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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...
Peugeot Django 125 210th Anniversary Edition launched. Celebrates 210th anniversary of Peugeot
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Peugeot Django 125 210th Anniversary Edition launched. Celebrates 210th anniversary of Peugeot

Peugeot Motorcycles has launched a limited edition of Django 125 scooter, to celebrate the 210th anniversary of the Peugeot family business. The Django 125 210th Anniversary Edition will have a limited production run of just 21 units. Mahindra-owned Peugeot Motorcycles new scooter doesn’t commemorate the founding of Peugeot’s motorcycle wing, rather it is a celebration of the family business which preceded the company. The Peugeot family started business as a manufacturer of coffee mills and bicycle in France, back in 1810. Peugeot was founded in 1896, by Armand Peugeot. In 2015, Mahindra & Mahindra purchased a majority stake in its motorcycle department (51 per cent), independent of the PSA Groupe. In 2019, Peugeot Motorcycles became a fully-owned subsidiary of Mahindra. R...
Honda H’ness CB350 launched. Rival to Royal Enfield’s upcoming Meteor 350
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Honda H’ness CB350 launched. Rival to Royal Enfield’s upcoming Meteor 350

Honda has launched a new modern classic bike called the H'Ness CB350 in India with prices starting at Rs. 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom).  For now, the motorcycle will be displayed at some of the key Big Wing India dealerships in Gurgaon, Mumbai and other regions, wherein customers can get a look and feel of the product. The CB 350 will be sold in two variants, DLX and DLX Pro. The new Honda H’ness CB350 is powered by a 348.36cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that produces 20.8hp at 5,500rpm and 30Nm of torque at 3,000rpm. The peak torque figure is produced rather low in the rev range and this should enable good initial performance off the line. The H’ness CB350 employs a 5-speed gearbox. The styling is inspired by yesteryear Honda CB motorcycles, which is evident in the round...
Harley-Davidson wrap up its India business
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Harley-Davidson wrap up its India business

Harley Davidson announced their official exit from the Indian market. Harley Davidson’s announcement of closing its manufacturing operations in India and reducing the size of its sales office in Gurgaon does not come as a surprise. Over the past few months, Harley-Davidson has been announcing multiple cost-saving measures as part of its new Rewire business strategy. The latest news is the biggest so far and the American company has just reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission of USA that it will be ending its sales and manufacturing business in India.  Harley-Davidson has recently celebrated ten years in India and there is a vibrant Harley-Owners-Group or HOG community in place. While Harley-Davidson is clearly  wrapping up its own business here, there are some signs ...
Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro and 1100 Sport Pro launched in India
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Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro and 1100 Sport Pro launched in India

Ducati has launched the Scrambler 1100 Pro and 1100 Sport Pro in India. The bikes are priced at Rs. 11.95 lakh and Rs. 13.74 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively. Powering the Scrambler Pro is the BSVI compliant air-cooled L-twin 1,079cc that puts out 83.5PS at 7,250rpm and generates 91Nm of torque at 4,750 rpm, mated to a six-speed gearbox. the Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO features new two-tone Ocean Drive shade, paired with a steel Trellis frame and a rear aluminium subframe, both black. The motorcycle features a new right-side dual tailpipe and low-slung plate holder that offer distinctive rear-end styling and, together with the new livery, give the Scrambler 1100 Pro a compact look. The framed headlight is inspired by the protective adhesive tape used back in the '70s, a black metal...
BMW R 18 launched in India at INR. 18.90 lakh
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BMW R 18 launched in India at INR. 18.90 lakh

Update: BMW Motorrad has launched the R18 cruiser offering in India. The motorcycle is available in a Standard and a First Edition variant which are priced at Rs 18.90 lakh and Rs 21.90 lakh, respectively (both prices are ex-showroom).  Watch walk-around video. Click here 14-Sep-2020: BMW Motorrad India will be launching its flagship and the only cruiser offering, the R 18 on September 19. The company dealerships all across the country have started accepting bookings for a token amount of Rs 1 lakh.  Most of the BMW Motorrad dealerships have display units that are being previewed to prospective customers as well as the general public. This flagship offering is being brought to the country through the CBU route. The BMW R 18 cruiser could be priced at Rs. 20 lakh...