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Royal Enfield Himalayan put to durability test
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Royal Enfield Himalayan put to durability test

The Royal Enfield Himalayan was a milestone for the brand as it not only broke away from the traditional RE format of classic motorcycles, but also ushered in a new era of affordable adventure tourers. While the Himalayan is likeable in many ways unfortunately it was plagued by several issues. The updated, BSIV variant is said to be a lot more reliable. Recently, folks at ADV Pulse decided to put the Himalayan through its paces. Here are their observations - Engine: With the 411cc, 24 horsepower motor that redlines at 6,500 RPM, the Himalayan is incapable of tearing itself apart. There were no mechanical issues with the motor in spite of rigorous tests. Transmission: Ride it more like a 125 two-stroke, to keep the momentum up and not letting the RPMs drop too low. The ga...
Ford Freestyle goes off-road at CBC Ford Fest in Mavelikkara, Kerala
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Ford Freestyle goes off-road at CBC Ford Fest in Mavelikkara, Kerala

Have you heard of a new segment CUV ? Ford has a answer for that. Christened as Compact Utility Vehicle (CUV), Ford recently launched the Freestyle in India which is essentially the rugged, cross-hatch version of the Figo. But I'm not going to get into the details of the Freestyle here. I am going to share my drive experience at the CBC Ford Fest . The event was organised in Mavelikkara, Kerala by India’s one of the youngest off-road racer Athira Murali  in association with CBC Ford Thumpoly, Alappuzha . It was an honour to be a part of this event and was one of the best platform to explore the Freestyle's off-road capability. The 2-day event, 24th - 25th May, 2018, saw participation of potential customers and enthusiasts experience the Ford Freestyle.   Th...
Kia gifts the Stinger to Rafael Nadal – the world’s number one tennis player
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Kia gifts the Stinger to Rafael Nadal – the world’s number one tennis player

Kia Motors has delivered a new Kia Stinger to Rafael Nadal, the world's number one tennis player and global ambassador for Kia. Nadal started his relationship with Kia Motors in Spain in 2004, in the early stages of his professional tennis career.  President of Kia Motors Iberia Yangseop Gihl, Managing Director Emilio Herrera, and Marketing and Communications Director Ricardo de Diego handed the car over to the tennis star at the Rafael Nadal Academy in Manacor, Majorca – Nadal’s home town. Emilio Herrera commented: “Nadal is the best ambassador a brand could dream of, and we have had the privilege of having grown together. Rafa represents consistency, effort, modesty and passion. These are values we have in common. We are honoured to hand him the keys to a new Stinger, the most ...
Bikers ride to retrace story of the man behind ‘The White Revolution in India’
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Bikers ride to retrace story of the man behind ‘The White Revolution in India’

Motorcyclists loaded with full of energy and enthusiasm are geared up to embark on a 1600 km journey from Kozhikode in Kerala to Anand in Gujarat on their Royal Enfields. The purpose of the journey to retrace the life and work of the nation’s beloved Father of the White Revolution in India; Dr. Verghese Kurien.   Bikers Arun, Surjit, Rex Sulu, Athira & Hisham who initiated the #IntroducingDrKurien will be joined by other bikers from the cities of Kozhikode, Mangalore, Goa, Kolhapur, Pune, Mumbai and Vadodara. The ride was flagged off at Milma Dairy, Kozhikode on November 20, 2017. The event was graced with the presence of Shri P T Gopal Kurup (Chairman, MILMA) and Shri K M Jhala (Chief Operating Officer, AMUL). The bikers will be reaching Anand on November 26, ...
Electric vehicles can cause job loss at workshops? Here’s why
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Electric vehicles can cause job loss at workshops? Here’s why

It takes people to make cars: to lift and install parts, check quality, test-drive them after assembly, and so forth. Automation has eliminated many of the jobs performed by humans a century ago and now the electric cars may pose a new threat: they will require even fewer workers to build. "EV’s maintenance cost to be 1% of ICE vehicles; can cause job loss at workshops", Abhay Firodia, President of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) Source: http://auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com A simple calculation: a battery-electric car has fewer than 200 moving parts, while a vehicle with a modern, turbocharged, multi-valve engine and nine-speed transmission (and perhaps all-wheel drive) has 10 to 30 times that number. EVs are much easier and cheaper to build than vehic...
Ranveer Singh turns 32. Gifts himself an Aston Martin Rapide S
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Ranveer Singh turns 32. Gifts himself an Aston Martin Rapide S

Birthday boy Ranveer Singh gifted himself a brand new Aston Martin Rapide S. The 32 years old Bollywood actor was spotted driving his newest prized possession late night in Mumbai with his friend and fellow actor Deepika Padukone. The supercar is powered by a 6-litre V12 of a monstrous engine under the hood that pumps out 552 bhp of power at 6000 rpm and 630 Nm of peak torque that kicks in at 5000 rpm, while paired to a ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission. It is the most powerful Rapide engine ever built by the automaker and helps the saloon sprint from 0-100 kmph in just 4.2 seconds. The top speed is rated at 327 kmph. Suspension duties are handled by independent double wishbones at the front and rear with an Adaptive Damping System, while the safety list comprises dua...
Lost Sojourn Drifters (LSD) announces tour to Phuket and Phi Phi Islands
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Lost Sojourn Drifters (LSD) announces tour to Phuket and Phi Phi Islands

In November this year, Lost Sojourn Drifters (LSD) will be heading to Thailand. Initiated by motorcycle riders- Vartika and Prajakta, Lost Sojourn Drifters will be organising a 6-day tour to Thailand covering Phuket and Phi Phi Islands. Interested can join the trip with LSD Girls. Started in January 2017, LSD has been exploring various parts of India on their motorcycles. " Our aim is to make travel glamorous, on a backpacking budget. Every journey of ours is magical. We take you across the different cultures, food, people, historic places and also see that it is filled with thrill, freedom, creativity, adventure and excitement", says Vartika, Co-founder, LSD. The Trip to Thailand will be commencing in November this year and the dates are yet to be announced. The 6-day tour will ...
Belkin hosts its first Photo contest #LiveBelkin across 11 countries in Asia Pacific
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Belkin hosts its first Photo contest #LiveBelkin across 11 countries in Asia Pacific

Belkin® – the market leader in tech accessories will be launching a month long campaign, #LiveBelkin, from 19 June – 17 July 2017.  This campaign urges everyone to stay charged, live on the go, make a statement about themselves, and make time for life’s best moments. 3 weekly winners from India will be chosen based on their creativity. They will win CEA award winning Valet Charger Power Pack worth INR 7000 #LiveBelkin will go live across 11 countries (Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam) from 19 June – 17 July 2017. Every week, the participants can share their photos of adventures on hashtag #LiveBelkin. Participants are required to post their photo entry on either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. All national wi...
Richard Hammond survives crash while filming ‘ The Grand Tour’ driving show
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Richard Hammond survives crash while filming ‘ The Grand Tour’ driving show

Richard Hammond, the former Top Gear presenter, was involved in a harrowing crash where his car burst into flames today. Hammond, who was filming scenes for 'The Grand Tour' series for Amazon. Richard Hammond was driving the $1m Rimac Concept One electric super car then went off the road and slid down the hillside, where it later caught fire. He escaped serious injury and was airlifted to hospital after climbing out of the car on his own. It was Hammond’s second crash in three months while filming The Grand Tour series for Amazon. In March, he was knocked unconscious after falling off a motorbike in Mozambique.   The Rimac Concept One, made in Croatia, costs nearly $1 million and was designed to help promote the zero-emission Formula E motor sport. The car is capable o...
Tata Motors to implement hierarchy free culture
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Tata Motors to implement hierarchy free culture

Tata Motors has decided to scrap designation policy in its bid to create a hierarchy free culture in the company. All managers between L1-L5 grades who have a team reporting to them will use the job title 'Head' followed by the function/department. Designations such as general manager, senior general manager, deputy general manager, vice-president and senior vice-president are among those that will be scrapped. Other employees, who are largely at the front end and do not have teams reporting into them, also known as individual contributors (IC4 - IC6), will only use the title of the function/department after their name. At this stage, however, the Executive Committee comprising of the MD and CEO and the leadership team, will continue to use their designations. The company expects ...
NASA Mars Rover Concept Vehicle unveiled at Kennedy Space Center
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NASA Mars Rover Concept Vehicle unveiled at Kennedy Space Center

NASA has unveiled a new concept for a vehicle that could one day transport next generation of space explorers. Created by Parker Brothers Concepts, the rover is 8.5 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 3.3 metres high, sitting on six massive wheels and weighing 2.7 tonnes. It can carry up to four astronauts and has a detachable mobile lab. Despite its bulk, the vehicle can reach a speed of 110 km/h, thanks to an electric motor powered by solar panels and a 700-volt battery, though it's not likely to travel more than 24 km/h in the atmosphere and terrain of Mars. It features life-support systems, navigation and communication systems, and design and materials that relate to conditions and resources on Mars.     Two previous rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, landed o...
KABALI mania- Vehicles wrapped with Rajini’s movie posters go viral
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KABALI mania- Vehicles wrapped with Rajini’s movie posters go viral

Rajinikanth's latest movie Kabali is up for release this Friday and the promotions are on at full swing. From Rajini-themed buses in Mumbai, cars pimped-out in Kabali wraps, special flight from Bengaluru to Chennai and with some companies having declared a holiday on Friday for watching the movie, fans are leaving no stone unturned for the star's latest movie. (more…)
Fiancée taken for a ride, quite literally
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Fiancée taken for a ride, quite literally

In a very elaborate yet unique fashion a biker from Pune threw a surprise for his bride to be. Ankit Jha, a software engineer based out of Hinjewadi, Pune threw a double whammy on his fiancée, Nazli Patel. While introducing her to his friends of the biking community he set up a bunch of surprises for her. (more…)
GQ Motorcycle Run Record: 6-riders, 6011kms, 118hrs 35mins. (Part 1)
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GQ Motorcycle Run Record: 6-riders, 6011kms, 118hrs 35mins. (Part 1)

The Golden Quadrilateral is a highway network connecting 5 major Cities of India namely Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai with a road length of 5846kms. Six motorcycle riders from a biking group “Brother Hood of Tourers - Mumbai” made a record by completing the Golden Quadrilateral run in a record time of 118 hours. (more…)