The Pillion seat is comfortable only if you have model type girlfriend 😉  Coming to the running costs, I am getting around a mileage of 30 km/litre.

KTM bikes

Dealership Experience:

I bought the bike from Khivraj motors in Bangalore and I am happy with the dealership experience. After sales service is good and they do it in a timely manner. So far I haven’t done any aftermarket fitments and no plans in near future too.

Bottom-line:

KTM doesn’t face much competition in this segment in India, as there are not much competitor bikes except the Royal Enfield Continental GT. KTM 390 Duke was awarded “Bloomberg TV-Autocar Bike of the Year 2014” and “2014 CNBC TV-18 Overdrive Bike of the Year”. The reason cited was its performance, ride, handling, decent fuel efficiency and a value for money (price-tag) in a winning package. I expect the KTM will sure do a good job, when they launch their much expected KTM 125 for the young, price conscious consumer segment. Among the various Bikes in India, KTM bikes standout among the crowd and it’s a sure head turner which I personally have observed many times. This bike lives truly to the KTM motto of “Ready to Race” for bike enthusiasts. I would say in one line about KTM bikes as “The Austrian prince who has won Indian bikers hearts”.

A word of caution: I would suggest my fellow bikers to wear the right gear and choose the right helmet (with proper safety ratings). Ride defensively at crowded places which will make you less vulnerable. At the same time, enjoy your driving and happy motoring.

My Dream Bike: Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R

Thanks to Parashuram for sharing his Ownership experience

Visit the KTM India website: http://www.ktm.com/in

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Bajaj Avenger – The Bhadsha of Indian cruisers

Bajaj Avenger  – a beast on the road with a vengeance of 220 cc ! Haha 🙂 Yes I call it the  ” Bhadsha of the INDIAN cruisers “, you will for sure nod your head  after reading through this post . Bajaj Avenger is the first of its kind home grown power cruiser manufactured by Bajaj Auto. The Design and making of this motorcycle, was inspired from Bajaj/kawasaki  ” Eliminator”   powered by a KAWASAKI engine. The Bajaj Avenger 180cc was the first and primitive model in 2005 . Then in 2007 arrived the  Avenger 200cc  into the Indian market. The contemporary model is the  ” Bajaj Avenger 220cc DTSi ” which is the most affordable and the most value for money cruiser in India .

Bajaj Avenger 220 DTSi

The Avenger has seen a remarkable growth since its arrival and has remained as milestone in journeyof  the home grown cruisers. The only competitor it has faced since is the Thunder Bird. A very interesting advancement in the newer version is  the third generation throttle ignition control system. This kind’a technology allows you to control the ignition directly from the throttle itself. This gives a a smooth drive with better balance between drive-ability and the optimum ignition spark. The result is perfect ignition spark for every throttle open.

If this is not thrilling enough let the figures do the talking  :

– It runs on its powerhouse, a 220cc  air cooled ,four stroke engine.

– It puts out a 18.8bhp with 1.8kgm of torque.

– That’s more than enough to propel you and the avenger to its tops speed of 114kmph ( before you run out of road ).

– It also has an attractive mileage ranging from 40-45 kmpl to satisfy our Indian mentality . I have personally seen it touch nearly 130 kmpl ( 127).

Design and Looks:

Avenger  has that elegant , gleemy look of a cruiser and the power of a sports bike . It has shiny chrome finishing on the fuel tank, which gives a edge to its looks and also the chrome finishing on the sides and the exhaust gives it an even more attractive look. A large 14 lit capacity tank gives better look and extra storage. Its long handles and the added windshield sets aside its own kind of driving trend. It’s the most wanted beautiful beast & personally I like the way it looks  more than the Thunder Bird ( oh yeah ).. It has a cool looking speedometer , odometer and an added battery life indicator on its body. I am pretty confident that once you give it a test drive for sure you will become a die hard fan of the Avenger

Bajaj-Avenger-220cc-7

Pros:

The Bajaj Avenger for sure gives a dream come true driving experience . You name it , cursing on a highway or gliding through the hectic city traffic, the Bajaj Avenger always has the edge & never ceases to impress you. It’s the new trend setting style of biking among the youth. It can be called the ” THE BEAU BESTIA ” which means the beautiful beast 🙂

  • Avenger has that low-slung body and a unique sitting posture which gives you and your vehicle a very good look while driving  and also better dynamics which again gives a better performance.

  • Its seat is made of a duel density material making ride’s really comfortable and pleasant to sit on. Interestingly it has a back rest for the pillion rider.

  • Usually when your bike battery runs out the only way you can find out is when the engine doesn’t self start . Well you don’t need to worry about that if you have an Avenger as it has an added feature for low battery indication .

  • The lastest advanced techonology DTSi Engine ,IGNITION WITH A DIGITAL C.D.I. ,TRICS III ,EXHAUSTEC .  makes it the best buy in its range.

  • When you press on the throttle you can feel that amazing jerk , that power rushing  from the engine which accelerates your bike like the wind ( I personaly love that feeling when you ride an Avenger )

  • The back wheels and the front wheels have been fitted with larger disc brakes which gives you smoother deceleration and added safety for you and the vehicle.

  • The Bajaj Avenger is so light weight when compared to other cruisers and is designed to have  low center of gravity giving it a better grip and extraordinary stability at higher speeds.

  • That unique Forward foot sitting posture sets it apart from all the other bikes and makes it the most comfortable ride.

  • Bajaj Avenger gives an option for  those riders who wish to have a windshield to achieve that  chopper look and also to protect themselves from debris flying off the roads .

  • With all these attractive fractures , beautiful looks and  also being so  affordable makes it the best buy in the Indian motorcycle market ( oh man I really cant stop raving about this machine )

Cons :

  • Comparing the mileage it gives to those other economic bikes  like discover its rather disappointing

  • Personally I felt the only glitch it had was that it has a rigid gear changing system.The gear changing mechanism should have been smoother and better.

  • If you are a tall and a hefty person its low lying posture might be not feel so comfortable for you.

Visit Bajaj Autos Website: http://www.bajajauto.com

Yamaha R25 – Prelaunch review

A great painter once said ”Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it

He said it because I’m sure he hasn’t seen this thing of a beauty. This hot sports machine, sent the bike world on a spin when they showcased its racing capacity on the 2013 Tokyo motor show, the R25 concept and later in 2014 Auto Expo in Delhi, India.

Yamaha R25

The Path:

Yamaha acquired a cult status in India through its 2 stroke performance bike Yamaha RX100, the bike known for its sleek design, quick acceleration, excellent build quality and easy maneuver. Around the same period of time, RD350 was sold in India. Yamaha, in 2008 launched the sportier R15 & later upgraded the same with R15 V2.0 in 2011 with more awesome features to woo bike enthusiasts. We’ve been long hearing Yamaha working on a 250cc bike to fill the demanding quarter liter class which has been long dominated by the likes of Honda CBR250R and recently Kawasaki has also made its intentions of playing a key role with its Ninja 300 in this segment. Many taunted Yamaha’s entry as ‘too little, too late!’ … well, Is it so? HELL NO!!! … The time taken by Yamaha has paid off; they’ve come out with this brutal beauty that would easily manage to send your girlfriend sitting behind screaming at any given day of the year:)

Valentino Rossi (MotoGP World Champion) Rides Yamaha R25:

Yamaha R25:

The Bike is a feast for the rider with its sporty twin headlights, an overhead pilot light and rear LED lights; it takes its design pattern from its older sibling the R6S and R1. The sharp lines and the cutting side mirrors mounted on the front cowl make it look sleek and aerodynamic. At the heart of R25 is a 250cc parallel-twin 8-valve liquid cooled engine that produces a staggering 36 HP @ 12000 rpm that puts it in its own league, overpowering the baby ninja and Honda’s CBR250R by a long shot. It comes with a 6 speed gearbox. The R25 doesn’t come low in the torque department as well, producing 22.1 NM peak torque @ 10000 revs its any riders delight. It has a 14 liter tank and weighs 166kg (Kerb). The Speedo console being Analog-digital gives it a fresh look. Yamaha is known for their power across the wide rev band and excellent handling dynamics. Yamaha has carefully designed the same so that the bike can be used for day to day commute as well. Its firm and sporty telescopic front and monoshock rear coupled with 10 spoke wide radial would encourage its tamer to take any curve with confidence at any speeds. The bike comes with 3 color options: Black predator, Diablo Red and Racing Blue.

Competitor bikes: Honda CBR 250R, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Suzuki Inazuma 250

Bottom-line: Yamaha has unleashed the racer in the younger crowd with its earlier models. Although Yamaha R25 is launched in Indonesia at present, this mean machine has made every biker enthusiasts in India to try and get their hands dirty. Including Me! Yamaha has got one heck of a stallion in its shed. As “The Doctor” Rossi says in the test ride video, this bike should pack a punch and get ready for the sucker punch effect. The bike is expected to be launched around the end of this year or early next year in India. Worth the wait!

Keep yourself updated with further news on Yamaha R25 here on TurboZens!

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