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2021 Ducati Panigale V4 launched in India with host of updates
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2021 Ducati Panigale V4 launched in India with host of updates

Ducati has relaunched its flagship superbike, the Panigale V4, in India. Prices start from Rs 23.50 lakh for the standard bike and go up to Rs 28.40 lakh for the ‘S’ variant (both prices, ex-showroom, India). This makes the standard variant around Rs 80,000 more expensive than before, while the ‘S’ variant has become dearer by Rs 1.90 lakh. The Panigale V4 range is powered by a 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine. To comply with stringent emissions regulations while ensuring no loss of power, Ducati has reworked the exhaust internals. It now delivers a ludicrous 213PS and 124Nm, with a redline set at a high 13,000rpm! In addition to this, in 2020, Ducati also tweaked the chassis and suspension setup, and made an attempt at friendlier power delivery to make the Panigale V4 sligh...
BS6 Ducati Diavel 1260 launched in India at INR 18.49 lakh
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BS6 Ducati Diavel 1260 launched in India at INR 18.49 lakh

Ducati has launched the BS6 Diavel 1260 in India. The motorcycle is available in two variants, standard and S. Both variants are available with a comprehensive suite of electronics. It includes launch control, cornering ABS, wheelie control and multi-level traction control. An up/down quickshifter is part of the standard equipment on the Diavel 1260 S. The Ducati Diavel's 1,262cc, Euro5/BS6 compliant L-twin engine produces 162hp at 9,500rpm, which is a 3hp increment over its predecessor. Peak torque, on the other hand, is the same, a mammoth 129Nm at 7,500rpm. The Diavel has always been known for its manic acceleration and it'll be interesting to test the BS6 version to see what it's like. Especially since the kerb weight of the standard variant has gone up from 244 to 249kg. The...
2021 Kawasaki Ninja H2R priced at INR 79.90 lakh
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2021 Kawasaki Ninja H2R priced at INR 79.90 lakh

Kawasaki has listed the 2021 Ninja H2R motorcycle on its India website. The bike has been priced at Rs. 79.90 lakh (ex-showroom). The Ninja H2R is built for the track and is not street legal. It comes with a trellis frame, carbon fibre bodywork and does not have a headlamp or turn indicators. The bike comes equipped with 43 mm inverted fork suspension at the front and an Ohlins mono-shock at the rear. The Ninja H2R is powered by a supercharged 998cc, liquid-cooled, 4-cylinder engine that produces 306 BHP @ 14,000 rpm (322 BHP with a RAM air intake) and 165 Nm @ 12,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission. Stopping power comes from twin 330 mm Brembo discs with dual semi-floating 4-piston calipers at the front and a single 250 mm disc at the rear paired with a 2-p...
Bajaj CT 110X – the rough road commuter motorcycle launched
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Bajaj CT 110X – the rough road commuter motorcycle launched

The Bajaj CT 110X has been launched in India at INR 55,494 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new CT 110X has been designed to take on some off-road beating, especially in the rural areas. The CT 110X comes equipped with a headlight grille and the added pair of fork gaiters enhance the overall front look. The motorcycle also gets high-rise front fender, blacked-out visor that accommodates an LED DRL. The bash plate and crash guard appear to be quite sturdy. The new Bajaj CT 110X has a long and comfortable seat at the end of which is a rack for carrying luggage weighing up to 7kg. For aesthetics, we have attractive graphics on the fuel tank and side panels. The commuter runs of alloy wheels with somewhat dual-purpose tyres. As for the colours, there are four choices - blue with black, red ...
Hero HF 100 commuter motorcycle launched at INR 49,400 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
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Hero HF 100 commuter motorcycle launched at INR 49,400 (ex-showroom, Delhi)

The world’s largest manufacturer of two-wheelers is asking INR 49,400 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the new motorcycle. At this price, the Hero HF 100 has become the most affordable motorcycle in the company’s entire product range. The new Hero HF 100 is another variant of the highly popular Hero HF Deluxe and is available in only a single colour, black with red, In terms of equipment, the new HF 100 has 130mm drum brakes at both ends and uses a pair of conventional telescopic forks at the front and twin shock absorbers at the rear. Being a basic model, there’s no electric start; only kick start is available. The motorcycle is 1965mm long, 720mm wide, and 1045mm tall. It has a seat height of 805mm and weighs 110kg with a fuel tank capacity of 9.1L. Powering the new Hero HF 100 ...
Jawa Scrambler spied testing. Based on Jawa Forty Two
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Jawa Scrambler spied testing. Based on Jawa Forty Two

Classic Legends, the company part-owned by Mahindra, may introduce a new scrambler model based on the Jawa Forty Two in the near future. A camouflaged test mule was spotted recently in Pune, Maharashtra. Looking at the photos, it is clear that the model is based on the Forty Two.  The Jawa Scrambler has a raised rear sub-frame, which gives it a taller stance. It features dual-purpose tyres, fork gaiters, off-road styled seat and an exposed rear section. The engine layout and the engine covers are similar to the Forty Two along with other bits like the mudguard, fuel tank, wheels and even the suspension. The new scrambler motorcycle may get the 293 cc single-cylinder engine which makes 27 bhp of max power at around 6,800 rpm and 27.03 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 rpm. There i...
Hanway G30 is Chinese copy of Royal Enfield Himalayan
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Hanway G30 is Chinese copy of Royal Enfield Himalayan

Chinese automotive manufacturers ripping off designs from prominent international models is very well known. Their choices of counterfeits are usually premium automotive brands. What you see here is a shameless copy of the Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle with minor with tweaks here and there. Meet the Hanway G30 - a 250cc adventure tourer from the People's Republic. While it may look identical to the Himalayan the Hanway misses out on the Himalayan's torquey long stroke single cylinder. The Hanway G30 is powered by a 249.2cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, churning out 26.5PS at 9000rpm and 22Nm at 7500rpm. The company claims a mileage of 32.2kmpl and a top speed of 128kmph, decent enough for a bike of its class. The engine nestles inside a double-cradle frame, linked to a ...
2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R launched at INR 14.99 lakh
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2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R launched at INR 14.99 lakh

Kawasaki has launched the 2021 Ninja ZX-10R in India. The superbike is priced at Rs. 14.99 lakh (ex-showroom). Kawasaki has revised the chassis. Firstly, the wheelbase has gone up by 10mm. This was done by incorporating a new swingarm that’s 8mm longer (with a 1mm lower pivot point), while the lowered triple clamp has led to greater front fork offset, contributing to the longer wheelbase. The fully-adjustable Showa Balance Free Fork and rear monoshock also feature tweaked internals and the result of these changes is improved handling. Kawasaki has also tweaked the ergonomics on the new ZX-10R to result in a more committed riding position. The foot pegs are set 5mm higher, clip-ons are 10mm further forward, while the triple clamp itself has been lowered. The ZX-10R is powered by a ...
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 achieves 212kmph. Breaks 4-year old record
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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 achieves 212kmph. Breaks 4-year old record

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is said to have broken a four-year-old speed record at the Australian Speed Week. The event held in Lake Gairdner, South Australia saw the Mid Life Cycles' Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Salt Racer set a class record of 212.514km/h (132.050 mph). For this particular speed run, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 was modified by Mid Life Cycles. It had entered in Class M-F 650, for 650cc un-streamlined motorcycles running commercial unleaded fuel. The motorcycle broke the four-year-old class record on each of its runs, leaving the new mark at 212.514km/h. The remarkable feat was achieved by Charlie Hallam on day one of Speed Week, i.e., 8 March 2021. This speed run highlights the capability of Royal Enfield’s 650 Twin engine. On the first day of Sp...
2021 KTM RC 390 Spied in India without camouflage
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2021 KTM RC 390 Spied in India without camouflage

The new generation of RC390 has been spied that too without camouflage in Chakan, Pune. The motorcycle does not boast any badging and is painted in gloss black colour just like the manufacturers do for their test mules. The new design is less aggressive and pointy than the current one. However, it still comes with a full fairing. The dual projector headlamps have been replaced by a single, most probably, LED unit. There will be LED DRLs on either side of the headlamp accompanied by the side turn indicators. The front fairing of the motorcycle has also been redesigned, perhaps, for improved aerodynamic efficiency and a sharper look. The structure of the fuel tank and rider ergonomics have been altered as well. The new KTM RC 390 spy shot that the motorcycle will have a new split s...
Hero Xpulse 200T BS6 launched at INR 1.13 lakh
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Hero Xpulse 200T BS6 launched at INR 1.13 lakh

Hero’s road-biased Xpulse, the 200T has been updated to meet BS6 emission norms. Priced at  Rs 1.13 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) the bike now costs around Rs 19,000 more than the discontinued carburetted BS4 model. When compared to the Xpulse 200, the T costs around Rs 2,000 less. Fuel-injection and modifications to the exhaust system have brought about a change in the power and torque figures. It now makes 18.1hp and 16.1Nm, while the older one made 18.4hp and 17.1Nm. Another significant change is the addition of an oil-cooler. The oil-cooler and the catalytic converter in the exhaust have brought along with them a 4kg increase in weight, putting the BS6 200T’s weight at 154kg. The rest of the bike, meanwhile, appears identical to the BS4 model.
Honda CB500X launched in India at INR 6.87 lakh
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Honda CB500X launched in India at INR 6.87 lakh

The adventure motorcycle segment has surely gathered pace in recent months with attractive new offerings from several brands in India. Currently, this segment boasts of entry-level ADV motorcycles like Hero Xpulse 200, Royal Enfield Himalayan, BMW G 310 GS, KTM 250 Adventure and 390 Adventure. Now Honda has made an entry into the middleweight adventure touring space with the CB500X. Priced at Rs 6.87 lakh, the CB500X is powered by a 471cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled motor that produces 47.5hp and 43.2Nm of torque. This unit is linked to a six-speed gearbox with a slipper and assist clutch for quick gear shifts. The CB500X rides on a conventional 41mm fork and a preload-adjustable monoshock, offering a ground clearance of 181mm. It gets 19-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy wheels. The ...
Ducati Scrambler Nightshift and Desert Sled launched in India
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Ducati Scrambler Nightshift and Desert Sled launched in India

Ducati has launched two new Scramblers in India - the Scrambler Nightshift, which is priced at Rs. 9,80,000 and the BS6 Desert Sled, priced at Rs. 10,89,000 (ex-showroom pan India). Both the motorcycles are powered by the BS6-compliant 803 cc two-valve L-twin engine which puts out 73 hp at 8,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 66.2 Nm at 5,750 rpm. Bookings for the new Scramblers are now open across all Ducati India dealerships and deliveries will begin immediately. The new Scrambler Nightshift is equipped with a Cafe Racer style flat seat and a wide handlebar. It has a steel Trellis frame and comes in an Aviator Grey colour. It is equipped with Pirelli MT60 tires coupled with spoked wheels, side number plates and LED lighting. The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled has a black frame a...
TVS Star City+ commuter motorcycle launched at INR 68,645/-
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TVS Star City+ commuter motorcycle launched at INR 68,645/-

TVS Motor Company has launched the 2021 Star City+ in the Indian market. The new (2021) TVS Star City+ commuter motorcycle is now offered with a price tag of Rs 68,645, ex-showroom (Delhi). TThe new Star City Plus motorcycle is now available in a red-black dual-tone colour scheme. It has also been updated with ET-Fi technology (Ecothrust Fuel Injection) which delivers 15% more fuel consumption in comparison to the model it replaces. It has also been added with a LED headlamp, as well as USB mobile charger. The motorcycle sources power from a 110 cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine which is known to deliver 8.08 bhp of maximum power at 7,350 rpm and 8.7 Nm of peak torque at 4,500 rpm. The engine pushes the bike to a maximum speed of 90 kmph and comes mated to a four-spee...
Scrambler styled Honda CB350 RS launched at Rs 1.96 lakh
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Scrambler styled Honda CB350 RS launched at Rs 1.96 lakh

The new Honda CB350RS has been launched at Rs 1.96 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). The Honda CB350RS is based on the same platform as the Honda H'ness CB350, sharing the same frame, engine and other components. The CB350 RS is a slightly sporty version of the H'Ness CB350, where 'RS' stands for 'Road Sailing'. The CB350 RS is powered by the same 348cc, single-cylinder engine as the H'Ness CB350. This unit puts out 20.8 BHP @ 5,500 rpm and 30 Nm @ 3,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox via a slipper clutch. The motorcycle features LED lights all round, including the indicators that appear to have been lifted off the Honda Hornet 2.0. Features like the switchgear and instrument cluster have been carried over from the standard CB350. Unlike the standard CB350 that is avai...
New TVS Apache RTR 200 4V launched. Its feature loaded
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New TVS Apache RTR 200 4V launched. Its feature loaded

TVS has launched the new Apache RTR 200 4V in India. The motorcycle now comes with first in segment ride modes – Sport, Urban and Rain. There is a dedicated ride mode switch, which helps rider to change ride modes on the fly. Priced at Rs 1.31 lakhs (ex-showroom), the new Apache is 1k more costly than existing Dual ABS Apache 200. TVS has also provided adjustable front suspension. The telescopic forks are from Showa and can be tuned for preload adjustment. Also new is the adjustable front brake and clutch levers. TVS has also come up with an attractive new matte blue colour which is inspired by the company’s race bikes that are used in the One Make Championships. The new motorcycle is also available in Gloss Black and Pearl White. Following are some of the key features o...
Royal Enfield Meteor 350 spotted undisguised. Launch Nov 6th
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Royal Enfield Meteor 350 spotted undisguised. Launch Nov 6th

The homegrown retro motorcycle manufacturer, Royal Enfield, has already begun teaser campaign for the Meteor 350. Numerous leaks and spy shots have revealed a significant amount of information earlier and now we have the undisguised images of the Meteor 350. The Meteor 350 will be available in three variants – Fireball, Stellar and Supernova. Each variant has its own differences in terms of the accessories offered. The Meteor 350 will also be sold in multiple colour options to lure in customers. All three variants will feature a Bluetooth-enabled GPS system that the company is calling ‘Tripper Navigation’. The top-spec Supernova variant also gets a windscreen and a dual-tone colour scheme. The brochure also confirmed that the Meteor 350 will get a gear position indicator on...
A new chapter begins. Harley and Hero officially teamed up
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A new chapter begins. Harley and Hero officially teamed up

Harley-Davidson has been having a rough time in India. In September, 2020 Harley-Davidson had announced that it has wrapped up its sales and manufacturing operations in India. In fact, Harley was evaluating options to retain its presence in India under the company’s new business strategy. As of October 27, 2020, Harley and Hero have officially teamed up. Because it’s a partnership, there’s something in it to benefit both parties. Under the terms of this new agreement, Hero will use its vast network to both sell and service completely built-up (CBU) Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Additionally, it will sell parts and accessories for these bikes through both a Harley-exclusive dealer network, as well as Hero’s own existing dealer network.   Currently, Hero is the biggest volume-selle...
2021 Yamaha MT-09 gets revised styling and more power
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2021 Yamaha MT-09 gets revised styling and more power

Yamaha MT-09 was very well known for its menacing looks. So gone are the iconic and angry-looking twin-pod headlamps. What we get in the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 is a single-pod LED headlamp which is accompanied by LED DRLs on either side.  For the 2021 model, Yamaha has added more power to please the enthusiasts. The inline-triple's displacement is up to 890cc from 847cc. This motor is capable of delivering 115 bhp of maximum power at 10,000 rpm and 93 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm. The compression ratio, fuel delivery system, and transmission (six-speed, multiplate assist and slipper clutch) are also unchanged.    In terms of styling, apart from the single-pod LED headlamp, Yamaha has also tweaked the side view of the new MT-09. The side panels are absent which let you have ...
2020 BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS launched. Gets new colour scheme and LED headlights
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2020 BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS launched. Gets new colour scheme and LED headlights

BMW has updated the GSG 310 R and G 310 GS. The bikes are priced at Rs. 2.45 lakh and Rs. 2.85 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively. The G 310 R features a 'Style Sport' colour scheme with Limestone metallic colour, red rims and red frame. The G 310 GS features a 'Style Rallye' colour scheme with Kyanite Blue metallic colour and a red frame. The adventure bike also comes in a special '40 Years GS' edition colour scheme based on the classic R 100 GS. Barring the paint schemes, the rest of the body panels, be it the tank, BMW GS-correct beak and wheels are exactly like on the BS4 G 310 GS. In terms of equipment, BMW has updated the motorcycle with an LED headlamp that has an integrated DRL. The turn indicators and tail lamps are LEDs too. The motorcycle also gets new adjustable lev...